getting out of the box
My first day with the cupboard got off to a spanking start. Hoorah!
Then things suddenly slipped to a chug, and
Finally I went to bed without even getting to use the cupboard. Booooo!
Here’s my story:
1. get safely online
- connect to the internet
- download Windows updates, reboot
- download MacAfee updates, reboot
- download Microsoft update, reboot
It took about 10 mintues from pulling the Cupboard from its box to going online. Great start. It took about 4 hours and 3 reboots to get all the software security updates installed. While I’m glad to have the live software security updates, 4 hours and 3 reboots seems a bit clumsy and dulls the shine of the new-computer experience that Sony manages to make really smooth.
2. get copies of my pictures, music, favourites and programme setting from Neverland
While all the downloading and installing and rebooting was going on I gathered all the files from Neverland using the file transfer wizard. It’s really cool because it doesn’t
- actually transfer, it copies
- copy only files it, it does things you use like favourites and program settings.
I adore that automatic copy everything wizard! While it’s copying stuff on Neverland I can’t use Neverland for anything. This took about 2 hours. Urgh. While Cupboard was still installing and rebooting I couldn’t use the Cupboard. This meant that both my computers were unusable for for several hours. Ouch!
3. put copies on the Cupboard
Part of the transfer process. Another couple of hours waiting before I can use the Cupboard.
4. Clean-up the installed software
Getting rid of all the stuff that Sony has put on Windows for reasons that baffle me. For example, Sony have built a navigation toolbar, it behavies like the Apple Mac Navigation toolbar and is on this PC as well as the standard, dull-but-functional Windows task bar. After a quick investigation of the contents and functionality of the Sony toolbar I zap the bugger of my netbok – when the screensize is this small I dont want duplication functionality especially when it irritatingly appears and disappears.
I also have to unpin some advertising stuff, such as the free trial of the already dated Microsoft Office 2007, from the Windows task bar.
5. Backup everything. Windows and files
Sony Viao recommends that I burn a back-up disc, but the Cupboard doesn’t have a CD drive and they haven’t provided me with an external one. This little hiccup was not made clear at the purchase point – they should have told me that I might want to purchase a USB CD burner/player so that I can back-up my computer. I used the Windows back-up to back-up on an external USB Drive. This took yet another couple of hours while not using my new computer. It wouldn’t suprise me if most people just go straight online, without adequate safety and not backing up their stuff.
6. go to sleep
it was getting late, I hadn’t started this process first thing in the morning.
7. use the cupboard
The first thing on the Windows 7 starter development team’s things to do is Discover windows 7. It’s the last thing on my start-up thing to do.
Here’s what the Windows 7 development team suggest for a new user:
- a guided tour (Discover Windows 7),
- getting my photographs, favourites, and programme settings from my old to this computer (transfer your files)
- making sure my netwook is part of my home network
- turning off the extremely unpopular, unintuitively named, yet valuable windows security feature (change UAC settings)
- add something that’s not already installed which is misleadingly called ‘ essentails’ (Get Windows Live Essentails)
- Now everything is on the computer and its connected to all the right places get the contents and set-up backed up (Back up your files)
- Let other people use your netbook (Add new users)
- Make the text into a readable size – because the default is clearly too small (change text size)