Setting up a new Windows laptop or desktop? Change these dumb defaults right away!

Whether you bought a new PC laptop or desktop for yourself or received one as a gift, there are a few things you need to do before you sit down for your first session of web surfing, productivity or gaming. When you power up for the first time, you’ll probably encounter Windows 11’s OOBE (out of the box experience), which will ask you for your Microsoft login, network ID and some other details. And once you’ve gotten through that, you need to take a few actions to optimize your PC experience.

There are several default Windows settings that slow you down and limit your productivity. For example, the architects of Windows 11 decided to limit the number of options in the right-click menu by default, often forcing you to click an extra time to see the one you want. And, if you didn’t build this PC yourself, both the manufacturer and Microsoft have thrown on some very unwelcome crapware for good measure. 


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