The Perfect XP Desktop

Start -> settings -> Control Panel

  • Switch to classic view
  • Sounds and Audio Devices -> Sound Tab -> No Sounds
  • System -> Advanced Tab -> Performance -> Settings -> Adjust for best performance
  • Taskbar and  Start Menu ->
    UNTICK: Lock the taskbar, Group similar taskbar buttons, Hide inactive icons
    TICK: Show Quick Launch
  • Taskbar and  Start Menu ->Start Menu tab -> Classic Start Menu -> Customize ->
    TICK: Display Administrative Tools, Show Small Icons in Start menu, Use Personalized Menus
  • Display -> Theme -> Windows Classic
  • System -> Remote
    TICK: Allow users to connect remotely to this computer
    UNTICK: Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer

Start -> Programs -> Accessories + Right Click and select Explore

  • Press the Folders button
  • Copy the links Command Prompt, Notepad, and Windows Explorer to the taskbar.
  • View -> Details
  • Tools -> Folder Options ->View tab ->
    TICK: Display contents fo system folders, Display the full path in title bar, do not cache thumbnails,  Show hidden files and folders, Launch folder window in separate process
    UNTICK: Hide extensions for known file types, Hide protected operating system files (recommended), Use simple file sharing (Recommended)
  • Press Reset all Folders then Apply to all folders.

Start -> settings -> Control Panel -> View -> Icons

Start -> Settings -> Network Connections

  • UNTICK: Client for Microsoft Networks, File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks, QoS Packet Scheduler.

Start -> Programs Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users + Select your login and change your password.

Start -> Windows update + keep updating/rebooting until everything except silverlight is installed.

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