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    PC Problems Resolved With Microsoft Live Support

    Technical service providers offering Microsoft product support for all users usually have Microsoft certified technicians making up the support team to deal with all issues related to Windows. The live support comes with a number of benefits to you as a user, including affordability, ease of use and reduced turnaround time to fix the problem. The agents are always on standby, meaning that you will get the assistance you need without necessarily having to wait in line. You also know you can continue enjoying your PC even when such issues arise at night because the live chat support remains open round the clock.

    The Microsoft Office support brings in lots of convenience and takes the fruitless efforts off your care. All you need to do is click on chat and you will have the available agent, fixing your issue or guiding you through it easily. Whether your computer runs on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 10 or Windows XP, you can be sure to get the help that you need. Among the common issues that you can have fixed using live support are:

    • Windows upgrade issues
    • Installation errors
    • Update and service pack issues
    • Stop errors and BSOD
    • Printer problems
    • DVD/ CD issues and driver problems
    • Microsoft security issues
    • Virus removal problems
    • Windows performance and slow down issues
    • Video and audio issues

    These are just some of the common problems your service provider can cover, but the coverage, of course, varies from one support provider to another. The more the provider can handle the better they will be even in covering any future Microsoft issues you might face. The live support caters to the needs of individual home users, small business and IT enterprises and there is a fee for every issue fixed. When looking for a support provider, consider the charges and guarantee as well as the available packages for the support.

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    Efficient Start Menu

    Add the Run command permanently.

    The Run command is a great tool to access locations and open programs. However, the Start Menu doesn’t have the Run command permanently pinned into its section, unlike the Control Panel and Devices and Printers.

    To do this, right click the Start button and go to Properties. This will open the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties. Open Customize. In the list of items, check the Run command. Lastly, click OK.

    Easily see the contents of the items.

    Don’t you find it counterproductive when you still have to open each Start Menu item just to see its contents? Fortunately, your computer has an option where it automatically expands each of these items so that you can see all of the files and folders in it.

    For instance, if you want to expand the Documents, simply go to the Properties of the Start button then choose Customize. Under the Documents section, select Display as a menu then click OK. You will notice that the Documents item has an arrow, which you can hover to so that you can see its contents.

    Put Videos as an item.

    If you press the Start button, you see the Documents, the Pictures, and the Music on the right-hand panel. However, the movie buffs out there might think why the videos item is not pinned. You can easily do that through these steps.

    As indicated in the previous items, open Customize in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties. Find the Videos section then choose Display as a link. To finish, click OK.

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    Features of a Good Laptop

    Operating System

    I have always used a Windows laptop, and I am not familiar with other platforms. Mac laptops are expensive as compared to Windows laptops. Each platform has its features. Choose the one that is more compatible. Chrome OS is also a good option, and it is not expensive. Readers have reported problems with Windows 7 and 8. I believe that Windows is the best operating system, and these issues will be resolved with the new version. If you buy a Windows laptops, you can get a free upgrade to Windows 10.

    Screen Size & resolution

    In the last six months, I have changed three laptops. This is why I am writing this article. Getting the right screen size is very important. Previously, I was using a 17″ inches laptop. Now, I am using the one with 11″ inches screen. The small LED screen is good for watching movies but, it is difficult to type the document. I had to make serious adjustments to make sure it does not hurt my eyesight.

    Keyboard & Touchpad

    The quality of the keyboard will affect you more than anything. Check the space between keys and also check the touchpad. Does it work smoothly? I use a wireless keyboard attached to my laptop. Most people do not use an extra keyboard or mouse. You will be giving all the instructions through these two pointing devices. Make sure that you select the right one.

    RAM

    Most laptops in the market have a 4 GB RAM. Look for a 8 GB RAM. It offers great multitasking features. CPU speed is also an important feature. Do not compromise over CPU speed. Buy the latest CPU with the best possible speed.

    Traditional laptop VS 2 in 1 Notebook

    Laptops can also work as standalone tablets. It is a 2 in 1 feature, and you have to decide which one you want. Personally, I use the laptop for business purposes, and I will use the traditional one. The new laptop generation is called ” Hybrid laptop.” Laptops, mobiles, and tablets are being merged into a single screen. It is a great invention for busy people.

    If you plan to use a general laptop, then buy a hybrid laptop. You can play games, watch movies, and handle your business tasks at the same time.

    Other Important Features:

    1. Laptop battery life
    2. Laptop Warranty
    3. Laptop Adapter
    4. Laptop service center
    5. Colour & Model

    Good, you have read the complete article. In this article, we did not discuss laptop categories. Gaming laptops have to be more efficient than general purpose laptops. Write your requirements on paper and make the purchase carefully. You will be using the laptop for at least 10-12 months before you buy the next one.

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    Boost Your System Start Up

    Change your Windows Settings.

    Slow start ups can also be attributed to some changes in system settings. Windows has this utility called System Configuration that can be used to do the necessary changes.

    • In your desktop, click the Start button then select Run.
    • A dialog box will appear. Type “MSCONFIG” in the type box then press Enter.
    • In the System Configuration Utility, choose the Startup tab to let you see the programs that usually begin during a start up.
    • You will see that there are a lot of programs in the list. To remove unnecessary programs or application, just un-tick the box of the chosen program.
    • Once you are done with the changes, click OK then reboot your system.

    You can also change settings for your Windows services. Here are the steps to follow.

    • After rebooting, reopen again the System Configuration utility.
    • Under the Services tab, tick the box of the option Hide All Microsoft Services to let you view the unnecessary programs that can be also removed.
    • Click OK if you are done.

    Remember that you must remove programs that are totally unnecessary since removing important programs may result to more serious boot problems.

    Perform changes with your system “BIOS”.

    One way in speeding up your system’s boot time is to run some changes in your BIOS or Basic Input/output System. Take note that you should be careful in modifying some settings with your BIOS to avoid further errors.

    • Turn on your computer. Make sure that you must start with your unit completely off.
    • Launch the System BIOS screen based on what your computer manufacturer’s guide says.
    • Once you are in the BIOS setup, locate the BOOT menu.
    • For modern versions, you’ll find the Quick Boot option. Enable this to skip other memory tests.
    • Under the BOOT menu, look for the Boot Device Priority option. Select the first option, which is the Hard Drive then press Enter to finish the changes made.
    • Selecting the Hard Drive will speed up your system start up however, this will also enable your computer to boot from a “CD-ROM”. If you don’t want this, you can always deselect the option by launching the BIOS setup again.

    Disable hardware that is no longer used.

    Your PC loads up a lot of drivers during startup. Disabling unused drivers can shorten your system’s boot time.

    • From your Windows desktop, click the Start button.
    • In the search bar, type Device manager.
    • Locate drivers that you are not using. Some of the common options are Bluetooth devices, virtual Wi-Fi adapters, and modems.
    • Right-click on the device you wish to remove then select Disable.

    Please be mindful that you should be uninstalling those drivers that you are not totally using.

    Uninstall unnecessary fonts.

    During a system start up, your Windows computer loads up a lot of fonts, causing a boot slow down. However, you can remove fonts that you are using. Here’s how to uninstall them.

    For Windows XP

    • Open My Computer then open “Drive C”.
    • Create a new folder and name it as Fonts Backup.
    • Go back to the Local Disk C then open the Windows folder.
    • Locate the Fonts folder. Once opened, choose the fonts you wish to remove. Highlight them then click Edit and choose Copy.
    • Navigate back to the folder you just made ten paste the copied fonts.
    • Go back to the Fonts folder then delete the highlighted fonts.

    For Windows 7

    • From your Windows Desktop, click the Start menu.
    • In the search bar, type Fonts Folder.
    • Once loaded, it will show up all the fonts that are installed in your computer. Check off fonts that you want to remove.
    • Once done, click the Hide button. In this way, you are not totally deleting the fonts rather you are only preventing them to load during a system start up.

    Upgrade your computer memory.

    This must be the traditional method in boosting up your system start up. They are cheap and easy to install.

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    Cloud Backup Solutions

    The biggest problem is that a majority of companies still use old traditional methods. Backing up their systems to external hard drives which they store in an office or safe, not the ideal situation. In the event of a fire or flood, it is possible that not only the computers get damaged, but the safe is compromised, affecting the drives inside, which again means you lose everything.

    Computer disasters are known to cost companies thousands each and every year, which is why you need to be prepared. It doesn’t matter if you have a small work from home office or you run a large corporation, the importance of backing up your system is exactly the same.

    Another problem that is seen with traditional methods of backing up systems is that team members will set an hour aside at the end of each week, backing up their files for the week. While this is diligent, it’s not good enough. In the event of something going wrong with the computer, you will have lost an entire weeks’ worth of work. If all the systems are infected or suffer the same fate, then you lose a weeks’ worth of work off each and every computer in the office. As you can imagine, this is hours of work and possibly thousands of potential income.

    The cloud backup solutions are a leading choice for many companies today who want to ensure that their information and data is safe and secure at all time. This is an affordable solution, which enables you to pay for what you need. For smaller companies you will find that you can use a set amount of storage space online that you need, adding more space as the business grows. It’s a type of modular system, which caters to companies of any size with complete ease.

    The benefit to cloud backup solutions is that you can access the data you have stored at anytime from anywhere. This means that if you get home and realise you forgot to draw up an important invoice or document, you can do it in the comfort of your home at your own personal computer with the log in information you have been provided.

    All you need to use cloud backup storage is an internet connection. This means you can access the data off your phone, tablet or computer at any time. This is very advantageous for managers and directors of companies that want to continue working after hours, but still leave the office.

    Further when you use this type of solution you will find that the backup is stored off site, this reduces the risk of the all your data being destroyed in the event of a fire or other disaster. With the information backed up away from the office, you have complete peace of mind that it will be there when you need it.

    Further you will find that the system is automatic. Not risk of your system not being backed up for days on end. As a document is saved or a report is drawn, the system will automatically back it up to the system, so you know your backup is always current.

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    Fix Speed-Related Errors

    Uninstall Useless Software

    The very first thing you should look at if your PC is not performing at peak speed is the software you have installed. It is often the case that there is an overabundance of programs that you no longer use, and you will regain a lot of speed by getting rid of them. Don’t hang on to that art program you used to complete a project 3 years ago. Uninstall everything that you haven’t used in more than 6 months.

    Install a Good Antivirus

    While you should trim dead weight when it comes to software, one thing which you must absolutely not be without is a good antivirus. A decrease in your system’s speed can often be attributed to malware of any sort, and it is thus prudent to have protection against such threats before they even strike.

    Install Those Updates

    A lot of Windows users put off installing updates as the process can take quite some time to complete. However, these can be essential to your operating system’s function. So, the next time you receive a notification that updates are ready for installation, don’t leave it for another day. The time you spend waiting for them to install and configure (and for your PC to restart or shut down) will be negligible compared to the time you’ll spend waiting for a slow computer to perform vital tasks.

    Immediately Get Rid of Unnecessary Files

    As you use your computer, a lot of unnecessary files will be created. These include temporary files that may fail to disappear when you are done with them, webpages that remain after you’ve finished browsing, or settings for programs that are no longer in use. All of these things take up precious space on your PC’s RAM, so you should take care to get rid of them automatically. You can do this by going to “My Computer” in your local drive, finding the folder marked “Temp” in the “Windows” folder, and deleting everything that is older than the current date.

    It is also worth saying that you should regularly empty your Recycle Bin and delete all those crazy fonts that you never use.

    Avoid Multitasking

    A PC will also slow down if you are making it do too many things at once. Unless it is absolutely necessary to run several programs at the same time, avoid multitasking. Do this thoroughly by properly shutting down the programs you have finished using so that they don’t keep running in the background.

    Defragment Your Drive

    A fragmented hard drive where data for a single file is scattered over several separate locations is another source of slowness. To avoid this, you should defragment your drive regularly, especially if the memory is almost full. Not only will this boost speed; it will also contribute to your hard drive’s longevity.

    Get a Solid State Drive

    The biggest obstacle to speed may very well be your hard drive’s inherent limitations. If you have the cash to spare, it will be well worth your money to invest in a solid state drive. These can be incredibly fast because of their read-times, which can be described as operating at super-speed.

    Clean Your Hardware

    This last step is one of the most frequently neglected by some of the most conscientious computer owners. The simple truth is that a buildup of dirt on any part of your hardware can make your system slow down by creating heat insulation or getting in the way of moving parts. A gentle vacuuming every week or so should take care of this problem.

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    Network Time Servers

    Scheduled System Backups

    Maintaining a routine monthly schedule of successful data back ups is critical to every organization. If systems become out of sync, fail to back up correctly, or at all, it can pose as a liability to your organization. Backups are vital for making sure your system and network remains stable and secure from outside attack.

    Accelerate Your Network

    If your organization uses a wide area file system with multiple users contributing to documents, it can be difficult to figure out which version of a document is the most current. A network accelerator is a type of time server that keeps the time synchronized between multiple devices and users so that multiple people can collaborate on a project, even in real time.

    Network Management

    Should something go wrong with your network, the first place to turn to find out what went wrong is the system log. This log is a key piece of troubleshooting and diagnosing problems. However, if these logs are not synchronized, it can take much longer to find the problem and repair system functioning and performance.

    Intrusion Awareness and Analysis

    In the event that someone is able to hack into your network, you will want to know how the network became compromised and what data might have been accessed by the intruder. This is only possible if your router and service logs are accurately time stamped. Usually, hackers will delete these system logs, however, if they do not and your time data is inaccurate, hackers will have more time and opportunities to exploit the network.

    Regulatory Compliance

    Sometimes, regulatory agencies such as HIPAA and GLBA, as well as others, require your data and transactions to be accurately time stamped. This can aid in the transparency of your business operations, and help speed things along in the event of an audit.

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    Hosted Desktop Services Are A Good Idea

    A Uniform Experience Everywhere On Everything

    Putting software on a central server means everyone can access the same software from anywhere. No more worries about which versions, which licenses, upgrading versions etc. Many HDS services will give access to software using apps that will work on nearly any device such as Citrix which works on Windows, Android, Apple OS, Linux, Unix, phones, tablets and other popular platforms that I may have missed out. It will work on different versions of different operating systems too!

    Backups & Security All Looked After For You

    Backup and security are a necessary pain. It can be a worry when considering HDS; after all, how good is the supplier’s backup and security system? The answer is that it has to be good! Some companies will undoubtedly be storing sensitive and valuable data so HDS suppliers need to make sure everything is backed up in real time or close to it, often across different server locations in different countries.

    Security has to be really good because if anyone hacked into the HDS systems it would be trouble for customer and supplier alike. That goes for up-time too which needs to be 99.99% of the time!

    Because the software and data is stored on the HDS servers if a device is stolen or lost it’s no problem especially with HDS sessions timing out.

    Similarly antivirus and anti-malware services are all taken care of.

    Backup, security and availability will be better than that which most companies have on their own systems.

    Speed

    If you have used Windows based machines you will be familiar with the way that they can slow down over time. Maybe because there is too much software on a PC, because of a virus, perhaps the hard disc has faults, not enough memory or maybe the computer is just generally underpowered. This is not a problem with HDS where the servers are high quality, fast and maintained for you. The servers are doing all the work for you, all your device has to do is run the software that allows you to access the servers which doesn’t tax a device or use much internet bandwidth.

    It’s like having a new PC every day. People can work faster, be more productive and won’t have the frustration associated with slow computers.

    Just as an example I tested loading up Microsoft Word and a few other Microsoft products and the load up times were between half a second and 2 seconds.

    Proactive Support

    Another headache with maintaining software and hardware is keeping everything up to date, often across many devices. Most of that won’t apply with HDS as support staff are keeping everything up to date for their customers and monitoring systems for faults.

    HDS users will still have queries and sometimes things may go wrong so it’s important that support is available during working hours and maybe even 24/7support. This is a level of support available with HDS as many companies are using it and some at all hours.

    Improved Cash Flow

    HDS is a scalable subscription service where different people can use different software at different times. This gives flexibility that can be controlled. The cost can be fixed to be the same each month or it can be capped to how much a customer is willing to spend each month allowing flexibility without loss of control. There are few unexpected expenses to accommodate. HDS is an easy service to build into a company’s monthly and yearly budget.

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    New Era of Computers

    Online dating sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes to partaking in romantic relationships. Online dating is the practice of searching for a romantic or sexual partner on the Internet. This will usually begin with a flurry of emails. However, the modern way of dating was to introduce people to one another or meet a person at a sports bar. Majority of people states that online dating is a good way to meet others. People in this period of time have become comfortable with expressing themselves with words contrary to their physical appearances, eliminating the likelihood of judgment and bias. Fifteen percent of U.S. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps (Smith 2016). Websites like Match.com and eHarmony.com are number one trusted, online dating sites for singles. These websites will allow a person to join their network for free to begin looking for the love of his or her life. People have a natural instinct for companionship, and the Internet has made the process of falling in love quicker than it used to be centuries ago. Research has shown that online dating is becoming more accepted over time and that attitudes towards it have become more positive (Smith & Duggan, 2013). It is also argued that the convenience and accessibility of Internet dating will stimulate increased usage and will help develop Internet dating into a social norm (Brooks, 2011).

    Social media sites have revolutionized the way people communicate and socialize on the Web. Social media is a website or an application that enables a user to share, create or participate in social networking content. Facebook and Twitter are the two most popular, social media websites of this new era. Facebook allows registered users to create profiles, upload pictures, share pictures, and upload videos. Accepting a friend request is the first step to initiating a friendship with another Facebook user. Once the friend request is accepted, socializing can begin between the two users. According to Abutaleb (2015) Facebook had 1.55 billion monthly active users as of Sept. 30, up 14 percent from a year earlier. Of these, 1.39 billion used the service on mobile devices. Facebook has affected the activity and social life of people in various ways. Facebook allows people using computers or mobile phones to share photos, stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they are in the world, as long as there is access to the Internet. It has reunified lost family members and friends. Similar to Facebook, registered Twitter users can post and read tweets. Twitter is a good way to keep in touch with friends and promote student interaction. According to Hanna (2011), Companies and organizations are looking to online social marketing programs and campaigns in an effort to reach consumers. However, the challenge facing many companies is that although they recognize the need to be active in social media, they do not truly understand how to do it effectively, what performance indicators they should be measuring, and how they should measure them. Further, as companies develop social media strategies, platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter are too often treated as stand-alone elements rather than part of an integrated system.

    Video Conferencing is not excluded from the new era of computers. The invention of the webcam has allowed people to communicate in ways that were not imaginable centuries ago. People no longer have to travel an extreme distance to have a meeting or discussion. Video conferencing have also become an alternative way for teachers and their students to communicate, contrary to the traditional way when face to face in the classroom was mandatory, this provides students and teachers with the opportunity to learn and teach by participating in two-way communication forums. Furthermore, teachers and lecturers worldwide can be brought to secluded or otherwise isolated educational facilities. Students from diverse backgrounds can learn about each other. Sometimes it is simply not possible to have direct meetings with two or more people. However, video conferencing adds another possible alternative, and can be considered when a live conversation is needed; the parties of the conversation can’t physically come to the same location; or the expense or time of travel is a consideration. For example, Facetime is a program on the iPhone that will allow iPhone carriers to communicate using video conferencing. According to Abdelkader (2014), it is a powerful alternative that educators can use to deliver instruction across distances. It can reduce barriers such as travel safety, costs, and time that can impede trips designed for intellectual exchanges as it offers a viable means to develop a platform for addressing social and work place changing.

    In conclusion, computers are here to stay, and we can expect more inventions of new technology in the future. Apple Inc., Microsoft, and Dell are all major developers, designers, and sellers of computer electronics, computer software, and online services. Apple Inc. introduced the new all-in-one desktop that has all of its components, except the keyboard, built into the monitor. Contrary to Apple Inc., Dell is the developer of computers and software and not cell phones. On the other hand, Microsoft is best known for its software products. Some of the operating systems that are developed by Microsoft includes, but is not limited to, Windows XP; Windows 8; Windows 10; and Microsoft Office. In fact, Microsoft introduced a new browser in the year 2015 called Microsoft Edge that has an intelligent personal assistant named Cortana.

    These companies are major contributors to the new computer era. Our society has grown to a culture that is connected through the Internet. Remote access will allow a person to control all Wi-Fi enable devices from his or her smart phone, Apple pay has capabilities to make purchases at a store using an iPhone or an Apple watch, and a car can be started and unlocked through a program called Onstar. These are all examples of the new revolution of technology. Things like electric cars, smart televisions, and other computerized machines have proven that computers are intelligent, and the world has become dependent upon them. Computers are an effective way to communicate and this can have a positive result on a person’s expectations and opportunities.

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    Changing Trends Of Cloud Gateways

    1. Two of the most as of late presented creative elements are “use case customization” and “Cloud Enablement”.
    2. The principal use-case customization approach includes the merchant’s serious spotlight on planning tailor-made Gateway for the particular distributed storage prerequisites and specific fragments.
    3. Cloud Enablement has killed the worries of the end-clients, and now they have complete trust in transferring their computerized information resources in cloud. Along these lines, a different scope of distributed storage arrangements are accessible for specific needs, and can best fit assortment of capacity situations.
    4. More adaptability was required for Cloud Gateways so as to consistently incorporate in big business situations. In this way the entryways needed to embrace the qualities of information stockpiling stack. Thus, the entryways have changed into Controllers.
    5. Sellers of the entryway controllers consolidated new cutting edge components to hoist system execution, while tending to the requesting information administration challenges. In any case, as such, these controllers have not yet succeeded in accomplishing these objectives.
    6. 6. Because of advancing client needs and blasting information volumes, the IT heads are thinking that its harder to handle the system stockpiling challenges. Information development implies more limit, as well as incorporates the expanding number of end-focuses and more noteworthy use of video correspondence.
    7. Best answer for these new requesting difficulties is computerized information administration. The information records must be kept up, relocated and duplicated productively with no human impedance.
    8. For more noteworthy operational productivity, it is vital that the organizations ought to have the capacity to independently alter the strategies and coordinate them in their system. The end-client must have the adaptability to change strategies and handle broadest scope of particular endeavor needs.
    9. The tweaked information controller will assist add to its state-to-the-craftsmanship includes, and encourage fortify the stage for overseeing unfathomable information volumes out in the open/private cloud situations.