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The Computer Group

Leader:  John Howlett - computer@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 461774
Helpline: help.computer@ashbyu3a.co.uk

The Computer Group meets twice a month on the first Wednesday and third Monday of the month at 2pm.

We are not all computer geeks, but we do have members who know something about most types of computer whether it is a Windows PC, an Apple Mac, an iPad or an Android tablet.
We also discuss how to look after the files, music or photos on your computer, how to make backups or how to copy them to DVD or all sorts of "interesting" problems.
One thing we can't do is undertake hardware repairs, but we might know someone who can!
So if there is something you don't understand about your computer, from the simplest to the more esoteric, come along and we'll see what we can do for you.
We now have a new Computer Helpline so you can email us with any problems or questions. We can email you back, or better still, you can come along to the next meeting and someone should have worked out your problem and be able to talk you through it.

Send us details of your problem to help.computer@ashbyu3a.co.uk

Future programme

Wed 4th Sep2:00 pm16 Winchester Way
Mon 16th Sep2:00 pm16 Winchester Way
Wed 2nd Oct2:00 pm16 Winchester Way
Mon 21st Oct2:00 pm16 Winchester Way
Wed 6th Nov2:00 pm16 Winchester Way
Mon 18th Nov2:00 pm16 Winchester Way

7th August

A very quiet day today with only two attendees.
We discussed a couple of things.
How to transfer the C Drive to another computer which already has a C Drive, complete with
operating systems and software. The point being that you do not want the PC to boot up from the
extra drive before you have had a chance to remove or transfer all the OS and other software from it.
Open up the new PC; install and plug the new drive into the power; do not plug in the data cable yet.
Start the PC, then pug in the data cable.
The next steps take some more thought and will be attended to later.
We also talked about what to do with older software running under Windows 7 when it becomes
necessary to upgrade to Windows 10 and the software becomes unusable because there are no
updated drivers available. This may require the creation of a Virtual Machine, which seems to be a
straightforward operation, but would need care, plus the CD carrying the Windows version you need.
This too will be addressed later, but should give hope to those of us with treasured programmes we
do not want to lose.

Finally, and most importantly, the Lady of the House produced a birthday cake for Mike. So those
slugabeds, who couldn’t be bothered to turn out, missed a real treat. So there!

We next meet back at 16 Winchester Way on Monday 19th August at 2.00 pm