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Reply 20 of 39, by gdjacobs

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konc wrote on 2020-04-30, 09:00:

old OS for retro use: get an image with nothing but the drivers installed, for when I screw it up installing dozens of things
modern OS: not much these days, I guess installing my preferred audio/video players and browser extensions is a must for me

It was a thing with dual boot Linux machines way back when drive space was more precious. You need pagefile.sys to be on a fat32 partition and use the same file for both OSes.

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Reply 21 of 39, by Almoststew1990

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Windows 98:
Disable the task scheduler thing. That's about it.
Do Phil's Easy DOS mode set up.

XP and 7:
Remove a bunch of start menu links like Default Programs and the Search box. Enable "all task bar notifications icons showing at all time"
Disable UAC

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Run Netplwiz and untick "require password OK log in"
Disable/hide the cortana search bar
Disable the task view button
Uninstall apps like candy crush and Skype.
Change the Quick Access to open up as My Computer not quick access
Remove a bunch of quick access folders I don't need to quickly access.
Stop quick access adding "favourite" folders itself
Change folders on the left hand side of start menu to have personal, downloads, settings etc not pictures and music etc.
Uninstall the apps that have by now dkwnloaded and installed themselves like Candy Farm Saga or something
Set background to a solid colour.

I'm sure there is more faffing with Windows 10 that I am missing...

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Reply 22 of 39, by psychz

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Windows XP: Switch start menu to classic, patch uxtheme and replace Luna theme with Watercolor Lite theme (as clean as classic, but a lot like the old Whistler look):
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Reply 23 of 39, by Zup

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I almost forgot...
- On every system installed: forget about windows explorer and install Total Commander.
- On most systems: install an old version of PDF Creator (1.73 or so).
- On Windows 7 or more recent systems: remove XPS printer, check the "optional features" installed (I'm spaniard, I don't know if is called that on english systems).

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Reply 26 of 39, by Almoststew1990

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xcomcmdr wrote on 2020-05-05, 14:58:

It wasn't advice, it's just what I do. I've never seen Windows 7 UAC pop up except when I have been installing (or making changes) something myself in the 10 years I've used Windows 7, and I've never seen it identify anything suspicious (i.e. wrong time of an install or weird publisher name). Now W7 is relegated to project PC purposes which usually get re purposed or reformatted within a month, I'll continue to take the risk. The risk is low and the reward (not being annoyed) it moderate.

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Reply 27 of 39, by Discrete_BOB_058

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Install drivers followed by game stores like steam, gog, epic games.
Run all C++ Redist setup files and install .NET Framework 3.5
Install Chrome, K Lite Codec Pack, WinRAR
Update Store apps

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Reply 28 of 39, by kitten.may.cry

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I couldn't find a "New User" thread to say hi, but hey...

The first thing I do after installing 7 or XP, is probably...disabling WinSAT, and Windows Update.

You blink once, the "boys" will 😁 up all the available memory, trashing the system beyond recoverable!

Reply 29 of 39, by doogie

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drivers/software installation - mostly handled by RIS on Windows 2000 and XP, or MDT + Group Policy on Windows 10. The overhead of running Active Directory Domain Services these days kind of sucks, but it's worth it not having to remember and then go flip a bunch of settings just to get the OS out of the way.

Biannual-ish task - catch up on the new group policies added in the current Win10 release, and make sure to disable all of the newest adware crap.

I keep trying to want to like OS X (edit: macOS, sorry) for Docker and Kubernetes development, but it just slows me down; and it's always in some simple task like moving files around. With WSL2 on Windows right around the corner I think it just makes sense to load that up, get a good terminal emulator and call it a day.

Reply 30 of 39, by computerguy08

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Almoststew1990 wrote on 2020-04-30, 22:49:

Disable UAC

I have to agree, it can become very annoying when you are frequently (un)installing software. To be fair, it is a good defense mechanism against unwanted events (e.g. malware), especially for those who aren't PROs behind a keyboard. But for those who know what they are doing, it is a compromise worth taking. If something ever goes wrong, I know to blame myself for letting that application run in that day.

I prefer to have complete control over my entire machine. Besides, I mess up the Windows install with something else anyways. A long time has passed since I had to reinstall Windows due to a virus.

Reply 31 of 39, by dr_st

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On Vista it's hard to live with UAC, because it's all or nothing - if on, it will prompt you for everything. Any small change in Windows settings. It's annoying. Since Win7 when they introduced more levels, it's become reasonable.

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Reply 32 of 39, by Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman

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dr_st wrote on 2020-04-30, 07:58:

I do (3) and (4) on your list. Moving the pagefile to a different partition doesn't really serve a purpose; you have to use a different physical drive for it to have the desired effect. Also, you need to have some pagefile on C: (maybe a small one) to save crash dumps (if you care).

I knew, but I still do that on the same physical drive anyway; at least it helps to reduce pagefile fragmentation.

Also, I always use fixed-size pagefile to keep it from growing up on the fly.

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Reply 33 of 39, by KCompRoom2000

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In addition to installing drivers (obviously), here's what else I do for each OS install:
All Windows Versions: Tick "show all hidden files" and untick "hide known file extensions" in folder options, and install Firefox/similar legacy forks (if I intend on going online)
Windows 95: Turn on DMA for all drives, install USB supplements (if the computer has USB), rloew's USB mass storage drivers (if I intend on using my flash drives), and Plus! 95.
Windows 98: Turn on DMA for all drives, install NUSB33E (if I intend on using my flash drives), 3D Pinball (from Plus! 95), DirectX 8.1 (if my video drivers require it), WMP7.1, and IE5.5/6.
Windows ME: Disable System Restore, install DirectX 8.1 (if my video drivers require it), update WMP7.0 to 7.1/9, and IE5.5 to 5.5SP2/6.
Windows 2000: Install Service Pack 4, DirectX 8.1 (if my video drivers require it), WMP7.1/9, and IE6.
Windows XP: Install Service Pack 3 (if the computer's powerful enough), copy over the WMP skins/visualizations from RTM, patch uxtheme.dll, and install some of my favorite themes (including Royale Noir, Watercolor, Embedded, and Longhorn themes).
Windows Vista: Play InkBall and Purble Palace.
Windows 7: Install some updates (if I intend on going online).
Windows 8.1: Disconnect from the internet before installing (to avoid setting up an MS account) and install Classic Shell.
Windows 10 (non-LTSC): Reformat the hard drive and install Linux or 10 LTSC.
Windows 10 LTSC: Disconnect from the internet before installing (to avoid setting up an MS account, disable all telemetry, and install Open Shell.

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Reply 34 of 39, by Malik

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All Windows : Show Hidden Files & Extensions of Known Types. (Don't know why MS thought hiding these was a good idea.)

Newer Windows : Explorer -> Show files in LIST view

Win9x : Install Microsoft Plus!. Set up my favourite Desktop Theme.

Newer Windows (XP, 7) : Install MUNT. (A must for me. Can't live without MT-32. 😉). Followed by D-Fend Reloaded.

Install CoolSoft VirtualMIDI synth and set-up GM/GS-like SoundFonts.

Install Daemon Tools for running all my CD games already in ISO/CUE-BIN formats.

Listen to canyon.mid file.

In Linux :
1. Download and setup compile/build environment for:
2. Download source for MUNT and enjoy compiling and setting up MUNT with the CM-32L roms.
3. Download source for Timidity++ and compile and setup for getting ready with the GM-compatible SoundFonts.
4. Download source for Dosbox-Staging-Git, compile and setup the conf file ready to run dosbox. (using SDL2 eliminates many problems the 0.74 is riddled with)

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Reply 35 of 39, by Bruninho

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I install drivers. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Reply 36 of 39, by WolverineDK

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Classic Shell is now called Open Shell. To any one is wondering. But what about installing the latest Firefox , that your system supports ? Unless you prefer another browser of course.

Reply 37 of 39, by dr_st

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WolverineDK wrote on 2020-07-03, 14:45:

Classic Shell is now called Open Shell. To any one is wondering.

Yep. The original Classic Shell, updated last in December 2017, is still available, and should be OK for older operating systems; but Open Shell may be better for keeping track of ongoing changes in Windows 10.

WolverineDK wrote on 2020-07-03, 14:45:

But what about installing the latest Firefox , that your system supports ? Unless you prefer another browser of course.

I used to be a Firefox user for many years, then when I got disappointed with their frequent direction changes, tried some of the forks that tried to maintain the spirit of classic Firefox - Pale Moon and Basilisk. Eventually gave up on them due to unexplained slowdown issues and modern web starting to break here and there, and the feeling that they are constantly trying to catch a bus that's speeding away from them. Now I use Flashpeak Slimjet on most of my systems. On those too old to support that, I use old Firefox versions.

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Reply 38 of 39, by Dominus

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- install a text file editor that shows line numbers and does some coloring for code
- install a proper file manager (Windows:Total Commander, macOS: ForkLift)

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