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You did your research and purchased the perfect PC. Now it’s home, and you’re eager to start emailing, sharing photos, surfing the web, and downloading music and movies.

Plug it in, and begin. But taking a moment to familiarize yourself with computer basics, set up your PC properly, and personalise your PC will save you time in the long run and make using this essential tool far easier and more enjoyable. It’s simpler and faster than you think—in spite of all the cords and instructions.

SVS now offer the “Home Installation Service” – you can have an engineer come to your home and setup your perfect computer in the space you would like with the software you need and at a time that suits you best!

Being London’s finest computer installation company’s make Silicon Valley Specialists the only choice when it comes to your precious new computer.

Call today to book an installation on 0203 086 9989

Before you unpack the computer, take a minute to select the best location for your PC. Moving your system to another spot later is not fun and risks damaging your components. To select a good spot for a desktop computer, make sure that:

  • The spot is within easy reach of an outlet or extension cord, as a power source for your system.
  • There is space for the cable that connects the monitor to the computer box.
  • You’ll be comfortable and healthy in the spot. For example, choose a spot where you can place your monitor away from light sources that produce glare or one that has window blinds to control light levels. Also, choose a spot where you can position your monitor about an arm’s length away from you when you are seated comfortably in front of it.
  • Unpack your PC. After you take everything out of the box, go through your PC manufacturer’s list of included items, and double-check that you have every cord, cable, and other part you need. That way, if something is missing, you can be back in the store or on the phone with them right away.

Next, unwrap all the parts.

    • For laptops and netbooks: Remove any plastic protective covers and unpack the battery cable.
    • For desktops: Remove any protective plastic covers from the front of the central processing unit (CPU) and monitor. Unpack the cables. Unpack the keyboard, mouse, and other components.

Arrange the components in the desk area you plan to use.

  • For laptops and netbooks: Following your manufacturer’s instructions, plug the battery cable into the laptop.
  • For desktops: Following your manufacturer’s instructions, assemble the CPU, monitor, and other components, and connect the cables.

It looks a lot harder than it is. Take one step at a time and you’ll be done in no time.

Now you’re ready to plug in your system and connect it to the Internet. Make sure that you plug your computer into a power strip with a surge protector, which helps prevent damage from voltage spikes during electrical storms or after power interruptions.

Tip
Surge protectors don’t protect against lightning strikes, so unplug your computer during severe storms and whenever you leave your home for long periods of time.

Fire it up, name your profile, and get connected. Push the power button on the computer box, also known as the CPU (central processing unit), to turn your system on.

Tip
Do not use the power button to turn off your PC or unplug the whole system to shut it down. Instead, to protect your system and data, always turn your PC off properly. To turn your PC off properly, click the Start menu or button, which is almost always in the lower left corner of your screen Look for the Shutdown options. If you rest your mouse pointer over the Shutdown arrow, you will see a list of options, which usually include Sleep, Hibernate, and Restart.

When you turn your PC on for the first time, you’ll probably see a few welcome screens, and one of the screens may ask you to name your profile or user account. Go ahead and use your own name for your profile. You can add other names later, if friends or other family members want their own profiles. You can also transfer files and settings from your old computer, to your new PC.

Alternatively give one of our engineers a quick call and arrange for someone to assist you on 0203 086 9989

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