List of "Things to Do" Immediately After a Windows 10 Installation

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by November_Zulu, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. November_Zulu

    November_Zulu MDL Junior Member

    Jul 21, 2015
    So, operating on the theory that the "nuts and bolts" "behind the scenes" "bones" of Windows 10 are good, strong, sturdy, faster, better, more efficient, safer, more secure and overall better than Win 8/7/XP, etc... and the only "real" problems are things that an intelligent and motivated computer User can fix, there should be a published document of "Things to Do" immediately after you install Windows 10.

    For me, the list started during the installation, when I disallowed/disabled/said "NO" to all the various "share your private details with the NSA, Google and the Chinese Government" options.

    Then, get rid of:

    the weird "Task Button" thingie (still haven't figured out how to do that).
    the "Search" bar

    Google Chrome
    Pale Moon
    Classic Shell

    KMS Pico? for Activation, etc...

    It would be nice if I had a list to work off of, instead of having to experience all the horror of it 1st hand, like some dumb blond in a Slasher flick.

    Obviously there are some areas where intelligent people will disagree, and other areas where intelligent people will not waste their time & energy arguing with the stupid, but there should be some solid ground where EVERYONE can agree that Windows 10 needs fixing, right off the bat, from the instant you see it's ugly, flat, 2-dimensional GUI (oh yeah, note add "Restore Windows "Aero" to the list)

    What's the deal with the ugly, primary school windows with no borders and it looks like you can't resize them. I'm glad I got this for free. This is why they won't give you your money back after you purchase and MS product. I don't "hate" it, but it sure as hell needs fixing. Let's start a prioritized list, most important to less important.
  2. CODYQX4

    CODYQX4 MDL Developer

    Sep 4, 2009
    For me:

    1. Install Windows 7 murphy78.
    2. Daz Loader
    3. Upgrade to Windows 10 (I used the leaked OEM as opposed to rigging up an ESD to ISO).
    4. Immediately Reset to Clean, because my VM was glitched beyond salvation after a restart, but a Reset = All Fine.
    5. Install Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise
    6. Cue uncontrollable rage if all this was done on a pre-RTM build, as I'm not convinced 100% that it is due to the activation being so weak.
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  3. Garbellano

    Garbellano MDL Addicted

    Aug 13, 2012
    just to start...
  4. labvxe

    labvxe MDL Expert

    Mar 24, 2015

    Option 3 is very dangerous

    Your computer is increasingly exposed to many threats...

    Minus will run XP that gets no updates its t he same thing
  5. rEApEAt

    rEApEAt MDL Senior Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    format c:

    (sorry, I couldn't resist)
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  6. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

    Oct 7, 2010
    Immediately after Win10 installation I create an image of the system before it gets a chance to update., then I Install shadow protect for my own amusement after I trash something in Windows so I can revert back if I choose to.

    Software installs: Office, Acrobat, Jasc Paint Shop Pro, UltraISO, Vmware Workstation, Burp Suite, Paragon Hard Disk Manager, Radmin, Angry IP Scanner, Windows ADK, firefox, chrome, IDM, torrent clients, Filezilla Server, MPC-HC, hashcheck & hashtab, winrar, 7zip, Winhex, ExamDiff Pro, Ettercap, Febooti's Filetweak "Case" module, and then make an image of the system again.

    After that its pretty much random, as needed things that come up from time to time lol
  7. WardocsRevenge

    WardocsRevenge MDL Expert

    Jan 13, 2012
    #7 WardocsRevenge, Jul 22, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2015
    maya 2015
    maya 2016
    3ds max 2015/16
    substance designer/painter
    unrealengine 4
    vc 2005/2008/2010/2013/2012/2014
    direct x
    bf3/bf4/bf4 cte
    all my steam games
    premiere pro
    and obs multiplatform/normal obs
    use ninite for google chrome
    media player
    and a ton of other stuff then disable any non needed start items
    and services and all done
    then tweak
  8. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

    Nov 30, 2014
    Tons of Porn;)
  9. cbutters

    cbutters MDL Junior Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    For me its:
    7-zip (
    Vmware vsphere

    Check device manager for any missing drivers and go from there.
  10. ninekaw9

    ninekaw9 MDL Novice

    Jul 8, 2015
    bcdedit /set default bootmenupolicy legacy

    bring back F8 to safe mode
  11. Krutonium

    Krutonium MDL Senior Member

    Aug 27, 2013
    I have a Powershell Script that installs all my apps and drivers using OneGet and WGet :p
  12. AtomR

    AtomR MDL Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    I don't think, you can INSTALL porn. You can keep, hide or watch it though. :D
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  13. elzna

    elzna MDL Senior Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    #13 elzna, Jul 22, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2015
    1. activate.
    2. check if telemetry and sharing data settings still can be disabled inside windows.
    3. remove store icon from pin.
    4. remove edge from pin.
    5. windows update
    6. wait for updates to finish, reboot.
    7. install my favourite softwares stored on 64gb usb.
    8. Probably need to hit WU again for s**ts like office.
  14. cuteee

    cuteee MDL Guru

    Oct 13, 2012
    Porn can install virus on your pc and then don't ask about bugs in Windows 10.
  15. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

    Feb 19, 2011
    #15 abbodi1406, Jul 22, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v PromptOnSecureDesktop /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MRT /v DontOfferThroughWUAU /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate /v DeferUpgrade /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU /v NoAutoUpdate /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU /v AUOptions /t REG_DWORD /d 5 /f
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU /v NoAutoUpdate /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU /v IncludeRecommendedUpdates /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsStore /v AutoDownload /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search" /v AllowCortana /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender" /v DisableAntiSpyware /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Real-Time Protection" /v DisableRealtimeMonitoring /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Device Metadata" /v PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DriverSearching" /v SearchOrderConfig /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
    sc config BITS start= disabled
    sc config CertPropSvc start= disabled
    sc config DiagTrack start= disabled
    sc config diagnosticshub.standardcollector.service start= disabled
    sc config dmwappushservice start= disabled
    sc config DPS start= disabled
    sc config iphlpsvc start= disabled
    sc config PcaSvc start= disabled
    sc config RemoteRegistry start= disabled
    sc config Spooler start= disabled
    sc config SSDPSRV start= disabled
    sc config SysMain start= disabled
    sc config TrkWks start= disabled
    sc config WdNisDrv start= disabled
    sc config WerSvc start= disabled
    sc config WinDefend start= disabled
    sc config WinHttpAutoProxySvc start= disabled
    sc config WMPNetworkSvc start= disabled
    sc config WSearch start= disabled
  16. Foreseenothe

    Foreseenothe MDL Novice

    Apr 4, 2015
    1. Set search bar to icon only and remove task view icon.
    2. Set Cortana to local search only.
    3. Remove OneDrive from explorer and disable it from start up.
    4. Set explorer to start in This PC.
    5. Restore win32 clock and volume control.
    6. Disable Windows Defender
    7. Uninstall Money, Phone Companion, Sports, Office, Skype, card games, etc…
    8. Enable verbose login information
    9. Unpin all tiles from start menu and resize to smallest size.
    10. Grab popcorn and have fun reading problems people are having.
  17. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

    Nov 18, 2012
    #17 murphy78, Jul 22, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
    Like how you hate the automatic updates thing so much that you disable it twice :D
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  18. AzTec

    AzTec MDL Member

    Aug 4, 2009
    Its all really rhetorical till the 29th, to be honest, I think Redstone would be laughing there face off, if they have a sense of humor, as to the way Ten is a present and this 240 build was complied on the 11th. They have a way to go yet, But its been good Sheeple Programming so far..

    As to first install on any operating system

    Nod Smart v8
    safe mode
    Pale Moon with uBlock
    revo uninstaller
    winamp and VLC for media
    Nero 8
    Ditto clipboard manger

    This 240 build I leave alone as I find it still a bit buggy.

    I just activated by itself, no xtra help from me on that side of it, I still prefer Se7en, wont put this on my pc
    use a swap out drive on laptop, Toshiba Sat 12gb ram, strange part, does not make any difference swapping drive, it still jus works

    pc is
    8 core
    16gb ram
    250gb 840 pro samsung ssd
    water cool cpu + gpu
    runs at 32 celus all day

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  19. Bluescreen

    Bluescreen MDL Senior Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Can you confirm that ShadowProtect v.5.23 worked for you in restore full backup ?

    I have made a full backup windows 10240 using my RE USB . Backup and verify went fine.
    Next, to test I restored two days later (full restore of the System c: partition) - No hidden partition - and after restoring I was unable to boot into Windows 10 (error inaccessible device).
    I guess Shadowprotect has played with the BCD store. In the log I found "BCD has been corrected ".
    I never get rid of this problem. Had to reinstall Windows from ISO.
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  20. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

    Feb 11, 2009
    Must be those stripper screensavers...