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Transfer your files to a new computer for free

May 20th, 2014 No comments

Product support for Windows XP ended in April. Moving forward this means that Windows XP based-systems will not receive security updates.

Find out if your computer is running Windows XP. If it is, you might be able to upgrade your computer, or buy a new one.

If you buy a new computer, learn how to move your files, photos, and more for free.

We’ve worked with Laplink to provide you with free data transfer. Laplink PCmover Express for Windows XP is an easy way to move your files, settings, and user profiles from your old computer running Windows XP to your new PC.

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Windows Home Server – Can It Be a SOHO Solution?

July 22nd, 2009 No comments

Although the name of Windows Home Server may make you inclined to believe that it is only for consumer households, it can also be very functional in a small office/home office setting.


One article that was recently brought to our attention came from SMB PC Magazine (See page 7). The article provides an overview of Windows Home Server and discusses how it could be beneficial to SOHO customers. Research conducted by the author, Aaron Booker, includes contacting companies offering 3rd party solutions, and value-added providers that are installing home servers in businesses today. From the information gathered, he has validated that backup of up to 10 computers is the most common use of a home server because of its unparalleled speed and convenience. He then goes on to compliment Windows Home Server restore capabilities. Booker states that “The restore function is what is really impressive. If a user deletes a file or overwrites a file- the time needed to recover is literally seconds”. He also discusses topics such as using Windows Home Server to remotely connect and log onto PCs (Remote Desktop) along with add-ins, that enhance Windows Home Server functionality, as key features for this market.






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Another article that featured Windows Home Server can be found in Inc Magazine which is targeted at entrepreneurs and small business owners. Under “The Goods” section, the magazine introduces and writes about various aspects of the HP Media Smart LX 195. Some key items were noted about the HP Media Smart in this piece includes its small size, low cost, and how it can be used in both the home and small businesses. Once you begin using a home server, the article relays that you have the ability to listen to your music while you are out of the office and also share your pictures and videos on all popular social networking sites.


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With these articles as a backdrop, the Windows Home Server Team is pleased to announce a new web page which is focused on the SOHO customer. http://www.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver/soho


The page opens with an overview of Windows Home Server’s features from a SOHO customer perspective. Five case studies were written which describe how an average SOHO has benefited from using Windows Home Server. Corresponding to the written case studies, there are video interviews where you have the opportunity to listen to business owners discussing their personal experiences when using their home servers. They talk about subjects including how Windows Home Server has helped advance their office by saving hundreds of hours, money, and data.






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As always, there are links which allow you to view a demo of Windows Home Server and also download a FREE evaluation version.


– Steven

Windows Home Server – Windows 7 Release Candidate testers asked to revert to Windows Vista prior to upgrade

May 6th, 2009 No comments

Yesterday marked the availability of the Windows 7 Release Candidate.  On the Engineering Windows 7 Blog and Windows 7 Team Blog there were recent posts regarding this milestone.


“We want to encourage you to revert to a Vista image and upgrade or to do a clean install, rather than upgrade the existing Beta.  We know that means reinstalling, recustomizing, reconfiguring, and so on.”


In a prior post on the Windows Home Server Team Blog, Windows 7 and Windows Home Server, we recommended, “…before you update a PC to Windows 7, you should install the Connector software and backup your machine to your home server, so you have an image-based backup that you can return to for testing the upgrade scenario with future builds of Windows 7.”


The restore task is as simple as dropping the Home Computer Restore CD in the computer and walking through the wizard.  For detailed instructions, see the Restore home computer step by step.


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For Windows 7 testers (and anyone else who is interested), we have made it even easier for users to try Windows Home Server!  An evaluation version is available for download, as well as a kit that can be ordered for the cost of shipping and handling at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/windowshomeserver/eval.mspx.  Windows Home Server is also available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.


[Editors Note:  Since the original post, I came across a terrific example by Keith Elder titled, “Ready to Run Windows 7 RC? Upgrade Advisor and Home Server Help”  Check it out!]


– Steven

Windows Home Server – Canadians Put More Importance on Photos Stored On Their PC Than Their Financial Information

April 10th, 2009 No comments

Last month, Microsoft Canada reported survey results by Ipsos Reid that found Canadians value personal information but aren’t taking measures to keep it secure.  Zibb.com and a few other online outlets picked up the story.  Read it here.

Sadly, 55% of respondents said that they have actually lost important files from their PC.  Faced with this disheartening prospect, women were more likely to feel devastated or like crying (22%) and, the majority of women (51%), claimed they would pay $100 dollars to retrieve lost or damaged photos from their PC.

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“It’s clear that for Canadians the PC is much more than just a workstation, there is an emotionally attachment to items stored on their PCs – like photos, music and financial documents—but it’s also clear that the majority of Canadians put those items at risk every day.”  Barry Zeidenberg, Director – Retail Marketing, Microsoft Canada

– Steven

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