Did you get a new computer for Christmas? Need help setting it up?
Powering up a brand spanking new PC for the first time is a pretty good feeling. All the new features, fresh pixels and that new computer smell can make the biggest Grinch smile–until something goes wrong in the setup.
Setting up a new computer is not something to take lightly. You have to wade through software and features that you may never use. If you bought your PC off the shelf, there may be a lot of junk programs that are pre-installed. You may never use them and they are only there because the manufacturer got paid to put them there.
This bloatware takes up space, slows down your system and may compromise performance. Plus the pop-ups get annoying very fast and are seldom helpful. They are a couple of paths one can take to get rid of bloatware during the initial setup.
Most tech professionals install a fresh version of the operating system, but if you don’t have experience in doing this, it can be a challenge.
Less experienced people who want a quality new PC setup can use a program called a PC Decrapifier. It can easily be downloaded and will automatically sweep your system to identify and remove pre-installed junk programs.
The next step is to make sure you are prepared for any emergencies that can affect your PC’s performance. And, you can do this by creating a recovery disk. Once upon a time computers came with backup disks. If you ever had an issue with your system, you could simply pop in the disk and install the software to start fresh.
It’s not that simple these days. Most manufacturers create a recovery partition on your hard drive rather than provide a disk. This can cause a major issue if your hard drive fails. So, it’s very important during a new PC setup to create a recovery disk with your OS and necessary drivers on a DVD or USB drive. Both Mac and Windows OS have the function to create a system image and a restore disk. Doing this will help you in a software or hardware emergency.
To find out how to create a restore disk check Tom’s Hardware or Utube for tutorials.
The next step in your setup should be to record the serial number and Windows registration code. If you ever need to reinstall Windows you will need the registration code. The serial number is important to have in the event of a lost, damaged or stolen computer. You also may need it for any warranty work or to place a claim if your computer is damaged or stolen. Now is also a good time to note the expiration date of your warranty.
Upgrade your surge protector. A surge of electricity can cause your new computer to become useless and leave you with nothing to do about it. Surge protectors can lose their effectiveness over time. Even though it is not directly related to your new PC setup, upgrading your surge protector is a good protective measure to take.
If you are having problems setting up your new PC, give us a call or bring your device into our office. We set up computer all the time and can probably save you a lot of time and frustration.
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