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Is Windows 10 Testing Your Patience Yet?

Microsoft doesn’t have a great record when it comes to operating systems. Windows Vista was widely considered to be a slow, lumbering beast of an operating system – a completely worthless upgrade to its predecessor, XP. Recently, Windows has got a lot better, but there are still problems cropping up, here and there.

Now, Windows 10 is here, and hopes were high. Microsoft finally did away with Internet Explorer, and we’d hope they had learned from their past mistakes. For many Windows 10 users, the testing times started from the very first day of installation. Cryptic error messages have caused many clumps of hair to be torn out, while using browsers and email has been fraught with problems.

How much time have you wasted on Windows 10?

Tricky Beginnings

The majority of Windows 10 problems have stemmed from the installation process. All of the web, people complained of problems, giving Windows 10 something of a muted reception.

The most maligned error message was a rather mysterious ‘Something happened’. Underneath, the explainer text said exactly the same thing. In the history of useless error codes, this has to rank as the least helpful. It wasn’t even possible to Google for an error reference; there wasn’t one.

The error message was so ridiculous, some people on social media thought it was a hoax. But no: this was real.

Lessons Learned

If you’re still struggling with the ‘Something happened’ error, try changing your language to United States English. It’s apparently caused by an invalid combination of language and region in Windows 10. And it’s a shame, since the operating system had such a promising reception, and it seemed to solve many things we didn’t like about the previous version.

The lesson here is that your computer is very vulnerable, and a big provider like Microsoft still sometimes gets things wrong. If you forget to back up before installing a new operating system, the consequences could be dire for your data.

At Cloud4, we are still running Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktop builds for out hosted desktop customers. When the time comes to roll out Windows 10, we will make sure that it has been rigorously tested so that users don’t experience these kinds of heart-stopping errors. We’re also here to support you from day one; not only will we help you to choose the right desktop OS, we’ll also ensure it’s available to you 24/7.

Take to the Cloud

Hosted desktops offer businesses flexible access to the applications they need, with cross-device, remote connectivity and a range of advanced features. Choose to log on using Citrix or via a remote desktop, and opt for ‘keyless’ two factor authentication for complete peace of mind. You can also have Office 2013 standard installed on your virtual desktop, or opt for Office 2013 Professional Plus if you need it.

Wasting time on a new operating system is no fun at all, and in business, unwelcome errors can kill productivity. If you’ve wasted time on Windows 10 this week, consider switching to a hosted solution for stress-free computing.

3 Simple Reasons Your Business Needs a Hosted Desktop

Why use a hosted desktop?  Many sHosted Desktopmall businesses are asking themselves that question now. As cloud computing becomes a mainstream consumer product, businesses are starting to trust the cloud to access IT infrastructure and services.

If your business isn’t using hosted desktop technology yet, it will almost certainly adopt it within the next 3 years. Why? Let’s look at the reasons why this is a product so ideal for SMEs.

1. Hosted Desktops are Affordable

In a small business, it’s typical to buy each user a computer, or let everyone bring their own computer to work under a loose Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) arrangement. Either way, there’s an initial spend required, either from the user themselves, or the company.

When you need more capacity, or a broader range of operating systems, buying more machines gets expensive fast.

Instead of purchasing additional machines, a hosted desktop can let you expand without the need for capital outlay. If you need more machines, jut rent them. Need to cut back? Just scale back your contract.

2. Hosted Desktops are Convenient

There’s a certain bliss to leaving your notebook in the hotel safe, or setting off for a weekend away without the laptop bag over your shoulder. Sooner or later, though, you’ll get that urgent call that requires you to drop everything and deal with an emergency. If one critical document is saved on your local hard drive, you’ve no chance of being able to help.

The portability of a hosted desktop is one of its best assets. It’s always there waiting if you need it. Pop your tablet PC in your bag, or log on from your smartphone over 4G, and your desktop is there, right where you left it.

For summer holidays, day trips and even work engagements, a hosted desktop could pay for itself in one hour, while leaving you free to enjoy time away from your desk.

3. Hosted Desktops are Safe

How many times have you had a near miss with your data? Maybe the dog tipped a cup of tea on your laptop, and you had a few breathless moments trying to drain it out. Perhaps a giggling toddler has dropped your smartphone down the loo – just to see what happened. It’s our worst nightmare, yet accidental data loss happens all the time.

Hosted desktops are stored on a remote server, in a data centre bolstered by military-grade security. If you store business critical data in that environment, it’s secured, scanned for viruses, protected against malware and completely locked down. Critically, your host’s data centre is guaranteed to be free of clumsy dogs and mischievous toddlers, too.


Small businesses tend to lead the way in IT innovation. They’re more willing to experiment and try new things. Cloud adoption is widespread, and it’s the SME that’s gaining the most ground from this exciting new technology.

If you want to accelerate growth and limit your exposure to risk, a subscription based hosted desktop could be the ideal solution. Let Cloud4 demonstrate just how versatile and simple our desktop-as-a-service offering can be.

Hosted Desktop – What’s all the fuss about?

Hosted Desktop users set to grow in 2013!

What is a Hosted Desktop?

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Hosted Desktops in Demand

A Hosted Desktop is an ever more popular way of being able to access your Windows Desktop, which is traditionally found on your PC or Laptop. Instead of saving all your important documents and applications on your PC you can save them on your Hosted Desktop and then access them from any location and using almost any internet ready device. So you really can take the office with you.

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