So I'm getting ready to start from scratch with setting up my new replacement laptop. It's a Compaq V600TX with Windows XP Pro SP2 on it. And I want to make sure that I do it 100% correctly this time around, based on stuff I've learned on the board here and hopefully with your help on this thread! I've compiled a list below of the items and order in which I was planning on setting up the new laptop. It is followed by some specific questions. Please let me know what you think -- thanks!
Please note: I normally use dial-up. However, when I download Windows Updates and my A/V program, etc., I will be using my friend's high-speed internet via Ethernet cable -- and he has a router.
Starting with turning on the laptop and *not* being connected to the internet:
1. Create Recovery Disks -- This might not be necessary, as it seems the new laptop came with XP Pro SP2 recovery discs?
2. Turn off Microsoft Automatic Updates -- I'll do manual updates, as shown below.
3. Uninstall crap programs -- It comes with a bunch of games/junk and software trial versions (though not actually installed fully, I don't think). One of these is some Norton trial version.
4. Run Norton Removal Tool -- Not sure if this is necessary (see question below)
5. Connect to Internet
6. Run Windows Updates from Start > All Programs link -- Install Windows Updates
7. Disconnect from Internet
8. Turn off (disable) MS Instant Messenger
9. Turn off Windows Firewall (and uncheck stuff in exceptions tab)
10. Uninstall Java -- I never use it
11. Install Firewall (ZoneAlarm or Comodo) -- Still deciding which. If you have an opinion, see this thread:
12. Reconnect to internet
13. Install AVG Anti-Malware Pro -- Update Immediately; However, I'm currently undecided on what AVG thing I'll be using. For details, see here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/101289/questions-about-avg-anti-spyware-free/
14. Network Connection Settings -- TCP/IP Stuff: Network Connections > Properties > Advanced: Under "Internet Connection Sharing" -- Uncheck all boxes; Turn off Remote Desktop and other remote options
15. Create second admin logon - Turn off fast-user switching and turn off "require password when going off standby"
IS THIS THE BEST TIME TO DO THIS?
16. Set power management settings
17. Set IE Security settings in Control Panel > Internet Options -- Is this necessary to do for both logons?
18. Set-up Outlook Express -- Transfer mailboxes and address books and set up all accounts for both logons; Adjust security and program settings
19. Install Firefox 184.108.40.206 -- Transfer over profiles/bookmarks/settings for both logons; adjust security/program settings
20. Install Firefox Add-ons -- FireFTP, NoScript, AdBlock Plus, AdBlock Plus Helper
21. Install Microsoft Office Student/Teacher Edition 2003
22. Perform Critical MS Office Updates
23. Transfer files to new laptop -- (Office docs, sound files, icons, mp3s, pictures, etc.) from old laptop
24. Set "Program Access and Defaults" to Custom
25. Make sure Startup Folder is empty -- disable any programs that don't need to run at start-up
26. Install Ad-Aware SE Free -- Update definitions
27. Install Spybot -- Update; turn on Hosts file
28. Install AVG Anti-Rootkit Free
29. Install SpywareBlaster
30. Disconnect from Internet
31. Install other software -- (Roxio Easy Media Creator 7, Photoshop 5.5, Dreamweaver, etc.)
32. Install Tweak UI
33. Turn off AutoPlay -- for all drives (and memory sticks) in Tweak UI
34. Turn off AutoRun -- Change value from "1" to "0" per: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/155217
35. Turn off HP Software Updates -- Control Panel > Program Updates: Turn off Auto Updates and uncheck all
36. Turn off Wireless Assistant from running at start-up
37. Turn off stuff that doesn't need to run in either msconfig/startup or using a startup manager
1. How does the list look? Should the order be changed of anything on the list?
2. Is there anything I should add to the list? If so, where?
3. Anything I should remove from the list?
4. Should I run the Norton Removal Tool just to be safe? Or is it better not to? Softpedia says, "Norton Removal Tool should be used only if you have tried to uninstall the Norton program using Windows Add/Remove Programs and that did not work." -- but since I don't think the program is actually fully installed when you get the laptop, I'm uncertain... I've also read that running this thing is the only way to get rid of all of anything Norton-related. Thoughts?
5. When would be the best time to create the second logon? (Both logons will be admin logons.)
6. Can I move the installation of the AVG stuff (Antimalware Pro or A/V Free -- depending on how I go) further down the list if I haven't decided on which way I'm going with that yet? Or is that too unsafe?
7. When doing Windows Updates, I was thinking I wouldn't install the updates that I've hidden on my current machine:
Update for Windows XP (KB927891)
This is a reliability update. This update resolves an issue in the Windows Installer (MSI)
that can affect performance during software updates. After you install this item, you may
have to restart your computer.
Update for Windows XP (KB930916)
This is a reliability update. Install this update to resolve an issue where a third-party driver
installed on a computer that is running Windows XP may prevent you from opening files
successfully on a NTFS file system volume. After you install this item, you may have to restart
Update for Windows XP (KB920342)
Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) version 2.0 allows you to publish and resolve peer
names with other PNRP nodes running v2.0. This is important for peer-to-peer applications
on your system. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
Or will those all be included in one big cumulative update at this point?
Edited by bloomcounty, 06 August 2007 - 07:03 PM.