Most people seem to think it’s fairly simple. Go to your local Best Buy or other such retailer, buy your computer, get the extended warranty, go home and act like a kid on Christmas morning, tearing the box open and plugging in it. Let your gaming or work life begin its new adventure.
Alas, it’s not quite so simplistic. Here’s a list of things that you -should- be doing from the time you consider buying your new computer.
- Most places will offer to go through the initial setup for you, and make a backup disc since most new computers no longer come with this, go for this option if it is available.
- Upon first starting up your new computer, take the time to go through all the steps to properly name it and get your security in place. Install a good anti-virus program that comes built with malware and spyware protection.
- Some systems now come with the option to backup your information online. While this may seem like a good idea it’s been our experience that after the thirty trial that you get with your new system, then it no longer allows you to access your backup. Backups are an integral part of the setup of a new system, but a hard copy of the system at the beginning will help prevent and fix disasters. Two backup’s of your basic startup setup is an excellent idea. If you don’t use this idea, you can consider using an online service like Carbonite, however never trust your important information to one destination always have a backup plan.
- Make SURE you take the time to register your new machine. If anything happens to your shiny new computer in that first year and you need to make use of your manufacturer warranty, and you did not take the time to take this step, it will create a ridiculous amount of extra hassle and wasted time that you have to go through to get any kind of assistance.
- All new systems come with a very robust amount of extra software or ‘Bloat-ware’. Take a minute to skim through your add/remove programs list. If you do not know what is needed and what is not needed, it’s a great idea to contact The Computer Repair King and we can help you sort out the good from the unnecessary.
- Recalling all of your old passwords can sometimes be a major pain, especially if you use lots of different ones. I’d recommend you eliminate this step and find a ‘Master Password’ program to use, such as Roboform or Lastpass, and have all your passwords memorized online with only your single master password, all the rest will be stored in a secure online vault that you can access anywhere with that single password, should you have need.
- Finally, make sure that you actually restart your new computer to let it install those important updates, and let any changes you made take full effect.
At this point, you can be pretty sure that should anything happen, you did everything that you should have, and you can sit back and start downloading the programs you may be missing that are essential to whatever you normally do with your computer. Good luck and enjoy your new computer!
Most of us treat our computers like our babies for the fact that they hold significant amount of information we are attached to. For this fact alone, I would personally do anything to speed up my PC. Even so, computers are programmable devices which normally behave in a particular way for a reason. If you therefore notice that you computer has slowed down its processes, there could be multiple reasons for this. Typically, a computer will start to lose its edge due to;
- – Fragmentation of files and programs over time
- – Corruption of the machine’s data or essential processes
- – Diminished memory ??or
- – Installation of many startup and background programs.
If any of the above sounds familiar, then a quick review of the situation would most probably fix the problem. In my case, I noticed my PC started lagging over time mainly with the addition of new programs. This has also been noted as the most common cause for computer slowdown. In essence, whenever you add a new program to your machine, new files are also added to the drive and in some cases, there could be embedded startup processes. In order therefore to restore such a slow PC to its former processing efficiency, you will need to get rid of the unnecessary or old files while also turning off some of the startup programs.
I noticed that other than the previous mentioned ways to speed up my PC, I also easily made it perform better by using some of the basic help tools. The disk cleanup utility program and normal antivirus programs are examples of handy tools for checking the system for irregularities and fixing such issues. The former program is actually built-in most computers and serves to remove temporary and old files that may slow down your PC. Antivirus programs on the other hand have to be bought separately and normally function to destroy malicious programs that compromise the machine’s performance.
These are the most common causes of computer slowdown even though several other minor changes can have a similar effect. If therefore the countermeasures do not serve you right, it would be apt to consult a technician.
If you receive a call, and your caller ID shows your own phone number, this is also happening on Cell phones, as well, it would be best not to answer it. This is known as a spoofed call, designed to trick you and mask the caller’s identity. If you were to answer, the caller, (most likely sounding Indian), will advise they are from Microsoft and you have been flagged as having an illegal Windows License. This of course is false, as Microsoft does not make unsolicited calls. As far as there concerned if you have an illegal license, you system will tell you and you will have a blacked out desktop screen as well as restricted functions within Windows until you call them and fix the problem by purchasing a legal license. So, why are these calls made you might ask? Good question, the reason is they attempt to scare you into allowing them to remotely connect with your computer, then after a review they advise you have so many Virus’s, Malware, Adware and such, ( and here it is), it will cost you X amount of dollars to clean it up, which will fix the license issue. These are people praying on others, through fear tactics to extract sums of money from you.
The best course of action is, if your phone number comes up on your caller ID, don’t answer. If you know you have a legal Microsoft license, and your desktop is black, with a flagged note by the Microsoft toolbar clock that your license is illegal, contact us here at The Computer Repair King and we will check it out for free. If there is a problem, we can do a proper Operating System cleaning, from your trusted computer repair technician for a reasonable price.
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