How to Configure a Laptop

By Techwalla Computers Editor

A laptop is purchased with the ability to be configured with many different settings for security, memory, speed or other options. Follow these steps to learn how to properly configure your laptop for a variety of settings.

Step 1

Configure your laptop for security by making a startup password. Press the power button on your laptop, press the "F2" key and hold down "Alt" while pressing "P" to scroll through the pages. Find the page titled "System Security." Use the left and right arrow keys to modify values. Change the primary password to "Enabled," enter a password and push "Esc" to exit and confirm your password.

Step 2

Set and configure your laptop speed. Speed up your laptop by upgrading your RAM. If you upgrade your RAM from 512MG to 1GB your speed can be boosted 13 percent and you lose only 8 minutes of battery power.

Step 3

Boost your laptop's speed even more by installing a high-end hard drive. If you upgrade from a 4,200 rpm drive to a 5,400 rpm drive, you acquire an 18 percent increase in speed and only a 7 minute decrease in the life of your battery.

Step 4

Opt for a 2.13G Hz Pentium M CPU if you're working with multimedia. The hard drive should be 60GB and 5,400 rpm. You need at least 1G of RAM.

Step 5

Perform a DHCP configuration on Windows XP. Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Network and Internet Connections" and "Network Connections." Select "Local Area Connection," "Change Settings of This Connection," "Internet Protocol," "Properties," and then check the boxes for "Obtain an IP Address Automatically" and "Obtain DSN Server Address Automatically." Click "OK" twice.