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The first things to do after starting Windows for the first time (having finished the setup part) are:

1. Setting up Windows auto maintenance:
Unlike the previous versions of Windows such as Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 perform all maintenance work automatically in the background by default. When you setup the new computer (see Setting up the new computer), unless you opted otherwise, you have automatically opted for auto maintenance. This is a great convenience for most people. Auto maintenance includes Windows automatic updates, smart system diagnostics, performance of security scans, as well as other usual tasks like disk clean-up, disk defragmentation, etc.

By default, this automatic maintenance happens at 3 a.m. everyday, and only if the PC is not in use at the time. If it is in use, then the scheduling will occur when your computer is next left idle. You can even choose to allow scheduled maintenance to wake up your computer at the scheduled maintenance time. In that case, after performing the maintenance tasks, Windows will put your computer back to sleep. You can change the default settings if you wish. To learn how please see this wonderful tutorial.

In case of any problem with automatic maintenance, you will be notified by Windows. If you prefer, you can turn off Windows automatic maintenance, and perform all the maintenance work manually yourself.

2. Activating computer manufacturer's pre-installed anti-virus program:
This is real easy. Most renowned brands of computers come with a pre-loaded anti-virus program like McAfee, Norton, etc, with 1-3 year(s) subscription paid. All you need to do is open the program when you first open Windows and follow instructions on the welcome screen. Usually you will be asked to open an account with the manufacturer of that program, or sign-in if you already have an account. Opening an account takes just a few minutes. Basically you have to create an username and a password, and give your e-mail address. Once the account is created, just hit the button that says activate my software (or something similar). That's it. I recommend that you create an account with the company. That way you can access technical help faster or participate in their forum discussions to ask and answer questions.

3. Doing a full system scan of the new computer with the anti-virus program:
Do this BEFORE transferring data from the old computer.

Afterwards, you may need to install some programs that you need for your work but I would suggest that you wait a few days until you are comfortable with the new Windows environment. I did not have to install some of my programs that I had in my old Windows XP computer, because I discovered substitute programs are already available in Windows 8.1. And also, whenever I install new programs in my computer, I always install one program at a time. I use it for at least a couple of days to make sure everything is working fine and then I install another one. If you install a bunch of programs at a time and then your computer starts crashing or otherwise malfunctioning, it can be very difficult to troubleshoot and find out which program is causing the problem. Please bear this point in mind. Also, if you decide to install some programs that you had been using in your old Windows XP computer, please first find out if they would work with Windows 8.1 because many simply may not.


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