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Upgrading machines often means better performance, more storage space, and a sleek new design. But even in 2022, setting up a new PC still has its share of headaches. Before you set up your new PC, follow these six steps to make sure your new computer just the way you like it.
Change the Windows update settings
First up, you should install Windows updates immediately. Updates keep your computer safe on the internet, as Microsoft regularly patches security vulnerabilities in its operating system. Go to Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update. Install all the updates that show up here.
When the updates are done, take a few minutes to review Windows update settings, which will save you from having your PC updating itself automatically at inopportune times. Just go to the same Windows Update settings page again, then select Change Active Hours. This setting defines when you typically work on your computer, which blocks Windows updates from installing during these hours. Return to the previous page and select Advanced Options. You probably want to disable Restart this device as soon as possible to stop your computer from restarting as soon as an update is downloaded.
Delete Windows bloatware
Once you’re done with Windows updates, it’s time to remove unwanted crap from your computer. If you’ve assembled your own PC, there’s nothing to worry about. But if you’ve bought a laptop or a prebuilt PC, there’s a good chance that the manufacturer has installed a bunch of apps you’ll never use, including antivirus apps, social media apps, and other junk programs. You should go to Settings > Apps on your PC and remove the ones you don’t need.
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Install all your favorite apps at the same time
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After removing bloatware from your PC, you’ll next want to install the apps you do want to use. However, you don’t need to install them one-by-one: You can use Ninite to select all the apps you’ll need and install everything at the same time, making it one of the best productivity hacks for new Windows PCs.
Some apps (such as the Adobe CC suite of apps and Microsoft Office) aren’t available via Ninite, so you’ll still have to install those manually. Ideally, you should make a list of apps you’ll need …….