He's got a nine year old HP desktop with Vista installed. I had forgotten just how brutal Vista is - all kinds of security checks, slow, confusing menus. But I got down to work.
- We went to Netflix Canada and set up an account for him.
- I unpacked the Roku, plugged it in, set it in place, connected the HDMI cable.
- I showed him how to change input source from his cable box to Roku. And back of course.
- He has an old Bell Canada DSL modem/router. His kids set it up and just used the old 26 character WEP key that was the router default. I didn't change this because I would have had to reconfigure all his devices.
- The Roku is in the basement some distance from the router. I hope he won't have too many problems with wifi transmission. We'll see.
- After putting in the key we got connected. Then I had to go back to the PC and set up a Roku account - this is new. After that we got the channels he wanted installed on the Roku box. Mostly YouTube and Netflix. He and his wife have separate viewing accounts which you now change with a new Netflix button on the remote.
- For backup I advised him to buy a small external drive - he has a Western Digital My Passport. We plugged it in. Vista complained it was't working but it was. I suspect Vista drivers may be a bit antiquated when it comes to USB.
- Installed AOMEI Backupper and configured a backup that did his Photos, Documents and Music.
- We ran the Backup and I showed him how to do an Incremental backup once every couple of weeks.
- Disconnected the external drive and he put it away safely.
This is quite typical of the stuff I get myself into with folks in my neighborhood. it's a little different than coming here where some people are running bleeding edge distros and the latest hardware, or at the very least know how to do a backup.
I told my "client" maybe he should think about a new desktop. Don't know if he thinks he needs it (He sure does.)