Here at the LK IT CENTRE we have spent many years supplying and setting up new I.T. Equipment for clients all over Letterkenny and Donegal. We have been called in to resolve many disasters over the years and hope to help you avoid some of them. Before you even think about opening the box of that brand new computer. You should check out what exactly your requirements will be and checklist those in a short list.
We recommend you carryout a full system Audit of what programs you run on your old machine such as ROS, Microsoft Office and very importantly any email programs such as Microsoft Outlook. Then you need to check out what equipment you actually have plugged in to your old Desktop Computer. You may have difficulty installing some of your older equipment such as printers and various other equipment as drivers can be difficult to find for older equipment so it is best not to dismantle you old office computer until you have all this worked out. Don’t assume that it will be a simple matter of sliding in your 10 year old version of a particular software program you have been using and it will simply install on your new Windows 10 PC like it did over 10 years ago on your old Windows XP computer. All this needs to be checked verified prior to set up.
Before you even go down the road of working out your Data migration or transfer strategy we highly recommend that you backup ALL your files on your old computer externally, it is very important that you do not leave files on the old machine or fail to copy them ALL across which can frequently happen when you transfer large amounts of files and Data.
This brings us to one of the more difficult tasks your company email, this can bring up Data protection/loss legal issues if not transferred correctly or lost, as well as inconvenience for the day to day running of your business. Email Clients or programs such as Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013 or Microsoft Office 365 can contain large amounts of important company related email, invoices or even records of discussions and correspondences with clients going back many years as well as email contacts of businesses and clients you deal with on a daily basis. You really need to know what you are doing before you even take on this task. Many Company’s in Donegal do not have a dedicated I.T. Department and ask a staff member who is supposed to be “good with computers” to do this task, this approach is best avoided it can end in tears and you are better to ask a professional to do this for you unless you have an email address such as Gmail, or Hotmail that you use for your email account.
Finally if you do not have the time or expertise on hand or are concerned about accidental loss of important company information please feel free to give us a call as we have supplied hundreds if not thousands of new computers to every type of business and in every type of Industry you can think of from Malinhead to Killybegs and every town and village in between.
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