1. when your getting antivirus software, try to get something that doesn't require you to do much, and that doesn't take up much of your computer resources in the background. Get something that's "invisible". I personally use Windows Live OneCare on one PC and Norton on another. Both seem to be pretty good programs, but I prefer OneCare because it seems to be a little more invisible than Norton and it seems to work better with Windows (I guess because it's a Microsoft Product). It's also going to become a free Microsoft service next year. There are many other programs as well, but I can't tell you much about them since I haven't tried them.
2. Set the disk defragment tool (In the accessories, start menu folder) to defragment your hard disk once a week. If you use OneCare antivirus, you can set it to do this too when it preforms it's monthly tune-up. This will keep the disk from ever becoming fragmented, and keep the system's data easily accessible.
3. If you haven't already, then get rid of any trial or unnecessary software that came installed on your machine.
4. Enjoy your new machine! That's about everything I usually do.
I just bought a new HP Pavillion dv6-1230us Laptop. I want to make sure it is set up right from the get go. I know to make back up disks but I'd like to have to right spyware, anti-virus, etc. put on right from the start. I searched the forum looking for a list or tips of what to do with a new PC when you buy one but couldn't find anything. Can anyone lead me in the right direction? Thanks!