Tips for new computer setup?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by susiestar, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    husband and I bought a new laptop this year when the tax $$ came in.


    No, really, husband said my "old" laptop would go to the family room for the kids and I get the new one just for me. We really needed a new 'puter cause Jess was having real trouble with one website for her math curriculum. We paid for the curriculum, and I want her to do it. She loves it, but the computer kept throwing her out of it.

    SO, now I am on the new one. I have to figure out all the set up stuff.

    Any helpful hints or tips? soemone had a link to get rid of Norton, could I have the link? Norton and Macafee drive me crazy.

    Also, it is a Compaq, why does it keep wanting me to get HP updates?

    We even got a new printer, scanner thingy and some virus software I don't know the name of (or where husband put it ) with it for $30. We didn't need the printer, but OK.

    husband even got a copy of Office 2007 (a full edition!!:thumbsup: ) from work just for ME!!! So I have bells and whistles and don't know what to do with them.

    Thanks for ANY help!!

  2. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    I just go to Control Panel then Add/Remove Programs to get rid of Norton. I remove a lot of the preinstalled junk that I don't want.

    As far as the HP updates, is your printer HP? If so, that's what the updates are for.

    All I can think of for now. Everything else is going to pretty much be based on how you're going to use it.
  3. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    I have office 2007. If you have any specific questions, let me know. I don't use all of it, but I'm very, very familiar with Word 2007, because I use it all day long.

    Is your printer an HP? If so, that's why it's prompting an HP update.

    Norton will definitely slow your computer down. I got Bit Defender from the computer guy. It was 25 bucks and works well. It does not slow my computer down.
  4. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Compaq and HP merged didnt they? Or one owns the other I think. Maybe that is it.
  5. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Several years ago Compaq was bought out by HP, but they retained both brands (aimed at different types of computer users I think).

    I too would remove anything pre-installed that you don't want or need.

    Have fun!