I am just posting this to share a video that was posted earlier by JayzTwoCents one of the many awesome dudes I follow on YouTube. I found his video guide very useful and long lasting. It applies as much today as it will for the near future. I have been doing exactly what he did in video for many years. Link to his channel at the bottom of post.
I usually go to Nvidia/AMD, and device manufacturer sites to grab latest drivers as I never trusted Microsoft to install correct drivers. It’s much safer that way. I also don’t mind going online and using an online Microsoft account.. To each his/her own.
There are also more steps I, myself prefer doing after every fresh install. First I disable Windows User Account Control or UAC for short. I hate being prompted every time I want to install or launch an app. Second, I kill Windows Firewall. I use VPN when needed. Finally I murder death kill Windows Defender, and set power management profile to Max Performance.
That said, you can customise post-install to suit your needs. Those are just the basics.. Click button below to go to Jayz’ Channel and I recommend you subscribe, he is such a funny guy. His guides are awesome and useful )