If you have bought a new laptop which has a preinstalled Windows 10 and using it for the first time then you won’t be sure how to set it up. This article will discuss just that.
When you’ll turn on your PC it will redirect you to a familiar lock screen, first you need to configure a few settings and then need to use a Microsoft account or Local User account in order to log in.
Set up a new Windows 10 laptop or notebook
Step 1: Install the bundled battery in its compartment and connect your PC to a power source.
Step 2: Turn on the PC, you will see a black screen with Windows logo in the center of it.
Step 3: The following is the first screen you will see when you turn on a PC pre-installed with Windows 10 operating system. Select your country/region, app language, keyboard layout, and time zone before clicking the Next button.
Step 4: Next a legal agreement screen will be displayed, read it and then click Accept to continue.
Step 5: Now you’ll be asked to connect to an internet connection. To connect click on the Wi-Fi network name and then enter the password.
Step 6: Next you will see Get going fast screen. Here, we suggest you click the small Customize settings instead of the easily visible Use Express settings button so that you can change various settings related to privacy and personalization settings.
Click Customize settings link to proceed to the next screen.
Step 7: On the Customize settings screen, carefully read all options and turn off permissions if you’re not comfortable with an option. Check the following picture to see what all options we have turned off on our new Windows 10 PC.
When done, click Next.
Step 8: Now you’ll see a few more customization settings. Turn them on and off according to your need.
Step 9: Change browser, protection and update settings. Click Next.
Step 10: You will see the Sign in to your Microsoft account screen. If you have a Microsoft account and wish to sign in to Windows 10 using a Microsoft account enter your Microsoft account details and then click Next. However, like many others, if you would like to use a local user account, please click Create a new account link and then click Sign in without a Microsoft account.
Step 11: You might be asked to register your Windows 10 copy by proving your first and last name along with email address and country/region.
After a few minutes you’ll be at Windows 10 desktop.
Activate Windows 10
If you haven’t previously, then connect your PC to the internet to activate the Windows. Check the status by navigating to Settings > Update & security > Activation. If Windows 10 is not activated yet, click the Activate button.
Install latest Windows updates
Once you are at the Windows 10 desktop, you can begin customizing Windows 10. We suggest you connect your Windows 10 PC to the Internet (if not done while setting up) and install all available updates. To check update status, open Settings and then navigate to Update & security > Windows Update.
Update hardware drivers
Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs latest hardware drivers but it’s a good idea to manually download and install latest drivers. Check the version of a driver and then check the latest available version on manufacturer’s website to confirm that you’ve installed the newest version of the driver.
Uninstall unnecessary pre-installed apps & programs
Your Windows might contain a few preinstalled unnecessary apps who will be using your precious space. Time to uninstall them. Like HP laptops are accompanied by Evernote and a few others bundled programs which are useless.
Install your favorite programs
Once you have installed all pending updates and removed unwanted programs, it’s time to install your favorite applications. If you feel that installing all applications one after another is a boring job, you can use programs like Ninite to install your favorite free software at once without having to manually download all of them.
Install some apps from Windows Store
Windows has a bunch of exciting apps that can be downloaded if you find any useful according to your need. To pay for an app you need to have a Microsoft account.
Customize Windows 10
Now make Windows 10 your own by customizing it according to your need. st, customize Windows 10 to your desire. Change Windows 10 desktop background, change taskbar background, make Start menu transparent and do whatever you please so you can feel right at home.
Contact Microsoft support for issues
If you encounter any issues while using Windows 10, use the built-in Contact support app to chat with Microsoft support team or schedule a call back.