All CyberPowerPC's come with a quick start guide insert included with the system which will give you the first initial instructions for getting your desktop PC ready for its first time setup. We'll cover this same instruction in detail here.
Unpacking the PC
You've finally got your brand new gaming PC and you can't wait to open it. It's pretty easy to do but let us help you make it even easier. We will walk you through that process to make sure you don't miss anything or discard important items.
- Carefully open the outer box
- Remove all packaging from this as you may find your charger and paperwork are in this outer packaging. Some of it may have slipped under the PC or behind the foam packing so you may not be able to reach it until you've removed your computer.
- If the laptop is boxed individually your paperwork and guides will be included there
- Computers can be both heavy and fragile so the easiest way to remove the computer from the packaging is to open the top and then carefully flip the box upside-down with the open side on a flat surface like a desktop or level ground. (ensure that all four flaps of the box are splayed out on all sides)
- Carefully lift up the box away from the packing foam structure and computer case.
- Carefully lift each side of the case as you remove the packing foam from each side of the computer case.
- Place the computer right side up as pictured on the packaging on your desktop or level surface.
- Do not discard any packaging until you are completely up and running
Now that your computer is out of the packaging, you are ready to connect the power and accessories to it.
- Firstly, it's best when setting up a new computer to only connect the bare essential hardware before connecting other hardware which might have conflicts in the beginning. This hardware includes only the following: Monitor(s), Keyboard, Mouse, Power Cord, Speakers, Headphones, and Wireless Adapter.
- When plugging in the monitor whether it's one or multiple displays, you want to use the display connection on the graphics card and NOT the display connections on the motherboard.
- Make sure you also plug in the power to your monitors.
- Keyboard and Mouse
- Accessories can generally plug into any of the USB ports available on the computer but generally, it's best to use the USB ports on the back of computer rather than the front so that your front USB ports are more accessible for other USB accessories such as USB network adaptors and storage drives.
- Headphones and Speakers
- If you are using both external speakers and headphones you'll want to plug your speakers into the (green) audio-out port in the rear of the computer and you'll want to plug your headphone (if it is a 3.5mm type) into the front (green) audio-in port and (pink) mic port.
- If you are only using headphones then you can plug your headphone (if it is a 3.5mm type) into the front or rear (green) audio-in port and (pink) mic port. However, if your headphone also requires a USB connection then you'll also need to use the USB port nearest to your audio connections.
- Wireless Network Adapter or Wireless Network Card
- If your computer comes with a wireless network adapter (usually a small USB device), you will need to plug that into an available USB port.
- If your computer comes with a wireless network card built into your computer or motherboard, then you will need to install the included antenna(s) to the network card.
- If your computer does not include either of these, you will need to connect your router to the computer's LAN port using an RJ-45 network cable if you want internet connectivity.
- AC Power
- Plug the included power cord into the back of your computer, then plug it into the AC wall outlet. You need to make sure the switch on the PSU is in the ON position and then press the power button at the top/front of the PC to power your computer on.
First Time Setup
When you turn on your computer for the first time, Windows will require you to do the initial setup known as the Microsoft Windows Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE). During this process, windows will ask you for your Name, Language, and other general preferences. Just follow the instructions and let it guide you through the process.
Are you connected to the Internet? Make sure you have an active connection in the area where you are setting up as your system will need to be connected to complete the set-up process. This can be a Wireless (Wifi) or Wired connection and if you have a password you should have this available.
Limit connected devices
Limit any peripherals and accessories during set up, plugging in only the essential items like your mouse, external keyboard, etc. Make sure these are plugged in and turned on.
Connect your power adaptor and turn on! The system will work through many important processes in this initial start-up so please be patient and aware of everything that the on-screen instructions require. The Set-Up guide should display a series of windows asking for information and providing instructions to customize your experience. Follow these on-screen steps to completion.
Even though you have a new system it may require updates. This is perfectly normal as updates to your Operating System are regular to deliver enhancements and fix any potential issues and you will see prompts on your system for these as and when they are required. Complete all of these required changes before moving on.
Protect your system by setting up any offered Security Tools as part of the startup process or make sure you have your own Antivirus Protection software ready to be loaded on your new system. Your online security is vitally important these days and a robust program to protect your data is vital. For more information and advice please visit our Security page.
Register Your Product
It is vitally important to register your new product on CyberPowerPC to receive support and validate your warranty so do it sooner than later so you'll be already set up to receive help when you need it. Just fill out the quick and simple registration form here: CyberPowerPC Product Registration
Backing Up Your System
Backing up your system data is vital to ensure that you never lose items that are important to you and also for a speedy recovery should something go wrong. Backup options are offered as part of the start-up process but you can, of course, use an alternative method. If you are unsure visit our Back-Up and Recovery page for help.
Now you should have a set-up and functioning new PC, with the only additional changes being your own personal customization. To learn how to change the appearance or style of your system the best resource can be found through Microsoft Window's built-in support by searching help or simply typing what you would like to customize into the Microsoft Cortana search field.
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