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Follow this checklist to be more productive
The Windows 8 setup program is surprisingly quick and easy. But some of its default settings are likely to conflict with your wishes. That's especially true if you spend most of your time on the desktop.
Here's a checklist of eight items to check and, if necessary, adjust as soon as setup is complete.
Want more tips and tricks? See Your top 10 Windows 8 questions answered.
Check the time zone
If you live on the West Coast, you can ignore this one. For everyone else, keep reading.
On a clean install of Windows 8, you're never given a chance to set your local time zone. Instead, the system defaults to Pacific Time. When you boot up for the first time, make sure you go into PC Settings and adjust this setting so it matches where you live.
Connect your domain and Microsoft accounts
Using a Microsoft account (formerly known as Windows Live ID) is the best way to ensure that settings stay in sync. It also allows you to log on to services like SkyDrive without having to enter your credentials.
For home and small business users, you can do this at setup. If you're signed in with a Windows domain account, you need to go through one extra step.
From PC Settings, click Users and follow the prompts to connect your domain account to a Microsoft account. You can decide on this screen exactly what you want to sync.