One of the most significant IT investments that a company makes are the computers/laptops that their employees use.
Go too cheap, and you end up tanking productivity. Don’t set things up correctly and users can end up with system vulnerabilities they’re not even aware of (such as a preinstalled free trial of an antivirus turning off their Windows Security features).
Without the right Indiana computer support, a new PC migration can easily get out of hand, causing data loss. A company may also mistakenly purchase a consumer-grade PC that ends up having hard drive issues well before they anticipated.
We’ll go through what to look for when buying a new desktop or laptop and the “out of the box” setup you should do to ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running and have security in place.
New PC/Laptop Recommendations
HDD vs SSD
Most people have been used to having only one option when it comes to the disk on a computer – the hard disk drive (HDD). However, due to solid-state drives (SSDs) coming down in price in the past few years, they’re now being offered as an option.
If you’re looking for speed and performance, consider getting an SSD instead of HDD. Solid-state drives have no moving parts and use flash memory. Enabling them to run as much as 100x faster than HDD.
Get at least 8GB or More of RAM
One of the biggest mistakes made when purchasing a new computer is not paying attention to RAM (memory). If you get a model with 4GB of memory, you’re going to run into speed and performance problems out of the box.
These include things like freezing up when you have too many browser windows open or large applications taking forever to load.
Make sure you get at least 8GB of RAM at minimum (more if you need several programs open at once) and ensure the PC has the ability to add more RAM if needed.
Storage capacity is another consideration. Most new computers will have somewhere around 500GB to 1TB of storage. However, with more people using cloud storage, you may be able to save a little money in this area if most of your files are stored in the cloud rather than on your PC.
Proper Out of the Box Setup & Configuration
When setting up your new PC there are some things you can do to ensure security and make sure your bases are covered as far as file backup and tech support.
Install All Updates
There’s a good chance that while your computer was sitting on the shelf waiting for you to purchase it, there have been some operating systems, firmware, and software updates that have come out.
It’s important that you install all updates to patch any system vulnerabilities.
Remove Subsidized & Unwanted Software
Most computers will come with what’s known as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), these are programs that may include free trials or software you never intend to use in the future (like a Candy Crush app).
Go through and remove any unwanted software.
All systems need to have proper antivirus/anti-malware installed. This prevents system intrusions and ensures your system is monitored for any threats.
For business PC’s it’s a good idea to use managed antivirus which includes ongoing system security monitoring. The one we offer clients is called Kabuto, and it’s lightweight, yet powerful.
Set Up Your Preferred Browser & Extensions
Most of us have a workflow that depends upon our favorite browser, browser extensions, and things like saved browser passwords. Make sure your favorite browser is installed, set as your default, and that you sign in to access any saved settings.
Workflow Optimization/File & App Installation
Next, you’ll want to ensure your workflow is optimized by installing the applications that you normally use and signing into any accounts you have (i.e. Microsoft 365).
This includes getting your email setup and having data migration done to save all your files to your new PC.
Cloud backup isn’t something you want to put off. Set up a cloud backup service to ensure your PC files are properly backed up and available should anything go wrong.
Ongoing Remote Support
You can ensure you get off on the right foot with your new PC and don’t run into any problems with migration of email setup by signing up for ongoing remote support with Magnify247.com
We’ll be there when you need us for any questions and can also help ensure your PC stays in tip-top shape.
Get Your New PC Set Up Expertly in No Time!
Data migration is often one of the biggest stumbling blocks when setting up a new PC. Why struggle? Magnify247.com can help you with a fast and expert set up of your new PC so you can hit the ground running.