Looking Ahead to Windows 8 by Kara Mueller, CCE

 October 2012
In This Issue
Looking Ahead to Windows 8
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by Kara Mueller, CCE
Primary Help Desk Analyst
In 2009, Microsoft's Windows 7 was brand new
and all the tech news outlets were raving about
the benefits, improvements and new look. Now,
we're anticipating the upcoming release of the
next big operating system (or OS), Windows 8.
Each new OS release by Microsoft means lots of new features and
innovations to a product many businesses use every day. Windows
8 is no exception.
What is an OS, again?
If you're unfamiliar with the term "operating system," think of the OS
as the single most important piece of software on your computer.
Every computer, smartphone, tablet or iPod has an operating
system. The OS provides the interface for your computer to run
programs, display internet webpages, browse through files, even the
mouse cursor moving around on the screen is a part of the OS!
Just when you thought you had gotten used to Windows 7!
Do you remember when you upgraded from Windows 98 to XP, or
even XP to Windows Vista or 7? For some, it may have been a
difficult transition. Many parts of Windows changed or moved and
had to be accessed differently. It can be tough when you are forced
to re-acquaint yourself with what feels like a whole new computer.
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If you're a Windows 7 or Vista user, upgrading to Windows 8 may
not seem as drastic as it would for somebody upgrading from XP or
earlier. For Windows Vista and 7 users, the desktop and Windows
Explorer interface of Windows 8 are similar to what you're already
used to with a few small differences. Windows Explorer (the
program you use to browse through your files and folders on your
computer) will now feature additional commands to make browsing
through your files easier and more intuitive. If you have used
Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010, you may have noticed the new
"ribbon" at the top of the screen where you can choose commands
such as font size, page layout, insert pictures, etc. Windows Explorer
will now have a similar "ribbon," which will change depending on the
types of files you are viewing and will offer relevant options for
them. For example, viewing your Pictures folder might display useful
commands such as resize, rotate, edit, crop, etc.
The Desktop is also similar, providing the familiar open area to store
icons for shortcuts and files. You'll also see the usual taskbar and
even the system tray (area in the lower right corner of the screen
with the system clock).
Many would agree, however, that the biggest change to Windows 8
is the completely re-designed Start menu. If you're using a Windows
based computer right now, the Start menu is the panel that appears
when you click on the "start" button (with the Windows logo) in the
lower left corner of your screen. As you know, you can use the Start
menu to launch programs, visit the Control Panel, shut down or
logoff the computer and much more. As Windows 8 has been
developed with consumers increased interest in tablet computers in
mind, the new Start menu (sometimes referred to as "Metro" or
"home screen") has been re-designed to be touch screen friendly.
Each app (application) within this menu is represented by a tile that
you click on (or touch) to launch. The tiles can be descriptive and
animated - for example, your mail app might tell you if you have
unread messages, or a music app will tell you what song is currently
playing. Visit Microsoft's website by clicking here to see a video of
the new Start Menu in action.
How could Windows 8 be useful for businesses?
Windows 8 might change how we use passwords. Right now, a
password for your computer is usually a set string of letters,
numbers, symbols or some combination of those. In Windows 8,
computer users have the ability to set a picture password. So
instead of entering the usual string of characters to access your
computer, Windows can display picture on your screen and require
you to click on different areas of the picture in a set sequence.
The newest Windows OS also features better support for multiple
monitors, allowing you to stretch the taskbar across more than one
display and adjusting desktop settings for each monitor
independently (such as wallpapers) without having to use third party
software. In addition, searching has been improved in Windows 8,
which will likely prove helpful to users with a lot of files and little
organization. Copying files is also simplified and greatly improved,
showing more details about any copying processes and consolidated
windows when copying multiple different files or folders at the same
can be collected in today's
electronic society. Find out
what data can be obtained
from smart phones,
computers and tablets.
Learn what information is
available from Social Media
applications and how
collections should be
performed. Understand how
deleted data can be
retrieved and collected for
your cases.
A live video presentation will
provide information from an
expert about Computer
Forensics and EDiscovery. Our examiner
will answer your questions
and you will receive one
MCLE credit hour approved
by the Virginia State Bar.
How to Register:
* Go to the website:
* At the top of the screen click on "Join a Webinar"
* Enter Webinar ID that you
would like to attend
Oct. 17th (noon) ID:
Oct. 25th (8 a.m.) ID:
149-260-419 * Enter your email address
* Click on "Continue"
* Enter first name, Enter last
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* On the "Thank you" page,
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When will it be released? When can I use it?
Windows 8 is scheduled to be released on October 26. To get the
software, you'll have to order and pay for a license, then go through
the proper process to install it (or get your IT department to help!).
Eventually, new computers will come pre-installed with Windows 8,
much like your home computer probably came pre-installed with the
latest operating system that was current at the time you purchased
Before making the jump to purchase and upgrade to Windows 8,
you'll need to take into account a few things. First, can your
computer handle it? The minimum system requirements are a 1GHz
or faster processor, 1 GB of memory for the 32-bit version or 2 GB
of memory for the 64-bit version, and 20 GB of free space on your
hard drive.
One of the most important questions to ask when upgrading is if
your old programs be compatible with Windows 8. Each of the
businesses that Seltek supports uses a wide variety of different
types of software and hardware devices that may not be compatible
with the latest version of Windows. You may need to wait for the
developers of your most important programs to provide you with an
update that allows the program to work with Windows 8. If in doubt,
check with the software developer before making the decision to
upgrade. It can be costly to upgrade your computer before realizing
that you cannot access older programs!
Whether or not you want to upgrade, it's not a bad idea to wait a
few months or longer before making the jump. Although Microsoft is
hard at work to provide a stable and safe product, the very first
copies of Windows 8 may have bugs or security issues that will be
fixed with patches in the near future. Deciding to upgrade your
computer to the newest OS is a big decision, especially if you're
considering simultaneously upgrading multiple computers at your
home or business.
If you have questions about Windows 8, Contact Seltek @
(804) 360-4490!
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Don't be fooled:
FBI Moneypak
In the past month, I've
come across a few
cases of a new virus
that, at first glance,
might seem rather scary.
The FBI Moneypak virus
infects your computer,
locks you out of
everything and displays
a large warning on the
screen. This officiallooking warning claims
to be from the FBI and
says it found illegal
material on your
computer. In order to
unlock your computer,
the scam requests that
you send to the FBI a
sum of money via a
Moneypak, something
similar to a prepaid debit
The virus aims to scare
you into visiting a 7-11,
Walmart, or other place
that sells the Moneypak,
purchase it, and then
enter the code into a
box on the warning
screen. Once the code
is entered it is sent to
the scammer, but your
computer will remain
locked. If you find
yourself infected with
this virus or notice
anything suspicious on
your computer, contact
your IT department or
seek technical
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