Customizing New Win10 Laptop

A week ago today, I grabbed a great Black Friday deal from Lenovo. I purchased an X390 Yoga (i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) for almost $150 less than what I paid for a similarly equipped X380 a few months back. In other words: a killer deal. I’ll be replacing my wife’s ancient (2011/2012) mini-ITX PC with this unit. Along with a Belkin USB-C/Thunderbolt Express 3 Dock, she’ll be able to use her present mouse, keyboard and monitor, access wired GbE networking, and obtain power through a single cable. Long story short, that’s how and why I’ve found myself customizing new Win10 laptop this week. Here’s what a glamor shot of the unit looks like:

This slim unit includes a 13.5″ HD display, and works very well for normal workaday computing. I’ve got two X380 Yogas and like this model/form factor.
[Click image for full-sized view. Source: Lenovo.]

The Joys of Customizing New Win10 Laptop

It’s always fun, but time-consuming, to bring a new PC up to current standards. Given my wife’s specific interests, applications, and so forth, there’s also some extra effort involved to make it work for her just the way she wants it. The unit arrived with version 1903 Build 18362.356 installed, which tells me the machine came off the line between September 10 and 23 of this year. I had to run one raft of updates to bring 1903 up to current, after which I ran the 1909 upgrade, and a couple of .NET Framework CUs, and an Adobe Flash Player update. WU also delivered 13 driver updates, after which Lenovo Vantage added another 4 plus a BIOS update.

My next move — over the weekend — will be to use a copy of Laplink PC Mover to migrate everything over from the old mini-ITX desktop to her new laptop setup. If experience is any teacher, that will take somewhere around half an hour to complete. I’ll be curious to see how “the Boss” responds to the change. I’m hopeful she won’t notice much change, because she’s not a big fan of “wasting time” learning new computing tricks and wrinkles. I’ll report back later on how the transition goes for her. If we’re all lucky, it will be a case of  “no news is good news.” Stay tuned!

These are the ports on the X390 Yoga. If all goes well, everything will hook up via Port 2 into the Belkin dock.
[Click image for full-sized view. Source: Lenovo.]

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