Moving to your new computer
Once you have your computer switched on create two accounts, the first will be your Admin account, this account lets you install programs and then create a normal account that you will use from day to day and put a password on both.
The reason we do this is to make it harder for viruses to install themselves without you knowing and create a second account you can access should your normal one become corrupt, which can save you money and time in the future.
If you bought a branded computer like Dell, HP, Acer, etc… chances are it has come with a lot of programs preinstalled and usually with some sort of free Anti-virus trial. We usually uninstall all of these for our clients before they get the computer as they can slow it down and you have just bought a new computer to be fast after all. Ignore any Microsoft programs unless it is a version of Office you don’t need and uninstall what you will not use. If you need help then let us know and we can take care of this for you.
Install your programs
Install all the programs you need starting with your Anti-Virus program. When installing new programs some will need the computer restarted after it has installing. You should do this when asked so you don’t corrupt anything especially when you are just starting out. This does make things a bit longer but will not be as long if you corrupted something. For some programs like Office 2010/2013 you might need to deactivate your old computer first from the online portal before you can install them on your new computer.
If you don’t have a good anti virus program then let us know and we can help you pick one.
Now you have your programs installed and eager to get on I would stop here and allow windows and office, if you have it, to install all their updates. The reason for this is I have seen a few computers develop faults when new updates have been installed and chances are you may have over 100 updates waiting to be installed. This will slow your internet connection down and will ask to be reset several times. Once your computer resets make sure you check again for more updates, continually do this until no more are found. At this point you are ready to copy your files across.
Copy your files over
The end is in sight at last, take your time and copy, don’t move, your files to your new computer. Remember to make sure you copy them to the same location as you got them from as some programs don’t use your documents folders and if you put them in the wrong place it will look like you have not copied them at all. You should now be finished and ready to take on the world.
Why copy and not move
When moving files and something goes wrong you could lose some files but with copying it will leave your files where they are and make a new version on your computer so you will end up two copies of your files.
Your old computer
I always recommend leaving your old computer the way it is for a month or two. This allows you to make sure you have everything moved across and all your programs have been installed. Should you have missed something that you need urgently then it is easy to start up your old computer and get the information you need without too much bother.
When you are ready and don’t want or need your old computer then we recommend you get the hard drive wiped so no one else can recover any information from it. You can then get windows put back on if you want to give it to someone. If you don’t want to dump your old computer and would prefer to recycle/reuse it, try contacting some local charities to see if they could use it.