Like many Microsoft enthusiasts who are excited over the release of Windows 10, you may have already downloaded the latest upgrade.
The question on everyone's mind is: what now? To help you traverse the exciting changes your PC has just been through, we've listed things users should do next to ensure a satisfying Windows 10 transition.
Here is a list of things to do after the initial upgrade:
1. Disable Wi-Fi Sharing
Windows 10 is set by default to share your Internet connection with others via Wi-Fi. It is wise to disable the feature if you are not interested in sharing your connection at the moment.
Do to this, click on the task bar or Start Menu then open the "Settings" app and choose "Change Wi-Fi settings." From there, click "Manage Wi-Fi settings" and uncheck all boxes under the "For networks I select, share them with" option. You should also toggle off from "Connect to suggested open hotspots" and "Connect to networks shared by my contacts" options.
2. Check for Windows Updates
Even though you have just installed the latest updates of Windows 10, it is recommended that you once again run a Windows update just to be sure you have fully installed any last-minute updates from Microsoft.
On the Search box next to the Windows 10 Start Button, type "windows update." Note that it is okay to ignore the invitations to set up Cortana for now (we will discuss later on how to do this manually). On the list of results from the Search box, select "check for updates" and then click on the "check for updates" button.
Remember that Windows 10 updates work differently from previous Windows versions, and they won't always be able to select which updates to install but most updates will download automatically. For those that don't download automatically, you can restart your PC to install the updates.
3. System Protection
By default, the System Protection for Windows 10 is turned off. To re-enable System Protection, you need to open an Explorer window then right click on "This PC" option and choose "Properties." Choose "System Protection" found in the left pane of the window and then select "C:" drive in the dialog box that opens. Select "Turn on system protection" from the "Configure" button.
Enabling System Protection will allow users to undo a Windows Update in case a future update contains a serious bug that can be detrimental to the system.
4. Window 10 Privacy Settings
After using the Express settings option in installing Windows 10, it is recommended that you review its default security settings. To recheck the settings, go to "Start" click on "Settings" then choose "Privacy." To view more of the settings, simply click each entry found in the left side of the window.
Remember to carefully read each explanation of the settings you want to switch off, as some of them will affect how Windows 10 works in your PC.
5. Create a Microsoft Account
The Microsoft account allows certain Windows settings to be saved when you are online and is helpful in ensuring the security of your system.
To create an account: from the Start menu click on "Settings" and then click on "Accounts". Under the "Your account" section, click "Sign in with a Microsoft account instead" and simply follow the on-screen instructions.
It's important to note that you will not lose any of your settings by switching to a Microsoft account
6. Create a PIN Login for Microsoft Account
To create a PIN, simply go to Start and click on "Settings." From there choose "Accounts" then click on "Sign-in options." Click the Add button below "PIN" and follow the on-screen instructions.
Remember that in creating a strong PIN, it must be easy for you to remember and it must contain at least four digits to discourage others from guessing it.
7. Check for Application Updates
In order to successfully install the Windows 10 upgrades, you might have had to uninstall some software to ensure the upgrade goes smoothly. Since the Action Center will not necessarily inform you of the latest update on the said uninstalled apps, it is best to check on them manually after re-installing the apps.
8. Action Center and Managing Notifications
The Action Center icon is found on the Notification Area. This function allows users to view the most important notifications on the top of the list followed by email notifications and other alerts below it.
Adjust application notifications settings by heading to the notifications icon in the system tray. Once there, you can choose which app you want to display notifications and which cannot by clicking on "All settings" followed by "System and then Notifications and actions."
9. Customize Windows 10 Look
For a more personalized desktop that reflects your mood and personality, simply right-click on an empty part of the Desktop then select "Personalize" from the menu that pops up. Choose from options that allow you to change and tweak background, colors, login screen and the Start menu.
10. Set Up Cortana
Cortana is a digital assistant that can answer questions, set important reminders, and even become a search bar for documents and apps stored on your PC.
For those interested in Cortana's services, you can activate her by clicking on the "Start" button then choose the "Notebook" icon to see the Cortana settings menu where you can turn her on or off.
After you've done all the above-recommended checks and updates, you can go ahead and explore Windows 10 to your heart's desire.