This article discusses setting up a new Dell computer for the first time, including setting up wireless, activating bundled software and creating recovery media.
Congratulations on your new Dell computer purchase! Now that you have your new Dell in hand, this guide will take you step-by-step through setting it up for use for the first time. There are several stages to setting up your computer:
To get started with your Dell computer, you will need some extra materials on-hand for creating your backup and recovery media:
* - Optional for laptop computers For specific information on configuring and setting up your peripheral hardware, refer to the User Manual or Setup Guide for your specific computer model.
Windows needs some information from you before starting the Windows desktop:
After the Microsoft setup has completed, you will be presented with a Software window with two user agreements. The first agreement allows software installed on the system to reach out to the internet for updates, and possibly deliver alerts specific to your system.
The second agreement allows Dell to collect specific data from your system to optimize your experience. Be sure to read both of these agreements before proceeding.
McAfee has simplified the process of activating and updating your anti-virus software. Simply enter your email address in the window provided and a password, then check the box to accept the McAfee End User License Agreement to finish activation. (Note: this action requires a network connection to complete.)
Dell Welcome (also known as the Getting Started Guide) is a window (Figure 1) that appears on the desktop directly after the Microsoft setup has completed. Using this guide, you can get all of your services and backup media created in 1-2 reboots, rather than being reminded after each reboot to create your recovery discs or activate your McAfee subscription. Be sure to leave this window open until you are finished using the guide to set up services.
Figure 1- Dell Welcome Home Screen (English only)
The Dell Welcome screen is broken out into up to five categories:
If you activated your McAfee subscription in Step 5, you may proceed to Step 8. Otherwise, to activate your McAfee SecurityCenter subscription, perform the following steps (see Figure 2 for details):
Figure 2 McAfee Registration Form (English only)
If you have purchased a laptop system, you can set up LoJack for Laptops, which is a theft recovery service that can help locate and retrieve a lost or stolen computer.
To get started with setting up LoJack for Laptops, follow these steps:
Creating your recovery discs is a very important step in your computer setup. While you may never see an issue with your Dell computer, it is possible that you may at some point have to restore the operating system back to the condition it is in now. Dell provides a partition on your hard drive to make this an easy process, but if you should ever delete that partition or if your hard drive were to ever become corrupt or damaged, you will need your recovery media to reinstall Windows. These discs should be kept in a safe place that you will remember, and should be labeled for easy recognition.
This step requires two (2) writable DVDs OR one (1) 16GB USB key to complete. Note that this process takes about 1 hour to complete using DVDs.
Figure 3- DataSafe Local Start Screen (English only)
The Password Reset Disk is used if you forget your password and cannot remember it using your Password Hint. Note that if you do not have a Password Reset Disk created BEFORE you forget your password, the only other option is to reinstall Windows 7.
Microsoft has created an article titled Create a password reset disk (with video) detailing how to create your Password Reset Disk. You will need a USB key (any size will do) to complete this process, as floppy disk drives are no longer shipped on Dell computers.
Your Dell computer may not be completely up-to-date with all of the latest Windows security and usability updates. Be sure to click Start and select Windows Update to keep your computer up-to-date and secure. You may need to reboot your computer and perform the action a second time, depending on the updates available.
Dell updates drivers, applications and firmware to meet the demands of new software and hardware. Visit the Drivers and Downloads help site to learn how to get the latest drivers for your Dell.
Refer to the following documents for additional information on software installed on your Dell computer:
Article ID: SLN127699
Last Date Modified: 03/04/2015 09:35 AM