First 5 minutes with a new PC

When I get a new computer I like to ensure it is up to date and has my favourite programs installed. This is how I spend the first 5 minutes on a new PC.

Device Serial and Product Keys

Make a note of the computers serial number, product number and any product keys (Like Windows). I usually take some photos and store them in my Dropbox and on a spare USB drive. This can be handy should it be stolen or when dealing with tech support.

Updates and Drivers

It's important that all drivers and system updates are installed. This ensures any security holes or bugs are patched.

Installing Driver Updates

  1. Go to the manufacturers website and find their support section (Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer)
  2. Now you will need to enter in your product model, number or service-ID. Many also offer an auto-detct option.
  3. It should take you to a list of available drivers. The auto-detect option will usually list which of your drivers need updating
  4. Look through the list and download the relevant drivers. I usually download everything and save it to a USB just in case I need to

Installing System Updates

  1. Open Windows Updates
  2. Check for updates
  3. Windows will then download and install any updates

Install Programs

Whilst everything is updating/downloading. I move on to installing the programs I use most days.
Ninite is a great website which bundles together a range of programs into one download/installer. This means you don't have to click next a hudred times through different installations. It’s really easy and convenient to use.

All you need to do is go to their website, select the programs you want and click "Get Your Ninite". Then all you need to do is run the installer and your done. My go-to programs are:

  • Chrome (Web Browser)
  • Dropbox (File hosting/Sync)
  • Spotify (Streaming Music)
  • VLC (Media Player)
  • Avira (Anti-Virus)
  • Steam (Game Platform)
  • 7-Zip (Zip/Archive)
  • Filezilla (FTP Client)
  • PuTTY (SSH Client)

Now Ninite doesn't have everything so I'll also go and download any other programs I need from their respective websites.

Alright so all of that most definitely took more than 5 minutes.

Cover image Courtesy of Dell Inc.