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The Worst Gift You Can Give This Christmas

White elephant gifts are great for office holiday parties and informal get-togethers.

When you’re buying presents for loved ones, you want to give gifts that bring them happiness and joy.

But this Christmas morning, I know many well-meaning spouses, parents and friends will inadvertently give one of the worst gifts that could be given. A gift that will bring confusion, frustration, and in some cases – extreme anger.

What is this horrible gift, you ask?

A desktop or laptop with the Windows 10 operating system.

These devices will be popular presents neatly wrapped under thousands of brightly lit and beautifully decorated Christmas trees because they’re relatively cheap, they’re easily purchased from the big box stores and online, and they’re marketed as spectacular and easy-to-use.

Yet what hides underneath the colorful wrapping paper and bow is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Over the past several months, my staff and I have calmly listened to dozens of clients vent their dissatisfaction and utter dislike for their Windows 10 computers. We’ve heard complaints like,

“It’s not easy for me to use.”

“Nothing seems to work right on this thing.”

“My Windows 7 computer ran faster than this.”

They all wish they had either known about or heeded my warnings before they upgraded existing or bought new computers with Windows 10.

Instead they were misguided by the big box stores sales geeks and Microsoft’s online ads distracting them with the bells and whistles, the glitz and glam of Windows 10, hoping they would never discover the frighteningly dark secrets hidden beneath the operating system’s shiny façade.

I don’t have room in this tech column to fully explain all the evils of Windows 10.

But I have written a 20+ page eBook that you can download for free at my website that you need to read BEFORE you gift your loved one that new computer.

In this eBook, you’ll uncover seven important secrets Microsoft desperately doesn’t want you to know about Windows 10, including:

• Microsoft’s forced updates can crash your computer – and it’s YOUR problem, not theirs.
• Your operating system is filled with intrusive ads embedded throughout Windows 10.
• Microsoft uses your Internet connection – even when you’re not online.
• Many apps are missing important features to make them useful.
• Where’d that program go? Microsoft can automatically uninstall software or hardware it doesn’t like.
• You have NO privacy in Windows 10. Nearly everything you do is tracked and reported to Microsoft – which even puts the NSA to shame!

The final pages of the guide will give you specific actions to take, depending on your computer situation.

Download the free eBook at

If you got duped into buying a Windows 10 PC as a gift for someone this Christmas, you’re not the most horrible person on the planet.

Simply print out the free eBook and gift it with your present. In many cases, your Windows 10 present can be rescued.

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Christmas Shopping For A New PC? Avoid These Pitfalls.

When it comes to buying a new computer, it’s always tempting to go for the “special buys” or “great deals” offered by big retailers. These are the computers advertised for $299, $399, and even $499.

The upfront cost is appealing and sounds like a great bargain. But are you really saving money in the long run?

Most individuals begin their computer shopping by looking at the price. Unfortunately, this is the wrong place to start.

Your new computer purchase should be dictated by your needs – both now and up to five years in the future. Are you only using your computer to do light Internet browsing, checking e-mail, and typing letters in a word-processing program? Will you be doing anything with digital pictures or videos?

Many of the computers offered at appealingly low prices usually have just enough power to run the basic components of the computer. To keep the price low, manufacturers use slower processors and slower hard drives. Overall, the performance of the computer suffers.

Users often find that these machines don’t function the way they want them to, requiring them to spend hundreds of dollars to upgrade the computer to obtain satisfactory performance.

Some brands also use lower quality parts in the machines to help keep prices low. These lower quality parts fail more frequently, requiring costly repairs sooner than later.

Finally, all the computers lining the shelves at the big box stores are loaded with unnecessary programs, fondly referred to by computer professionals as “bloatware.” These programs take up space on the computer’s hard drive and can slow the computer down. In some cases, they create the potential for conflicts and other computer problems.

So what looks to be a great deal and a money-saving purchase more often than not becomes a money pit. Frequent and costly repairs erase any savings you may have had on the purchase price.

A reliable, quality computer system doesn’t have to cost a fortune. But when buying a computer, it is important to consider the total cost of ownership rather than just the cost of buying it.

A trusted computer professional that understands your needs can help you make a wise, money-saving purchase, creating a more enjoyable computing experience.