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If you're thinking of upgrading from Windows 7 you may want to wait as Windows 10 is being released this year and for a limited time it's going to be free. The free upgrade applies to Windows 7 & 8 users so if you're still on Vista or XP you could upgrade to 7/8 and get your free Windows 10 upgrade when it's released. Find out more at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-10/about

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Solid state drives (SSD) are coming down in price becoming the affordable option to boost your existing PC, laptop or Mac.

If you have Windows 7 or above then you are eligible for a SSD, Vista and below don't have the TRIM command to keep them speedy. Mac needs third party TRIM software if it's not an Apple SSD.

With 250GB costing less than £80, if you upgrade and have hardware in the 0-6 year range (maybe older) you can have a faster computer than spending out £300-600 on a new one as they rarely come with SSD's.

Contact us for a quote @ http://www.itinthehome.co.uk/

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Okay so that's it for Windows XP; that is unless you are the UK & Dutch Government or have millions to spend in support.

If you are one of the 27% of users that still use XP then it's probably time for a change. Here's a few options for you.

i) Get a new computer - If your hardware is more than 4-5 years old then if finances allow go for a new PC/Mac/tablet. Have a think about your current situation, will you benefit from a laptop over your current desktop? Will a tablet suffice for what you use a computer for? From my experience, a lot of people don't know how much things have changed and improved; be adventurous and try something new, if we can help with your decision in any way, please give us a call.

ii) Upgrade to windows 7/8 - Despite what you may have heard about Windows 8, it is a great operating system (OS); faster, more secure and if you take advantage of the new side of the OS, a different way to interact with your computer. Now 8.1 is out, for the majority, I don't see any reason to go for Windows 7, even if you don't like/use the new start menu or modern apps, Windows 8.1 can be made to function like 7, albeit with all the said improvements.

iii) Move to Linux - Great operating systems, in many 'flavours' and are free! They work on older hardware, come well equipped with applications and support and may breath new life into your PC. I would recommend Ubuntu.

iv) Carry on as normal - I would not recommend this but it's still an option. If your PC is off the net and does what you need then there is little risk involved. If you are connected then make sure you:

a) Have the latest upgrades, service packs and software patches installed.
b) Move from Internet Explorer to Firefox/Chrome/Opera browsers immediately.
c) Get yourself a good  antivirus and perhaps active malware scanner like Malwarebytes.

For the cost/time/effort for this option I would still recommend a change.

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Still using Windows XP? As of April 2014 the aging 12 year old operating system will be laid to rest.

This means security patches, updates and extended support will finish and signal the end for third party support and development. XP and the software installed will still work of course but you will leave yourself wide open to new security holes and software bugs.

Choices? Well you have a couple of options:

i) Upgrade - Windows Vista (not recommended), Windows 7 & Windows 8. My recommendation would be Windows 7 (Pro) for business  and Windows 8 for home use. There will be a slight learning curve for 8, in my opinion, it's worth it. Check if you require new hardware first of course but Windows 7&8 are quite lean and efficient.

ii) Change - Fancy something different? You could always opt for a Mac. This would require significant investment in terms of the learning curve and most probably the cost. Another option would be to change over to Linux (Ubuntu being a favorite), again, learning curve and a higher degree of skill.

I myself would definitely not leave it to chance and upgrade or change out if your computer is used for anything online.

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Have problem remembering all your passwords or login details? Why not try out a password manager; you can have multiple, harder to crack passwords and only have to remember the one. It's that easy. I recommend LastPass, it's a great password manager with lots of features, most of which are free!

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IT In The Home deals with more than just computer repairs. We can help you setup all kinds of digital equipment; from HD TV's, Blu-ray, home theatre to installing the latest small PC to control all of your movies, music and pictures. Buying advice, setup and support, helping you along every step of the way.

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The all new Google Nexus 7 for 2013 is due to be released soon. The Nexus 7 has been upgraded to provide a huge speed boost across the board and a display upgrade to 1920 x 1080. Looks good, can't wait to try it out.

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Custom built computers of types, locally built with local support in Swansea. We help you choose individual parts that make up your tailor made PC; business computers, professional media PC's, Gaming rigs, home theater PC's, all made with quality parts and professional workmanship.

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Web design with care - Get you website designed with IT In The Home and we can get you setup with Google Adwords, Google Analytics,  Google Places and more. Perfect for local businesses to get their voice heard online.
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