Tags: Ally, Computers, Desktop, education, Help, new computer, Operating Systems, Purchase, Software, support, Technology, Windows 8 May 20th, 2013
Don’t Let Windows 8 Make You Anxious
You realize you need a new computer. So, you then go to the store (or the internet) to begin researching what you can purchase only to find that most newer computers have the Windows 8 operating system on them.
My opinion – Windows 8 is a good operating system. Of course, as with anything new – there is a learning curve to be able to use all the functions. Once someone gets used to how it works, it is actually faster and better than previous operating systems.
For the person who is used to Windows XP, I customize their new computer – and would put in a menu bar.
Windows never put in a menu bar. PC users need a menu bar. Thus, I download “classic shell”. Classic Shell is a collection of usability enhancements for Windows. The main features is a highly customizable Start menu which has multiple styles and skins.
Using the classic shell cuts in half the learning curve for this new operating system. With the classic shell, the screen goes straight to the desktop “look” and not to the tiles.
However, it is wise to note that becoming used to the tiles is a big part of Windows 8 and should be explored as well. My concern is for the User to become comfortable first by starting with the “desktop look”, and then they can learn about the tiles at their own rate.
Bottom line, computers are a rapidly changing industry. Computer Care Associates is your ally and we can help you adapt and begin to enjoy your new computer! Call us at 508-370-8080. We work remotely or on location.
JONATHAN SHAPIRO, Computer Care Associates
PATIENCE ~ EXPERIENCE ~ SOLUTIONS
Tags: Ally, Computers, Desktop, education, Help, new computer, Operating Systems, Purchase, Software, support, Technology, Windows 8
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Tags: applications, back up, data, data recovery, data transfer, hard drive, new computer, Software February 28th, 2011
New Laptops and Desktops are less costly than a year ago. However if you have data on your old computer, you need to transfer it to a new computer. When I talk about data I am referring to:
1. Email Files (Outlook/Outlook Express)
Backing up your data from one Computer has an expense associated with it ($50). Then, to transfer the backed up data over to a new computer will cost $50. (If you want to keep the backed up data, you would provide/purchase the external device – like an external hard drive – so the data gets backed up onto your own hardware device).
Applications that cannot be transferred:
a. Microsoft Office
b. Microsoft Works
d. Quickbooks and Quicken
e. Adobe Acrobat (paid software version)
f. Any applications which were downloaded or software which has been upgraded.
Applications must be reloaded which means you must have the original media with the license #. If you own a multiple user license, you still need the proper authentication.
There are some cases in which the data from the old computer cannot be transferred because the old hard drive has errors. The cost of this data recovery is initally $195, but in some cases, if the hard drive has mechanical issues, the cost can be much higher. This will be dealt on a case-by-case basis.
Tags: applications, back up, data, data recovery, data transfer, hard drive, new computer, Software
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