Microsoft Corporation, a company which has enjoyed a monopoly in the Operating System market over the years, has many safeguards set in to keep your computer secure and free from threats. This is the reason why the company provides regular security upgrades to be installed in the Windows operating system you are using.
These updates can actually keep your computer safe from security threats, as well as patch programming problems with Microsoft applications and Windows operating systems. There is an integrated Automatic Update feature with Windows that manages the download and installation of updates automatically, as and when these become available. If you wish for more control over what is installed on your computer, then you can easily disable Automatic Updates, and opt to search for available Microsoft updates manually. This Microsoft tech support article will help you with instructions on how to check for Microsoft updates:
Microsoft tech support instructions
We hope that the above instructions helped. There are more such helpful procedures detailed in the other posts on this site.Read more »
It is not unusual that con artists pretending to be genuine agents contact computer users and request for credit card information. Often, they come disguised as bank agents or sometimes even as Microsoft tech support personnel. Recently, it was the Iowans, who were targeted by such swindlers disguised as tech support personnel from Microsoft.
Owing to the high number of scams, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller issued a warning to the people to be aware of tech support scams. In the past couple of weeks, many a number of Iowans were contacted by con artists and were requested to divulge their personal information. They were requested to allow remote access of their computers so as to repair their ill functioning systems. The hackers then accessed their personal information such as bank details or other sensitive details. It is reported that thousands of the residents have filed complaints with the Attorney General requesting him to take immediate and necessary action. During a recent press conference, Miller was quoted as saying “We’re hearing from several Iowans every day reporting calls from people who claim they’re Microsoft tech support employees, and also claim they’re either trying to fix some sort of software problem, security problem, or are trying to sell a software license.”
Experts who looked into the issue strictly warned users not to divulge any personal information or details like credit card number to anyone on the internet owing to the security risks. If you have to divulge any such information to someone, go in person to the authorised party and divulge. Avoid internet for sharing financial information as much as possible. These swindlers, who get in touch with users convince them first that they are authentic and that they want to help you in some manner, which might be useful for you. Once you are convinced, they will send you a link and tell you to download programs or software. Users will have no suspicion doubt that they software is a scam. They use the software as a key to obtain all your personal and financial details without your knowledge. Moreover, it would make your computer susceptible to future attacks.
Microsoft has also urged its users not to accept unsolicited calls from Microsoft offering your technical support. The company added that users will receive calls or emails from it only when they contact them for any services related to technical issues.Read more »
Disk partitioning or dividing a hard disk into multiple storage units has its own advantages, because you can treat one disk drive as multiple disks. This makes it easier to use various file systems on each partition. Mainly, these partitions are used to store alternative operating systems, enabling your system to work on different platforms. While starting the operating system, your computer would use the active partition used by the BIOS.
Now, if your system is found to have more than one bootable partition, you need to change the active partition. According to the technicians at Microsoft support, you need to remove the existing active partition and uninstall its contents to make the free space available in the drive.
You can try the following steps to remove active partitions in your Windows 7 computer:
These steps would help you to successfully remove active partitions in your Windows 7 computer. To know more, please contact our technical support team.Read more »
It seems that there are quite a number of victims falling for the Microsoft tech support scams. Someone having problems with their Windows computer can be very easily duped into believing that he is going to get professional help from Microsoft that would solve all of his computer problems. As we all know, Microsoft has an excellent tech support network.
About the Microsoft tech support scam
What normally happens is that you would get an unsolicited call from a supposed Windows tech support personnel. They’d claim to know that you are having some problems with your Windows computer.
Now they’d say an error message was sent to them by your system OS when it was connected online, and such. If not, at any rate, there’d be some very convincing explanations as to how they figured out that you were having some issues with your system. The truth is a majority of computer users have Windows OS on their system, and a majority of these users face one problem or the other with their Windows OS.
So, when these ‘Windows tech support personnel’ contact you to fix all your Windows problems for a ‘small fee’, you would feel relieved. They would sound very professional over the phone, and seem to know the problems you were having with your computer. After duping you with some technical jargon about viruses, system errors and whatnot, they would ask for your credit card information and extract s ‘small fee’ for the support services you are receiving. And then you never hear from these guys again.
Do not fall for such scams. Though Microsoft has an excellent support network, they never make unsolicited phone calls to their customers. If you receive any such calls, then yes, you can be sure that it is indeed a scam. You can only contact Microsoft’s tech service personnel using the official website, or by dialling the official tech support numbers provided on the product package.
And, most of these services are free-of-cost, as a large number of procedures only require some troubleshooting steps, and then installing some small patch files. If you have a series issue that requires considerable amount of work, you might be charged for it. In any case, this would be through official channels, mostly through the official Microsoft support website.
So, if you get an unsolicited phone call from “Microsoft” offering support services for a fee, you know what to do – hang up the phone.Read more »
Microsoft Outlook serves many utilities and functions to the users. However, like other applications and software, Outlook is also prone to many issues and errors. If you face any errors, it is necessary to consider some steps, which will help in proper troubleshooting. Given below are some steps given by the Microsoft tech support team that you should consider if your Outlook application is not working properly.
Find out the type of the problem
This is the first step that you should consider if you find that your Outlook is not working properly. See whether the Outlook application was working fine or not. If it was working well without any issue, then check whether any changes have been made to the Outlook settings. Most users tend to forget about the changes made to the system like installing a toolbar, new software, updating of drivers, and installation of latest updates. The changes made in the settings of Outlook can also result in Outlook not working. It the errors are due to this reason, it is better to undo those changes and make the application work as earlier. It is necessary to update your operating system, if you want to install new software.
Find the root cause of the problem
If you find that your Outlook program is not working, then isolate the problem and find out whether the problem is with your Outlook or with any other software installed. The Outlook application can also not work if there is any fault in the internet connection. Therefore, this problem may have nothing to do with your Outlook application. Sometimes, the internet connection may also not be the issue. In this case, it may be due to some technical glitches. Therefore, it is needed to isolate the problem that you are facing, before going for the troubleshooting procedure.
Confirm the Outlook settings
When Outlook is not working well, then it is better to check whether all the Outlook settings are correct or not. If you have changed the password for Outlook account recently and if it is showing a login error, then check whether the new password of your Outlook is working fine. In addition, also check whether you are able to log in to the Webmail account by using the Outlook email address and password. You may also face login errors, if you misspell the password or email address.
Solve the problem using appropriate troubleshooting methods
Once the problem is identified, diagnose it and troubleshoot it by applying proper troubleshooting steps. Before going for troubleshooting, it is necessary to read and understand what the error message is. You can also seek the help of the search engine to get a clear idea about the problem.
You should consider these four steps if you find that your Outlook application is not working well. To know more, you may contact the Microsoft tech support team.Read more »