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Getting a new computer is an exciting experience. While you could just jump right in and get started, there are a few things you can do beforehand to help give you a faster and safer experience with your new PC. 

Run Windows Update on Your New Computer

While this is potentially the longest step, taking anywhere from minutes to up to an hour depending on how old the computer is, it’s something you should do before poking around online. Windows releases various patches and updates to its operating system over the course of each year. These include firmware updates, bug fixes, and, most importantly, security updates. These security updates can help protect your computer when going online and downloading files. To do this, first, make sure you are connected to the internet. Then go to Settings> Update and Security> Check for Updates. While you may be tempted to upgrade to Windows 11 right away, it might be wise to hold off since it’s a fairly new operating system and still has some bugs to sort out.

Install A Web Browser

If you have a web browser you normally prefer, be it Chrome, Firefox, or Opera, it might be a good idea to download it. If you don’t have a preference on what browser you use, Microsoft Edge is a solid browser, and it comes already installed on your computer from the start.

Remove Bloatware

Unless you built your PC from scratch, most stock computers tend to come with some bloatware. This includes some games, apps, and bundleware software. You can remove these junk programs by typing “Add and Remove Programs” into the Windows search bar. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t remove any programs or apps that are associated with hardware, such as Intel, Nvidia, AMD, Lenovo, Microsoft, or HP, for example. As for other programs like Netflix, Dropbox, Candy Crush, and other programs you really don’t need, feel free to get rid of them.

Install Software

With all of these steps out of the way, it’s time to start installing software. There are a lot of programs you can install, and most of them depend on your personal preference and what you plan to use your computer for. This could be anything from Photoshop, office software, games, or even audio software.