What you should do immediately after installing Windows

After Windows finishes installing, immediately do the following to increase security and enable smooth performance:

  • Create user accounts: Each person who will use the computer should have an individual password-protected account. Create only one administrator account.
  • Check antivirus software: Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows 8.x include Windows Defender, Microsoft's built-in security suite.
  • Activate Windows: If you did not activate Windows during installation, select Start. In the search bar, type Activation. Select the icon by that name. For more, see Activate Windows 11, Activate Windows 10, or Activate Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
  • Install Windows updates: This function is on by default, and will download updates as soon as you connect to the internet. Follow prompts for installation. You will need to restart your computer for the updates to properly install. Your computer is ready to install updates whenever the Shut Down icon displays a yellow update shield or your computer prompts you to restart to install updates.
  • Install needed drivers: Driver software allows your computer to communicate with its physical devices.

    For help, see Microsoft Support.

  • Download IUware software: Many applications are free for IU students, faculty, and staff through IUware or Microsoft 365.

    Browse IUware to find additional software.

  • Install additional Windows applications:

    You may choose to download and install a web browser other than Microsoft Edge, such as Chrome or Firefox.

    You have two options for installing additional programs:

    • Ninite allows easy installation of many applications in succession. Check the box next to the applications you wish to install, and then select Get Installer at the bottom. Follow the prompts.

      Do not choose software you can get from IUware (such as Microsoft 365 or Adobe programs); Ninite is a non-IU, third-party application which IU does not support.

    • You can do manual installations of desired software by visiting their respective websites and downloading the installation files.
      Do not install additional software along with your chosen software; for example, deselect options such as "Yes, install McAfee Security Scan Plus" or toolbars a site may offer.

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