Windows 10 Microsoft Account Or Local Offline Set Up Tips

In homes and offices just about everyone runs at least one Windows PC. You’ll find Microsoft running in almost every school, library and businesses big and small. Most of my business clients ran windows XP Pro until the end of support life in April 2014 at which time we replace the machines with Windows 7 PC’s. Even though Windows 8 had been out for 2 years by this time and beta versions of windows 10 had been available to test neither 8 or 10 looked like a good solution for business. Windows 7 could still be purchased as a downgrade options on new PC’s up until the fall of 2016. But now it is 2018 and many of theses Windows 7 PC’s are reaching there end of life. All we have available is Windows 10 so lets make the most of it and get you set up for the transition.

Microsoft Account Or Local Account?

Hopefully you read this before you turned on your new Windows 10 PC but if not no worries just some info for you to consider. Lets take a closer look at how it uses Microsoft accounts. Introduced with Windows 8, when you add a user account to Windows, you get to choose between using a local offline account or a Microsoft online account.
Local Account: A local account is a username and password combination that you have used to log into any of the legacy Windows operating systems. It grants you access to the system’s resources and allows you to customize it to your settings and preferences. A local user account in Windows 10 will allow you to install traditional desktop apps, personalize settings and use the operating system the old fashioned way.
Microsoft Account: A Microsoft account is a re-branding of any of previous accounts for Microsoft products. As such, if you have ever used services like Hotmail,, Skype, or devices like Xbox game consoles or Windows smartphones, then you are sure to have a Microsoft account already. By re-branding and combining all these different accounts, Microsoft allows for complete integration of all their services into a single online account. The big difference from a local account is that you use an email address instead of a username to log into the operating system.

In Windows 10, the apps that come bundled with the operating system, like the Mail and Calendar app, can work without a Microsoft Account. If you own a Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition, you can even download and install apps from the Windows Store without having to use a Microsoft account. A local offline account will suffice. However, that works only for free apps and games. If you want to download paid apps, you must use a Microsoft account, as their licenses are tied to your online account.

Microsoft accounts aren’t something everybody wants. In Windows 10, a Microsoft account gives you the ability to sync things like personal options, passwords and settings. On the other hand, Windows 10 allows you to have more options when it comes to choosing between a Microsoft account and a local offline user account, so it remains for you to decide which one of the two is right for you.

In Conclusion: I always initially set up the first user account as a local offline account. This account can be utilized when all else fails for PC repair and service. Additional User accounts of either type can be added in addition to this main offline account. If you are not using paid apps like Office 365 or Xbox have no interest in Skype or other Microsoft products that require a Microsoft account then a local account is just fine you will still receive security updates and patches needed to keep your system safe and running smooth.  If you are a business using standard desktop software solutions like CAD Quick books Office 2007 or 10 there is no need for an online account. Keep in mind that Office 2007 support ended in 2017 and Office 2010 support ends in 2020 as well as Windows 7 support. I think I  will wait to see what comes out in the next 2 years before  making the Jump to cloud based apps for companies running in that configuration. If you are setting up your company for the first time you will probably want to use the Cloud based services now available and set up your windows 10 PC’s accordingly. Contact Us if you need help or advise in setting up your new or restructuring your existing company IT environment we will be happy to help.

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Dell Small Business Outlet Laptops, Desktops, Servers & Monitors

Small Business Outlet
Small Business Outlet

Dell Outlet provides certified refurbished PCs, servers, workstations, monitors, tablets and more. Refurbished systems don’t use as much new material or as many new parts as new ones do, which can reduce the environmental impact of your technology purchase. And you can’t beat the quality and value of a Dell Outlet product: Dell Outlet offers some of latest Dell products at a great low price, offers the same limited hardware warranty and service on PCs, servers, storage and networking systems as if you bought new, and offers you a 30 day return policy. Plus, we’re fast: Dell Outlet systems are built and ready to ship, so most products ship within 24 hours of order approval. So, why Dell Outlet? Why not! Dell Outlet offers you the same great products at an even better price, while helping to reduce your impact on the environment. What’s not to like? Dell Outlet offers three types of refurbished inventory:

Outlet New
New New products are either overstock, cancelled orders or customerreturns. All products classified as new have the original software seal and have not been powered on or used. New products may come in original packaging or repackaged and shipped to you in Dell Outlet packaging.
Certified Refurbished
Certified Refurbished
Certified refurbished products are previously opened and used products. These products are submitted to a rigorous refurbishing process to achieve the highest quality and performance standards. Products may have some observable cosmetic blemishes that do not affect performance.
Scratch & Dent
Scratch & Dent
Scratch & dent products are certified refurbished products with considerable blemishes that do not affect performance. Scratch & dent PC’s do not have scratches or pits on the screen, missing or illegible letters on the keyboard or damage on the touch pad or palm rest. Scratch & dent tablets may have scratches or pits on the screen.
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Zenis Ransomware Encrypts Your Data & Deletes Your Backups

A new ransomware was discovered this week by MalwareHunterTeam called Zenis Ransomware. While it is currently unknown how Zenis is being distributed, multiple victims have already become infected with this ransomware. What is most disturbing about Zenis is that it not encrypts your files, but also purposely deletes your backups.

When Malware Hunter Team found the first sample, it was utilizing a custom encryption method when encrypting files. The latest version, and the one we will discuss in this article, utilizes AES encryption to encrypt the files.


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