Are you a senior citizen who has just bought or been given a new PC? Or are you helping a loved one set up their new PC? Either way, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll take you through the five steps necessary to setting up a new PC for seniors.
1. Make sure it’s protected
The first step in setting up a new PC for seniors is to make sure that it's protected from cyber threats. Viruses, malware, and scams can do serious damage to a computer, and can even result in data theft. It's essential to have a good antivirus solution in place before using the PC for any purpose. We recommend TotalAV, which has received the VB100 award for detecting more than 99% of viruses.
2. Disable unnecessary Startup programs
Windows 10 and Windows 11 come with a tool called System Configuration (msconfig.exe) that can help you manage which apps start up when your computer starts. Here’s how:
1. Open the Start menu and type "System Configuration" into the search bar.
2. When System Configuration opens, click on the "Startup" tab.
3. This will list all of the apps that start up when your computer boots. To disable an app, uncheck the box next to its name.
4. Click "OK" and restart your computer to enable the changes.
3. Uninstall bloatware and other software that’s not needed
The more stuff installed on a PC, the slower it runs. As with the Startup programs we discuss in step two, you’ll find that Windows PCs come pre-installed with unnecessary apps. These are often called bloatware and can include trial versions of software you don’t need or want. To uninstall these, open Settings through the Start menu or search for "settings" in the taskbar. Select Apps, then Apps & Features. Click on an application you want to remove and select Uninstall.
4. Adjust magnifier settings/size of text
If you're having trouble reading small text on your screen, don't worry—Windows has a built-in magnifier that can help. This is an excellent tool for seniors with poor eyesight. The magnifier makes it easier to read small text by enlarging it on the screen. You can also increase the size of the text itself. To turn on Magnifier in Windows 10:Open Settings through the Start menu or search for ""settings"" in the taskbar.Select Ease of Access > Magnifier | Slide the toggle under Turn on Magnifier to the right to enable it. Use the Change zoomlevelbuttons to customize your level of magnification
5. Ease of Access/Accessibility overview
If you’re a senior who is new to using a computer, Windows 10 or 11 is definitely the way to go. Both versions come with many accessibility features that make them easier to use. In Windows 10, you’ll find these options by going to Settings | For Windows 11 machines, go to Settings > Accessibility. You’ll find options for the keyboard, color contrast, voice typing, eye control and caption settings. The magnifier tool and text size are also available under Settings > Ease of Access. These features can be really helpful if you have trouble seeing or if you want to use your keyboard and mouse instead of your pointer.
Setting up a new PC can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Our 5 easy steps will help get you started in no time. We recommend following these steps whether you're a senior or not - after all, who doesn't want a fast, efficient and headache-free PC?
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