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All iPhones, iPads and Macs Affected by 2 Major Bugs

Posted on: January 12th, 2018 by Alexander Wright No Comments

All iPhones, iPads and Macs Affected by 2 Major Bugs

Two major security flaws, meltdown and spectre, which are present in nearly all modern processors / microchips mean that most computerised devices are potentially vulnerable to attack, including all iPhones, iPads and Macs.


More Dram?

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Micron Technology Taiwan has reportedly shuttered one of its two DRAM fabrication plants in Taiwan. The production lines at Fab-2 were closed down at the beginning of this month after it was found that a nitrogen gas dispensing system had malfunctioned and contaminated both wafers and chipmaking equipment.


Avoid creators update – Microsoft

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Microsoft is urging customers not to install it’s latest version of  Windows 10 creators update.

The reason behind this? It may well damage your system.


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Can you still upgrade to Windows 10?

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by Alexander Wright No Comments

July 29th was the last chance to upgrade free of charge to Windows 10. If you don’t take up the offer in time, and you decide you do want to upgrade after all, the only option will be to buy a copy of the OS.

But hold on. That’s not entirely true. If you want Windows 10 after the deadline has expired, you’ll still be able to get it for free, legally, and doing so couldn’t be easier.


Windows 10 free upgrade deadline

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Alexander Wright No Comments


When Windows 10 came along Microsoft claimed a target of having it running on 1 billion devices within a few years. With year on year sales of new PC’s and laptops going down like clockwork this depends largely on the free upgrade program. That programs deadline is currently set for July 29th, after this date you will have to pay if you want to upgrade.

If your system is relatively up to date (bought within the last 2 years) you most likely can upgrade without issue. Even some systems as old at 6 years work just fine with the upgrade also. There are however exceptions to every rule. If you do decide to upgrade then you would do well to be prepared by having a full backup of your entire system.

Here at User2 we have seen many systems which have either required data recovery or a full reinstall after failed windows 10 upgrades. For those that do work however it’s like a breath of new life for older systems. Using less power to do the same tasks Windows 10 takes little getting used to, certainly far less than the Windows 7 to 8/8.1 challenge.

If you do opt to stick with Windows 7 for example rest assured that it’s not going to leave you out in the cold any time soon. As of writing this windows 7 still accounts for nearly 50% of all operating systems out in the world and there are still several years of support available for it. Bottom line, if you have a Windows 7 device then by the time support runs out you most likely will need a new system anyway.


Repair, upgrade or replace?

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by User2 Computers No Comments

Should you repair, upgrade or replace your laptop/PC?It can often be a hard decision but it does not have to be.

Although it may be time to browse some reviews or go shopping don’t consign that laptop or PC to the bin just yet. With a little money and a bit of know how (or help from User2 !) you can give your system a few more months of working life or even extend it for a few years.

Should I upgrade?

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If you have ran out of storage space or are enduring poor performance then often this can be solved by increasing the amount of RAM the system has or replacing the hard drive with a larger one. Or an SSD if you want a super speed boost – see our previous article about these here.

Upgrading your ram can cost from as little as £20 depending on the type of memory and amount of it that you need. Typically we see systems that are running windows with less than 4gb get a significant boost when upgraded to 4 or even 6gb. To give you an idea every machine well sell at User2 will have at least 4gb ram these days, except some specialized systems.

But what if your sluggish system is running slowly due to a fault? Well with a combined experience of over 50 years between our engineers at User2 we can repair just about anything.

Should I repair?

Repair team

Miniature technicians working on a computer circuit board or motherboard.

Generally speaking if a system is under 3-4 years old then a repair is usually worthwhile. We often see systems where doing a repair is also a great time for an upgrade too.

Faulty hard drive? Why not get a larger one or an SSD?

Faulty Ram?  Why replace it with one the same size when the price difference is usually very little for the next size up.

If the system has been doing everything you want it to up till it had a fault then a repair is the way to go. It’s rare that a new system will be less.

Should I replace?

New laptop

As always with IT equipment at some point it will need to be replaced, either due to age or not being cost effective to repair. So how do you make the decision?

User2 recommend that if the cost of a repair is only 25% or less than a new system then you may as well get the benefit of a new system. Not only will you get a warranty on the entire machine and not just any part that has been replaced such as with a repair, but it will also be an upgrade.

Sometimes if a system is replaced we can even use parts from the old one, after all a lot of them are generic. Parts such as CD/DVD drives, the computers case etc.

Transferring data and setting up a new PC/Laptop is a straightforward job and something that we do on an almost daily basis, there is no need to worry about loosing anything.


If you are still unsure about what to do why not speak to one of our engineers in store or by phone.

Benefits of a solid state drive (SSD)

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 by Alexander Wright No Comments

As you can imagine here at User2 we do a lot of repairs. More often than not when it comes to laptops repairs (although this can apply to PC’s too) the hard drive is the source of the problem.

Laptops can have a hard life, not being shut down properly as some just close the lid and sling it in a bag, being dropped, stood on or tripped over. We usually give most laptops a life expectancy of 3-4 years if looked after, that’s a lot less than a PC at 5+


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Asrock BeeBox

Posted on: January 27th, 2016 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Since its inception in 2012, the ‘Next Unit of Computing’ has showcased what the upcoming wave of mini PCs could do. But they haven’t always been perfect, and a fair few third-party solutions have in our estimation missed a trick by attempting to cram-in too much performance, often at the expense of cost, heat and noise.

With that in mind, ASRock’s BeeBox N3000 has caught our eye. Launched as the world’s first NUC mini PC to be equipped with USB Type-C, the BeeBox N3000 retains the familiar NUC form factor and has the added bonus of no-noise operation courtesy of a passively-cooled Intel Celeron processor.


Windows 10 privacy

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by Alexander Wright No Comments

If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

How to not hand everything over to Microsoft



Here’s a quick FYI: if you installed Windows 10, and in a rush to try out Microsoft’s new operating system, you clicked through the default settings without looking, you may want to look again.


Windows 10

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by Alexander Wright No Comments

So the time is nearly here, July 29th and the launch of Windows 10.

Most people will have noticed the small windows logo that has popped up next to the clock on the task bar the last month or so, have you opted in to the free upgrade to Windows 10?


There’s a few things you should know before jumping in……..