PC Tune-up

Desktop PC Initial setup tasks


You can set up your computer to take care of some of the key tasks below. Perform these tasks in the order they appear to enjoy more from desktop PC. Following this recommended series of tasks is your first step in beginning a solid maintenance program.

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1. Install and Update your Antivirus software

HP's Customer Care Web site regularly provides important updates, information and tips on computer viruses, worms, and hoaxes.

  Protect Your Computer From Viruses and Worms

2. Install and update spyware detection/removal software

The best way to stop spyware from sabotaging your PC is to install and use InterMute’s SpySubtract. As with your Antivirus software, it is important to keep up with the most recent updates of your spyware detection and removal software. For more information visit the PC Security Center.

  Installing and Updating SpySubtract Sofware

About Spyware, Adware, and Browser Hijacking Software  

3. Update your software and drivers

Avoid problems, add functionality, and improve system performance by checking to see if you have the most current software and drivers installed.

  Updating Drivers and Software with Windows Update

HP Desktop PCs - Obtaining Software and Drivers  

4. Defragment your hard drive

Defragmenting your hard drive is not as hard as it sounds and improves your computer's performance. As you install and uninstall programs, data becomes scattered across your hard drive. As a result your computer takes longer to find the correct data, degrading performance. This is true even after installing new software on a new PC.

  Using Disk Defragmenter in Windows XP

Increasing System Resources and Performance Without Adding Memory  

5. Create a Backup Strategy

A virus or software bug could wipe out data without any chance of recovery. Devise a strategy for backing up your files now. Any important data that you do not want to lose should be backed up regularly. This can be done in any of a number of ways. Simply write the files to a floppy diskette, USB drive, or a CD-R. You might also consider using RecordNow!’s System Backup or Microsoft’s Data Backup to automate the backup process.

  HP and Compaq PCs - Using Sonic RecordNow! 7

Microsoft Backup basics - Getting started: What should you back up?

Microsoft Backup basics - Tips for protecting your backup files  

6. Create a Restore Point

Creating a system restore point lets you go back in time to before your computer encountered a problem.

  Using the Microsoft System Restore Feature  

7. Enable HP Service Reminders

HP's subscriber's choice is a free service that allows you to receive timely email notifications ranging from software and driver updates to creative ways to do more with your HP products.

  HP Subscriber's Choice