There’s no denying that Windows 10 users have had their fill of updates since the release of Microsoft’s new operating system back in July this year. When the free update encouraged millions of users to update to the new system, little did they know that a stream of issues related to security, compatibility, and software applications would need them to update their system numerous times before all the issues had been fixed. One of the main issues with these updates is that they are programmed to install automatically, without asking the permission of the user. In addition, lots of users were put off by the fact that Windows 10 would be provided as an automatic update, hidden among a raft of other updates. However, Microsoft have mow finally addressed this issue, and have released a new update that puts the user back in control. Let’s take a closer look at how this works.

This new update is set for Windows 10 Enterprise, Education and Pro users, and allows you to choose which updates you would like your system to automatically install. You can also defer your updates for a period of up to eight months, if you so wish, meaning that you have full control over both what updates are installed, and when they are installed. Users will be able to distinguish between ‘updates’, which means system patches and software updates, and ‘upgrades’, which are wholesale upgrades to the Windows 10 system. However, for other Windows 10 users, meaning those not using the Enterprise, Education or Pro versions, updates are still automatic and cannot be deferred, cancelled, or altered in this way. So why is this?

Jeremy Korst, the General Manager of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices team, said that this for the customer’s own good, as it means they will always have the most up to date, secure system possible. However, this could causes issues for some business users, who may want to back up their systems before upgrading.

If your business is using Windows 10 and you are worried about how these automatic updates might affect you, contacts us today to find out how our services related to computer IT support London could help you.

Here at Bits and PCs, we don’t just provide IT support in London: we’re also passionate about educating our customers on the subject of cloud computing. We’ve discussed the benefits of cloud migration for businesses on previous occasions, but should ordinary PC users be considering using the cloud more? We believe that migrating your data and your applications to the cloud can help you even if you only use your computer for personal or casual tasks.

1. Data security

Using the cloud to back-up your data can help protect it. Data that is only stored physically can be lost or corrupted if the hardware it is stored on is damaged, stolen or lost. As someone who doesn’t use their computer for business activities, you may not keep many work-related files on your PC. However, that doesn’t mean that your data isn’t important. You may keep personal projects, digital family photographs or important documents containing personal information. Migrating this data to the cloud can help ensure that you don’t lose it. Remember that data that relates to your personal life is no less important than data that relates to your work life.

2. Data accessibility

You can access applications and files that are stored in the cloud using almost any device. Migrating your data and applications to the cloud is therefore a fantastic way of ensuring that you can get hold of your data whenever you need it. Have you ever wanted to show someone an image or find personal information in a document that you saved on a laptop when you don’t have the device with you? Have you ever wanted to carry out a simple task only to realise you don’t have the right app on any of the devices you’re carrying? If so, you’ll know how frustrating it can be not to be able to access your data. Cloud computing enables you to find the data you want on your mobile phone, your tablet or even on a friend’s computer. Ordinary people already use social media to store certain images and pieces of information, thereby allowing them to access that data from anywhere and on any device. Just think of cloud computing as the logical extension of this practice. The only real difference is that cloud computing can enable you to access all your data and apps, not just a few.

3. Data persistence

The cloud is a fantastic way of storing data that you want to hold on to for a long time. As the years go by, you are likely to upgrade and replace your computing devices. Inevitably, some data will be thrown away along with the old hardware. A document, image or video file may have special sentimental significance, however. Storing it on the cloud will ensure that you can access it long after you have stopped using the device where the content was originally created or saved.

The cloud isn’t just for business-critical data. Cloud migration can make your life easier, even if you’re the world’s most casual computer user!

Windows 10 already has a chequered history. Despite only being released earlier this year, it seems that more has been written about Microsoft’s latest operating system than any that have come before it. From the innovative new idea of a free upgrade, to the many bugs, glitches, and issues that it has caused users around the world, Windows 10 is certainly making headlines. However, although many people feel that these issues may have put people off using the new operating system, statistics instead suggest that the opposite is happening – so let’s take a look at them in more detail.

Windows 10 on the rise

Contrary to what many people think, Windows 10 usage is actually on the rise as of the start of this month, according to statistics collated by the Irish analytics research firm StatCounter. It shows that after plummeting severely in August and September, Windows 10 usage is now on the up throughout the world. However, as this firm uses browser analytics to determine the number of users, it is not entirely accurate. For example, if someone has upgraded but is not connected to the internet, then they would not show up in the results. But despite this, this data is surely good news for Microsoft, who have resorted to pushing the free upgrade on to users in recent months, so as to encourage people to upgrade as soon as possible.

Why is this happening?

Lots of industry experts feel that the free upgrade offer is causing many to upgrade, despite its initial faults. In addition, there is the feeling that Microsoft has finally put the major issues to bed with its many software updates, and now Windows 10 is working better than ever before.

If your business is thinking about making the upgrade to Windows 10, and wants to find out how our services could help, then contact us today online or by calling 0207 22 11 355 to find out more about our services related to business IT support in London.

 

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As we discussed in an earlier blog entry, Microsoft are planning to release a recommended update that will install the Windows 10 OS next year. The plans have proved to be controversial as many Windows users feel that they are not being given a choice about whether they want the new OS or not. Here at Bits and PCs, we’ve been offering high-quality computer support in London for both individuals and businesses since 2010. In that time, we’ve learned how important it can be to our users to keep their preferred Operating Systems. So what are your options if you’re not ready to upgrade to Windows 10 yet, or if you’d rather stick with an older OS indefinitely?

The easiest way you can prevent Windows 10 from being installed automatically on your PC is to change your update settings. You can find your update settings in the control panel (though they may be located in slightly different places within your control panel or labelled slightly differently depending on which Windows OS you currently use). When you have located your your update settings, you can check if your PC is set up to automatically download and install recommended updates. If it is, then it will install Windows 10 automatically. However, you can simply turn this feature off, which should prevent your computer from downloading anything you don’t want it to.

If you’re feeling particularly worried, you can always turn off automatic updating altogether. This will prevent your PC from installing and downloading updates regardless of whether they are categorised as important or recommended. You can choose to have your computer download updates but ask you before installing them, notify you of available updates but not download or install them without your permission, or simply never check for updates at all. Choosing any of these options will guarantee that your PC won’t install Windows 10 without your permission. However, it’s worth noting that it is not advisable to prevent your computer from searching for updates altogether, as some updates are vital for protecting your online security. We strongly recommend that you allow your computer to check for updates (or check for and download updates) but prevent it from installing them without your permission.

The distribution of the Windows 10 operating system through updates is completely unprecedented. Luckily, opting out is easy: simply follow the steps that we’ve provided in this blog entry! Just remember to keep a close eye on your PC’s security if you do choose to turn off the automatic updates.

Microsoft Windows 10 has been analysed countless times since launching, and many will continue to do so as tens of millions more people download it for free across the world.

Although flawed in its own ways, the latest version of Windows has its perks both for the average laptop user and the more qualified business IT support services in London and beyond. For those of you who haven’t uploaded this latest version yet, here are a few of the handy features it comes with.

1. Return of the Start menu

The much-missed Start menu feature has returned, this time with updated graphics and the ability to go full-screen. It looks like a vague hybrid between the tile-laden Windows 8 screen and its predecessor, the Windows 7 start menu, although Microsoft allows you to switch to the Windows 8-style screen if you prefer it by forcing your laptop into its tablet mode. To do this, open the settings option and click ‘Personalisation’. Under Start behaviours you’ll find the option to revert to a full-screen menu when in desktop mode.

2. Cortana

Intended as a rival to Google Now and Siri, Cortana sits next to the Start button as one of Microsoft’s main features in its latest model. Marketed as your “clever personal assistant”, the features helps you manage your calendar, find things on your PC, find files and numerous other functions. It does this through speech-recognising software, reacting to commands you give and carrying out searches for you. The extent of these commands is quite vast: among its more unusual features is the ability to show the most recent football scores and even tell jokes. It has its uses for those who struggle to type due to arthritis or other conditions, as well as for others who are simply tired of using the keyboard.

3. Xbox app and streaming

A definite perk for gamers, the latest version comes installed with the most up-to-date Xbox app, with features including the ability to control your Xbox console as well as a DVR capture for all Windows games. On top of this, you can also play multi-player games across the two platforms – mixing up the experiences of Xbox One and PC playing – alongside being able to stream games from the console onto the laptop screen.

 

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