When you purchase a new computer, often the establishment where the computer was purchased will try to sell you a package where they handle virus protection and maintenance for you in order to provide you with a protected and secure device. While these plans and services usually do help prepare your new PC somewhat, they can be lacking in other areas, especially when it comes to continued protection from the new viruses and malware that are developed every day.
Additionally, you may have your own preferences for browsers and applications, and you probably don’t need a lot of the extra trial programs and applications that often come pre-installed on new PCs. Therefore, it is a wise idea to perform several functions when you first purchase a computer in order to make sure it is definitely protected, as well as suited to your own personal tastes so that you can always enjoy your PC without unwanted applications and preferences to annoy you. Follow the steps below and you’ll be able to enjoy your new PC soon enough, without worrying about tasks to complete at a later time.
Update your system software on your new computer
Even though your new PC may have the latest system of Windows installed, Microsoft often releases several updates to its system software and other applications that may not currently be up to date on your own new PC. Therefore, you must first update your software before proceeding to do anything else. This can be a tedious task, because you are undoubtedly anxious to use your new PC, but be patient—doing this will ensure your PC is ready to provide you with the most up to date software possible, which is often necessary for keeping things running smoothly.
Install your virus protection software
Most PCs running Windows software typically have Windows Defender installed, but you’ll probably want to install better software that is more capable of finding and stopping viruses and malware before they can infect your computer. It is recommended to download cloud-based virus protection software because this antivirus enables the program to be instantly updated and always ready to face and defend against new threats, while other applications lag behind and need to be updated manually. After downloading the cloud based antivirus software, you can rest assured that your PC will be well protected without you having to worry about constantly updating the application.
Clean up your PC
New PCs come with plenty of pre-installed software applications, many of which you probably won’t need or want. This can be hard to do manually, as applications, plugins and other data can be spread all over the PC. Try using a PC cleanup tool that you can set preferences on so that you can really clean up any clutter and keep the stuff you truly do want. Getting rid of applications and utilities that you don’t really need can also help your PC run better.
Install your preferred browser
If the browser you like to use isn’t already installed on your PC, then go ahead and do it. It’s never any fun to use a browser you don’t really care for, and this way you can get right to browsing the Internet with the browser of preference, instead of being distracted by other things on the PC before getting the chance.
Download your favorite apps and utilities
Now that you have your favorite browser installed, you can use it to quickly find and download any other applications you may want that aren’t already on your PC, not to mention music, videos and more. Be sure to also set your download preferences so that you can easily find the items you’ve downloaded. Then take the time to go ahead and install anything you’ve downloaded and register your new programs. Doing this in the beginning enables you to have a PC functioning exactly as you’d like, with all the applications you’d like, from the beginning.
Create a disk image
Now that you have everything you need on your PC, you can create a disk image. This ensures that if something happens to your PC, you’ll be able to restore it to what you had. It also helps in booting up your drive if the Windows system for some reason fails and won’t boot. There are many reasons this may happen, so creating a disk image and keeping it stored on another disk is essential.
Set backup preferences
Creating a disk image creates a backup and bootable copy of your hard drive at that particular point in time, but it won’t necessarily contain all the data you’ve added to your PC afterwards, such as documents, new apps, new music, photos, etc. Some PCs come with backup options already, but you may want to invest in another backup application and a second hard disk on which to save it on. Set your backup disk to backup your data every night while you sleep, and you’ll never have to worry about losing anything due to a crash or corruption.
After completing all these steps, you should be ready to enjoy your new PC for quite a while without any other preparation, except for the few software updates that pop up every now and then. Other tools you may want to invest in from the beginning are password managers so that you can begin to set up passwords for different websites and apps, and disk cleanup tools for occasional maintenance to keep your PC running smoothly.