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    Brand new PC, that's 2 years old! (XP Pro, SP2)

    Hi, I am new to the community and desperately need some help. I have an interesting situation and haven't had much luck getting a good answer.

    About a year and a half ago, I ordered a new Dell PC with Windows XP Pro, SP2. Very shortly after my PC arrived, I was forced to move out of state with a contract job and never had an opportunity to use my new PC. It has been removed from the box, assembled, booted up 3-4 times but has never been connected to the Internet, etc. My PC was subsequently put in storage until my contract position was complete.

    Now that I am back home in a stable employment sitation, I would like to get my home office up and running. However, now I have a PC that is brand new (to me, that is) but is technically almost 2 years old direct from Dell! What, in God's name, should I do first? I can only imagine the hundreds of Windows patches that are probably available for me to install. But how do I know which ones to install to ensure my PC is current and not full of garbage? Any guidance you could provide to me regarding my situation would be most helpful.

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    Re: Brand new PC, that's 2 years old! (XP Pro, SP2)

    You will be looking at updates from the time SP2 came out to the present.
    Yes, There will be a lot but you may or may not need them all.

    I would suggest that you go the the windows update site, when the list of updates are shown, open up the details box on each to see just what the update is for. Then SELECTIVELY select a few and download and install them. DO NOT select them all at once. This way if any problems occur after a few updates, you will know which ones are the cause and not wonder which of a big group you installed is giving you grief.

    Just work your way through them little by little until you are up to date. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Brand new PC, that's 2 years old! (XP Pro, SP2)

    I suggest, as well, that anti-virus software is up to date and that the firewall is up. As I recall, Dell included McAfee--perhaps updating it initially would be appropriate, but then I'd consider other options. A search on the Forum will show a lot of discussion regarding anti-virus programs.

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    Re: Brand new PC, that's 2 years old! (XP Pro, SP2)

    I think the very first thing I would do with it is set a restore point so if something major messes up, you could revert back to day 1! And then I would update the antivirus, put a firewall on and so forth as suggested by Viking33 and DenGar! BTW, welcome to the Lounge and congratulations on being able to achieve a stable employment situation! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Brand new PC, that's 2 years old! (XP Pro, SP2

    Totally agree with Skitterbug.

    One thought, if you PC has a DVD Burner, burna disk image of you hard drive as it is now. Easier to retore later. When you are completely done, re-burn the image for a "Complete" system snapshot of your updated computer.
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    Re: Brand new PC, that's 2 years old! (XP Pro, SP2

    Thanks, Bob. I appreciate your help. We'll see how it goes!

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