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#1 Guest_NipNip1964_*

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:52 AM

Hi all

 

 

New member here with a recently acquired Dell 17R SE (7720) laptop running Windows 8 64 bit (more specs on the Introductions page if needed).

 

As this is my first PC, can members suggest the first things I should do (and how), whether it be for security, reliability, useability, knowledge, etc?  I've trawled through 'Windows 8 all-in-one for dummies' book, which seemed a good starting point, but think I need to move a little deeper now!

 

 

Many thanks :rolleyes:



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#2 Maurice Naggar

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 08:33 PM

Hello Nipnip,

Some suggested reading and general stuff:

One of the very early things you want to do is to make a Windows 8 rescue disc and store away for a rainy day
See Grinler's article http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-a-windows-system-repair-disc/

The other safe practice is to make backups of your system on a regular basis.

How to create a Windows system image in Windows 7 and Windows 8
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-system-image-in-windows-7-8/

How to use System Image Recovery in the Windows 7 and Windows 8 Recovery Environment
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/system-image-recovery-in-windows-7-8/



This is a starter list for keyboard shortcuts within Windows 8 & Windows RT.
Obviously for systems with a keyboard.

Keyboard shortcuts

New keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT


Handy shortcuts for switching between WIN8 Start screen and Desktop:
Press Windows-key on keyboard: If you press once {and repeat as needed}, it will toggle (switch) between the Start screen & Desktop, and vice-versa.
A repeat press of the Windows-key will toggle it back.

While in Desktop mode, press & hold ALT-key + press Tab key { and repeat press of TAB-key} will toggle thru a viewable list of open windows.
To switch to the program that is desired, when it is "encased by rectangle" let go of the ALT key.

While in Desktop mode, pressing Windows-key + R starts the RUN dialog.

Question for you regarding antivirus program
What did Dell put on this system for antivirus application?
and is it a fully-paid for, or, just a trial version?
Beware of trial versions as they will expire after a period of time, and you will be then without protection.

Edited by Maurice Naggar, 10 March 2013 - 08:42 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:10 PM

Hello Maurice

 

 

Many thanks for your comprehensive reply.  I will certainly read through and enact your links.

 

Regarding the antivirus application - there was a trial version of McAfee installed.  However, following the recommendation in the 'Windows 8 for Dummies' book, I uninstalled that and enabled the Windows Defender built in to Windows 8.  I update it each time I power up and run a (quick) scan when it recommends.  Is that sufficient, do you think?

 

 

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:06 AM

You'll do well with WIN8 Windows Defender.

I would also recommend you consider getting WinPatrol 2013 to assist you in having more control on what is installed on your system as far as 3rd-party applications
http://www.winpatrol.com/
Tutorial here http://www.winpatrol.com/features.html

Also, Do not browse the web whilst logged in with administrator-rights account. Use standard-user-level account.

Safer practices & malware prevention

Edited by Maurice Naggar, 11 March 2013 - 11:07 AM.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:50 PM

Many thanks again Maurice.  I am most grateful for your help.



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:44 PM

You are very welcome. I wish you well.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 12:41 AM

Just a further request please...

 

A friend has advised me to install Spybot Search & Destroy.  Is this wise/necessary when running Windows Defender?



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:36 AM

imho, instead of Spybot, consider getting MalwareBytes MBAM
This is the download link for it at BC forum http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/malwarebytes/mbam-setup-1.70.0.1100.exe
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:58 PM

OK Maurice, will try this.  Thank you :)



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:04 PM

Y V W  ;)


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