It can be very exciting to be getting a new laptop. This promises faster speed, more memory and better battery life for a more efficient user experience. However, if you do not take those preventive action before using the new machine, it’s all for personal glory.
10 Things to do with the new laptop is your way to start your new laptop.
- Adjust display settings
Congratulations on getting a 1080p (or above) razor-sharp display on a laptop. While your images look amazingly smooth, text and icons may now be tiny and difficult to read or click. Lowering the resolution isn’t going to help because the resulting image would look flippant. Nevertheless, Windows 10 helps you to scale the text, icons, and app size.
Right-click the desktop and choose display settings. You can choose a higher percentage to increase the size of text in 25 percent intervals to change the size of text, applications, and other items, or click Advanced scaling settings to pick your own percentage.
- Register for warranty
Some retailers want you to sign new products with warranty claims and other offers on the laptop online at their web pages. You must enter the laptop serial number, the model number, the date of purchase and the name of the vendor. They should also keep the hard copies of the bill or warranty card in a secure place in a file or folder.
- Update your laptop’s operating system
Once you boot a PC the very first thing you should do is run Windows Update. Your new laptop the come with the first installed version of Windows 10–two major updates have been carried out since, the first being the Fall Creators Update.
One of Microsoft’s biggest changes to Windows were automatic Windows Updates in its latest version of the operating system, making it impossible to skip updates.
Occasionally, though, you’ll have to wait until an update comes in, which is why it’s probably a good idea to have Windows check for any updates immediately.
This can be performed by opening the Start Menu and choosing the cog settings followed by Update & Security.
Then click the button Check for updates and wait for updates to come.
- Remove bloatware
Once you open your laptop for the first time, you might find that the device already includes many preloaded applications— several of which you’ll actually never use. Those are considered bloatware.
Such apps take up a great deal of your precious drive space, so start getting rid of them. The easiest way to do this is to download a bulk uninstaller which helps you to search and delete all the bloatware apps you don’t want in one fell swoop.
- Create Restore point
After installing all the appropriate drivers and applications this is one of the important things to do. In case windows get infected or some device drivers don’t function, restore point comes to your rescue. The operating system can be quickly restored to the date you created a restore point. Right-click on the Desktop’s This-PC or My-Computer, and click properties. Now click on system protection and create a system restore point.
- Install Protection Software
It’s no wonder the world in which we live is insecure. And with so much confidential information being digitized today, you need to protect yourself from losing important data from your computer. To that, the solution is very simple. Through downloading antivirus software that can scan your device automatically — or manually — at a scheduled time, it can prevent potential attacks before they become more serious.
Not only is data from your laptop vulnerable to cyberattacks, there is always a risk that your laptop might get lost or stolen. While there are protective precautions that you can take — such as being mindful of using your laptop in public places— another option would be to install software that is anti-theft. Security apps like “Find My Device” for Windows 10, and “Prey” for other operating systems will help you find your device when it’s stolen or lost.
- Consider your web browser options
In an unfamiliar browser, surfing the web is like trying to tango while wearing someone else’s shoes. It can be achieved but it is not perfect. There’s a browser where people get to use Chrome, Firefox, and Opera when Edge isn’t your thing.
You will need to install it yourself if you want to use Chrome or a browser other than Microsoft’s Edge browser. If you do that, of course, you’ll probably want to make that your default browser. After installing Chrome, you’ll be asked if you want to configure it as your default browser the first time you open it. When you skip the deal, you can go to Settings > Apps > Default apps and click the “Web browser” button of Microsoft Edge to make a different choice.
- Install your favorite programs
Then it is time your favorite programs get installed. I recommend that you do this before copying all your personal files so that you can test your laptop’s right behavior before you waste time in case there are any malfunctions.
Once you have configured your main applications, such as the Adobe Suite, Chrome, Steam, Spotify, CAD or whatever, open them and make sure that everything works properly. Once all is verified and sorted out, you can copy all your personal files.
- Copy only the essential files
Do you really want your new PC to be loaded with all of the files you never use? Why copy the download folder and the big folder with the name you kept unpronounceable on your desktop and it’s full of useless files? My advice is to take some time and pick only the files that really are important.
You can safely leave documents, images, music and videos on an external device that you can bring in your PC bag and this will allow you to use the space in the memory of your laptop for other programs or games.
- Connect your phone to your PC
Connect your Android or iPhone to your Windows 10 computer easily by pressing Settings > Phone. Click the Add Phone button and follow the instructions to connect your PC and phone. This connection would help you to submit articles or other data from your phone to your laptop, from editing files on your phone to your Laptop.
(source: cnet.com, pcworld.com, androidpit.com, it4nextgen.com, and techadvisory.org)