Try these tips when you're starting out with a new and different laptop computer. The suggestions on this list will help your laptop run more smoothly and safeguard it from theft.

  • Restart Windows. This fixes many common problems.

  • If it was working "yesterday," try System Restore.

  • Changes cause problems. Upgrading software or hardware or changing the settings in Windows usually causes whatever new problems your laptop encounters.

  • Use antivirus software.

  • Put a personal label or asset-tracking sticker on your laptop.

  • Hunt down those AC power outlets when you’re out on the road!