April Tech Flash 2016

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Apr 29, 2016 1:02:23 PM

FB_For_APRIL.jpgWelcome ot the April edition of the River Run Tech Flash. Here is where you will find tips, tricks and IT info to keep you up and running.

River Run will be participating in a few different events in May. Mark your calendars and swing by our events! We would love to chat with you!




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Microsoft is making a major push to get users to upgrade their operating systems to Windows 10. But before you download the free upgrade, you may want to consider if this OS is right for you.

While Windows 10 claims to have a strong application compatibility, there are still some programs that cannot be run on Windows 10 and should be tested prior to upgrading. Our technicians at River Run have been helping our clients install Windows 10 and can assist with verifying compatibility prior to installation.

If you are considering purchasing new equipment towards the end of the year, all of the desktops and laptops will come pre-installed with Windows 10. So it may make more sense to wait for the new machines instead of upgrading.

Technical support continues to be offered for Windows 7 & 8 which means you can continue to contact them with support needs or patches. But in due time, that support will not be available.

The new Windows 10 does offer some great new features and benefits that improve your experience! With the addition of virtual desktops, Cortana-personal assistant, and Microsoft Edge browser, the new OS is fully secured and easy to transition its users.

Before you download the free upgrade, give us a call to discuss. We can assist in making sure this is the best fit for your system and confirm compatibility with your applications.



Free Lunch n Learn Event

Moving to the Cloud -Where & When it Makes Sense

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn more about what it means to move to the cloud and if your business would benefit.

River Run is partnering up with Microsoft to offer this free Lunch & Learn event. We are hosting the event at 3 separate locations from 12pm-1:30pm. 

May 24- Shully's Catering, Thiensville, WI

May 25- Microsoft Office in Waukesha, WI

May 26- Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee, WI

Each event will offer free catered lunch to each participant!

Mark your calendar and join us at one of the locations! Stay tuned for your email invitation!





Biz Expo 2016

Visit River Run at the Biz Expo on May 18, 2016 at
booth #516! 

We are excited to welcome DATTO to our booth area to discuss backup options and what system would work for your business. 

Stop by and learn how having a reliable backup will keep your business up and running in the midst of a disaster! For more information on the tradeshow, click here!



recycle_sign.jpgFree Community Recycling Day!

Join us on May 14, 2016 at Foundations Bank, Pewaukee, WI from 9am-12pm for a free paper, electronics and eyeglass recycling event. In partnership with Ellenbecker Investment Group and Foundations Bank, River Run will be working with their team to offer the community a free disposal site for their old computer equipment and paper shredding.

Open to the public and community! Stop in and drop off your items! Click here for more information!



Samsung_Gear_VR.pngSamsung Gear VR

Have you tried the 3D virtual reality headset?

Mobile virtual reality is finally here with the Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus. Watch movies in your own private cinema, be at the center of your favorite games, and socialize with friends in a virtual world all your own. The lightweight design and intuitive touchpad drop you right into the action and allow for hours of immersive entertainment.

Escaping to a virtual world is as easy as snapping your Galaxy smartphone into your Samsung Gear VR. Developed in partnership with Oculus, the leader in virtual reality, Gear VR is completely portable, comfortable to wear and simple to set up.
 Powered by the latest Samsung Galaxy phones* (acts as the screen) The Samsung Gear VR is available through most retail phone carriers.

*Works with Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 edge. Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 require a software update from your carrier.


keyboard.jpgEasy Keyboard Shortcuts

If you are looking for ways to be more efficient and work quicker, here are some simple shortcuts to help you out!

  • F1: Starts Windows Help
  • F10: Activates menu bar options
  • SHIFT+F10 Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object
  • CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)
  • CTRL+ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu)
  • CTRL+SHIFT+ESC: Opens Windows Task Manager
  • ALT+DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
  • ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
  • SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
  • ALT+SPACE: Displays the main window's System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window)


Thanks for reading our April Tech Flash! If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them below.


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