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Whats new in Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013

The first thing you’ll see when you open Microsoft Office is a clean, new look. But the features you know and use are still there—along with some new ones that are huge time savers.

The new Office also works with smartphones, tablets, and in the cloud, even on PCs that don’t have Office installed. So now you can always get to your important files, no matter where you are or what you’re using. More....

Beware of the Gpcode.ak virus

This new threat will encrypt your personal data with 1024bit encryption rendering your data useless. The attacker will leave a ransom note on your screen with instructions of how to decrypt - usually asking for payment of hundreds of £. Be wary - if you you suspect you have been had DO NOT SWITCH OFF your PC - there is no recovery option if you reboot.

Follow the guidance in the link below:

Recovery :


If you need further help please give us a call. This is the worst threat we have encountered.

Make sure you have a full backup at all times.

Windows 8 has landed.

Windows 8 is available at RDCS for installation on new PC's as an option (please ask)- the default is Windows 7 for the time being. To get the most from Windows 8 you need a tablet or similar with touch screen.

Is your system ready for Windows 8? Check out the Microsoft upgrade advisor here.

Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer. We've got you covered.

For complete details click here.

To qualify you must purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 to be eligible for this offer. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is 28 February 2013.

Microsoft confirms Windows 8's October launch date

Microsoft has revealed that Windows 8 will be released on 26 October.Microsoft tablet

The declaration was made at the firm's annual sales meeting and was published on its blog shortly after.

The firm has described the update as the most important redesign of its interface in more than a decade.

The announcement was made a day before the firm releases its fourth quarter earnings report. Analysts say it may post its first ever loss after writing down the value of a troubled takeover.

The firm paid $6.3bn (£4bn) for the online advertising service Aquantive in 2007 but has said the service did not perform as expected. As a result its earnings will be offset by a $6.2bn charge.

Touchscreen controls

The company's future efforts are now focused on its upcoming system software release.

Windows 8 includes a touch-controlled interface dubbed Metro as well as a more traditional desktop.

It will be released in a version that runs on ARM-based chips for the first time, as well as versions for x86-based ones designed by Intel and AMD.

Some consumers will have delayed buying new computers ahead of the release, depressing Microsoft's sales in the meantime.

However, many companies have continued with their roll-out of Windows 7 as it typically takes big firms' IT departments months or years after a major system update to approve its installation on workers' computers.

Surface tablets

Part of Microsoft's goal in the initial months will be to eat into sales of rivals' tablet computers.

Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire have dominated the sector while Google's new Nexus 7 has also attracted positive reviews.

Microsoft hopes to make the most of the fact that it can offer a single system that can power both desktop PCs and mobile devices - allowing progams to work on both - as opposed to Apple's decision to offer different Mac OS X and iPad iOS systems.

Microsoft has also taken the out-of-character step of announcing its own hardware - the Surface family of tablets - to compete with other companies' products on the Windows 8 platform to maximise its chances.

But since announcing the news chief executive Steve Ballmer has sought to reassure his company's hardware partners, describing Surface as "a design point" that would have a place within a "broad Windows ecosystem".

Whatever the case, investors appear hopeful despite the problems with Aquantive.

"Microsoft's stock is up 17% since the start of the year in part because of anticipation for Windows 8 and Surface," said Colin Gillis, senior technology analyst at BGC Partners.

"We're also still seeing nearly one million PCs sold worldwide a day so that's a sizeable marketplace for them."

1 Jan 2012 - Richard Davies Computer Services celebrate 10 years.



Tavistock Times 4 Jan 2012 - feature page

Richard DaviesSetting up his own business was the last thing Richard Davies planned to do when he left the Submarine Service after 22 years. However during his time at sea he recognised that the on board computer systems held no fear for him and that given the opportunity, this environment was where his future lay.

He worked hard at gaining the Microsoft Qualifications that would be needed to work in the industry outside the Navy and so, with the encouragement of his wife and business partner Sally; Richard Davies Computer Services was born. The decision not to have premises in town has proved pivotal to their ability to respond to whatever comes their way.

Richard will often do complex work in the quiet of the evening without the distraction that a busy daytime office brings. That flexible approach continues when a client needs a solution that involves working out of office hours to minimise downtime – crucial if you are running a business and have employees who can’t work. Home users will also know that breakdowns always occur when least convenient! Remote assistance software, enabling Richard to work on a machine across the internet at a client’s invitation has obvious advantages for everyone and has been a great addition to Richard’s services. Most usually the software is installed in the workshop and always at the client’s request. In this way, existing customers can get support, diagnosis and help whilst sitting in front of their PC. Never wishing to be retailers but service providers means truly impartial advice when it comes to recommending hardware or software to clients. Should someone have a particular favourite software package then Richard will incorporate their requirement into the computer that he builds for them, advising them of alternatives if it is no longer compatible with today’s technology.

Clients looking at the website will find several core machines assembled by Richard using carefully researched and quality assured parts. The vast majority of the 500 bespoke computers built by RDCS for local homes and businesses over the last 10 years will be one of these. Taking care to source quality components is a time consuming job but means that each PC comes with a 2 year parts guarantee, so it’s time well spent.

2 Jan 2012 - Prices start to drop for Hard Disks since Thailand flooding - typical 500Gb SATA III disk now at just over £70.

27 Oct 11 - Floods in Thailand are causing major disruption to the supply of computer hard disk. This has caused a massive shortage along with a massive price increase. Last week a typical 500Gb Sata III hard disk cost £38.40 now costs over £130. This will affect the price of all new computer systems until the situation resolves.

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13 July 11 - Microsoft warns end of XP - read review

Windows 8

11 July 2011 - Windows 8 (alias WPC 2011 or Windows 2011) beta is launched giving a glimpse of the new Operating System from Microsoft to be launched fully in 2012.

Click here for the CNET review


There is an increasing occurrence of telephone calls reportedly from Microsoft or an IT company informing you that your computer is infected with a virus. They will direct you to website which they pretend to be working from (these are genuine websites from reputable IT support companies). They will then ask you to examine your event log which will show a series of warning signs, critical errors etc, creating a fear, pretending the reports are related to viruses which they are not. Then comes the sell - they will help you fix them at a cost of around £180. Not only will your PC be compromised by their interference, more importantly your bank account will be empty.

Just put the phone down.

Microsoft Office 2010 now available at Richard Davies Computer Services.

Office 2010

Office 2010 comparison

1 - Office Home and Student. Not for commercial use. Can be installed on 3 family computers.

Dell partner April 2010. RDCS became a registered Dell Partner. This new venture gives us a direct sales and technical support portal with Dell expanding our services further to support you.

Richard Davies Computer Services awarded with Trading Standards 'buy with confidence' logo.

Trading Standards

Devon County Council Trading Standards Service has introduced the Buy With Confidence Scheme in an attempt to promote the highest standards of trading in the County of Devon. Businesses who become members of the Scheme will undertake to operate their business in a legal, honest and fair way. They will also offer a customer-friendly service and respond to complaints in a constructive manner. Read article.


Feb 2010. Federation of Small Business (FSB). Richard Davies Comupter Services becomes a member of the FSB.


Does the welcome flash box on the home page look a little odd? If so you need to update your PC to the latest version of Adobe Flash - click here for the update.

Windows 7

As you have all probably heard by now, Windows 7 was launched in the UK on 22nd Oct 2009. For those of you with Vista you can upgrade to Windows 7 with a seamless transition. Not only will Windows 7 upgrade migrate all your data to the same place as before but also your desktop icons, background and applications. Your existing applications should all work, in some cases better than before as Windows 7 has a huge library of pre-installed up to date drivers and applications.

The overall feel of Windows 7 is faster than Vista however some applications like Word take a little longer to open. This aside, Windows 7 has corrected a number of foibles that put people off Vista. For those who still have Windows XP the transition is more problematic and it may be simpler to upgrade to a new PC (depending on performance).

Windows 7

Windows 7 - what's it all about?

Windows 7 features

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Upgrading from Vista
Depending on your hardware and your current edition of Windows Vista, you can use the Upgrade option during installation to upgrade from Vista to a corresponding or higher edition of Windows 7.

If your current edition of Windows Vista can't be upgraded to the edition of Windows 7 that you want to use, you can still install Windows 7 by using the Custom installation option instead. However, the Custom option doesn't preserve your files, programs, or settings.

Upgrading from XP
You can't upgrade directly from XP and will have to do a clean install. This involves backing up all your data, installing Windows 7 then migrating your data into Windows 7. It may not be possible to upgrade your computer if below the minimum hardware specification - run the upgrade advisor below. All is not lost - it may be possible to improve your computer's performance by upgrading the proccessor, memory and graphics card so that Windows 7 will work.

Download the upgrade advisor from the following - Before scanning your computer with the upgrade advisor, be sure to plug in and power on any USB devices such as printer, external hards, scanners etc.

Windows 7 upgrade advisor

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