Improve and Protect Your PC with Windows Updates

If your business uses computers with any version of the Windows operating system, then you and your employees have seen the pop-ups asking you to update to the latest version. If you and your staff are like most users, you probably close the pop-up and go back to what you were doing when it appeared. Did you know that you could be compromising your computers’ performance and security by not updating?

All Windows products have a life cycle. This means that after a certain date determined by Microsoft, they will no longer be providing updates, security or support for a specific product. Most recently, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in 2014 and plans to do so for Vista in 2017.

Other than having the most recent operating system available, here are the top 3 reasons why your business should update its computers:

  1. Protection from malicious software. *Even if you use anti-virus or anti-malware programs, they may not provide sufficient protection from security threats. Windows’ security updates are tailored to the needs of the operating system, providing the best protection possible.
  2. Get the bugs out.* No operating system is perfect. All have bugs or other issues that may impact the performance of your computer. Newer versions of operating systems are improvements on previous versions, often resolving issues from the past.
  3. Access new software and features. *New operating systems come with new features that you may not have had with your previous operating system. These features may come in the form of software or upgrades to existing software, like Microsoft Office, for example.

If you’re wondering how much these updates will cost you, don’t fret. If you’re running Windows 8, you may be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10, the most recent edition of the operating system, from Microsoft. If you do take advantage of this offer, you will have support from Microsoft until 2025.

When you should update depends on which operating system you have. If you are using Windows 8, it is recommended to install Windows 10. However, if you are running Windows 7, you should wait at least a year to install Windows 10 because this will give Microsoft the opportunity to resolve any issues that arise during that time.

An updated computer is essential to your business’ daily activities. Not only will your computers perform better with an updated operating system, but they will be safer from viruses and other threats. If your business would like to install the latest version of Windows, please contact us. Our IT Support team would be happy to help you.


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Computer viruses are not a new topic, and just like humans computers get infected with viruses too. A computer virus is a small software program that is designed to spread from one computer to another to interfere with computer operation. Viruses are everywhere on the internet and can be found in anything including emails, links, and programs. Even viruses can be disguised in commonly downloaded files such as images, cards, audio and video files. Microsoft recommends keeping your computer up to date with latest updates and antivirus tools. There are many different types of viruses and new ones are invented daily.

End of Support Windows Server 2003

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Now we all survived the end of support for Windows XP with the only damage being seen in our bank accounts and maybe a file or two missing. We have another apocalypse to overcome within the next year being end of support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2. In less than 1 year on July 14, 2015 Microsoft is ending extended support for these operating systems.

Importance of Backups

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According to the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, “93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. 50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately.” Big data is a very important topic and should be a concern all business managers have. As companies create, store, and use digital files there needs to be a system to ensure these files do not get lost. Going away are the days of endless rows of file cabinets and replacing them are endless rows of servers. Ensuring your company has a proper backup could save the company from bankruptcy in the chance a major disaster happens, and more importantly save time in disaster recovery. 

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