What is the setup in the PC

Here's how to set up your new computer correctly

First, check whether your new computer is also equipped with the latest Windows version. Because not every new PC has automatically installed a current version of the operating system. The reason: The goods are often in the warehouse for a comparatively long time and no longer receive any updates after their completion.

To do this, connect your PC to the Internet. Then click on the Windows symbol at the bottom left and enter "Settings" in the search bar. Select “Update and Security” in the settings menu. Click here on "Check for updates" to start the search process for Windows updates. Depending on how long the device has been in storage, a number of Windows updates may be missing. The download may take a while. Either the installation starts automatically or you start the process manually by clicking on “Install update”. Since not all updates are installed in an update process, repeat the checking process until you get the message: "The system is up to date". By the way, you don't have to worry about the future: the PC will carry out future updates automatically.

In addition to an up-to-date operating system, the usual ease of use is an important step in quickly getting used to a new computer. It helps to download your preferred browser. Your bookmarks, passwords and form data can usually be accessed via the cloud. The best way to download the browser is from the official website of the browser provider. This is how you prevent you from catching an old version or unwanted malware.

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The next step is carried out via your favorite browser: installing security software. This is useful even though Windows has already integrated free anti-virus protection. This is quite suitable for everyday use, but it lacks certain functions such as virus scanning according to a set schedule.

In many cases new computers have programs preinstalled that you do not want to use. This “bloatware” mostly consists of tools for photo and video editing or file explorers or the like. There are two ways to get rid of the software that is just robbing you of unnecessary storage space: uninstalling the bloatware or reinstalling Windows 10. Various free tools are available for the former option. We recommend Geek Uninstaller. The tool lists all installed programs and can also completely remove stubborn software from the system.

If you want to be on the safe side and really want to have every third-party program removed, there is no way around reinstalling Windows 10. Microsoft makes the current operating system version available for download without bloatware. Download the version and follow the instructions in the installation wizard. Disadvantage: the software you have already installed, such as the browser or anti-virus protection, will be overwritten during the reinstallation. You have to replay them. For this, this variant is the most effective, albeit a little more time-consuming.

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Now that you have optimally set up your PC, it is the right moment to create a backup of the fresh system. In this way, you can restore this status again in the event of a system defect. You can work with a very memory-intensive clone that saves the current status including all folders and programs on an external hard drive. This variant has the advantage that you can access your backup relatively quickly.

Creating an image (memory dump) for which you need additional software is a little more laborious. It creates a large file that also stores all of the information. The import of the image takes a little longer compared to the clone. (PC WORLD)