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Old 10-24-04, 04:33 PM
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Purchased a new PC: pre-maintenance :)

Hi,

I ordered a new DELL 8400 and I do look forward to start playing with it

What do YOU do when you get a new computer?
Is there something I should do ( sort of Pre-maintenance)
before I start using it?

I got ZoneAlarm, AdAware and SpyBlaster ready, have a new dvd burner and 200GB HD that I need to install, but other than that, I don't know if there are some things I need to instal/uninstall

Also, can I install my HD from the old computer in a new pc, transfer stuf (music, pics, movies) to the new HD and then take it out again? Or is there a better way how to transfer?

Thank you in advance; any advice is GREATLY appreciated.
Old 10-24-04, 05:13 PM
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You should also install an anti virus program.
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What sofware comes pre-loaded?
This is for after the system is running:

If you plan, as you indicate, of installing ZA then disable XP's built in firewall.
Some things "I" would do is disable Hibernation, Don't let the system go in StandBy...These will be in the Control Panel>Power Options

I would install MS TweakUI for XP (not the Powertoys 'collection",
I would uninstall ANY trial versions of software that is pre-loaded and install alternatives.
Free AV software like Avast or AVG

If you open your computer it may VOID your warranty with DELL
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if i was getting a dell, i'd format it first
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Originally posted by nomaan
if i was getting a dell, i'd format it first
yep, do a clean install with the supplied CDs (i believe they should come with full install CDs). If you are comfortable enough to install new components, you should have built it yourself IMO.
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Thanks for your input.

Yes, it comes with CDs so I will do clean install.
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http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

Run all the Windows Updates EXCEPT Service Pack 2. (too many problems reported)
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Oh man I know this is embarrassing but how do you do a clean install when you get a brand new PC? That sounds like something i would like to do but im not too computer smart. Can someone who has alot of free time help me out here?

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Wipe off Windows, then install Linux.
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Originally posted by Sonic
Oh man I know this is embarrassing but how do you do a clean install when you get a brand new PC? That sounds like something i would like to do but im not too computer smart. Can someone who has alot of free time help me out here?

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put the XP cd in the drive, reboot. say yes to boot to cd, then follow the prompts. its fairly straight forward.
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Ahh ok I am courageous enough to try it out I too bought last week a brand new dell. I got the 4700C model...it was a deal hard to miss.

Im gonna pratice the clean install on my ex-pc with the old cd programs and windows that came with it. I don't want no trial shit version of AOLHELL and crappy flood your PC NORTON.

For my new Dell I will be ordering PC-cillen anti-virus, Zonealarm Pro, Ad-Aware SE and the best part of all...after all these years...cable modem! So it's goodbye 56K

-ant
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antivirus - AVG free (a few other free)
firewall - zonealarm (a lot of others)

no point in spending money when other apps do pretty much the same thing for free.
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Originally posted by Alvis
Wipe off Windows, then install Linux.
and then there will be peace in the world ... because 95% of the population won't know what to do with linux. they'll stop using computers, and resolve their differences
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Quick question guys. My new PC came with XP Service Pack 2. When I do a clean install does it give you the option to install Service Pack 2? If so...is it a good idea not to install it? Because there is no point in having it if I am sticking with Zonealarm Pro.

Also another stupid question...how do you format a hardrive? What steps do you do?

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Originally posted by Sonic
Quick question guys. My new PC came with XP Service Pack 2. When I do a clean install does it give you the option to install Service Pack 2? If so...is it a good idea not to install it? Because there is no point in having it if I am sticking with Zonealarm Pro.

Also another stupid question...how do you format a hardrive? What steps do you do?

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Just disable the windows firewall in the security center in the contol panel.
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there are different ways of formatting ..

you can use a win98 boot disk, and boot from that. and then format/partition.
or
you can format/partition from within the win2k/xp setup.
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Originally posted by Sonic
Quick question guys. My new PC came with XP Service Pack 2. When I do a clean install does it give you the option to install Service Pack 2? If so...is it a good idea not to install it? Because there is no point in having it if I am sticking with Zonealarm Pro.

Also another stupid question...how do you format a hardrive? What steps do you do?

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This is a good point. My new Dell PC has the SP2 included both on the PC and on the restore disk, there is no way to go back. No problems though so it should be okay.
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Another question...with the brand new dell (I haven't taken it out of the box yet)...do I need to reformat the hardrive? Then do a clean install?

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Originally posted by Sonic
Another question...with the brand new dell (I haven't taken it out of the box yet)...do I need to reformat the hardrive? Then do a clean install?

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Refer to nomaan's post above.

Why do you want to format already? It should void the warranty.
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I guess im kinda lost here...but it boils down to is i know nothing about computers. I figured reformatting the hardrive is to clean everything out (removing the aol trial, norton trial other stuff dell put in there that i dont want)...then install windows...and from there you add the programs that you want.

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Originally posted by 68ShelbyGT500KR
Refer to nomaan's post above.

Why do you want to format already? It should void the warranty.

well, if the system bugs out, he can always re-install from the restore cds he got from dell...

that''ll take care of the warranty issues..
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Originally posted by Sonic
Another question...with the brand new dell (I haven't taken it out of the box yet)...do I need to reformat the hardrive? Then do a clean install?

-ant
clean install means a format + OS install
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Originally posted by nomaan
well, if the system bugs out, he can always re-install from the restore cds he got from dell...

that''ll take care of the warranty issues..
I agree with you there but our DVDTalker says that he doesn't know anything about computers, so I wouldn't recommend a format/clean install. Just my .02 cents


By the way, does Dell use a hidden partition to work in conjunction with the Restore CD's?
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Originally posted by 68ShelbyGT500KR
I agree with you there but our DVDTalker says that he doesn't know anything about computers, so I wouldn't recommend a format/clean install. Just my .02 cents

Yeps The whole format thing...I get lost. I know you have to reformat the drive but i what i meant to ask was the command lines. FDISK<---

I have a lot to learn...especially the partition thing. My niece helped me today to wipe out my hardrive clean and reinstalling OS which is Windows ME on this old computer. Now I am thinking of doing the same for the new one in the box because Im sure there would be stuff on it I wouldn't care for. I cannot believe how fast this old pc is working. I guess i never realized it during the years lol

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68Shelby, yes, a hidden partition is used. See this thread:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...dell+partition

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