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Windows XP EOL (End of life)

May 15th, 2014 . by admin

People may not know it but Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.

What does this mean?  It means that there will no longer be any updates to the Operating System.  Ever see the “Windows Update” pop up in the corner reminding you you need to install updates to the OS?  That will no longer happen.

What does is the affect?  It affects the systems security and stability.  Windows will no longer be patched with security updates leaving the computer open to attack.  It will compromise the security of your files, your security on the web and leave you open to more viruses as Anti-virus providers are no longer going to support the system.  In short, it’s HIGHLY recommended that you upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 in order to get current.  These operating systems are supported through Microsoft and will help keep you safe.

What should you do about it?  

Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.  There are a few options below to help you make a decision.

  1. If your computer is over 4 years old, it might be more cost effective to get a new computer.  Investing the time and money it takes on older hardware may be wasted money.  If you don’t plan to move to a new computer in the next few years, option 2 might be the one.
  2. If your computer is up to 3 years old or less, you can purchase Windows 7 or 8 and install on your computer.  This is a “destructive install” which means you will have to be certain all your files are backed up before proceeding as it will wipe out everything on the hard drive.  This can be a cheaper option all around.  If the install is on older hardware, it’s time to weigh options between the 2.

How can Category 5 Networks help?

We have countless operating systems installation experience from the Desktop to the Enterprise Server environment.  We can help you properly backup your system, evaluate your hardware for compatibility, acquire Windows 7 or 8 and install.  We will make the experience as seamless as possible for you and help you learn your new Windows 7 or 8 desktop experience.  Let us do the heavy lifting so you can enjoy a secure Windows version.

Contact us if you are interested:

910-665-9004 or info@categoryfivenetworks.com

Until then, stay safe in the digital world.

Who Knew?

April 4th, 2013 . by admin

I stumbled upon this idea while searching for something completely different, as happens with everyone when they do a Google search and start down the rabbit hole of the internet.  Technology has come so far, even further than the pioneers had thought, as proven with this 1943 quote from then IBM Chairman Thomas J. Watson, Sr. “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”  WOW!  So then I started to wonder what the other powerhouses thought when they were just a start-up company or a person with a far-fetched, futuristic idea.  This leads into my weekly installment of “Who Knew?” where I will try to bring a little history lesson and pause to think about where it all came from instead of wondering what’s the newest, greatest, next big thing.  This is as much for me as everyone else since I came from the pre-internet days when we checked books out from the library, cell phones didn’t exist and Atari was our first gaming console.  Hope you enjoy.

Google Keep

March 27th, 2013 . by admin

I’ve been trying Keep, Google’s new Android app for note taking, thought storing and a replacement for your brain when you need it.  It’s very simple to use and loads quickly, at least on my phone which is a Motorola Droid Bionic (certainly not the newest and greatest but it works).  Loading quickly, at least for me, is a KEY feature in my life where a second could mean a lost thought between running after my 2 year old, answering the phone, running out to pick up a computer; you know, life!  So far Keep has proven to be useful and simple – no extra hoops, loops, keys to press, flare or fancy fonts – easy, simple, an electronic notepad.  One of my favorite features is that it saves what you type instantly, again simplifying the process, by saving to the Google Drive – basically the new location for Google Docs.  Easy to navigate, the icons used clearly explain their function and the most elaborate feature is the ability to change note colors.  The one downfall I’ve found is the check box feature on a list.  I like my To-Do lists and when (if, ha!) I finish an item I like to check it and remove it but that is not simple.  I found the delete feature by clicking my list, pulling up the menu, Hide Checkboxes THEN delete.  If you check off an item, pull up your menu and hit delete the entire list disappears which I’ve done on more than one occasion.  Google please fix this!  Check out more information from Google Play or download to your Android device.

FREE Pickup/Return of Electronic Devices

March 12th, 2013 . by admin

Category 5 Networks, Inc. of Wilmington, NC just announced they will start a FREE pickup and return service.  Beginning immediately, you can contact Category 5 to schedule a repair of your electronic device and they will pickup your device FOR FREE and return your device after repair FOR FREE!  The service area includes Wilmington, Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach.  Check out the Services page for more information!!!

5 Tech Tips for Watching the Super Bowl

February 3rd, 2013 . by admin

Don’t want to be glued to your TV today?  Can’t watch the big game from the comfort of your home?  Not to worry, there are lots of options out there!  Category 5 Networks in Wilmington, NC can help you connect on a whole new level!  Check out the link from CNN.com to see what they have to say about technology and the Super Bowl: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/31/tech/web/super-bowl-tech-tips/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_latest+%28RSS%3A+Most+Recent%29

Anti-Virus Software

January 31st, 2013 . by admin

In this day and age, leaving your computer unprotected for even a day is like leaving your home unlocked when you go on an extended vacation; it’s an invitation to come in and browse through your personal items, pick something to take or wreak havoc so your day becomes that much harder.  As anti-virus software gets smarter, so do the malware script writers and hackers of the world so it is vitally important to stay on top of your anti-virus software!  Choosing the best software for your needs can be a daunting task but a necessary one to protect your information, no matter what it is.  We have years of experience with different brands of anti-virus software and have seen many different levels 0f infection.  Contact us here if you think you may need virus removal or simply want to see if you could use an upgrade in your security.  Whatever your needs may be, we can help!!!

Windows XP Approaches End of Life Cycle

January 30th, 2013 . by admin

It’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years since Windows XP came out.  It has been a stable, loved OS for so long.  It’s sad to see it go but all good things must come to an end as they say.  XP with Service Pack 3 will be ending support on April 8, 2014.  Get the info here http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/lifecycle for XP and other projected dates for your OS.

New Website

January 21st, 2009 . by admin

Welcome to the new website of Category 5 Networks.  Please check back freqently as we plan to have Tips, Tricks, News and more posted to this page freqently.  This is to better serve you and keep you informed!