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 +====== not being tracked ======
 +Even if your copy is legal, there'​s no reason to let Windows phone home every time you want to use your computer. ​ Keep your ethernet unplugged until you've installed Tiny Personal Firewall or equivalent! ​ Block anything that starts with "​wga"​.
 +
 ====== decrapping windows xp ====== ====== decrapping windows xp ======
 holy crap is XP dumb when it first comes up.  wow. holy crap is XP dumb when it first comes up.  wow.
 +
  
 ===== desktop, right click, properties ===== ===== desktop, right click, properties =====
-  * wallpaper -> not dumb+  ​* desktop tab 
 +    ​* wallpaper -> not dumb 
 +    * [Customize Desktop], "Run desktop cleanup wizard"​ -> off
   * appearance tab   * appearance tab
     * style -> classic     * style -> classic
     * effects: "​transition effect"​ -> off, "hide underlined letters"​ -> off     * effects: "​transition effect"​ -> off, "hide underlined letters"​ -> off
-  * resolution -> decent+  ​* settings tab 
 +    ​* resolution -> decent
  
 ===== security status warning, click ===== ===== security status warning, click =====
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   * start menu tab, -> classic menu   * start menu tab, -> classic menu
   * customize, at bottom of check list, "use personalized menus" -> off   * customize, at bottom of check list, "use personalized menus" -> off
 +
 +===== recycle bin, right click, properties =====
 +  * "do not move files to the recycle bin" -> on
  
 ===== explorer ===== ===== explorer =====
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     * error reporting -> disable     * error reporting -> disable
  
 +{{ master-closer.jpg|Fan favorite}}
 ===== control panel - user accounts ===== ===== control panel - user accounts =====
 +  * change my password -> to one that isn't blank
   * if you got a retarded icon by default or something, change it (even though you'll likely never see it again)   * if you got a retarded icon by default or something, change it (even though you'll likely never see it again)
   * "​change the way users logon"   * "​change the way users logon"
     * "use welcome"​ -> off     * "use welcome"​ -> off
     * "fast user switching"​ -> off     * "fast user switching"​ -> off
 +
 +===== enable auto login =====
 +  - Click Start, click Run, and type "​control userpasswords2"​. This is a shortcut instead of having to click on Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts.
 +  - Uncheck the "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer"​ check box.
 +  - Click Apply.
 +  - Enter the user name and password you wish to automatically log on with, and then click OK.
 +  - Click OK again and you're all done. 
 +(from http://​8help.osu.edu/​2063.html)
 +
  
 ===== control panel - administrative tools - services ===== ===== control panel - administrative tools - services =====
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   * automatic updates -> stop and set to manual   * automatic updates -> stop and set to manual
   * themes -> stop and set to manual   * themes -> stop and set to manual
 +
 +===== find tool =====
 +  * hit Win+F or click "​Search"​ in explorer to bring up find dialog
 +  * retarded dog appears.  ​
 +  * "​change preferences",​ "​without an animated character"​
 +  * "​change preferences",​ "​change file and folder search behavior",​ -> "​advanced",​ [Ok]
 +
 +===== control panel - sounds =====
 +  * sounds tab, pick "start navigation"​ from program events, set sound to "​(None)"​ -- this kills that annoying click every time you open a folder
  
 ===== control panel - mouse (maybe) ===== ===== control panel - mouse (maybe) =====
   * pointer scheme -> 3d bronze (or manually switch just the animated hourglasses)   * pointer scheme -> 3d bronze (or manually switch just the animated hourglasses)
  
 +===== Disable Recent Document History =====
  
 +  * Start | Run | gpedit.msc
 +  * User Configuration | Administrative Template | Start Menu and Task Bar
 +  * "Do not keep history of recently opened documents"​ -> Enable.
 +
 +===== disable autoplay =====
 +To completely disable all forms of autorun/​autoplay:​
 +
 +  * Start | Run | "​GPEDIT.MSC"​
 +  * On left panel, "​Computer Configuration"​ | "​Administrative Templates"​ | "​System"​
 +  * In right panel, Set "Turn autoplay off" to enabled with either "​CD-ROM drives"​ or "All drives"​ (USB keys, etc.)
  
 ===== install firefox ===== ===== install firefox =====
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 ===== updates ===== ===== updates =====
-http://​windizupdate.com+Avoid being tracked by Microsoft "​Genuine Advantage"​ by installing updates with [[http://​www.autopatcher.com/​|autopatcher]]. 
 + 
 +([[http://​windizupdate.com|Windiz Update]] is no longer maintained) 
 + 
 +If you decide to use automatic updates, you should lengthen (or eliminate) the "​restart reminder"​ interval, which defaults to a mind-searingly frustrating 10 minutes. ​  
 + 
 +  * Run "​gpedit.msc"​ 
 +  * Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update 
 +  * Either enable "No auto-restart for schedule Automatic Updates installations"​ to turn off the nags, or set "​Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations"​ to a larger interval (e.g. 1440 minutes = 24 hours). 
 + 
 +(instructions [[http://​www.codinghorror.com/​blog/​archives/​000294.html|from here]])
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