If you buy a new computer, usually the machine will come ready to use. However, quite often, even an out of the box solution is never perfect and requires some manual intervention to set it up properly. Not only will you have to plug in all your peripherals such as the printer and scanner, which will require software drivers, but also you may want to transfer files from your old computer, add specific programs, personalise the system and ensure it is secure, all of which can be difficult to get right.
Even, if you are installing a new operating system to an existing machine, it can be difficult to get everything set up correctly, which is why quite often it is best to get an experienced computer expert in to help, who can ensure your new machine or operating system is set up exactly as you would like.
Operating system - If it is a new machine, it will probably come with an operating system already installed. For a PC, this will most likely be Windows 7. However, even if this is the case, it doesn’t mean that the machine is ready to use. Devices such as printers and scanners will need to be reinstalled on the new computer, which will require software drivers. Even if you still have the original installation disks, there is no guarantee these will work on your new operating system, and even if you are just installing an updated operating system on an existing machine, chances are you may need new software drivers for your peripherals.
Programs - Often, PC retailers are paid by software manufacturers to install versions of their programs on the machines. This can often mean that your new machine will have an array of programs installed that you may never use, or that will require regular subscription payments to activate. Most of the time, these programs just take up system resources and slow down the machine, and quite often, they can be difficult to remove and can conflict with programs that you actually do want to install. A qualified technician can help you clean up the new operating system, installing the programs you want to run and getting rid of those you don’t need.
Transferring files - Another problem with setting up a new machine is getting all the files, programs and documents off your old machine and on to you new one. If you don’t have the right equipment, this can take a long time, and may result in you burning disks or emailing files to yourself. An experienced technician can make sure all your files are transferred to your new machine ready to use.
Security - Often a computer may come with an anti-virus system preinstalled. Usually though, this may only be a trial version that requires a subscription for continued use, and you may well already have your own security software you’ve already paid for. However, antivirus software is notoriously difficult to remove and replace, resulting in you having to pay twice to keep your machine secure. Furthermore, a machine may be sold without any security, so it makes sense to get advice from a trusted professional who will be able to find you the best solution.