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WINDOWS 10 RELEASED 29TH JULY 2015

THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF WINDOWS 10
was released just after its first birthday.

For advice on Upgrades & New Machines ring Alan Now on 01626 870264

If you have carried out your own Windows 10 free upgrade and the machine is not running as expected let me configure it correctly for you.

CLEANING

A much overlooked aspect of computer ownership and contributing to the shortened life of desktop and notebook PCs due to fan failure and overheating. Cleaning requires strict anti-static procedures and is best carried out by a technician with the right tools.

TOBACCO SMOKE DAMAGE

Most technicians will have seen desktop and notebook computers die prematurely from tobacco smoke.

Electronics are hot, and create an environment for dust to collect around its circuitry. What makes tobacco smoke the worse kind of "dust" is that it isn't dry. The smoke carries moisture and tar with it.These bi-products stick to fans, heat-sinks, capacitors, and other vital components such as the hard drive logic board.

I have seen a PC as young as two year old fail from no other reason than smoke ingestion.In the next picture, I have removed the fan to show all the build up clearly. At this time, may I add, that it is a very stinky job to clean this stuff off. I am not a smoker, so I hate it all the more.

FAST SOLUTIONS & FAIR PRICES

Professional diagnostic equipment is used for fast solutions to most problems.

The average labour charge for a repair during the last financial year was around £40.

One PC in seven required a hardware component replacement.

Solutions such as re-builds, extensive virus removal with data recovery will be carried out on the technicians workbench in Teignmouth.

Overnight/Next day repairs are possible subject to the availability of any parts required and may be subject to a delivery charge.

MICROSOFT OPERATING SYSTEMS & OFFICE SUITES

These can be supplied for installation on machines being repaired or upgraded and I have no dealings whatsoever with pirated software.

Let me help keep your PC secure with the latest Windows and Office Service Packs and updates without which your PC is not secure.

Essential upgrades for your operating system are Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Service Pack 1 for Windows 7. Upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1 is available but a rather large download.

Service Packs and updates for Microsoft Office should be installed too.

MICROSOFT PRODUCT END OF LIFE

On 8th April 2014 both the Windows XP operating system (and Microsoft Office 2003) reached End of Life and are not safe for use on the Internet. I therefore no longer offer support for Windows XP machines other than to transfer data from them to your new PC.

WINDOWS 7

Windows 7 was released 22nd October 2009 and proved to be a stable, safe operating system packed with new features and easy to learn and use. However, some users are finding they are unable in 2016 to download Windows updates. Upgrading to Windows 10 where possible is advised.

WINDOWS 8

Windows 8 was released Friday 26th October 2012.

WINDOWS 8.1

Windows 8.1 Upgrade download files & New Install media were released on 18th October 2013. The upgrade is free but the near 3 GB download is required for every machine (ISO discs cannot be made). After the download it takes about an hour to install and configure 8.1 and welcome back a START BUTTON (Hooray) plus lots of new features including a new Media Centre.

I have immediately upgraded my own Windows 8 laptop and desktop machines to 8.1 and am really pleasantly surprised with how much easier they are to use. Productivity is much improved on these devices!

There are now lots of new apps and games (free and paid for) in the Windows Store (Microsoft Account required) for Windows 8 and 8.1. They have been approved by Microsoft and are more reliable than much of the software usually downloaded from the Internet that so often contains malware and Browser hijacks that steal your personal data!

NEW MACHINES

My set up time averages 2 hours labour (£30 at home or £45 on site), longer if you have peripherals to install or extra software and data.

I look forward to meeting you - Alan Firth - Proprietor.

Email: 

alanfirth@btinternet.com (longer emails)
alanfirth2010@gmail.com (short emails only please)

Phone: 01626 870264
Mobile: 07866 606185

Site last updated 1st March 2017