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How to Launch Windows on Your Laptop for the First Time

When you first turn on a brand-new laptop, Windows goes through some gyrations and prompts you to set up Windows on your computer. You're asked certain questions, such as which time zone you live in and what’s your name and your company name. This is designed to finish the installation of Windows, which was started back at the factory, before your laptop shipped.

Heed the instructions on the screen! It's painless, and it's over with quickly.

When you're asked to create user accounts, you should just create one for yourself. Don't bother creating one just yet for each member of the whole fam-damily as well as your pets. You can do that later, and then only when other people really need to use the computer.

  • The main Windows account is known as the administrator. That account is the one used to modify the computer, add new software, and do other administrative chores. Even when you don't intend it, when you're the only person using the computer, you are the administrator.

  • Do not forget the administrator's password!

  • You don't have to use your own name for your account in Windows. It really doesn't make any difference.

  • Entering an organization name is optional, though it's fun to specify fictitious organizations or something juvenile, like Central Intelligence Agency.

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