With the new Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is putting a new spin on an old task. Cortana can now be used to set up Windows on your PC by using your voice. Users with new PCs that have the Creators Update preinstalled will be greeted with Cortana at the start of the setting up process.
In this guide, we will walk you through what you can expect from Cortana in the new setup experience.
This is the first screen that you will see when setting up Windows 10. Cortana will greet you with a brief introduction, after which you can start using your voice proceed. For most of the setup process, you will be required to answer “yes” or no”. If you desire, you can forego the voice setup and use a regular mouse and keyboard. Also, if you do not wish to hear Cortana, you can simply click the sound icon to mute.
2. Select Your Region
On the next screen, you will be asked to select your region and language. If your region is set correctly, simply say yes. You can also use your mouse and keyboard to make the selection. Next, you will be asked to accept the Windows 10 license agreement; say Yes to proceed.
3. Setup your Network
You will now be asked to set up your network. If you are connected via Ethernet cable, this part will be skipped. If not, you will need to manually select and connect to a Wi-Fi connection. Once connected, Windows will begin searching for updates.
This section is optional, so you can skip this and set up an internet connection later if you wish.
4. Select the Type of Account You Would Like to Set Up
Here you will be asked to select between a set up for an organization or a set up for personal use. This is one of the areas where Cortana’s voice commands won’t work and you will be required to make a selection manually.
5. Sign in to Your Microsoft Account
You will now be required to enter your Microsoft account credentials. If you do not have a Microsoft account you may skip this step by selecting Offline account to the bottom left of the screen. It is, however, recommended that you create one by clicking Create account to take advantage of Windows 10’s features.
6. Set Up OneDrive
Here you will have the option of syncing your OneDrive files. If you have never used OneDrive, you Cortana will provide a brief explanation of this service. Say Yes or No if you would like to automatically save files and photos to OneDrive.
7. Set Up Cortana
Next, you will be asked whether or not you want Cortana as your virtual assistant. You can say “Yes” or “No” here. Note that saying “No” will not affect the current set up process.
8. Choose Your Privacy Settings
Finally, you will be introduced to the privacy settings. Microsoft has tried to make this as simple as possible by presenting all pertinent settings on one screen. Again, you cannot use your voice here and will be required to make a selection using your mouse and keyboard.
You’re done! Windows will now begin completing the setup and preparing your desktop.