Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
When you buy a new computer system, there are some tasks you should do that will help you maintain the usefulness of your computer to you.
1. Put all the manuals and support disks in a place that you will be able to access quickly and easily if you need to.
It is not uncommon to have to reinstall system drivers over time. If you need tech support, you will need to access this stuff.
2. Include a copy of the sales receipt and warranty information with those items.
Why angst and buy stuff twice?
3. If you had to go through a recommended process to get your computer set up, make detailed notes of what you did and keep that with the other info above.
You may really appreciate this at some point.
4. Make backup copies of all support disks that came with your computer and store them safely.
If you misplace or damage driver disks, how will you find replacements? One or more of your system devices may become un-useable without the specific drivers.
5. Make a rescue disk for your computer, in case your setup is disabled by a virus or by corrupted files.
Some computer system hardware, such as Dell may need that to run well.
6. Don't cheap out; buy software to protect your system from viruses and identity theft.
It's a small investment for your security.
7. Don't use cracked/pirated software. I believe this invites virus disasters, and possible legal action.
8. Use a 3rd party program like Norton Utilities to maintain your hard drives' data/file management. Windows can accumulate so many file management errors that your system will become sluggish.
9. Don't exceed about 70-80% of your hard drive capacity. When you defrag the hard drives, you need clear space to allow it to work. Otherwise, you risk losing data.
10. Do not download and/or install files from email or web sites you are not familiar with.
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