Windows7 At Home
Starting with a Dell Inspiron 660s with pre-installed Win7 64bit
Agree to startup questions except - no don't register with macafee Run windows update and restart - no don't register with macafee - no don't accept dell digital delivery Run windows update and check for updates (many times) Uninstall - eBay - mcafee - dell digital delivery - microsoft office - microsoft sql server - skype - windows essentials 2012 (everything but movie maker) - dell datasafe local backup (requires restart, also uninstalls datasafe support software) Turn Windows Features Off - Games Run windows update and check for updates Click flag in system tray > Open action center > Run windows defender > Turn off messages about virus protection Run Adobe Reader > Update Run IE > Use Recommended settings set homepage download and install Firefox Run Firefox set homepage
Options General Downloads Always ask me where to save files Security Don't remember passwords for sites Advanced Don't check my spelling as I type Add-ons Adblock Plus > Install > close the adblock plus added bottom bar http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
[right-click] Desktop > Personalize > Windows7 Basic (i.e. don't use the Aero transparent theme) > Desktop Background > Browse... > Change desktop icons > [uncheck] Recycle Bin > Ok Unfortunately this means there is no longer any easy navigation to the recycle bin. You can right-click blank space in the left-pane of windows explorer, then select "Show all folders" which will reveal the recycle bin but uglify the left-pane. Next click on the recycle bin then right click favourites then add the recycle bin, then uncheck "Show all folders". Delete all icons from the Desktop Start > Avatar > Change your picture > Browse... [right-click] Language Bar (in systray) > Settings > Language Bar > Hidden [right-click] IE in Taskbar > Unpin this program from taskbar [right-click] WMP in Taskbar > Unpin this program from taskbar Start > [right-click] Properties > Start Menu > Customize [uncheck] Highlight newly installed programs [uncheck] Open submenus when I pause with the mouse pointer [uncheck] Use large icons Number of recent programs to display: 0 Number of recent items to display in jump lists: 0
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.
If you're canadian and you accidentally hit Left-ALT+SHIFT, you'll toggle to a french keyboard. This is because of the following setting: Control Panel > Region and Language > Keyboards and Languages > Advanced Key Settings > Hot keys for input languages > Between input languages: Left Alt+Shift. Change this to (None) to avoid that trap.
Download And Install
First fetch these files, then run http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ on them, then install them as described, then pin most of them to the start menu.
Notepad2 http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html Download Notepad2 4.2.25 Program Files (x64) - just drop this into Program Files and add it to your sendto AgentRansack http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download Agent Ransack - 64-bit Version Download (3.6MB) - run the installer Kdiff3 http://sourceforge.net/projects/kdiff3/files/kdiff3/ 0.9.97 KDiff3-64bit-Setup_0.9.97.exe - run the installer and agree to shell extensions Putty http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html putty.exe puttygen.exe - just drop these into Program Files (x86) and create shortcuts - here's how to customize the config Session Saved Sessions > yourConfigName Host: yourServerIP Port: usually22 Type: SSH Terminal Bell > None (bell disabled) Window Columns: 155 Rows: 36 Lines of scrollback: 3000 Colours > Use system colours Connection Data > Auto-login username: ec2-user SSH > Auth > Private key file for authentication > Browse: YourKey.ppk Session > Save WinSCP http://winscp.net/eng/download.php WinSCP 5.1.5 Installation package - run the installer, don't install the bundled chrome - Preferences > Preferences > Editors > Add > External editor > Notepad2 > Up, Up Mp3tag http://www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html mp3tagv257setup.exe - run the installer but don't agree to shell extensions Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Download Audacity 2.0.3 http://lame1.buanzo.com.ar/ Lame_v3.99.3_for_Windows.exe http://lame1.buanzo.com.ar/ FFmpeg_v0.6.2_for_Audacity_on_Windows.exe - install audacity, then install lame, then install ffmpeg Safari http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1531 Download - run installer, don't set as default, don't install bonjour, do automatically update - run safari and set homepage (gear > preferences > set to current) QuickTime http://www.apple.com/ca/quicktime/download/ Download Now - agree to installer iTunes http://www.apple.com/ca/itunes/ Download Now - agree to installer - [top-left-dropdown] > Show Menu Bar - View > Show Sidebar - Controls > Shuffle > By Albums Chrome https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/ Download Chrome - agree to installer, set homepage - extensions > Ad Block Plus - extensions > Home Button At Top Right Google Drive https://tools.google.com/dlpage/drive Download Google Drive > Accept And Install - create folder C:\Data\Music\GoogleDrive - run installer > Advanced Setup Folder Location > Change > C:\Data\Music\GoogleDrive > Ok Sync options Only sync some folders to this computer [check] Music [uncheck] Sync Google Docs files Start Sync PaintShopPro [not a free download] - install with no shell extensions, no browser, no animation shop - note that screen capture may crash win7 Picasa https://support.google.com/picasa/answer/18393?hl=en - it says you can create a full backup on an external drive - then plug that drive into your new computer and run the restore executable - and choose a new location for the dataset - then install picasa http://picasa.google.ca/ Download Picasa - run installer Handbrake http://handbrake.fr - Download Handbrake 0.9.9 For Windows XP or later - HandBrake-0.9.9-1_x86_64-Win_GUI.exe - Allow and agree to install - Launch Handbrake - Source > Open Folder > VIDEO_TS > Select Folder - Presets > Devices > AppleTV3 - Destination > Browse > whatever.mp4 - Start
When you want to migrate your picasa from one computer to a new computer and you can't keep the files in the same location because the new computer doesn't have the same drive letter as the old computer, the documentation says it should work despite many blogs of it failing to maintain albums and/or face tags for many users on versions of picasa older than 3.9.
When you run PicasaRestore.exe, it lets you choose a new location, so that for example "Z:\images\..." becomes "C:\Data\[Z]\images\...", and it shows you the complete list of files it will copy. One hopes that during the copy it also updates all the album pointers, etc. You can't avoid the [driveletter] in the new path.
After the restore is complete, you are supposed ot install Picasa for the first time on the new computer. During first launch it displays the standard "Only search My Documents" / "Search my whole computer" prompt. It doesn't matter which you answer. Answer only search my documents, then immedately go to "Tools > Folder Manager" and remove everything from the search. Note: it's okay to answer "Dont' use Picasa Photo Viewer" to the second prompt.
In my case there were no photos in "My Documents", so all it displayed was "No photos found." When I opened "Folder Manager" it showed "My Documets" as "Scan Always" which I changed to "Remove From Picasa". Finally I selected my new root as "Scan Once".
At first this looked like a complete failure, as it was scanning and just displaying the image folders it was discovering but as it scanned folders that contained images that were in blue albums, it started adding albums to the list.
However, after "Sign In with Google Account" all the albums re-gain their web-ablum status, but "Sync To Web" has been turned off on all of them. Turning "Synch To Web" back on for each web album seems to work correctly. For the first one, you have to choose you upload settings, and "Original Size" isn't the default, so choose carefully, but it takes no time at all to sync so it clearly isn't re-uploading the folders. Newly added photos are uploaded to the existing web album correctly. Note that photo order still doesn't sync.
Paying closer attention, there is a minor bug. It appears that many of the albums don't have all their photos. For example an album that has 43 photos online may appear to only have 2 photos on the desktop. The source photos do exist on disk. When you select "Synch To Web" on that album, it says it's "Downloading" and the disk album is updated correctly. Checking the files on disk confirm they were always there and they haven't been modified.
It seems that as Picasa scans your folders, when it finds a folder that contains files that were in one of your albmus, it creates the album, but if it has yet to scan other folders that also contain files from that album then those files are deleted from the album. As long as it was a web-album, re-synching the album will re-add the files without actual upload/download. If any of your albuums were offline and from multiple folders, then you're out of luck.
Delete C:/Apps C:/dell Make everything except the following hidden C:/Data C:/Temp C:/Users Alt > Tools > Folder Options [check] Automatically expand to current folder > View [uncheck] Hide extensions for known types Delete the contents of "Libraries" Remove the contents of "Favorites" 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: Black, White, Blue, White // 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/.jnt/ShellNew_ // journal HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.rtf/ShellNew_ // rich text HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.zip/ShellNew_ // zip HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Briefcase/ShellNew_ // briefcase Start > Control Panel > Auto Play > [uncheck] Use Autoplay...
Open Action Center > Setup Backup > External HD > Let Me Choose > Select Everything > Schedule Every Sunday at 7pm > Save settings and run backup
The iTunes updater delete the previous iTunes shortcut thus orphaning the one pinned to the task bar. Adding the new one causes it to be named "iTunes (2)" because the orphaned one still exists at the following location. To fix this, delete the orphaned one then add or rename the new one.
C:\Users\yourName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
If you installed office365 you get a "Send To OneNote" nag box at every startup. You can disable this by OneNote > File > Options > Display > [uncheck] Place OneNote icon in the notification area of the taskbar.
A good vector drawing program for diagrams, etc. http://www.libreoffice.org/discover/draw/ You'll also want the export as image extension. http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center/export-as-images
Either it is shared by some systems by default or it gets shared as a result of sharing something else, but on several Windows7 systems, I've seen the entire C:\Users\ folder shared will full permission to everyone. Gak! Microsoft says:
Go to Control Panel / Folder Options / View TAB...scroll down to where it say's "Use Sharing Wizard (Recomended)" and remove the check mark. Doing this will prevent the Users directory from being automatically shared whenever any folder is manually shared.
Then right-click on your C:\Users\ folder and select Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing > [uncheck] Share This Folder > Ok > Yes [disconnect connected users] > Close.
To see what is shared on your system, enter \\YourComputerName into windows explorer. If you don't know your computer name, right-click on Computer an select properties. It's near the bottom on the right.