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Windows 10 Recommendation

Microsoft is close to releasing the next version of Windows, Windows 10, and the icon shown here is showing up on the lower-right corner of many computer screens, saying “Get Windows 10”. That’s because Microsoft is offering the Windows 10 upgrade for free to all who have a valid copy of Windows 8.1 or Windows [...]

Dell Command | Update

For Dell Optiplex, Latitude and Precision Owners only: Many people get themselves into trouble by downloading programs that update drivers, but if you own a Dell Optiplex, Latitude or Precision computer, there is an excellent option from Dell that will give you the “straight scoop” on driver, firmware, and bios and updates.  Dell Command | [...]

Windows 10: Free and Easy!

Microsoft is redeeming themselves after the long debacle of Windows 8: They have announced that they are giving away the next version of Windows, which will be called Windows 10. And what’s even more amazing? It will be available through Windows update! By visiting the Microsoft Technical Preview page and clicking on the “Start Upgrade [...]

Normally, this step is not necessary because Iowa PC Services takes care of this for you. However, there are occasions when you may need to enter the username and password into your ESET NOD32 Antivirus program. You can find clear instructions here.

Change how icons appear in the notification area

The notification area is in the lower-right corner of the screen, located at the far right of the taskbar. It contains program icons that provide status and notifications about things like incoming e?mail, updates, and network connectivity. For help on how to change which icons show in the notification area, please see this handy article [...]

Yes, it’s true that we recommend that Java be uninstalled. It’s not that Java is malicious, but that there are definite security problems associated with having java on your computer. According to an article in USA Today, Kaspersky Lab estimated that in 2013 50 percent of all website exploitations were due to vulnerabilities in Java. Because of [...]

Help for Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition users

Microsoft recently made a change that affects all users of Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition that has made it completely unusable for many of our customers. Here is a work-around and a solution to that problem…

Using JAWS with Windows Live Mail

Many of our blind customers use the popular screen reading program called Jaws for Windows. Windows Live Mail, the current free email client available from Microsoft, can be used with Jaws, with the proper know-how. An excellent guide to using  Jaws with Windows Live Mail 2011, written by David Bailes, is available at the following [...]

Make Wireless Networks Reliable

  I’ve heard it time after time:  “My wireless keeps dropping!  I’m so frustrated!”  If this sounds like you, then read on.  And you may be surprised by the answer: it’s probably not what you expected to hear. Even with the latest and greatest wireless “N” routers, this is an ongoing problem.  This brief article [...]

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