Windows 8.1 Setup Checklist

by Wren McMains

This page is just a checklist I follow when setting up a new machine. It assumes you've purchased a machine that was preloaded with the Operating System, Drives and Software (much of which you don't want). The list for a machine you build yourself is basically the same except you have to load the hardware drivers and you don't have to remove all the unwanted software.

For details on each, or to see why I recommend it, see New Computer Setup (Windows 8)

Free Programs I Always Recommend Installing:

Optional Free Programs, depending on interests:

After installing all software, be sure to run Windows Update and Belarc again.

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