Windows 8 on Your New PC

Microsoft released the latest version of Windows, Windows 8, at the end of 2012. Now that it has been available for a few months, PC manufacturers are starting to bundle new systems with Windows 8 as their default operating system choice. As a rule, we do not recommend upgrading to the latest version of any software until a few months of widespread use have identified key issues or incompatibilities. Now that Windows 8 is past this stage, we have found that it will work as well as Windows 7 in many circumstances.

Windows 8 is built on top of Windows 7 so they are very similar at their core. Once of the biggest differences, and immediately noticeable, is that Microsoft removed the traditional Start Menu that has been the cornerstone of Windows since 1995. This was done to create a touch-friendly user interface that is similar across Microsoft platforms much like Apple and the iPhone/iPad. After working with it for almost a year, we have found that it has it merits. If given the option, we would still choose Windows 7 over Windows 8 but it is really a matter of preference.

If you have questions about whether or not Windows 8 is the right choice for you, please give us a call.

Is your backup really a backup?

We cannot stress enough how important it is to back up your data. If you do not have a copy of your data in more than one place at a given time, it should not be considered safe or backed-up. Many customers make the mistake of coping data to an external hard drive, deleting it off their main computer to free up space, and thinking it is backed up. Since the data now only resides on the external hard drive, it is at risk when the drive fails. Make no mistake: all hard drives will fail at some point – some sooner than others. Give us a call today to discuss the many options available for protecting your data.

Regular Tune Ups

Computers function much like cars. After actually having my personal car tuned-up today, this fact is clear and simple. If you perform regular tune-ups, you will have more consistent experience with performance and speed. Aspire recommends having your system evaluated and tuned-up annually regardless of whether you are using your computer is a business or residential setting. Regular maintenance often times reveals virus infections or imminent hardware failures before they become critical. Our tune-ups are comprehensive and will ensure your system is running at peak performance. Call Aspire today to schedule a tune-up for your computer.

Java Malware on the Rise

Java exploits that allow malware installation appears to be on the rise lately. While this has been an issue for many years, it has been gaining more media attention in recent weeks. Keeping Java up to date is key to limiting your exposure. If you have Java installed, it will check for update periodically and notify you in the bottom-right corner of the screen. When prompted, install the Java updates as soon as they appear. If you happen to become infected with malware, give Aspire a call – we are virus and malware removal experts!

Our new website is finally here!

Aspire Technology Solutions, Inc. is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website, designed with a new look and convenient, user-friendly navigation. Plus, we’ve made great efforts to update you with the latest information about our products and services.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site, finding more options and information each time, and that it will be yet another tool for strengthening our business relations.