Did you really complete your Windows installation?

While we cannot cover every scenario there is, this is a general setup of  a Windows 7 or 8 computer.

  • Check all drivers under the Device Manager
    Get the latest drivers for performance
  • Optimize Network Card Configuration– Disable all but flow control
  • Provider order – Network card
  • Disable NTLM if connecting to older NAS or SANS devices
  • Disable LLMNR – improves network performance and connections to SQL
  • Load Banner if you have a business (legal banner at computer start)
  • Load all Windows updates
  • Run Cleanup of Service Packs after Service Pack updates are installed
    (Information here or DISM /online /cleanup-Image /spsuperseded at a command prompt)
  • Load Microsoft Hotfix 90 patches if Windows 7
    • This enterprise hotfix is for WebDAV, DFSN client, Folder Redirection, Offline Files and Folders, SMB client, Redirected Drive Buffering Subsystem, Multiple UNC Provider, SMB Service, TCP protocol components (Network Performance), processing of Group Policies, Group Policy preferences, helps to reduce network load and domain load, WMI and more.
  • Hard drive cache on if not SSD Drive
    (Device Manager – double click and make sure checkboxes under policies are checked)
  • TRIM enabled if SSD and disable defrag if SSD
  • Load Defraggler or Auslogics defrag (Third party defrag program) if non SSD
  • USB Power Management off – Device Manager
  • Adjust other Power Management as necessary
  • Printer installation
  • Check to see if your BIOS supports AHCI -(if so, boot into Windows, modify the registry, then change the BIOS to AHCI) – more information
  • Office installation – Always select custom during installation and select all features – complete installation
  • Set Homepage in your Browser
  • Install Adobe Reader
  • Install Flash
  • Install Java
  • Install CCleaner
  • Cryptolocker protection
  • Install Anti-virus software (Microsoft Security Essentials)
  • Install Anti-malware protection (SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes)
  • Rename computer and put in workgroup or domain as necessary
  • Enable the Administrator’s account
  • Edit the Hosts and LMHOSTS file under C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc as necessary
    Type in server IP and NetBIOS name (speeds up name resolution if local DNS is not available)

Note: This does NOT contain all of the information you may need when in a business environment.


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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