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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.