Whether you've just bought a new laptop to replace an old one, or upgraded to treat yourself, there are some things you should do right away when you get a new laptop. Some small investments in time now will help ensure the best experience down the road. Software is the backbone of any computer installation. Knowing which tools are essential makes setting up a new installation easy.
With the current sea of free applications, which ones can you trust and which ones are the best?
In no particular order, here are 10 things everyone should install right away, along with alternatives for each category.
1. Update Windows OS
Users can download Windows 11 the same way you'd get any new version of Windows. Just go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. You'll see Feature update to Windows 11.
How much does it cost to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11? It's free. But only Windows 10 PCs that are running the most current version of Windows 10 and meet the minimum hardware specifications will be able to upgrade. You can check to see if you have the latest updates for Windows 10 in Settings/Windows Update.
2. Remove Windows Software Bloatware
However, you may not be able to delete some of them (there is a reason they're called bloatware). To do so, go to Settings > Apps > Apps & features. Here, click the app you want to remove and click Uninstall.Rooting or jailbreaking devices is one means to remove bloatware, as these methods grant users full admin access to remove programs and applications that are even native devices. There also are some app removal programs that can root phones for you.
3. Microsoft Defender
Microsoft Defender scores 9.6, which is quite a good score. It's better than any other free product tested with this same sample set. Adaware, Avast, and Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition all score 9.2, while Kaspersky, Panda, and Avira score is still lower. Inactive mode, Microsoft Defender Antivirus is used as the primary antivirus app on the device. Files are scanned, threats are remediated, and detected threats are listed in your organization's security reports and in your Windows Security app.
4. Find My Device
Find My Device makes it easy to locate, ring, or wipe your device from the web. Find your phone. Lost your phone? Try some simple steps, like showing the location or locking the screen, to help you secure it. Sign In to Start. Search.
Google's free Find My Device service is what you'll use should your phone ever go missing to track, remotely lock and remotely erase it. Check to make sure Find My Device is enabled on your Android phone by opening the Settings app and going to Security & Location > Find My Device.
5. Biometric Login
Windows Hello is the biometric authentication feature that helps strengthen authentication and helps to guard against potential spoofing through fingerprint matching and facial recognition.
From Settings, tap Biometrics and security, and then tap Fingerprints. Enter your secure screen lock credentials and then tap Add fingerprint. Follow the on-screen prompts to add the fingerprint, and then tap Done.
A web browser, or simply 'browser,' is an application used to access and view websites. Common web browsers include Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. On most Windows computers, you'll find the preinstalled browser icon on your desktop home. It's also sometimes pinned to the taskbar by default. After installing a new browser, there's usually an option to add a shortcut to your desktop home or taskbar.
7. Power Settings
Select Search on the taskbar, type control panel, and select it from the results. Select System and Security. In the Power Options section, select Change what the power buttons do. The power mode is a feature on Windows 10 to optimize battery life on laptops and tablets, while the power plan is available on desktops, laptops, and tablets, and it's a feature that you can customize any way you want to let Windows know exactly how it should manage power on your PC.
Power Options is a setting in the Windows Control Panel, under the Hardware and Sound category. It allows the user to adjust their power plan and power settings on their computer.
8. Automated Backups
Automatic backup is a type of data backup model that requires little or no human intervention in backing up and storing data from a local network/system to a backup facility. Automating the backup process saves time and complexity required to manually back up a computer, network or IT environment. Many backup systems can be automated to process backups overnight. Purchase and use an archival backup solution, e.g. a tape drive.
Customization lets users make their own selections about what they want to see, or set preferences for how information is organized or displayed. It can enhance user experience because it allows users to control their interaction. Customization is done by the user. Users are asked to identify their preferences and they are then shown things that they prefer. For example, when customers sign up for Netflix, the service asks users to select a few shows they like and then displays a list of options based on those choices.
10. 3rd Party Apps
These are the apps that are created by developers who are not associated with the manufacturer but still want their products to be compatible with the device. For example, WinRAR, Facebook App, and others.
Typically, standalone third-party applications involve various programs. Web browsers such as Opera, Firefox, Safari, and email clients like Thunderbird, The Bat!, and Pegasus are nice examples of third-party applications. A unique third-party app offers extra functionality to a primary program.
11. Thermal Control
Thermal control is absolutely essential for both the physical integrity of the satellite and for its efficient operation because electronic equipment have their optimum performance within a certain temperature range. The satellite's payload will dictate its operating range. Thermal systems are those that involve the storage and transfer of heat. Heat stored in a material object is manifested as a higher temperature. For example, a hot block of metal has more heat stored in it than an equivalent cool block.