Installing Windows 7

This is a highly-polished installation of Windows 7. It has been used mostly on Dell laptops, but is not hardware-specific at all. This will produce a very nice, usable installation of Windows 7 containing the basic software that most people need for everyday office and travel use.

Customising a Windows 7 Enterprise Installation

Boot off Windows 7 Enterprise DVD
Choose English (United Kingdom)
Custom install
Advanced drive options, delete all partitions
Leave it to install

User account
  - Username "User"
  - Computer name: "Dell " + the model number
  - Password "password"
  - Use recommended settings
Time Zone
  - UTC
Wireless Network (if presented)
  - Use ECS-WLAN, tick "Start this connection automatically"
  - Work Network

Start / Computer / Properties
  - / Advanced / Computer Name - Change suffix to
  - / Remote - Untick Allow Remote Assistance Connections

  - Name "ECS vpn"
  - Allow other people to use
  - Don't Connect
  - No username or password, leave all blank

Start Menu Properties
  - Power button: Hibernate
  - Untick "Store and disp... and the taskbar"
  - Customize
    - Control Panel - menu
    - no Default Programs
    - no Music
    - no Open submenus when I pause
    - no Pictures
    - yes Run Command
    - System Administrative Tools on All Programs menu
  - Toolbar tab
    - no Lock the taskbar
    - Notification area: customise and Always show all icons

Control Panel / Personalization
  - Window color / Advanced Appearance settings
    - Border Padding = 0
    - Active Title Bar = minimum allowed
  - Desktop background
    - Picture location = Top Rated Photos
      - Untick all except penguins
  - Left-hand pane / Change desktop icons
    - Hide all

Control Panel / Action Center
  - Left-hand pane / Change User Account Control settings
    - Change to bottom level + 1

Control Panel / Autoplay
  - no Use AutoPlay for all media and devices

Control Panel / Folder Options
  - Navigation Pane / yes Show all folders
  - View tab
    - Hidden files and folders - Show hidden files
    - no Hide Empty Drives
    - no Hide Extentions
    - no Hide protected operating systems files

Control Panel / Internet Options
  - Home page =
  - Search / Settings...
    - Find more search providers...
      - IE8
        - yes Use Suggested sites
        - yes Use express settings
      - Search the gallery for "google"
      - Search with Google United Kingdom
        - Add to Internet Explorer
      - Google Search Suggestions
        - Add to Internet Explorer
        - yes Make this my default
        - yes Use search suggestions
      - Close IE
    - yes Prevent Programs
  - Tabs / Settings...
    - no Warn me when closing multiple tabs
    - yes Always switch to new tabs
    - yes Always open pop-ups in a new tab
  - Security tab
    - Custom level
      - Display mixed contents = Enable (just over half way down)
  - Programs tab
    - HTML Editor = Notepad

Control Panel / Power Options
  - Require a password on wakeup
    - When I press the power button = hibernate, Shut down
    - Change settings that are currently unavailable
      - Don't require a password
  - Choose when to turn off the display
    - Plugged in = never, never, never

Control Panel / Programs and Features
  - Turn Windows features on or off
    - Printing and Document Services
      - no Internet Printing Client
      - no Windows Fax and Scan
    - no Remote Differential Compression
    - no Tablet PC Components
    - yes Telnet Client
    - no Windows Gadget Platform
    - no XPS Services
  - Restart later.

Control Panel / User Accounts
  - Change your picture
    - Choose the kitten Happy

Restart Windows.

Start Windows Explorer
  - Organise / Layout / Menu bar
  - find Recycle Bin / Properties
    - no Display delete confirmation dialog

  - Standard Install
  - yes Launch on completion
  - Don't import anything
  - Tools / Options
    - Main
      - Home page =
    - Tabs
      - no Warn me when closing multiple tabs
      - yes When I open a new tab
  - Quit Firefox
  - Quit and restart IE
    - When it asks about being default browser
      - no Always perform this Check
      - Click "No" button
    - Right-click on Favorites bar and untick the Favorites bar

Adobe Acrobat Reader
  - Button on right side of
  - Scroll down the download page and untick all "Also install"s
  - Allow the add-on to install
Adobe Flash Player
  - Button on right side of
  - Scroll down the download page and untick all "Also install"s
  - At end of installation manager, Firefox will start and need to install Flash plug-in.
  - Quit Firefox and IE

Office 2007
  - Install from DVD
  - Get activation code from
  - Thump the big Install button

  - Use IE to go to
  - Install and run "Sophos 7 Remote Installer for Windows" (35MB)
  - Allow to put temporary files in c:\savwsa
  - In user details page of wizard:
    - Address =
    - Username = ecs2000\your-username
    - Password = your-Password
    - no Access the update source via a proxy
    - yes Remote third-party security software
  - Right-click tiny Sophos taskbar icon and "Update now"
  - Google for "putty" and download Putty, pscp, psftp & pageant
  - Download into C:\Users\User\Downloads
  - Move then into C:\Windows
  - Right-click Putty.exe, paste a shortcut in C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start menu\Programs
  - Rename shortcut to "Putty"

Device drivers
  - Open Device Manager
  - Check for unknown devices
  - If mouse is just a PS/2 mouse, get Vista driver from
  - Dell Mini 12 Vista drivers often work on a Windows 7 Dell Mini 9
  - You can only download 1 driver at once from Dell!
  - Download any drivers necessary from to make all unknowns vanish
  - Install ControlPoint if necessary to make fingerprint reader work

Control Panel / Folder Options
  - View tab, yes Don't show hidden files, folders or Drives

Control Panel / Windows Update
  - Get updates for other Microsoft products
    - Agree and install
  - Check for updates
  - Optional Updates
    - Don't install Windows Live Essentials or any Language Packs
  - Install all other updates
  - After updates are complete, retry if any failed
  - Restart Windows
  - Check for updates again and install all new updates (there will be some)
  - Rinse and repeat until no new updates are found

Control Panel / System
  - Change product key (right at the bottom)
  - Get activation code
    - Staff:
    - Students: Microsoft e-Academy
  - That will activate Windows
  - System Protection (left pane of window)
    - Configure... / Delete

  - Right-click on Windows Media and IE in the taskbar and "unpin"
  - Firefox and Outlook
    - Right-click on them in the Start menu
    - Pin to taskbar
  - Make order (left to right) Start, Firefox, Outlook, Windows Explorer

Start Menu
  - Right-click Firefox and "Pin to Start Menu"
  - Right-click Outlook and "Pin to Start Menu"

Clean Up
  - Start menu
    - Right-click on each icon, select "Remove from this menu" for most
    - Leave only Getting Started, Connect to a Projector
  - Control Panel / Internet options
    - Browsing history / Delete... / tick all boxes
  - Firefox
    - Tools / Clear Recent History... / Everything
  - Desktop
    - Delete all icons, files and directories
  - Filesystem
    - Delete C:\Dell, C:\savwsa, C:\PerfLogs
  - Windows update
    - Start / Administrative Tools / Services
    - Stop "Windows Update"
    - Delete the whole of C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
    - Start "Windows Update"
  - Recycle Bin
    - Empty Recycle Bin

Control Panel / Windows Update
  - Get updates for other Microsoft products
    - Agree and install
  - Optional Updates
    - Right-click on each Language Pack and "Hide update"
    - Okay and close window

Restart the PC

Backup system image to external hard disk (Control Panel / Backup and Restore / Create a system image), having checked there is no "WindowsImageBackup" dir in the root directory. If there is, first move it back to its home in a sub-dir if present. Backup will create a new "WindowsImageBackup" directory in the root directory of the external disk.

You're done!