4. How to complete setup after clean install of Windows 10

Once the installation is complete, you want to ensure that the device has the latest update, it’s been properly activated, and there are no missing drivers.

Installing updates

To install the latest security and maintenance updates on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for updates button.
Check for updates

After you complete the steps, if there are any updates available, they’ll download and install automatically.

Checking activation

To confirm Windows 10 is activated, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Activation.
  4. If Windows 10 activated successfully, you’d see one of the following messages:
    • Windows is activated with a digital license: The installation has been activated, but the license isn’t linked to your Microsoft account.
    • Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account: The installation has been activated, and the license is linked to your Microsoft account.
Check Windows 10 activation

In the case that Windows 10 didn’t activate, usually, the device will reactivate within a day or two. If you’re still having issues, you can use the Activation Troubleshooter to activate.

Checking missing drivers

To determine if Windows 10 was able to configure every component and peripheral, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Confirm that none of the devices have a yellow or red mark, and make sure nothing is listed as unknown.
Device Manager

In the case that one or multiple devices have problems, you’ll need to download and install the latest drivers from your computer manufacturer’s support website.

You can use this guide to install device drivers on Windows 10.

Installing apps

After making sure that Windows 10 is up-to-date, and devices is installed correctly, it’s time to reinstall your applications, including web browser, such as the Edge ChromiumGoogle ChromeMozilla Firefox, or Opera to browse the web.

If you use Spotify or iTunes to listen to tunes while working on your computer, you can download these apps and other from Microsoft Store.

Also, it’s now a good time to download and install the suite of Office apps to start working with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and managing your emails with Outlook.

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