It’s easy to forget some of these things until you need them, so I’m making a list of what to do after installing a fresh copy of Windows 7, or getting a new PC. I will add to & edit this list periodically, and please, offer any suggestions you may have in the comments!
- Create a new non-admin user
- Apply a password to the admin user
- Search: msconfig and remove all unnessecary startup processes
- Search: features and remove all unnessecary features
To conserve boot drive space:
Move default folder locations off of OS partition:eg; User>Username>Desktop (Right click>Properties>Location Tab) – also do for all other folders (My Music, My Videos, My Pictures, My Documents etc;)
If you use iTunes, see this article
on how to force it to use a drive other than the OS partition/drive.
If you use Evernote, you can change it by going to: Tools>Options General Tab: Change Evernote Local files off OS partition
to see what files are taking up space.