Welcome to our guide on how to set up your new computer for the very first time.
This will be covering the main parts of the computer (the parts needed to get you up and running). We hope you find this guide useful, and please ask any questions about this in the comments section of this post.
Before I start, I have to say that neither me or TechnoTeamBlog takes any responsibility for damage to your computer or loss of files caused by what is mentioned in this post. If you do occur any problems with taking our advice, please leave a comment on this post and we’ll be happy to help you to the best of our ability. If you’re running Windows 8.1, 8 or 7 you should be able to follow the steps shown in this article.
Setting up a monitor (for Desktop PCs only)
Since desktop PCs don’t feature a built-in screen, you’ll need to add screens manually.
You will need:
- One desktop PC
- One monitor (make sure that the monitor is supported by your computer before getting a monitor if one isn’t included in your PCs box)
- One HDMI cable or VGA cable. Before choosing the right cable, check the screen resolution of your monitor (how good it looks, in other words). If your monitor is capable of showing images higher than 1080X720 you should use a HDMI cable since VGA cables don’t support this resolution, which is HD. If it’s below that mark you can use either, as long as your computer and monitor support it.
All of these should be able to be found in your local electronics store.
Steps for connecting your monitor to your PC
- Turn your computer around so its back is facing you and find either a VGA or HDMI port (depending on what cable you have)
- If you’re using a HDMI cable simply push the cable in until it can go in no more (be careful not to damage the connector when doing this). If you’re using a VGA cable then lightly push the connector in and then screw the little screws on the connector until its connected fully and is stable. Don’t screw it too hard, but just about as much so you can lightly pull on the connector and it won’t come out.
- Leave your actual computer and turn the monitor around so that the connectors are facing you (remember that some can be under the monitor). Then repeat step 2 with the other end of the cable that’s now plugged-in to the computer.
It’s now time to power your PC up!
Most laptops come without charge or in “shipping mode”. To be able to boot-up your laptop you’ll need to plug-in the charger (normally in two parts, the adapter and the cables) into the laptop and electricity socket and turn on the power. You should then press your laptop’s power button and it should then boot. If it doesn’t it maybe DOA (dead on arrival). If this is the case, follow the PC manufacturer’s troubleshooting tips and advice on this issue. If this doesn’t solve the problem, take the laptop back to the place you bought it from and ask them for assistance.
If you’re using a desktop, firstly, connect your mouse and keyboard cables into to the USB ports. Then plug in the power cable (there is no power brick for desktops since it’s normally inside the PC) and plug one end into a mains output and the other into the computer. You can now press the power button and the PC should boot-up.
When you boot Windows 7 for the first time you will be greeted with a screen telling you to input some data (name, time, date, etc). Input this information correctly and follow the on-screen instructions. If it asks your for a network name (the name your computer will be tagged with on your home network) just input your computer’s model name.
Using the information on the back of your router, which is what provides your home or business with a WiFi connection, try to find the SSID (something like “PlusNet65854″ or “virginmedia23242″) and your WiFi password (very random, normally something like “dWSjfhs8989797.”) and write it down. Then, when it asks you if you want to connect to the Internet, find your SSID and your password and enter them. If you skip this step you can do this at a later stage if you want to.
Now you should continue to follow the on-screen instructions (if there are any) and wait until your PC is ready and your desktop appears.
The setup process for Windows 8/8.1 is very similar to the one for Windows 7. All you have to do is follow the on-screen instructions, enter your product key (if required) and edit your customization options.
After you’ve entered the information required to setup Windows 8/8.1, it takes a short while for your apps to be installed etc. Once this is complete, a short tutorial will be shown and you’ll find yourself in the new Start screen.
I’m in Windows, what now?
Congratulations! You’ve completed the initial setup of your brand new PC! However, before you start browsing the web and things like that, there are a few more thing to do that will save you a lot of time, effort and maybe even money in the long-term.
Setup a backup routine
This is one of the most important things to do once you’re on your PC. If you’re computer ever gets into any trouble, you might need to restore your system. So, in order to prevent you from losing that 10,000 words document that you wrote the other day and any other important files, you’ll need a backup of your files. I will be covering two types of system backup; a restore point and a system image.
A restore will work if a change is made with your PC and you want to fix it or if you install a virus by mistake. However, it will not work for hard drive failure, and that’s why we need to create a system image to be even more safe.
You will need:
- A Windows PC
- One external or internal (I don’t recommend internal) form of storage that preferably has over 10GB of space on it
- Time to spare (this could take from 5 minutes to about 2 hours)
How-to create a system restore point:
- Go to the Start Menu (or Start Screen for Windows 8/8.1) and search “System Restore”. Select the System Restore option.
- Click “Create a restore point” once you’re on the System Restore page
- Beside the text starting with “Create a restore point right now”, click “Create…”
- Make a name for the restore point (something like “[Windows version and date]“) and press enter
How-to create a system image:
- Plug your form of storage into your computer
- In Windows 8/8.1, go to the Start screen and search “File History”. Click on the option which has a folder with a little green stopwatch beside it. In Windows 7, open the Start Menu, click on “Getting Started” and then “Backup your files”
- Click on “System image backup” (this is normally under “See also” in Windows 8/8.1)
- In the little window that appears select the form of storage you are using (this could be a hard drive for example) and click “Next”
- Now select the drives you want backed-up (normally the C: Drive (your main system drive) and the recovery drive for laptops)
- Wait for a while until the process is complete
Unclutter your PC
So your new PC is installed with loads of bloatware (software which is installed by other programs for money). It’s now time to get rid of this unwanted bloatware!
Download and install Decrapifier and follow the steps shown with this software to delete the unwanted files. The first set of items is what the program identifies as bloatware – just click next. The next set of items are items which aren’t really bloatware but are mostly useless, non-the-less. Look though the list shown and delete the programs that you don’t want.
And that’s TechnoTeamBlog’s how-to on setting up your PC! We hope you enjoyed reading this guide and hope you found it helpful!
Remember, if you have any questions about anything related to setting-up your PC or just technology in general, just simply let us know in the comments of this post and we’ll be happy to help you to the best of our ability.
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