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Things to do after installing Windows 10

Here’s an instruction manual that you should follow after you’ve formatted your PC.

Building your own rig is a therapeutic process and so is going through a fresh install of Windows on your new system. You might have a myriad of reasons for a fresh install of Windows. However, after you’ve actually installed Windows, there are a number of installations and tweaking you must go through for your desired settings. Hence, we’ve decided to come up with a brief but comprehensive guide of steps you should follow after installing your copy of Windows 10. Do note, that most of the following suggestions are applicable for older versions as well.

Get Firefox

Fire up Microsoft Edge and download Firefox from the official Mozilla website, or maybe even Chrome. We aren’t saying Edge is bad but Firefox and Chrome were comparatively way better.

And among them, we found Firefox to be faster and lighter on your system’s memory. After this mandatory step, you can move on to installing your motherboard drivers.

Install hardware drivers and Windows updates

Although Windows 10 takes care of installing basic drivers to run all your hardware, you will still need to install motherboard specific drivers. This includes CPU chipset, GPU, Ethernet and Wi-Fi, audio, USB 3.0 drivers, etc. Additionally, you might have BIOS updates released by your motherboard manufacturer and even firmware updates. The most appropriate approach would be to find out your motherboard’s model name and download all the drivers from the official website. If you can’t find the model name of your motherboard, then you should download CPU-Z and go to mainboard to view the model. The driver downloads and optional utilities are usually listed in the support and download section of the product page. Now, you can move on to downloading your GPU drivers. Get them from the appropriate download pages of AMD, Intel or NVIDIA based on your GPU. Rather than manually doing these steps, there are applications out there that automate everything with a single click. Snappy Driver Installer is one of them that we would suggest.

You need to download motherboard specific drivers for your system.

After you’re done with drivers, you should update Windows to the latest security patches and bug fixes. This might be a huge download and it will take a really long time to install. It’s always best to download the basic patches and fixes before you start installing third-party software packages. Automatic download and installation of updates have become default now on Windows. Although you can keep postponing them, at one point they would simply enforce the installation.

Create appropriate partitions

If you’re installing a fresh copy of Windows 10, we would assume that your storage device is completely empty. Anyways, it’s always best to create partitions in order to keep your files organised.

Partitioning your storage space properly can go a long way.

Open up Partition Manager where you’ll find all your storage devices listed. You’ll see a single storage drive with a single partition per storage device that you’re using. You can shrink the default volume and create a new volumes with the remaining space based on your requirements. Right-click on the storage device where you want to create volumes and select Shrink Volume. Here you can add the size of the new volume you want to create. Be careful with the math.

Disable telemetry services

There are several tracking options on Windows, enabled by default and not all are easy to find and disable. The Spybot Anti-Beacon tool automatically detects all the telemetry services running in the background. Apart from the mandatory ones, it also lists other Windows services that can be optionally blocked. However, under the optional services, blocking the OneDrive Service will affect the Windows Mail app.

Spybot Anti-Beacon tool easily finds telemetry services running in the background.

In order to go all out on taking control of all your privacy and security options, you should download ShutUp10. Along with more settings, it also includes descriptions of what each aspect does and how turning it off will affect you.

Install essential software

With all the basic settings and updates taken care of, it’s time to download and install software for your daily usage. You can search for these software on websites like software repository sites like FileHippo or FossHub. It’s a great way to discover new software as well.

Ninite can save a lot of time and effort on the user’s part.

However, if you’re of the one-click magic kind, you should take a look at Ninite. Rather than going through the download pages of every single software, Ninite allows you to pick all the essential software you need and generate a single installer file. With this installer, you can automatically download all the software that was selected. The best part is that the installer will always fetch the latest versions of the selected software.

Manage startup programs

You can view startup programs by opening Task Manager and going to the Startup tab. Depending on whether you want any of them to startup on a system boot, you can disable some of them to save boot time.

Remove Windows bloatware

You can uninstall most of Windows bloatware only through the Windows Powershell. You can individually uninstall the apps with the command: get-appxpackage | remove-appxpackage.

Get rid of any unwanted bloatware on Windows 10.

For example, if you want to remove the Calculator app, you should enter the following: get-appxpackage calculator | remove-appxpackage. To remove all built-in apps from Microsoft, enter the following command: get-appxpackage -allusers | remove-appxpackage. To roll that back, you should re-install all the packages using the following: Get-AppxPackage -allusers | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register “$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode}.

What did you think of these tips and tricks you should perform after installing Windows 10? Do let us know if any of them worked exceptionally well for you, or if you have better alternatives by writing to us.

Abhijit Dey

Abhijit Dey

While indulging deep into conspiracy theories surrounding comic book movie plots, he can be found rewatching them looking for easter eggs. Otherwise, his weekends are spent on gaming and browsing memes.