Category : Windows PC

Easy Tool for Moving from Windows7 to Windows10

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Here is a good tool for moving all data from one legacy Windows7 install to a new Windows10 machine.  Laplink makes a product called PCMover Express, that is free for the this transition.  Support for Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system ends in just under two months! To help users transition to a new Windows 10 PC, Laplink is offering a free copy of its PCmover software to help you get started—though there are a couple of catches.

With Laplink—a piece of software that’s been around seemingly forever—you don’t need to worry too much about configuration; Laplink promises to do it for you. With PCmover Express, the software will move your files, settings, and profiles from a Windows 7 PC to a new Windows 10 PC.

Backing up these folders won’t save your system profiles and settings, as Laplink offers to do. But if you’re still on Windows 7, you’ll want to start preparing for the transition as Microsoft’s support deadline nears. Finally—and this is an odd catch—the target Windows 10 computer must have an Intel processor inside. Intel, which is promoting the deal, has apparently made it a condition of the software: The free PCmover Express offer is here, while the ”open” version of PCMover Express costs $29.95. Another catch? PCMover Express doesn’t transfer applications, so if you have Office, or games, or utilities, or whatnot—they won’t transfer over. For that, you’ll need PCMover Professional. (Based on some of the user reviews, however, some data, such as email, has trouble transferring over even when using the Professional version.)

Laplink promises to do it for you. With PCmover Express, the software will move your files, settings, and profiles from a Windows 7 PC to a new Windows 10 PC.  I highly recommend testing this first before actually doing a full migration.  There are several tools of this nature on the market.

 

Microsoft Office 365 User for Azure – Upgrade to Windows10

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So as of May of this year Microsoft is allowing all Office365 (O365) business users to upgrade their local desktop/notebook machines to Windows 10.  This initiative is due to all the features that Windows10 provides and how they integrate to O365.  Windows7 will not be supported post January 22nd, 2020 and this is a great step Microsoft is moving people off a legacy operating system.   If you have Windows devices running Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro, your Microsoft 365 Business subscription entitles you to a Windows 10 upgrade.  This only applies if you are using AD Business Azure but this is becoming very popular these days for security and authentication.  This cost is $2/user and allows for Microsoft to manage AD through their services platform.

For more information on how to upgrade Windows devices to Windows 10 Pro Creators Update, follow the steps in this topic: Upgrade Windows devices to Windows Pro Creators Update.

 

Keylogger discovered on HP Laptops

 

Keylogger‘s are used in IT organizations to troubleshoot technical problems with computers and business networks. They can also be used to monitor the network usage of people without their direct knowledge; they are sometimes used as part of home parental controls. Finally, malicious individuals may use keyloggers on public computers to steal passwords or credit card information.” Reported Bradley Mitchell.

Last week, keylogger was discovered on over 460 different models of HP laptops. The keylogger is disabled by default but is easily enabled under the Windows Registry.  Security researcher, Michael Myng, discovered keylogger in an attempt to figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard black light.  What he discovered has sent a shockwave throughout the industry. The keylogger was capable of recording every keystroke made by a single user. Thankfully, most are disabled by default, as previously mentioned. However, it would be a very simple change to enable it which could make your PC vulnerable to a potential hacker.

The BBC reports that HP has issued a software patch to remove the keylogger. “However, there are over 460 models of HP laptop affected, including those in the EliteBook, ProBook, Pavilion, and Envy ranges, and the keylogger has been present since 2012. The software patch support page lists all models carrying the disabled keylogger.”

HP initially allowed keylogger to be installed on so many laptops to act as a debugging tool on the drive. It was simply an oversight, then disabled but not removed. Leaving several laptops in danger of being hacked.

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