What am I missing here, to get this thing fired up and online?
July 4, 2010 9:29 PM Subscribe
I bought a new laptop today, an inexpensive Compaq
. I've not opened the box yet, don't want to run the thing without a decent anti-virus anti-malware etc and etc, on the machine and operative -- I figure I'll use my existing puter to download the latest AVG onto a USB stick and install it onto the Compaq before getting online. Also intend to run Decrapifer
software and also CCleaner
to get all the gunk off the machine that I can. Question: What else do I need to do to fire up this Windows 7 machine, if anything? Also -- once cleaned up, I'd like to image the drive to a USB drive I've got, that USB drive came with proprietary software and I'm sure that'd be fine, but do you have any preference as to what drive imaging (freeware) software to use?
posted by dancestoblue to computers & internet (18 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Alternately, have any of you had any success contacting Compaq and buying the DVDs containing the OS and any/all drivers? Dell was real good about that, in fact they just gave them to me, overnighted them even, once when a Dell lappy died in action -- hard drive failure, life in the big city, yes? Cuz if I had the disks I'd not have to strip off all the junkware, be a fresh start, load only what I want.
What do I need to know about Windows 7? I stayed away from Vista so coming from XP, are there any tricks/tips/things you wish you'd known?
I'm not pressed for time, as I've got this puter I'm typing on, I need not *run run run* to get the new one set up. That said, I'm hopping on a train Friday morning, it'd be nice to take the new puter on my little trip to Chicago.
Open to suggestions, hive-mind greatnesses.