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        snoopyxl
        AskWoody Plus

        I am buying a new Dell desktop.  Are there any recommendations for what order I should take for setting up the PC?  I will be installing the following software: Macrium Reflect; Norton Internet Security; Malwarebytes; NordVPN; MS Office Home & Student.  At what point should I run the updates?  At what point should I do a full backup?  At what point should I connect to the internet?

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      • #2201215 Reply
        PKCano
        Da Boss

        You should order it with Win10 Pro. not Home.
        Initial setup offline/disconnected from the Interned. If you are connected you will be forced to create a Microsoft ID.
        Login with a Local ID.
        Say no when it asks you to update (you are not connected).
        Once logged in – set up Windows Update so you can update when you want to.
        Go through the Settings App, item by item, and set it for the level of privacy you desire.
        Go through the Control Panel and do the same thing.
        Make a Windows Rescue disk/USB
        Make a Rescue disk/USB for your backup software. Make a full disk image backup – this is your base.

        Connect to the Internet.
        Once you go online, you can install the updates and the third-party s/w.
        When you get the PC set up like you want, make another full disk image backup.

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      • #2201415 Reply
        anonymous
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        Take a look at this script  https://community.spiceworks.com/scripts/show/4378-windows-10-decrapifier-18xx-19xx

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      • #2207874 Reply
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Or buy it with Home and spend the extra money on an external backup disk.

        cheers, Paul

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      • #2212048 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        Thank you for response to my question.  I need to clarify one thing.  You indicate making a rescue disk/USB for my backup software, and then a full backup before connecting to the internet.  But I need to connect to the internet to download and install Norton and Macrium, which would be my first two software installs.  Would you agree that is a proper order?

        snoopyxl

      • #2212078 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        But I need to connect to the internet to download and install Norton and Macrium

        Download the software from another PC.

      • #2212082 Reply
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        You can leave Norton off while you set it up – Windows comes with Defender and it will be fine in the short (or long) term.

        cheers, Paul

      • #2212229 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        Thanks again for the responses.

        To PaulT,

        I forgot all about Windows Defender.  As you say, that should be sufficient until I can setup and make a backup.

        snoopyxl

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