Computer Setup for Your New Laptop or Desktop

Youve just surprised a loved one with the holiday gift of a new laptop or desktop. Use these computer setup tips to get your new machine up and running.

1. Add Security

Start by loading some security software onto your computer as soon as youre online. Skip the programs that are often pre-loaded (and will cost you around $80 a year once the free trial ends) and grab one of the free options instead. We recommend Avira Free Antivirus 2015. In our tests, it did a very good job of protecting against most malware threats.

2. Transfer Files and Applications

Move your old files onto your new system by using either Apple Migration Assistant or Microsoft Windows Easy Trans