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  1. Number 18

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    Ok so I just bought a new laptop yesterday

    what things I should do before starting to use it

    some told me to recharge it for 24 hours before using

    I got Toshiba U500 with windows 7

    I also noticed that it didn't include a recovery disk with it, is it normal?
    thanks
     
  2. etaf

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    Yes - when you first start the machine and go through the intitial setup - it should ask if you want to create recovery DVDs
    You will need about 4, some machines are two some with application and drivers 3 - HP machines often askk for 4 and then only use 3 !!!

    If you do not do it at that time, you can always run the recovery manager later - some machine you can only run the recovery CD creator once , HP I know do this, not sure about toshiba, i know sony and samsung, you can create many times.

    I would remove any demo programs you do not want to keep and then pay for, like office 2007, probably Mcafee or Norton - and replace with your preferred antivirus - I would also install
    Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php and superantispyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html - and update and run them regularly,

    If you want an office type program, then maybe look at openoffice - its free
    I also like google chrome as a web browser, I used firefox for a year or two - but have used chrome for the last 2 months and quite like it

    Have alook at the power options and battery life, a lot of manufactures are now putting on battery savers, they tend to only charge the battery to about 80% and then stop charging..

    otherwise - have some fun
     
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    @etaf
    can I use an audio cd or anything other than DVD?
    and why is it that they didn't give me one like the old days?

    I guess it depends on the system used not the hardware, so maybe that's how windows 7 work!

    Thanks:)


    @CreativeOnline1
    well do thanks :)
     
  4. etaf

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    Cost saving
    No - They started this on XP Shipped machines many years ago...

    Yes you can use CDs BUT you may need loads - I think I saw The HP recovery or ACER recover I did recently say it need 28 CDs

    assuming you need 2DVDs for the OS and 1DVD for the Utilities and Drivers - which I needed for an a brand new ACER windows 7 backup I did 2 weeks ago...
    and lets assume they are full up
    4.7GB = 4700MB * 3 DVDs = 14,100MB
    Assming a CD is 650MB (Not the 700 Audio ones, just for argument sake)
    14100/650 = 21.7 CDs

    I would say use DVDs
     
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    oh ok I think I will use DVDs

    Thanks
     
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