Out of the box, most new PCs need a little fine-tuning to optimize and protect them. While corporate IT shops often have standard hard drive images for this, home users are often stuck doing the job manually. And, many aren't sure when they should do. During this week's TR Dojo episode, I share five tips from TechRepublic blogger Jack Wallen on setting up that new PC.
If you're an IT consultant or work for a corporate shop, you should have this process down pat. But somewhere in between, lies the many users who can benefit from knowing what types of things to do when a new PC arrives. That's where this video comes in handy. Send your novice users a link to this video and help them get off on the right foot.
For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or check out Jack Wallen's article, "Five tips for improving a new PC."
Here are links to resources that I mention in the video:
- Tweak Windows Vista services the right way
- 10 services to turn off in MS Windows XP
- Video: Five services you can turn off in Windows XP
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.