Category Archives: Windows XP

Time Is Running Out – Windows XP

As many, if not most, Windows computer users are aware support for Windows XP is fast approaching – April 8th to be exact.

Windows XP End

At this late stage one can only wonder what threats emerge for those customers still running Windows XP after April 8th?

We are very pleased that the majority of GJ’s Computer Services customers, particularly our SMB clients, have over the past couple of years updated their Windows machines to mainly Windows 7, but also Windows 8/8.1. Those that have not are planning to do so and are mainly home users.

Today Microsoft, in partnership with LapLink, announced a free data migration tool for Windows XP users, which will copy files & settings from the Windows XP Computer to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP will be available for download later this week from http://gjscomp.com/1ktThdI.

Lastly, from March 8th Windows XP (Home & Professional) editions who receive Windows updates automatically will also start receiving notifications via the Screen Desktop informing them of the end of Windows XP Support on April 8th.

If you are unsure of what Windows Operating System you are running you can visit http://gjscomp.com/1gOp7fI to check.

If you are looking to upgrade your ‘old’ Windows XP machine or upgrading any Windows computers Geejay can purchase machines for you as well as migrate your data and settings.

I Need a New Computer

In recent times GJ’s Computer Services has had a number of customers requiring a new computer. As these things go the first question we are asked once a new computer is required is should I buy a Mac, or a PC?

As a business offering technology support we are agnostic as to which platform best suits customers. Both with our input and advice together with customers seeking information from other sources, many are deciding upon, for the first time, purchasing a Mac (Laptop or Desktop).

Our view is whatever is likely to work best for the customer. If you are coming from a Windows (PC) background you need to be aware that the two systems work slightly differently, for example, the minimise, maximise and close window icons are at the top left of the open window on a Mac rather than on the right on a PC. These and other slight differences should take the majority of users little time to get used to.

At the end of the day many, if not most, home users are using the Computer to send and receive emails, Browse the Internet, Communicate via Skype and Write Documents.

It is important to note that if you are migrating from a Windows PC to a Mac that some applications may not even exist for the Apple Operating System. Others, taking for example Dragon Dictation, you will need to purchase the Mac version. Users can run Windows on a Mac, and if this is something you are considering, or require please contact us.

On average Macs cost more than Windows Computers. Many people like the fact that with the iMac the Computer and Monitor is all in one. It is somewhat surprising that many computer users are not aware that this form factor also exists with Windows computers.

GJ’s Computer Services can purchase Apple Hardware and Software on your behalf. Generally, we recommend upgrading the base model specifications that are offered, including faster processors and additional memory. We also recommend purchasing Apple Care (extended warranty) and registering for OnetoOne lessons (if you are new to Apple Computers).

For those whom are getting a new computer replacing the aged Windows XP, it is likely that you will have to learn new Windows skills as Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8/8.1 is vastly different to XP, with even the Desktop being different enough that some may struggle in navigating around. We are still able to source Windows 8 Downgrade to Windows 7 machines, or Custom Built Windows 7 computers. However, these are becoming rarer. If you are looking to buy a Windows machine retail only Windows 8 is available.

At the end of the day if any computer system is set up and installed properly and according to the users particular method taken into consideration as well as having a proper lesson(s) and basically ‘playing around’ anyone can be comfortable in using any system.

BUSINESSES FAILING TO ADOPT NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL HAVE EGG ON THEIR FACE if they do not upgrade their existing Windows XP Computers by April 2014

It’s downright unprofessional and embarrassing when your PC is compromised and your entire contact list receives an email to “lose 15kg in just 15 days”, complete with a dodgy link fishing for their personal details. That’s something which could well be inevitable for XP users beyond April 2014 when security updates cease. It’s well known in cyber-security circles http://wind8apps.com/windows-xp-hackers-zero-day-vulnerabilities/#! that new vulnerabilities discovered being exploited by hackers in Windows XP has reduced considerably over the past quarter. Many experts are suggesting this shows the hackers are biding their time – they know if they discover exploits now Microsoft will still quickly patch them – but once they discover new exploits beyond April it’ll be a free for all and the hackers could demand considerably higher-than-usual fees to cyber-criminals who in turn can take control of millions of unpatched PCs. A dodgy email could be the best outcome; stolen personal information, passwords and credit card details are not out of the question.