Windows Computer Setup

This document describe the default or base setup for a new Windows computer. These are setting that are common to all Windows computers at Documation. Additional software or features may be added after this setup for specific configurations.

This procedure is used for new computers OR any computer that has had the hard drive erased and a “clean” OS installation performed.


* Do for each Admin account (First User, Local Admin, and Domain admin).

  • Install and update all device driver and BIOS
  • *Set display defaults
  • *Configure Internet Explorer
  • *Install Chrome browser
  • *Disable IE as default
  • Enable the Local Administrator account
  • Assign computer name and join to domain
  • Install barcode fonts
  • Install the Shop Printer using the HP universal print drivers
  • Install standard software (applications common to all computers)
  • Install special software (applications specific to a workstation role)
  • Install Anti-Virus software

Unpacking and Cataloging

  • Un-box and find ALL the contents. A new computer will have some or all of the following:
    • Computer
    • Power cord
    • Keyboard
    • Mouse
    • Packing slip and/or invoice
    • Documentation and/or supplemental notes
    • CD or DVD rom(s) for OS and/or drivers or supplemental software
    • Activation/License keys for Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, or other add-on software
    • ANYTHING else in the shipping box that is not packing material
  • Set aside the power cord, keyboard, and mouse for later use
  • Set the computer up with a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and network connection to start “First-Run” procedure
  • Take all other included items and file them in an envelope or box clearly labeled with the Service Tag ID number of the computer they came with. In some cases multiple units are shipped with a shared invoice or packing slip. Make a copy of the item so you have one for each envelope. If the item cannot be copied easily (i.e. a DVD) then add a note to the envelope referencing the service tag ID number where the item can be found.

"First-Run" Configuration

  1. The first time a Windows computer is run default login information is requested. The following is suggested as a default for use until the computer is joined to the domain and the local admin account is enabled. After that this default account should be removed.
    • Default user = Doc
    • Default user password = 123456
  2. Once the “First-Run” is complete and the computer has been rebooted log in as the default user.
  3. Set the local Admin password:
    • Run 'compmgmt.msc'
    • Expand “Local Users and Groups”
    • Click on Users
    • Right-click on Administrator and choose “set password” (since this is a new setting you can click “Proceed” on the warning message. Set the designated admin password
    • Double-click on Administrator and remove the check-mark from “Account is disabled”
    • Click “OK”
  4. Log out of the default login and log in as the local administrator
  5. Provided the local admin login works and the password is set properly the Doc login account can be removed:
    • Run 'compmgmt.msc'
    • Expand “Local Users and Groups”
    • Click on Users
    • Right-click on Doc and choose delete
  6. Join the computer to the domain. At the end of this page are some notes about computer names.

Fonts, Printing and Network Connections

Now that the computer is a domain member you can make sure the default network folders are available, setup default printers, and install a set of barcode fonts, and font tools.

User Preferences

  • Internet Explorer
  • Chrome
  • RDC
  • VPN


  • Chrome
  • Enterprize
  • Crystal Runtime
  • Flash
  • Instant Messenger
  • Java
  • RDC
  • Spybot
  • VNC
  • VPN
  • Special Software
  • Antivirus


User and Domain Accounts

User Accounts

The “First-Run” default user and the Local Administrator login accounts were discussed in the section '“First-Run” Configuration' (above). Those accounts are typically the only “local” login accounts used. All other roles are handled by domain logins, including the domain administrator. For certain roles a specific workstation will be assigned a dedicated login account for all operators at that location, for example data collection. For a typical desktop workstation the login account will be assigned to the users who will all user their own credentials each time they log in at that location.

Computer Accounts

Computer names are typically assigned based on the computer's role and/or location. Computers used as data collection stations are named for the station where they are located with the letters DC appended; for example the data collection computer at the “hole puncher” station may be named puncherDC. Computer that are installed at a given employee's desk are named after the user's name (or user's login name) with the letters PC appended; for example the computer at John's desk may be named johnspc. Exceptions to this convention are made where needed. If it is not certain where the new computer will be installed the computer is named with the Service Tag ID or serial number, and then re-named after assignment.

Re-Naming Computers

It is frequently necessary to change a computer name, usually for re-assignment. It is best practice to rename AND remove the computer account from the domain, and delete the domain account, before changing a computer name. This is less important when both the new AND old names are both different from each other and unique to the network. When computer names are re-used with-out first being removed from the domain many problems can arrise.

Last modified:: 2016/03/19 16:03