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Tips for Setting Up a New Computer

Do you feel fairly comfortable around Windows computers but maybe haven’t set up a new one in a while? Here are some tips from someone who configures new computers on a regular basis.

  • Don’t connect to a network (wired or WiFi) during the initial setup. If you do, you’ll be forced into using a Microsoft account. Without connecting you can setup a local account first and always decide later to use a Microsoft account.

  • If you do create a Microsoft account feel free to use a bogus birthday, but not one that makes you a minor. If you make yourself too young it won’t let you continue until you get your parent’s permission! (Yes, I did have a 70-year-old client do this…)

  • Computers come from the factory with a randomly assigned name. Change it to something that’s easy to identify like BEN-PC, which will help when scanning or networking multiple computers. To do so, click the Search box in the lower right and enter “rename”.

  • Windows updates will apply automatically, but it’s a good idea to install manufacturer drivers and updates as well (look for Dell SupportAssist, HP Support Assistant, or Lenovo Vantage). In the rare case where an update causes an issue, you want it to happen before you transfer all your precious data over to the new computer!

And if any of this sounds daunting to you I am always happy to assist or perform the setup for you at your home or place of business.


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