How to configure the OS to work with it has become easier and more convenient.
1. Install updates
This is the first step you must take in the new system. Surely for the time that your computer was on the counter, Microsoft managed to release a lot of patches and corrections. The accumulated updates can be installed for a long time, so you should deal with it right away.
2. Update drivers (optional)
As a rule, Windows 10 handles installing drivers automatically, so in most cases you can skip this step. But sometimes you still have to install them manually. For example, if you notice that some equipment – speakers, a video card, a web camera – does not work correctly with the driver that Windows 10 offered, it can help you with the free Snappy Driver Installer application.
3. Install a browser
If you feel that Edge is not for you, you should first install a more comfortable browser. You have a choice of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi and a ton of less popular options if you suddenly want exotic ones.
4. Protect the system with antivirus
Windows 10 comes with built-in Windows Defender, always on by default. In addition, if you purchased a computer with a preinstalled operating system, a trial version of some antivirus may also be installed on it.
Windows Defender is a good antivirus, which in most cases is enough to protect your home PC. However, it may not be enough to deal with possible network threats if you actively install new software and visit unverified sites.
5. Remove unnecessary applications
Windows 10 comes with a large number of built-in and pre-installed applications from both Microsoft and the manufacturer of your computer. But you can delete what you do not plan to use to clear the place.
6. Install the necessary applications
Now you need to install the software for everyday work. Here are free apps you can’t do without on your home computer.
7. Disable autorun unnecessary applications
When you start Windows 10, applications that you may use infrequently will automatically start. And the fewer programs you have at startup, the faster the system will load. So it’s worth removing the extra ones from there.
8. Change default applications
Built-in Windows applications look good on tablets, but on a computer it’s worth replacing them with more functional ones.
In addition, you can fine-tune your preferred applications by the types of files you want to open. To do this, click “Select standard applications by file type” to associate your programs with individual formats – PDF, DOCX, TXT, and so on.
9. Transfer user folders
Windows 10 stores user data (documents, photos, music and videos) on the same partition of the disk where it is located. And if your system unit is spacious enough, you can leave everything as it is.
But moving user folders to another drive or partition will give you several advantages. First of all, you will stop cluttering the system drive with movies and music, and this is especially important if your OS is installed on a small SSD. And you no longer have to worry about saving your data when reinstalling the system.
10. Create a recovery point
Now that you’ve practically completed the setup of the new Windows, it would be nice to save your progress so that in case of malfunctions your work will not go missing. To do this, create a Windows restore point and configure the system so that it periodically creates such points itself.
Your Windows 10 is now ready for use.