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Setting Up New Computer

1. Transfer your important data to a flash drive or get an external hard drive. Do this as soon as you know you are going to replace your old PC. This will give you a backup source for all the info you need.

2. Use special cables for PC to PC data transfer to make things easier for you. However, you can get by with an external storage device. You also can turn the old hard drive into an external hard drive for your new computer. Check online or at local computer stores for an external hard drive enclosure that lets you use an internal hard drive as an external drive.

3. If your old hard drive is fried, do not throw it away yet. Contact a local computer shop and see if they can retrieve important data that you need.

4. If you use a fax machine or telephone software you probably need to buy an external USB modem. Many new computers do not have phone modems because high-speed broadband rules nowadays. These modems are not expensive but make sure that your software will work with the modem you buy.

5. Most new PCs only come with trial versions of office programs and you will have to buy new or reinstall your old programs. Gather up all your software product key info that you plan to transfer to the new PC. Place all this info into a text document and put it on the desktop of your new computer for easy access.

6. Transfer your browser bookmarks or favorites. Check the help section of your new browser and search for “import bookmarks”. It will show you exactly what you need to do.

7. Before you go online, check to see that your antivirus software is working. If you have a paid version (from the old PC) you may want to transfer it right away, as your PC probably only has trial version antivirus software. This will save you the trouble of making the changeover in 30 days.