It was finally time to do an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ thing on the business computer. This piece of equipment is key to most any home-based business and with many home businesses, the entire business may depend on a single computer. This past weekend, I spent many hours getting the new computer set up.
I blogged in this post about the importance of backing up your data. Having the data backed up to an external source makes getting the data onto a new computer a snap.
But what about your programs and applications? Those cannot simply be copied to a new computer; they must be reinstalled. To reinstall your programs, you will need your original install CD or your install executable file. In addition, you will need any license keys or registration codes because you will usually have to put these in again.
I found this to take the most time and I could have been a bit more organized. Next time, I’ll have the all physical install media in one physical file (CD’s and paper copies of license keys) and I’ll have the executable install files along with their license keys or registration codes stored in one location on my computer.
Some applications are tied to a specific computer and cannot be installed on a new computer without contacting the vendor and getting a new key or unlock code. I found this to be a little irritating, but I do realize they must do this to protect against illegal copying of their programs.
So that accounted for much of my weekend!