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decrapping windows xp

holy crap is XP dumb when it first comes up. wow.

desktop, right click, properties

  • wallpaper → not dumb
  • appearance tab
    • style → classic
    • effects: "transition effect" → off, "hide underlined letters" → off
  • resolution → decent

security status warning, click

  • "change way windows notifies me" on left, all → unchecked
  • "windows firewall" config link at bottom, → off
  • "windows update" config link at bottom, → off

taskbar, right click, properties

  • "group similar" → off
  • "show quick launch" → on maybe
  • "hide inactive icons" → off
  • start menu tab, → classic menu
  • 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

  • go to "c:\"
  • view | details
  • view | status bar → on
  • tools | folder options
    • tasks → "classic folders"
    • view tab
      • "display simple folder view" → off
      • "display the contents of system folders" → on
      • "hidden files and folders" → "show hiden"
      • "hide extensions" → off
      • "hide protected OS files" → off (then hit [YES] to confirm because the computer clearly outranks you)
      • "remember each folder's view settings" → off
      • [Apply]
      • [Apply to All Folders]
      • [Reset All Folders]
      • [Apply to All Folders]
      • [Ok]

internet explorer

  • run it and go through obligatory "do you need an isp" crap
  • homepage → anything but MSN (google?)

control panel - system

  • advanced tab
    • performance settings
      • → "best performance"
      • if moving swap file, do it in advanced tab now
    • startup and recovery
      • "automatically restart" → off (so bluescreens don't look like random reboots and you can actually read the error message)
    • if moving temp path or adding program paths, edit environment variables now
    • error reporting → disable

control panel - user accounts

  • 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"
    • "use welcome" → off
    • "fast user switching" → off

control panel - administrative tools - services

  • alerter → stop and set to manual
  • automatic updates → stop and set to manual
  • themes → stop and set to manual

control panel - mouse (maybe)

  • pointer scheme → 3d bronze (or manually switch just the animated hourglasses)

install firefox

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

  • tools, options, → "always ask me where to save files"

updates

decrapping_windows_xp.1190323482.txt.gz · Last modified: 2007/09/20 18:40 (external edit)