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Your small business would be difficult to run without your computer. Can you imagine what it would be like trying to conduct your day-to-day operations with just a pen and paper? It would be difficult, to say the least. This is why it’s important not to neglect proper computer setup for your business.

Trust the Experts With Your Office Computer Setup

Proper and complete computer setup is an important aspect of running your business. In terms of security, operations, payroll, resources, budgeting, logistics, and so on, working with a professional on your company’s computer setup is an incredibly important aspect of running your business.

Here are four reasons for trusting a professional with your business’s PC or Mac setup.

– No setup or configuration hassles. From the beginning of the process to the end, we ensure that your computer setup is complete and without worry for you.

– Installing the right software. There are many software choices that you can make for your business, so how do you know which one is right for you? We’ll help you with all of your software setup needs.

– Numbers don’t matter. We’ll set up one, two, or even a dozen computers if you need us to. We specialize in all things related to computers, so amounts don’t scare us.

– We can configure your network. With all of those computers, you’ll need a network solution that fits your needs. Well, we can do that too. We will ensure that your computer network operates agreeably with all of your computers, and we’ll help you understand how it all works.

If you need help setting up your office computers, we’re here to assist you.

For additional information on how we can help you with your small business, please contact us today.

PC Geeks is the premier computer repair company throughout Collin County and beyond.

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6 Important Tips for a Successful Computer SetupSo you finally got a new PC. Congratulations! There’s nothing more exciting than a new tech toy, whether it’s for business or for personal use.

So now comes the fun part (or so we think), the computer set up process. Because unlike a new car or blender, a PC doesn’t always run the best right out of the box. Especially if it’s straight from the factory. It requires a few more steps until it is in prime condition.

Here are 6 important steps you need to take for a successful computer set up.

1. Update Windows right away. Depending on how long your PC sat on the shelf, your copy of Windows might need some time to get up to speed. To do this, follow this path: Windows Control Panel, System and Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates.

2. Don’t use Explorer unless you like it. We’re not going to tell you not to use Explorer, but because of the gamut of good browsers available, we recommend trying out a new one.

3. Remove the bloatware. Pre-manufactured PC’s come with tons of programs, et. al., factory installed. Most often, you don’t want or need them. What’s worse, they sometimes run in the background and slow you down. For optimum PC speed, take the time to remove them. You’ll thank us in the morning.

4. Install what you like, especially now after you have removed the bloat. Not everyone uses or likes programs like Windows Media Player or Winzip. So if you have been using other programs on your other PCs, take to the internet and download what you use most.

5. Update important driver software. Because sometimes they don’t do it themselves unless something goes awry. This step is particularly important for those who built their own PC. In the end, you want the latest drivers for compatibility and performance.

6. Perhaps the easiest step of all: Enjoy!

Sound daunting? We got you covered. Feel free to contact us to discuss how we can get your computer set up and ready for business.

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It is Time to Move on From Windows XPThe time has finally come for those people who have stubbornly held on to their venerable windows XP computers. While XP still functions normally a large portion of the technology industry has officially left it behind and moved on to newer operating system platforms knowing that it is now extremely vulnerable to malicious software and hackers. As time continues to pass more and more software companies are no longer continuing to include XP as a supported operating system.

     Below is an example of some of the problems that are now facing XP users going forward

  • Fewer and fewer anti-virus companies are going to be producing software that supports XP, and those software programs may begin to exceed the hardware specifications required to run on an XP machine without bogging them down.
  • As Microsoft no longer plans to introduce any new updates to the XP operating system, this includes patches, and hot fix updates that are specifically designed to patch up newly found system vulnerabilities. This means, hackers who find new exploits will have free reign without fear of XP correcting the vulnerabilities.
  • Software programs and websites are growing more and more complex, not just in size but in the scope of features that work nearly like small operating systems in their own right, and due to the limits of XP many will simply not work on such an old operating system

It is well understood that many people do not like drastic change. It can be inconvenient, annoying, but you never know, it can be fun and rewarding as well! Anyone still using XP should at least consider finally upgrading that old machine to one that is capable of running Windows 7 as the learning curve is not difficult at all and most people immediately take a liking to it.

If you feel you would be interested in upgrading to a newer version of Windows from your old XP machine but are unsure how to go about doing so, any of the technicians at PC Geeks are more than willing to help advise you and make the transition as simple and smooth as possible!

What Makes PC Geeks Different?

Want to know what sets us apart from our competitors? Here are the top 5 reasons to choose PC Geeks for your next computer repair:

  1. Unlike big box stores, when you bring your computer in for service at PC Geeks, you can be reasonably sure that you are going to get the technician you had worked with previously who will have some history on your machine and have an underlying understanding of your personal needs.
  2. We are not just trying to corral you onto a show room floor to by the next unproven, latest and greatest machine that has just hit the market. At PC Geeks, it is our mission to repair the perfectly acceptable machine that you already have rather than force you into something that you may not even need!
  3. We pride ourselves on forging long term relationships with our clients so that as your needs evolve, we can help in moving your forward with honest assistance and advice that is going to be in your best interest
  4. At PC Geeks, you have the choice of your preferred service area. We have multiple locations strategically located in the Northern Metroplex. Click here to view all PC Geeks locations!
  5. We are proud to stand by our work and make sure that you are satisfied with the outcome of your service. We feel strongly that a customer should be able to trust and rest easy knowing that if something does go wrong, they can count on us to do the right thing and make sure they are taken care of in a timely manner.

Contact PC Geeks today!

Remember PC Geeks For Christmas.It is inevitable. In the end, after all the years of service, your beloved computer will finally stop working, or at least become obsolete and need to be replaced by the latest and greatest new technology.

With the speed that computer technology progresses now, it really only takes a few years for the components in your computer to be considered far out of date!

Environmental challenges face us all, and it’s become very important to make sure that you are disposing your old technology in the proper manner.

Unfortunately, computers are not as easy to be rid of as plastic bottles and coke cans so many are unsure just how one goes about recycling their old computer equipment. There is a very easy solution for you though.

PC Geeks welcomes you to drop off your old computer equipment won’t charge you a thing for those services. Those old hunks of plastic and metal often have useable screws and parts that aid them in keeping older machines up and running.

We’ll make sure that your personal data is erased and the old hard drives destroyed properly to protect you from identity theft. PC Geeks technicians have contacts that ensure computers are broken down to their base components and recycled properly rather than just tossed into a dumpster!

If you have old computer equipment that is taking up space and of no use to you anymore, do not hesitate to contact your PC Geeks technician in Allen or Frisco to let him know. We will recycle your old computers at no cost to you and make sure they are taken care of properly.

Did you know our service area extends to the communities of McKinney, Plano, The Crossroads, Prosper, Celina, Little Elm, Aubrey, Wylie, Lucas, Anna, and Fairview? When you’re out purchasing that new computer for Christmas, don’t forget to call us for complete set up and hardening so you can use it right away! Also, repaired computers are an inexpensive option for a Christmas surprise. If you want to get more out of what you have, contact us to see what improvements can be made to your existing system.

Happy Holidays! Leave us your comments below.

Protect your Windows Product Key

Restored Computers Make Great Christmas Gifts!A common problem we encounter these days is when a client comes in with an ailing computer that requires operating system repairs, but does not having their Windows product key, or it has been worn off on the bottom of their equipment.

This is a fairly common issue and can definitely lead to higher costs in repairs. Identifying your product key is important for you and can save you time and money.

  • On a desktop, the Windows license key can usually be found on the sides, back or top of your computer case and will tell you’re your operation system version and a series of five sets of five digits and numbers.
  • On a laptop, the Windows license key can usually be found on the bottom of the laptop, or in some cases under the battery itself and also, will tell you’re your operation system version and a string of five digits and numbers.

With custom built computers, the builders are often guilty of not providing you with that Windows license key, and any time your purchase a computer you should take a moment to locate that sticker, and if it is missing find out why. You should always make sure to at least get him to write it down for you, and if they will not do it, it is possible that is not a genuine copy of Windows!

Once you have a new computer home, taking the time to write down your Windows product key and store it somewhere safe is a great way to ensure you have it in the case that the sticker is worn away or ruined.

If you have trouble finding or identifying your Windows product key, do not hesitate to call your friendly neighborhood PC Geeks Technician to help you. We also service Plano, Little Elm, McKinney, Celina, Allen, Frisco, and many more neighborhoods near you!

Mac and PC Set Up Mistakes

Mac and PC Set Up mistakes. One of the most common mistakes we see people make happens when they first purchase a new computer.

Often, people will take a PC or Mac home, turn it on and off to the internet they go. The truth is, it’s vital to a new machine to be hardened and updated immediately. Read more “Mac and PC Set Up Mistakes”