Getting a brand-new laptop can be exciting but before you begin using the device for your work or studies, you should first go through a few set-up processes. This is to ensure that you will get the most out of your laptop and that you will not have to sit through any sudden updates while you are in the middle of an important task.
This article will help guide you in how to properly set up your new Windows laptop the moment you pull it out of the box and start it up. You might be tempted to skip these steps and leave it for a later time, but it is worth the effort to do this as soon as possible for maximum efficiency in the future.
Check for Updates
The first thing you should do when you get your new laptop is to check for any new updates. The device might not be updated to the latest version or have yet to complete the remaining update, so it is best to check and complete any updating process before you start using the laptop.
An easy way to check for any updates is to use the search box. Type in ‘updates’ and click ‘Check For Updates’. Windows will then start checking and searching your laptop for any available updates and if it does detect one, it will automatically begin the downloading and updating process. You can choose to leave this process to complete before you start on your next task, but it is not necessary to wait.
Another thing you should consider doing is uninstalling any bloatware on your laptop. Bloatware is any unwanted software and apps. Most PC vendors will load in a lot of third-party apps and software like games and trial software but many of them render useless because you may never need them. Manually uninstalling them is a great way to ensure that you are not wasting system resources and precious space on your laptop.
To uninstall any bloatware, navigate to the Settings and select Systems. Then, click on Apps and Features and select the app you wish to uninstall. When you have selected the app, click on uninstall until it begins the process. If you are unsure of which ones to uninstall, you can start with the free apps and games as these apps take up a lot of space but are not necessary to keep on your laptop.
Sync Your Previous Files
When you get a new laptop, either as an upgrade or to substitute a previous device, you will need to make sure that you have all your important files with you. There are a few options to transfer files quickly and easily. One of the ways to first save your previous files onto an online storage service like OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive.
OneDrive is a preinstalled software, available on most Windows laptops. If you use OneDrive for your files on your previous device, then it should be available on your new laptop when you sign in to your Microsoft account. Dropbox and Google drive work similarly to OneDrive but they do not usually come preinstalled into the laptop. If you were using these apps for file storage, then just reinstall it into your new laptop and your previous files should be there when you log into your account.
A traditional way to transfer files is by using the copy-and-paste method to do it manually. Just select all your files from your previous laptop, save them in a physical storage device, like an external hard drive, and paste them back onto your new laptop. Since this method can get a bit tedious and time-consuming, we would recommend for you just use Cloud storage. It is also great for any other or future devices.
Install an Antivirus Software
Getting a new laptop means you will want to keep it protected and safe. One way to do so is by installing antivirus software because no matter how careful you are, there is always the risk of clicking on a virus-infested link or page. Installing antivirus software can also help in the future because it can ensure that your laptop will function smoothly.
You can purchase a physical copy of antivirus software and install it on your laptop. You can also search for free software on the internet that is dependable and easy to install. Regardless of the name or brand, just know that it is important to choose antivirus software that is reliable and can protect your laptop in the long run.
Set Up Keyboard Shortcuts for Your Most Used Apps
Here’s a tip that can save you time and effort, especially if you use your laptop for long hours of the day. Instead of rolling your mouse around your laptop screen to look for the app you need, just set up a keyboard shortcut. This way, you will no longer need to hover your mouse over the app icon and double-click whenever you need to access it.
Windows already have a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use for commands like CTRL+T to open a new tab in your favourite web browser but you can still create a new shortcut to open your most frequently used apps.
To do this, select the app that you would like a create a shortcut for. Right-click on the app icon and click on Create Shortcut. When the shortcut appears on your desktop, right-click on the new shortcut and select Properties. In the Shortcut Key box, enter in a key combination using CTRL+ATL+ a character of your choice. It can be a letter, a number, or even a symbol. To make it easy for you to remember the character, you can put a letter that represents the app you are launching, like C for Chrome.
That concludes our short tutorial on how to set up your new laptop for maximum efficiency. If you are still looking for a new Windows laptop, some of the best ones on the market are from Dell and HP. Dell laptops are known worldwide, including in countries like India and Malaysia, and can handle any type of workload. HP laptops are also a popular choice in Asian countries like the Philippines and Singapore and are as powerful as they are efficient.
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