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This is what I configure in Windows 10 the first time I start it to have the best experience

This is what I configure in Windows 10 the first time I start it for the best experience

Now that the Black Friday and Christmas offers are approaching, perhaps more than one will be taking advantage of the opportunity to get a new computer, and if it is a computer with Windows 10, you may be interested in reading tips on some steps to take to get the system up and running from the ground up.

As someone who has been using Windows 10 since day one and has done dozens of new installs for various reasons, I have a pretty good use of the things to configure in that first start to have the best possible experience, and maybe some of those things can be useful to you.

Update and configure how we receive updates

Update Windows 10

Something I recommend doing immediately after starting Windows 10 for the first time, before installing anything, is simply updating the system. All you have to do is press the Windows key + I and open the Setting.

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Once there you must select Update and security To access Windows update, and then you just have to click on Search for updates and wait for them to download. Depending on the type of updates, you may need to restart your computer when finished.

Windows update

Now, once you have the latest version of Windows 10 available and all your security patches up to date, it's a good time to tell Windows 10 not to restart your computer without asking your permission every time you have an update.

To do this click on Advanced Options inside Wnidows Update, and uncheck the option that says the system will reboot the device as soon as possible when a reboot is required to install an update.

Do Not Restart Without Permission

Take care of your storage

Depending on the type of storage on your computer, each GB may cost more or less expensive, and if you've opted for something like an NVMe SSD, you're going to want to make the most of every megabyte and not waste it on unnecessary bloatware.

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My first recommendation is activate Windows 10 storage sensor. This is a system function that is in charge of monitoring your disk from time to time and automatically deletes things like temporary files or those in the trash to save space.

Storage Sensor

To activate it you just have to go to Setting, to choose System and select Storage. There you will see the option at the top and if you click on Configure Storage Sense or run it now you can choose when to run it (daily, weekly, monthly, or when space is low), and decide how often you want temporary files to be deleted, and even those in your Downloads folder (I don't recommend this due to possible accidents).

The other thing I recommend doing is uninstalling all the applications that come installed by default that you never plan to use, be it Candy Crush and the Solitaire collection, bloatware installed by your computer manufacturer.

Uninstall Apps

Go back to Setting Windows and this time choose Applications and there you will find the list with all the programs installed on your computer. I recommend you select "Sort by: Size"so that you can appreciate first the apps that take up the most space.

From there you can click on each of the ones you want to delete and then just click on To uninstall. It's a tedious process, but I recommend doing it this way rather than using an automated third-party tool that might remove things you didn't want to remove.

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Activate Clipboard History

Clipboard Windows 10

The super helpful clipboard history is one of my favorite Windows 10 features, and something that once you start using it becomes a one-way trip. What this does is offer you a better clipboard than it stores everything you copy on your computer and puts it at hand to paste at any time, not just the last thing you copied.

To activate it you just have to go to Setting, to select System and navigate to Clipboard. There you will find the option to activate the Clipboard History. From now on you can use the key combination Windows + V to access the history and select what you want to paste.

Clipboard History

And it not only works with text, but with images and other types of files. Up to a maximum of 25 of the last objects you copied. If you also activate synchronization between devices, you can copy and paste to computers or an Android mobile that uses your Microsoft account.

Install your favorite apps quickly

Now that you've got the basics in place in the system, it's time to install your favorite utilities. You could do it one by one, going to each page, googling, and hitting "next, next" countless times, or you could use Winget and Winstall.

App Installer

Winget is the new Windows 10 package manager, you just have to go to the Microsoft Store and install this application. Once this is done, enter the winstall website and start selecting all the apps you are interested in installing, you just have to click on them. From WhatsApp and Zoom, to Steam, Chrome, Firefox, GIMP, VLC, etc. There are almost 2000 apps available on the site.


When you have finished selecting all the apps you want, you can then click on Generate script. This will give you a text box with code that you will need to paste in the Windows terminal, you can use PowerShell or Command Prompt.

Winget Apps

Paste the code, hit Enter and wait. This will install all the apps you selected automatically and fairly quickly. You just have to wait for the process to finish and you will have all your programs ready.

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Take advantage of synchronization with Android

This step is obviously only useful for those who have an Android mobile, in which case, it is an excellent idea to configure the application Your telephone. You will be missing a lot if you don't.

Your telephone

First install the Your Phone Companion application on your mobile from the Google Play Store. You will need Android 7.0 or later. Then install the latest version of Your Phone for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store.

Sit in front of the computer and run the application on Android and follow the step-by-step instructions that will be given to you, you will have to log in with your Microsoft account and basically pair your mobile with your computer. Once this is done, from the Your phone application for Windows 10 you can:

Photos Your Phone

  • See all the photos from your mobile instantly in Windows 10

  • Make and receive calls from Windows 10

  • Manage your SMS from your computer

  • View Android notifications in Windows 10

  • Control music playback on Android from Windows 10

  • Run Android apps (for now only if you have a Samsung Galaxy)

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by Gabriela González.