Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows Vista
If you purchased a new computer with Windows Vista already installed, you’ll have
to complete a mini-setup the first time you start your computer. As part of the mini-
setup, you’ll need to finalize the operating installation. The procedure you’ll need to
perform will be similar to the following:
1. When prompted, choose your country or region and your keyboard layout.
2. You must next create a local machine account that will be created as a computer
administrator account. Enter a username. Type and then confirm a password.
Enter an optional password hint and then choose a picture for the account. Click
3. Type a computer name and select a desktop background. Click Next.
4. Select a Windows Update option for the computer. Usually, you’ll want to use
the recommended settings to allow Windows Vista to automatically install all
available updates and security tools as they become available. Choose Ask Me
Later only if you want to disable Windows Update.
5. Setup displays the date and time settings. Make changes as necessary and then
6. If a network card was detected during setup, networking components were
installed automatically. Because of this, you’ll next need to configure each
detected network connection:
a. Depending on the type of location and connection, click Home for a home
network, Work for a network in a workplace, or Public Location for a pub-
lic network. Windows Vista will then configure networking as appropriate
for this location.
b. If there are multiple networks, you’ll see a prompt for each network. You
can configure each detected network in a different way.
7. Click Start. Windows Vista will then check the computer performance and
assign a performance rating. When the operating system starts, you’ll see the
Performing Essential Conﬁguration Tasks
The Welcome Center provides an overview of the system and quick access to key
configuration tasks. The version of the Welcome Center you see depends on whether
your computer is part of a home network or a business network. On a home net-
work, your computer will operate in a workgroup configuration. On a business
network, your computer will operate in a domain configuration.