Recent Changes - Search:

The Computer Log

edit SideBar


The Computer Log #2 for November 4, 2009

   This weeks “Computer Log” will be all Microsoft.

As most of you are aware Windows 7 was launched and it may be a winner, unless you use legacy software, you may have problems. There is a Virtual Windows XP in it and I am not sure if it is preloaded or not. The versions of Windows 7 I have tried did not have XP pre-installed. You can run Windows 7 in Classic Mode and it will feels and look much like Windows 2000 or 98. You will need a computer that has at least 1 gig of ram and a 1 gigahertz processor. Microsoft is hoping that this will redeem them over the Vista problems, but if you are a business, I would be vary wary and run a test machine before updating. The big problem is that Windows XP to Windows 7 is not an easy update. XP to Windows 7 requires a second drive to copy all the data to it and do a clean installation. Vista will upgrade easier... No second drive needed.

Now to the second bit of “Microsoft News”. Update Tuesday which is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, and the Microsoft update was the biggest in the history of the update process. Most of the updates were security updates and if you still use a dial-up connection it may take a long time to get them all so this may be a good time to upgrade to hi-speed Internet service either via ADSL from the local phone company or a cable modem from the local Cable TV provider. If you are unable to get standard Hi-Speed from conventional sources you may need to get Hi-Speed Internet via Satellite, but there are issues with Internet via satellite so be wary what it will do. Some areas do have wireless Internet via a local microwave transmitter available.

My free software tip of the day is from “Microsoft”. They now have an anti-virus that is down-loadable from the Microsoft website at . Remember to un-install any other anti-virus program you may have on your computer now. I have this on an XP machine and it works just fine. I hate to pay for anything that I can get free on the web from “Legit” sources.

Franklin S Werren is a computer technician and runs Chautauqua Lake Hosting and Franks Radio in Sherman NY. And can be found on the web at and via e-mail at or and yes I do play the Bagpipes.

Disclaimer: “Franklin S Werren” or the “Chautauqua Star” have not received any money or promotional items in anything talked about in this column.

Edit - History - Print - Recent Changes - Search
Page last modified on November 23, 2009, at 11:24 AM EST