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One of the advantages of Windows 8 is the inclusion of free security software. In addition to offering protection against spyware, malware, and viruses, Windows Defender software is built into Windows 8 and doesn't require a separate installation.

This is an original blog post on Oct. 30, 2012 by Jim Lynch, Director of Green Tech at TechSoup

I've been following the IT press as it's been covering the much-publicized Windows 8 launch over the last few months. Having a passion for keeping IT equipment alive and well as long as possible, I've been following the sub-debate on whether or not Windows 8 is suitable for older PCs.

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Windows 8 is such a big change to Microsoft's operating systems (OS), we thought it might be useful to have a look at their plans for the types of devices that will use it and also their longer-range plans.

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A spruced up look and an overall performance boost aren't the only improvements in Windows 8.

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Windows 8 has a brand-new look and feel, so make sure it is right for your organization-

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Want to get started using audio or videos to engage your current supporters and pull in new ones? There are a number of tools which put multimedia within the reach of most nonprofits.

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How to perform a clean Microsoft Windows installation for your nonprofit or library with downloaded ISO files?

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TechSoup encourages you to download the installation software for your Microsoft Software Donation Program donations instead of having discs sent to you.

So you download the software from Microsoft's Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) and find out that it arrives as an ISO file and you need to perform additional steps before you can use that file for installation. What’s an ISO file? Most simply put, it’s a single file containing all the data from a CD, DVD, or other disc, all in one.

Fortunately, it is not so difficult to work with ISO files. This article explains what you need to do. The article also helps you decide whether you need additional software or memory devices and provides links to lists of free software to help you manage them.

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With Microsoft Publisher 2010 and 2007, you can create and print attractive and effective cards, flyers, posters, reports, invitations, and other materials.

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Microsoft offers a number of services free of charge to help people live and work a little smarter. Over the next few weeks we're going to introduce you to a number of these services that can make life a little simpler and more fun.

Millions of people throughout Asia use at least one of these services. There are probably at least a million more who might like to. We hope you'll find something that will surprise and delight you.

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