Shopping for a new computer can be equally exciting and frustrating. If you’ve been working with a slow computer for a while, the prospect of replacing it with something new, shiny and fast might make you giddy with anticipation (okay, maybe that’s just us). On the other hand, shopping for a new computer can be a real headache! For one thing, there is a myriad of options out there – Apple or Windows? Chromebook? – Laptop or Desktop? On top of those decisions come the technical specifications from well-meaning salespeople. “This one has 8 Gigabytes of DDR4 1300 Mhz RAM, a quad-core i7-8700 CPU, 15.6 Inch 2160 x 1440 qHD IPS panel with a 1 terabyte HDD.” That might sound like a bunch of gibberish or a foreign language to the average consumer. To the salesperson that works with computers all day long, it’s a part of their life and so when they rattle off the specifications at top speed they might not realize the consumer has no idea what they just said.
This is where Y-Not Tech Services comes in. We can break down the specifications of a computer into easily understood terms. We’ll also discuss the way you need to use your computer and help you find one that meets your needs while making sure you don’t overspend your budget on things you don’t need. Once you have your new computer in hand, Y-Not Tech Services can help make your experience enjoyable. Here are five things we can do to help you transition into your new device.
1. Transfer Your Old Files
We find that folks often overlook all the files they have on their old computer and how they are going to get them to a new machine. This can be an even bigger challenge if your old computer won’t boot up at all. At Y-Not Tech Services we have the experience, tools and equipment needed to hook up your old Hard Drive to your new computer and get the files where they need to be.
If your new computer has the room we can even install your old hard drive inside it so you can access your old files and even use the hard drive for some extra storage space! Contact us to talk about your options.
2. Get Your Email Setup
Email can be a struggle. We often see problems arise when trying to get email set up on a new computer. The biggest issues we see is that email either won’t receive or won’t send. These issues are frustrating because sometimes you won’t notice them right away because part of your email is working. When Y-Not Tech Services sets up your email we are sure to configure both send and receive servers and we test it to ensure it’s working properly.
3. Getting Your Favorites to the Right Place
If you’re anything like us, you have just a few favourites saved in your web browser. OK, maybe we have more than just a few. We use browser favourites to keep track of sites we visit often, articles and posts we want to read later, videos we love and so much more. Moving onto a new Computer without all your familiar favourites and bookmarks can leave you feeling lost. We can retrieve your favourites off your old computer, and get them onto your new one so that your browsing experience feels familiar, but faster.
4. Install Your Software
You probably spent a few years getting your old computer just the way you like it. With all the software and applications that you need in place. Now that you are moving to a new one, what happens to all that software? While most programs can’t simply be copied from your old computer to the new one, we can help make sure you have everything you need. We’ll install programs you have the disk or activation code for like Microsoft Office. We can re-download and install programs you use that are available for free online. And we can advise you on what applications can replace old ones that are incompatible with your new computer or that you lost the disc for.
5. Printers and Scanners and Webcams and Speakers and Everything Else
Yup, we hook a lot of devices into our computers today and it can be a real struggle to get them all connected and working properly on a new system. Sometimes it’s as simple as knowing what cord to plug in where, but other times software and drivers don’t want to play nice and it takes some coaxing to get them running. We can help ensure all the devices you need are working properly on your new system.
Whether you’re thinking about buying a new computer or just picked one up and you’re a little lost, contact Y-Not Tech Services today and we can get you running smoothly. Call us at 403-915-8574 or fill out the form below.