Got a new PC? Here are 7 things to do right away

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Got a new PC? Well, first of all, congratulations on your PC. Getting a new machine is extremely exciting, especially when it’s your first major build. And we know you can’t hold your enthusiasm for long and want to start using the machine, but you have to, at least for a while.

Before you start using your new computer, there are many things to consider and many things to improve. Today in this article, we’ll show you seven things to consider before getting started with your new computer.

These tricks that we will show you will definitely take some time but this is just one time and it will help you to keep your system running smoothly for a long time.

We expect that you have installed a fresh Windows OS on your new PC. If you haven’t, go to Website and create a bootable usb pendrive using rufus To install Windows 11. Once you have installed Windows and booted the machine, follow the suggestions below.

1. Setup Windows Update Settings

The first and foremost thing that you need to do is to set up Windows Update settings. To do this, you can search for ‘Windows Update Settings’ in the search and open Settings. Even though you just did a fresh Windows install, you’ll still have several updates lined up for you.

Usually, Microsoft pushes out Windows security updates once every month, this is to fix some bugs through patches. Since you are doing this for the first time, we recommend that you install all the updates that are queued.

Once you do and restart (which will happen automatically), check for updates again and install them again. Do this process until you see ‘You are up to date’. After you see the satisfactory checkmark in the Updates section, you are ready to proceed to the next step.

2. Setup Microsoft Windows Defender / Tweak Security Settings

Windows Defender

Since this is a new PC, you need to make sure that it is safe and secure from any threats now and in the future as well. For this, Windows Defender, which is built-in to the Windows operating system, can be helpful. That said, make sure Windows Defender is turned on. To check if it’s on, search for ‘Windows Security’ in the search and tap on it.

Now tap on Virus & Threat Protection and under ‘Virus & Threat Protection Settings’, click on manage settings, Here, be sure to turn on the following three options: Real-time protection, Cloud-delivered protection, and Tamper protection.

Apart from this, you can also buy and install third-party anti-virus software to get some extra protection. However, Microsoft’s Windows Defender works great and is free, so getting a separate anti-virus software isn’t so necessary.

3. Delete unnecessary apps, turn off personalized content

personalized advertising window

You might get confused here, but your new machine has many unnecessary apps that Windows and OEMs offer (apps you’re unlikely to use).

Some examples of such apps include utility tools from your PC provider or Microsoft’s own apps like Dropbox etc. To remove them, simply search for ‘Apps & Features’ in the search and tap on it. Now from the list, find unnecessary bloatware or apps that you will not use and remove them immediately.

In addition, you should also disable some personalization options, if you haven’t done so while installing Windows. To do so, search for ‘Privacy Settings’ in the search and tap on it. Now, turn off the respective options. We recommend turning off the first option, which is basically a feature that will show you personalized ads on your PC.

4. Download Chrome Browser

google chrome browser

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

5. Download Drivers/Software

drivers

Once your browser choice is set, open it and download all the necessary drivers. Now, drivers are there for all the devices or components you are using, they help the components to work optimally.

Starting with the motherboard drivers, check your motherboard’s brand and visit its website. For example, if you have a Gigabyte motherboard, go to their website and download all the necessary drivers. On the website, select the type and model and get all drivers. This includes drivers for chipset, LAN, audio and more.

If you have an RGB motherboard, you will need to install RGB software for it as well.

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

In addition, you’ll need to get drivers for all peripherals like your keyboard, mouse, headphones, and more.

6. Create a Restore Point

system Restore

Now that you have done all the setup on your new computer, create a restore point. This is a good way to have a backup as your system is brand new at the moment and there is no clutter in it.

You can create a restore point simply by searching for System Recovery in Search. Tap on System Protection tab, select the disk where your Windows is installed and hit on Configure, tap on Turn on System Protection and hit Apply, OK. Now, click on ‘Create’ and add the details of the restore point, and again, hit on Create.

You can create separate system restore points in the future as you continue to add new apps, games, and other files. But make sure that whenever you create a restore point, your PC is in perfect condition. By perfect, we mean that it is in good condition without any viruses or malware.

7. Create a Recovery Drive

recovery drive windows

This step may also be the first thing you do when you boot up your new PC, but we’ve put it at the end so that you can start using your computer after completing this technical step. While restore point helps you when you feel like getting back your PC in good condition, having a recovery drive will help you in catastrophic situations like hardware failure.

With Windows Recovery Drive, you can start afresh anytime in bad situations.

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

That’s it. Now, you can start using your new PC without any worries. Download apps, games and benchmark your system if you want.

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