One part of this preparation the online 'course' I developed to support our BYOL program. It is in our OLE (Online Learning Environment) - BrightSpace by D2L.
I have been reworking this over the past few days in preparation for the start of the 2016 school year in Australia. Things evolve, which makes changes necessary. We are also moving to a unified operating environment - Windows 10 and Office 2016 - which streamlines things.
While we walk new students through the entire laptop setup, they could also set things up almost completely by following this course. In fact, students who have had to replace a laptop in the past have done this.
The structure of the course is shown below. I use lots of video tutorials; some from YouTube, some from Lynda.com and then I make some to fill in the gaps.
While it takes some time to create and maintain the course, the time is paid back many times.