Nearly every household owns a computer of some form. In this article, I will focus on new PC’s and explain what is worth doing when you get that new PC home.
This article is an indication and you don’t have to do any of these tasks if you don’t want to.
So you purchased that new PC, there are several things which you can do to make your life easier, Read on to find out what you can do.
Check for updates
Microsoft constantly releases updates and when you purchase your PC, it’s very likely that there will be updates waiting to be installed. To save you the hassle of having to reboot your PC and wait for the updates to complete when you’re busy. The first thing I would do is check for updates.
Update your drivers
Like Windows Updates, Hardware manufacturers constantly release updates for hardware components. Updates help to fix any bugs, security issues and issues.
This article on Windows Central shows a guide on how you can check for driver updates Free! Available here…
Create a backup image
Computers can go wrong and they do go wrong. To save you that trip to the shop and on some occasions spend more money you could try to re-install Windows on your PC. The only trouble is that on some occasions some of your drivers may be missing and you will need to re-install all of your programs.
To stop this hassle, once you have installed all of your programs, you could create a backup image which you can use to restore data on your computer. Just be sure to create a separate boot disk.
Windows Central explains how this can be done in their article. Available here…
Check for any presents!
Yes, sometimes manufacturers give you presents! When I purchased my Lenovo laptop, I received an offer of 30 GB on DropBox and 3 months of McAfee Live Safe antivirus. Not to say, that I used the offer, but it’s a very good gesture. Please note that I can’t guarantee that the offer is available on all laptops and models.
Uninstall any useless bloatwear
Bloatware is bundled software that might come installed with your PC. Sometimes it can be a good thing such as a Cloud Storage deal or a utility that will help you manage your PC but most of the time it’s useless programs which you don’t need.
Remember if your not sure about uninstalling a program Google it to see what it is.
Choose the right antivirus for you
Protecting your PC from viruses is vital, with several solutions available it can make your selection confusing. What makes things worse, is the fact that there are several opinions on Antivirus software, which one is best, I’ve even seen people recommend against using Antivirus software. Yes, antivirus programs can slow your PC down but it’s for a good reason!
Free or paid?
That’s a question that everybody is asking. The way I tend to explain it to people is that if they are confident in knowing what to look out for while browsing the internet and how to determine whether your PC is infected without your antivirus program telling you it is. Free solutions such as Windows Defender will be sufficient.
If you prefer to have an extra helping hand looking out for you or if you’re not a 100% sure about the above, paid solutions usually offer security advisers and additional features which help you stay protected. Sometimes PC’s come with cool offers on bundled software including antivirus programs it’s worth checking them out too.
At the end of the day, in its bare bones, all antivirus programs do the same jobs. But when looking at either purchasing antivirus programs or downloading free alternatives it’s important to check the specs to see what features that program will give you.
Create a backup plan
Backing up your data is very important, your PC can go down with all data when you least expect it and in some occasions, it might even lead to data loss.
Having a backup copy of your files is essential! Personally, I recommend purchasing an external hard drive and putting all your files on it on at least a weekly basis. You can even get programs to do this for you.
The other solution is cloud storage. The huge advantage of cloud storage is that if disaster strikes, and for some reason both your computer and the external hard drive fails, your data will still be there. Cloud storage providers will do everything to keep you as a customer, whether you pay or not. They will have some form of recovery procedure so that if something goes down at their end your data will still be there.
Do you have any other ideas or suggestions? Leave a comment below!