Unwrapping a brand new laptop or desktop PC is undoubtedly an exciting holiday moment. Unfortunately, most systems aren’t really ready to go out of the box. The collection of hints and tips below mirrors what I do for almost every new laptop I unbox (usually a couple of new ones every week). Follow along with the first few hints, then pop over to our list of essential free software for new PCs and install whichever ones you think you’ll need.
Note that these tips are written with Windows 7 in mind, but they should work with older versions of Windows and many of them are also applicable to Mac OSX as well.