Every couple of years I have to go through the painful process of installing whichever version of Windows is the most sensible. Currently that would be Windows 7 (don't touch Vista or Windows 8 unless you have to). Even if you got a computer with operating system preinstalled, nobody sells computers with operating systems preinstalled well, so that's something one has to do.
- First, get some Windows 7 DVD. The version you most likely want is 64-bit Ultimate edition, but if you have something else it's most likely not a big deal.
- Gather all driver DVDs that were included with your computer. It's much easier than searching for driver online.
- Since you will be doing dual boot, partition your disks sensibly. DO NOT CREATE SWAP PARTITION FOR LINUX !!! I'll elaborate in another post, let me just say that swap partitions - and swap in general - are an awful idea for every single kind of system these days - servers, desktops, laptops, phones - all of them work infinitely better without swap. We don't live in 1980s any more.
- If you have a small SSD plus a second bigger disk like my machine, you'll need to consider this at a few points along the installation.
- Now install Windows 7.
- Get all driver dvds and install them one by one (usually in order - motherboard, gpu, the rest). Try to avoid installing any toolbars, antivirus software trials, and other bundled crap. It might be a good idea to download the most up to date drivers, especially for GPU.
- And we're done. Nothing like a quick post. Oh wait, we're not? It turns out installing operating system is only step 1 of installing an operating system.
Installing software with NiniteFunny thing, Windows comes without almost any software - and every time Microsoft tries to include anything like a video player or a web browser they have to fight antitrust trials, so no wonder they'd give up eventually. Meanwhile OSX and Linux typically come with huge amount of software for various tasks (and of various quality) included.
- Skip everything by Adobe, use any other PDF reader.
- Do not use winzip. Use 7zip.
- No point installing trial versions of anything like Microsoft Office.
- You don't need Silverlight, Air, QuickTime, iTunes and such crap. Trust me on that.
- Between Pidgin and Skype all your IM needs will be covered, no need to install 10 different programs.
- If you have multiple partitions, do not install Steam and similar program which are likely to take gigabytes of space via Ninite - it will install them on your root (I mean C:) partition without asking any questions, and you probably don't want that.
- If you have any other special needs, you'll also need to install software manually.
- Right click on Computer > Properties > System Protection > Delete all restore points, then Turn off system protection and OK.
- Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Performance > Advanced > Virtual Memory > No paging file
- Start menu > type "cmd" > Right click "cmd" > Run as administrator > Type "powercfg -h off"
- Change keyboard setting to something sane in case your defaults (like in UK) are retarded.
- Start menu > type "Folder options" > unselect "Hide extensions for known file types", "Hide protected operating system files"
- Power Options > Put computer to sleep > Never
- Start menu > type "Keyboard" > Repeat delay - "short"
- Configure either Firefox or Chrome with all the relevant plugins and extensions. (I'll hopefully post about this soon)
- Disable Windows security nonsense. If you have any clue what you're doing, it's just annoyance not protection. Start Menu > type "uac" > select "Never"
- Right click on Taskbar: Taskbar buttons "Combine when taskbar is full"
- Start menu > type "change system sounds" > No Sounds