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    Re: Basic setup/security for laptop

    The only thing that makes that odd is that usually when you download an OS rescue disk from Dell you put it onto USB as no-one has DVD drives any more. My laptop was shipped with a "rescue partition"...
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    Re: Basic setup/security for laptop

    A Dell laptop should just work.

    Start->Settings->Update & Security->Activation

    ... should give you a screen saying it is activated. It is normal these days for the motherboard BIOS to have the...
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    Re: Basic setup/security for laptop

    You should be able to skip any "sign in to Microsoft" stage, though with the latest Windows you have to disconnect networking for that bit for it to give up.
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    Re: Basic setup/security for laptop

    Make sure Windows has all its updates is probably the biggest. For all the whinging MS get about intrusive updates, not being updated is by far your biggest threat.

    I'm tempted to go back to the...
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