new computer with old installed files.

Gateway One all-in-one desktop with inte...
April 12, 2010 at 19:17:51
Specs: Windows XP
I recently bought a new desktop made by a known brand from a well known chain. It runs on window 7. On the shell, the manufacture date is in 2010, but when I was looking through the files in the control panel, many have installation date of 2007, including antiviral software. is this the usual practice? thanks. confused.

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#1
April 12, 2010 at 21:07:32
The manufacturers do not individually load windows and all of their programs on their machines, they keep a sample machine that is nearly identical to yours and load basically an image or distribution onto your hard drive before it is installed on your system. Your other hardware is basically tested without your hard drive installed, and therefore when you first boot up, you are truly starting it new for the first time. The 'sample machine' may have had a previous life as different model sample, therefore, some programs may have an older 'install' date.

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#2
April 13, 2010 at 04:31:41
thank you for your prompt reply. since i am not a computer person, i really feel a bit weird to see there are parts in there that was installed 3 years prior. so is this practice common or even ok, that is, selling a brand new machine with installation dated back 3 years? regards.

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#3
April 13, 2010 at 04:50:30
Windows 7 was not around 3 years ago. Some of those dates may originate with the software publisher such as your antivirus program. Even the newest releases will still have components that have origins from previous versions. If you have one of the 'big two' antivirus programs, usually a trial period and have not paid yet, look for better alternatives (my preference).

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#4
April 13, 2010 at 04:54:28
thanks again. for just simple net surfing, what brand of antiviral would you recommend?

also, i saw a msg telling me to make a disc for recovery. should i do it?

thanks again!


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#5
April 13, 2010 at 05:31:00
Yes, immediately if you are not given one set by the seller.

As for AV, you can use Microsoft Security Essentials or Avira. I use MSE in one machine and Avira in another. They are both very good.

Regards

SuatCINI


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#6
April 13, 2010 at 11:47:06
I would recommend unloading pre-installed Norton or McAfee using the uninstallers from their websites or NO OTHER Antivirus or firewall will work properly.

Then I would suggest Avast free
http://www.filehippo.com/download_a...
over Microsoft Security Essentials or Avira.

Avast is a no muss no fuss antivirus that does not need scheduled scans or updates like those other 2.
Avast also has the best real-time protection of almost all top AV's.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#7
April 13, 2010 at 20:47:38
Definitely make recovery disks asap. The AV's listed above are well accepted by many.

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#8
April 14, 2010 at 04:40:15
I just bought a new computer, and was wondering if I could simply transfer my old hard drive to the new PC. FYI, my old computer was a Dell Dimension 8300, Windows XP, with an 80GB HD. My new computer is a custom Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition, Vista Home Premium 64, with a 1TB HD. Basically:

(1) If I physically remove the old Dell HD and put it in the new computer, will I be able to access my files?

(2) Will I be able to boot from the Windows XP operating system installed on the old HD? (And not compromise my ability to alternatively boot from Vista 64 on the new HD)?

(3) Can I copy the contents of the old HD to an external HD and achieve the result in #2?

Any advice would be appreciated!

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#9
April 14, 2010 at 05:01:25
You should start your own post.
1-yes
2-no
3-same as above
recommend put in drive, resave files, wipe drive then use as back up drive. If you reload XP for dual boot on clean drive, you will need new key as old one is recognized for old hardware for update.

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