WannaCrypt ransomware worm, aka WanaCrypt, Wanna Crypt0r or Wcry has crippled Windows systems in at least 74 countries, from government departments to local butchers. At the moment it appears there are up to 16 NHS health trusts taken out by the malware, FedEx in the US, Telefonica and Santander in Spain, Scottish Power and Germany’s rail system. The Russian Federation has been particularly hard hit. Continue reading “Wanna Crypto Worm 2017”
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Microsoft have confirmed to The Register on Sept. 10 that the necessary files for the upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems to Windows 10 have been pushed via Windows Update .. “For those who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help customers prepare their devices for Windows 10 by downloading the files necessary for future installation” [Microsoft spokesperson] Continue reading “Windows 10 Being Installed By Force”
review: Windows 8.1 update available – a positive step
If, like so many of our clients, you are buying a new computer (in almost every case, a laptop!) you’ll have had Win8 foisted upon you.
This update should be available for download via the Windows Store
– if the option to update isn’t splashed all over your face, there’s a problem (surprised?)
You might need the latest updates from Windows Update
You might be running an edition of Windows 8 that doesn’t support updating from the Store
Windows Store might not be showing the latest content
About the Update:
It’s free; Customisation options added; SkyDrive tightly integrated
Start Button not fully functional; Still no unified inbox; Upgrading from Preview can be troublesome
If you’re on Windows 8 we definitely recommend updating to Windows 8.1 as soon as possible. It rectifies a number of issues which plagued the original release and whilst it’s not perfect, 8.1 is a step in the right direction.
The Start button
The Start button has returned to the bottom left hand corner of the desktop but don’t get too excited. A traditional left click switches users between the Live Tile interface and desktop, whilst a right click brings up the power user menu (Win + X).
These features were already available on Windows 8 – Microsoft has just added the Start Button icon into the corner. There’s only one material difference. When you hit right click on the button – you get access to more programs including Device Manager, Control Panel, Network Connections and even have the option to shutdown the machine.
All documents are now saved to Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud repository by default. Of course it’s still possible to save files locally, but if you’ve got multiple devices the ability to pull them from the cloud is invaluable.
Alternatively, we can help you switch to Linux!
– and keep that old XP or Vista machine going with a modern computer system