Is the hard drive of your PC loaded to the limit with the genealogy software, e-mail messages, games, and scanned images? Are you tired of agonizingly sluggish and slow Internet access? Is your printer out of place in a photo-quality world? Maybe it is time to upgrade your outdated computer or even replace it with the entire system. Or perhaps you are finally ready to get your first computer and join the plugged- in the genealogy world. Call on FTM Contact Support Number UK for instant and reliable support regarding the resolution.
Whether you are upgrading your old PC or buying a new one then, you need to make a few decisions. And your needs as a family history researcher might be different from those of the common customer at your PC superstore. Let’s move with the answer of the most commonly asked question system requirement for Family Tree Maker.
Windows or Mac:
The operating system of a computer is the software that monitors all the other programs on your PC and how they communicate with your scanner, printer, CD-ROM drive, and other devices. Most PCs use one of the two operating systems, either Macintosh operating system or some version of Windows. Some software organizations develop both Mac and Windows versions of their programs, but most programs run on only one operating system or the other.
In almost every area, you will get far more software available for Windows computers than for Macs – and genealogy software is no exception. You can select across 10 or so full-features genealogy programs for Windows, but only a few for the Mac. You will also get a lot of Windows CD-ROMs with census records, pedigrees, and other roots resources, but only a few genealogy CDs which will run on a Mac.
Suppose a pay more for a Mac than for a Windows PC with comparable hardware. Macs are more stylish, aesthetic and commonly easier to set up and run, but usually less customizable and expandable than Windows PCs. Both can connect you to the Net.
If genealogy is your primary reason for getting a PC, you’re possibly better off buying a Windows machine. But if you already have a Mac, or you will use the PC for professional graphics work or other functions in which the Mac excels, reset guaranteed which you can make good use of your PC for genealogy, too.
Upgrading: Almost all Windows programs need Windows 95 or higher so that you should upgrade if you have an older version. If you have Windows 95, 98, or Millennium, Edition, consider upgrading to Windows XP that makes it easier for managing your files and view digital images. This operating system also crashes less than the older versions. Windows XP needs at least a 300 MHz processor, 128 MB or more RAM, 1.5 GB of free hard disk space, and a CD- ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Practically, you will probably want to the faster processor and at least RAM of 256 MB
Desktop or Laptop
If you do most of your genealogy work from home, a desktop computer might meet your requirements just fine. But if you spend much time researching in archives and libraries, a notebook computer makes a nice replacement for a bulky three-ring binder filled with charts and blank paper. You will be able to instantly access detail on any individual in your genealogy files and type notes that are much faster and clear than you could write them down with a paper and pen. You can easily share the notes you have written on your PC with your e-mail correspondents.
Laptops PCs usually will run off a battery for various hours, although most libraries offer electrical outlets to plug in your notebook. You can call on FTM Customer Helpline Number UK to check on the policies library, and take along a lock so that you can secure the laptop to a desk or table while you recover books. A laptop also makes it simple to access the Internet and send and receive an email that you travel – provided you’ve broadband access or you can get to a phone jack, and your Internet service provider has a local contact number for your location.
Although laptop PCs are easy to research on the road, they do need a few tradeoffs. Firstly, a laptop will cost about twice as much as a desktop PC with similar features. Second, a keyboard laptop is harder and smaller to type on. Finally, while desktop PCs usually have lost of the room for the new components and laptops cannot actually be opened up and have limited upgrade potential. So, you will possibly get fewer years of productive use out of a laptop before you will want to buy a new PC.
Laptop computers range from ultra-lightweight models weighing only 2 pounds or less to desktop replacements tipping the scales at 7 pounds or more. The most compacts models will fit easily in your briefcase, but they have smaller screens and might lack internal CD-ROM, DVD, and 3.5-inch disk drives. Larger notebooks are less convenient if you travel a lot, but bigger screens, hard drives, and keyboards make them better substitutes for a desktop model.