At Wallenpaupack The Poconos Computer Repair Company I often get asked to set up new computers for people.  This is a good idea since there is much involved in the process.  Nevertheless, there are many people that like a challenge  and attempt to do things themselves, so I wrote this article for you “Do-it-yourselfers” which covers the process.  Hope this helps. For others give us a call and we can do this remotely over the phone with you one on one to ensure you have all the proper safety, protection and backup systems in place 570-766-8299

Get Your Files off Your Old Machine

If you have files and folders on your old machine you need to put them on a portable storage device, a flash drive, and then move them to your new machine after you set your computer up… I would leave a copy of the files on the flash drive and that is your back-up should you experience a catastrophic machine failure in the future.

Plug In, Go Through Set-up Menu and Run Your Updates:

When you turn your new computer on you will be prompted to choose settings for the computer name, time zone, language, network, updates, etc.  This is very intuitive — just fill in the blanks.   This is also a good time to register the computer and software.  Then you are ready to run updates. Since your machine has been sitting on a warehouse or retailer’s shelf for a while you will have updates due at the time of purchase.

Uninstall Bloatware and Activate Antivirus Software Suite

Bloatware is the software that will come preloaded with your brand new laptop or desktop in the form of 30 day trials or trail subscriptions or other junk.  While this software may not be harmful (debatable) most of the times they are just a waste of space. To remove simply go to Control Panel > Add/Remove> Uninstall.  If your machine has a one year subscription to an antivirus suite you can activate that at this point.  Otherwise you can uninstall the 30 day antivirus trial and read my article on “Five Free Antivirus Suites You Can Try for Zilch.”

Creating a System Restore Disk

You can create a restore disk in case something happens and you need to restore your computer to its factory state.  Since most computers come with a recovery partition that allows you to recover your computer to factory state, making is disks is optional; however, there are circumstance where the recovery manager will not function normally, such as destruction of the partition by a virus infections, etc. Therefore many people still choose to create disks in case of emergency. To do this:
♦Go to start menu.

 

♦In the search bar, type “backup”.

 

♦Click on the “backup and Restore” option.

 

♦On the left side of the panel, you will see an option “create a system repair disc”.

 

♦Click on the option and follow the process.

Configure Power Options:

Familiarize yourself with the power settings and options available in your computer. In Windows Vista and 7 just go to start and search for “Power Options.”  You can configure all your power options here including when the screen turns off, when or if the computer sleeps, what happens when you close the lid and what the power button does.

Choose Your Home Page and Make Bookmarks

When you get on the internet with Internet Explorer you probably want the page that comes up to be your favorite search engine, or your Email Login Page (which are often the same place).   Most people set their homepage to Google, Yahoo, or Bing.  In your browser window go to Tools>Internet Options> and then set your home page to the preferred URL.  This is also a good time to visit your Bank Website, Favorite Shopping Site, and other places you visit on a regular basis and add those websites to your favorites, favorite’s toolbar, or bookmarks.

Transfer Your Files From Your Old Machine

Remember the files we pulled off your old machine earlier?  Now is a good time insert your flash drive and drag old documents, photos, and music to your new computer. Plug in the flash drive and wait for it to populate “Computer” screen.  Then drag a copy of your files, photos and music to the appropriate folder on your new machine and get back to computing as usual on your new computer!

Deciding whether to buy a tablet, desktop or laptop can be a hard decision given there are so many choices in the market today. Although it largely depends on the individual choice and usage of each buyer, I hope that having knowledge about the features and functions will help. Below is a brief description on each one of them so you decide which one is best for you and your business or family. Wise WallenPaupack Computer Repair & Sales can help find you the best priced high quality computer systems and accessories.

A tablet is highly portable computing device, that has features similar to that of laptops with a bit more portability but less functionality for serious computing tasks. If you are someone who is always on the go and need your computer handy all the time, then this might be your choice. A tablet has a touch screen that can be used with fingers or stylus. It has a durable body and comes with a 7-inch to a 10-inch display screen and weighs less than 1 pound. Caution should be taken by the user to avoid any damage of the touch screen display. The main advantage of a tablet computer is its portability, light weight, powerful pen recognition, small size and attractive design. Tablets often have a longer battery life than a laptop. While it’s been my belief that “no serious work can be accomplished on a tablet” with the advent of the attachable keyboard I’ve revised my belief on that a bit.

A laptop is a slightly larger but still highly portable computer that is also capable of serious computing tasks. They consume less space on a desk or a table than a desktop computer. Laptops are battery operated and are attached to a single cord instead of multiple cords like in desktop. They come with a built in touchpad, speakers and webcam. Although, I still prefer attaching a mouse. A mouse is essential to accomplish any type of real research, creation and production. Laptops are very useful for people in the corporate sector who are always on the move and for international students as well. They are great for traveling and if you are using an aircard you will have access to an uninterrupted internet connection anywhere and anytime. I actually prefer a large, powerful laptop now for my primary computing. I leave it set up stationary 98% of the time and don’t carry it with me. I have a smaller laptop I keep for trips.

Desktop – A desktop is a personal computer with a separate tower, keyboard, mouse, and monitor. A desktop computer can be plugged into a wall outlet. Unlike a laptop a desktop is not a portable device. It is stationary. If you need a supercomputer, for some reason, a desktop is probably a best choice as the larger case can hold more components. Another benefit is that you can hook as large of a monitor to it as you like, whereas you’re limited on the size of your monitor with a tablet and laptop (you can plug an external monitor to a laptop but it is not as practical usually). Desktops are easier to upgrade than laptops and and generally speaking –easier to repair. You never have to worry about running out of battery life. And, finally, 90% of computer thefts are of tablets and laptops – not desktops.