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Windows 7 – Quick and Optimized Install

Ok, I don’t have the time to create a fully automated Win7 Install. So I will be using an original unaltered Windows7 install. Links to downloadable ISOs are freely available at:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/windows-7-iso-x86-and-x64-official-direct-download-links-ultimate-professional-and-home-premium/

I based this guide solely on my personal preference, it purely optimized for speeding up a manual install and configuration of Win7.

1. Install

1.1 USB Install

Installing from USB, is usually faster than installing from a DVD.

  1. Copy all the contents of the Win7 ISO to an USB-Drive (3GB free space required).
  2. Right-click on “Computer” – > Manage and navigate to Disk Management
  3. Right-click on the Partition you copied the Win7 Files to and select “Mark Partition as Active”
  4. Plug the USB-Drive in the PC to be set up and boot from the USB-Drive.
  5. Install

Note: If you have a USB3-Port you may need additional drivers to install via USB.

1.2 Partitions

The sole purpose of Partitions is organization. However you want to organize you files you create any number of partitions accordingly. Best Practice is to have at least 100GB of space for the Operating Install Partition so you have plenty of space to install more Programs. Note: To gain a speed advantage one must use  multiple physical Hard drives and then configure the Swap Files. However placing the Swap-file on the same physical disk will is not give any performance boost.

2. Initial Settings

2.1 GodMode

To gain Access to all Configuration Panels Create a Folder and rename it to:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Open the Folder and you have Quick Access to all Panels currently available

Item

Action
Action Center
Change Customer Experience Improvement Program settings Disable
Change User Account Control Settings Never
Administrative Tools
View local services Windows Search (Disable)Read: Useful Services Configuration Black Vipers Guide
Folder Options
Show or hide file extensions Show extensions
Personalization
Enable or disable transparent glass on windows Deactivate
Show or hide common icons on the desktop Show User Files, Show Computer
Programs and Features
Turn Windows features on or off Tablet PC Components (off)Windows Gadget Platform (off)(Restart Required)
System
Activate Windows Insert Key – Activate Windows
Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows Mostly Personal Preferences for max Performance disable all
Allow remote access to your computer Deactivate Allow Remote Assistance connections
Taskbar and Start Menu
Customize the Start menu (Personal Preference) Small Icons enables “old Windows” look and feel

2.2 Drivers

Most devices get a significant performance boost when the newest drivers are installed. The newest drivers usually can be downloaded from the hardware vendors support websites.
For tweaked graphics drivers for Nvidia and ati you can visit

Omega drivers (Not officially supported by Nvidia or amd)

Further manual tweaking can be done with RivaTuner

3. Applications

3.1 Internet Explorer 9

To prevent downloads of unneeded updates, install IE9 prior to running windows update.

IE9 Download

3.1 Ninite

Visit www.ninite.com you can choose from a selection of free programs and then download an automatic installer. The free to use section only downloads 32bit version of the programs.

In some cases e.g 7-zip it is better just to download the proper version and install it manually.

Current Favorite Selection

Web browsers Chrome
Messaging Skype
Thunderbird
Media iTunes
VLC
Winamp
Quicktime
Runtimes Flash
Flash (IE)
Java
Security Avast
Spybot
Other Dropbox
Steam
Utilities TeamViewer
ImgBurn
CCleaner
TeraCopy
Compression 7zip
Developer Tools Phyton
FileZilla
Notepad++
Eclipse

More Information: Windows nützliche Programme (German)

4. Clean Up

4.1 Windows Update

Run Windows Update several times to get the newest updates

If Servicepack 1 was installed run in the Command Prompt:

 dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

to remove unneeded backup files.

 
 
That’s all folks!!!

Further Links:

Speed Up Windows 7 How to

Tweaking Windows 7 for Maximum Performance

The Ultimate Guide to Speed up Windows 7