The Important Things You Should Do When You Get a New Computer
You've just gotten) a new computer. Nice! You're probably excited to tear open the box and
set it up
Save Your Serial Number
Your computer probably has a serial number on the bottom or the back, and you'll probably need this one day. They can often wear off over time, especially on a laptop-plus sometimes they're just not easy to access when you're using the PC. While you're unboxing, take a picture of that serial number and toss it into Evernote or you're favorite cloud storage service. This number is probably on the box and much easier to read than the number of the device. If it's a Windows PC, you may also want to grab a snapshot of your Windows license key, too, in case you ever need to
Create a Recovery Disc or Drive
Speaking of reinstalling, there may come a time where something goes wrong and you need to start from scratch. Some
Check Your Surge Protector
Depending on how often you have power surges, your surge protector can actually lose effectiveness over time. That flashing amber light on there isn't there for special effects and probably shouldn't be flashing. If it's flashing, now's a good time to get a new one. Heck, if you don't know when you bought it and how much surge you are protected against, now could be a good time to get a better one.
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Add It to Your Homeowner's or Renter's Insurance
Speaking of protection, you may want some insurance for your new device, especially if it's more valuable than the average PC. If you already have homeowner's or
Set a Reminder for Your
Don't you just hate it when your computer has a problem and you find out it's just barely out of warranty? Put a reminder in your calendar now for a few days before your warranty expires. That way, you won't get caught in the "I'm too busy and now it's too late" trap. I put it as a birthday for my computer in my contacts along with its serial number for quick access.
Of course, these are just some of the more hardware-oriented things you should be doing. You should also make sure you've
audited all your passwords