Scott's Computing is Closed


We closed our doors in July of 2010. It was a pleasure serving all of you.

New Computer Purchasing Tips

Please enjoy these computer purchasing tips based on our experience in purchasing and selling computers!

1. When we need to purchase new computers, we compare prices with the following vendors:

a. Dell - Check both the Home and Small Business sections of the website. Sometimes the Small Business department has a better deal.

c. Best Buy - We check their sales ad every week at www.bestbuy.com. It changes every Sunday. Often, they have the best deals. Be patient and watch for 2-4 weeks and you will usually see a very nice sale.

2. When purchasing from Best Buy, we never get the "GeekSquad" tune-up or their antivirus package.

However... we also perform very thorough tune-ups on all of the computers we purchase and sell. Here's a detailed list of what we do, in the order we do it:

1) go to Start -> Run -> type msconfig -> Enter -> and click the "Startup" tab. UNCHECK everything that doesn't need to automatically run when the computer runs. That means...almost everything. Go to the "Services" tab and check "Hide Microsoft Services". Same thing goes here - uncheck most of that stuff - it doesn't need to run. Restart the computer and be amazed and how much faster it runs. : THENů.

2) go to the Control Panel -> Uninstall a Program. This is where we spend most of our time. We uninstall everything that isn't needed or normally wanted. That is usually 50-75% of the software listed there. BE SURE to remove the old antivirus software. It's only a trial anyway and won't do you any good. It'll be bad to keep it on the computer. If you don't remove all of the software that "could" be removed, it isn't a big deal. Don't worry about getting rid of everything.

3) Download the Adobe Reader and Flash player from www.adobe.com. Get Java from www.java.com. You'll need these in your day-to-day web surfing.

4) Go to www.microsoft.com/securityessentials for the MS Security Essentials software. This is the best FREE antivirus software we have found. It runs faster and catches more than many others.

5) Defrag. I know it's a "brand new computer" but after making all these changes, files tend to get fragmented. The first defrag you run may take a couple of hours! Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter.

By following this guide, you can take any new computer and increase its speed tremendously and help it to run more smoothly and more reliably. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, have a technology-savvy friend help you. We normally charged $100 for this tune-up and it was worth every penny to get your computer off to a good, efficient start.

Scott Wang - Scott's Computing
Created July 2010




Update added in 2014: PC manufacturers have done well reducing unnecessary "bloatware" software. Also, computer resources have increased enough so that they can handle this added software without any impact on speed and performance. The extremely thorough tune-up we used to perform is no longer of major importance on new computers.