Originally Posted by posiview
What advise would yu give to those who are new to computing?
I'm taking about best using their computers (how often to defrag; scan disk, etc); how to keep safe while on-line (also when children have access); things that a novice should NEVER do to their computers (such as deleting files, changing settings).
Just general computer saftey and maintainanace advice.
If a thread already exists or you can post a link (that's user friendly to novices) just let me know.
The reason I ask this is that I bought a new DELL and started to mess about with it; result computer worked very slow and I was unable to use various applications. I had to reinstall XP!! Not good.
Well - first off its nice to get priorities correct; Microsoft Good, Macintosh Bad, Linux in the Middle. Use http://search.msn.com
. And always remmember that the Internet is 90% Porn - so never trust any adverts or Pop-ups.
Defraging is simple enough - just go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tool, and Defrag. Decide the Drive Click Start and its done.
Safe to be online personally I say MSN Explorer - there are a range of packages at http://join.msn.com
and there there is a Demo which will so you the advantages of the Explorer. Very good Parental Controls even if you're children know more about it than you.
Never kick the computer, spill tea in the computer, or Lemonade in the keyboard which gets dreadfully sticky and makes life terrible, you can give it a name and refer to it as such to make you feel more friendly with it even! Tiberius is a good idea!
Yeah - don't use RegEdit under any circumstances - and try not to install any extras like GMT Clock or Precision Time or Google Search Bar, or any kind of Internet Explorer thing other than http://toolbar.msn.com
which is very good and stops popups. Settings should be changed but generally don't change system settings; its easy enough to steer clear of them.
hope that helped, ask any more specific questions if you want.