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Windows 8 – What’s it all about?

Windows 8 has now been available on new computers since October 2012 and the general feedback that I am hearing is not great.  Especially for Laptop and Desktop users as the Windows 8 platform was designed for the Touch Screen generation.

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First off, users are greeted with a wall of Tiles that constantly change.  This is the part where if you have a touch screen, you can flip between pages of tiles to get fast access to your Apps.  However, if you are using a PC then it is like a web page that is too big for the screen and you have to find the scroll bars at the bottom to move the screen to the right.  Not very pretty.

Now I may be proved wrong here in the future but the main Apps that Laptop and Desktop users may use is the Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Internet Apps. 

Now from a personal point of view, what are the point of these Apps??  When you access them they only seem to give you half the usability of the full version you get when you go to your main Desktop.  Let’s take Mail for example.  The emails all come through ok – Great!  And you can see your Inbox etc – Great! But if you want to add a folder or move stuff around you come a cropper.  Now maybe I just haven’t used this App enough to find out the way to manage your Mail to the full but why is everything hidden in the Apps when on the full program you get full functionality.

Personally, if I owned a PC with Windows 8 I would either Change all the Tiles for ones that linked to the actual programs and not the Apps or format the PC and reinstall Windows 7.

Finding your way around Windows 8  WindowsStartButton

There’s no more lovely Start Button.  It’s all about the corners with Windows 8.  In the Tiles screen, move your cursor to the bottom right hand corner and a Menu appears for your Settings and Personalization.  This also is where you need to go to shut the PC down as the Power settings are hidden in here now.

The bottom left hand Tile should show a picture of your Desktop.  If you click this you will be taken to a more familiar screen that you used to see in previous Operating Systems.  Surely there will be a Start button here…

Nope! Remember it’s all about the corners. If you move your cursor to the bottom left corner of your screen, a small image of the Tiles will appear.  If you left click you will be taken to the Tiles screen.  If you right click here you will be greeted with a Menu which holds File Explorer and Control Panel.

Now File Explorer is where you would go if you used to click on “My Computer”.  This will show your C:/ Drive and any other Internal or External Drives you have attached to your PC.  Control Panel still works the same way as it was set out in Vista and 7.

Contatcs is another fun App that’ll get you fired up.  You open the App and see that there is nothing there so you want to add some addresses…  There’s no Add sign, and nothing to suggest you can add a contact here. But wait…  Let’s bring into the mix the “Right Click”.  With a swift click of the right mouse button and another menu appears at the bottom of the screen where you can click Add.

WHY DOES MICROSOFT THINK IT’S GREAT TO HIDE EVERYTHING?

Did you know that 1.5 Million Windows 8 users have downloaded Freeware to enable the Windows 7 Start button and remove the “Metro” Tile screen altogether?  Doesn’t this tell Microsoft something?  I know millions more people are probably using it quite happily but to make such a radical change when people are not even 50% moved over to touch screen is a mistake in my view.

So anyway, as time will tell, just like with Vista, we will see how the world copes with Windows 8, but if you are thinking about getting a new Desktop or Laptop, pause for a second and take the time to view You Tube clips and other forums about this new Operating System so that you are fully aware of what to expect and whether you will be ready for it.

If you need advice on Windows 8 or any other IT related subject you can contact me at www.easypcadvice.com via email or Live Chat.  I will be happy to help and assist where I can.

Many thanks for your time

Mark Cooper

Easy PC Advice

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Starting a Business with little or no money? Good Luck!

How do you start a business with little to no money and are entering a competitive market where there is a struggle to get to the top of Google page 3 let alone page 1?

My current answer is, I am still working on it!!

For the past few months now I have been spending every spare minute trying to find that one bit of information that will blind me with a ray of light on how to do this and make it a success… but so far it hasn’t come.

What gets in the way? Money.  Every corner you turn there is someone waiting with a fantastic offer to get you known but unfortunately it will cost you hundreds or maybe thousands of pounds to get there.

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Take my business for example.  Easy PC Advice!  Yes I know what you are going to say… another PC company out there for all to see.  Every day I swear a new I.T. company pops up so what I am hearing on the grape vine is that I need to find that niche that I can promote.  What’s different about Easy PC Advice?

I already have 16 Years of experience in I.T. Support but that doesn’t mean that I know everything in the world about I.T.  Yes, I can build my own website and yes I know about PC Support but do I know about SEO or Marketing a Computer Support Company…No!  And these seem to be the big area that I need to start digesting rapidly or I am going to miss out.

My niche is that I want to provide local I.T. support for the area I live and the surrounding local areas.  Ok, so what? Well how many businesses are open until 9pm on weekdays I say back to you?

Bang! There’s a niche already.  Late opening.  Let’s look at what this does for my business.  How many people go out to work the 9-5 these days.  A lot.  They don’t want to be taking days off to have a PC problem looked at.  They want the business to come to them when they want it at a low cost.

This is exactly what Easy PC Advice provides which is fantastic.  How can you not be making a fortune out of this I hear you say?

Getting the message to the people is a major problem and can be very de-motivating.  When you know that you are honest, reliable and conciensious and truly want to provide a great service and save people money as well as making some for yourself, getting the word out is a minefield.

  1. Yes, I’ve gone over my Keywords for my site – Check!
  2. Yes, I’ve been to the local magazines and got reviews about my business in there – Check!
  3. Yes, I’ve walked door-to-door dropping flyers about my new business to the local area – Check!
  4. Yes, I’ve added my business to all the free business directories to link to my site – Check!
  5. Yes, I’ve attended a Networking meeting to see about getting referrals – Check!
  6. Yes, I’ve added my company to every business directory going and turned my car and clothing into advertising areas – Check!

Is the phone ringing itself off the hook? No.

Well… that’s not entirely true… the phone has been ringing non stop with sales people who now have my number trying to sell me SEO, Marketing Advice, Energy Solutions and Advertising Opportunities.

Don’t get me wrong, I have had calls and now have some long term clients but it’s not enough to start celebrating the success of the business.

I’m not looking to start by landing a massive contract that will earn me thousands.  I am very realistic about all this but would be happy with a steady trickle of income at first which will allow me to build on the company and take it to new levels.

Who can really get you results and show you the way to starting a new business in the UK?

Let me know or if I find it, i’ll add another post with details of my success as I think this information should be available to everyone who really wants to be a success.

If you want to view my site please do at http://www.easypcadvice.com

Good Luck!!