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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…