How to Optimize Your New Laptop

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Here are several tips to help you optimize the performance of your newly bought laptop or notebook. Please note that before you buy, make sure that it comes with a warranty and an operating system such as Windows 10.

1. Register your new laptop online

Most laptops nowadays come with registration information to register your product online through the retailer or the company brand. This is useful for warranty claims and other laptop offers if you are interested.

So you need to identify and keep records of the serial number of the laptop, model number, date of purchase, the name of the retailer, and the warranty card or receipt in a safe place.

2. Remove promotional software or bloatware

Bloatware is a promotional software that comes preinstalled in the laptop along with the Windows operating system.

You need to remove them to free up space on your hard drive and to avoid annoying pop-ups. But careful not to remove the operating system itself. To find out check online on how to remove bloatware.

3. Update windows operating system

If you have an internet connection, it is a good idea to update your windows operating system, as new updates and security patches are released to prevent software bugs and malware.

4. Create a System Restore point

It is a name given to the collection of important system files stored by the system restore in Windows at a given date and time. Basically, it works as a safety mechanism in case windows gets corrupted drivers and software drivers that do not work. You can use it to recover your Windows operating system to the date the restore point was created.

5. Identify and install anti-virus software

With all the viruses and unwanted software out there such as malware, spyware, or ransomware that can harm your laptop, it is a good idea to get a good anti-virus to secure your files and your system. Windows 10 already has an anti-virus named Windows Defender, but you must also consider third party anti-virus software, such as AVG, Avast, Norton, etc., as it comes with additional security features.

6. Create backups

Windows has a backup feature that lets you select a particular drive, folder or files, and schedule feature to backup and restore data from the hard drive or an external hard drive.

7. Set default programs

Here you can set the software or applications installed to open emails, an internet browser, music player, photo viewer, etc. From the windows icon on the lower left of the screen, click it, find and click ‘Settings’, then ‘Apps’, then ‘Default Apps’.

8. Get surge protection

A typical UPS for backup power

If you are constantly faced with frequent power outages, then it is a good idea to get an offline UPS to provide backup power. For laptops this is no problem, just remember to keep your laptop fully charged frequently.

9. Buy supporting accessories

If you are not too comfortable using the touchpad, then use your external mouse. There are other accessories to use but it depends on the input ports available of your laptop.

Final Word

Any tips you would like to share relating to this topic? Are you considering these tips after getting a laptop? What issues are you facing with your laptop right now? Is it running efficiently? Please leave your comments below.

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