Welcome to your new computer! This quick start guide is designed to help you get set up in a few simple steps. If you are unfamiliar with computers or need additional guidance, please turn to the next section, “About Your Computer.”
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When you first turn on the computer, the setup assistant “Cortana” will guide you through the final steps of the Windows 10 installation.
- VERY IMPORTANT! Do not unplug the power to your computer until the Windows 10 installation is complete. If the computer turns off during the installation process it can get stuck in an error loop.
- We recommend that you do not connect to the internet during this process unless you would like to link a Microsoft account to your computer.
- You will have the option to create a password, but you can skip this by pressing the “Enter” key on the keyboard. Be sure to write your password down somewhere as there is no way to recover your password.
About Your Computer
Your desktop computer package will come with:
- Computer Tower
- Monitor Screen
- Wireless USB adapter (if needed)
- Windows 10 Operating System
Your desktop computer comes with three cables.
- Power cable for the computer (the tower is the computer itself)
- Power cable for the display (the monitor screen)
- Video (VGA) cable (usually blue, sometimes black or white, pronged on both ends; this connects the computer to the monitor screen)
The keyboard and mouse each plug into the computer tower.
What is a PC? PC is an abbreviation for “personal computer.” It can refer to either a desktop or laptop computer.
When setting up your desktop computer...
- Plug it in. Plug everything in before you start up the computer.
- Match shapes and colors. Don’t force anything because it could break the pins.
- Use a surge protector. This will protect your computer and other tech equipment.
- Power on. The monitor screen and computer tower each have their own power buttons; both need to be on to operate the computer.
What's the difference between software and hardware? Hardware is the physical components of your computer, such as the computer tower, mouse, or keyboard. Software is the programs and applications that run on your computer, such as Microsoft Office or anti-virus programs.