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keep your ethernet unplugged until you've installed Tiny Personal Firewall or equivalent! block anything that starts with "wga".

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


  • 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

  • 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)
  • "change the way users logon"
    • "use welcome" → off
    • "fast user switching" → off

enable auto login

  1. Click Start, click Run, and type control userpasswords2. This is a shortcut instead of having to click on Start → Control Panel → User Accounts.
  2. Uncheck the "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer" check box.
  3. Click Apply.
  4. Enter the user name and password you wish to automatically log on with, and then click OK.
  5. Click OK again and you're all done.


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 - 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)

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

install firefox

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


decrapping_windows_xp.1190336755.txt.gz · Last modified: 2007/09/20 18:40 (external edit)