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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 7 - 12 JANUARY 2019

Hello and Welcome,

 

Meetings This Week:

Friday Forum - Friday Jan 11th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

See how "The Meeting Schedule for 2019" is produced.

Is it really safe to try the Windows 10 October Update yet?

Here are the results of our one month trial period for ZtreeWin:

2 days to go
ZtreeWin 2 days to go

1 days to go
ZtreeWin 1 days (sic) to go

Evaluation period has ended
ZtreeWin 0 days to go

ZtreeWin now DINGS loudly for 5 dings when it starts.

Communications - Friday Jan 11th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meetings Next Week:

Tuesday Forum - Tuesday Jan 15th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon
Web Design - Saturday Jan 19th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

Meetings This Month:

1 2019/01/05 - 14:00-17:00 - 05 Jan, Saturday - Penrith Group
2 2019/01/11 - 09:30-12:30 - 11 Jan, Friday - Friday Forum
3 2019/01/11 - 12:30-15:30 - 11 Jan, Friday - Communications
4 2019/01/15 - 09:30-12:30 - 15 Jan, Tuesday - Tuesday Forum
5 2019/01/19 - 13:30-16:30 - 19 Jan, Saturday - Web Design
6 2019/01/22 - 17:30-20:30 - 22 Jan, Tuesday - Main Meeting
7 2019/01/25 - 09:30-12:30 - 25 Jan, Friday - Digital Photography

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Tech News:

“Do You Really Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows?”:

See the How-To Geek article by CHRIS HOFFMAN @chrisbhoffman UPDATED DECEMBER 26, 2018, 11:06PM EDT.

“For many people, Windows seems to slow down over time. Quite a few people fix this by regularly reinstalling Windows. But do you need to reinstall Windows regularly? And, if so, how often do you need to reinstall it?

Reinstalling Windows is inconvenient. You have to back up all your data, go through the install process, reinstall all your favorite programs, and restore your data. All these activities suck up valuable time.

Why Windows Slows Down Over Time

The main reason people reinstall Windows is that it slows down over time. But why do Windows systems slow down over time?

  • Startup Programs: Examine a Windows system that's slowed down and you'll likely find many additional startup programs have been installed, lengthening the boot process, cluttering the system tray with useless icons, and consuming CPU, memory, and other system resources in the background. Worse yet, some computers may come with a considerable amount of unnecessary startup programs out of the box thanks to manufacturer-installed bloatware.
  • Explorer Plug-ins, Services, and More: Applications that add shortcuts to Windows Explorer's context menu can make right-clicking on files take much longer if they're poorly programmed. Other programs may install themselves as a system service, so they're running in the background even though you can't see them. Even if they aren't in the system tray, useless programs can slow down your PC.
  • Heavy Security Suites: Security suites like Norton are often very heavy, consuming a lot of resources to perform all their functions. You don't need a full security suite — just an antivirus program.
  • PC Cleaning Tools: PC cleaning tools are generally scams. Paradoxically, they can make your computer even slower if they add themselves as a startup program and run in the background. The scammiest PC cleaning programs may also install additional spyware and other junk. You can use something like CCleaner instead, but there are even better options.
  • Other Junk: Poorly written applications may clutter your system with useless DLL files and fill your registry with unnecessary entries. The worst applications may not clean up properly after themselves, leaving this stuff on your system even after you uninstall them.
  • Browser Toolbars: Legitimate browser extensions can slow down your browser enough, but junk add-ons like the terrible Ask.com toolbar can slow things down even more.

In other words, the leading cause of a Windows system slowing down over time is installing junk software.

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There are other reasons to reinstall Windows. Maybe you like that clean, "like new" Windows environment. However, if you carefully select the software you install and take proper care of your Windows system, you shouldn't have to reinstall Windows regularly.

Sure, file system fragmentation can cause Windows to slow down over time as well — but Windows automatically defragments your hard drive and defragmentation isn't even necessary on SSDs.”

Read more

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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