9 Useful Tips for Your New Windows 8 Device

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Have you bought a new Windows 8 laptop and facing difficulty in configuring it? You may come across issues while configuring the new operating system (OS) if you are not familiar with this new OS. Microsoft account, lock screen, etc may appear different to you. Following are nine things that you must do just after switching on your brand new Windows 8 laptop, Notebook or PC.

  1. Create a Microsoft Account

What is known today as Microsoft Account was formally known as Windows Live ID. Microsoft account allows you to sync your Windows settings across all Windows 8-powered devices. A Microsoft account can be enabled by an email address and password.

Perform the below mentioned steps to create your Microsoft account:

  • Open the http://bit.ly/UIpiSu
  • Enter the required information
  • Use any valid email address of yours
  1. Use a strong password

Having a Microsoft account is important because it will let you connect automatically to the cloud and thus you will be able to see all your friends’ contact info and status updates. Besides, you will be able to perform various other activities such as accessing the files of SkyDrive, Flicker and Facebook. You will also be able to sync System settings such as desktop themes, browser favorites, language preferences, history, apps and with any machine that runs on Windows 8.

  1. Set Up your Lock Screen

Now with Windows 8, you can make your lock screen more security oriented. Unlike the traditional text password, the new Microsoft OS has “Password Pictures.” As predictable by name, this password is a picture from Windows 8 Pictures folder. You have to choose, which picture you want to use as the password picture. Once you’ve selected, you can use any combination of straight lines, circles, tapes etc to create a geometric password.

  • To set up a picture password
  • Search for “picture password” on the Start screen
  • Under Sign-in Options, click “Create a Picture Password”
  • Select one of your own photos
  • Choose three gestures
  • Perform all three again
  • The picture password will get created.

When you hit on the “Create a Picture Password,” Windows prompt you with a wizard that will educate you on how to create the password. 

Picture Password is just an alternative choice, means if you are not convenient with it, you can keep the traditional text passwords also.

  1. Install Antivirus Software

Once you have created your log in password, you can be assured that your system is now protected from outsiders; even from friends and family members who you don’t want to authorize to use your Notebook. But more important is to protect your Notebook from viruses and malware that can not only deteriorate the performance of your device but also make it vulnerable to online security threats.

Hence, before you start using your system for browsing, it is important to make its online security strong. The new Windows 8 laptops and PCs come with pre-installed Internet security suit; activate it to keep your PC away from malware, viruses and phishing scams.

Mere activation of this suite is not enough therefore it is highly recommended that you install robust antivirus programs. If you can’t purchase a robust antivirus straightaway, then use the free antivirus utility called Windows Defender by Microsoft that provides adequate protection from low-grade malware. But as early as possible get a good anti-virus program installed in your device.

  1. Run Windows Updates

When you buy a new laptop or notebook and get it installed with new Windows 8 OS, you generally have the idea that it is all safe and secured. But do you know that Windows 8 OS has been available since September 2011? So, the bad guys (malware developers) with strong head intentions of exploiting the loopholes in ubiquitous software might have end up exploiting the OS.

So, it is highly recommended that just after getting connected to the Internet from your new device, run Windows updates. For doing so:

  • Swipe-in from the right side of the screen
  • Open the Charms menu
  • Tap on the ‘Settings’ icon
  • Tap “Change PC Settings” at the bottom
  • This will bring the PC settings menu
  • Scroll down to select Windows Update
  • Select “Check for updates now.”

If updates are recommended, then run it to keep your OS more secured and operationally active.

  1. Transfer Data from your Old PC

If this new Windows 8 device is not your first laptop, then definitely you must be having data on your old computer that you want to transfer to your new system. Transferring data to Windows 8 PC is easy and convenient; you can use Windows Easy Transfer and an external hard drive. To use Windows Easy Transfer, perform the following steps:

  • Go to your old Windows 7 laptop
  • Run ‘Easy Transfer’
  • Select “An external hard disk or USB flash drive”
  • Select “This is my old Notebook”
  • Select the account from which you want to transfer data
  • Click ‘Next’
  • Files will transfer to the hard drive
  • Now, open your Windows 8 laptop
  • From the Start screen, search for ‘Easy Transfer’
  • Run ‘Easy Transfer’
  • Select “An external hard disk or USB flash drive”
  • Select “This is my New Notebook”
  • Select the account to which you want to transfer data
  • Click transfer.

After you are done with these steps, your old files will get transferred to your new Windows 8 notebook.

  1. Pin Your Favorite Apps to the Start Screen

Windows 8 allows you to pin your favorite apps to the Start screen. Doing this is simple:

  • Right-click on any app in the desktop
  • At the top of the dialog, click "Pin to Start"

You can make arrangement of your pinned apps, so that like apps reside in a group.

  1. Use Password Manager

If you have myriad of passwords and you don’t know how to manage them, then you must use Password Manager. It will help you to keep track of the passwords, generate complex passwords and you won’t have to memorize them either. The Windows Store has a number of specific applications for this purpose, specifically designed for the New Password Locker ($1.99), Code Vault ($1.49), LockIt ($1.99), and LastPass (free) are to name a few. Tools such as ‘Iron Password’ can be used to generate high-quality passwords.

  1. Power Settings

If you want to increase the battery life of your new Windows 8 notebook, then change its power settings such as Display Brightness, Graphics Power-consumption, Sleep Mode, etc.

  • Go to the Start Screen
  • Search for ‘Power Options’
  • Run ‘Power Options’
  • Next to the power plan of your choice, click ‘Change Plan Settings’
  • Now, ‘Edit Plan Settings’ dialog box will open, here you can tweak your settings

You can adjust the display brightness; change the length of time for the screen to dim; turn off the device; go to sleep; change graphics usage, etc.

The aforementioned are the 9 essential things without which you shouldn’t start using your newly bought Windows 8 device. The aforementioned steps take care of your laptop’s security from offline and online threats, illegitimate logging of strangers, data syncing, old data transfer, user perspective, usability and much more. Hence, after unpacking your brand new device, take some time to get the device configured in the appropriate manner.

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Polly M Quinton has been serving at qresolve.com as a tech support engineer and offers tech support to global customers. Polly is known for her skills and wide experience in providing online technical support for laptop, Mac,desktop, iPods,tablets, iPhone, smartphones and virus removal. She has been an active blogger and article writer related to computers, information technology, peripherals and devices. Her articles let users know about the benefits of online tech support, computer support and the latest emerging technologies.

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This article was published on 2014/05/09