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Top Things to Configure After Upgrading to Windows 10

So you got Windows 10 up and running successfully on your computer. Whether you upgraded or did a custom install you need to know what your next steps are and ensure you have a system that is configured the way you like and prepped for your everyday needs. There are a few important things you need to do after you have setup Windows 10 and this article will show you what to do.

Add Another Account and Create a System Restore Point

Creating a backup account is important as this can be used to troubleshoot and diagnose issues with the operating system but also applications and drivers. Consider this to be your system administration account. Only use it when you need to do troubleshooting.

You can learn more in our article: How to Create a Local Account in Windows 10

You reached the desktop, Windows 10 is functioning just fine; but before you move on to another activity such as installing drivers or applications, you should create a System Restore point to avoid losing all that time invested upgrading to Windows 10. System Restore points save you the trouble of having to start over if something were to go awry.

For more on creating one read our article: How to Enable and Create a Windows 10 System Restore Point.

Restore Point

Install the Latest Windows 10 Updates and Check Device Manager

Between RTM and general availability, there might be improvements released that will make your computer perform better. Windows Update will also provide security and driver updates.

Update and Security

Whether you did an in-place upgrade or clean install, check the Device Manager to see if a component was not installed or not working.

To do that, hit Windows key+X and select Device Manager. If there is an exclamation, right-click the device and then Update.

Device Manager

If Windows doesn’t find any available updates, go to the PC manufacturer’s website and look for the driver.

Most manufacturer sites make it easy to get the right drivers, then again, some don’t. If that’s the case, here’s a cool tip. Right-click the device and then select Properties.

Under the Details tab, Click in the Property list box  and select Hardware Ids from the dropdown menu. Then copy the entry in the value box and use your default browser to search for a suitable driver and install it.

Find driver 2

The most common drivers Windows will need after a clean install are:

  • Chipset driver (if you built your computer, you should have a motherboard disc that came with it).
  • Video/Display Adapter
  • Wired/Wireless LAN Adapter
Tips: If you’re reading this article before upgrading to Windows 10, it’s recommended you download and store your hardware drivers in advance.

Also, now would be a good time to create another system restore point!

Install and Update Desktop and Store Applications

Windows 10 comes with a lot of built-in apps, but I am sure you have some favorites you would like to install. A great place to install your essential free desktop programs from is Ninite. You just check the ones you want, download an installer file, and it will install everything without any toolbars or extra crapware that you don’t want.

ninite free programs

Developers will provide updates and enhancements to their apps from time to time. While Universal apps are set to update in the background by default, after installing Windows, you should get ahead of the game.

To check for updates to your apps, launch the Store and click the Updates menu which will indicate how many updates are available. The store indicates I have 26 app updates available.

Update apps

You will see a list of updates that are available. If you are on a slow connection, you can click Pause all and select just the apps you want to update by pressing the Play button or remove it from the queue if you don’t want it all.

Update apps2

Adjust Screen Resolution

Some people like things bigger or smaller on their screen. To customize your display, go to Settings > System > Display. Then under Change the size of text, apps, and other items.

Move the slider to what works best for you, then make sure to click the Apply button at the bottom of the screen. If you want to change how much space you have on screen, select the Advanced display settings link at the bottom.

Text Size Settings Windows 10

Click in the Resolution list box and change it to what works best for you. Typically the best setting is the maximum resolution of your monitor(s).

If your screen resolution does not have the option to be adjusted, you likely need to update your display driver.

Display Settings 2

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6 Responses to Top Things to Configure After Upgrading to Windows 10

  1. James September 22, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    Thanks for a great post.

    I’ve been working through the ‘facilities’ in Windows 10, and the posts on various forums to create my own version of the ‘do this’ list for windows 10

    My fun started with respecifying my Location – I’m not in the USA.
    And continued to re-installing the printers setup – Yes, I had the DVD’s and new drivers for most of them.

    Re backup’s —–

    Maybe start with taking a partition backup (file mode) before installing 10 so I can go back to 7, or just extract individual files from pre-10 days.

    And – definitely use a cloud mode backup for your data (as in wot-you-typed-in) files –
    I use Spideroak as I get 2GB space free, the data is encrypted on my PC so what is in the cloud cannot be read without the download, and decrypt keys.
    It can be run as an all-the-time service, or as a when I want to run it app, and keeps multiple versions of files – handy if I boo-boo and mistakenly delete stuff from a file – and Spideroak will sync data to/between other PC’s – You will need to use the same decrypt keys on the other PC’s.

    Remember – disaster recovery needs to deal with:
    Your windows system getting malware.
    Your partitions being unreadable.
    Your PC dying and killing the hard drives – both internal, and the backup you were updating when the PC died.
    A burglary where your PC and all backup drives, DVD’s etc. are taken – and sold to your local ID re-users. (Consider drive encryption and BIOS passwords.)
    A fire, or flood (whatever) where your place and contents are destroyed – yes, your PC may not be an immediate priority concern – but what is your insurance policy number – credit card numbers, passport number, and even insurer and bank contact numbers.

    It’s almost horrifying how much data we commit nowadays to the ‘memory’ in our PC and phone, and not our own brain’s.
    Go on – quote your ISP, and email access accounts, userids and passwords!

  2. Jay February 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Hi,
    After installing Windows 10, Chrome will not launch. I’ve uninstalled, reinstalled, etc, please advise.

    • Timothy Hoyle June 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

      Go to the Chrome website and install the Win10 version of Chrome. I was having the same problems, thank you to the Microsoft burglars who came into my house in the middle of the night and stole that which I had and left me with something I didn’t. Once I go Chrome for Win10, I had no further problems.

      BTW – what do I have to do to get my Visio and Project programs plus many others after the Win10 hijack process? I have to search through 100’s of CDs/DVDs to get the programs again and do all the reinstalls. You people at Micro$oft need to learn the meaning of OPT-IN doesn’t mean just do it because we already use it.

      Not sorry for the rant – angry for the thievery perpetrated on MY Property!

  3. Michael Bagaglia May 9, 2016 at 12:25 am #

    Windows 10 installed automatically over a month ago. My computer froze up and went to a black screen with an error. I have a subscription with HP Smart Friend Computer Help. I called them and they installed windows 10 and restored my windows 8.1. A day or two later windows 10 automatically installed again. It worked fine for a couple weeks, but now my computer is freezing up and at times going to a black screen, and now a black screen with the error once again. When the computer is working, it is extremely slow and I can’t click on anything. I don’t know what to do. please help me. My computer is only a few years old and it cost me almost $1000. Thank you

  4. Rob Mountanos May 16, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    I HAVE THE HP. LASER DISK WOW. I UNFORCHINATELY DIDN’T GET ALL INTEL STUFF.
    H.P.. uses’ to be great but than they agility got lusty. going mac happy. Playing both sides
    trying to please everyone. Never works.
    I love my Asus 51 because its got intel inside. not(( AMD.)) Good for gaming. or children?
    But I’m a Microsoft or Die. Outlook free mail ,saved me when my 60 Dollar a month IP/Browser
    would not let me in. Its stuff like that. why your KING!
    I WILL GET IT TO WORK. just to many printer right now
    taking down to four
    Robert Louis Mountanos. Loves windows 10 Pro!!!

  5. debnova June 6, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    Windows directed me to this page but I didn’t find a FIX for my win 10 problems after getting it. I want autologin and did download it. But, I still do not have autologin. Other problems, but this article doesn’t address the basic, simple errors that some of us can’t fix cause were not that techie. Please, do talk down to us, we need it !! lol

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