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Windows 10 release date: When is Microsoft’s free upgrade available?

With less than a month left before the big launch, we’ve updated this space with news that Windows 10 will, in fact, be available on select new PCs and laptops from stores on July 29. Plus, the Technical Preview has updated to the very build that will be found on said new devices, the RTM-ready Insider build #10240.

Find more about these new pieces of info just before the “Cut to the chase” section and in the “What’s new in Technical Preview” section, respectively. But before you dig into those bits, check this out:

Original article follows…

With Windows 8 and today Windows 8.1, Microsoft tried – not entirely successfully – to deliver an operating system (OS) that could handle the needs of not only number-crunching workstations and high-end gaming rigs, but touch-controlled systems from all-in-one PCs for the family and thin-and-light notebooks down to slender tablets.

When Microsoft pulled the curtain back on Windows 10 back in September of 2014, it was clear that, with an operating system optimized for PCs, tablets and phones in unique ways, the Redmond, Washington-based firm was onto something. Skipping the Windows 9 name entirely, Microsoft issued a public preview of the shiny new OS later that autumn, known as Windows Technical Preview (WTP).

You can try it out for yourself through Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program(nearly 4 million have, as of May 2015). You’ll need a Microsoft account to get it, and it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not the finished product, so it will be a bit rough around the edges.

Since its September 2014 reveal, Microsoft held a consumer-facing preview of the upcoming OS in January 2015, and shelled out even more details during itsBuild 2015 conference back in April. As the months have passed through those milestones, new features rolled in with each Windows 10 preview build update. And now, with a release date announced, the OS is mighty close to completion.

Most recently, Microsoft sparked confusion over whether PCs bought in stores on July 29 would come packing Windows 10. The Redmond campus first said that this would not be the case, that brand new PCs and laptops would start shipping with the updated OS after the launch date.

But today, as of this writing, Dell made statements that contradicted this point, saying that it would have new PCs ready for Windows 10 on store shelves July 29. Microsoft soon after made a corrective statement to Bloomberg, saying that Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Acer will begin shipping PCs on July 29 with Windows 10 pre-installed.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A complete update for Windows
  • When is it out? July 29
  • What will it cost? For current Windows 7 and 8.1 users: a free upgrade will be offered for one year; then $119/£99/€135 to start if you miss the window or buy a new license

For more information contact RCCT for more details.

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-release-date-price-news-and-features-1029245

Clean-up Time – $149.99

Winter is almost here and it’s time for a clean-up!   Is your computer slow? worried about malware/spyware on your system?  Give RCCT a call today and have us preform a Full System Tune-up on your computer / laptop.  For only $149.99 + HST, we will come pickup, service and deliver your computer anywhere in the GTA, York Region, Georgina and surrounding areas.   Forget the hassle of having to unplug your computer and lug it down to your local repair center, we come right to you!

Full System Tune-up Includes:

  • Onsite Pickup & Drop-off anywhere in York Region, GTA, Durham, Georgina and surrounding areas
  • Hardware Diagnostic to make sure all components in your computer are functioning correctly
  • Physical Cleaning & Maintenance of your computer
  • Virus / Malware & Spyware Removal
  • Clean-up of temporary un-needed files that cause clutter on your system
  • Diagnostic & Repair of any Hard Drive issue
  • Hard Drive File-System maintenance
  • Repair of any unknown odd errors application errors
  • Make sure your operating system is patched with the latest security updates
  • Repair any corrupt operating system files
  • Provide a full detailed report of your tune-up with RCCT tech recommendations

Turnaround Time 1-2 Business Days.

Contact us today to book your Full System Tune-up


 

Spring! Clean-up Time – $149.99

Spring is here and it’s time for a clean-up!   Is your computer slow? worried about malware/spyware on your system?  Give RCCT a call today and have us preform a Full System Tune-up on your computer / laptop.  For only 149.99 + HST, we will come pickup, service and deliver your computer anywhere in the GTA, York Region, Georgina and surrounding areas.   Forget the hassle of having to unplug your computer and lug it down to your local repair center, we come right to you!

Full System Tune-up Includes:

  • Onsite Pickup & Drop-off anywhere in York Region, GTA, Durham, Georgina and surrounding areas
  • Hardware Diagnostic to make sure all components in your computer are functioning correctly
  • Physical Cleaning & Maintenance of your computer
  • Virus / Malware & Spyware Removal
  • Clean-up of temporary un-needed files that cause clutter on your system
  • Diagnostic & Repair of any Hard Drive issue
  • Hard Drive File-System maintenance
  • Repair of any unknown odd errors application errors
  • Make sure your operating system is patched with the latest security updates
  • Repair any corrupt operating system files
  • Provide a full detailed report of your tune-up with RCCT tech recommendations

Turnaround Time 1-2 Business Days.

Contact us today to book your Full System Tune-up


 

Windows XP Support has ended

Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time came for them, along with all hardware and software partners, to invest their resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that they can continue to deliver great new experiences.

Read the full story at:  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows/end-support-help

RCCT wants to help you or your business get off of XP, below you will find great affordable refurbished systems that all come preloaded with Windows 7.  Have RCCT move everything over for you! Offsite migrations start for as low as $149.99 and onsite migrations starting at $259.99

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Only $199.00!!! – HP DC5800, SFF, E8400 CORE 2 DUO, 3.0 GHZ, DDR2, 2.0GB, 80GB+, DVD, GB NIC, WIN 7 HOME OR WIN 7 PRO, 32 OR 64 BIT

Sku 169952 – 15 in stock and ready for shipment.

Only $269ea!!!- DELL OptiPlex 760,MT, E8400 CORE 2 DUO, 3.0 GHZ, DDR2, 2.0 GB, 80GB+, DVD, GB NIC, WIN 7 HOME ORWIN 7 PRO, 32 OR 64 BIT

Sku 171660- 7 in stock and ready for shipment.

$309ea!!!- HP 8000 ELITE, MT,E8400 CORE 2 DUO, 3.0 GHZ, DDR3, 4.0 GB, 250GB, DVD/RW, GB NIC, WIN 7 HOME ORWIN 7 PRO, 32 OR 64 BIT

Sku 210068 – 3 in stock and ready for shipment.

 

Upgrades and Options Available, Please contact us for a full list of our Factory Refurbished Computers and Notebooks.

 

 Don’t forget we also carry Brand New Laptops, AiOs, Tablets and much more!

ALERT! – Yahoo passwords may have been hacked.

It has come to our attention if you have a yahoo.ca or yahoo.com, please login and change you password.  Reports on the web state that Yahoo’s system may have been compromised and passwords may have been stolen.

Yahoo says usernames and passwords of its email customers have been stolen and used to access accounts, but the company isn’t saying how many accounts have been affected.

The company said in a blog post that “The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails.”

Yahoo says it believes the usernames and passwords weren’t collected from its own systems, but from a third-party database. The company says it is resetting passwords on affected accounts and has “implemented additional measures” to block further attacks.

The company would not comment beyond the information in its blog post. It says it is working with federal law enforcement.

AP

See the full story and video here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/yahoo-email-account-passwords-stolen/

 

 

ALERT! – CryptoLocker Malware

I’ve had 5 Customers in the last week come to me with this new type of malware on their systems called CryptoLocker which seems to be a form of Ransomware.  By far it is the worst type of infection I’ve seen in years, so what does it do?

When a user runs this software on their computer, it locks (ie. encrypts) their personal files (PDF, WORD, EXCEL, JPEG) then demands a ransom anywhere from $100 – $300 to send you a private key to unlock (decrypt) your files.  The reason why this malware is so bad is… there is no way to get this private key.  You can pay the ransom and in some cases people have reported to receive a key days later, but in most cases they just keep asking for money and nothing ever gets unlocked.

As an IT service provider, the only true solution is to wipe the system and start from scratch.  What does this mean? If you do not have a current backup of your files they will all be lost. Some people have asked us “Why don’t you take a backup of my files before you wipe the system?”  The reason why… is we cannot take a backup of your current personal files that are infected, all the files have been ‘locked’ (ie. encrypted).  They would simply just move over to the new clean system as a locked file,  we want to protect you, contact us today and inquire about our backup solutions for home and business clients.

What does cryptolock look like?

Below you will see an image of the most common splash screen we have seen, but we are sure there a variants of this malware.

CryptoLocker

How does one get infected with cryptolock?

Reports on the web suggest that the most common method of spreading this virus is through email. Most of our customers are reporting to receive emails from various banks, CanadaPOST, UPS, FEDEX with an attachment asking them to open it.  Other reports state that end users are receiving emails from their phone service provider stating “you have a voicemail”, click the attachment to listen to it.

If  you receive any suspicious email not expected from any company with an attachment, just delete it and you will be fine.  We are sure there are other variants of these emails so be-aware! avoid browsing any questionable sites.

I have Antivirus will I be okay?

This is a fairly new entity and is rarely caught by most AVs and even many Firewalls overlook it.  I’ve been an IT Service provider for 8 years, you can have the most secure house on the block with the most cutting edge alarm system, but if someone opens the door, well you get my drift.

Best prevention is user awareness and a solid backup system.

 

 

XP Support Ending April 2014

IF YOUR STILL USING WINDOWS XP, GIVE US A CALL, MICROSOFT WILL BE ENDING SUPPORT FOR XP AND OFFICE 2003, APRIL 8TH, 2014.

What does no support mean?

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your hardware and more.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

 

Time to upgrade from XP!
Time to upgrade from XP!

Contact us today for your free no obligation migration estimate, whether you’re upgrading a whole office or just a single computer we are here to help.

Well sell Ink & Toners!

RCCT now is providing Toners & Ink Cartridges for our clients, whether you have a large corporate office with multiple printers or a small office with just one, we can help. Provide us with your existing toner supply invoice and we will try to beat it. All of our toners are brand-new, not refurbished, if you are looking for a huge discount on your supplies we can also supply re-certified toners, just ask.

Some of our Brands include:

Toner Brands

Remote Support with RCCT

Did you know? For over 8 years RCCT has been providing secure remote technical support for our clients.  If you have a computer issue and you need instant support, give us a call today!

How does it work? One of our techs will send you a support key which is easily entered in our secure remote support website.  This will download and launch our remote software, which will give your tech remote control of your computer for the duration of your support session.  Once your tech has completed the repair, they will disconnect and the software will automatically be uninstalled.  Have your computer fixed for as little as $50.00, saving you time and money avoid having a tech come to your home or having to dismantle your computer and bring it in.

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