6 Essential first steps to take after upgrading to Windows 10

6 Essential first steps to take after upgrading to Windows 10

Perhaps you’re still lamenting the demise of Windows 7, but you made the right call upgrading to Windows 10. Although by no means a perfect operating system (OS), Windows 10 offers many advantages over its predecessors. Among the most important of these for business users is its improved security features. However, to enjoy Windows 10 to its fullest, you’ll need to take a few post-installation steps.

Here are six things you should do as soon as you’ve upgraded:

#1. Install all available updates

Like its predecessors, Windows 10 features automatic and cumulative updates that not only address potential security concerns, but also add new features. But unlike its predecessors, critical security updates cannot be deferred, and are mandatory so long as you’re connected to the internet. Once you’ve installed Windows, the operating system should automatically download and install all the available features and security updates. It’s best to get this out of the way as soon as you’ve installed the operating system. You can defer major feature updates by up to a year and have Windows avoid installing other updates during work hours to avoid disruptions.

#2. Set up your backup methods

Whenever you make any major changes to your workplace computers, you’ll need to ensure your backup and disaster recovery strategy is updated, too. To synchronize your files with the cloud, consider setting up OneDrive in Windows 10. You can also create a backup drive to help you resolve problems if Windows fails to start. Booting from this will give you access to the Windows Recovery Environment (RE) and help you fix most startup-related problems.

#3. Secure your user accounts

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s most secure OS yet, but that doesn’t mean you can take it for granted. Fortunately, Windows now provides several built-in features that can help you protect your computers from cyberthreats. Avoid using a local account if possible, since you won’t be able to add a second authentication method. By using a free Microsoft account to log in, you can enable two-step verification to protect your computer and account from social engineering scams and password hacks.

#4. Turn on drive encryption

Only available in Windows 10 Pro or higher, BitLocker Drive Encryption is one of the most important business security features of the operating system. Enabling the feature is a critical first security step, especially for portable devices that are at a much higher risk of loss or theft. The encryption engine also requires a device with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip. If the option to encrypt your system drive is available, it should show up when you right-click the drive icon to open the context menu in File Explorer.

#5. Connect your accounts

To enjoy the full functionality of Windows 10 and your other systems, you’ll want to connect any other accounts you use. This makes it much quicker and easier to gain access to email, calendars, and other everyday functions without having to manually sign in to multiple apps. Connect any Office 365 and Google accounts you might have so they’re available to other Windows applications. You can also set up two-factor authentication (2FA) to avoid future issues.

#6. Fine-tune your action center settings

One of the signature features of newer versions of Windows is Action Center, which, admittedly, people have something of a love-hate relationship with. Many programs will send notifications automatically, and it doesn’t take long before you get bombarded with alerts. Go through the list of apps and silence those you don’t want to receive notifications from. While you’re at it, open the Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar to prevent unnecessary apps from automatically launching when you log in to Windows.

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