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Setting up your new computer

First boot: The first time you turn on a new computer you will be prompted to setup your user account, accept the license agreement, register with the manufacturer, choose the Windows update settings you would like to use and select the time zone.

Create recovery media: Create a set of recovery discs. Even if your computer came with recovery media it is a good idea to create a second copy. Many new computers do not come with any type of recovery media. Each manufacturer is different but most offer the option to create the recovery media using several CD’s, DVD’s or a USB flash drive. After creating the media label it and keep it in a safe place.

Update Windows: If you choose the option to use automatic updates you don’t have to worry when new updates are released. Windows will automatically install important and critical updates. This setting will be turned on by default in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. You can adjust the Windows update settings in control panel > Windows update > change settings.

Uninstall unwanted programs: Most new computers come with preloaded software and “bloatware” you may want to uninstall. Open control panel > programs and look through the list. Uninstall anything you do not want. Be careful what you uninstall. If you are not sure about a program that is listed look it up using a search engine.

Install antivirus software: Before going online you want to install and update the antivirus software you would like to use. Using another computer, download the software and save the setup file to a USB drive, external hard drive or a CD/DVD. Then install the software on the new computer. After installing the antivirus software check for updates and install those then restart the computer.

Setup a backup: Setup a regularly scheduled backup. See my tutorial here on backing up your data.

http://forum.worldstart.com/showthread.php?t=166598

Create a restore point: After setting up your computer, installing Windows updates and your programs, create a system restore point. This will allow you to return your computer to the condition it was in when you created the restore point if something were to go wrong in the future. Click start and in the search field type create a restore point. Or open control panel > system > advanced system settings. Click the system protection tab and then the create button. Follow the prompts to create a restore point.

Record information about your new computer: Create a text file or some other document that contains all of the information about your new computer. It is useful to have all of this information on hand in case you need it for any reason in the future. Log the make and model, serial number, product number, details about the hardware installed, where you purchased the computer, the purchase price, the purchase date, the order number, the warranty information the operating system version and license key information and any other information you may find relevant.

Transfer your data to the new computer: If you have files and settings on your old computer that you would like to copy to your new computer use a USB thumb drive or some other type of media to copy that information to the new computer. If you are no longer going to use the old computer you can remove the hard drive from that computer and install it on the new computer as a secondary hard drive. You can copy the data from the old hard drive to the new hard drive. This will work if the new computer has an available connection on the motherboard to connect the old hard drive. You can also purchase an external USB adapter that will allow you to connect a hard drive to the computer using a USB port. After copying the data you can format the old hard drive and use that as a backup drive.

Windows 7 & Windows 8/8.1 has a feature called Windows Easy Transfer that you can use to transfer files and settings from one Windows computer to another.

Read more here on Windows Easy Transfer

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...#1TC=windows-7

Adjust settings: Some initial adjustments you may want to make are folder settings, power settings and display settings. You may want to create additional user accounts for other members of your family that will be using the computer. Most of this can be done in control panel.

Install hardware: install any printers or other hardware you would like to use. Windows may detect and install new hardware automatically. If not you can go to the manufacturers website and download the most current device drivers for the hardware.

Install software: install any software you would like to use. Some basic software you might want to install, a PDF viewer and PDF editor, Office software, browsers, graphic editors, audio and video programs, software to keep track of your passwords and additional security software and a backup program. To make Windows 8/8.1 easier to use you may want to install a start menu replacement program. ClassicShell is a free download.

http://www.classicshell.net/

See my post here on free alternatives to paid programs.

http://forum.worldstart.com/showthread.php?t=166641
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great information here
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Very helpful info - thanks so much
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