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Set Up Windows

Setting up Windows for the first time? Here’s a quick overview of the most important steps during the first time setup process.

NOTE: Some screenshots may vary based on the version of Windows installed on your device.

Location and keyboard settings

Ensure to select your location and keyboard layout correctly.

Select your location from the list of regions shown during Windows setup

License agreement

Review the license agreement. To continue with the set-up, select Accept.

License agreement screen shown during Windows setup

Connect to a network

You are prompted to connect to your wireless network. Select your home or work network from the list and provide the wireless key or password to connect. If your device is connected using a wired connection, the connection occurs automatically.

List of nearby wireless networks shown during Windows setup

Set up a user account or Microsoft account

Your Microsoft account connects all your Microsoft apps and services. Before you decide to create a new Microsoft account, you should be aware that you might already have one. It is the account that you use to sign in to Skype,, OneDrive, Windows Phone, and Xbox LIVE. Check if I have a Microsoft account.

Microsoft account sign in screen during Windows setup

Start with the Get Started app

New to Windows? The Get Started app provides an overview of new Windows features, essential apps, and the redesigned Microsoft Store.

Open the Get Started app

Get started button in Windows Get Started app

Your Windows is now ready! Next, let us get the latest Windows updates and drivers.

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