Basic tips after formatting or reinstalling Windows

And is that whenever we run a new copy of Windows there are aspects when configuring the operating system that we cannot ignore and that we can easily forget. If you recently formatted or reinstalled Windows 10, these are the first things to do.

Download Windows Drivers and Updates

Once we have booted Windows after installing it, the first thing we should do is download both the new patches and Window updatesIt’s like the drivers of those devices that the Microsoft operating system has not been able to detect and update itself.

We will start with the Windows updates that are pending download since it is essential to always keep it updated. This is something we will do by pressing “Windows + I” and accessing the “Configuration” section. Click on “Update and security” where “Windows Update” will show us the pending updates. We download them and wait for the system to install them.

Later we check that all connected hardware devices are recognized by the system and there are no errors or missing drivers. We will do this by pressing “Windows + X” and selecting “Device Manager”. If we see a device with a yellow question mark, it is that it needs the drivers, which we can find from Windows itself, by clicking on “Update driver” or manually downloading them from the manufacturer’s website.

Customize appearance

Once we have the updated system and all the drivers installed, we will go to change desktop appearance Windows to customize it as much as possible to our liking. Although it is not an operating system that stands out for its high doses of customization, we can make some basic changes. From changing the colors of the windows and taskbar, the shape of the mouse pointer, the desktop background or the lock screen, these are some basic changes that practically any user usually makes basic. Later, if we want a higher level of customization, there are third-party applications that will allow us to give it a more extreme change. We can do it by pressing Windows + I to access the “Settings” section and then “Personalization”.

Customize Windows

Disable applications that are activated from startup

Another aspect that can be considered basic, although many users are unaware or do not realize it, is disable applications that are activated from startup along with Windows. And is that after the installation of Windows there are applications and services that by default run directly at the same time as the operating system. This can cause in the long run that the boot of our PC is increasingly slow.

Task manager disable startup

To do this, simply check which applications are running initially and, if necessary, deactivate them. It is as easy as pressing «CTRL + ALT + DELETE» and we access the «Task Manager». Here in the “Home” tab we can check in the “Status” column which ones are enabled. Thus, everything that we are sure that we will not need to start with Windows, we can disable it by pressing the button at the bottom right.

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