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March 01, 2008

Windows Environment Rebuild

Notes for the Nth iteration of "rebuild Windows laptop / virtual machine":

Thinkpad Initial Setup

  • Windows Update
  • Thinkpad System Update
  • Create Recovery Media (3 DVDs)
  • Bloatware removal
    • Symantec removal tool
    • Client Security Solution (password manager)
    • Disable Rescue & Recovery backups (Manage Settings - Set Schedule And Preferences - uncheck "schedule your backups"). Otherwise, defaults to weekly backups on T61, which will rapidly use up all available hard disk space ( http://blog.keeme.net/archives/1 ).

Windows XP Configuration

  • Reduce System Restore space allocation per drive
  • Control Panel - Mouse
    • Enable Clicklock (good for scrolling, ergo feature avoids sustained button press)
    • Automatically move pointer to default button in dialog box
    • Pointer Scheme - Windows Black Extra Large (inverted pointer is more visible)
    • Pointer Speed - 90% fast

Windows Applications

  • ZoneAlarm: firewall
  • ESET NOD32: efficient antivirus
  • Ecco Pro: classic PIM
  • WinDirStat: disk usage cleanup tool
  • UnxUtils: Windows versions of Unix utilities (add install directory to system path via My Computer -> Properties -> Environment Variables)
  • TweakUI: MS PowerToy - cascading menu speed, change system folders, prioritize start menu layout, other tweaks
    • Mouse > Menu Speed > make faster than default (test before committing!)
    • Mouse > X-Mouse > check "Activation follows mouse" (less clicking)
    • Logon > uncheck "Show unread mail on Welcome screen"
    • Logon > select users to be displayed on Welcome screen
  • Windows Desktop Search (v2) for Outlook 2003

Data Management

  • Moving Outlook 2003 offline file for Exchange email account: improve space management, backup
  • Load existing Firefox profile: use saved passwords, bookmarks

Registry Tweaks

  • Fast shutdown
    • [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
        “HungAppTimeout”=”1000"
        “WaitToKillAppTimeout”=”1000"
        “AutoEndTasks”=”1"
    • [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control]
        “WaitToKillServiceTimeout”=”1000"

Posted by dotpeople at March 1, 2008 11:57 AM