Shopping for a new computer? Things to consider.

Shopping for a new computer? Things to consider.

First of all, a new computer is an exciting prospect and especially if the old computer is now obsolete, problematic and generally does all kinds of things to fill your head with “colorful metaphors” (curse words). Now, this blog entry is by no means meant to discourage you from getting a new computer. On the contrary! It is meant to help you plan your upgrade a little better and to perhaps address any concerns you may have.

Here are some basic things to keep in mind before installing a new computer.

  • One thing you can do with that old piece of cra….computer to save yourself further stress and yes, disgust, is to download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser from Microsoft. After all, your new computer, unless it is a Mac, has Windows 7 on it and so you will want to know if your current applications and devices are compatible with Windows 7 and which ones you may need to upgrade.
  • There is a specific order to follow when migrating your data and installing applications to your new Windows 7 PC. Data and settings are always first and reinstalling applications is last. This is assuming you are using Windows Easy Transfer for your data and settings migration to the new PC.
  • Unless you are a tech/consultant,  it is better to pay a local tech to migrate your data, settings and applications to your new PC than for you to attempt it yourself. I have a client who recently had, according to laptop’s manufacturer, a hard disk crash.  The manufacturer’s local hardware tech brought a new hard disk, installed it,  loaded Windows on it and then in a hurry, took off. My client then spent 8 hours on the phone with the manufacturer’s tech in India trying to get his applications installed on the new drive. His wife later informed me, there were definitely colorful metaphors! I was then hired to install their remaining applications, printer and to inspect their system. Turns out the data still had to be migrated from the old hard disk (no longer in the laptop) to the new drive and around 37 Microsoft updates, critical and non, had to be installed before I could even do that. Grant it, getting a new PC is different than an old one having a hard disk replacement but when is comes to data and program migration, they are very similar and still require a consultant’s expertise to save you major time, money and the aforementioned colorful metaphors.
  • Most people have some kind of backup system in place for data backup but if you are getting a new PC, it wouldn’t hurt to go the extra mile and have a backup system that does a full backup of your entire system followed by incremental backups of only the changes. When a hard disk crashes or there is a major issue with Windows due to a virus/malware threat and windows will not boot and you can’t use Windows System Restore, this will restore “everything” back to the last backup date.  It is even possible to restore everything from a backup that occurred that very morning and if it’s a management PC or a production PC for a business, that’s huge!
  • Finally, see my Seven Tips For Keeping Your Computer Safe post because you will want to make sure, (both pre and post-migration) that all Microsoft updates are all current.

Thanks for visiting,

Computer

Phil

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