The Village Voice Oct /Nov 2019



Lots of people found their computers

forcibly upgrade to Windows 10, even

though they were quite happy with their

Windows 7 computer. Even if you valiantly

resisted Microsoft’s attempts, come 14

January 2020, you’ll have to do something

when Microsoft ceases support for

Windows 7.

So if you are still running Windows 7, or

your upgraded PC doesn’t cut the mustard,

what do you do?

The problem is, you may find someone who

can decipher all the nonsense but what

does it mean in the real world? Have much

main memory is sufficient for the sort of

things you are going to want to do? What is

a USB C port and how many do you need?

I am often contacted by people who have

bought a cheap device on the

understanding that they ‘don’t do much’.

Trouble is, some of the cheaper computers

are under-specified for everything!

Well you may notice that in between

January next year and now is…..Christmas!

If you don’t have family who might take a

hint, maybe it’s time to treat yourself!

You have a number of options;

1. Buy a new Windows 10 computer. It will

work fairly similarly to your current

computer and should be able to run the

same or similar programs you use now. It

does sometimes act a bit strangely though.

A bit of advice from someone who isn’t

trying to sell you a particular computer can

go a long way. So, if you don’t have a

suitable child to hand, ask your friendly

computer techie. It’ll save you money and

grief in the long run!

2. Change to an Apple computer. I have

helped a number of my clients change and

it’s not as hard as you might think, given a

bit of help. They come with all the standard

sorts of programs but learning where

everything is can take a bit of effort.

3. Do you need a computer at all? I have

clients who have ditched their computers

and now use a tablet exclusively. The iPad

is by far the most common but there are

other tablets available.

All sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? Until of

course you go into Currys or John Lewis or

look online, that is. There’s an awful lot of

numbers and acronyms involved in buying

tech these days and not as much

knowledge from retailers as you might


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