Tips On Setting Up Your New Laptop

It has been years since you purchased your laptop. However, thanks to the demands of new programs you have decided to sell it off and purchase a new one. Now that you have finally received your new laptop it is time to start installing your required programs on it. Or is it? Are you aware that the manufacturers of the laptop install an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version of the operating system post manufacture? Therefore, chances are bright that the device does not contain the latest updates of Windows, necessary to ensure that you get the best computing experience. Here are some tips regarding setting up your new laptop that you should follow before you start installing your required software into it. This article is written assuming that your laptop is properly configured for your WiFi connection. If not, you first need to configure it, with the help of easy to follow onscreen instructions.

Updating Windows: Microsoft releases updates on a regular basis to weed out bugs and ensure that their operating system works flawlessly and that all of the hardware drivers are updated. Therefore, your first job is to update windows. Connect your laptop to the internet. If it does not update automatically, press the “windows” key (between the “control” and “alt” keys). Type “update” In the search pane that appears. This will result in a drop down window (the start menu). Click on the “check for updates” option. Windows will now start downloading and installing the latest updates. This can take quite some time, depending upon the speed of your internet connection. It is a good idea to perform this task at night, before you go to sleep.

Remove unnecessary bloatware: Vendors typically install lots of unnecessary software along with the operating system. While the free antivirus is worth its value (for the time being), remove all other unnecessary software. This removes the unnecessary programs, including games from your laptop, and frees up hard disk drive space too. For this procedure search for “settings” from the “start” menu, select “settings” in the menu that appears and select “apps & features” from the left side drop down menu. Select applications that you want to uninstall and click on the “uninstall” option.

Run disk defragment: Follow the same step you used to find “update windows” but type defragment in the search box. Click on the defragment tool to remove empty spaces from the platter of the hard disk drive. You might have to wait for some time for this process to complete.

Synchronize your files (data, videos, and photos) to either Google drive (you first need to login to your Google account for this) or to a free cloud storage site such as Dropbox. You can either copy the files manually or put them in a folder synchronized with the cloud drive.

Purchase and install antivirus: Purchase, download, and install a trustworthy and reputable antivirus and antimalware. Once installed update the database of the software and then scan the hard disk drive of your laptop with it. Although chances are remote, certain viruses might have made their way into your laptop while you were updating Windows. Remember to uninstall the free antivirus that came pre-installed on your laptop.

Setup fingerprint recognition and facial recognition on the device. You can either stare at the inbuilt camera or swipe your finger on the fingerprint sensor for this. This is the appropriate moment for setting up the PIN. This is vital as this will allow you to gain access to the laptop in the scenario that your face or fingerprint does not register with the device.

The last step of setting up your new laptop (doesn’t matter if it is an Asus or Toshiba laptop or anything in between) is installing your preferred programs.

Run disk defragment: Follow the same step you used to find “update windows” but type defragment in the search box. Click on the defragment tool to remove empty spaces from the platter of the hard disk drive. You might have to wait for some time for this process to complete.