VERY IMPORTANT: Need to install new software? Best way to do so is through NINITE.COM. Just select all the software you want, click "Get Installer" and then give it permission to run.
NEW: How to Banish Bloatware.
NEW: PC World has an excellent article: "What to do with a New Computer". They cover much the same things that I've been telling people the last couple years!
Suggestions & Recommendations
Everyone who fixes computers has their own opinion on what works and what doesn't. My thoughts on the following topics can be seen through the links below:
How to Use Macrium Reflect
Backing up Data
Setting up a New Computer
Setting up Security and Antivirus
Fixing a Slow Computer
Create Your Own Web Page EASILY and FREE
Help! I Might Have a Virus!
Reinstall Windows Like a Pro
Important Web Sites
Need to Uninstall a Program? Don't just use the uninstall feature; use one of these Free Program Uninstallers for best results.
Learn how to Never Re-install Windows Again. If you can do what this web page suggests you will be very grateful one day.
You may also want to know How to Completely Reinstall Windows (a "clean" install). Very helpful if you are going to nuke & pave.
Best place to look for free software, with reviews on what is the best in each category, check out Gizmo's Freeware Reviews.
How do I create a partition and why is that important?
Want to stay out of harmful web sites? Try K9 Web Protection. Don't go online without it! Highly recommended.