setup new win8 laptop dell xps12

I wanted to add instructions for setting up a laptop in win8, sort of quick start. Started off by being a quick start for our company. I thought I would then remove the specifics as it makes for quite a general list.

Here are my “top 5” tips for setting up dell xps12

  • Laptop. For first few days, bring your other laptop with you – you will need it. Boot it up now. You will need it for the company intranet html pages. A memory key is a good idea too.
  • Support. If CIO do not support your laptop, notes below are essential…
  • Win8. No point in upgrading an existing virtual machine (or any other win7) to win8 – you lose all your apps anyway.
  • Swipe. Learn how to swipe from right, and use search.
  • Bitlocker. Before putting in any data, set up bitlocker. Type bitlocker in the swipe search panel & go to manage bitlocker. Bitlocker is really good – it works between win7 and win8. Also works on external drives too.
  • F-Secure. Install anti-virus. If you can install already using the memory key.
  • Network. There is no fixed LAN connection – use wifi. If you need a fixed connection, get this: Asus WL-330NUL USB All-In-One Wireless-N Pocket Router.
  • Wifi. Connect to wifi
  • F-Secure. If you did not do this already, do it now.
  • WinUpdate. Swipe and search for windows update. Get your system up to right patch level (will probably need multiple reboots). Weird thing – if there are updates pending, win8 freezes on any new installs – but wont tell you why.
  • DellUpdate. Dell update client is quite good and I use that (or rather I go to Dell website and get the patches from there)
  • Desktop. To get quickly to desktop (traditional windows mode), hit windows key + E – this will launch explorer
  • Win8. Download pokki for Windows Start like functionality. http://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu
  • Control Panel. Hit windows key + X for quick menu to control panel
  • Pinning. I use app pinning (right click icon on bottom bar whilst program is running, to pin to taskbar – essentials are firefox, cisco anyconnect, control panel, onenote/evernote, powerpoint, office stuff)
  • Keyboard. (Use control panel & keyboard – might also want to do language & region too). Get Finnish language if it’s not set already. Windows key + space swaps languages.
  • VPN. Install your VPN – best option I have seen so far is CISCO AnyConnect.
  • Firefox. Use firefox browser for all intranet pages – nothing else really works on Win8: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/
  • Domain logins. Don’t forget to login as \ – if you don’t do the \ at the beginning, then it assumes you are a local user and you wont get anywhere
  • Office. I use Office 365 to get my Outlook client, Lync, etc (mail is still stored on company servers). Otherwise you will need to get version (remember that normal company install eg via BMC is not supported). You can access to fileshares if you are on the vpn though.
  • Email. Get details of the email server from your old laptop and copy those into Outlook.
  • Printers. You are not on Active Directory, so you need to enter the printer ip, eg: \\\ – usually print server will have most of the printers behind it (install new printer from control panel/devices and printers)
  • Acrobat. Download adobe acrobat and install – and then make it the default pdf reader. Otherwise you are doomed to always flip back to the Win8 reader (which is not so good).
  • Create restore point. This is where I would do the first backup of my system and create restore point. Swipe from right & search for restore in settings.
  • Migration. This is first time I would migrate my previous stuff over.
  • Displayport. Cheapest & quickest is from Claus Ohlson (but still 20+ EUR). Or from amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AAUNHGE/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (10 EUR – but quite chunky). Other options shown at end.
  • Handwriting. For tablet to recognise handwriting, it needs to be set to correct language. I pin the keyboard icon to the taskbar to switch often.
    OneNote. Seems to have best tablet support. I’ve not tested Evernote in tablet mode.
  • Performance. Pretty good – but I have had some challenges recently when I leave the laptop on a long time without rebooting & replug to a new display (it could take 20-30 minutes to recover). I updated al patches recently and it seems ok again now.

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