Whether you are a newbie laptop user or an experienced one, buying a new laptop and starting to use it for the first time is always an exciting experience.

First of all, congratulations on your brand new laptop. You unboxed it, put it to charge and turned it on. Now, are you wondering what you should do next? Here are some things that you need to do it right away in order to set up and use your laptop in the right way.

1. Register and set your account

After turning on your laptop, you will watch it boot up for the first time. Chances are that you will be asked to create a user account for your laptop. Go ahead and create the account. Make sure you use a strong password that you will remember so you don’t forget it the next time you log in to your computer. During this process, you should also take a few moment to connect it to your wireless network or hook it up with an Ethernet cable so you can have internet access. After setting up your account, another important step is to successfully activate Windows so that you can enjoy all the perks of having Windows as an operating system, such as enabling desktop personalization.

2. Remove Bloatware

You might assume you will get a clean laptop with no unnecessary software preinstalled when you first purchase it. However, most computers come with software already preloaded onto it, which is referred to as Bloatware. Bloatware usually comes in the form of software demos or silly games that you won’t find useful at all and taking up valuable resources on your computer. So go to your control panel and select the option called “Program and Features”. This will open the list of software you currently have on your new laptop. From there you can find and select the unwanted Bloatware and uninstall it.

3. Run all windows updates

The next step is to get the latest updates for the version of Windows already on your laptop. Chances are that your Windows will be out of date and you will need to download the newest patches and security updates to continue using your computer safely. In order to do that, find the update button in the control panel. The download itself will take several minutes depending on your internet connection and the number of updates the system needs.

4. Turn on Windows Defender/Install an antivirus software

 You don’t want your brand new laptop to get infected with malware, do you? Yep, that’s right – Security is number one priority. Windows 10 has its built-in antivirus program preinstalled on it called the Windows Defender Antivirus. Go to settings, select the Windows Defender option, turn it on and also perform a full security scan. Some of you may think, “Windows already has an antivirus pre-installed. Do I need another third party antivirus?” The answer is yes, you do. The built-in antivirus might not have latest and updated virus definitions while the third party antivirus software does. There are a number of free antivirus software available which you can download but I strongly recommend you to purchase one.

5. Update drivers

The next thing you should do is update the device drivers. Drivers are simply computer programs that let Windows and your applications interact with a hardware device. Your computer doesn’t natively know how to use all the features of your speakers, it needs a driver to do that. The drivers that come with your new laptop might be outdated. So go to device manager and update the drivers.

6. Download and Install latest Web Browser

Windows comes with its default browser “Microsoft Edge”. If you aren’t familiar with this browser or have been using another one, you may use it to download the latest browser of your choice. The current top contenders are Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera. It all comes down to your personal preferences.

7. Create user accounts and parental control

If you are not the only person who will be using the new laptop, you should set up user accounts to ensure that your files and data do not get mixed up. In order to do that, go to control panel, click on Accounts and select Family and other people. If you have children, you might also want to set up parental control that will help your kids stay safe with appropriate websites, time limits, apps, and games.

8. Install your favorite applications

You may start by installing Microsoft Office because you will be using it frequently no matter what you do. Next, find a good media player like VLC media player. Adobe Reader might also be a useful tool for you. After that, you can move on to installing the software you need for your work, free time, etc. If you are a designer, you would certainly need Photoshop and Illustrator.

9. Transfer data

Once everything is ready, it’s time to transfer your important data from your old laptop to your new one. The best way to migrate them is by connecting the two laptops. If both laptops have Windows, you can easily set up the File and Settings Transfer Wizard, which will take care of the entire process

10. Create a “recovery drive” backup

Though it might sound completely unnecessary in the beginning, once you have all your settings and software in order, you should do your first backup. While it’s rare, sometimes things can go wrong even in the early days and you don’t want to have to start from scratch all over again, do you? So it’s wise that you create a “recovery drive” on your computer. To do that, open settings, click the backup section and create one.

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