Say Goodbye To Six Year Old Computers

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Small businesses bought a lot of computers in 2004 and 2005. Windows XP had been on the market for three years and early compatibility problems had been resolved. Small businesses cleaned out the aging Windows 98 80386 computers to take advantage of the new OS and new programs.

This is the year to repeat the process. […] continued

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Critical Windows Update

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Microsoft released a patch yesterday that should be installed promptly on all Windows computers. Most of you will find that it was installed automatically on Monday night. If your computer restarted last night, you’re almost certainly fine – but be alert in case the Windows update icon is trying to get your attention from the lower right corner of your screen! […] continued

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PATCH TUESDAY

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Leave your computer on overnight and prepare for it to restart. It’s Patch Tuesday and Microsoft will install a large crop of updates on all versions of Windows tonight.

Tomorrow we should see the icon in the lower right corner alerting us to an important patch for Adobe Flash. Adobe has another important update for Acrobat and Adobe Reader scheduled for June 29. […] continued

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MCAFEE KILLS WINDOWS XP COMPUTERS

04-21-10macboxFrom Engadget:

“We’re hearing from all over that a bad McAfee for Windows XP update is causing computers worldwide to shut down. Apparently DAT update 5958 deletes the svchost.exe file, which then triggers a false-positive in McAfee itself and sets off a chain of uncontrolled restarts and loss of networking functionality. […] continued

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Microsoft Fix-It Center

microsoftfixitlogoMicrosoft has started broad beta testing of Microsoft Fix It Center, an automated tool for fixing common problems with Windows.  I don’t know that everyone will want to rush to install it (I’d hate to have my clients forget that I am their automated tool for fixing problems), but you might want to take a look. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 SEARCHES – SEARCH TECHNIQUES

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Previously:
Windows 7 Searches – Small Business
Windows 7 Searches – Libraries

You’ve got a Windows 7 workstation in a small business or law firm. The network server is running Windows Search 4 and you’ve added the network locations with shared files to your Documents library. All the pieces are in place! […] continued

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MICROSOFT AND ADOBE PATCH TUESDAY

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Your computers will likely restart tonight after Microsoft delivers the monthly crop of updates for Windows and Office. It’s a particularly busy month – eleven patches, five of them critical, although the importance drops if you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7. Newer versions have better armor against security attacks.

Adobe will deliver updates for Acrobat and Reader tonight as well. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 SEARCHES – LIBRARIES

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Previously: Windows 7 Searches – Small Business

When you click on Documents in the Start menu in Windows 7, your cursor arrives blinking in Libraries. I’ve been annoyed by that for months, but I finally had an “ah-ha!” moment when I discovered what libraries can do for searches. Let me give you some background about libraries, from the perspective of a small business or law firm user. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 SEARCHES – SMALL BUSINESS

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If the right elements are in place, Windows 7 can be used for lightning-fast searches through shared folders in small businesses and law firms. There are a couple of tricks to that process; it will take a couple of days to give you the background and show you some search techniques. […] continued

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ONECARE REMINDER

onecareThis is for anyone who might have been procrastinating. Look down in the lower right corner for the icon for your security program.

If you see the Windows Live OneCare icon (pictured above), it’s time to move on!

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If you see the Microsoft Security Essentials icon (pictured at right), you’re fine. […] continued

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Computer Safety 2010

Here’s an updated list of ways to be safe and secure with your computer.

Vista update icon Install updates from Microsoft promptly. Look in the lower right corner for the gold shield (WinXP) or update icon (Win7/Vista).

Install updates to Acrobat, Flash, Java, and Quicktime promptly. Each will alert you from the lower right corner.

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Customize Windows 7 Taskbar – The Bruceb Way

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Previously:
Windows 7 taskbar
Customize Windows 7 taskbar – restore quick launch
Customize Windows 7 taskbar – expand buttons

I use a lot of programs. (If you have a morbid desire to know how many programs you use, install this little gadget from Wakoopa. Remember, this is not a contest – please, no wagering.) […] continued

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PC TUNEUPS FOR CHRISTMAS

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Keeping your computer up to date is the only way to be secure.

If your home or office computer needs housekeeping, I’m standing by to clean things up. I’ll install security updates, remove unnecessary programs, and put on powerful, free antivirus software from Microsoft – all for a fixed price, no matter how long it takes. […] continued

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CUSTOMIZE WINDOWS 7 TASKBAR – EXPAND BUTTONS

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You can make the Windows 7 taskbar use expanded buttons with text, like Windows XP or Vista, if you don’t like the new collapsed icons.

Right-click on the Windows 7 taskbar and click on Properties.

Then click on the dropdown menu by Taskbar buttons and choose either “Combine when taskbar is full” or “Never combine.”

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CUSTOMIZE WINDOWS 7 TASKBAR – RESTORE QUICK LAUNCH

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Most people are happy with the changes to the Windows 7 taskbar. It combines the Vista/WinXP taskbar with the Quick Launch bar and expands on them with rich visual feedback when the mouse hovers over the icons and thumbnails pop up. There are more details about the Windows 7 taskbar here. […] continued

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