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Help setting up a new lap top

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by pat701, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. pat701


    Feb 2, 2005
    Beyond OZ
    I am a 60 year old that just ordered a new lap top P.C. I am not a computer geek so i payed extra to get Windows 7 also the disks for Windows 7, 8 GB of ram, and a 7400rpm hard drive. I will never be able to update the lap to in the future as i don't know how. I am just a novice user.
    My question is i don't know how to back up a P.C. I don't have an external hard drive to back up a P.C on. Are the 64GB flash sticks enough to do a back up on? How and can i transfer my important files and data from my old P.C. onto the new one using the flash sticks? I guess i should set up an administrator account and SAVE THE PASSWORD! Microsoft no longer gives you Microsoft works on a new P.C. is there a good free word processor program that i can download from CNET. I write maybe 6 letters a year.
    Could somebody provide me with some links in plain English on how to set up this new P.C. to avoid problems in the future so i can do minor repairs or corrections in the future?
    Have pity on this old non tech savvy man:dunno: You guys have helped me in the past and i appreciate the help in the past.
  2. mc1911


    Nov 25, 2011
    look at open office, libre office and wps office for free office software.

    There used to be cable to connect a new pc to an old pc to transfer files. Check with a local Best buy.

  3. SlowBurn


    Jul 7, 2013
    Spend $100 for an external hard drive and use it to back up everything. 2T probably plenty. Simple plug n play into any USB port. Just do a straight copy of your whole hard drive once in awhile. Easiest way to have piece of mind.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  4. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    Since you have the W7 discs you will only need to backup your data, besides most new computers have the ability to restore the system to it's original state.

    What you use to backup your data will depend on the amount of data being backed up and NEVER use only have one type of media for backup because they can and will fail.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  5. JimmyN


    Sep 29, 2006
    Since you only write about 6 letters a year I'm going to assume you don't need anything fancy. Windows 7 comes with Wordpad and that should be all you need. I'd try using that first, rather than installing a true word processor and learning how to use it.

    I don't really trust flashdrives for backup purposes, they are OK for transferring files or carrying files around but I don't get a warm fuzzy feeling from having backups on flash drives, so get a USB hard drive for backups.
  6. JFrame


    May 29, 2001
    Mid-Atlantic, US of A
    Good advice...I use WPS Office myself, because I wanted to go absolutely low-ball (price-wise) on my new tablet, and didn't even want to pay the $70 difference (or whatever) to get a basic MS-Office license.

    WPS Office looks pretty much like MS-Office circa 2007 (before they went to the "ribbon" menu look) -- except WPS seems to be fairly updated software, and supports things like the "docx" format to maintain compatibility with current Office files that one is likely to get.

    I can't recommend the following website enough for finding and downloading freeware -- the folks that run the site are very scrupulous about making sure all their software download sites are vetted and virus-free.

  7. Those are a lot of questions, so instead of answering them all, allow me to help you another way by "teaching you how to fish". Any question you have, simply go to, and in the search bar type in your question, like "how to setup a new laptop with windows 7", and "how to backup my computer", or "is there a good free word processor program". We can feed you the answers now, but you would still be lost tomorrow when you have more questions. The main difference between someone who can find their way around a computer and those that are lost is that the successful ones can search google and patiently read through the results to find an answer. Along the way you will learn how to use your computer.

    Here's a good place to get started that I found by searching google for "free computer tutorials for seniors":

    I'm not trying to be mean or condescending , I'm simply trying to help you to help yourself. If you had only asked one question I would have given you a direct answer, but it's obvious that getting some training would help you more in the long run. Enjoy your new computer, pat701.