Ideal computer set up for beginners

It’s true that the number of those that are trained and experienced in using computers is on the rise because of work training as well as the use of technology in schools and further education, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is completely confident with them. When faced with a new computer to set up, a lot of people are overwhelmed and worried about breaking it before even using it and decide to get help or pay for someone to do it. You don’t need to do this with a few simple steps and following the instructions.

First of all you need to make sure that you place your computer where you want it, as it will be harder to move when plugged in and set up. This should be a cool and well-ventilated area to ensure that your computer does not overheat and break. Once you’ve done this you should find your monitor cable. Connect one end of the cable to the monitor port on the back of the computer case, and the other end to the monitor. Tighten the plastic-covered screws on the monitor cable by hand to ensure that it is secure. If a cable won’t fit into a hole don’t force it, it’s clearly the wrong one.

Get out the keyboard to connect it to the computer. If it uses a USB connector, plug it into one of the many USB ports at the back of the computer, or if it uses a PS/2 connector, plug it into the keyboard port on the back of the computer, these are often purple. Then find your mouse, and do the same, except if it uses ad PS/2 connector the port to insert it into is usually green. If you have speakers of headphones, plug them into the audio plug at the back of the computer, which will be signposted.

At this point all you need to do is plug your computer in and start it up. Your computer will then most often give you instructions on how to continue, and any software you wish to install will have step by step installation guides as standard. At this point you will be up and running, and ready to learn how to use your computer.