How to Set Up a Laptop Computer

Updated February 21, 2017

Buying a new laptop is an excellent way to benefit from recent changes in technology, but it is important to set that new laptop up the proper way, which will help you head off common problems and get the most out of your new hardware.

Remove the laptop from the box and connect the power brick to a UPS or surge protector. Connect the other end of the power cord to the laptop and allow it to boot up.

Take your laptop docking station and sit it on the desk where you plan to use your laptop most often. Connect the power brick that came with the docking station to the UPS or surge protector. Connect the network cable, external monitor, mouse, keyboard, printer and other peripheral devices to the docking station.

Log on to your new laptop and install your antivirus and anti-spyware software. It is important that this software be in place before you connect your new laptop to the Internet. As soon as you do connect to the Internet, update your antivirus and anti-spyware software.

Keep your laptop plugged in to AC power until the battery is fully charged. After the battery is fully charged, unplug the power cord and allow the computer to run on battery power until the battery is totally drained. Then reconnect the AC power and allow the battery to fully charge again. Following these steps will condition the laptop battery and help it to operate more efficiently.

Turn the laptop off and slide it into the docking station. Push the power button on the docking station to start the laptop. Log on to the computer and make sure the external keyboard and mouse work. Also make sure the external monitor and printer are working properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Docking station
  • Anti-virus software
  • Anti-spyware software
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Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.