Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies.

If you use assistive technologies, you can get a free upgrade to Windows 10 as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies.
With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we’ve taken a number of steps to improve the accessibility of Windows 10. To learn more, read our blog that details some of these improvements.
Before you upgrade, please check with your assistive technology provider(s) to learn more about their software compatibility with Windows 10.
If you want Windows 10 now and are ready to take advantage of the free upgrade offer, select the button below to get started.

For help upgrading to Windows 10 call The Computer Wiz on 01553 660941 or email

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Windows Vista support ends April 11th

We never really saw a repeat of the Windows Vista from Microsoft. It was perhaps the most criticized operating system that Microsoft ever came out with and it was quick to move on from there and put it all behind. However, since it was an entirely new iteration, Microsoft had to continue supporting Vista but its time has now run out. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Vista support is going to end next month. It has even confirmed the precise date on which it’s going to stop supporting the OS.

Microsoft said in a statement on its website that it has provided support for Vista over the past decade but the time has now come for the company and its hardware and software partners to “invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.”

This obviously doesn’t mean that any and all computers that are running Windows Vista will suddenly stop functioning. They will continue to work but they will be more susceptible to attacks since Microsoft will not be issuing any security updates to protect Vista-powered computers from the latest malware and viruses.

Users may also be open to additional security vulnerability when browsing the internet as Internet Explorer 9 is no longer supported. Moreover, as hardware and software partners optimize their services for more recent versions of Windows, users might find that apps and devices no longer work like they used to.

Windows Vista support ends April 11th. The company will certainly want those who are still on Vista to pick up a more recent computer and use Windows 10 which has done very well in its first year since launch. If you need help upgrading from Windows Vista call The Computer Wiz on 01553 660941 or email

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Microsoft is not the only office...

Microsoft Office was the "go to" for word processing and spreadsheets for many years, while Microsoft Office has evolved into Office 365 the world has not stood still! There are now many alternatives some of which are even free. Apple whilst being able to run MS Office has its own offering known as iWork, and comprising of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

The BIG4 Office Applications

If you're looking for simple and FREE Office applications then either Open Office or Libre Office should do you fine. If you're on a Mac or iOS device then Apple's own offerings should do the trick as they integrate brilliantly into the operating system as you would expect from Apple.

A business or professional should probably go for Microsoft Office 365 on subscription basis as this also bundles cloud storage and exchange email services.


If you need help with any of the issues raised in this post contact The Computer Wiz at or call 01553 660941.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

If you're having trouble viewing this page...

Have you ever visited a website and suddenly found certain features don't work, images are missing or the layout just looks wrong? In some cases the fault can lay squarely at your browser. A Browser (or web browser) is an application which allows you to "Browse" websites on the Internet, browsers take HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and renders it as a webpage hopefully as the web designer intended.

There are many popular web browsers mostly available for free download such as Internet Explorer by Microsoft, Safari by Apple, Chrome by Google and Firefox an open source offering by Mozilla. All browsers render web pages slightly differently and herein is the problem, as a rule the complex the web page, the more likely you are to run in to the occasional issue. As an operation system such as macOS or Windows ages (without being updated) the browser, which is often integrated in to the OS, can become outdated itself therein increasing the frequency of running into incompatibility issues due to running new code on old browsers.

The best antidote to browser issues is to keep your browser and/or operating system up to date and to stick to the big 4 browsers.

The Big 4

Microsoft Edge | Internet Explorer
Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox

If you need help with any of the issues raised in this post contact The Computer Wiz at or call 01553 660941.