September 2009
In this issue
Windows 7 Pro Has Arrived
5 Green Ways To Save Big Bucks
Email Etiquette
8 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Server
Free Windows 7 Upgrade
Free Windows 7 Upgrade Available
reprinted with permission from the HP Small& Medium Business Site

Windows® 7 promises exciting new functionality for PC users, so maybe you're set on waiting until the final release date to get your new PC [3]. Wait no more! HP's Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program allows you to order an Upgrade Kit for free if your PC purchase qualifies [1]. Just order now and your kit will ship after Windows 7 becomes publicly available on October 22, 2009.

What is the upgrade program?
If you purchase one to 25 eligible HP desktop PCs, notebook PCs, or workstations, just meet these simple Eligibility Requirements to receive a free Windows 7 Upgrade Kit [1,2]

1. Your PC must be purchased on or after June 26, 2009 and before January 31, 2010.

2. Your PC must have one of the following Windows Vista versions factory-installed:
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows XP Professional downgraded by HP from Windows Vista Business.

3. Your PC must be on the Eligible Models list [2].

The upgrade program supports "like-to-like upgrades," so customers who purchase Windows Vista Business are eligible for upgrade to Windows 7 Professional, Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows Home Premium, and Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.

Additionally, you must have proof of purchase, in the form of a receipt, invoice or packing slip that clearly shows the vendor and date of purchase. Please visit HP’s Windows 7 upgrade program website to learn more about eligibility requirements.

Your first upgrade kit will cost $12.99 in shipping and handling, and each subsequent kit will cost an additional $3.50.

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Quote of the Month

A high school teacher hung
this sign under the clock
in her classroom.

"Time will pass . . . Will you?"

- James E. Myers


Just for Laughs


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Greetings from NRG!

As fall approaches, there are many changes in the “wind” from Microsoft. Windows 7, the next desktop operating system from Microsoft, is set to be released on October 22nd. Several of the NRG staff are already running Windows 7 on their computers and have reported very good results and experiences. HP has also begun offering free Windows 7 upgrades with certain models of desktops and notebooks recently. Along with the Windows 7 launch, Microsoft will be releasing Windows Server 2008 R2. The “second” version of the Windows Server 2008 operating system has enhancements and upgrades to take advantage of changing hardware and other technologies. If you would like to learn more about Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2, please contact us.

NRG has made some internal staff changes in September. We promoted Scott Charrier from the Service Desk to Field Operations, and we hired our intern, Brian Ibach, to replace Scott at the Service Desk. Both Brian and Scott are excited about the changes.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail.


Windows 7 Professional Has Arrived
Keep Your Business Moving Forward with Windows 7 on your PC

Designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses, the Windows® 7 Professional operating system delivers a powerful combination of innovation, improved performance, and productivity. 

We’re ready to help focus on what matters most, your business, by providing you with a solution that:

  • Works the way you want. Fast, reliable, and compatible, Windows 7 Professional delivers a solid foundation for running a business in today’s competitive environment.
  • Helps you get more done. Find what you need quickly, easily connect to your networks, and be more productive—whether you’re at work, at home, or on the road.
  • Safeguards your work. Keep your business up and running with new security and recovery options that help prevent security threats and data loss.

Contact us to find out how Windows 7 Professional can benefit your business today.

5 Green Ways to Save Big Bucks
by Heather Clancy
reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center

Skeptics suggest an economic crisis will stall sustainable business practices. They cling to the myth that going green costs more money. But many small businesses are discovering green habits save big money, especially when it comes to information technology.

The savings are many: Reduced power consumption, IT maintenance and hardware procurement costs. This can lead to increased productivity. You say your technology strategy isn't sophisticated? No worries. Here are five ways you can make it greener and budget friendly.

Tip 1: Adopt a power management strategy
The simplest way to kick start your green IT strategy is by embracing technology policies
for energy consumption, not just software and security updates, says Jennifer Mazzanti.

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E-Mail Etiquette for Wireless Devices: 7 Tips
by Christopher Elliott
Reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center


This isn't another lecture about minding your e-mail manners. This is a story about a new subset of e-mail etiquette. Call it wireless politeness.

An increasing number of e-mail messages are being received on small, wireless devices with limited screen space — devices such as Windows Mobile-based Smartphones. Being polite is still important. But so are a number of other considerations, including brevity, diction and consideration for bandwidth.

Reader Terri Thornton aptly sums up the frustration with today's wireless transmissions. "I hate checking my e-mail and having the subject line be so long that it scrolls forever until I can figure out what the topic is, or whether it's important," says Thornton, a Cincinnati marketing executive.

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8 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Server
By Christopher Elliott

Reprinted with permission from Microsoft Small Business Center

Old ServersYour server hardware is a ticking time bomb.

Don't be alarmed. It may never actually "blow up" — which is to say, melt down and take lots of data with it. But one day, sooner or later, it will become obsolete. And for your business, that's potentially an explosive liability.

"The older your hardware is, the more likely that a failure and loss of productivity will occur," warns Donald Hess, senior systems engineer at Entre Computer Services, a systems integrator based in Rochester, N.Y. "In general, a company can avoid big expenses by updating its servers every three years. If it waits five years, then there's a big risk of being compelled to upgrade many components simultaneously."


What exactly needs upgrading?
Most small businesses tend to think of their server as a whole, which is to say hardware (the computer it runs on) and software (the application that powers the server, such as Windows Small Business Server) are one.

Talk to experts and you're likely to conclude that this holistic approach to a server is correct for most businesses. Hardware and software generally age at about the same rate. In other words, the machines need to be modernized at roughly the same interval as the server operating system is updated, give or take a few months.

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