[I am posting this so that I can refer people to this article when they ask how to set up a new personal computer system. I also hope that it helps others who read it as well. Please add your comments and contribute to this piece. TIA, Ron]

You have just brought home that brand new personal computer system and you want to get your new system up and running as fast as possible. This is actually a lot faster than it was several years ago. There are a bunch of free programs that anyone can use to not only clean the gunk off of a new system, put to also install software and quickly with little user intervention.

First you need to get rid of the ‘crapware’ that comes installed on your new personal computer. This includes all of the trial ware programs that you may not wish to use. The first thing you need to download is a program called PC Decrapifier linked below. This free software program will remove most of the junk and gunk for a user automatically. Here is how it works.

Running the Program

After you run the EXE you will be guided through the process with a “wizard” style series of questions. You will have the choice to pick and choose what you want to remove. It will not begin removing anything without prompting you first!

Next follow the onscreen instructions from the images below:

Next, create a Restore Point by clicking on the Create Restore Point button.

Next select the programs that you wish to uninstall:

If you are not sure which programs should be uninstalled ask someone before you leap into the uninstall process. May I suggest you ask your question[s] over at the Help forum for Lockergnome located here.

You will now want to update your system with some of the best free software you can get to protect your personal computer and to enhance your overall computer experience. Over at Ninite Easy PC Setup you can select programs that you wish to install on your new system. Just check the programs you want to use and let Ninite do the rest for you. If you are not sure which programs to use, ask over at the Help forum for Lockergnome.

Here are some of the programs I recommend you try:

Web Browser: Firefox

Messaging: Thunderbird, Google Talk

Media: iTunes, Hulu

Imaging: Gimp, Picasa

Documents: Open Office, Foxit Reader

Security:  Avast, AVG, Malwarebytes, Spybot [caution – use only ONE anti-virus program]

Runtimes: Flash, Java

Other: Google Earth

Utilties: ImgBurn, CCleaner, Defraggler, Tera Copy,

Comments welcome.

Download PC Decrapifier from here.

Download Ninite Easy PC Setup from here.