Setting up a Windows 10 computer


This guide will help you to get your Windows 10 laptop, or desktop computer, set up and ready to use.


Completing the Setup Wizard


Turn your computer on by pressing and holding the power button.

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First, you need to choose your Language, Keyboard layout and Time zone. Click each drop-down menu and choose what you want, then click Next.


There's some 'Legal stuff' that you need to agree to. Have a read through it, then click Accept.

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To make sure everything gets set up properly, you'll want to connect the computer to the internet (if you've not plugged an ethernet cable in). Choose your Network name from the list.


Type in your Wi-Fi password then click Next.

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'Get going fast' lets you use some standard Windows settings that most people will find suit them. To use them, click Use Express settings, or click Customise settings if you want to do it yourself.


If you chose to customise the settings, you'll see a screen about personalising your desktop. Pick the settings you want by clicking the switches, then press Next.

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Next are some 'connectivity' and 'error reporting' settings. Choose the ones you want by clicking the switches, then press Next.


Choose the browser and protection settings you want to use, then press Next.

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'Make it yours' lets you keep all your information and data in one place by synchronising it with your Microsoft account. Type in your Microsoft email address and password and click Sign in. You can set up a new one instead by choosing Create one.


When you've signed in with a Microsoft account, you'll be asked to set up a 'PIN' so that logging in is quicker. Click Set a PIN.

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Type in the PIN you want to use, then type it in again to confirm it. Click OK to set it.


'OneDrive' is free online storage that comes with your Microsoft account. It's used by the computer as a default, but you can make things save to your Computer instead by clicking Save new files only to this PC by default. Otherwise, click Next.

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'Cortana' is Microsoft's virtual assistant and can help you with using your computer. If you don't want to use it, click Not now. To carry on with Cortana, click Use Cortana.


You'll see some pages finishing the set up. Don't worry, you don't need to do anything. When it's finished your computer will be set up and ready to use.

Connecting your computer to the internet


These steps will help you connect your computer to a Wi-Fi network.

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In the bottom-right corner of the screen, find and click the Wi-Fi symbol.


From the list, click your network name.


Type in the Wi-Fi password then click Next.


You'll be asked about 'sharing'. If it's an internet connection you're using at home, it's safe to choose Yes.

When it's working, you'll see the word 'Connected' next to your network name.


Setting up an email account


If you added a Microsoft account when you set up your computer, then emails to that account will already be set up. These steps will help you add other email accounts you might have.

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Open the Start menu and click the Mail app (it looks like an envelope).


On the 'Welcome screen', click Get started.


To add a new email account, click Add account.

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Choose your mail provider from the list.


Type in the Email address and password for the account you're adding, then click Sign in.


You have to let the Mail app have access to your account, so click Allow.

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Type in your name to personalise the account, then click Sign in.


You'll get a message letting you know that the account is set up, so click Done.


You should see your account listed on the 'Accounts screen' now. Click on it to go to the Inbox.

That's you email account set up now. When you've finished with it, you can click the Windows button to get back to the Start screen.


Setting up a lock screen


Your computer can hold a lot of your personal information, so it's important to keep it protected by adding a lock screen. This stops unauthorised users from being able to get in and see your stuff. Here's how to set one up.

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Open the Start menu, and go to Settings > Accounts.


Click Sign-in options.


Under 'Require sign-in', you can choose how long it will be before the computer asks you for the password.


When you change the 'Require sign-in' time, you'll be asked to confirm it with your PIN or Password. Type the password in and click Save.


To set up a PIN, instead of typing in your Windows password each time, click Add or Change under 'PIN'.


Type in the PIN you want to use, then again to confirm it. When you're done, click OK.

Your computer is protected with the PIN you've just set up. After the 'Required time' has passed, you'll need to type it in to unlock the computer. You can use the same steps if you ever want to change it.


Your Windows 10 computer should be set up and ready for you to start using. If you need to, you can get more help from a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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