5 Things To Do Before Your PC Crashes (besides "back up")

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Having to reinstall my software several times over the years is what prompted these nuggets:

  1. Write any key, registration, serial numbers or passwords directly on the inside cover of the software CD.
  2. If you download a program off the internet, burn the downloaded .zip or .exe file to CD and write the same code(s) on the CD/envelope/storage cover.
  3. Make a .pdf copy of any confirmation e-mail containing your codes and passwords and save it to a file on your hard drive named the application, i.e., “Corel”. Program files are stored separately on your hard drive.  Make the new folder directly in your My Documents folder or wherever you regularly store your business/client documents so it  gets backed up with your other records.
  4. If you really want to cover all the bases, print out the .pdf confirmation and store with your accounting records/paper receipts.
  5. Store all the program CDs in the same place – shoe box/CD holder/drawer – so when you have to restart with a new machine or freshly wiped OS, you are not wasting time searching for them.

It is never a convenient time to have to reinstall and rebuild your PC – but having all the proper installation codes, CDs and passwords in one place makes it as painless and efficient as possible.


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