First things to do with a new PC

c/o Revision3’s Tekzilla

First, plug it into a Surge Protector.

Then, get it connected to the Internet.

  1. Find the OS install disk (not a restore disk)
  2. IF it’s a Windows-based machine, format (wipe) the hard drive, and do a clean install of the OS – to get rid of all the “cruft” from the manufacturer.  Alternatively use pcdecrapifier.com
  3. Update your drivers, OS, and applications
  4. IF it’s a Windows-based machine, install Microsoft Security Essentials and update it.
  5. Install applications: Chrome, Pidgin (IM for Windows) or Adium (IM for Mac), Skype, VLC Player (video for Windows), Picasa, Sumatra PDF reader (for Windows), Dropbox, 7-zip (decompressor/compressor for Windows), OpenOffice.org, iTunes, Miro (an internet video RSS downloader), a BitTorrent client…
  6. Alternatively, ninite.com creates a customised installer for you to install all this in one go without having to sit at the machine for ages.
  7. Once everything is installed and configured, make an image of the entire HardDrive.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s