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Renewed Advice For New Computer Users

Today's column could double as one of my "what the heck is wrong with computers" rants.

But what I really wanted to accomplish with the piece was something else: answer my reader e-mail before it can be sent. I figure plenty of people will boot up new PCs over the next week, find something strange or wonder if they've done everything necessary and e-mail me for help. Since I would just as soon not spend Christmas and the day after tethered to my mail, I decided to write a how-to piece instead.

This is the second year I've done so: I wrote a version of this column in 2006. That piece, in turn, was an expanded version of the more security-focused advice I offered in 2005 and 2004.

With each revision, I keep hoping that I've covered every possible new-computer query. But I've already received a few e-mails from readers looking for clarification or suggesting revisions (for the reader looking for XP backup software, see the advice in last year's column, which I recently summarized in a "tip of the week" e-mail for PostPoints members). I suppose it's not too soon to start drafting the 2008 version of the story!

Have a look at the piece, then you tell me--what's on your new-computer-setup check list?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  December 20, 2007; 9:30 AM ET
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