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New Laptop Checklist

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new laptop checklist

I hope I won't need to get another laptop for a number of years, but by then I'll have forgotten everything I needed to do to get this one set up. I just got a new Dell XPS, and below I'll list everything I needed to do to take it from a brick of metal in a box to a beautiful and functional machine.

Obvious Things

  • unbox it
  • plug it in
  • wait a few minutes
  • go through various setup screens to tell it country, language, wifi, etc. and to connect Microsoft account

App Download/Setup

  • Microsoft Office signin

  • Disney Plus signin

  • Install Chocolatey

Install the following with Chocolatey:

  • Chrome (go through old computer tabs, throw out unimportant ones, transfer others. also set to default browser)
  • Discord
  • HandBrake
  • Anki
  • Dropbox
  • VS Code
  • git
  • Plex

Install the following without Chocolatey (not available):

  • Spotify
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Visual Studio

Use the Microsoft Store to Install:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video


Confirm that non-backed up things (like desktop/downloads) from old computer are backed up and/or don't contain anything important.

Stickers! (aka the most important part)

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