How to setup and configure a new computer?

It’s exciting to unwrap your new computer, peel off the protective plastic, and power it up. It helps to have a checklist once you start afresh with your new computer. Most computers are set up similarly, so it doesn’t matter what brand of computer you have.

Here are a couple of things you should do for setting up a new laptop or computer.

1)     Connect The Leads

There are a few main ports and cables for basic use like a power connector and monitor display. Keep in mind that your monitor display cable will need to run between the monitor and therefore the computer. The power cords (both your computer cable and the monitor’s power cable) are the only ones which will get to be plugged into an electrical socket.

2)     Microsoft Account

Before you decide to create a new Microsoft account, you should be aware that you might already have one. If you have an Xbox Live account, an Outlook email account, an OneDrive account, or even a Skype account, then you already have a Microsoft account.

Using a Microsoft account is a little more secure because it allows you to receive notifications related to your computer.

3)     Personalize Your Device

Make your new computer personal by personalizing it. Go to Start > Settings > Personalization, and choose your desktop background, colour scheme, themes, fonts, and what you see in the Start menu and taskbar.

Set up Microsoft’s assistant, Cortana. Cortana acts as a personal assistant similar to Siri. It runs via voice command and might be useful for tasks like scheduling and reviewing your email. Operate at Start > Settings > Cortana and set Cortana on and off. You can also control the time that you use Cortana as an assistant.

4)     Connect With Network

During the new computer setup process, you are offered an inventory of nearby wireless networks and asked to choose one. It is important to connect to a network so you can get operating system updates and install apps.

Then download saved data from the cloud, and it is best to do that on Day 1. The network you connect to, at least during this process, should be one you trust, like a network at your home or office. Remember to type the password in order to connect, so that it can reconnect automatically when you are in range.

5)     Transfer Files

Files include documents, pictures, music, videos, presentations, and more. Most of the time, you will need the data accessible to you when installing Windows 10 on a new PC. If the info is on another computer, consider copying what you would like to a USB stick or backup drive, and then use that device to restore the info to the new device.

If the info you would like is stored on a computer file from another device, run the restore program on your Windows 10 to reconstruct it. Search the taskbar for File History to get started.


It is strongly advised to install an antivirus to secure and protect your new computer data and applications. If you are still having trouble after following the given steps, contact us on 1300 016 017. We are here to help you set up and get the most out of your new computer.

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