Windows 7 – Day 2 (Day 1 post launch)


Ok, so you’ve purchased your copy of Windows 7, or your computer with it preinstalled (or upgraded to it).  Now you’re sitting here looking at this new operating system and trying to figure out where to go next.  If you’re like most people, you’ll start looking at all of the websites—and be inundated with tons of information about what Windows 7 can do, should do, and won’t do… 

I say relax.  While there are changes, at the heart of Windows 7, it’s just an operating system.  It’s going to do the same things that Windows 1.x through Windows Vista did.  And in most cases, you can still do those things the way you’ve done them in the past.  The changes are just there to try and make a simpler way to do those things—but you’re not required to use them.

Remember that unless you choose to delete or format something, or you just yank the power cord out of the wall, you can’t really do anything to mess up the computer.  So, take a few minutes to look around and get used to the place.  After all, you’re going to be living here for the next couple of years (unless you decide to purchase a Mac, downgrade to XP if it’s an option, or switch to Linux).

The first thing you should do (as you always should) is go to http://update.microsoft.com (like Vista, this will open up the Windows Update pane of the Control Panel) and get your updates.  Do this BEFORE you start listening to your music, or watching your TV.

If you installed Windows 7 clean (or upgraded from your previous Operating System) then you need to make sure that your antivirus and firewall are running properly.  If you purchased a new computer, then you need to decide if you want to keep the antivirus that came packaged with it, or switch to another one. 

While all of the blogs and sites will post their opinions about the different antivirus programs that are bundled with computers, one thing that all of us can agree on is this:  You need to pick one, make sure you can get updates, and update it.  If you like what came with your computer, make a note to purchase it (since most likely it’s a limited trial).  If not, then wipe it off now and put one on that you do like.

Remember that regardless of whether you purchased a PC with Windows 7, installed it, purchased a Mac, or even switched to Linux, the computer is only as secure as you make it.  Practice safe computing, and you’ll fare pretty well—regardless of what issues there are with the Operating System.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

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