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Windows 7: new with computers, need help with new dell laptop!!

28 May 2011   #11
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

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29 May 2011   #12
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29 May 2011   #13
huffman

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I am not going to software as that has been covered here.

As a new computer user here is some things help in the future that I learned the hard way:

1. Aways keep your User's Manual handy and any other information that came with your computer. It is a great source of information.

2. Record and keep handy all your computer information (Serial #, Model #, etc). Dell has one of the best support groups around and they will need this information to assist you.

3. Never throw away any disks that came with your computer. Keep them in a safe place.

4. Learn how to restore your computer to factory conditions. This may require making a restore disk.

These are just a few suggestions and others may add to this list.

Good luck
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29 May 2011   #14
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

How to use Dell Recovery, & how to order Recovery Disks.
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29 May 2011   #15
marsmimar

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Just another opinion for your consideration. You've gotten some nice information from the other forum members. Maybe in a week or so you're going to have your computer set up to your liking. I'd strongly recommend you invest in an external hard drive that connects to your computer with a USB cable. (Your user's manual should point out where the USB ports are on the machine.)

Once you have that external hard drive, make a system image of your computer. A system image is like a snapshot of your entire machine. Update that system image every week or two. If something ever happens to your computer you can use that system image to restore your computer to the exact same condition it was in when the image was made. So instead of spending days reconfiguring everything you can be up and running in less than an hour. Lot of free programs available to make your system image and a lot of opinions on what's best. You can search this forum and find a lot of threads and discussions.
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29 May 2011   #16
TheReaper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brennen53 View Post
So Reaper, whats the difference between some of the things you put on your list and whats already on my computer that seems similar?
Such as media and mp3 players on the list as opposed to windows media player?
or the virus, malware, or spyware protection you recommended as opposed to the webroot subscription I already have.
or the backup software that you recommended compared to the one on my computer that keeps poping up?

I dont want to have two or three programs that do the same thing, unless thats what youre trying to tell me.
The difference is, that some of these work better than their Windows counterparts. I had even more suggestions, but seeing that you're new to computers, didn't want to overwhelm you with a lengthy post full of freeware choices.

VLC player is a great media player, I haven't found a media file type it can't play(as opposed to WMP) & doesn't need additional codecs to play them; MalwareBytes is an additional layer of security alongside your current AV, if you do get malware - it will help you clean it(even if your AV can't), I have it installed as an on demand scanner in addition to MSE.
As for the backup software, I said you can use Windows Back Up, it was just a suggestion, as Win back up (sometimes, although rarely) doesn't work as it should. For that reason I use more than one BackUp software, Macrium & Acronis True Image, in addition to Windows BackUp & keep multiple system images.

It would be useful if you tell us, what you intend to use the computer for, then we can make better suggestions.
As you're just getting started, take a look at the helpful tutorials on this site:
Seven Forums tutorials. It's a wealth of knowledge in one place.
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29 May 2011   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Just another opinion for your consideration. You've gotten some nice information from the other forum members. Maybe in a week or so you're going to have your computer set up to your liking. I'd strongly recommend you invest in an external hard drive that connects to your computer with a USB cable. (Your user's manual should point out where the USB ports are on the machine.)

Once you have that external hard drive, make a system image of your computer. A system image is like a snapshot of your entire machine. Update that system image every week or two. If something ever happens to your computer you can use that system image to restore your computer to the exact same condition it was in when the image was made. So instead of spending days reconfiguring everything you can be up and running in less than an hour. Lot of free programs available to make your system image and a lot of opinions on what's best. You can search this forum and find a lot of threads and discussions.
Hello again.

This is the best suggestion so far, here's an excellent free image program, some feel is far superior to Windows backup, at the link below.

Imaging with free Macrium


No need to make any decisions (change anything) in a rush, as some have said, take your time and study threads/posts here and get 'informed' and then make decisions when you have grown in knowledge.
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30 May 2011   #18
Brennen53

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hey, I just wanted to thank everybody who helped me out. Being that I will most likely have a few more questions in the upcoming months I apologize in advance, but will definitely add to everybody's reputation that helps me out!!
I already have more questions, but I'll try to find them in this forum first.

Thanks again!!
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30 May 2011   #19
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brennen53 View Post
Hey, I just wanted to thank everybody who helped me out. Being that I will most likely have a few more questions in the upcoming months I apologize in advance, but will definitely add to everybody's reputation that helps me out!!
I already have more questions, but I'll try to find them in this forum first.

Thanks again!!
The forum members are from around the world so no matter what time it is where you are, you can always find people willing to help! Welcome to Seven Forums!
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30 May 2011   #20
Brennen53

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Well I appreciate it!!
Also, I'm from Texas too!! If you're familiar with Lone Star Conference schools (I know Texas A&M Kingsville plays in it), I'm going to be playing for MSU in the fall. So I'll be playing in a few games down that way in the upcoming years.
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