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Got Windows 7?

For those of you with computers still running Windows 7 and Windows 8 be aware that Microsoft will begin pushing an update to Windows 10 in 2016. You may have seen an icon in your system tray and various pop ups indicating that you could download the free upgrade. Our IT manager here at the office, Susan Bradley is recommending the upgrade for those running Windows 8 and 8.1, but not if your computer system was originally purchased with Windows 7.  While the free upgrade is compelling, the concern she has is that older printers won’t work as well with the newer software and software you have may not be compatible with the upgrade.  Up to now one could ignore the icon in the system tray but in 2016, Windows 10 will be changed to be a recommended update. To ensure that if you are on Windows 7, that you stay on this platform, there is a third party tool that will block the Windows 10 offering.  The software is called GWX control panel and can be downloaded from http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/GwxControlPanelSetup.exe

 

If you’d like to read more about Windows ten and what this blocking software does, you can read more about it here: http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html  If you need help with issues after the Windows 10 upgrade if you so decide to take Microsoft up on their free offer, or if you decide you want to block the upgrade, please feel free to contact Susan at sbradley@tshb.com or call her at the office at 252-8585.  She will be able to remotely assist you in your efforts.

End of the year tax planning

As we come up to what is the official end of the 2011 tax season – that is – the filing of the extended tax returns, it’s a reminder that you need to start thinking about how to reduce your taxes for the 2012 year.  Since this is an election year it brings more questions of what might change before the end of the year.

Living in America we tend to take Elections for granted.  They are noisy, long and drawn out, but they don’t cause the great upheaval that occurs in other countries.  I urge you to vote for your candidate this year. Making your voice heard in this simple step at the ballot box is important to our businesses and our pocketbooks.