If you have upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or an old Windows version, you need to take measures to get the best experience during use. Read this guide given by MiniTool Solution to know the first things to do after installing Windows 11.

Windows 11 is a brand new Windows operating system that has a huge change in user interface and also brings new features & improves some features. Compared to Windows 10, it is different in many aspects. If you upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 or upgrade to this new OS from an old version, you may not be familiar with the new system.

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For the best possible experience, you can make some settings and customization changes. And now, let’s see things to do when you get Windows 11.

Tip: Before installing Windows 11, there are also some things you should do, for example, make sure the PC is compatible with the new system, back up your Windows, etc. (Related article: Get Ready for Windows 11: What to be Aware of & What to Do?) Then, upgrade to Windows 11. Next, do some things after the update.

First Things to Do After Installing Windows 11

Update Drivers

After the Windows update, if drivers are not compatible with the new operating system, some issues will happen. So, you should make sure you update drivers to match this system. There are many ways for you to update Windows 11 drivers and you can follow them in this post – How to Update Drivers in Windows 11? Try 4 Ways Here!

update Windows 11 drivers

Check for Updates

It is always recommended to install additional updates and major updates. It is possible that Microsoft has published an update but you haven’t installed it. Go to Start > Settings > Windows Update in Windows 11 and check for available updates. If Windows detects some, download and install them on your PC.

Stop Running Xbox on PC Startup

By default, the Xbox app runs automatically in Windows 11 every time you start your PC. You can take action to stop this thing.

Step 1: Launch the Xbox app on your computer and go to Settings > General.

Step 2: Untick the checkbox of Automatically launch app at startup.

Alternatively, you can launch Windows 11 Task Manager via the Win + X menu, go to Startup, right-click on Xbox and choose Disable.

Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs

If you don’t want Windows 11 to run some unnecessary apps on startup, go to Settings > Apps > Startup and then disable the toggle for all the apps that you don’t want to run every time you boot the PC.

Windows 11 settings startup

Clear Taskbar and Start Menu Clutter

After getting Windows 11, you may find some extra apps in the Start Menu and Taskbar. They are too cluttered and if you want to get rid of this situation, you can delete some unnecessary apps and icons.

To uninstall these programs, you can right-click on one and choose Uninstall. Repeat this step for all the apps that you don’t want. If you don’t want to delete apps but only don’t want to see many app icons, right-click one app and choose Unpin from Start.

Besides, to remove some icons from Taskbar, go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. From here, you can hide buttons that appear on the Taskbar

Add Missing Useful Apps to Windows 11 Taskbar

To quickly open some important apps, you can add them to Taskbar. You need to right-click your app and choose Pin to taskbar. Then, you can click the icon to launch it from Taskbar.

Personalize Windows 11

You can personalize the operating system based on your needs to create the desired environment for yourself. Just go to Settings > Personalization. From here, you can customize many features, including background, themes, colors, lock screen, fonts, and more.

Check Power Settings

By default, the power mode is set to Balanced. To let the PC get the best performance, you can change the power settings. Go to Settings > System > Power and change the mode to Best performance. Besides, you can change screen and sleep and battery saver options.

Check Windows 11 Activation Status

When upgrading Windows 10 to Windows 11, the activation status of the system should be kept. If you don’t confirm this, go to have a check. Go to Settings > System > Activation. If Windows 11 is not activated, register it by following ways in this post – How to Activate Windows 11? Try 3 Ways Here Now!

Back up Your PC

Before you mess something up, backing up your PC is an important thing. You can choose to create a system restore point in Windows 11 so that you can undo any change in case of system crashes. Or, you can choose to create a system image for system recovery when the PC fails to boot.

Windows 11 restore point

Tip: To back up Windows 11, you can also use a third-party PC backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker. This tool is designed for file, folder, system, disk, partition backup and recovery, file sync, and disk clone. If you have a need, get it to have a try.

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In addition to these things to do after installing Windows 11, there are many other Windows 11 tips and tricks, for example, change Taskbar size, move Start Menu to left, use virtual desktops, and more. If you have any ideas about what to do after installing Win 11, let us know by leaving a comment below.

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