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Have You Taken Steps to Preserve Your NV1 Data?

It’s important for NV1 users to realize that keeping archived backups of your NV1 data files is NOT enough to preserve your financial information.

You may have several backup copies of your main financial data files. You may even have them properly spread across different media, e.g. CD, hard drive and USB storage. But do you have hardware that can open those archived files, along with a copy of the original program that created them?

Three things are required to access your archived NV1 data files. The correct hardware, an appropriate operating system, and the NV1 program. Without all three, your archived NV1 data files are useless. The best way to preserve your information is to convert your NV1 data files to NewViews 2 for Windows.

For complete details, click here.

 

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NewViews and Windows 10

On July 29th, 2015, Windows 10 was released. Most users currently running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 will be offered a free to upgrade to Windows 10 during the next 12 months. After that, Microsoft will begin charging for the upgrade.

NewViews has been tested for compatibility on Windows 10, and both NV1 and NV2 work as before on Windows 10 32-bit and 64-bit. There are, however, some privacy concerns to be aware of.

Microsoft would like to store your data in their cloud, and Windows 10 is designed for a mobile, cloud future. By default, Windows 10 will track and share the websites you visit, the purchases you make, the places you go and the words you type. You have the ability to control this data collection, but it takes some effort. During the Windows 10 upgrade process, you need to customize the privacy settings. If you don’t change them during the upgrade process, you can do so at the end of the upgrade. Otherwise, you will be operating with Microsoft’s default settings, which may not be as private as you would like! To adjust the privacy settings, go to “Express Settings”, where you will find several pages of options.

We suggest you search online for more information.  A few recommendations are Tech Republic’s “Windows 10 violates your privacy by default” or Beta News’ “The real price of Windows 10 is your privacy”.

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Windows XP – end of Microsoft support

Microsoft support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ends April 8th, 2014. There will be some important security patches to XP this January. At present (March 2014) XP still enjoys a 18% market share. After April 8th, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid Microsoft support options or online technical content updates.

There are four options to deal with the end of XP:

  1. Just keep running XP as is.
    Nothing should stop working, and if your internet activity is safe, you should be fine for a few more years.
  2. Upgrade your operating system from XP to Windows 7 32-bit version.
    This is recommended if you have legacy hardware and/or need to run older software, like NV1. If your computer has plenty of free space, a fast processor and more than 1GB of memory, you can upgrade your OS. There is no direct path provided by Microsoft from XP to Windows 7, so the upgrade will require patience and know-how to transfer your current programs and data successfully.
  3. Upgrade your operating system from XP to Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit version
    If your computer has plenty of free space, a fast processor and more than 1GB of memory you can upgrade your OS. There is no direct path provided by Microsoft from XP to Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit, so the upgrade will require patience and know-how to transfer your current programs and data successfully.
  4. Get a new computer with Windows 7 or 8.1 (32-bit if using NV1).
    If your computer is more than 5 years old, you should opt for a new one with Windows 7 or 8.1. Then simply reinstall NewViews on the new computer and copy your c:nv or c:nv2 folder from the old computer to the new one.