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Old 02-10-2018, 11:21 AM   #4
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I think Steve's suggestions are excellent but...the very, very, very first thing I do with any new system--after booting of course--is to set "Windows Update" service to "disabled" (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services: highlight "Windows Update", right-click, choose "Properties", click on the "Stop" button and then set the service to "Disabled") so that there will be no sneaky, unexpected crap from Microsoft happening while I'm checking out the system.

If the laptop comes with a CD/DVD drive, test that it at least reads and make a note to test writing in the near future.

I'd be happy to send you the PDF I made of my notes on setting up systems (all Win7/Pro but might be useful for both Win8/8.1 and maybe Win10). I'm so glad 3-4 systems ago that I took the time to take detailed handwritten notes on the mods I made, then took the time to type them up--info was by date for both--and then took the time to reorg by type of change because it's made my life much easier when it comes to setting up systems and, it takes me a lot less time to do the setup.

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