First Things to do with new windows PC or Laptop

You have brought your new Windows10 PC or Laptop & you are seeking to set up and customize your Windows 10?

So, This post will help you out to do first things & setup your windows 10.

Before starting first things to do. Complete the basic setup.


Setup Your Windows 10

while you are in the setup. Do not connect to your WiFi. So that it will be helpful to create your local account. Because of that, it won’t activate your one drive and Cortana directly.

Login into your local Microsoft account is better than logging into your Microsoft account when you are connected to the internet.

After completing your setup, Then turn on your wifi and start continuing with me.


First Things to do with new Windows PC or Laptop

Now you completed your setup and you are on your desktop

1.Run Windows Updates

Just make sure that your Windows10 is fully updated. You may not have many features if your Windows is not up to date. Anyway, Windows gonna do update automatically by switching of several times after some days, why to wait until then, Update it manually.

It is the most first thing do with new windows PC

Go to settings>Update & Security

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Then click on “Check for updates” button

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If there are any updates available, Update your PC. There is no need wait until this process completes, Go to the next process in the setup while it is updating

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If your PC is up-to-date, then it will say your device is up to date.

2.Adjusting Date & Time

Now your software is up to date, Change the actual date and time which is more important than software.

Time will automatically change when you connected to your Wifi. If not
Go to setting>Date & Time 

Activate Set time automatically & Set time zone automatically

 

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3.Adjusting Your Display Scaling

Today laptops and PC comes with high-resolution displays which are sharp and colorful. Because of high-resolution your components on the screen may be small. Otherwise, they may be large occupying your screen real-estate. With the help of windows feature, you can adjust the size of the components according to your need.
If you feel your components are small you can increase the size to 125 or 150. If you feel the components are big then decrease the size to 100. Here’s how:

Open settings>system

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or click on display settings in the pop-up

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In display setting set scale and output section according to your need.

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If your settings are not displaying, try restarting your device.

4.Uninstalling Bloatware

PC vendors install third-party apps and games, you may not play them but they take a lot of space on your system. so it is better to uninstall them.

Go to settings>Appsfirst things to do do on windows 10

Select the application you want to uninstall.

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Click on that uninstall button.
Then click on the second uninstall button in the pop-up

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Uninstall all the apps which you don’t use. So that they can save a lot of space.

 

5.Uninstalling Unnecessary Applications

You may have some preloaded applications which are not useful and can be uninstalled.

You can do that with 2 methods.

Method 1: The normal method.

Open your control panel,

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Then Click On Uninstall a program in programs sections.

 

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Then click on the application you want to uninstall then click on uninstall button at the top.

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Be careful while uninstalling applications. Some applications may be so much useful, you may even lose the wifi or mouse features. If you don’t know the use of that application. It is better not uninstalling it.

Method 2: The easy method

Open PC Decrapifier. You can download Decrapifier Here

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Download the software and open it. Then click on analyze, Which can take some time to open

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This is an uninstallation software. It will divide the applications and show according to its characterizations and also shows the importance of that application. Now you can easily uninstall with no worries.

So it’s clean and fresh. There are no extra applications taking place in your system.

6.Installing your applications

You have deleted everything which is useless, now start installing the applications which are useful for you.

Go to ninite.com, Ninite helps you to download your applications fast and easy.

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Ninite shows you the best and common applications used worldwide. You can select and install all at once.

These are applications available in Ninite.

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Select all the applications you need.

For the video player, I basically prefer Pot Player to VLC media player.
You can download Pot Player Here.

After selecting all the applications you need, then click on “Get Your Ninite” button.

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After your Ninite is downloaded, Install your Ninite. It will automatically install all your selected applications at once. You can find all your applications installed on the desktop.

Then you can install any other applications manually if you need.

Take a look at these best application for your PC.

7.Setting Default Applications

If you set default applications, you can view your desired content on the desired platform. For suppose setting default video player to VLC or pot player opens VLC or Pot player every time you click on the video to watch.

Go to settings>Apps

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In the default apps section, select the section and set your default app.

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8.Set up keyboard shortcuts for every application

With the help of these shortcuts, you can get access to your applications so fast with the use of the mouse by just clicking the shortcut on the keyboard, like

  • Win+e to open the file manager
  • alt+f4 to close any a[pplication
  • cntrl+t to open a new tab in chrome browser

Left click on the application and click on properties.

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Then set the keyboard shortcut in shortcut key section.

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Then click on OK.

9.Setting up lock and fingerprint scanner

Setting up lock and fingerprint scanner helps you secure the PC from others.

Go to Settings>Accounts

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In the sign-in options, you can add your password or pin to your PC.

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If your PC supports Fingerprint option, you can also add your fingerprint here.

10.Setting up Cortona or Turning it off

Cortona is the digital assistance for your Windows10. It is useful to set reminders, notifications for sports and other stuff, Weather, answer questions with the bing knowledge base. Cortona also performs some voice commands. It is useful for the semantic search. If you like all such features you can activate Cortona or else disable it. You can still perform a normal search to search files and applications on your PC.

1.Setting up Cortona

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Click on Cortona and sign in to your Microsoft account. If you are not signed in you will be directed to create your local account.Click on Cortona and sign in to your Microsoft account. If you are not signed in you will be directed to create your local account.

Then select the notebook icon

Click on Cortona and sign in to your Microsoft account. If you are not signed in you will be directed to create your local account.

Click on About Me to add your details.Click on Cortona and sign in to your Microsoft account. If you are not signed in you will be directed to create your local account.

Then enter your name and your favorite locations like home and work.

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Then click on linked accounts to add your social media and other accounts.

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Fill all the other section in the notebook later.

2.Turning it off

Left click on the toolbar to get this options.

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Then select Cortona and click on Hidden.

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11.Adjusting Your Notification settings.

Windows10 always mess with a lot bunch of notifications. You can change the default settings for every particular category so that you can have customized notifications you desired.

Go to settings>System

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In the Notifications & Action section change your notification settings. If you like to get notifications, you can turn on or else you can turn off those notifications.

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You can scroll down and change the settings for app notifications.

12.Setting Up Start menu.

In the start menu, you can search, open any application, Power off, and many more. It is better to customize your menu. So that it will be clear and clean for your daily usage.

You can open the Menu by clicking Windows Icon

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By left clicking the icons, you can access the options

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You can

  • Unpin
  • Resize
  • Move

I don’t like any of them to be on the menu. So I like to unpin all of those apps from start. If you use the menu regularly, then it is better to keep some applications which you regularly use them. You can move and place in order. Or you can resize them and use them according to your needs.

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13.Setting up display theme and wallpaper

setting display themes and display make the PC looks good and you can even show flavor to your PC.

Go to settings>Personilize first things to do do on windows 10

Or you can open from the pop-up by left clicking
then click on Personalize.

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In the Background section, you can change the wallpaper.first things to do do on windows 10

You can change the lock screen settings and wallpaper in the lock screen section.

Similarly, you can change the colors, Themes, Start menu and taskbar options according to your wish.first things to do do on windows 10 first things to do do on windows 10

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You can even change the location of the taskbar to top like this.

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14.Setting your file manager home screen.

One thing I hate about file manager is
It will open Quick Access instead of This PC when you open File Manager.

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If You feel same, then you can change it in view>Options
And this window will appear.
Set open File Explorer to This PC And click OK.

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15.Sync your files Online

Your PC may run out of space one day & you want to delete files. But every File in your PC is important. So if you sync your files online you can delete your files on PC as they are already online and you can access them anytime.

Platforms for Syncing your files

  • OneDrive
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive etc.

If you sync OneDrive to Sync your files. You can get those files to your new PC automatically when you log in to your Microsoft account.

Dropbox and Google Drive also just work like OneDrive but will not come preloaded with Windows.

16.Unhide File Extensions & Hidden Files.

By default, windows10 don’t give you access to many Some features in File Manager. By changing the setting you can access them.
You need file extensions for knowing your file formats like IMG, JPG, PNG etc or MP3, MP4, WAV in the name of the file. If you want to get the full name of the file you have to enable file extensions in the settings
Hidden files are some files hidden by the Microsoft. You can access those files by enabling hidden files option.

Here’s how

open file manager and select view option and you can enable file extensions and hidden files.

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17.Taking Control Of Your PC

Now, Go to O&O shut up and download that application.
It helps to

  • Adapt your security settings
  • Control Location services.
  • Control Windows updates.
  • Protect Your Privacy.
  • Do not pass on your user data and privacy.

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Open the application as an administrator.
There you can adjust all the settings according to your need.

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 18.Signing in to your Accounts

Open your default browser and log in to your Google account.
Add your bookmarks to your browser and sign in to all social media accounts and other accounts.
If you are using chrome you can find some best chrome extensions here.

Huh, You have completed setting up your PC successfully, lean back and relax for some time.

 

 

 

Ravi Teja KNTS
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