So you have just got a new laptop with Windows 10 preinstalled on it, there are a few things to consider and some changes to be made before you can use the device optimally. Setting up your new Windows computer can be a daunting task, but don’t worry as this guide will take you through the entire process in a simple and intuitive manner.
Normally, most manufacturers bundle their own bloatware with the version of Windows that comes with your new device. Also, there are certain settings in Windows that you can change to get much better performance and privacy. Let’s start with the list of things you need to tweak when setting up a new Windows computer.
When Windows boots up for the first time in a new device it will always ask you to sign in to a Microsoft account when setting things up.
There are multiple ways to log in to your Windows 10 PC. You can either use a local account or a Microsoft account for your device. In case you already have a Microsoft account, you can use it to set up your device easily.
But, if you don’t want to link your Microsoft account to your device, or perhaps you just don’t want to make a new one, you can always create and use a local account with no significant differences. It is quite easy to switch between both types of accounts at a later time from settings.
During the initial setup, Windows recommends you set up an internet connection. So that it can update the software and the drivers to the latest version. It is also required for setting up an account. In case you don’t have an internet connection while setting up Windows, you can use the option to continue offline and set up things later when you get an active internet connection.
Once the setup is complete, the next thing you should look for is which edition of Windows is installed on your device, and whether it is an activated copy or not. To do this, the simplest way is to press the Windows Key + R to open the run window.
Here, you’ll need to type “winver”, and press enter. Once done, you’ll get a popup window with all details of the version of Windows you’re running, and the organization or individual it’s licensed to if it’s activated.
One of the first things to change on a newly installed Windows computer is Windows Update settings. In the first few minutes after the initial installation, you will get a pop-up notification for new updates that need to be downloaded and installed.
To check if you have received any new updates, find settings in the start menu, then navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
There are about two major updates per year, and many other additional security and quality updates. You can either opt for all updates or in case you want to avoid them, there are simple ways to disable them completely. In case you want to disable all updates, follow these simple steps to do so.
- Use “Windows Key + R“ to open the run window.
- Type “services.msc” to open the list of local services.
- Scroll down to the bottom where you’ll find the listing for “Windows Update”.
- Double click on it to open the service management window.
- Here, change “Startup Type“ to Disabled.
- Apply these settings, and restart your computer.
Disabling Windows Updates completely is not recommended as they provide the user with many quality and critical security fixes.
Drivers help the software in your computer to interact with the hardware you’ve connected to it. If you’re just a casual user who needs to browse the internet and work on basic tasks, then you don’t need to bother with manually installing device drivers. Windows update takes care of most basic drivers automatically.
But, in case you’re a power user who needs to have the latest and the most compatible drivers to work optimally, then there are a few things you can do to improve your overall experience. To start, you can visit your laptop manufacturer’s or motherboard’s web page to look for the latest drivers on there. You can also get the latest drivers for your video card to improve support and performance for new games and rendering software.
Just remember to make a system restore point before updating your drivers. This will help you to recover your computer in case of a botched driver update.
Microsoft bundles its lightweight browser called Edge with Windows OS. If you’re fine with this browser, then there is no need to change it. But, if like most other people, you use a more popular and feature-rich browser like Chrome or Firefox, then you’ll have to set it up as the default browser for Windows. To do this, first, you’ll have to install your desired browser and then follow these simple steps.
- Navigate to “Settings“ from the start menu.
- Go to “System“
- Open “Default Apps“ from the left side of the window.
- Under “Web browser“, you need to click on the browser icon to select your preferred browser.
- Once done, your new browser should now be the default one.
Another thing to consider when setting up a new Windows computer is to get a password manager. There are several different options available when it comes to password managers for Windows. Get the one that you trust, and install it on your new computer right away to keep your accounts safe.