User:James Neill/System setup/WinXP

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New Windows system set-up.

Contents

How to

Build a disk and operating system (Win XP)
  1. Create three partitions
    1. Primary: c:/ NTFS 15Gb (WinXP)
    2. p:/ NTFS 20Gb (Programs)
    3. f:/ NTFS The rest (Files)
  2. Install WinXP on c:/
  3. Install drivers
  4. Customise (see below)
  5. Clone (Backup) c:/


Booting

Current hard drive boot order:

  1. SATA: ST31000528AS | CC38 | Disk 1 931.5 GB IDE(0) Primary Master
  2. SATA: ST3320620AS | 3.AA | Disk 4 298.1 GB | IDE(0) Secondary Mater
  3. SATA: ST3320620AS | 3.AA | Disk 2 | 298.1 GB | IDE(0) Primary Slave
  4. SATA: ST3200822AS | 3.01 | 186.3 GB | IDE(0) Secondary Master (decomissioned)

Note: After adding a new internal hard drive, on boot a system may show "NTDLR is missing" (can't find the operating system). In boot editor, Boot, change the hard drive order.

Then follow Formatting a Secondary Hard Drive, but first r. click the Disk # and initialise, then create a new partition on the new disk. (This step seems unnecessary if using cloning software).

Disk management

  • Acronis Disk Director Suite

Cloning

Hardware

Hard drive - Install

Peripherals

Processor

Maintenance

Quick launch

Software

Anti-virus

Audio

Backup

  • Acronis True Image

Browser

DVD burn/copy

Email client

Firewall

FTP

Google

ISP

Imageware

Offline
Online
Picasa

File and folder management

  1. Foldersize
  2. Treesize
  3. Bulk rename - [1]
  4. IObit Unlocker - Slow right click - ShellExView
  5. Easy duplicate file finder
  6. Glary Utilities
  7. Defrag - Smart Defrag - Ultra defrag

Micro-blogging

Multimedia

.NET framework

Office

PDF

Platforms

Screenshot tool

Server

Taskbar shuffle

Text/HTML editor

Torrent

VoIP

Wiki

Windows Powertoys

Wireless networking

  • Add Fritz USB stick (auto-installs)
  • Insert Fritz CD (drivers)

Zip

XP

  • Installation: [2], [3], [4] (TweakHound)
  • XP setup
  • SP-3
  • Activate - [5][6]
  • Turn-on automatic updating & install updates
  • Control Panel
    • Display - Settings - to fastest (lowest processing)
    • Display - No background - No screensaver
    • Power options - 15 mins to screensaver and disks off, 30 mins to stanby. Switch hibernation on (Note: To force hibernation, shut down, hold down SHIFT (switches Standby to Hibernate).
  • Install Chipset drivers
  • Change drive letters
  • Change location of my documents
  • Add Quick Launch bar (r.click Start - Properties)
  • Disable logon
  • Remove IE shortcut from desktop - via regedit [7]
  • Add command prompt to start menu (from All Programs - Accessories)
  • Change preferred view for folders in Windows Explorer
  • Share folders
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