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6 Important Tips for a Successful Computer SetupSo you finally got a new PC. Congratulations! There’s nothing more exciting than a new tech toy, whether it’s for business or for personal use.

So now comes the fun part (or so we think), the computer set up process. Because unlike a new car or blender, a PC doesn’t always run the best right out of the box. Especially if it’s straight from the factory. It requires a few more steps until it is in prime condition.

Here are 6 important steps you need to take for a successful computer set up.

1. Update Windows right away. Depending on how long your PC sat on the shelf, your copy of Windows might need some time to get up to speed. To do this, follow this path: Windows Control Panel, System and Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates.

2. Don’t use Explorer unless you like it. We’re not going to tell you not to use Explorer, but because of the gamut of good browsers available, we recommend trying out a new one.

3. Remove the bloatware. Pre-manufactured PC’s come with tons of programs, et. al., factory installed. Most often, you don’t want or need them. What’s worse, they sometimes run in the background and slow you down. For optimum PC speed, take the time to remove them. You’ll thank us in the morning.

4. Install what you like, especially now after you have removed the bloat. Not everyone uses or likes programs like Windows Media Player or Winzip. So if you have been using other programs on your other PCs, take to the internet and download what you use most.

5. Update important driver software. Because sometimes they don’t do it themselves unless something goes awry. This step is particularly important for those who built their own PC. In the end, you want the latest drivers for compatibility and performance.

6. Perhaps the easiest step of all: Enjoy!

Sound daunting? We got you covered. Feel free to contact us to discuss how we can get your computer set up and ready for business.

Data Recovery: Everything You Need to KnowIt’s happened to us all (if it hasn’t happened to you yet, we guarantee that it will at some point)… you’ve lost a ton of sensitive data, pictures, music, and programs to a malfunctioning drive or bad software.

The worst part, some people never get any of it back. It remains lost forever. But it doesn’t have to be that way

Modern data recovery tools can search out and find data on old, broken hard drives and, amazingly, recover them entirely intact. Even on old drives that haven been sitting in storage for years.

Prevention

There are few ways to prevent this from happening. One is regularly backing up data. A step that requires diligence on the user’s part, but is well worth the extra effort in the long run.

Second, taking your computer to an expert as soon as you hear noises coming from the hard drive. Whirring, clicking, or grinding noises could be a sign of drive failure. Act fast, and prevent losing data.

What Not to Do

Avoid trying to recover data yourself unless you are very familiar with hard discs and recovery tools. A novice who gets in over their head stands the chance of losing critical data permanently.

Stay away from “home remedies.” Sticking your hard drive in a freezer or tapping it on the side with a blunt tool are tricks that do not work. What’s worse, they can irreparably damage your hard drive, rendering it incapable of recovery altogether.

What to Do if You Experience Drive Failure

– Try to back up data if you can. There is a no harm in trying.

– If your drive is making any of the noises described above, avoid using software to try to recover data.

– Leave the unit off if you are certain it is no longer working.

– For external storage devices that have been dropped, have gotten wet, and so on, do not attempt to recover them yourself. Do not dissemble them, and leave it to a professional.

Recovering important data from storage devices isn’t impossible. In fact, as long as the device or hard drive isn’t completely ruined or destroyed, it’s possible for a professional to recover everything that it once held.

Interested in learning more about data recovery? Contact PC Geeks today!