Initial Startup of New Desktop

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Initial Startup of New Desktop


    I just bought a new HP Pavilion 590-p0050 desktop PC. I have never started a new computer for the first time. In the past I have always paid a technician to do this. This is not feasible this time. Could someone steer me to a ny type of guide or instructions on how to go about this? What steps to take, what steps NOT to take, what information to have at hand etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The booklet that came with the computer is an absolute joke- connect all cables, turn it on, be sure to register it with us. That's about it. HP Support is no better. During Live Chat I asked this same question. The person sent a link to some Environmental & Regulatory Notice. When I said this is not what I need he/she disconnected. Please Help.
      My Computer

  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,429
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    ... so much.. so many very basic considerations. I'm bound to miss a lot and a huge amount could be said.

    The Tutorial section can help if you want to search or scan for a specific issue.
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index | Windows 10 Tutorials

    I would seriously ask a friend who knows what they are doing to show you and help you.

    a. Connect and configure your internet connection and check it's working.

    b. Create a user account (decide if local user or you want to use a MS live id)
    Add Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    c. Start using disk imaging immediately- Macrium Reflect (free) + large enough external storage to hold the disk image sets.
    This gives you a way to get your PC up and running shuold something go badly wrong by restoring it to a previous good condition.

    Very basic guide:
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect | Windows 10 Tutorials

    d. Remove trialware (programs on the PC that are there with trial or limited licenses for marketing purposes).

    e. Decide what antivirus you are going to use and install as appropriate (note that the trialware may include AV - you don't want two).

    f. Windows updates: Your PC will almost inevitably want to apply Windows updates. Depending on the build of Windows installed on your PC, and its age, those could be major or minor. If your build is 1803 (You can check:
    Windows key + R, winver
    the updates will be relatively minor.

    But build 1809 is just around the corner- delayed for about a month because MS made a mess of it- bugs- and that's a big and questionable upgrade.

    g. Set Active Hours in Settings to suit you so an update-related restart does not interrupt your use of the PC


    Always think - how do I protect myself - where is my data going to be- how am I going to do backups. Personally I would plan to have my personal data not on C:

    Therefore I would either use a second disk, or if no choice, partition the disk accordingly, shrinking C: and adding a new partition.
    Last edited by dalchina; 01 Nov 2018 at 05:18.
      My Computers

  3. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,582
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    The only big hint I have is to set up a local account first. When you get to the screen asking for user information, look for the little link about a local account or not having an email address or something like that. Then you will get the next screen that begs you to use a Microsoft account, click the button to insist that you do not want a Microsoft account. Then finally you can enter a username of your choice and a password (if you want a password, you can leave it blank). Pick the username that you want for a folder name under Users on the hard drive (or SSD). Mine is simply John for example. If I log in first time with a Microsoft account, I get a folder name of johnmh (or something like that), which I hate.

    Then after you get logged on, you can convert the local account to a Microsoft Account later and your folder name under Users will stay the same.

    Don't sweat the first time startup, it's very easy and guided step by step. Cortana even talks to you to guide you through it. And yes, do make backup images, and also create the recovery USB flash drive. You'll need an 8 GB USB flash drive for that.
      My Computer

  4. spapakons's Avatar
    Posts : 2,891
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 202H (Nov 2020 build 19042.867)
       #4

    Once you have installed Windows 10 and completed the initial configuration (user account etc), you will see the desktop. Make sure you are connected to the Internet so you can either download all drivers from HP (traditional method), or use a driver tool such as Snappy Driver Installer to automatically install all missing drivers. There are two versions, the Full (offiline) that contains the whole database and exceeds 17GB, and the Lite version (online) that lets you download and install only the drivers for your PC. In general it doesn't harm to let Snappy install and update all the drivers. There are a few exceptions however that screw the computer and you cannot load Windows. To avoid that I suggest to select only the non-installed drivers (green color) and avoid the updates (blue color), especially for the chipset. Also in laptops avoid installing the touchpad driver as a wrong update will make your touchpad not working and you will need to uninstall it. For some free applications see www.ninite.com
      My Computer

  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,582
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    I would never recommend using any third party driver finder program.
      My Computer

  6. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,429
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #6


    If all is working, don't worry about drivers. Only if there's a problem should you go looking for trouble.

    Why fix something if it isn't broken?
      My Computers

  7. Porthos's Avatar
    Posts : 882
    Win 10
       #7

    NavyLCDR said:
    The only big hint I have is to set up a local account first. When you get to the screen asking for user information, look for the little link about a local account or not having an email address or something like that. Then you will get the next screen that begs you to use a Microsoft account, click the button to insist that you do not want a Microsoft account. Then finally you can enter a username of your choice and a password (if you want a password, you can leave it blank). Pick the username that you want for a folder name under Users on the hard drive (or SSD). Mine is simply John for example. If I log in first time with a Microsoft account, I get a folder name of johnmh (or something like that), which I hate.

    Then after you get logged on, you can convert the local account to a Microsoft Account later and your folder name under Users will stay the same.

    Don't sweat the first time startup, it's very easy and guided step by step. Cortana even talks to you to guide you through it. And yes, do make backup images, and also create the recovery USB flash drive. You'll need an 8 GB USB flash drive for that.
    Just skip or do not connect to the web untill you finish setup and you will not get prompted for a MS account.
      My Computers

  8. spapakons's Avatar
    Posts : 2,891
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 202H (Nov 2020 build 19042.867)
       #8

    NavyLCDR said:
    I would never recommend using any third party driver finder program.
    I understand your concern, I prefer manually installing any driver too. However, Snappy is useful for installing missing drivers, if you are not an advanced user to do it the "traditional" way. I also recommended to avoid any updates (blue color) and install only missing drivers (green color) to minimize the risk or something going wrong.
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 452
    Windows 10 Home
       #9

    willban1 said:
    I just bought a new HP Pavilion 590-p0050 desktop PC. I have never started a new computer for the first time. In the past I have always paid a technician to do this. This is not feasible this time. Could someone steer me to a ny type of guide or instructions on how to go about this? What steps to take, what steps NOT to take, what information to have at hand etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The booklet that came with the computer is an absolute joke- connect all cables, turn it on, be sure to register it with us. That's about it. HP Support is no better. During Live Chat I asked this same question. The person sent a link to some Environmental & Regulatory Notice. When I said this is not what I need he/she disconnected. Please Help.
    Please repost with more information, including what you see on the monitor when you start the computer.

    Ben
      My Computer

  10. spapakons's Avatar
    Posts : 2,891
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 202H (Nov 2020 build 19042.867)
       #10

    Ben Myers said:
    Please repost with more information, including what you see on the monitor when you start the computer.Ben
    As far as I can understand, he means that he never installed Windows on a computer before. He asked a Technician to do it and deliver it ready to work, but now he cannot afford it, so he tried to do a clean installation himself. See my earlier post for help of how to do it.
      My Computer


 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:43.
Find Us




Windows 10 Forums