Whether a home user or small business, setting up one or more computers takes planning and preparation. More often than not we have to make do with what we've got but there is still a lot that can be done to get the best out of an installation.

Certain basics that should be considered;

Ergonomics - you are going to spend many hours in front of the screen. It is important that you make it as comfortable as possible. Try to face away from a window - this will reduce glare and eye strain. Spend more than the basics on your chair, this is one of the most overlooked aspects of home computing - you owe it to your back!

Ease of use - Wireless access, network cables - how you connect your computers and use them is important and will vary according to whether you have desktops, laptops or both.

Software - What software you select is dependent on budget and purpose. Certain operating systems are better for home use and others for networking multiple computers together. Word processing and spread sheeting software can be free or very expensive. CompuGuide can help you decide what's right for you.

Backups - Most home users don't bother with a backup strategy and regret it later. Disaster recovery for business is critical. Setting up a reliable backup system need not be expensive and can save untold frustration, heartache or financial loss.

Servers - in the small business environment correctly defining your server requirements is crucial for your business. With over 30years experience in the IT infrastructure business CompuGuide has seen it all before and can guide you through the configuration and installation minefield.