In today’s world it is necessary to have your own Laptop. It is very useful to a student as well as a Professional. But when you buy a new Laptop, depending on the company or Brand you select, provide that Laptop with many useless applications already installed on it.
These applications run automatically on each system startup and hog system resources. Which in turn affects your laptop’s performance. It is a good practice to uninstall those useless bloatware from your Laptop before taking your laptop to daily use. So, whenever you purchase a new Laptop, you should perform these tasks first.
Task 1 – Run Windows Update
If your Windows OS requires registering, do that first and then proceed to download and install Windows updates. Make sure that you are on a good Internet connection while you do that, because some of the updates may be heavy and could require substantial bandwidth. This will fix many of the performance and security issues that were discovered and fixed after the software was installed on that Laptop.
Task 2 – Uninstall Bloatware
The unwanted programs or bloatware, invariably come with most branded Windows laptops that manufacturers try to sneak primarily to serve their own purposes. As experience tells us, much of these pre-installed programs need not be there in your PC eating into resources. Go to ‘Add or remove programs‘ in the Control Panel and look at the software installed and try to identify which are the ones you might not need. Do an Internet search to identify what a specific software does and if that is of any use to you. It is also likely that there are other software available that do the job much better than the ones your laptop came pre-installed. You can uninstall the pre-installed software and download a better one from internet.
Task 3 – Power Options
Power, the one important option that is often overlooked and left to its default settings by many users. But defaults are not the ideal settings that you might want to have for yourself. It is prudent that on starting up your new Windows laptop give the power options a look and then change the plan setting according to your needs. One important setting that often goes unnoticed is ‘What closing the lid does‘. At workplaces around the world you’ll find people awkwardly carrying their half-closed laptops around for the fear that closing the lid will put the device to sleep. If you want to, you can choose it to do nothing, that is closing the lid will not put your Laptop to Sleep or make it Hibernate or Shutdown. This setting is also useful when you need to leave you PC running but unattended for long duration. You might also want to activate the Hibernate option to display in the Power menu.
Task 4 – Backup
You realize the importance of backups the most when you have none. Some PC manufacturers will have pre-installed software that will prompt you to create a backup, others may not. But it is very important to create a backup. Because our electronic devices, in spite of the many improvements, are still prone to unexpected behavior. In addition to taking regular backup of your PC content it is advisable that you also create recovery discs for the operating system and drivers, in case your laptop didn’t come with the disc(s). You should also, in addition, create a restore point time to time so that you can restore you PC to last working configuration if it crashed because of any hardware or software issues.
Task 5 – Adjust Taskbar Properties
This is another simple customization that many users overlook and which can in some ways improve your PC experience. By default, most Windows PCs will combine taskbar icons, which actually increases the steps required for you to reach an open task, particularly when you have multiple browser windows (not tabs) open. You can also reduce the size of the taskbar and the icons to free up more screen space. Some users might also want to auto-hide the Taskbar.
Make Your New Laptop Faster by Removing Bloatware
After performing above tasks you will notice your Laptop’s improved performance. Performing Windows Update will automatically update most of the drivers in your Laptop. However, if you still need to update any of the drivers on your Laptop, you can check for latest drivers on Manufacturer’s website. Enjoy, your new Laptop with better performance.