Vostro 5501 Setup and specifications guide

Set up your computer

  1. Connect the power adapter, and press the power button.
    Set up your computer
    NOTE: To conserve battery power, the battery might enter power-saving mode. Connect the power adapter and press the power button to turn on the computer.
    NOTE: After the initial turn on and setup of the computer, the computer can subsequently turn on just by opening the display from a closed position.
  2. Finish operating system setup.
    For Ubuntu:

    Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. For more information about installing and configuring Ubuntu, see the knowledge base articles SLN151664 and SLN151748 at www.dell.com/support.

    For Windows:Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. When setting up, it is recommended that you:
    • Connect to a network for Windows updates.
      NOTE: If connecting to a secured wireless network, enter the password for the wireless network access when prompted.
    • If connected to the internet, sign in with or create a Microsoft account. If not connected to the internet, create an offline account.

    • On the Support and Protection screen, enter your contact details.

  3. Locate and use Dell apps from the Windows Start menu—Recommended
    Table 1. Locate Dell appsProvides the list of Dell apps on Vostro 5501
    Dell apps Details
    Image: My Dell

    My Dell

    Centralized location for key Dell applications, help articles, and other important information about your computer. It also notifies you about the warranty status, recommended accessories, and software updates if available.

    Image: Dell Product Registration

    Dell Product Registration

    Register your computer with Dell.

    Image: Dell Help and Support

    Dell Help & Support

    Access help and support for your computer.

    Image: Support Assist


    Proactively checks the health of your computer’s hardware and software.

    NOTE: Renew or upgrade your warranty by clicking the warranty expiry date in SupportAssist.
    Image: Dell Update

    Dell Update

    Updates your computer with critical fixes and important device drivers as they become available.

    Image: Dell Digital Delivery

    Dell Digital Delivery

    Download software applications including software that is purchased but not pre-installed on your computer.

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