Activating the iPad
To activate your iPad you have have start by connecting the iPad to your computer with the iPad USB/dock connection cable (or via a dock, if you have a dock). Once connected iTunes should open automatically.
If you don’t have iTunes installed on your computer you’ll want to download it from www.itunes.com. If you have iTunes installed, but the iPad is not showing up in the left side frame of the screen, you probably need to update the software. On a Mac you can do this through Software Update in the Apple Menu, on Windows you can use Help -> Check for Updates from within iTunes.
Once you have iTunes straightened out, you are ready to activate your iPad. This part is pretty straight forward. You will be presented with a series of prompts to activate your iPad and register it. You also have to setup the iPad for your iTunes account. This is your Apple ID (if you have one). If you don’t have an Apple ID you can easily set one up using the button presented to you on the login screen.
Here’s a time saving note for you. I recently helped my uncle set up his iPad. They have an Apple ID which they have used to buy from the Apple Online Store. That is how they bought the iPad. However, the Apple ID does not store their credit card information which is required to use iTunes and that ID in iTunes. As a result. when they went through the process they had to update their account and add the credit card to the account. To save time it might be a good idea to login to your account through the Apple Store site and make sure everything is set up, including storing a credit card.
Once you are finished registering (which is optional) and have your iTunes account set up you are good to go. You are ready to use your iPad.....almost.