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New Computer? Do this first!

Here it is 2016 and things have changed considerably. You can no longer put the restore files on CDs or DVDs.
The new computers do allow making a restore file but it asks for a large jump drive.

Myth: The computer instructions say something like this: In the event of a catastophic failure, you can restore your original software by using the command that shows up on the startup screen to restore original software. The truth is that those files are on the hard drive. If the hard drive works, you can restore the original software (and of course lose all your stuff. The truth is that if your hard drive fails, the original files are lost as well. So the myth is that you can restore your computer under any failure conditions. The truth is that if your hard drive fails, you must have the original files to restore the original software on a new hard drive. And of course this only happens when there is no more support from the manufacturer. (Murphy's Law!)

Some manufacturers will supply the ori\ginal software and some retail stores will provide it for you but if you wait until you need it, these recorces may no longer be available. So be sure you have the restore files available and stored in a safe place.

You have 2 choices: Make your own set (before the hard drive dies) or buy them from the manufacturer or get them from the store at the time you buy it. Don't let anyone tell you it is not needed. Read the myth above.

Once you have made or obtained the restore files, you need to make some changes to your computer. Continue to the next page for instructions on what to do next.

 

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