Thursday, January 12, 2006

Windows XP Installation Tasks

By request, here's my checklist for installing Windows XP on a clean system:

Install Windows XP
Apply Windows Updates
Install WinZip8 and then Winzip90 from c:\download
Restore My Documents
Fix Sounds
Windows Explorer/Start Navigation = (None)
o Windows/Start Windows = Dixie.wav
o Windows/New Mail Notification = (None)
o ACDSee
o QuickenB
o Download
o The HTML Reference Library
o Games
o Address book
o Outlook Express folders
Setup Outlook Express with address book and folders
Install gaim and configure
Install NAV and run Live Update from system tray
Setup Internet Explorer
Install Google toolbar
Install Maxthon
Install Quicken 2003 Deluxe
Install Office 2000 (support for Works 6)
Set folder options
Update Start Menu
Install 123 Free Solitaire
Install PaintShop Pro 7
Install Acrobat
Install Automachron from in c:\download
Install FavoriteSyncInstall.exe from c:\download
Install Sun J2RE
Install patch26.exe from c:\download for UFT
Install Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator 6
Run xp_hide_messenger.vbs from c:\download
Get rid of welcome screen with autologon
1. click on "Start" - then click on "Run" - and type "control userpasswords2"
2. click OK
3. On the Users tab, clear the "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" check box and click "Apply".
4. Select the user you want to log on & click OK. A dialog will appear that asks you what user name and password should be used to logon automatically, just click "OK".
5. Then go to Control Panel / User Accounts, and click "Change the way users log on or off", and untick both "Use the Welcome Screen" and "Use Fast User Switching"

Good luck.

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