Setting Up Windows7
Download and install Firefox Options General Homepage > Use Current Page Downloads Close it when all downloads are finished Always ask me where to save files Security Don't remember passwords for sites Advanced Don't check my spelling as I type New Tab > [top-right] Hide the New Tab page Google > Manage Search Engines > Remove All Non-Google Browse to a Flash page (like google finance) and install flash. Add-ons > Adblock Plus > Install close the adblock plus added bottom bar Search for Firefox Theme > Ubuntu 10.04 Ambiance light-brown
[right-click] Desktop > Personalize > Desktop Background > Browse... [right-click] Desktop > Personalize > Change desktop icons > [uncheck] Recycle Bin > Ok Delete all icons from the Desktop Start > gpedit.msc > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > User Accounts [double-click] Apply the default logon pictures to all users > Disabled > Ok Start > Avatar > Change your picture > Browse... [right-click] IE in Taskbar > Unpin this program from taskbar [right-click] Taskbar > Properties > Customize [uncheck] Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar for any you don't want to see, change to "Only show notifications" Start > [right-click] Properties > Start Menu > Customize [uncheck] Highlight newly installed programs [uncheck] Use large icons [uncheck] Open submenus when I pause with the mouse pointer Number of recent programs to display: 0 Number of recent items to display in jump lists: 0 Start > Control Panel > Display > Change Display Settings > Make this my main display > Adjust ClearType text > Turn on ClearType > [agree with all defaults]
On WinXP I had some dual-monitor software that let you bounce windows between monitors and was dying witout it until I realized this is native functionality in windows7. Just grab a maximized window's top bar and drag it. It will convert to non-maximized. When on the next monitor drag towards the top of the screen. It will convert to maximized. Release.
Alt > Tools > Folder Options [check] Automatically expand to current folder Delete the contents of "Libraries" Delete the contents of "Favorites" Navigate to a folder that you frequent, then right-click on favorites in the sidebar > Add current location to favorites [right-click] Windows Explorer on task bar > [right-click] Windows Explorer link > Properties Target: %windir%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder shell:sendto remove stuff you don't like add Notepad2
Note: SHIFT+[right-click] gives additional context menu options such as "Open command window here", but I find that too cumbersome.
Start > regedit HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd delete the tag named "extended" HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\cmd delete the tag named "extended" [right-click] Command Prompt (actual window, not shortcut) > Defaults [check] QuickEdit Mode Layout Screen Buffer Size: 1000 x 3000 Window Size: 120 x 40 Font: Lucida Console Colors: ... // remove unwanted items from the explorer/desktop right-click "New" menu Start > regedit CTRL+F > shellnew > ... F3 // rename ShellNew folders to ShellNew_ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.bmp/ShellNew_ // bitmap HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.contact/ShellNew_ // contact HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.docx/ShellNew_ // word HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.jnt/ShellNew_ // journal HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.odg/ShellNew_ // drawing HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.pptx/ShellNew_ // presentation HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.pub/ShellNew_ // publisher HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.xlsx/ShellNew_ // excel HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.zip/ShellNew_ // zip HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Briefcase/ShellNew_ // briefcase Start > gpedit.msc > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files > Disabled > Ok
Download and install Google Drive Advanced Setup Folder Location > Change > D:\My Data\music > Make New Folder > Google Drive > Ok Sync options Only sync some folders to this computer [check] Music [uncheck] Sync Google Docs files Start Sync Classic Shell > Download Now > Only Install Classic Explorer Close and re-open Windows Explorer Classic Explorer Settings Navigation pane style [select] Windows XP Simple [check] Disable breadcrumbs [check] Add icon overlay for shared folders All Settings Toolbar Buttons (add/remove as you like) add "Custom Command" [double-click] CustomItem > Link > [dropdown] > Links add "View List" [double-click] ListItem > Icon > [whatever] add "View Details" [double-click] ListItem > Icon > [whatever]
Download and install WinAmp Install all defaults except reject browser toolbar and aol junk. Installer complains: Your computer is missing DirectX. http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=35 Reject junk software suggested along with download Install all defaults except Bing. Windows compatibility assistant > This program installed correctly WinAmp Skin: Big Bento [uncheck] Show Winamp in Folder context menus in Windows Explorer [uncheck] 7digital Music [uncheck] SongFreaks Finish without providing feedback Add media to Library D:\My Data\music\Google Drive\music [check] Scan folder in background > Add > Close Options > Preferences General Preferences [uncheck] Check for new versions of Winamp at startup [uncheck] Show Winamp in Taskbar Titles > Read metadata only when files are played Media Library Local Media > Watch Folders > [check] Rescan folders at startup Plugins Portables > USB Device Plugin > Uninstall Options Notifications > Never Show Songticker > Disable Songticker Scrolling Multicontent View > File Info Components > [uncheck] Cycle File Info
Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Outllook 2010 provide name and initials yes, make default for mail File > Open > Import Import From Another Program Or File Outlook Data File (.pst) Browse... Replace duplicates with items imported Include subfolders Import itmes into the same folder The result is stored at D:\PST\you.ost You can now delete the .pst from which you imported. Copy the Outlook shortcut and past into Start > All Programs > Startup [right-click] Ribbon > Minimize the Ribbon View > ToDo Bar > Off View > Navigation Pane > [uncheck] Favorites View > Naviagtion Pane > Options > [uncheck all except] Mail, Calendar [drag bottom pane of navigation pane down until icons are made small] View > Reading Pane > Bottom View > People Pane > Off File > Options > Mail Reading Pane Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane Wait 1 second before marking item as read [uncheck] Always check spelling before sending Spelling and Autocorrect [uncheck] Check spelling as you type Home > Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts Some of these may have been corrupted I had to reselect some folders for some rules Customize Quick Access Toolbar More Commands > All Commands > Remove [all] > Add New Email Reply Reply All Forward (the one further down without any decorations) Automatic Replies Compose [right-click] > Minimize the Ribbon Customize Quick Access Toolbar More Commands > All Commands > Remove [all] > Add Save Attach File Insert Picture From File Find... Font (the 3rd one with the I-bar) Font Color Format Spelling & Grammer Encrypt (the 2nd one without the envelope) Sign Low Importance [right-click] icon is system tray > Hide When Minimized While looking at a folder of emails, edit columns and layout as desired using View > View Settings Then use View > Change View > Apply Current View To Other Mail Folders.
The Google Talk install page links to a download of Google Talk that fails to install on Windows7.
After giving up on Google Talk, I tried chrome desktop notifications, gmail notifier, google hangouts and google mail checker chrome extension, but all failed to notify new emails unless gmail was open in the chrome browser. Finally, I found a direct link to a Google Talk installer that works on Windows7.
Uninstall: Notepad++ JDK5 JDK6 JDK7 C:/ant C:/eclipse C:/jdks Nvidia (came with my box, but my does doesn't have nvidia hardwre) (pin most of these to the start menu, as well as anything else useful) Install: Notepad2(64bit) -- conf, ldif, log, pem, properties, sql, tcl, txt, ual, xml PaintShopPro -- no shell extensions, no browser, no animation shop AgentRansack(64bit) -- yes shell extensions WinRAR -- no shell extensions Ant 1.8.2 -- add to path LibreOffice -- only Draw LogParser mp3tag -- no shell extensions PureText -- add to Startup PuttyGen (only if you don't like kdiff) WinMerge -- yes shell extensions jdk-7u17-windows-x64.exe -- don't register, add to path Safari -- no to everything QuickTime -- for playing wav files WinSCP - when creating a new connection, use SFTP - Options > Preferences > Editors > Add > External editor > Notepad2 > Ok > Up > Up > Ok Audacity - install audacity - install lame - install ffmpeg Ensure all necessary environment variables are set. Use native microsoft backup.
Terminal Bell > None (bell disabled) Window Columns: 155 Rows: 36 Lines of scrollback: 3000 Colours > Use system colours Session > Save
The box already has C:\views\ shared appropriately Start > View Network Connections > Organize > Layout > Menu Bar > Advanced > Advanced Settings > Provider Order ClearCase Dynamic Views Microsoft Windows Network ...others ClearCase Home Base Options > User Preferences > Operations Add to Source Control/Check In [uncheck] User original checkout information Checkout [uncheck] Prompt for comment [uncheck] Reserved Undo Check Out [uncheck] save a copy of file with a .keep extension Administration > Control Panel > Options [uncheck] Display confirmation message after remounting persistent VOBs ClearCase Home Base Views > Create View > Dynamic -- this generates an error about the share name and displays a panel to set it -- replace <Share> with views -- future view creation won't require this step [right-click] > ClearCase > Version Tree View > All Versions [right-click] Compare > With Previous Version > Diffview [uncheck] Show space and tabular characters for differences [uncheck] Show white space
Download the latest Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers eclipse-jee-juno-SR2-win32.zip (be sure to get the 32bit install since the clearcase plugin below won't work with the 64bit install) Extract to D:\Installed\Eclipse Create a shortcut and add it to the Start Menu Run it Select a workspace -- D:\My Data\archive\java-projects At top right, add "Java" and "Debug" perspectives Window > Preferences General Appearance > Colors and Fonts > Java Editor Text Font > Edit Default > Size: 12 Editors Text Editors > [check] Show line numbers Text Editors > Spelling > User defined dictionary > (see example below) Keys Find Next > Binding [select-all] F3 > Ok Go to Line > Binding [select-all] CTRL+G > Ok Java > Installed JREs > [confirm it's pointing to jre7] select custom style D:\Installed\Eclipse\eclipse.ini change -Xms40m -Xmx512m to -Xms512m -Xmx1024m File > Import > General > Existing Projects into Workspace Z:\>cleartool -version ClearCase version 22.214.171.124 Search IBM for clearcase eclipse plugins. Select Rational ClearCase SCM Adapter (For Eclipse), Version 126.96.36.199 - note that this version supports clearcase 7.1.2 - download com.rational.clearcase.win32-v201105111445.zip - extract contents to temp Eclipse > Help > Install New Software > Add > Local > D:/Temp/eclipse/ [uncheck] Group items by category [check] Rational ClearCase Remote Client for Eclipse Import [check] Rational ClearCase SCM Adapter > Next > Next > Accept > Finish > Okay (unsigned) > Yes (restart now) Window > Preferences > Team > ClearCase SCM Adapter When workspace is closed: Do nothing Window > Customize Perspecitve > Tool Bar Visibility File Save All ClearCase Connect to Rational ClearCase Add to Source Control Check In Undo Check Out Refresh Status Compare With Previous Version Show Version Tree Launch Debug Run Search Search Navigate Back Forward Last Edit Location
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