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Windows 10 Gets a Big Update

The Spring 2018 update for Windows 10, also known as the Version 1803 Update, is a major change in some areas and can take a very long time to implement on older systems.

If you begin the update process, please be patient and don’t turn your computer off!  Doing so could result in a catastrophic loss of data and/or hardware malfunctions, driver losses, etc.  During the update process, the computer will reboot a few times.  Just be patient and let the installation fully finish, and you will ultimately see the familiar login screen when complete.

A few things to note about this new upgrade:

  1. Most importantly, the Windows Homegroup used for file sharing has been completely removed.  Shared files/folders already set up will continue to be shared, but new sharing options will need to be done via the Windows 10 options.
  2. A new “Time Line” feature has been added to allow users to “pick up where they left off” with recently access documents, web browser pages, etc.
  3. A new “Focus” feature has been added as an option to turn off notifications during times when you want to focus on work, deliver a presentation, etc.

If you are unsure about this major update, we are here to help!  We can offer consulting to help you begin the install process, and help with any post-installation issues that might arise (for example, a few users may lose some older drivers that are from “legacy devices” that need to be re-installed or updated properly).

A bit more can be found here.

Happy Computing!

Paul @ Longmont Computer

Virus Removal and Pop-Up Blockers

We do a lot of work removing viruses and unwanted programs (aka malware, spyware, bloatware). Sometimes, Mac computers get infected too. We recently cleaned up a Mac system that had been infected with the “Chumware.com” search engine malware. A pop-up blocker could have prevented this.

It is highly recommended that you don’t click on anything in your web browser that you didn’t intend to see or visit! If you see any pop-up windows asking you to call a phone number to “fix” or “clean up” your system, either close that window or shut down your web browser immediately. This is also true of pop-up windows pretending to be from major vendors like Microsoft or Apple.

If you fear that you have an infected system, contact us today! We are here to help and will clean up your computer system, implementing security measures to keep it running in great shape moving forward, free of malware!

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