Windows 7

If you want a Windows 7 machine, build custom

Microsoft as of today is no longer shipping Windows 7 to the big OEM computer makers anymore.  This means the chances of you finding a Windows 7 machine..or even a win 10 machine with “downgrade rights” to Windows 7 stop existing as well.  If you want a real downgrade take windows 10 back to windows 8.  I thought that would make you shiver..:) How do you avoid the Windows 10 mess?  You will have to […]


The Basics on NOT Getting Infected (Updated April 23, 2016)

Windows has design issues…I have talked about it many many times.  However it IS possible to have a malware free system.  It’s really not that hard.  You do need to change your behavior on how you operate your windows systems. 1.  Have a security audit done if you’ve never had one done. 2.  Do not use IE or Edge.  IE’s issues are well documented.  Edge is suffering from basic coding mistakes that come with a […]

SSD’s for workstations/desktops so far so good

I just dumped my main computer( my annual maintenance is a format/reload) to reload it and I decided to put Windows 10 on this machine for giggles.  The install was really fast as  this system is nothing to sneeze at: Intel core I-5 4690k 32 Gigs DDR3 1600 Crucial M550 1TB SSD Nvidia GTX 960 w/4 Gigs of RAM LG Blu-Ray, DVD, CD Burner Asrock Motherboard with Intel Gigabit Nic. Asus Xonar DG PCI sound […]

Microsoft partially confirms a prediction of mine.

Ever since Microsoft started “giving away” Windows 10 I figured something was up.  As i said in an earlier post there is no way Microsoft is going to give away nearly a third of their base income at the time without some way to make it back.  With the recently announced Enterprise subscription this prediction is slowly coming true.  Microsoft is using the frog in the the pot technique…for right now the windows subscription is […]

Microsoft Partially Backs Down on its Hardware Support Policy

Microsoft has just announced they are adding a year to their windows 7 Skylake and above support times. Excerpted from The Tech Report article: Microsoft has now updated its Skylake support policy, and saw it fit to extend the support period for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on Skylake devices. Users now have full support for their OSs until July 17, 2018. This amounts to one year added to the previously-announced cutoff date. After […]

Latest major security problem in Windows affects ALL supported versions.

There’s no real way to know how much legacy code is still in Windows but i get it is more than anyone wants to admit.  I see articles that claim windows has been rewritten but i have known for a long time that is not the case.  The latest major security problem in Windows affects everything from the upcoming server 2016(based on Windows 10) all the way back to 7. I have also seen many […]

Another Geek Squad Rescue

Geek squad used to be competent albeit overpriced.  I now have a client machine here that was diagnosed with a series of problems over the past few months to a year. 1. bad internal nic.   new nic was installed.  It was a good one(Intel) at least. 2.   The machine would not boot into windows first it would BSOD but now it simply restarts.  All windows boot repair options failed.  System was diagnosed […]

New Client Upgrade

ETC Maryland has been working with this client for several years. The network this setup replaced was first installed in 2005 when this clients business first started. Due to ETC Maryland’s forward thinking this system was able to be literally rolled into this new facility when they moved and it served the needs of the business for a year past relocation. The projected life was 5 years abut this system served for nearly 9 years. […]

2014 and What it Means For Your Technology and Network

I know there are many small businesses that are running Windows XP still.  As of April of this year Windows XP officially dies.  Many programs are simply going to not work anymore as announced by their creators.  Sure you can hang onto the old versions but as more and more vendors refuse to update their software for Windows XP this also means your security is at greater risk than ever before.  Anti-malware vendors are also […]