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How to set up your new PC perfectly

Marco Chiappetta

A few steps can ensure that your PC runs smoothly and completely hardware-compatible and that it will continue to function optimally in the future. We'll show you how to set up a new computer perfectly.

EnlargeAvoid the hassle of setting up a new computer.

Have you just bought a new computer or just reinstalled Windows? What happens next, how do you set up the Windows machine so that it runs optimally over the long term? We provide the necessary tips for this and also have the right tools available for download.

Remove and update your drivers

EnlargeIf you set up your own PC, get used to starting in the device manager and updating your drivers manually.

When you start it for the first time, Windows 8.1 redirects you to the Windows update page by default and installs the latest drivers for all components that it detects on your system. This can be helpful for insignificant components that are rarely updated, such as network adapters or keyboards, but it is annoying for important components such as a GPU or a memory controller.

EnlargeIt is better to update graphics cards like the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 manually than to rely on the Windows update to do this.

When you boot a new Windows operating system for the first time, it is recommended that you disconnect your system from the Internet to block Windows or other auto updates. Once you are disconnected from the internet, update all of your drivers. Nvidia, AMD and Intel often update graphics, chipset and storage media drivers on their own websites before they are available on the Windows update page. Of course, you will need an additional PC connected to the Internet to download the drivers. You can transfer this to your new PC with any storage medium. If your PC refuses to recognize older hardware, look in the PC-Welt advisor "Finding new drivers for old hardware".

Remove unnecessary items

Ready-made systems are usually delivered with a lot of software pre-installed by the manufacturer, only taking up your storage space and pestering you with annoying ads and purchase recommendations. Unless preinstalled software piques your interest, you should remove it.

EnlargePC Decrapifier is a suitable tool for removing bloatware from your new PC.

First start a tool like the PC Decrapifier, which automatically removes bloatware that has been applied by the manufacturer. Then open the Control Panel and go to Programs, Programs and Features and work your way through the list of installed programs removing anything you don't need.

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While you're at it, open the Windows 8 Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), open the Startup tab and close all background applications that you don't need when Windows starts (if you are using an older version of Windows, look for it Search for “msconfig” in the start menu and open the system start tab.) Often you will find dozens of programs that can be uninstalled to free up system memory and resources for other applications and a faster start-up time.

Run the Windows update repeatedly

Once you've updated your drivers and removed the pointless software, connect to the Internet and run Windows Update to bring your operating system and all of its components up to date.

EnlargeCheck for new updates often to stay current.

Often, new updates become available after installing an update or another Microsoft application (such as Office). You should therefore run the Windows update again and again and restart your system if necessary until no more critical updates are available for your PC. Once that's done, make sure that Windows updates are automatically installed when they are available, unless there is a compelling reason not to do so.

Installation of your applications

EnlargeNinite makes it very easy to install large programs in one go, which saves a lot of time.
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After you have fully updated your Windows system, it is time to install your applications. It is advisable to carry out this step immediately after updating Windows to make sure that all current compatibility patches have been installed, which is especially true for a still young operating system such as Windows 8.1. important is. If you don't know exactly what to install, you can find out more about 22 freeware programs here for a fresh start. The tool or the Ninite page is ideal for this purpose, which is able to automatically install a large number of known applications, which can save you a lot of time.

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