My Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 setup

List of things to do after Windows 7 install

+ Bonus: added specials for Windows 8.1


  • Old style menu
  • Language: Prefer English: Tools \ Options \ Content
  • Preferences / Privacy / ...Do not track
  • Addons
    • Ghostery
    • Firebug
    • ...

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    • Accounts....
    • Copy old mails from %APPDATA%\Thunderbird\Profiles\vdfgdfdfg\...
    • about:config
      • mail.tabs.drawInTitlebar: false
    • Preferences:
      • Security / Web Contents / Tell... do not track
      • Advanced / Reading and Display / Uncheck: Automatically mark messages as read
      • Display / Formatting / Plain Text Messages: Uncheck: Display emoticons as graphics

Clink - Powerful Bash-style command line editing for cmd.exe



  • Change Save folder: D:\Temp\greenshots
  • Destination: Save directly...

Sysinternals Suite


  • During install: Enable "Create .bat files for command line usage", disable "Native language support"
  • Make GVim the "default". In "CMD (Run as Administrator)"
cd /d C:\windows
ren vim.bat cvim.bat
ren vimdiff.bat cvimdiff.bat
ren vimtutor.bat cvimtutor.bat
copy gvim.bat vim.bat
copy gvimdiff.bat vimdiff.bat

Quick Launch in Task Bar

    • Activate (as in WinXP)
      • Task Bar, right click / Toolbars / New toolbar... / %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\
    • Add CMD shortcut
      • Change CMD shortcut properties
        • Options / Edit Options / Quick Edit
      • Layout/Screen Buffer Size / Height: 9999
      • Shortcut / Start In: C:\
    • Remove: Internet Explorer, Switch between windows, Show desktop

Libre Office


  • Still setup-x86.exe (not setup-x64.exe)



  • Options / Settings / General / Directories & files
  • Options / Settings / CD Database / Remote freedb / Your E-mail address

Bullzip PDF Printer




  • No MSN / Bing, etc.
  • No Click to call
  • Settings:
    • Launch at Windows startup?
    • Disable: Skype WiFi
    • Privatsphäre / Microsoft erlauben, personalisierte Anzeigen... -> Disable
    • Advanced / Advanced Settings / Skype in Taskleiste anzeigen: Disable
  • Windows Traybar: Show icon and notifications





  • During install: No Smileys


  • Create %USERPROFILE%\.octaverc with line "output_precision(14)"

Visual Studio


Adobe Reader


  • IrfanView itself
    • Assiciate with extensions: Images only
    • No Chrome browser
  • IrfanView PlugIns


Java (needed?)

  • After installation: Configure Java / Advanced / Miscellaneous (bottom) / Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java


  • During installation: Uncheck: File type association for audio files, Uncheck: Context menu

Code Compare

  • Maybe download via Visual Studio. Menu Tools / Extensions and updates... to avoid registration
  • In Code Compare: Menu Tools / Options / Environment / General: Check Use standalone application from command line by default



Remote Desktop

  • Allow remote access to your computer


  • Change ownership of previously used hard disk drivers via Computer Management / Disk Management / Properties / Security / Advanced / Owner / Edit / Change owner to...


  • Manage file encryption certificates / Export


  • Tools / Folder options / View:
    • Display full path in title bar
    • Show hidden files,....
    • Uncheck: Hide extensions...
    • Uncheck: Hide protected operating files....



  • Get via GetGnuWin32
    • Destination: D:\TEMP
    • cd /d D:\TEMP\GetGnuWin32
    • download.bat
    • install C:\gnuwin32
    • rd /q /s D:\TEMP\GetGnuWin32
    • append to PATH: C:\gnuwin32\bin
    • ren sort.exe _sort.exe & ren mkdir.exe _mkdir.exe (these are problematik as they do not work as the Windows tools with same name but are expected by e.g. many build scripts)

Environment variables


Miscellaneous Additional settings

  • Desktop: Personalize \ Desktop Background \ Solid colors: Black
  • Control panel: View by: Small Icons
  • Date and time: Internet Time:
  • Power Options: Change plan settings / Put computer to sleep: Never
  • Taskbar: Uncheck: Lock the taskbar, Use small icons, Taskbar buttons: Never combine
  • Troubleshooting / Change settings: Off
  • Windows Defender: Tools / Microsoft SpyNet / I don't want to join...
  • Keyboard: Install custom keyboard layout
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Action Center\Problem Reporting Settings: Never check for solutions
  • Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization\Window Color and Appearance: Disable transparency
  • Windows Media Player: Custom settings: Everything "Internet": Disable
  • Windows 8.1: Change Search to always launch a new instance. Use registry file from this blog postreghack_win81_search_DesktopAppsAlwaysLaunchNewInstance.regwin81_search
  • Disable changing of keyboard layout with CTRL+SHIFT: go to Settings / Language / Advanced settings / Change language bar hot keys / Between input languages: Change key sequence: Not assigned
  • Disable "Windows is checking for solution" dialog: run "gpedit", change Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Error Reporting: Disable Windows Error Reporting -> Enabled

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