OS: Windows Vista
I have a new laptop using Vista Home Premium 64-bit.
Advice on how to set it up?
email, browser, virus/ad/spy programs, etc? I am sure there are many people out there who want to know how to set up a new computer.
Usage – I will be setting up a network with my desktop (windows XP). I homeschool, so will do grading, lesson plans, research, etc. I email, do a little photo editing, sell/buy on eBay, multi-task with more than one program running and/or page open, etc. I am not a gamer. I also use it a lot for recipes, and knitting and sewing tips/patterns, and I am looking into getting a pattern drafting program.
Is it worth updating to Windows 7?
Also, I used firefox on the other computer. It took longer to load than IE, and used a lot of CPU in the process. Why?
Thanks for writing and congrats on your new computer. As to setting it up, click here to read my article describing how-to setup a new computer. It will cover all the things I do for my clients (and myself) when setting up a new system.
As for updating to Windows 7, yes, I highly recommend Windows 7 over Vista. Microsoft took all our complaints and suggestions to the workshop and developed a nice product.
Firefox uses a little more resources and memory than IE and opens slower because it is a third party application. I still find the utility and security of Firefox 3.5 worth the effort. You should also consider installing Google Chrome for ultra-fast browsing.