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Install Windows

Before reformatting/deleting your old installation

  • De-register iTunes
  • Ensure all the files in GitHub Configs are up to date
  • Use Nirsoft UninstallView to create a .csv of the installed programs and use it to check whether there are any extra settings or files that need transferring
  • Download the Windows Media Creation Tool
  • Set the Language to English (United Kingdom)
  • Install it onto an empty USB stick that is at least 8GB

Build or prepare the computer for installing Windows:

  • Test booting the newly built computer before putting it in its case, and make sure all the devices show up in the BIOS
  • Disconnect all drives other than the one Windows is being installed onto
  • Update the Asus Prime X570-Pro BIOS and reset settings to default
  • Check BIOS settings to ensure storage is set to AHCI mode, but don't change much else yet

Install

  • Ensure computer is not connected to the internet to allow creation of a local account
  • Boot into the BIOS and select the USB Stick to boot from
  • Install Windows
  • Language to install > English (United Kingdom)
  • Time & currency format > English (Australia)
  • Keyboard or input method > US
  • If the computer has previously been activated with windows select "I don't have a product key", otherwise enter your product key
  • Select Windows 10 Pro x64
  • Custom (Install Windows Only)
  • Select the only drive in the computer
  • Install
  • Let Windows reboot
  • Check correct region and US keyboard selected
  • Select I don't have Internet
  • Continue with limited setup
  • Create local account with desired username (This sets the user home directory name)
  • Disable all the privacy settings
  • Do more across devices with activity history > No
  • Let Cortana help you get things done > Not now

Setup

  • Connect to the internet, by either connecting the ethernet cable again or connecting to WiFi
  • Allow PC to be discoverable on the network > Allow
  • Install any Windows updates
  • Shutdown Windows, reconnect any extra drives and remove the installation USB stick
  • Enter the BIOS and do the following:
    • Verify boot priorities
    • Enable Memory XMP/DOCP settings
    • Enable CPU Virtualisation
  • Boot into Windows
  • Update & Security > For Developers > Developer mode
  • Apply desired settings changes further down page
  • Install Drivers:
  • Can use Snappy Driver Installer to help figure out which drivers are best to install
  • Audio and LAN from Asus Prime X570-Pro
  • Restart
  • Clean up temporary folders created in C:\
  • Realtek sound settings:
    • Speaker Configuration > 7.1
    • Deselect Full-range Speakers
    • Speaker Fill
    • Enable Bass Management
    • Set microphone volume (100% +20 dB for Razer Tiamat 7.2)
    • Device advanced settings:
      • Make front and rear different
      • Separate all input jacks
  • Download Samsung Firmware and follow instructions in the NVMe SSD-Firmware Installation Guide

Setup network drives:

  • Open the network tab in Explorer and connect to the network share to authenticate for the first time, make sure to select Remember my credentials
  • Open Task Scheduler
  • Action > Create Task
  • General:
    • Name > Reconnect Network Drives
    • Run only when user is logged on
    • Configure for > Windows 10
  • Triggers > New:
    • Begin the task > At startup
  • Conditions > Network > Start only if the following network connections are available
  • Actions > New:
    • Action > Start a program
    • Program/Script > cmd.exe
    • Add arguments:
/c "net use R: "\\FileServer\Public" & net use S: "\\FileServer\Documents" & net use T: "\\FileServer\Photos" & net use U: "\\FileServer\Music" & net use V: "\\FileServer\Video" & net use W: "\\FileServer\Software" & net use X: "\\FileServer\Dereks Documents" & net use Y: "\\FileServer\Downloads" & net use Z: "\\FileServer\Dereks Backups""
  • Download and run the following file to make the change to the registry:
ShareNetworkShares.reg
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"EnableLinkedConnections"=dword:00000001
2018/07/17 12:34 · derek
  • Access the various portable apps referenced in this guide from X:\Apps
  • Run powercfg /hibernate off from an Administrator CMD prompt
  • Sign in to your windows account
  • Ensure everything in Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings is Off
  • Restart
  • Using Nirsoft uninstallview and the Start Menu uninstall default programs/apps, including:
    • Pre-installed games
    • Dolby Access
    • Onedrive
    • Skype
    • My Office
    • Mail
    • Weather
    • News
    • Mixed Reality Portal
    • Your Phone
    • SketchBook
    • Tips
  • Desktop:
    • Right-Click > View > Small icons
    • Move Recycle Bin to corner
    • Hide people on taskbar
    • Hide Search icon
  • Right-click in the Downloads folder > Group by > (None)
  • While still in downloads > View > Options:
    • Deselect Show recently used files/folders in Quick access
    • Apply to Folders
    • Expand to open folder
  • Windows Settings:
    • Explorer > Right-click This PC > Properties > Advanced System Settings:
      • Change computer name
      • Enable System restore for desired drives and set the usage appropriately
      • Check and possibly disable remote access
    • Settings App:
    • System:
      • Display > Night Light > On, Schedule > On
      • Focus Assist > Disable
      • Turn screens off after > 25 mins
      • Sleep after > 45 mins
      • Storage > Storage Sense > On, Delete files after > Never
    • Network > Change adapter options > Right-click Ethernet > Properties > Configure… > Advanced > Wake on Pattern Match > Disabled
    • Personalisation > Start > Disable suggestions on start menu
    • Gaming:
      • Disable Xbox game bar
    • Update & Security:
      • Change active hours
      • Enable updates for other Microsoft products
    • Tap the Shift key five times to trigger sticky keys, then disable all the shortcut keys
  • Edit the Quick Actions on the notification window
  • Right-click X:\Apps\ssstars.scr > Install
  • Settings > Number of stars > 200
  • Create the following folders on any non-system drives:
    • Games
    • Media
    • Programs
    • Sign in with Nvidia account
    • Deselect automatically optimise newly added games
    • Settings:
      • Enable automatically download driver updates
      • Disable In-Game Overlay
      • Enable GameStream
    • Update Drivers using Custom Installation
    • Nvidia Control Panel:
      • Desktop > Disable Show Notification Tray Icon
      • Manage 3D settings:
        • FIXME: new settings?
        • DSR - Factors > 4.00x
        • DSR - Smoothness > 0%
        • Power management mode > Adaptive
  • Install Clover (Default options are ok) FIXME: Now seems to have Adware :( Possibly delete ClvHelp.exe
    • Import bookmarks from Clover Bookmarks.html FIXME: Edge can't seem to download these pages, maybe link to non raw page?
  • Install and sign in to Razer Synapse 2.0
  • Install the latest 64-bit Logitech Gaming Software from Show All Downloads
    • G-Keys > Default Profile > G5 > Assign a Right Alt keystroke
    • Display Options:
      • List running applets
      • Disable all applets except Countdown Timer and Profile Selector

SendTo Startup

  • Navigate to %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
  • Save Startup.ps1 here
  • Right-Click > New > Shortcut:
    • Location of the item > %WINDIR%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -File %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo\Startup.ps1
    • Name > Startup
  • Right-Click the shortcut > Properties > Run > Minimised
2018/05/27 20:51 · derek

Shortcut Icon

  • Download and run SetShortcutIcon.reg
  • Task Manager > Right-click Windows Explorer > Restart (or restart the computer)
  • To return to the default icon, delete the 29 entry in [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons].
2018/05/25 15:06

Icon Location Backup

  • Download Desktop Icon Loc Backup.bat and move to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\IconLocBackup
  • Right-click the file > Send to > Startup (Create a shortcut in the startup folder %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup)
  • Optionally, Right-Click the startup shortcut > Properties > Run > Minimised to hide the cmd window when it runs
2018/07/13 17:27 · derek
Python 3
  • Install latest Python version
  • Select Add Python 3.x to PATH
  • Click Customize installation
  • Make sure everything is selected > Next
  • Select install for all users
  • Install
  • Disable path length limit
  • Finish
  • Windows Settings > Apps > Apps & features > App execution aliases > Disable the python App Installers
2018/07/09 13:07 · derek
Sublime Text
  • Ctrl+Shift+p > Install Package Control
  • Ctrl+Shift+p > Package Control: Advanced Install Package
  • Paste the following list: SublimeLinter,SublimeLinter-annotations,SublimeLinter-cppcheck,SublimeLinter-cpplint,SublimeLinter-pylint,Compare Side-By-Side,Increment Selection,BinaryPlist,INI
  • Run the following in an administrator CMD window:
    • python -m pip install cpplint
    • python -m pip install pylint
  • Install Cppcheck (Deselect GUI during installation)
  • Ensure the installed packages can be accessed from the PATH by running them in the cmd window
  • Download Sublime Settings and place into %appdata%\Sublime Text 3\Packages\User\ or ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 3/Packages/User/
No Extension Association

Associate Sublime Text 3 with files that have no extension, which is not allowed through the usual configuration menu.

Download and run the following batch file as administrator:

associate.bat
assoc .="No Extension"
ftype "No Extension"=^"%ProgramFiles%\Sublime Text 3\sublime_text.exe^" "%%1"
assoc "No Extension"\DefaultIcon=%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-102

Note: replace the path for sublime text with the desired program.
Note: also works for other extensions, but it should be easier to use the given configuration menu instead.

2018/05/27 21:13 · derek
Sublime Merge
  • Install Sublime Merge
  • Use %userprofile%\Documents\GitHub for cloning repositories
2020/06/07 11:56 · derek

Patch My PC Home Updater

  • Run PatchMyPC.exe from X:\Apps\PatchMyPC\
  • Options > Cache > <User>\AppData\Local\Temp\
  • Delete the cache folder it created at C:\PatchMyPCUpdates
  • Browsers > Right-click Google Chrome > Disable auto updating for this app
  • Messaging > Right-click Discord > Disable auto updating for this app
  • Sharing > Right-click Dropbox > Disable auto updating for this app
  • Gaming > Right-click Steam > Disable auto updating for this app
  • Following is a list of the preselected programs and their further setup:
    • Microsoft .NET Framework
    • Google Chrome:
    • VLC:
      • FIXME: Go through all the settings
    • WinrRAR:
      • Download and open the 48x36 Classic Theme
      • Copy the licence key file into its install folder
      • Settings > Integration > Context menu items:
        • Deselect both email options
        • Deselect both Open with WinRAR options
    • 8GadgetPack:
      • Right-click Desktop > Gadgets
      • Open 8GadgetPack Tools and:
        • Disable sidebar
        • Enable Win+G shortcut
      • Open the following gadgets and follow their setup:
        • My Weather:
          • Expand Gadget
          • Settings:
            • Set My city
            • Appearance > 3rd, 2nd and 1st options
            • Other > Celsius, Kilometres, and 24h
            • Sunrise / Sunset
        • Network Meter:
          • Options:
            • Network Type > Auto Detect
            • Deselect Auto Detect > Select the correct network interfaces
            • Save IP Address > Off
          • Display:
            • Show Network Interface Name > Off
            • Show Blacklisted IP Ratio > Off
            • Show Speed Test & IP Lookup > Off
            • Show Firewall > Off
            • Show Search > Off
        • All CPU Meter:
          • Display:
            • Show Current Domain/Username > Off
          • Options:
            • Show CPU temperatures > ON (CoreTemp)
        • Drives Meter:
          • Options:
            • Enable display of all local drives
            • Disable all the Low Disk Space Alert options
        • GPU Meter:
          • The displayed options depend on which are detected on the machine
          • If needed, download PC Meter into Program Files, and run, to allow detection of GPU
        • Sticky Notes:
          • Expand Gadget
          • Style > 1 of 6
          • Font > Segoe UI
          • Font Size > 9
        • Top Five:
          • Top Five Mode > Processor
          • Refresh Interval > 3
        • Clipboarder:
          • Expand Gadget
          • Drag the lower border to resize the widget
          • 3 Right-Clicks on the change theme button at the bottom to set the white theme
          • Settings:
            • Elements to save > 100
          • Download and run Disable Clipboard Hotkeys to allow the Win+V and Win+C shortcuts to move current selection
      2018/07/09 10:59 · derek
    • AutoHotkey:
      • Download the AutoHotkey Scripts to %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • Unlocker
    • Core Temp:
      • Delete the Core Temp shortcut and the Goodgame Empire web shortcut form the desktop
      • Download CoreTemp.ini and place in %PROGRAMFILES%\Core Temp
      • Open Task Scheduler and add an entry to start Core Temp at log on, delayed by 30 seconds, running with highest privileges
      • Run that task
    • MSI Afterburner
    • Avidemux:
      • Requires input during installation
      • Install to C:\Program Files\Avidemux
      • Download Avidemux presets and extract into %APPDATA%\avidemux
    • Discord:
      • Install Discord
      • Settings:
        • Disable Automatically determine input sensitivity
        • Overlay > Avatar size > Small
        • Add Toggle Mute > Right Alt keybind
        • Zoom level 90%
        • Start Minimized
      • Settings:
        • Voice Disconnect
        • Open Plugin Folder then download and copy the following:
        • Ctrl+R to reload Discord
        • Go to plugins settings and enable the plugins
        • Set the Quicksave directory for the Quicksave plugin
      2018/07/23 14:59 · derek
    • Dropbox:
      • Sign in with your Dropbox account
      • Advanced Settings:
        • Selective Sync > Deselect unneeded folders
      • Settings > Preferences:
        • Backups > Share screenshots using Dropbox
    • Steam:
      • Login
      • Setup family sharing from friends
      • Optionally, copy old game install files into new steam folder
      • Settings:
        • Authorize Library Sharing on this computer
        • Add Library folders on other local drives
        • Display Steam URL address bar when available
        • Enable hardware video decoding
        • Allow downloads during gameplay
2020/06/07 11:43 · derek
  • Install DisplayFusion through Steam
    • Deselect create shortcuts
    • Select "Don't show this page again" on the last install dialog
    • Launch DisplayFusion on Steam to install it
    • Select Disable Windows Taskbar
  • Install free version of Seer:
    • Settings > Run Seer at system start
  • Sign in to Affinity
    • Download and install Affinity Photo and Designer
    • Open the programs, I have a product key, enter your email address and product keys
    • Accept the terms, Deselect Show this panel on startup
Microsoft Office 365:
  • Install 64-bit Office 365
  • Settings:
    • Word:
      • General:
        • Enable LinkedIn features > Disable
      • Save:
        • Save to Computer by default > Enable
      • Advanced:
        • When selecting, automatically select entire word > Disable
        • Keep track of formatting + Mark formatting inconsistencies > Enable
2018/08/06 11:19 · derek
  • Install RenderDoc
  • Install Visual Studio 2013:
    • Sign in with Microsoft account
    • Help > Register Product > Enter Product key from filename
    • Open the location of the start menu shortcut and copy it to the desktop
  • Delete unwanted desktop icons
  • Unpin all the programs from the taskbar and pin the following in this order:
    • Chrome
    • Clover
    • Calculator
    • Resource monitor
    • Command Prompt (Right-click on the pin > right-click command prompt > properties > advanced > run as admin)
    • Ubuntu 18.04
    • PowerShell
    • Registry Editor
  • Unpin everything from start menu
win/install_windows.txt · Last modified: 2020/08/08 16:21 by derek