5 Must Do's when you get a new PC
Get rid of the junk programs.
Anyone who has booted up a new, off-the-shelf Windows PC can attest to the deluge of junk programs that come pre-installed to the average Dell or HP machine. Widely known as “bloatware,” these are programs that you’ll probably never use. They’re installed mainly because the computer’s manufacturer was paid to install them on your machine. They take up space, slow your system’s boot-up time and compromise performance. Not only that, but they’re really annoying – they pop up all the time, take up your bandwidth downloading updates, and are rarely useful.
Create a recovery disc.
Back in “the day,” new computers used to come with backup discs containing all the software installed on your machine. If you ever needed to reinstall Windows, it was just a matter of popping the disc into your machine and the software would be returned to its “fresh out of the box” state. These days, it’s rare to receive a recovery disc with your new machine. Most manufacturers create a recovery partition on your hard drive, but if your hard drive fails completely, you’re out of luck.
Now is the time to create a recovery disc with your Operating System and necessary drivers on a DVD or USB thumb drive. Mac and Windows systems both include the functionality in the OS to create a system image and then a restore disc. Just search You Tube for “create a recovery disk” to get video tutorials to walk you through the process.
Safeguard your investment.
Contact your insurance company and add your new PC to your personal property policy. During the process, take a couple photos of the computer, including a close-up of the serial number and Windows registration code from the bottom or back of the machine. Email the pictures to yourself, or print them out and file them. Identifying numbers often wear off over time, especially where laptops are concerned, and you’ll need the Windows code if you ever need to reinstall Windows. If your computer is ever damaged, lost, or stolen, the serial number will come in handy for warranty work or placing a claim with your insurance carrier.
Prepare for your warranty protection to end.
Over time, it’s easy to forget what date you actually bought the computer, and therefore remember how much time you have left on the warranty. Put a reminder on your calendar to record the date a few weeks prior to when your warranty is due to expire. This way, if you’ve been putting off getting that little bug fixed, you won’t get stuck fixing it yourself.