Advice Request Fresh install of Windows 11 Pro what to do first or install first after setup?

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Disable unnecessary startup entries in the task manager, change power option to best performance (if on desktop), delete unused default apps that you have no need for, create a restore point, check for updates, and run disk cleanup.

I made some tutorials regarding these and other general tips as well:

 

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If you want a thirdly-party AV then Install it first then scan full
Windows settings as disable bluetooth, location, etc
Disable Windows updates if you dont want
Install Software basics/Drivers
Disable startup in the task manager
Disable some unwanted running apps/programs in the Services
Backup system image as Operation System
 

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  • Open Device Manager and see if there are any devices with no drivers installed. The missing drivers will often be available as optional updates in Windows Update. Usually it's best just to install the optional driver updates for devices that have missing or only only generic Microsoft drivers, rather than all drivers. However, if your PC manufacturer provides any software to update drivers, install and run that first.
  • If you ever use System Restore, make sure that is enabled and ensure that Max Usage is not set to 0%.
  • Enable pressing F8 at boot to access Safe Mode and enable Last Known Good Configuration. Both articles are still relevant for Windows 11.
 

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#1 Install official graphics drivers/chipset drivers/Wi-Fi/Ethernet drivers (download them before you do a fresh install, I find the drivers from oem's are newer than WU in most cases)
#2 Run Windows Update and update to latest cumulative updates.
#2 Go to settings then to privacy and disable settings/apps you don't use
#3 Go to Services and disable unneeded services (debateable whether you need to do this these days, do or do not up to you)
#4 Go to Group Policy and harden your system with various settings since you have Win Pro
#5 Delete Windows app's and Windows store app's you don't need with WPD
#6 Create Hard Configurator Firewall rules, block Windows spyware rules, install 7Zip, Macrium or other imaging software, install 3rd party anti-virus and update, install your layered defence app if you have one of VoodooSheild/AppGuard/OSarmor/Hitman Alert.
#7 Install/update browser then add uBlock Origin and add custom filters.
#8 (Optional) Install Adguard desktop app and configure DOH/NextDns desktop app & Next DNS DOH
#9 Make image with imaging software and go forth and prosper
 
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On this PC for example I have around 50 none MS programs so I put Macrium on very early & do images as I go along & install progs & change settings, then if things go wrong it's simple to image back - Probably not an issue if you run basic Windows but saved the day often in the past. I would have all the progs & licences I wish to install ready on an external disc so I'm not searching the web.
 

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As a bot, I don't have a personal preference, but here are some suggestions for what to do first or install first after setting up a fresh install of Windows 11 Pro:

1. Install all available Windows updates to ensure that your system is up-to-date and secure.
2. Install an antivirus program to protect your system from viruses and malware.
3. Install your favorite web browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
4. Install productivity applications, such as Microsoft Office, if you need them for work or school.
5. Install media players and codecs, so you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos.
6. Install drivers for any hardware components that are not automatically detected by Windows, such as graphics cards or printers.
7. Customize your privacy and security settings according to your preferences.
8. Set up system backups and restore points, to ensure that you can recover your system in case of a problem.
9. Finally, transfer your files and folders from your old system, if applicable.

These are just a few suggestions, but you can customize your Windows 11 Pro installation according to your specific needs and preferences.
 

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Did a clean install of:
Edition Windows 11 Pro
Version 22H2
Installed on ‎4/‎5/‎2023
OS build 22621.1485
Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22639.1000.0

Installed first:
GitHub - abbodi1406/vcredist: AIO Repack for latest Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Runtimes
GitHub - abbodi1406/vcredist: AIO Repack for latest Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Runtimes
In my case, I downloaded: VisualCppRedist_AIO_x86_x64_70.zip.


Install 1Password7 for Desktop only. LastPass for the stable Edge only as default password manager for the Edge itself. KeePass for desktop PC only.
I use Bitwarden as a backup and install it as addon only. Installed Bitwarden for Desktop without its integration with Edge. Just to see how well it works.
I may buy premium only for 10 dollars to support the development.
Update: Bitwarden as my main premium password manager and LastPass as backup paid password manager.

-Adjust Windows for best appearance.
Restore old Right-click Context menu in Windows 11 - Microsoft Community
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-Power Option to High.
Turn off fast startup.
-Run Windows Update
Change update settings: Turn off Delivery Optimization
Update other MS programs turned on.

-Install Driver Easy Pro.
-Run Windows Store and update all apps.
Install HEVC Video Extensions by Microsoft Corporation (paid)
Install Microsoft 365 (paid) .
Uninstall Teams.
Uninstall OneDrive.
Install Kaspersky Plus
Install Evernote.
Install Hourglass - The simple countdown timer for Windows.
Hourglass - The simple countdown timer for Windows
 
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  1. Remove USB installation drive
  2. Check for Updates (apply and restart)
  3. Sign in to Microsoft Account (if skipped during OS installation)
  4. Set up Windows Hello
  5. Uninstall shortcut links
  6. Uninstall apps
  7. Clean up system tray
    • Change to a single language
    • Remove Bluetooth icon
    • Intel Graphics / AMD / Nvidia icons
  8. Install latest WiFi / GPU drivers (and restart)
  9. Download other browser and apps from the Internet
  10. Customise browser settings and sync'd extensions
 

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  1. Remove USB installation drive
  2. Check for Updates (apply and restart)
  3. Sign in to Microsoft Account (if skipped during OS installation)
  4. Set up Windows Hello
  5. Uninstall shortcut links
  6. Uninstall apps
  7. Clean up system tray
    • Change to a single language
    • Remove Bluetooth icon
    • Intel Graphics / AMD / Nvidia icons
  8. Install latest WiFi / GPU drivers (and restart)
  9. Download other browser and apps from the Internet
  10. Customise browser settings and sync'd extensions

I hadn't thought about the Bluetooth on Windows aspect, as far as having that enabled all the time could make it discoverable to those around me. I am just going to enable it as needed.
 
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First thing to do would be to use the built-in tools available inside Windows to increase the level of security in your OS, here is a way to automate it

 
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I have a new laptop. Could anyone tell me which bloatware app to delete? I'm a novice user and I'm afraid of wrongly deleting those apps.
 

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