Congratulations on getting a new laptop. You are pretty much luck if you got one of the best laptops under 200 dollars. So, what are you upto next? If you think just pulling it out of the box, plugging it into the power socket and hitting the start button is all you have to do, then you are not really going well. Apart from going through the usual Windows setup program, you also need to do certain things on your own to make your beloved notebook ready for the kick start. Here are 10 such things that need to be done by you:
Step 1: Running Windows updates
Your laptop will be searching for any available updates for Windows 10. You can get over with it and save some time for your next work by forcing a manual installation.
Step 2: Display scaling adjustment
You can adjust your display scaling by right clicking on the desktop and selecting Display Settings. Then reboot your machine to let the changes occur on the screen display.
Step 3: Unhide hidden files and file extensions
If you need to see the hidden files or any file extensions then you have to follow the following steps. Open the File Explorer and click on the View button. You can toggle on the checkboxes provided over there.
Step 4: Configuring Cortana or simply turning her off
The in-built digital assistant “Cortana” from Microsoft can be turned off or on with the following steps. To activate it, go to the search box and click Next. Then click Use Cortana and select the notebook icon. For disabling it, select the Notebook icon and go to Settings. Then turn the Cortana suggestions off.
Step 5: Installing your preferred browser
The Edge browser of Microsoft is fast enough. But if you prefer to have your own default browser then you can down and install it. Then go to System via selecting Settings. Then select Default apps to get your browser as the default one.
Step 6: Setting up shortcuts for keyboard along with other things
For setting up the keyboard shortcuts go to the box of run dialog by pressing Windows + R. Type “explorer shell: AppsFolder” and hit Enter. Go to create shortcut by right clicking on the app and click Yes. Then go to the properties of the new shortcut and enter any key combination by hitting CTRL + ALT + a character. And click OK.
Step 7: Sync or copy your files
You may transfer your key documents and files from any old computer by using the several ways like OneDrive Sync, Google Drive or Dropbox etc.
Step 8: Uninstalling Bloatware
You can uninstall several unnecessary pre-loaded software by going to system and selecting Apps & features. Then select the app one by one and hit the uninstall button.
Step 9: Changing the desktop theme
You can also change the desktop theme by right clicking on the desktop and selecting the Personalize option. The personalization menu will appear and you can take over from there.
Step 10: Disabling the unwanted lock screen
You can disable the unwanted lock screen by opening the registry editor and following the necessary steps one by one.