Fast-Teks Offers Solutions to Microsoft’s System

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Tampa, Fla. — April 30
As the worldwide general availability date for Microsoft’s Widows Vista system quickly approaches, computer users around the globe are anticipating the increased hardware requirements that the system will need.

Graphics cards, increased CPU size and larger RAM requirements are just a few of the many areas that experts are warning users about.

This is especially noteworthy for businesses that will likely be forced to make the upgrade to remain competitive, no matter whether they want to.

The issue, says Fast-teks’ Cari Diaz, is less focused on the Vista system itself than it is on installation.

“Hardware installation — especially on a large scale in the case of businesses — can become a huge headache if it’s not done properly,” Diaz said. “It’s advisable for hardware to be installed by professionals.”

Fast-teks is a nationwide, on-site computer service company that specializes in both residential and business hardware installation and maintenance.

It offers a free systems check on all service visits to see what each computer needs to run Vista.

Companies such as Fast-teks have put together several recommendations for consumers interested in running the Windows Vista system, many of which are aimed at upgrading existing systems on PCs.

1. Download and run Windows Upgrade Advisor. The Upgrade Advisor examines a computer and provides a summary of the Windows Vista versions that can be run on that computer. The report is also convenient to have on-hand to show your installation professional.

2. Check your CPU. Anything below 800 MHz is too low for Windows Vista to run properly. Your local Fast-teks technician can advise you on upgrades if you fall below minimum requirements.

3. Examine your computer’s memory. 512 MB of RAM is minimum, and most users will want at least 1 GB of system RAM to adequately run Vista. Fast-teks can assist in choosing a memory upgrade, and can have it installed on your computer within minutes.

4. Verify hard drive capacity on your computer. Windows Vista requires a hard drive of at least 40 GB in size, including 15 GB of free space.

5. Check your graphics adapter. “Many people are unfamiliar with graphics adapters, “which is unfortunate because a big requirement of Vista is the graphics portion of the program,” Diaz said. “Fast-teks can assess your computer and provide adequate upgrades in order to eliminate any confusion.”

6. Look for a DVD drive on your computer. If you don’t have one, you won’t be able to install Windows Vista. If you don’t have one, however, there’s no need to fret. “DVD drives are something that our technicians can install at a relatively small cost,” Diaz said.

7. Back up your data. According to experts, this is one of the most important (and often overlooked) steps when upgrading a system. “This is where we shine,” Diaz said. “We provide complete data protection solutions for both businesses and individuals at a relatively small cost.”

Fast-teks also offers training services for individuals or large groups, meaning that you can not only have Windows Vista installed, but you (or your office) can receive training on how to use the new programs.

“It’s the complete solution — from installation to training to follow-up, we can provide the solutions that individuals, or businesses, need to stay current,” Diaz said.

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