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HP Notebook PCs - Setting Up Windows 10 for the First Time

This document is for HP notebook computers with Windows 10.
This document contains information about setting up your notebook and configuring Windows 10 for the first time. To set up your new computer, unpack the computer, turn it on, and then complete the Windows 10 setup process.

Step 1: Unpacking the notebook

Unpack the laptop and other items from the box.
  1. Unpack the notebook from the box.
    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 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 your eyes 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.
      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.
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 the LED on the AC adapter is illuminated 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 to the computer.
    note:
    Cables can be unsightly and should be hidden from view by routing them behind the back of the desk or between the desk and a wall.

Step 3: Connecting the mouse to the notebook

Choose a section based on whether you have a wired or wireless mouse.

Step 4: Setting up Windows 10

Configure your preferences, connect to the Internet, and get started using the operating system.
note:
The personal digital assistant Cortana guides you through the process of setting up Windows 10, with the option of using voice control instead of using your mouse to progress through setup. To adjust Cortana's volume, use the volume control icon at the bottom right corner of the screen. To disable voice control and mute Cortana, click the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen.
  1. Press the power button to turn on the computer. During the setup process, Windows 10 might take a long time to process an item without visual feedback on the screen to indicate progress. This is normal.
      caution:
    To avoid damaging the data on the computer, do not restart your computer during the setup process.
  2. After the HP logo, the Let's start with region. Is this correct? screen displays. Select your country or region from the list, and then click Yes.
  3. The Is this the right keyboard layout? screen displays. Select the desired keyboard layout, and then click Yes.
    Selecting the keyboard layout
  4. On the Do you want to add a second keyboard layout? screen, you can either follow the instructions for adding another keyboard layout or click Skip.
  5. On the Let's connect you to a network screen, select from the available networks, type in your user name and password if necessary, and then click Connect.
    Connecting to a network
  6. After a few introductory setup screens that require no action, the Windows 10 License Agreement screen displays. After reading the license agreement, to proceed, click Accept to continue.
    Windows 10 license agreement
  7. After the license agreement, the Sign in with Microsoft screen displays. Sign in with your Microsoft account or click Create account and follow the prompts to create a new Microsoft account.
    Sign in with Microsoft
  8. After signing in, the following setup screens display. Follow the on-screen instructions to customize Windows.
    • Link your Android or iPhone to this PC
    • Protect your files with OneDrive
    • Set up your Office
    • Make Cortana your personal assistant?
    • Do more across devices with activity history
    • Choose privacy settings for your device
  9. On the registration screen, type your personal information, and then click Next.
    Putting in your information to register
    On the Register and Protect screen, select your preferred privacy settings, and then click Next.
    Making the desired selection in Register and Protect
  10. Read any introductory screens describing the features of your computer, make selections when prompted, and then click Next up on completing each.
    You are now done with the initial setup process.

Step 5: Changing the Date and Time settings

Adjust the date and time on your computer.
  1. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, find the date and time.
    Date and time in the taskbar
    • If the date and time are correct, skip to Things to do after setup.
    • If the date and time are incorrect, continue with these instructions.
  2. To change the date and time, in Windows search for Date. In the results, click Date & time settings.
  3. Move the Set time automatically slider to Off. Then, under Change date and time, click Change.
    note:
    By default, the Set time automatically slider is set to On. If the computer is not connected to the Internet, the date and time might be incorrect.
    Date and time screen with Set time automatically Off and Change highlighted
  4. Adjust the date and time as needed, then click Change.
    Change date and time screen with Change highlighted
  5. If the computer is connected to the Internet, move the Set time automatically slider to On.
    Setting the time automatically

Step 6: Things to do after setup

Congratulations! You have successfully set up Windows 10. HP recommends you open HP Support Assistant and scan for updates.
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).
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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