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Windows 7 - Customizing Folders in Windows Explorer

If you've just got a new laptop, you're probably eager to start using it as soon as possible. However, there are some important steps you should take before you start carrying it around with you. New laptop computers almost always come with Windows pre-installed along with a great deal of other software. To ensure that you get the most out of your new computer, follow these steps before you do anything else.

1 – Remove Unwanted Software and Bloatware
Most manufacturers are infamous for pre-installing a load of extra software that you will never have any use for. This includes trial versions of programs which keep pestering you to buy them as well as other features provided by the manufacturer that only bog down your system and provide next to nothing of value. To get the most out of your new computer, you should remove this software. Things that can be safely removed include any trial or demonstration versions of programs such as antivirus software.

2 – Connect to the Internet
In the system tray by the computer clock in the right-hand side of your taskbar, you'll see the networking icon. If you don't see this, you may need to press a button on your keyboard to activate the feature. Click on the icon and connect to your home or office network. Enter the passkey if required. This is usually written on the back of the broadband router. Alternatively, you can simply connect a LAN cable directly from the router to the port on your computer and the Internet should be available right away.

3 – Get Your Computer Updated
A new computer will always be in need of some essential updates. Run Windows Update from the "All Programs" section of the start menu. Search for new updates and install all critical and recommended updates. Since this is the first time Windows Update will run on this computer, it may take some time to download and install all of the updates which have been released since the computer was built.

You may also want to download and install the latest drivers. You will be able to get these from the manufacturer's website.

4 – Secure Your Computer
By their very nature, laptops are often at risk of getting lost and stolen. While such a scenario is bad enough, it will suddenly get ten-fold worse if someone ends up having access to all of your personal stuff. Make sure that you store all personal information in the folders for your account.

You should always password-protect a laptop computer. Open the start menu and click on "Control Panel." Click on "User Accounts and Family Safety" and click "Change your Windows password." Click "Create a password for your account" and type in your desired password and then again to confirm it. If you think there's any chance of you forgetting the password, create a password hint as well. Click "Create password" when done.


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