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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:
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:
3. Doing a full system scan of the new computer with the anti-virus program:
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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