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PC Publican Newsletter (#10)

April, 2020

Computers In A Time Of Crisis

I hope everyone is safe, healthy, and gainfully employed.  These are incredibly stressful times.

This newsletter will discuss the ongoing opportunity to upgrade Windows 7 (and 8/8.1) computers to Windows 10, the various benefits of a regular tune-up as well as the importance of backing up both data and system. 
 

Windows 7 End Of Support

Windows 7 was a workhorse operating system for Microsoft, and is objectively superior to its Windows 8/8.1 successors.  Windows 10, however, is solid and Microsoft is actively building its ecosystem around it.  The current end-of-support date for Windows 7 of January 14, 2020, however, has come and gone. Your Windows 7 computer will no longer receive any patches or bug-fixes.  

This doesn't mean that your Windows 7 computer will stop working any time soon.  What it does mean is that it will begin a gradual decline in security and proper functioning (Windows XP owners know exactly what I'm talking about!).  Most Windows 7 computers are still eligible, however, for a Windows 10 update assuming the hardware is supported.

PC Publican can assess whether your Windows 7 computer is a candidate for a Windows 10 upgrade, can install Windows 10, and can update key components of the system for optimal use post-install.

Computer Tune-Up

I'm often asked by clients if they should bring their computers in for regular maintenance.  Computers benefit from a regular assessment of protection and clean-up tools as well as lingering updates of Windows and "helper" applications (e.g. Adobe Flash).  Also, a regular check of disk drive health is essential to prevent data loss or corruption.

Another important reason for periodic check-ups is to clean up incipient malware infections and to assess the state of installed malware prevention software.  Finally, a tune-up removes unneeded programs that consume system resources, including the "bloatware" that comes installed on nearly all new computers.

PC Publican provides excellent turn-around time on basic computer maintenance at reasonable prices.  Contact us to determine if a "tune-up" is right for you.

Data & System Backups

I can't stress enough the importance of backing up your computer.  Even if you don't think you have important data, if your hard drive crashes or is encrypted by ransomware you'll need a backup image of your system for recovery.

The most effective backup plans include both on-site (e.g. external hard drive or network attached storage) and off-site (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive) copies of data.  Storage, both physical and cloud, is cheap.  A 2TB external drive costs about $60, and good free backup software is available for both home and business use.  Cloud services like Dropbox are less than $10/month, while Google Drive offers 200GB for $3/month.  Both offer free tiers for limited storage.

PC Publican can help with all phases of backup setup: purchase, installation, configuration, and monitoring.  Please call us to discuss the various options.

Reviews & Referrals

Finally, if you have used our services in the past and were satisfied, please leave a review on Google and/or Yelp.  If you weren't happy please call, e-mail, or text and let us know how we can do better.
 

Recommended Products

Below are links to products I frequently use and recommend:

Antivirus & Anti-Malware External Hard Drives Wireless Keyboard/Mouse
Wireless Routers/Mesh Cloud Storage Providers DNS Providers VPN Services Computers Business E-Mail Domain & Web Hosting Internet Of Things/Smart Home
     

ABOUT PC PUBLICAN LLC

PC Publican is a limited liability company dedicated to providing residential and small-business customers with affordable, high-quality computer care. We strive for the highest level of customer service and satisfaction.

     

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