Best way to set up a new install of Windows 7 & other tips

19 Nov

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!

  1. Create a new non-admin user
  2. Apply a password to the admin user
  3. Search: msconfig and remove all unnessecary startup processes
  4. 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
Move the pagefile off of the OS partition: See this article (external link)
Use WinDirStat to see what files are taking up space.


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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Recommendations, Windows 7


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