The launch of Windows 10 in July means now is a good time to ditch your tired old computer and replace it with a shiny new model.
PC manufacturer Hewlett-Packard (HP) knows this all too well and has begun publishing a series of video blogs, or vlogs, to Youtube designed to help you set up and get the most out of your new Windows 10 machine.
We've been following their How To For You vlog and HP customer support presenters Bill and Steph are certainly good at helping PC users with some of the basics.
While, of course, they use HP products in their vlog their demonstrations are applicable to all PCs running Window 10. Also, the same hints, tricks, and how to information applies to all Windows 10 PCs regardless of whether they are new, fresh off the shelves, PC models or older machines that have been upgraded to the new operating system.
The first vlog, HP How To For You Episode 1 - Windows 10 Release and Unboxing, runs to eight minutes and 49 seconds and covers unboxing a new PC and some tips and tricks around the features of Windows 10 release.
Snapping windows to the left, right, top or bottom of the screen is possible by holding down the Windows key, in the bottom left of your keyboard, alongside one of the arrow keys.
Experiment with three or four open windows at the same time and see what you can achieve.
You can also have more than one desktop assigned to your account, so if you have a laptop you use in the office and at home you can create one desktop with all your office shortcuts and files and another with what you mainly use at home. To do this press Ctrl, the Windows Key and D all at once.
Episode 2 – Setting Up A New Computer is a lot more practical, sharing how HP audits new PCs to make sure they are working correctly before it ships them to the stores.
Setting up the PC involves powering it up, selecting the right region and language settings, accepting the software licence agreement, registering the PC with your name and email address, giving it a PC Name (we recommend the make and model), signing in with a Microsoft account (so that all your settings come with you wherever you sign in), arriving at the desktop.
Once at the desktop Bill recommends leaving the machine for five minutes before shutting it down, giving the PC time to install its device drivers before adding other devices such as printers, webcams and so on.
Botting the PC fresh, Bill emphasises it's best to install peripherals one at a time to ensure they are working properly before adding other devices to the mix, starting with the network, the printer and other peripherals.
Finally, install your software, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Steph recommends running HP Support Assistant on an HP machine to check for updates. Other proprietary software on other makes of machine, such as Acer, Asus or Dell, does much the same thing. Or you can simply open Windows Update to achieve the same goal.