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Things to do to your Mom’s PC over Thanksgiving

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This time last year I wrote a post called Things to do to your Mom's PC over Thanksgiving.  It consisted of some nice, useful things that you could do to improve your Mom's PC as a "thank you" for the splendid Thanksgiving meal she cooked for you (if you're feeling nice you can also tweak your Dad's PC too.


(If you're a Mom reading this, then print it out and leave it somewhere conspicuous!)


Well, it's a year on so I thought it was time to dust off that post, fix some changed/dead links and give it a quick rewrite.  Here a list of what the new post contains (updated post here):



  1. Clean out the hard disk junk!

  2. Error check the drive and defragment!

  3. Get your Mom decent email address!

  4. Set up an IM program!

  5. Install a spyware scanner!

  6. Install and configure a firewall!

  7. Install Firefox 2.0, Opera 9 and Internet Explorer 7

  8. Antivirus!

  9. Windows Update/Microsoft Update

  10. Backup!

  11. Introduce your Mom to the wonders of RSS web feeds!

Go on!  You know it all makes sense!

Message Edited by AdrianKH on 11-22-200605:21 PM

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Re: Things to do to your Mom’s PC over Thanksgiving

I'm a grandmom (in the UK) and have done all this:smileyhappy: Anything else?




AdrianKH wrote:

This time last year I wrote a post called Things to do to your Mom's PC over Thanksgiving.  It consisted of some nice, useful things that you could do to improve your Mom's PC as a "thank you" for the splendid Thanksgiving meal she cooked for you (if you're feeling nice you can also tweak your Dad's PC too.


(If you're a Mom reading this, then print it out and leave it somewhere conspicuous!)


Well, it's a year on so I thought it was time to dust off that post, fix some changed/dead links and give it a quick rewrite.  Here a list of what the new post contains (updated post here):



  1. Clean out the hard disk junk!

  2. Error check the drive and defragment!

  3. Get your Mom decent email address!

  4. Set up an IM program!

  5. Install a spyware scanner!

  6. Install and configure a firewall!

  7. Install Firefox 2.0, Opera 9 and Internet Explorer 7

  8. Antivirus!

  9. Windows Update/Microsoft Update

  10. Backup!

  11. Introduce your Mom to the wonders of RSS web feeds!

Go on!  You know it all makes sense!

Message Edited by AdrianKH on 11-22-200605:21 PM




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Re: Things to do to your Mom’s PC over Thanksgiving



Choisya wrote:
I'm a grandmom (in the UK) and have done all this:smileyhappy: Anything else?




AdrianKH wrote:

This time last year I wrote a post called Things to do to your Mom's PC over Thanksgiving.  It consisted of some nice, useful things that you could do to improve your Mom's PC as a "thank you" for the splendid Thanksgiving meal she cooked for you (if you're feeling nice you can also tweak your Dad's PC too.


(If you're a Mom reading this, then print it out and leave it somewhere conspicuous!)


Well, it's a year on so I thought it was time to dust off that post, fix some changed/dead links and give it a quick rewrite.  Here a list of what the new post contains (updated post here):



  1. Clean out the hard disk junk!

  2. Error check the drive and defragment!

  3. Get your Mom decent email address!

  4. Set up an IM program!

  5. Install a spyware scanner!

  6. Install and configure a firewall!

  7. Install Firefox 2.0, Opera 9 and Internet Explorer 7

  8. Antivirus!

  9. Windows Update/Microsoft Update

  10. Backup!

  11. Introduce your Mom to the wonders of RSS web feeds!

Go on!  You know it all makes sense!

Message Edited by AdrianKH on 11-22-200605:21 PM







Hi there!

Great stuff!

Here's something else you could do - open up the PC and give it a good clean. If you don't want to do that you can use a brush and clean the back of the PC around the power supply unit - that's bound to be mucky!
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Re: Things to do to your Mom’s PC over Thanksgiving

My wife had me talk on the Phone to my Mom in Law about her PC right before Christmas. She wasn't able to open her email. I went thru the usual trouble shooting for Outlook. Checked the account. Checked the pop server address, etc etc. Everything was OK.

Finally decided to drive over. Took my 8 year old over to visit with Mom-Mom while I looked at the PC. Outlook seemed to be fine. Just wouldn't connect to the mail server. I clicked on the Internet and Lo and Behold it wouldn't connect either. Her router was down. Rebooted everything and voila. Her email was back up.

I asked why didn't she tell me the internet was down too? "Oh I never use the Internet I might get a Virus. I just use Email." :-)
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Skyler97 wrote:
My wife had me talk on the Phone to my Mom in Law about her PC right before Christmas. She wasn't able to open her email. I went thru the usual trouble shooting for Outlook. Checked the account. Checked the pop server address, etc etc. Everything was OK.

Finally decided to drive over. Took my 8 year old over to visit with Mom-Mom while I looked at the PC. Outlook seemed to be fine. Just wouldn't connect to the mail server. I clicked on the Internet and Lo and Behold it wouldn't connect either. Her router was down. Rebooted everything and voila. Her email was back up.

I asked why didn't she tell me the internet was down too? "Oh I never use the Internet I might get a Virus. I just use Email." :-)



Classic! Thanks for sharing that story!
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