There are many reasons one may need to switch to Windows 10 OS. It could be a fresh install or an update from an older edition. If you have just installed/upgraded to Windows 10, these are several things you should do before you continue to install apps you need for your work.
1. Update Windows 10
This should be the first stop. Sometimes it may feel like a process you may want to skip because updates at times are messy, especially when there is a buggy update, often requiring a lot of downloads, taking a while and requiring a long booting process. Yet, performing an update after a Windows installation is extremely vital.
This update means one is equipped with the latest bug fixes and security patches. It can be a disaster leaving the computer open and vulnerable.
To update Windows 10: In the Start menu search for “Windows update,” then select Windows Update settings. Click “Check for updates” to see if any updates are available. Since this is a newly installed copy or an upgrade to Windows 10, you’ll likely find many pending updates. Wait for the updates to download and prepare. Restart your PC when prompted.
2. Create a Recovery Drive
This is a very important step because after your installation and updates are successful, you will need to have a backup in case your Windows develops startup issues at a later time.
Creating a recovery drive will require a USB drive of a minimum of 512 MB size. Booting from this specially formatted USB flash drive will allow access to the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). This can come in handy in fixing most common startup problems.
You can search for Recovery Drive from the search field of your taskbar to start the process of creating a recovery drive.
3. Install the Latest Drivers
Devices should be programmed to work with the system when connected to the system. Drivers are the software that controls this partnership. They understand how the hardware is programmed and allow communicating to the Windows OS.
Drivers are provided by the manufacturers of the hardware and often need updating when out of date. After a fresh install or an upgrade, it is essential to have the drivers up to date and compatible with the new OS.
You could search for “Device Manager” by searching with the taskbar. In the device manager, all the drivers needed could be updated individually.
4. Secure your Account
Your sign-in credentials will be stored locally if you use a local account. This simply means you cannot provide a second authentication factor. However, you can set up a two-factor authentication if you sign into a Microsoft account. This authentication will require confirmation from an app or your trusted mobile device.
Since it is free, it is a very efficient option for securing an account. To set up 2FA for a Microsoft account, sign in to initiate the process.
Installing or upgrading to Windows 10 is never just enough. Consider the above steps as part of the installation/upgrade process. Once you have done the above steps to protect yourself, you can then proceed to install the apps required for your work.