Windows 7 End-of-Life
You probably heard that on January 14, 2020 Windows 7 will no longer be updated. The still-popular version of Windows with the best user-friendly interface of its time will sadly be replaced by a newer, more sleek design: Windows 10.
It’s not all bad news, though!
When Microsoft announced (or didn’t really announce) that you would be upgraded to windows 8.0 in 2012, some were outraged. It took the desktop, as we knew it, away. We saw the writing on the walls—everything was going to touch/mobile. It didn’t help that it was forced upon some of us, nearly overnight, either. I remember the pop-ups almost every week telling me to upgrade and that it had already downloaded onto my computer. Wait, what!? It was already downloaded? Yup, it was automatically downloaded and taking up about 1 GB of space (somewhere) on my laptop.
Well some things have changed since version 8.0 and, subsequently, v8.1 (which is when they gave our desktop back to us). Windows 10 has become much closer in functionality to Windows 7, using icons again, as well as a start menu.
If you are still scared to upgrade, let me give you a little hope that not all is lost. Microsoft has heard you and is making Windows 10 a better platform than it’s ever been. You can access your programs with desktop and task-bar shortcuts, or even type the program name in the search bar and it will find it almost instantly. The search bar also has many new “smart” features, such as finding a setting, Windows feature, or even a personal file. It comes with a built-in virus scan (Defender) that also searches for Malware, Spyware and Ransomware.
It’s not too late to upgrade for FREE. Although Microsoft is actually advertising that you should buy a new system, they haven’t even removed the ability to upgrade your system at no cost. Many of our customers have asked if they need to buy a new system. The answer is likely NO.
Please let us know if you have questions or to discuss your options when January 14th hits! We’d like the opportunity to help you make a decision about your situation. Don’t wait, though. If you plan to upgrade, consider doing this soon.
Windows 10 Upgrades a Hassle
Just when I thought we had these Windows Updates streamlined and user-friendly, Microsoft screws it up again!
First, did you know you may not be upgraded to the latest version of Windows 10? That’s right. They don’t roll the updates out all at once. Several customers have had issues with their system running slow and, come to find out, not being upgraded is part of the issue. To see if you have the latest version (1903), type “About This PC” in the search bar and scroll down to the version.
Image from Wikipedia, retrieved 9-11-19
To download the latest updates, type “Windows Updates” in your Windows 10 search bar. You may find a couple of updates that haven’t been installed. But if you notice an error message that the updates can’t be performed, it may be due to the latest announcement that a program from Intel needs to be updated first. Wait until next week and try this process again.
You may not want to know the details because they are creating a fix that will probably be out this week. But if you are really interested, you can go here to read about it. It also explains how to fix this, which I have also created a short-link to at http://rst.mcs.bz from where you can download and run the needed upgrade.
New Spamming Tactic via Google Calendar
Last week Google finally admitted that a SPAM issue was actually a security flaw. Users of Google Calendar have seen events that they don’t plan on attending pop up in their calendar! Included in this has been alerts to “go to pickup your free iPhone” on a particular day, among other bogus calendar events.
There’s a feature tied to Gmail that will automatically import calendar events into your Google Calendar. Great feature! But not if the event is from a SPAM email. So the crooks have been sending spam with a calendar event and the event will populate in your calendar but get pushed to spam in your email.
If this is happening to you, here’s how to fix it.
- Disable automatic event invitations in Google Calendar. Go to Google Calendar in your web browser, click the gear icon in the top-right, and click Settings. In the left-hand menu, click Event settings. From there, you’ll be scrolled down to a set of drop-down boxes, one of which is labeled Automatically add invitations.