This is my site for links to Genuine Free Stuff as well as some useful advice. I use most of these programs regularly. It's good gear. It's all worth having.

** April 2014. Major revamp and update for relevance happening, especially now that support for Windows XP has ended, and now that we all are addicted to our Android phones. A lot of old stuff is going.

This post in particular started this whole website...

I have been building and using computers since about the Ice Age, from DOS 3 through to Windows 7.
I have been mucking about with mobile phones for quite some time, using Symbian S60 and then Android.

Press F8 at boot to start in safe mode - Windows XP and 7
To see the details of you computer, download, install and run 'Speccy' - shows Operating System, Firewall, Anti-virus and hardware.
If you think you have a virus, start here 'Free Online Virus Scan'. Try any or all, and be patient.

January 13, 2015

Windows 7 support ends today.

Here's the latest news, Windows 7 support ends today. 

I quote from CNET

Windows 7 support ends today
As Windows 10 approaches, Microsoft will no longer offer free help and support for the ageing but still popular Windows 7.
by Rich Trenholm  13 January 2015 11:47 am GMT

Unlucky for some: it's 13 January 2015, and that means the end of free support for Windows 7.
Happily that doesn't mean your computer is going to automatically break or stop working; but it does mean Microsoft will no longer offer free help and support if you have problems with your Windows 7 software from this point on. No new features will be added either.
Microsoft is keen to move users onto Windows 8 instead -- to find out more, check out our how-tos, troubleshooting, news and reviews of Windows 8. Alternatively, you can wait for Windows 10 later this year.
Windows 7 was released in 2009. It sold over 100 million copies in six months and remains hugely popular: more stable than predecessor Windows Vista and more familiar than its radically redesigned successor Windows 8, version 7 is still estimated to be running half of the world's PCs.

As of today Windows 7 has moved from mainstream support -- free help for everyone -- to extended support, which means Microsoft will charge for help with the software. That will end in 2020, when Microsoft turns out the light on Windows 7 for good.
If you're worried about security, Microsoft will continue to patch security issues, so if you do stick with Windows 7 your computer shouldn't suddenly become vulnerable to hackers targeting the software.
The link for the article is ...

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/windows-7-support-ends-today/

 Cheers. Si.
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