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Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003 has ended!

by MPRAdmin in Office 365, Uncategorized

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By now if you have Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 you should know that has ended on the 8th April 2014, or one of the employees that is working on the machine should of informed you about this. Worried? Well there are a few options available to you. Depending on your size workforce Microsoft Office could be the answer for you.There are a few options for you that will allow you to have all your emails hosted by Microsoft for a small monthly or annual fee. If you would like to use the latest office on the go and up to 5 devices for one user there is a small business premium plan.

As you know all things are not as simple as it generally says on the box. There is a bit of work to configure your emails and to transfer all your old existing emails and move them on the new platform. Here is where we can do all this for you and work with you to keep your business going during this transfer. There are several things you need to consider but we have the experience and knowledge to make sure we can get you up and running as soon as possible.
Please find a link that will allow you a trial of this great software and then you can let us know what you think and we can help you make the move across to office 365.

If you have Windows XP there are good chances that the machines are quite old and will need to be replaced. before you decide to go ahead, you will need to look at your existing software to see if there could be a problem. let us do all that confusing work for you and give you a better picture of what you need to do.

If you would like to call just to have a chat regarding your computers please do, we have a good team of people you will listen to you and to your budget to get the best outcome.

MPR IT Solutions
08000 30 20 30 option 2

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by MPRAdmin in Uncategorized


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We are proud to be sponsors  of  the West Kent B2B held in Tonbridge at the River Centre on 30th April. I will be handing out bags so please come along and talk to me if you have any questions regarding IT. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet and talk about your companies IT system.

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Xp on the way out!

by MPRAdmin in Uncategorized

We are busy preparing new machines with Windows 8.1 pro to replace existing old XP machines. This is a busy time for us but we like the  challenges. We have the experience and staff to set up and install these machines for your company. If you are have multiple machines we can build and set up new machines, no matter how many?  Whether it is that your machine is running slow  or you need to decide about replacing a server. let us inform you of the best options, so you have a second opinion which might save you money or provide a solution to your problem.                        HP Batch Setup

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Heartbleed Bug

by MPRAdmin in Industry News

You might of heard that there is a recent threat to your passwords you log on to sites. I would recommend you have a look at your list of passwords that you use and change them.
Here is a current list of recommendations from their site to update your passwords.

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.
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I need to upgrade from XP

by MPRAdmin in Uncategorized

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Now that it’s time to upgrade from Windows XP (it retires on 8th April 2014), you may well be wondering how much of your current software and hardware will work on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Fortunately there are some great free tools to help you figure that out.

At least I hope you’re planning to upgrade. April has been called the ‘XPocalypse’ for a good reason: When Microsoft stops support, PCs using XP and Office 2003 will face greatly increased exposure to malware attacks. Find out why it’s really and truly time to upgrade and Contact us, we will be happy to talk you through the options.

Older PCs Can Run Windows 7 and Windows 8

The good news is that some machines will run Windows 7 and somewhat less ancient ones will run Windows 8.1. If you are still running IT equipment that is older than 7 year old good for you! You have exceeded the full lifespan expectations of computers, but it’s probably time to get newer equipment. If your system has xp generally saying it is older than 5 years and you are most probably better off looking to get a new machine compared to a quick fix and throwing money at upgrading the software. This is a reactive response instead of a proactive action of buying technology that will last you another five years.

I’m know such things that Windows 8 is largely Windows 7 under the hood, so it also runs on older computers. The 8.1 system requirements are a bit higher than Windows 7.

Picking the Right Operating System

You can check to see if your PCs meet the requirements for Windows 8 by downloading and running the free Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. The Microsoft step-by-step instructions “Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows Vista or Windows XP” is very clear and understandable.

To check your Windows XP computer’s specifications:

  • Go to ‘My Computer’ on your desktop or on the Start menu
  • Right-click Properties
  • If you don’t see “x64 Edition” listed, then you’re running the 32-bit version of Windows XP. Step 1 of this tutorial will show you how to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, which can let you know if your computer is capable of running the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
  • If “x64 Edition” is listed under System, you’re running the 64-bit version of Windows XP and can run the 64-bit version of Windows 7.


You will have to consider whether to upgrade your existing machine or decide to purchase new equipment. the existing computer could be donated to charities or non profit organisations.

If this is all a bit too much to take care of, let us help you through the maze and we will work with you to update your IT system so you can continue with your companies work. You can call us on a toll free number (08000 302030)  or email us on:

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