New Computers Are Not Without Fault (Emergency Preparedness 2 – EP2)

My life these last few weeks has been in technology turmoil. In addition to my old and trusty laptop barfing all over my Wi-Fi and itself, i was struck by a new face of reality when my new laptop decided to hold me hostage and become unresponsive. Can’t do CPR on a laptop.

Many people, when they get a new computer, trust that it’s perfect and it will be a very long time before anything goes wrong. As a result, they become complacent and don’t do important things like backup their data and check for all those nasties that somehow make their way onto our computers.

It’s especially difficult for solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and small business owners to find the time and understand everything that’s going on with all the technology at your fingertips because, in many cases, on top of all the work required to plan and operate your actual business, you must also act as your own IT department.

As i remind readers in my book, Tame Those Pesky Details, it’s always important to backup your data. However, I’m here to remind  you that you must do it right from the start. I don’t want to harp on you about this but when your computer starts going wonky, you’ll be glad you are prepared.

Whenever you get a new computer, you spend time playing with it, bonding with it, learning its quirks and habits. It’s always fun to get a new computer. Like driving a new car, so much has happened in technology upgrades since your last one you are amazed and overwhelmed with your new toy.

As a business owner, a new computer means adding new software and transferring files to be productive as quickly as possible. There are also some key steps to remember:

  1. Be sure to load your anitvirus and anti-malware software right from the start. You will inevitably be on the Web, so be certain you are protected.
  2. Backup all your files from Day 1. Periodically, make a mirror image of your drive.
  3. Create the recovery/restore disks you are prompted to do once you begin using your new computer. It took about two hours to create six disks. Place them in a safe and accessible location, all properly numbered. You can only make one copy so do it right and always know where they are.

Here’s my experience. Just a few days into use, my new laptop was being stubborn, uncooperative, fussy like a baby. It was only a week old; what could be wrong?

Per my savvy tech friend’s orders, i ran my antivirus and anti-malware software. Surprisingly, for such a newborn, it was rife with junk! Who would think that in just a couple days’ time, so much unwanted stuff would make its way onto my new business partner?

I was worried I would have to restore Windows. I had backed up the files I created and i had my restore disks at the ready, just in case. I just didn’t want to have to use them.

Luckily, I didn’t have to take such drastic measures. After a couple of reboots, everything began to operate properly again.

I’m still adding software and updating my music library. Once that’s done, I’ll make a mirror image of my laptop so should I have to do a complete restore, I have all the software I’ve loaded as well.

Don’t take even one day of chances with your computer. Back it up and keep it backed up. You’ll be glad you did. I know I am.

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