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That’s a great question to ask if you are considering upgrading your system. A fresh Operating System may sometimes offer a boost in speed, reliability and new features to explore. With a little bit of research, upgrading to a newer operating system can be a easy painless process. But first, you need to know where you stand!

Over the past 10 years Microsoft has jumped from the quirky Windows Vista to the stable Windows 7 and pushed the envelope (a little too far maybe?) with Windows 8 followed shortly by its fix 8.1, then ultimately offered the grand release last year of Windows 10. The newest darling of the pc world, Microsoft made headlines worldwide last year by offering Windows 10 to everyone as a free upgrade. Great news for anyone who remembers the long lines years ago waiting to purchase the latest Microsoft OS. While you may not be running Windows 10 yet, with consistent pop-ups from Microsoft urging you to make that leap it is good to know what you have before you take the plunge.

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The easiest way to determine which version of Windows you are running would be to check labeling that may be present on the outside of your unit. Typically placed on the sides or bottom cover of the pc you may find a Microsoft branded sticker marking which version of Windows you may currently have. Keep in mind, this may not always be accurate particularly if you received the unit second hand, the operating system may have been up or down graded.

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If there isn’t any labeling or you can still get confirmation of which OS you have by first going to the start menu in the lower left corner (If you do not have this, chances are you are probably running Windows 8 or 8.1) and navigate to the header marked Computer. Right clicking on Computer will bring up a box which will include the word Properties click on this box and it will bring you to a system information page which will give you great information about your PC such as which version of the OS you are running, whether it is 32 or 64 bit, how much RAM your system has, and which processor is being used.

After you have settled the issue of what Operating System you are using, the next thing you must do before upgrading will be to go to your PC manufacturers website to check for any compatibility issues with the new Operating System. Units running on XP and Vista may be able to handle an upgrade to Windows 7 but will probably not be able to handle 8, 8.1 or 10. Units on 7 may be up-gradable to 8 or 8.1 but may not be able to make the change to 10. This is because of very specific driver related issues. Keep in mind, moving forward with an upgrade on a system that is not compatible may result in data loss. We can not stress enough how important it is to check if your manufacturer has created drivers for your particular unit to work with the new OS you want. Microsoft is not going to check for you, and will not cover you if you fail to do your own due diligence.

If all looks good feel free to move forward with an upgrade, or if you are still not for sure reach out to a professional computer technician. We are more then happy to check compatibility, load your chosen Operating System as well as any drivers to help your unit run fast and efficient.

A computer guru with ten years of professional experience. From corporate IT to forensic data recovery, he has seen it all and has the stories to prove it. His hobbies include programming and ice hockey.
By Karim Salmi / BlogData Recovery / 0 Comments

In this article we’ll talk candidly about the lurking dangers of a dirty desktop and why it’s important to maintain minimal tower dust, otherwise you risk your computer’s performance and losing all your hard earned data.

Um, was your desktop located next to a fireplace?”

This is the last thing you want to be asked by the computer repair guy after he’s checked out your desktop then given you the callback. And, by the way, if your desktop does happen to be located by a fireplace…MOVE IT!

Problem is, these days a fair amount of desktop users simply do not clean their towers or bother to maintain their computer’s innards, mainly due to a non-techy fear of “messing” with it. So for years the complex just sits there, fans blowing away, while layer upon layer of dust collects around the power supply, sound/video cards, heatsinks, memory sticks, and all else.

Desktop towers are designed to suck in fresh air that continually dissipates heat and keeps the temperature cool. This is especially the case with fans, but like any house fan they get dirty…real dirty.

Difference is, these fans are out of sight, and out of sight out of mind.

Eventually this desktop-debris builds to a point where it begins slowing down performance, causing crashes, and increasing pressure on fans which can lead to a blow out if left unchecked.

Sorry, but because I can’t warranty my work I can’t help you with your desktop.”

Yep, when the desktop eventually breaks down or a card goes kaput, many smaller home computer repair shops will refuse to work on or even clean it. They can’t warranty their wading through the sludge. So that $1200 gaming desktop that should easily last a decade will be lucky to struggle through maybe 2-4 years if not correctly maintained.

That being said…

3 Tips to Maintaining a Clean Desktop

Without going overboard here let’s briefly talk about three specific ways you can make maintaining your desktop 1000 times easier, and if things go south, where to turn.

#1: Measure Your Computers Performance Over Time

You can find all kinds of free tools, apps, and software that act as a Desktop CPU meter and keep tabs on your computer’s data processing speed along with other important metrics like ram usage and core temperature. Most allow you to set up alerts and reminders so you don’t neglect your desktop if it’s showing signs of dusty-distress.

#2: Invest in some Desk Cleaning Accessories

All desktop users should have at least one can of compressed air to occasionally and safely clean things up a bit (be sure to do this in a well ventilated area), as well as microfiber cloth to get rid of dust vs. other types of cloth which will leave their own fibers laying around. Consider investing in a desktop cleaning kit that provides all the goodies at a reasonable price!

#3: If Things Go Bad, Consult True Computer Technicians

If you’ve let your computer gather debris for too long and it looks like a tech-jungle in there, don’t hesitate to reach out to seasoned professionals for desktop computer service that go far above and beyond your average local computer repair shop. We’re here around the clock if you need us.

 

A computer guru with ten years of professional experience. From corporate IT to forensic data recovery, he has seen it all and has the stories to prove it. His hobbies include programming and ice hockey.