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HP Notebook PCs - Setting Up Windows 8 for the First Time

This document pertains to HP notebook computers with Windows 8.
This document contains information about setting up your notebook and configuring Windows 8 for the first time.
Step 1: Unpacking the notebook
Follow these steps to unpack the notebook and other items from the box.
  1. Unpack the notebook from the box.
    Figure : Unpack the notebook from the box
    Image: Unpack the notebook from the box
  2. Unpack the other items from the box.
  3. Select a location for the notebook that is near a power source.
  4. Adjust the display screen.
    1. Adjust the height of the screen so that the entire viewing area is just below your eye height. The height and angle of the screen should not cause neck or back pain during prolonged viewing.
    2. Adjust the distance of the screen so that the eyes of the person using it are at least one meter (three feet) away and only slightly angled down.
        note:
      Most notebooks are smaller than typical monitors and might need a stand or small platform to raise it to the height and angle described above.
      Figure : Proper viewing height
      Image: Proper viewing height
Step 2: Connecting the AC adapter to the notebook
Follow these steps to connect the AC adapter to the notebook, and to a wall outlet.
  note:
Cables can be unsightly and should be hidden from view, such as by routing them behind the back of the desk or between the desk and a wall.
Figure : AC adapter
Image: AC adapter
  1. Plug the AC adapter directly into a functioning wall outlet. Do not plug into a power strip, surge protector or secondary power source.
  2. Verify that the LED on the AC adapter is lit when plugged into an AC wall outlet.
      note:
    Some AC power adapters do not have an LED.
  3. Connect the other end of the AC adapter into the computer.
Step 3: Connecting the mouse to the notebook
Use one of the following sets of steps from the sections below.
Step 4: Setting up Windows 8
Follow the steps below to complete the setup process.
  1. Press the power button to turn on the computer.
      caution:
    To avoid damaging the data on the computer, do not restart your computer during the setup process.
      note:
    During the setup process, Windows 8 might take a long time to process an item without visual feedback on the screen to indicate progress. This is normal.
    When you turn on the computer for the first time the Windows 8 logo, and then the message Setup is preparing your computer for the first use display.
  2. On the Region and Language screen, select your region, language, keyboard layout, and time zone, and then Next at the bottom of the screen.
    Figure : Region and Language
    Image: Region and Language
  3. Check I accept these license terms for Windows and this PC to accept the terms, and then click Accept.
    Figure : License terms
    Image: License terms
  4. On the Register and Protect screen, type your full name and email address, and then click Next.
    Figure : Register and Protect
    Image: Register and Protect
  5. On the Personalize screen, use the slider to select a menu color from the color bar.
  6. In the PC name field, type a name for your computer, and then click Next.
      note:
    The computer name cannot contain spaces for special characters.
    Figure : Personalize
    Image: Personalize
  7. On the Get online screen, choose a wireless network from the list of available networks, and then click Next when prompted.
      note:
    If your network is not listed or if you are unable to connect to the internet click Skip this step to continue without a wireless connection to set it up later.
    Figure : Wireless Networks
    Image: Wireless Networks
  8. From the bottom of the Settings screen, select Use express settings (HP recommended) to install important and recommended Windows updates and security features.
    Figure : Settings
    Image: Settings
  9. Type your username and password to create a local account, and then click or tap Next.
    A Preparing your desktop screen displays.
    Please allow several minutes for Windows to save your settings. The desktop screen displays when setup is complete.
    Figure : Sign in to your PC
    Image: Sign in to your PC
      note:
    Signing in with your Microsoft account makes setting up apps much simpler and you can take advantage of social media benefits. For more information see Learning How to Use Windows 8 Features and Apps (in English).
Step 5: Changing the Date and Time settings
Follow these steps to check and adjust the date and time on your notebook.
  1. From the Start screen, click or tap the Desktop tile.
    The Windows desktop screen opens.
    Figure : Start screen
    Image: Start screen
  2. On the bottom-right of the screen, look at the date and time.
  3. On the bottom-right of the screen, click or tap the date and time box.
    The Calendar displays.
    Figure : Date and time on the Desktop screen
    Image: Date and time on the Desktop screen
  4. Click or tap Change date and time settings.
    The Date and Time window displays.
    Figure : Calendar
    Image: Calendar
  5. Select Change date and time.
    Figure : Change date and time
    Image: Change date and time
  6. Adjust the date and time as needed.
    Figure : Date and Time Settings
    Image: Date and Time Settings
  7. Click or tap OK when finished.
Step 6: Things to do after setup
Congratulations! You have successfully setup Windows 8. HP recommends that you now open HP Support Assistant and scan for updates after Setup.
HP Support Assistant scans your computer and automatically detects and installs the latest software and drivers available from HP. For more information on how to download and use HP Support Assistant, see Using HP Support Assistant (Windows 10, 8, 7) (in English).
  note:
If HP Support Assistant is not already installed on your computer, go to www.hp.com/go/hpsupportassistant to download the software.

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