How to Set Up a Windows 10 Laptop

Setting up a brand-new laptop can be both exhilarating and intimidating at the same time, depending on your experience. However, it is fairly straightforward. The majority of laptops that have hit the market in recent years have come pre-installed with the most recent version of Windows 10. Although the setup procedure varies depending on the manufacturer, it is generally the same, so this guide should be applicable to all Windows 10 laptops. Follow the steps outlined below to get your new Windows 10 laptop up and running.

Part 1 Initial Setup

1. Take your laptop out of the box and plug it in. To begin, unpack the package and connect the original power adapter and cables to the computer in order to power it up. As the process of setting up the PC may take some time, it is important to ensure that you have enough power to keep it up and running.

It is possible that you will receive a separate battery with your Lenovo ThinkPad, along with other accessories such as cables and a power adapter in the package. This requires you to turn your ThinkPad upside down and insert the battery into the laptop with the terminal pointing inward, as shown in the image.

On most recent laptops, USB-C ports have replaced the rectangular Type-A ports with square USB-C ports. To use this method, simply connect the charger to your device’s Type-C port using the included USB cable. For some models, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 or all Huawei Matebooks, the manufacturers have designated one USB-C port as the charging port, and in these cases, you should plug your device into that port to charge it.

2. Start your computer by pressing the power button. To turn on the computer, press the power button. In some cases, a universal power symbol can be used to label the power button. For example, it may be in the upper right corner or on the right side of some computers. However, it is possible that it is located somewhere else. The location of the power button will be specified in the quick start guide that came with your computer.

When you first boot up, the Welcome screen will appear, and Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, will guide you through the process with voice prompts. She’ll ask you questions, and on some laptop models, you’ll be able to respond with your own voice (but keep in mind that this will not work on many laptops). If you want to mute her, you can do so by selecting the speaker icon at the bottom of the screen and adjusting the volume accordingly.

3. Select your region. Select your country or region and then click or tap, Yes.

4. Select your keyboard layout. Select the county that you are currently in, and then select Yes.

5. On the “Would you like to add a second keyboard layout screen?” screen, select or tap Skip. Because you’re using a laptop, you should stick to a single keyboard layout for the time being.

6. Connect to a Wi-Fi network if you haven’t already. Then, select your Wi-Fi network, type in your network password, and click or tap Next to proceed.

If you do not have access to the internet at this time, select “I do not have internet service.”

7. Log in with your Microsoft account information. In the “Email, phone, or Skype” box, enter your email address, phone number, or Skype username. Click “Submit.” Then click or tap on the Next button.

If you do not already have a Microsoft account, click on “Create account” to get started.

8. Please type in your password. In the “Password” box, enter the password you use to log into your Microsoft account. Then click or tap on the Next button.

Similarly, if you have two-step verification enabled, you will be required to authenticate using that mechanism as well.

9. Make a PIN for yourself. In Windows 10, a PIN is a password that is only known by you and your computer. If you do not create a PIN, you will be forced to sign in with your Microsoft account password, which is not recommended. To create a PIN, select Create PIN from the drop-down menu.

If your laptop is equipped with biometric authentication capabilities, you will be prompted to configure them.

10. Fill in the blanks with your PIN. In the default configuration, only numbers are permitted; however, if you wish to use a password, you must select the “Include letters and symbols” check box. Once you’ve created your PIN, click on the OK button.

11. Make a decision about your privacy settings. Microsoft has enabled all of the settings by default, but you may want to take a look through them to see if there is anything you want to turn off or turn off completely. In order to turn off a setting, click or tap on the blue slider switch located beneath the setting. Accept the offer after you have finished by clicking or tapping on it.

12. Customize the appearance of your device. Depending on what you intend to use your device for, you can customise it to meet your specific requirements. In the event that you will be doing several different things, you can check multiple options. Once you’ve decided what you’ll be doing with your device, click or tap Accept to confirm your choice.

If you do not want to customise your device, simply click or tap on the Skip button. The use of this method is not recommended.

Following this step, you may be presented with some options that do not apply to you. You may only be able to use some of the options that are displayed in this article if you have selected a specific customization option. If you come across a step that does not correspond to what you are seeing, simply skip that step and move on.

13. Connect your computer to your phone. To have access to your iPhone and/or Android device from your computer, connect them to the same USB port on your computer. This can be extremely beneficial. For example, on Android devices, you can send text messages from your laptop to their respective phones. You can choose Remind me later to be reminded to connect your phone when you are finished.

You can skip this step if you don’t want to connect your phone to your laptop for the time being.

14. Whether to back up your files to OneDrive is a decision you will have to make. By regularly backing up your files, you can ensure that they will be preserved even if your hard drive fails or if they are mistakenly deleted.

If you do not want to back up your files, select “Only save files to this PC” from the Save Files drop-down menu. Keep in mind, however, that if you choose this option, your files may be permanently lost.

15. Make a decision on whether or not you want to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass allows you to play a variety of games for no additional cost, so it’s something to think about if you’re a gamer. If, on the other hand, you already have access to the games you desire through another service, you may choose to decline the offer.

If you already have an Xbox Game Pass subscription, this option will not appear.

16. Consider enabling Cortana on your device. Cortana is Microsoft’s virtual assistant, which is similar to Siri or Google Assistant, but it runs on your computer instead of a smartphone or tablet. If you want to enable Cortana, then select Accept from the drop-down menu. You can choose Not Now if you don’t want to enable Cortana at this time.

17. Wait for the final configuration to be completed. You are under no obligation to do anything here. Take care not to turn off your computer by accident, though. If you do not, you will be forced to reinstall Windows.

Part 2 Installing Updates

1. Windows should be updated. Because Windows will almost certainly be out of date when you first boot up your laptop, it’s a good idea to update it before continuing. To update Windows, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security. After that, go to “Update & Security” and then “Check for updates” on your computer.

It is possible that your screen will flicker during the update process. Don’t be concerned, your laptop isn’t damaged; it’s simply that the graphics drivers need to be updated.

2. The Microsoft Store applications should be updated. Mail, Photos, and other Microsoft Store apps are examples of what you can find on the store’s website. It’s a good idea to keep these up to date to ensure the best experience. Open the Microsoft Store by clicking or tapping the shopping bag icon in the taskbar to begin updating your Microsoft Store applications. Then, in the top-right corner, select “Downloads and updates” by clicking or tapping on the three dots that appear. Once you’ve arrived, click on Get updates.

Part 3 Remove Bloatware

Bloatware is software that comes with your laptop that you probably don’t want.

1. Open settings. Click or tap the settings gear in the start menu.

2. Select the “Apps” option.

3. Search through the list and uninstall any applications that you no longer require. Remove an app by clicking or tapping on it, selecting Uninstall from the drop-down menu that appears, and then clicking or tapping Uninstall again in the window that appears.

Part 4 Make Other Customizations

Among the many features of Windows 10 that you may not be aware of are the following: It’s a good idea to take a look at these to see if there’s anything you want to turn on.

1. Windows 10 can be customised. Windows 10 provides you with the ability to personalise its appearance. In addition to changing your desktop background, you can also adjust your lock screen and even create your own custom sounds in Windows 10. Check out How to Customize Windows 10 for a comprehensive list of all of the different ways you can personalise your laptop.

2. Consider turning on the night light. An automatic night light can automatically reduce the amount of blue light that your computer screen emits at night, ensuring that your computer use does not interfere with your sleeping patterns.

3. Enable parental controls if necessary. The use of parental controls on your computer allows you to restrict access to specific accounts in order to keep your children safe. If your children will be using your laptop, then parental controls are a great idea to keep them out of trouble.

4. Change the name of your laptop. The name of your laptop is what other computers on the network see when you connect. Alternatively, you may wish to personalise it with something you prefer or change it to something more inconspicuous.

For more information, see How to Rename Your Computer in Windows 10 for step-by-step instructions.

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