When turning on a new Windows 10 computer for the first time, a wizard will appear to guide you through basic configuration of your device. Villanova College has produced the below guide to assist in navigating the options available in this process.


On booting up your computer, you will be asked to confirm the correct region is selected. Ensure Australia is selected and click Yes.

You will then be asked to select your keyboard layout. It is very important to ensure that US is selected, as some installations may default to United Kingdom. You may need to scroll through the options to find the US layout. The US keyboard layout is the Australian standard and selecting anything else will cause certain keystrokes to produce unexpected output.

There is no need for a second keyboard layout, so select Skip on this screen.

You will now be presented with a list of Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity. Select your home Wi-Fi network name, enter the security key and click Connect. After the connection completes, click Next in the bottom-right corner.

At this point, your device may now restart. After this, most devices will present you with a licence agreement. Press Accept to confirm you agree to this.

Some machines may ask you to choose the intended use of the device. If prompted, you should select Set up for personal use.

You will now be prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account. We do not recommend using a College email address or parent account at this step. If your son already has a personal Microsoft account (Outlook.com, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive), he may use these details to sign in at this step and follow the prompts to complete linking the device and Microsoft account.

Alternatively, as the Villanova email address is restricted to sending within the College only and is deleted after graduation, this may be a good opportunity to set up a Microsoft account with a new personal Outlook.com address for future professional use (e.g. john.smith@outlook.com).

Some versions of Windows may allow skipping this step entirely by choosing the Offline account (this may also be under “Learn More”) option in the bottom-left, then clicking No to confirm you do not wish to use a Microsoft account.


If you have selected an offline account, you will now be asked for the username. We suggest filling this out with your son’s first name only, and click Next.

To complete offline account setup, enter and confirm a password with your son. Please note this password does not sync with his Villanova College account password. You may leave the password blank and press Next if you do not wish for the device itself to have a password.

You will now be prompted to choose a range of service and privacy settings. Most Windows users accept all the defaults, but parents are free to choose settings that suit them.

Finally, some manufacturers may ask for personal details to register the device with them. You may fill in these details if you wish, or leave blank and click the Next buttons until the setup process is finalised.

Your device will now take some time to initialise before welcoming you to the Windows desktop. At this point, you have completed the basic setup and your computer is now ready for general use. Proceed to read the rest of the setup guides to learn how to install and configure software for use at Villanova College.