Nick has a very old netbook running Windows Vista. He also has an old Windows XP machine. Will they still be working if he restarts them? Leo says that they should. He may have an issue with authenticating Windows and the software he's using. XP and Vista also pose a security issue as Microsoft has declared them both "end of life" for security fixes. So Leo recommends not connecting it to the internet after authentication. Here are some things he can do to protect himself anyway:
Joe has an older PC running Windows Vista. He's worried that Microsoft will kill off support for it. Leo says not just yet, it's Windows XP that Microsoft is ending support on and that will be April 8th. After that deadline, hackers will take advantage of any exploits they can find. But Microsoft will support Vista until at least 2017.
Mae should get the upgrade disc, because it's cheaper. The dirty little secret about Windows is that the disc for the full version is the same as the upgrade disc. If you have a previous copy of Windows already, just insert the Windows 7 disc and it will give you the option to upgrade.
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Jenny returned her new iPad2 because she heard a new iPad was coming. Leo says it may have been premature to return it, because rumors are that a new iPad 3 will be announced March 7th - and it’s just speculation. But the timing is right and valid. We’re also hearing it’ll have a very high resolution screen and quad core processor. Just speculation, mind you, but very valid sources are talking. Should she wait? Leo says it’s a good idea to play wait and see, it certainly won’t hurt you to, unless you need that tablet right now. Will it cost more?
Greg is looking to get a Samsung Galaxy Note Android phone and stream through his Airport Express, but he’s having trouble. Leo says you can’t do it. It isn’t compatible. He uses a SONOS system to bypass that and it allows him to use any device to listen to music off his Android phone. The other option is just to use his MAC to stream. Or his other iPhone.