Setup your laptop or Desktop the right way!
You got your new Laptop or desktop, unpacked it, now what? That piece of technology is a great tool that can help you keep track of your finance, or keep in touch with your family. But a new computer is not like a new car, where all you need to do is turn the key and off you go. Performing a few simple steps before using it, can help you stay safe and better protect you against hackers and viruses. Here is how to setup your new laptop or desktop the right way.
Microsoft Security updates
Step one, connect your PC to the internet and Download all the security updates available. Depending on how long your PC sat on the shelf, it could take minutes or several hours to patch your system. Unfortunately, like it or not, it has to get done. The easiest way to do it, is to go to the Microsoft website and download the Windows update assistant tool. Microsoft releases updates at least once per month and a major operating system upgrade once a year. The latest one being the 20H2 version of Windows 10. The fastest way to get your computer patched up, is to use that tool. Follow the prompt to install it and launch it. Once the updates are downloaded, you will be prompted to reboot your system to complete the installation.
Step two, is to set up your security. Windows 10 ships with a built-in virus protection by default, unless your laptop or desktop includes a third party trial like MacAfee or Web Root. Windows security is as good as any, very simple to use and does not require you to sign up for it. This solution is part of Windows operation system and gets updated automatically when there is new threats. This security software is probably good enough for most people. It’s not as good as Norton 360, which is a subscription base protection, but it is a decent FREE alternative.
Remove bloatware or crapware
Bloatware are trial version of software that clutter you hard drive and slow down you PC. These bloatware are most likely found on cheap retail PCs, there is a reason for that. Crapware offset the price of super-cheap PCs on retail shelve. Here is how to get ride of them. Right click on the windows icon on the lower left side of you screen and left click on “Apps and Features”. Go through the list and uninstall any unwanted programs like Dropbox, Candy Crush, Spotify, Netflix. Be careful not to delete Apps from Hardware maker. Leave software from Microsoft, Intel, Nvidia, Lenovo or HP alone.
Install your favorite web browser
Now that your computer is cleaned-up it’s time to install your own programs. If you are not crazy about Microsoft Edge, which comes pre-installed on your computer try one of the other ones. Chrome has always been one of our favorites, but there are others. Here are direct links to Firefox, Brave, and Opera.
Backup your new PC
After all this work, your computer is finally ready. But Before taking your computer for a spin, it is now the perfect time to clone your hard drive. That extra step will preserve the pristine state your computer is in, if one day your system goes down. Fortunately with Windows 10 it is easily accomplished. All you would need for that is an external hard drive, which you can get for about $50.00 on amazon. Go to your search Bar and type ’Backup and Restore’, Click on the app to open it. Once open, click on “Create system image” on the upper left side of your screen, wait a few minutes and you are done.
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Updated on 5-2-21
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