New laptop, install vpn before or after Win 11/Linux?

Kayakeur Posts 1 Registration date Monday July 17, 2023 Status Member Last seen July 17, 2023 - Updated on Jul 17, 2023 at 11:36 PM
Jiyahana Posts 9 Registration date Friday December 29, 2023 Status Member Last seen February 9, 2024 - Feb 5, 2024 at 04:11 AM

Hi all you knowledgeable people, 

VPN, Windows 11 Pro, Linux

I just bought a refurbished Dell Latitude i7 laptop which will automatically download and install Windows 11 Pro when I first connect it to a wifi. 

Should I install a VPN before I install Win 11? Would that be safer than Windows installing? Is that even possible? 

Or should I install Linux instead of Windoze, which has such an invasive reputation? 

Thank you, Kayakeur Bud


2 responses

HelpiOS Posts 14396 Registration date Friday October 30, 2015 Status Moderator Last seen July 23, 2024 1,877
Jul 29, 2023 at 09:32 AM


Windows and Linux are two different operating systems. There are so many distributions of Linux, so choosing the right version for you may not be easy, depending on your needs and your current experience with Linux.

You can try Distrochooser. It will ask you some questions in order to find the most suitable Linux distribution for you. Also, Linux experts recommend Linux Mint for Windows users who want to try Linux and have no experience with it. Its interface is very similar to Windows, making it easy to handle.

Linux can be installed in addition to Windows. When your laptop boots, it will ask you if you want to use Windows or Linux as the operating system. It is also possible to try it before installing it on your hard drive, from a live USB. But it can also replace Windows and be the main operating system of your computer of course.

For the VPN, it is recommended to install it once your operating system is ready to be used. Installing it before you upgrade it may cause issues after (or during) the upgrade. If you decide to go for Linux, instead of Windows and supposing that your VPN is already installed on Windows, you'll need to reinstall it on Linux as it will not be available.

Hope that helps!

Jiyahana Posts 9 Registration date Friday December 29, 2023 Status Member Last seen February 9, 2024 1
Feb 5, 2024 at 04:11 AM

Yes you should install a VPN before setting up Windows 11 Pro on your new laptop. This helps protect your privacy during the initial connection to wifi.