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Getting Started with a New Computer in the New Year

Getting Started with a New Computer in the New Year

Andreas Krebs

January 04, 2010

New Year, New Computer: What To Do To Make Sure it Runs Well Right from the Start

If you’re one of the lucky people who just got a new computer for Christmas, or will be getting one as a kick-off to the New Year, your work will not be done after taking the components out of their boxes and setting them up on your desk or workstation.Here are the things that you absolutely have to do after you have turned on your brand new PC and set up your Internet connection for the first time.

Install the Right Antivirus Software

Most desktop computers nowadays come along with a free trial version of an affiliate antivirus software provider, but this usually only lasts thirty days. Afterwards, your computer could be prone to many corruptive programs. If you do not have the means to buy the full version immediately after you have set up your new computer system, or if you are not too fond of the antivirus program, then we suggest you scrap it and install a powerful free antivirus program like Microsoft Security Essentials, which is available for a free download on the official Microsoft website. The antivirus program can protect computers from the major known threats, and a good antivirus solution can even safeguard against new ones. AVG is also a good alternative.

Uninstall the Applications You Don’t Want

Just because some applications came with your computer does not mean that you have to keep them. If you do not plan on using some of those programs, then uninstall them. Do not let them clutter up your hard drive and take up precious memory space. Include, but only if you choose, free trial applications and e-mail or network set-up programs.This could take quite a while, depending on how many applications you wish to take out, how big those files are and how embedded they are into your computer system.

Be very careful when you are doing this task. Take a good long look at the applications listed on your Add/Remove Programs portion of the Windows Control Panel. Do not remove any program you think you might need in the future. This is not yet the moment for getting completely miserly with your disk space.

Run Windows Update

If the icon does not automatically pop up on your task bar then manually visit the Windows Update URL and install all of the current Windows patches. Set up your PC to receive automatic updates. This way, you can ensure that your computer system will always be updated and relatively secure.

This process may also take a while and require a number of reboots.

Download Microsoft Office

This is the heart of every PC. You will most likely be doing the bulk of your work in at least one of the software compilation’s major applications such as MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. If your PC came with a trial version of the MS Office Suite then it is highly recommended that you buy the full version as soon as possible. If you cannot or do not have the means to purchase it, then you can consider comparable free downloadable office suites such as OpenOffice.

Download a Good Internet Browser

Sticking with Internet Explorer is fine but there are other options out there. Both Firefox and Google Chrome make for faster, more customizable alternatives to the PC’s default Web browser.

Check Input-Output Compatibility

After covering all the basic software configurations, see if your Windows desktop computer has a digital output that is better than the standard VGA (15-pin) output. If this is the case, look for the corresponding input on your monitor and buy the right cable. You will find your monitor displaying better picture resolution because of the input-output compatibility.

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