As unlikely as it seems, it’s October. October means that this month and the next, people will be gearing up for Black Friday, or Cyber Monday as deals on new computers, laptops and other electronic upgrades that are released.
What this usually means for Cal.net is that starting up in November we get calls from customers looking for assistance: Lost files, missing emails, address books etc. The great feeling of having a new computer has been diminished by the fact that they now can’t find what they are looking for. We have narrowed down these calls to 5 key items; in fact you could say that this is:
Cal. Net’s Top 5 things you need to do to survive your new computer purchase
Export your web browser Favorites and Bookmarks, and other Media
While some computer manufacturers have software with new computers that assist you in transferring your files, it is a good idea to make manual backups just in case. As you’ve probably spent years gathering your bookmarks or favorites, before you plug in your new computer, make sure to back these up to a thumb drive or external hard drive. This also applies to any music you’ve purchased online or pictures you’ve transferred to your computer from your camera.
Backup your email
As stated above, some computer manufacturers provide you with software designed to provide a seamless move but just in case, most email programs also have a backup feature: Use this to make sure you don’t lose years of important email in the transition to your new PC.
Find the Installation CD’s of programs you’ll need to reinstall
Most computers do not come with Microsoft Office or your favorite games etc pre installed. Also, there is no way for you to transfer the installation of these from your old computer to the new computer, and so you will need to reinstall them. Now is a good time to make a mental checklist of those programs you have on CD and have them ready for install once you have setup your new computer.
Create a list of programs you will need to download
If you use any programs like Mozilla Firefox, iTunes, or any other software you installed that required an internet download you will need to re download these as well. Having this list in hand after you’ve setup your new computer prevents delays in the full use of your new computer.
Don’t forget your Anti Virus Software!
While most computers do not come preloaded with Microsoft Office, some of them are pre loaded with Anti Virus software. For full protection of your new computer make sure you run your Anti Virus update tool! Your new computer may be a month or two behind on updates and you’ll want to get caught up ASAP. If your computer did not come preloaded with one, it is a good idea to re install your anti-virus software first before transferring over files to prevent any possible infections from the old computer.
In closing, your new computer will be quite an adventure to learn and use, and we hope that our 5 tips can help you alleviate any headaches that may crop up at the start of your journey.