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Common Windows Fix – Check your C: drive

Other than Malware, one of the most common Windows glitches that folks experience is a corrupt hard drive. Perhaps your office had a power failure or your computer was turned off without shutting it down gracefully; two of the many things that can cause corruption to your computer hard drives. Corruption on the C: drive can be especially troublesome and cause random / unpredictable problems. Fixing these can be easy and quite helpful.

To check for and fix the errors on your computer hard drives, try the following:

Start –> All Programs –> Accessories, and right click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator

Inside the Command Prompt window type: chkdsk /f C:, after which you will likely receive one or both of the following messages:

The type of the file system is NTFS.

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Chkdsk may run if this volume is dismounted first.
ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N)

and / or

The type of the file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)

Answer No to the first, Yes to the second and hit Enter.

Reboot the computer by typing: shutdown -t 0 -r and sit back and let Windows do its thing. Depending on the size of your hard drive and the number of files this can take a few minutes or much longer. When complete your computer will return to the normal display that you get when your computer reboots normally.

You can use the same procedure to check other hard drives on your computer. Simply change the drive letter in the chkdsk command above.

Good luck, hopefully this will help fix a simple but troublesome problem on your computer.

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July 2015 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

July 2015 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the June edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201507.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
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Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 35 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

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June 2015 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

June 2015 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the June edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201506.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 35 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

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Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
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May 2015 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

May 2015 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the May edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201505.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 35 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

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Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
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April 2015 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

April 2015 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the March edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201504.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 35 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

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Working remotely, telecommuting and working from home – which do you like?

When given the opportunity to work outside the office many employees get excited. Whether you are eliminating a commute, spending more time with your family or just not dealing with going into the office, the thought of working remotely, telecommuting and working from home can be an an exciting benefit. But is it?

Be careful what you wish for. Here are some interesting perspectives on the various options, pros and cons.

10 good reasons why working remotely makes sense
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-good-reasons-why-working-remotely-makes-sense

10 reasons why working in the office work beats telecommuting
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-reasons-why-working-in-the-office-work-beats-telecommuting

10 ways to avoid work-at-home traps
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-ways-to-avoid-work-at-home-traps

The 10 worst things about working from home
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/the-10-worst-things-about-working-from-home

10 signs that you aren’t cut out to be a telecommuter
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-signs-that-you-arent-cut-out-to-be-a-telecommuter

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Are you really still using Windows XP?

On April 8, 2014 Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP. That is nearly 13 years after it originally went on sale, on October 25, 2001. A lot of new technology has come out over the last 13 years; computers and computer hardware have advanced a great deal. So if you are still running Windows XP you are likely not taking advantage of the many (hardware and software ) improvements and innovations from the past decade. More importantly, since official support ended, Microsoft has stopped releasing security and other critical updates for Windows XP, placing you and your business at risk from all types of computer malware going around the the Internet.

If you are really still using Windows XP, the question is WHY?

Since Windows XP Microsoft has had a few bumps; Windows Vista and Windows 8 for example. Nobody would argue that these were less than perfect upgrades. However, Windows 7 and the soon to be released Windows 10 are clean, modern platforms that can take advances of the many improvements in technology made over the past decade. In many cases, new software purchased today needs these advancements and require a newer version of Windows.

So if you are still using Windows XP do yourself and your business a favor, upgrade. Advances in technology can lead to improved business productivity and profits. We all want that.

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March 2015 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

March 2015 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the March edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201503.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 35 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

Web: http://www.jefric.com
Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jefricllc

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What is Malware?

Malware (or MALicious softWARE) is defined as “software designed to infiltrate a computer system without the owner’s informed consent”. If you are looking to protect your computer system(s) from the various threats that can present themselves, you may want to first have a better understanding of what you are dealing with.

Learn more about the ABC’s of Malware

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