Don’t Let Windows 8 Make You Anxious

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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


Product Warranty – Manufacturer’s & Extended – Protect Your Investment

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March 21st, 2011

When you buy a computer, it’s very important to note when your manufacturer’s warranty expires. 

Many box stores offer an “additional” or “extended” warranty (for an additional cost).   Sales people always ask the consumer (purchaser) if they want  to purchase an additional warranty. The cost for Extended Warranties are often based on a formula relating to the purchase price of the item.

If you indeed pay extra money for another (in-store) warranty, it is important to register this additional Warranty. 

A good rule of thumb is to register this added warranty within the first few weeks of owning the item.  Keep all of this Warranty paperwork in a secure place so you can find it easily should you need to. 

In todays market, computer prices (and prices for other office technologies) have gone down.  In some instances, so has the quality of the product.  It is recommended to purchase an extended warranty for printers, computers, cameras, etc. because you, as the consumer, should protect your investment.