Windows 7: Quick and Optimized Install

Here are my notes on how I would set up Windows 7 as quickly as possible.

You can download the original Windows 7 Iso files from here Of course this guide is based on my personal biases and is only minimally optimized but should still help you to speed up a manual install and automate the configuration of Windows 7.

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 your 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

ItemAction
Action Center
Change Customer Experience Improvement Program settingsDisable
Change User Account Control SettingsNever
Administrative Tools
View local servicesWindows Search (Disable)Read: Useful Services Configuration Black Vipers Guide
Folder Options
Show or hide file extensionsShow extensions
Personalization
Enable or disable transparent glass on windowsDeactivate
Show or hide common icons on the desktopShow User Files, Show Computer
Programs and Features
Turn Windows features on or offTablet PC Components (off)Windows Gadget Platform (off)(Restart Required)
System
Activate WindowsInsert Key – Activate Windows
Adjust the appearance and performance of WindowsMostly Personal Preferences for max Performance disable all
Allow remote access to your computerDeactivate 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 ATI) 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 the 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

Application
Web browsersChrome
MessagingSkype Thunderbird
MediaiTunes VLC Winamp Quicktime
RuntimesFlash Flash (IE) Java
SecurityAvast Spybot
OtherDropbox Steam
UtilitiesTeamViewer ImgBurn CCleaner TeraCopy
Compression7zip
Developer ToolsPhyton FileZilla Notepad++ Eclipse

4. Clean Up

4.1 Windows Update

Run Windows Update several times to get the newest updates If Service Pack 1 was installed run in the Command Prompt:

dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

to remove unneeded backup files.

That’s all folks!!!

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