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10 Reasons Your Business Should Consider Windows 10

On July 29, 2015, Microsoft is bringing fundamental changes to the classic operating system with its Windows 10 release.

Are these changes good or bad?  Where do they stack up for your business?  Should you bother trying to change? Or should you just scrap Microsoft and get a Mac instead?

Here are 10 reasons for businesses to consider Windows 10:

1. You Are Running a Version Prior to Windows 7

If you are on anything prior to Windows 7 you absolutely should upgrade.

We are Adobe Certified Resellers!

We have achieved status as an Adobe Certified Reseller and can now bring both perpetual key based licensing and cloud solutions from Adobe to your business.  Everything from Creative Cloud to Document Cloud to individual applications licensed traditionally or as a subscription service.

Houk Consulting Dropbox Solutions Provider for Pittsburgh

We are happy to announce that we recently added Dropbox for Business to our list of supported Cloud solutions and are actively helping companies looking to make the transition to Dropbox for Business. We’re excited about Dropbox for Business because it provides teams the power, security, and performance of Dropbox, along with robust admin capabilities that give visibility and control over company data.

5 Things your Business Needs to Know about the Cloud

There are a lot of discussions around the "Cloud" .  But what does this really mean to the average business?  Should you even care?  Some say everything should be Cloud based.  Others are more resistant.  Where should you be?

Here are 5 things you need to know about the Cloud.

Window 8/2012 Mapped Network Drive Issue – Resolved

For those of you who have been wondering why your mapped network drives just didn't work under Windows 8 or Server 2012 without workarounds, Microsoft released a fix through Windows Update (KB2795944) that will resolve the problem.  More details here:  http://gjohansson.

Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist

Congratulations to our IT Consultant Shaun, who has recently passed the Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist exam!  His expertise in this area helps ensure Google Apps is deployed both successfully and in a way that meets the business need.

So you can’t delete that invalid file or folder

Every once in a while good files and folders go bad.  You can't delete them.  You can't change the permissions.  You can't even rename them.  While this solution may not work in every circumstance, it does work in some.

The problem:

The solution:  Old school 8 character naming conventions:

Now, if this doesn't work for you I recommend giving Delinvfile (Delete Invalid File) a try.

How to Disable Pesky Outlook Addins

Sometimes programs do more than just install themselves.  They'll potentially integrate with other applications on your computer as well.  And sometimes they don't play nicely.

A common issue is with Outlook plugins.  Things like antivirus, anti-malware, and spam filters will commonly install an outlook plugin.