Getting a new laptop is great. It’s super-fast, has that ‘new laptop smell’ and there’s all that oddly satisfying peel-off plastic. You probably want to put your own stamp on things, so we’ll show you how to perfectly set up your new Windows laptop.
The first thing you do after turning your laptop on is to choose what colour you want your Windows theme to be. It's completely up to you, so pick whichever colour takes your fancy - may we suggest a nice bright green?
The next few screens cover your laptop's settings and the data you share with Microsoft. If everything sounds ok, click on Express settings to move on. You'll then be asked for your Microsoft account. Click on Create a new account if you don’t already have one and follow the steps here. You can use these details to log in to other Microsoft products like Skype, Office 365, OneDrive and also to buy apps, music, games and films.
A major part of setting up your laptop is to make sure it's got all the software you're going to need. Whether you want a fresh new browser, a one stop shop for your work or something to listen to your jams on, we've got a guide with all the software you need.
Leaving your old laptop behind doesn’t mean you have to ditch all your documents, photos and everything else too. It’s super easy to transfer your files over to a new laptop. Whether you want to do it using a USB device, an Ethernet cable or through a cloud storage service, it’ll only take you a few minutes. Luckily, we’ve got a how to guide that shows you how to handle it. Aren’t we good?
If your new laptop has fancy facial recognition or fingerprint scanning technology, you can set up Windows Hello. This lets you log in to your accounts and make purchases in a flash. Sounds cool right? Here's how to get started:
This one is optional, but it really helps to make your new laptop your own. Here's how to change your laptop's background:
All set! Now that you’ve started to put some personal touches on your laptop, you can go off and enjoy those endless cute cat videos while you’re trying to do some work.