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Setting-up Your New Computer

15 Nov
MacBook Pro Unboxing

I love setting-up computers specially the fresh, out of the box ones. It’s like giving form and personality to your computer! May it be a laptop, a netbook or a desktop computer, setting-up your system need not only be for the geeky but for the casual users as well. Here are some tips (you might also call it steps) to setting-up your computer.

Note: I assume you already know the basics of using a computer like point-and-click, starting and shutting down, installing programs, surfing the internet and such. If not, blame your high school.

  1. If your computer is already setup and ready to use, skip this step. If not, read on. Be sure your operating system (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS or Linux) is fully installed, registered and is functioning completely. Avoid pirated Operating Systems as these will give you headaches in the future. After that, make sure you install all the drivers (sound, video, etc.). Computers come bundled with these so you won’t have a hard time looking for them. For those who haven’t got any CDs or already lost them, you may have to go download the drivers on the internet.
  2. Remove unnecessary programs. Sadly, new computers are often installed with Bloatware. Bloatware, simply speaking, are programs bundled and installed on your machine that are worthless. They are probably tied up with the computer’s manufacturer. Samples are trials to some software, a demo of a game, or something much more useless. Uninstall everything you don’t need and get more hard drive space in return.
  3. Install an antivirus and firewall. Head over to the internet and download the latest version of your favorite antivirus and firewall. If you don’t have one, try here. There are free ones and ones that are antivirus and firewall in one so pick whatever suits you. (I currently have Avast as my antivirus and Zone Alarm as my firewall)
  4. Install a web browser. If you haven’t done so yet that is. Internet explorer have evolved and is already following the footsteps of free, open-sourced browsers but still leave much to be desired. Top picks would be Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome. I use both.
  5. Update everything. Update your antivirus and firewall definitions, update Windows, update your drivers. Make it a point to update these for optimum performance.
  6. Tweak some settings. You may like smaller or no icons at all at your desktop. You may want a different wallpaper or a login picture. You may not even want the Windows sidebar. Personalize your computer and make it yours.

Final notes, be sure to restart every time you install a new program. Don’t download software from unknown and suspicious sources as these may contain malware and viruses. For softwares, I recommend heading to’s Editor picks. They have handpicked essential softwares so you won’t have to search all over the internet for them.

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