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Basic Tips to secure and protect your data

Computer Maintenance:

You may not realize it, but your computer and your vehicle have something in common: they both need regular maintenance. No, you don’t need to change your computer’s oil. But you should be updating your software, keeping your antivirus subscription up to date, and checking for viruses.

Getting started

Here are some basics maintenance tasks you can do today to start improving your computer’s security. Be sure you make these part of your ongoing maintenance as well.

  • Sign up for software update e-mail notices. Many software companies will send you e-mail whenever a software update is available. This is particularly important for your operating system (e.g., Microsoft/Mac), your antivirus program, and your firewall.
  • Register your software. If you still have registration forms for existing software, send them in. And be sure to register new software in the future. This is another way for the software manufacturer to alert you when new updates are available.
  • Install software updates immediately.When you get an update notice, download the update immediately and install it. (Remember, downloading and installing are two separate tasks.)

A few simple steps will help you keep your files safe and clean.

  • Step 1: Update your software
  • Step 2: Backup your files
  • Step 3: Use antivirus software and keep it updated (Some of the Best Antivirus software’s are McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro etc)
  • Step 4: Change your passwords

Developing ongoing maintenance practices

Now that you’ve done some ground work, it’s time to start moving into longer term maintenance tasks. These are all tasks that you should do today (or as soon as possible) to get started. But for best results, make these a part of a regular maintenance schedule.

  • Back up your files. Backing up your files simply means creating a copy of your computer files that you can use in the event the originals are lost.
  • Scan your files with up to date antivirus software. Use your antivirus scan tool regularly to search for potential computer viruses and worms. Also, check your antivirus program’s user manual to see if you can schedule an automatic scan of your computer.
  • Change your passwords. Using the same password increases the odds that someone else will discover it. Change all of your passwords regularly to reduce your risk. Also, choose your passwords carefully and keep them complex.

These are very basic Tips to maintain your computer upto date and keeping your data safe. Hope the information above helps.

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Why windows makes life difficult sometimes?

We know windows is very easy operating system to operate compared to other operating systems due to its Graphical user interface but some times it may make your job worst when you are unable to solve OS issues. Recently I came across the issue with the windows xp activation. This particular problem took my  2 days of time to solve.

At this point I got questions in my mind,

Is windows Buggy……..?

Why windows makes life difficult sometimes……?

The problem was with windows xp activation. On my PC I had installed the trial version of windows xp for some test and went on holidays during the time of activation and when I came back, my windows xp crossed more than 30 days and my trial period got expired. As I was doing some tests, I decided to not to go with the windows xp and decided to install the windows 7. So I went to uninstall the windows xp but my system was not booting using the cd-rom to load the windows 7 setup. The screen always going to windows xp login screen. When I tried entering my password the machine was asking me to activate my windows xp by contacting customer services but I was not at all interested in windows xp as I have the windows 7 and its licenced version. I tried changing the BIOS settings to load using the CD-ROM. I even disabled the HDD boot option but the system still loading in to windows xp.

When my mind reached the status to get help from someone, I thought of looking for answers on internet which could help me to solve the my problem. Thankfully I got some tips from internet and I was able to solve my problem. My concern was to load the new operating system as it was affecting my work and testing. I was not at all concerned about my data as it was on some other drive (This was planned to deal with these kind of disaster recovery situation).

How did I solved this issue?

Well, as my machine was not allowing me to boot using the windows 7 using the cd I copied the setup to an USB and connected to my PC and booted the machine till I get the windows login screen.

Next, click to login as usual. You should get an error from Windows telling you that your Windows has expired and is asking whether you would like to activate Windows now. Click Yes.

A “Let’s activate Windows” window will appear. Let’s minimize it. DO NOT close it.

Now, hold down the Windows Key on your keyboard while you also press the “U” key. This will open up the Narrator program to help assist those with poor vision. It is this program that will help us login to our Windows.

Click the little computer icon in the top left hand side of the Narrator window. A drop down menu should appear. The last option in this menu is named “About Narrator…”. Click it. This should open up another window called “About Narrator”.

In this window, there should be the text “Microsoft Web site”. Click it, as it is a link and will open up your Internet Explorer, taking you to the Microsoft Accessibility website.

In the address bar of Internet Explorer, type “G:” (G: is just an example here which is our USB drive which contains the windows7  OS. You can enter the drive letter accordingly) . This should display all removable drive contents on drive “G”. From there you run the windows setup. The time is very less to perform these steps and you have to try these within 2-3 minutes.

The New windows will load successfully without any issues

Hope the provided information above helps. Happy Troubleshooting 🙂

Disclaimer: This is not to promote piracy, but I do feel people should have access to their personal files, regardless of whether Windows has expired or not.Also no one can force to use only there operating system and should not avoid reinstalling/Upgrading the operating system as this situation may occur accidently (as in my case). This tutorial should not be used to bypass Windows Activation, nor does it restore full Windows functionality, but I provide it to those who are in desperate need of accessing files that are suddenly lost to them through the Microsoft Genuine Advantage activation system or want to install newer version of OS..