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I will be picking up my new HP DV 9030us this afternoon. They want to charge me $200+ to set it up for me (eliminate un-needed programs, optimize, etc.). I am looking for some help with doing this myself. I am not a computer guy. Any tips, help, websites would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Mawe

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Maw,

If I were you, I should consider the machine (see http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Customer-reviews-for-HP-Pavilion-17-Widescreen-Notebook-PC-DV9030US/sem/rpsm/oid/161288/pageno/1/sortAction/1/sortby/3/order/D/rpem/ccd/productDetailReview.do) as it comes out of the factory as perfectly set-up, with no unnecessary programs and fully optimized).

I wouldn't spend 1 cent (let alone a ridiculous 200$) to have it optimized further, unless you really find it takes too long to boot (time from switching on to all programs in system notification area at bottom right loaded).

Better try that first and post here how long it is. My prediction: most laptops of most members with everything they installed themselves take longer. And if you make such a post, use the occasion to tell what programs exactly are running in that system notification area, then we can tell you if we think they are necessary.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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DONT PAY THEM!

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"Setting up" a computer is one of those things that many people (who know nothing about computers) think is extremely difficult. On the contrary, the computer manufacturers have made it very easy to set it up.

As far as the physical portion of "computer setup" goes, everything is color coated. Plugging in your computer requires the same skills that are used when putting together childrens puzzles. If you have any peripherials, just match up the shapes of the plugs.

When installing the peripherials, Windows XP has a very good feature that can install most normal peripherials, so that should not be a problem. If XP cannot install the driver for your device by itself, just put in the cd or disk that came with your peripherial, and it should be relatively easy to install.

Microsoft Windows setup has a step by step set up procedure that is very simple to follow. When you boot up your computer it should go strait into the setup and ask you several simple questions. It registers/verifies your copy of windows at that time so it runs more smoothly if you are connected to the internet at the time you are doing the setup, however it is not neccessary as you can register/verify later on.

When optimizing your computer, my rule is anything that pops up in your face after you boot up (on both the first and second bootup) needs to be deleted. If the program has HP plastered all over it, the chance is that it could be useful and I normally keep it. Delete anything like Musicmatch Jukebox and anything similar to "free aol". Those are more spam than anything.

Hope this helps.
G.T.

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It's a notebook ...

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which makes it even easier. Just plug in the power and the mouse, and that's all. And answer some simple questions (like your name). I just did it with my daughters laptop. In fact, she did it herself, if I remember correctly. It was activated already.

Setting up things like Internet connection (both wired and wireless) and mail accounts is somewhat more difficult, but they can't do that in the shop anyway. Same goes for printer, of course.

I shouldn't give advice over what programs are necessary and what aren't without knowing what they are exactly.

Kees

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I wouldn't think of paying such a charge...

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A firm attempting to rip you off in that way is undeserving of your business. Sad

IMHO

Glenn

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thanks

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I thought this was sometype of money maling scam. Thanks again for all the help.
Mawe

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Yes...try it yourself

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$ 200 is a lot of money..you can get another PC for that amount. Cables are color coded, usually everything is installed and set-up. Manufacturers give a quick get started guide that usually does the job. And you can uninstall any unneeded programs yourself. You have a PC....you now need to try and learn some basic PC owber skills. Don't be afraid....you can always us for help, later..hopefully a friend.

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If you really want cheap on site help

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Any neighborhood teenager will do it for a pizza and a Coke.
They take an iTunes and Best Buy (or similar) gift cards, too!
A true computer geek will do it free!

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