A First Timer’s Manual for Setting Up Windows 8.1

Just got a new PC, complete with Windows 8.1? Setting up a new computer can be an exhilarating, yet daunting task. Here's a quick rundown of the steps you should take to enhance your PC performance right out of the box.

First off, set your username and password – for security reasons, don't skip this step. Once booted up, go ahead and uninstall some of the pre-packaged software and trial-only programs you don't want that Microsoft usually includes with its consumer operating systems. This will reduce the clutter on your hard drive and speed up your PC from moment one. 

Next, download any software updates that are available. Doing so will make sure your applications have up-to-the-minute protection against viruses and other malware. Now would also be a good time to ensure that your PC has a regular backup strategy, whether you're using a cloud-based storage service like Dropbox or an external hard drive.

Finally, one of the most important things you can do early on is to ensure that you are secure from PC virus attacks. Don't waste any time in upgrading from Windows' standard anti-virus suite. System Mechanic Pro by iolo technologies is a one-stop-shop for the protection and performance of your new computer, and integrates seamlessly with Windows 8.1.

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A First Timer’s Manual for Setting Up Windows 8.1