New Laptop Tricks: What You Should Do With Your Baby

New Laptop Tricks: What You Should Do With Your Baby

Range Govindan
Oct 5, 2010

You've agonized and spent a long few weeks going over which laptop to buy, and now that you've got your new laptop, what should you do? There are a couple of things that are usually really good to do, so that you keep you laptop for as long as possible.

1. Install Needed Programs
Whether it's iWork or Microsoft Office, you should install the programs that you need. It's best to install the programs as the need arises, instead of installing them all at once. That way you don't install any unneeded software.

2. Transfer Over Your Files
When setting up your laptop, you should transfer over most of your documents, excluding movies and music. Documents rarely take up much space and it's a good idea to have them with you on your laptop. I keep most of my media files on external hard drives.

3. Repair Disk Permissions on MacBooks
If you've got a MacBook, then you should repair the disk permissions through Disk Utilities. Run it about once a month or before and after you install any new software. Macs defrag their hard drives automatically when they install new software, so that's one thing you don't have to worry about.

4. Automate Maintenance Tasks
Since your hard disk is nice and fresh, it's time to automate all of those maintenance tasks, from Windows Recovery, disk scan, to defrag.

5. Optimize Battery
If you've got a MacBook, then you should optimize your battery every two months. Check out this post on how to do so.

[images via To The Tech, Apple Insider, Gregory Han]

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