This document pertains to HP Notebook computers with Windows 7.
This document contains information about setting up your computer and configuring Windows 7 for the first time. To set up your new computer, unpack the computer, power it on, and then complete the Windows 7 and HP Total Care setup processes.
Setting up the computer for the first time
Complete the following steps to set up the computer:
Unpack the box.
Insert the battery.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer and then connect the adapter to a wall outlet.
Press the power button to power on the computer.
NOTE:Do not turn off your computer during the setup process. Turning off the computer aborts the setup process. If you abort the process, the next time you start the computer the first set up screen displays, allowing you to begin the setup process again.
NOTE:During the setup process, Windows 7 may take a long time to process an item without visual feedback on the screen to indicate progress. This is normal
. Do not restart the computer or stop the setup process.
The following screens display as you power on the computer:
The Windows 7 logo displays on a black screen.
A Microsoft screen displays the following message: Setup is preparing your computer for the first use
During the setup process, you create a user name and password, verify the correct time and date, and then choose your Internet network.
Creating a user name and password
Create a User name
. (This user name is for the administrator of the computer.)
Type the selected user name in the text box, and then click Next
On the next screen, type the password in the text box, retype the password in the next box, and then click Next
The next screen requests confirmation that you accept the Software License Terms
and the End User License Agreement
Click both check boxes and then click Next
Protecting your computer
The next screen displays options for protecting the security of your computer and for receiving Windows updates.
You have three choices: Use recommended settings
(automatically downloads and installs all updates provided by Microsoft), Install important updates only
(only downloads and installs critical updates), and Ask me later
. HP recommends that you select the Use recommended settings
Click the option you wish to use.
Reviewing your time and date settings
The next screen contains options for changing the date and time settings.
Verify your time zone, time, and date. Make any necessary changes. Then click Next
Use the following steps to setup your computer network:
Choose a wireless network from the list.
If you do not see your network, click Connect to a hidden wireless network
, enter the network name, and select the security type and encryption type. Or, click Skip
to continue without a wireless connection and set it up later.
From the next screen, select one of the following locations for your computer:
Select this location if all the computers on this network are at your home and you recognize them. This is a trusted home network.
Select this location if all the computers on this network are at your workplace and you recognize them. This is a trusted work network.
Select this location if you do not recognize all the computers on the network. (For example, you are in a coffee shop or airport, or you have mobile broadband.) This is a public network and is not
Click the location where you will most often use the computer.
Completing Windows 7 Setup
After completing Windows 7 setup, a Preparing your desktop
screen displays. Please allow several minutes for Windows to save your settings.
HP Total Care Assistant Setup
When the Windows 7 setup is complete, a Welcome to your new HP Computer
screen opens. Click the green Go
button to begin setting up HP Total Care Assistant.
HP Total Care Assistant is a diagnostic tool for your computer and can solve many computer problems. The program is included at no extra cost with the purchase of your new computer.
To set up your HP Total Care Assistant, follow the steps below:
Enter your contact information to register and get better access to technical support and helpful information from HP.
to download and install updates and alerts automatically. Also, select to participate in the HP Experience Improvement Program. Click Next
to activate the trial version of anti-virus software that will protect your computer. Also, select the checkbox to accept the User Agreement to the anti-virus software. Click Next
The next window provides a review the actions you have just taken with HP Total Care setup. Click Finish
to complete the setup process and continue to the Windows 7 Desktop screen. Once you are at the desktop screen, you can continue to use your computer normally.
If you have any questions about the HP Total Care Assistant, see the following support document,
HP Notebook PCs - HP Advisor Version 3.x
. Alternatively, you can go to the
HP Support web site
. At the web site, click your region, language, and then click Contact Us
at the top of the browser window to contact an HP Support Agent.