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VR PC

Before reformatting/deleting your old installation

  • 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 and SATA is set to AHCI mode
  • Disconnect all drives other than the one Windows is being installed onto
  • (Note: On Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H use the USB port next to Ethernet for the installation USB drive)

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
  • Restart
  • Clean up any temporary folders created in C:\
  • (Note: My GigaByte motherboard has an issue that causes the Audio graph isolation process to consume high cpu usage when audio enhancements are enabled, so skip those options)
  • Realtek sound settings:
    • Speaker Configuration > 7.1
    • Deselect Full-range Speakers
    • Speaker Fill
    • Enable Bass Management
    • Set microphone volume
    • Device advanced settings:
      • Make front and rear different
      • Separate all input jacks
  • Access the various portable apps referenced in this guide from \\FileServer\Dereks Documents\Apps
  • Ultimate Windows Tweaker (Making sure to disable Account Syncing)
  • Run the following from an Administrator CMD prompt
    • powercfg /hibernate off
    • sc stop “WSearch”
    • sc config “WSearch” start= disabled
  • Sign in to your windows account
  • Don't setup PIN logon (or remove it afterwards)
  • Ensure everything in Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings is Off
  • Follow Automatic Logon using your Microsoft account username and password
  • 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
  • Unpin everything remaining on the start menu
  • 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:
      • Focus Assist > Disable everything
      • Turn screens off after > 25 mins
      • Sleep after > 45 mins
      • Storage > Storage Sense > On, Delete files after > Never
      • Enable Clipboard History
    • 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
    • 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 > Power management mode > Adaptive
  • Install 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
  • Install Discord
  • Settings:
    • Disable Automatically determine input sensitivity
    • Overlay > Avatar size > Small
    • Add Toggle Mute > Right Alt keybind
    • Disable Open on Start up
  • Install Oculus Rift Software from the bottom of the page
    • Sign In with Facebook
    • Set up Oculus Rift Headset
    • Devices > Oculus Rift > Hear VR Audio from Computer
  • Download Desk Scene and use it to figure out the best sensor placement.
  • Set Oculus Floor Position and Guardian again, after moving the sensors
  • Create a Desktop shortcut to C:\Program Files\Oculus\Support\oculus-diagnostics\OculusMirror.exe
  • Install Steam:
    • Login
    • Setup family sharing from friends
    • 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
    • Library > Install Steam VR
    • Open Steam VR > Settings > Audio > Audio Mirroring > On
    • Library > Install Beat Saber
      • Properties > Set Launch Options > `-vrmode oculus`
      • Launch and then close Beat Saber
      • Copy everything in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Beat Saber and %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Hyperbolic Magnetism\Beat Saber from the old install to this one
      • Download Mod Assistant into %USERPROFILE%\Documents
        • Options:
          • Save Selected Mods
          • Detect Installed Mods
          • Select Installed Mods
          • Enable OneClick Installs
        • Make sure the mods are up to date
      • Run Beat Saber and make sure it has transferred properly
  • Install the Oculus TrayTool exe
    • Game Settings:
      • Profiles > View & Edit:
        • Create new profile > Beat Saber:
          • ASW Mode > Off
          • CPU Priority > Above Normal
      • Mirror Oculus Home > Enabled
    • Tray Tool:
      • Start with Windows
      • Start Minimised
      • Minimise Tool on X
    • Power Options:
      • Set Power Plan on Start > High Performance
      • USB Selective Suspend > Disabled
    • Service & Startup:
      • Set OVR Server Priority to 'Above Normal'
2020/06/22 15:31 · derek
  • Delete unwanted desktop icons
  • Move Recycle Bin to corner
  • Taskbar:
    • Hide Cortana
    • Hide Search
    • Unpin all the programs from the taskbar and pin the following in this order:
      • Edge
      • Explorer
      • Calculator
      • Resource monitor
      • Command Prompt (Right-click on the pin > right-click command prompt > properties > advanced > run as admin)
      • PowerShell
      • Registry Editor
      • Steam
      • Beat Saber
win/vr_pc.txt · Last modified: 2020/06/22 15:29 by derek