Set Up Your Soft­ware

From BIOS to boot, fol­low our guide to in­stalling your op­er­at­ing sys­tem, de­vice driv­ers, and a se­lec­tion of es­sen­tial apps, one sim­ple step at a time


YOU’VE MADE IT. You’ve got a brand new rig, and you’re ready to kick some se­ri­ous ass in those 1080p games. But how do you get there? How do you in­stall an op­er­at­ing sys­tem on your new ma­chine? You haven’t in­stalled an op­ti­cal disc drive in your chas­sis, and you don’t seem to have one lay­ing around ei­ther, so where do you go from here? No need to worry—we’ve got your back. The last time we used one of those DVD read­ers was way back in 2016, and even then that was only to see whether the cover disc of our friends over on the Linux ti­tles would read prop­erly. Spoiler: It did, then they trashed our DVD drive. Typ­i­cal, right?

But enough waf­fle. You’re here to in­stall your OS of choice. For us, that’s Win­dows 10. You could game on Linux, if you want, but be­cause this is Max­i­mum PC, not Game Re­leases Two Years Later PC, un­for­tu­nately (or for­tu­nately, de­pend­ing on your point of view), we’re stuck with Mi­crosoft.

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