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#1 subguy

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 10:07 AM

I just received a new laptop with Windows 7 operating system. Before I get online and expose it to the world I am curious as to what precautions I should take such as, make a repair cd, do some type of back up (how do do that?), etc. That way if and when something bad happens I can reformat or recover quickly. Thanks for answering probably a dumb question. Subguy

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 11:45 AM

Definitely make your set of repair CD's.

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 05:03 PM

I also suggest...reading up on how the Win 7 backup utility works...and then use it, once all drivers, protective mechanisms are properly installed/updated/run.

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 09:39 AM

I'm a day late. I noticed in your profile you don't have a anti virus; not a good thing. If that is still true I recommend downloading from Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
Your built in Windows 7 firewall should be on but it can't hurt to check.

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 09:46 AM

Keep your computer free of dust, so that it stays nice and cool.

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 12:29 PM

Thanks guys/gals for the advice. I am going to install Avast antivirus before I bring the new laptop online. I'm thinking about using an online backup cause if I have a fire or flood my backups here in my house will be useless. Any thoughts on that?

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 12:59 PM

Back up at more then once place. Personally I have 2 servers in Orlando, FL. I back up important things(mostly documents and pictures) there, AND to my external HD here at the house.

They also stay on the original PC, laptop, flash drive, etc.

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 01:05 PM

Also, go to "Programs & Features" and uninstall all pre-installed unnecessary garbage.
You should also go through your startups and disable non vital items.

Once, all the above is done, create hard drive image, using one of the following:

Acronis True Image: http://www.acronis.com/ - not free, but the best

Free alternatives:
- Macrium Reflect: http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp
- DriveImage XML: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm (tutorial: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/backup-your-computer-with-driveimage-xml/)
- SelfImage: http://www.excelcia.org/modules.php?name=N...icle&sid=21
- Paragon Drive Backup: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 05:44 PM

I don't see any benefit...to storing backups online.

Unless it's free...and you have a guarantee that you will always be able to access backups that work. I'd say that's pretty iffy, considering the frequency that I believe that Web agencies come on the scene and disappear within a few months/years.

I tend to believe in having a hard drive cloned...and stored at a different but accessible location.

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 10:25 AM

I also don't believe in on line storage, to me it's a security problem. No one will protect your information better than you. Just to add a little more security. There is no one security program that does it all. I recommend using two extra programs that are free and on demand only. You have to tell them what to do and when, they just sit on your computer until you ask them to update and scan.


http://malwarebytes.gt500.org/

http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html




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