Ask the Readers: What’s the First Thing You Do After Installing a New OS?

By Jason Fitzpatrick on March 16th, 2011

You’ve just booted up your new OS for the first time after a fresh install. What’s the first thing you do? Install specific apps? Tweak settings? Bask in the new-computer-smell of an uncluttered OS?

Once a week we put a question before the How-To Geek readership to give you all a chance to share your knowledge and tips with your fellow readers. This week we want to hear about your tips and tricks for whipping a new OS installation into shape. Whether you’ve just installed Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, we’re curious what kind of computer-warming rituals you visit upon your new OS.

Sound off in the comments below and then check back in on Friday for the What Your Said roundup.


Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/16/11
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