Seven things to do before getting started with your new PC

Do you have a new PC? Well, first of all congratulations on your PC. Getting a new machine is super exciting, especially if it’s your first big build. And we know you can’t keep up your excitement for long and want to start using the machine right away, but at least you’ll have to wait a while. Also Read – How To Extend Your Windows 11 Laptop’s Battery Life

Before you start using your new computer, there are plenty of things to consider and many things to adjust. Today, in this article, we’re going to show you seven things to consider before getting started with your new computer. Also Read – How to Take a Screenshot on Lenovo Laptop: A Step-by-Step Guide

These tricks that we will show you will definitely take some time, but it’s just one time and it will help you keep your system running smoothly for a longer period of time. Also Read – Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Laptop Launched in India: Check Price, Specs, Availability

We expect that you have installed a new Windows operating system on your new PC. If you haven’t already, head over to this website and create a bootable USB pendrive with Rufus for installing Windows 11. Once you’re done installing Windows and booting the machine, follow the tips below.

1. Set Windows Update Settings

Windows Update

The first and most important thing you need to do is set up the Windows Update settings. To do that, you can search for “Windows Update Settings” in the search function and open the settings. Even though you just did a fresh Windows installation, you still have several updates waiting for you.

Usually Microsoft pushes Windows security updates once a month, this is to fix some bugs through patches. Since this is your first time doing this, we recommend installing all the updates listed.

Once you do this and reboot (which happens automatically), check for updates again and install them again. Do this process until you see ‘You are up to date’. After you see that satisfying checkmark in the update section, you are ready to move on to the next step.

2. Set Microsoft Windows Defender/Tweak Security Settings

Windows Defender

Since it is a new PC, you need to make sure that it is safe from all threats now and even in the future. For this, Windows Defender, which is built into the Windows operating system, can be helpful. That said, make sure Windows Defender is enabled. To make sure it’s enabled, find “Windows Security” in the search and tap it.

Now tap Virus & threat protection and under ‘Virus & threat protection settings’ click Manage settings. Make sure to enable the following three options here: Real-time protection, Cloud-delivered protection, and Tamper protection.

Other than this, you can also buy and install third-party antivirus software to get some extra protection. However, Microsoft’s Windows Defender works fine and is free, so there’s no need to buy separate antivirus software.

3. Remove unnecessary apps, disable personalized content

personalized ad windows

You may be perplexed here, but your new machine has several unnecessary apps that Windows and OEMs offer (apps you probably won’t be using).

Some examples of such apps are utilities provided by your PC provider or Microsoft’s own apps like Dropbox, etc. To uninstall them, simply search for “Apps & Features” in the search function and tap on it. Now find in the list the unnecessary bloatware or the apps that you are not going to use and remove them right away.

Other than this, you should also disable some personalization options, in case you haven’t already done that while installing Windows. To do that, search for “Privacy Settings” in the search and tap it. Now disable the relevant options. We recommend disabling the first option, which is basically a feature that allows you to see personalized ads on your PC.

4. Download Chrome Browser

Google Chrome browser

The next thing you want to do is choose a browser of your choice. Chrome is definitely what we recommend as it is super convenient to use. To download Chrome or the browser of your choice, you need to open Microsoft Edge and download it from there. Click here to download the Google Chrome browser on your new PC.

5. Download Drivers

drivers

Once your browser’s choice is set, open it and download all the essential drivers. Now drivers are for any devices or components you use, they help the components work better.

Start with motherboard drivers, check the brand of your motherboard and go to the website. For example, if you have a Gigabyte motherboard, go to their website and download all the essential drivers. On the website, select the type and model and get all the drivers. This includes drivers for chipset, LAN, audio and others.

If you have an RGB motherboard, you will also need to install the RGB software for it.

Next, you need to download drivers for your graphics card. Go to the AMD or NVIDIA website and get the GPU drivers there.

You will also need drivers for all peripherals, such as your keyboard, mouse, headphones and others.

6. Create a restore point

System recovery

Now that you have done all the settings on your new computer, create a restore point. This is a good way to backup as your system is brand new at this point and no junk is stored.

You can easily create a restore point by searching System Restore in the search. Tap the System Protection tab, select the drive where your Windows is installed and click Configure, tap Enable System Protection and click Apply, Ok. Now click on ‘Create’ and add a description of the restore point and click on Create again.

You can create various system restore points in the future as you keep adding new apps, games, and other files. But make sure that when you create a restore point, your PC is in perfect condition. What we mean by perfect is that it is in good working order with no viruses or malware.

7. Create a recovery drive

Recovery Disk Windows

This step may also be the first thing you can do when you start up your new PC, but we’ve saved it at the end so you can use your computer as usual after completing this technical step. While the restore point will help you when you feel like getting your PC back to a good state, having a recovery disk will help you in catastrophic situations, such as hardware failure, for example.

With a Windows recovery disc, you can start over at any time in destructive situations.

To create a recovery drive, you need to go to Disk Management and get some of the disk storage. This process is a bit technical, so follow a good guide to complete this process.

That is it. Now you can start using your new PC without having to worry about anything. Go ahead, download apps, games and benchmark your system if you want to.





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