Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Setting up a PC Laptop

My sister just bought a laptop, and there are so many things that I do when I get it fresh out of the box.  When you buy a new Windows system, what do you do and install right off the bat?

I install this free software
  • Safari+Quicktime
  • Firefox (and extensions--I'll list those below)
  • Chrome (set to default and sync it so that all my favorite extensions auto-install)
  • Flash
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • iTunes + Quicktime
  • CoolTimer
  • MW Snap (screencapture)
  • Antivirus
  • GomPlayer  (and set so that it doesn't check for updates and automatically goes to fullscreen)
  • MagicDisk (if you have kids' software that is CD-dependent)
  • Picasa
  • Skype
  • Photostory
  • eSword Bible software
  • Scratch and Alice (if you have middle/high school kids who want to program)
  • Silverlight
  • Handbrake (ripping DVDs to MP4) + libdvdcss.dll
  • PDF995 (to make pdfs or docs into jpgs for printing at Costco)
  • Printer Driver

Firefox Extensions
  • Video DownloadHelper
  • Pixlr Grabber
  • Diigo
  • Evernote
  • Scrapbook Plus

To Do List
  • Adjust mouse/touchpad preferences
  • Pin programs to quicklaunch, first removing everything that came pre-pinned
  • Pin programs to start bar and customize start button listing: delete games, add download and video as links
  • Set admin password
  • Set Windows security settings
  • Update Windows (several times)
  • Delete bloatware and bundled antivirus
  • Change desktop image
  • Install software, then defrag and create restore point
  • Move data files (into D: if you change the user directory location first)

1 comment:

  1. http://www.howtogeek.com/102886/how-to-decrypt-dvds-with-hardbrake-so-you-can-rip-them/


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