Here is a brief rundown of the steps I check off when I am moving to and setting up a new computer. These are the same steps I use if I am reimaging my computer to upgrade the operating system.
- I am pretty good about always saving my files to a cloud location (such as OneDrive for Business, Dropbox and Google Drive) but just to double-check, I look on the Desktop, in the Downloads folder, and in My Documents to make sure I haven't put anything there that I want to keep. As long as those areas are empty, I know that everything I need to do my work will be available from the cloud when I setup my new machine. (If you need assistance moving your files into OneDrive, the Technology team has help documents available on @DMPS and you can call the Help Desk at 8161.)
- My Bookmarks in Firefox (or Favorites if you use Internet Explorer) are a HUGE time saver for me. By putting my most visited sites to my Bookmarks, I am able to quickly jump from site to site and save a ton of searching and keystrokes. It may not sound like a lot but being able to get to Infinite Campus, KITE or my teams Sharepoint space with one click instead of five or six can add up to a lot of time (and frustration) saved. I save my Bookmarks to the cloud, but even if you don't, it is very easy to export your Bookmarks to a file and either save that to your OneDrive or put it on a flash drive. Then when you start using your new computer you can easily import those Bookmarks and you are good to go!
- I make a list of any software programs that I have had to download and install myself (look in "All Programs"). Usually this list is pretty short, but in the past has included Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Google Chrome, Easy MP Network Projection, Microsoft Snip, Evernote and Spotify. Some of these programs now come pre-loaded so this list is shrinking and depending on what software you need for your job, this list may be empty. Once I get the new computer set up, I use my list as a reminder to go download those programs and install them.
- When I get the new computer, if I am working at a desk and have access to an ethernet cable, I make sure I am plugged in. It will make for a speedier, more reliable connection as the computer downloads updates. Yes, that is correct, a brand new computer straight out of the box needs updates. Bizarre and counter-intuitive but true. And during this my switch of computers this summer, it seemed like it REALLY needed a lot of updates and it took quite a while to get caught up. I make sure to shut down the new computer at the end of the day instead of just putting it to sleep. This helps with getting all the updates.
- I access my most used sites & cloud services on the new computer and sign in to get everything set up and ready to go. I usually click the "Remember My Login" or "Remember Me" checkbox if it is available for a site I use a lot. That also saves me lots of time down the road.
- I also download a few wallpapers to personalize my computer a little. (Right click on the desktop > Personalize > Themes > Theme Settings > Get More Themes Online)