Things to Do When Setting Up a New Computer

Published on April 7th, 2013 by | Category: Computer

When people got their hands over new desktops or laptops, the tendency is to immediately access the internet and do what they want. Computer experts suggest that every person must always be wary once they managed to get new computers. In the field of medicine, the saying “prevention is better than cure” is important. The same saying plays a vital role in the world of computer technology. Preventing a small issue to arise is better than curing a complicated technical issue in the future.

The very moment you got your hands on a new computer, you should follow some precautions to prevent the larger issue to happen in the long run. In order to do so, you need to set up the computer in accordance to these following guidelines.

Backup and Set a Restore Point

Backup and Set a Restore Point

When we say new, it means fresh. The computer is threat-free so to speak. Hence, as long as it is free from any virus or malware, one should use this point to back up everything and create a restore point. Computer users should not rely on the internal hard drive alone when backing up the system; rather, using a separate hard drive such as an external hard drive is more preferable than storing the backup together with system files. By using a separate hard drive for a backup, computer users will never have to worry when things go wrong unexpectedly. Remember that the backup will serve as the last hope when cases gone wrong.

Since you already made a backup, why not use the time to create a restore point? A restore point is similar to a backup; however, it only saves the current status of the computer while leaving all the data within the system. Although a backup is better than the restore point, the backup is not always necessary. System failures are solvable by basic restoration. In other words, a restore point is easy to initialize to fix necessary issues on the computer. If the issue is not solvable by loading the restore point, then, it is time to bring the last hope: the backup. Securing both backup and restore point as early as possible is like investing a life insurance as early as possible.

Install Security Software

Install Security Software

After making a backup and a restore point, it is now time to add a new element to the computer: security. Keep in mind that sooner or later, you will be using this computer to connect to the internet whether you like it or not. Before that situation happens, it is better to assure yourself that you will be safe from the wild horizon of the World Wide Web. Otherwise, you are bringing yourself to danger zones like sheep given to the wolves.

In order not to become food for wolves, computer users should immediately install an anti-virus or an anti-spyware before jumping out into their social network accounts or favorite websites. Always remember, “Prevention is better than cure” is our principle for today. If you do not have an actual installer for these security programs but have access to the internet, then, make the website of security programs your first website to visit. There are a lot of security programs all over the internet and fortunately, manufacturers of computers today usually install security programs in new computers even for a trial period. Make sure you have one!

By securing a backup, restore point, and security programs, you have successfully set-up your new computer. Keep in mind to put all your serial keys on a certain notepad as a digital backup once you need to reinstall them. After doing all these easy steps, you may go now and enjoy the digital world.

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