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Windows 10 to be released for FREE !

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Microsoft has just announced that “Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to current users of Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 7 during its first year of availability”.

Unlike previous iterations of the OS, Windows 10 will deliver a consistent yet tailored product family across all types of computing devices, from screenless, embedded IoT sensors to all-in-one computers with gigantic displays. The Windows 10 family will also include versions for smartphones, tablets, wearables, hybrid tablet-laptops, TVs, PCs and the Xbox gaming console.

Microsoft promises that Windows 10 will ship to consumers and enterprise “later in the year” in 2015.

Free Unitrends RTA Calculator – how long is your VMware recovery time ?

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Unitrends have release a great little tool to test the recovery time for your ESXi server VMs.
It works with ESXi 4.0 + and requires .Net 4.0. Well worth testing your server and see how long it will take when that DR scenario actually happens !
http://www.unitrends.com/products/download/rta

Migrate you old Word 2003 normal.dot file to Word 2007

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Recently we had a customer with an Office 2003 system and a highly customised (with autotext) normal.dot file. Did some hunting around on how to get that into the new .dotm format so we could upgrade them to Office 2013 (this also applies to 2007 and 2010) – and Microsoft has a post on it HERE.
Essentially you need to copy the old normal.dot file into the new templates folder (C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates) and then add a registry setting related to Word located at HKEY_CU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options. Its a DWORD called MigrateNormalOnFirstBoot – make it ’1′ to convert the old to the new, and you are away on the next boot ! Simple.

Windows 8 Media Centre Upgrade FREE

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

For those who have use Windows Media Centre (from XP and Windows 7 versions) you may get a bit disappointed with Windows 8 – it is NOT part of either Home or PRO versions by default. If you have Win8 Home you need to upgrade to the PRO pack, and if you have PRO you need to upgrade to the Media Centre pack.

Till Jan 31st 2013 if you have Windows 8 PRO you can get the Media Centre upgrade FREE ! Follow the link here and supply your email and the key will be emailed to you from Microsoft
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs

Microsoft Windows 8 in stock NOW

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Windows 8 is finally here – the next version of the Windows operating system. Sporting a new metro (tile) interface and running on the same system requirements as Windows 7 its a must have for all PC users. Check it out in store or at:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/release-preview

Windows 8 for only $14.99!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The Windows 8 Upgrade Offer is now available – for a limited time you can get upgraded to Windows 8 for only $14.99. To qualify you need to have purchase a PC with Windows 7 on it between -
2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013
For details and application go to the Microsoft Upgrade Website

Microsoft RDP Vulnerability – Critical Patch Update Port 3389

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Microsoft have recently released a update that is a must for all servers that have remote access via RDP (Remote Desktop – TCP port 3389). The full MS document can be read here – Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-020 – Critical. Suffice to say it allows attacked to exploit a flaw in one of the most common Windows remote access products – and so should be updated immediately.

Even if you dont normally do windows updates it is critial that you do this one to maintain integrity of your RDP access ports. If exploited, remote attackers can run remote code on your server which can do things like send out spam emails or create web pages with malware on them.

Online Security Part2

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Last instalment we looked at the first things you should take care of be be secure online. Lets continue with more things to be careful with -

4. Dont click links in emails and on websites unless you are 100% sure that its a clean link. It is quite easy for scammers to display the webpage link with one name, yet when you click on it it goes to another (malware) page. How to tell ? If you put your mouse (hover) over the link – in Outlook it will pop up with where its taking you, and in your Web Browser it will show the true link down the bottom in the status bar. Make sure they match and that its where you mean to go. One way to get around link issues is to type the address yourself into your web browser – that way you are not clicking on a link to get there and so cant be misled. Current Internet Security software also should be able to block you going to known malware sites.

5. Update your browser. Whilst keeping your PC updated with windows update is a good idea there can also be updates to your browser (which dont get included with windows update – especially if you use firefox or chrome) which may include security fixes. Firefox has an auto updating feature but you can always manually get updates from the website of the browser maker eg. www.getfirefox.com for Firefox.

6. Dont give your email out. To anyone. Yes this seems a bit extreme but its the only way to control who spams you. Also alot of spammers use dictionary attacks so dont use a simple name like james@yourdomain.com since its a simple name to guess and based on a dictionary name. So be a bit more complicated – james.joyce1@yourdomain.com or jjoyce21@yourdomain.com will help reduce dictionary attacks. And just give the email to your close firends and those you MUST give it to. It may even be worth getting a second email setup for maling lists and general things that you can close if it gets listed in too many spammers databases.

Keep safe and we’ll look at the last few tricks in the next installment.

Online Security Part1

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

We get alot of requests for info on online security and what can be done to prevent (or minimise the chance which is more the right thing to say) getting infected with spyware/malware and compromising the PC. Here is the first part of our 3 part good management for you and your PC.

1. Make sure you have good AntiVirus (AV) protection. A product that covers both virus and spyware/malware is a must. This program should stop you running infected files and monitor your PC for getting infected. The advanced version of the anti virus product is called Internet Security (IS) – which normally covers AV as well as web protection (from clicking on bad links) and firewall protection (to stop in bound hacking attempts and more importantly block your information being sent out from the PC. Especially required if you do intrnet banking). We use Kaspersky for this. ALSO make sure its updated (there is no point in having a AV product thats out of date – it will miss all the latest threats.).

2. Software updates – this is not critical in the protection game (at least compared to AV/IS) but is important. At minimum you should do the Microsft Windows service packs and update things like Adobe Acrobat and Adboe Flash – since these program are used on many websites andcan be used to install malware on your PC without you knowing about it. The Adobe programs can be downloaded from www.adobe.com

3. Have a strong password ! It is so easy to create a password for your account, and make it sure its not something stupid like ‘password’ or your name… then if anyone tries to gain access to your PC it creates another layer of protection they have to try and get through. Tips for a strong password include having 6+ characters, including upper and lower case letters,  and using numbers.

We’ll look at more donts and dos in the next installment.

Microsoft Office 2010 Free Upgrade

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Microsoft have release their upgrade path for purchasers of Office 2007 products – purchase qualifying Office 2007 product between 5 March 2010 and 30 September 2010 and you can download the upgrade for FREE once it is released on the Microsoft site – register below for the upgrade :

http://www.office.com/techg