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Old 10-01-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

After seeing more than my share of DDS and HJT logs with people running 60+ processes I decided to make some videos to show people how to install Windows, update it, and tweak it safely.

These videos are not really intended for advanced users though some advanced users may learn something from the later videos.

I have also included some of my favorite software.

I'm using Windows XP Pro in these videos but if I get enough positive feedback I can make similar videos with Vista and/or Windows 7.

Part 1 - How to install and update Windows.
Part 2 - Low priority updates and Windows tweaking.
Part 3 - Disabling Windows services
Part 4 - Recommended Software and (not recommended) junk software
Part 5 - Pidgin IM encryption with OTR, master passwords, and general safe habits
Part 6 - How to use Windows Defender. How to post logs with DDS and HijackThis.


Software
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Firefox
Thunderbird
Pidgin
OpenOffice
VLC Media Player
Infrarecorder
SumatraPDF
Pidgin Off-the-Record Messaging Encryption Plugin (OTR)
Avira AntiVir


Junk Software - There's no reason to have any of these programs installed.

AOL Instant Messenger
Yahoo Messenger
MSN or Windows Live messenger
Real Player
Quicktime
Nero
Roxio
Sonic
Adobe Reader
McAfee
AVG

Notable omissions: I didn't include anything about Firefox extensions (NoScript). I also forgot to enable Automatic Updates. You should enable Automatic Updates at the end of Part 2.

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Old 10-01-2009, 12:51 PM   #2
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

Reading some of your posts has helped a lot, along with direct help to a thread of mine. This seems like a great gift you are providing for the community.

As of right now the youtube videos are private will they be made public? Or can we request a link/invite to view them?
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7

Maybe not installation, as most Win7 users today are advanced users, but tweaks would be nice.

Why should we not use each of the "junk" software listed? (Quick answer is fine.)

Thanks!

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Old 10-01-2009, 12:56 PM   #4
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

Very nice Funky! Thank you!
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:09 PM   #5
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

Wow man
I am very thrilled how U are making those efforts
And indeed, I learned alot by you, Lirva and a couple others ( I was more of a reader for years)
I would donate U some for the efforts
PM me your Neteller or whatever , just for the efforts and the help U gave on this CTH forum.

Thx!

Edit : Whats wrong with Mcafee? I know I followed ur advice and removed the extensions and all ( wich worked out gr8) but i wonder why U call it junk
Is it bexause its soo buggy / laggy?

Thx

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Old 10-01-2009, 01:38 PM   #6
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

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Reading some of your posts has helped a lot, along with direct help to a thread of mine. This seems like a great gift you are providing for the community.

As of right now the youtube videos are private will they be made public? Or can we request a link/invite to view them?
Oh sorry about the private videos. I made them private when I uploaded. Just forgot to change it. Should be good now.
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:40 PM   #7
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

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Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7 Win7

Maybe not installation, as most Win7 users today are advanced users, but tweaks would be nice.

Why should we not use each of the "junk" software listed? (Quick answer is fine.)

Thanks!

-------------Kitty
In Part 4 I quickly cover why the junk software shouldn't be used.
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:47 PM   #8
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Thx!

Edit : Whats wrong with Mcafee? I know I followed ur advice and removed the extensions and all ( wich worked out gr8) but i wonder why U call it junk
Is it bexause its soo buggy / laggy?

Thx
McAfee has absolutely horrible detection rates and has become bloated and slow. Even adjusting for selection bias, just doing an informal audit of McAfee on this forum is an excellent indicator of its inefficacy.
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:07 PM   #9
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Thx for the reply
Ill take a deeper look into it
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:17 PM   #10
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This is really cool.

I would love to see a Windows 7 series.

Thank you!
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:19 PM   #11
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Very nice 3k sir.

funkyworms really is the nuts.
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:10 PM   #12
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

I just watched Part 5, very usefull Vid man
Some little handy tips imo , I just didn't knew

Lol sorry for adding another Q :

MSN, Adobe etc u mention those as Junk as well.
I wonder : is it because MSN is easy to hack / or get access etc? since U recommend Pidgin
ok no I get the MSN part, ( Resaw the Vid 3 again)

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Old 10-01-2009, 06:05 PM   #13
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

MSN (aka Windows Live) Messenger isn't as offensive at AIM or Yahoo in terms of resource usage or installing 3rd party software, but it's not needed because Pidgin can connect to the MSN network.

Adobe Reader is junk for a few reasons

1. It's bloated and slow to load.
2. It runs a process constantly whether it's open or not. (Adobe Speed Launcher)
3. It tries to install a few extra items that you don't need such as browser toolbars, adobe download manager, and mcafee securitycenter.
4. It can run active content inside a browser and is very susceptible to exploits.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:07 PM   #14
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

serious :
what is the reason for the AVG junk rating?
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:19 PM   #15
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Great work man!

I'd really appreciate a Win 7 version, as my priority is to get a fairly slick Win 7 virtual machine running from within OSX that I can happily run a few tables along with HEM and Tableninja. Knowing what I can safely disable in Win 7 and what I can do to speed things up would be huge. Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:27 PM   #16
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serious :
what is the reason for the AVG junk rating?
AVG got a good reputation a few years ago for being free and fast with good detection rates. And I recommended it back then. Now Avira has surpassed AVG in every category.

The new AVG also has some stability and resource usage issues. I've encountered numerous cases where AVG was the sole cause of bogging down a machine. Even if you're not having any issues with AVG, I still recommend switching because Avira > AVG in every way.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:48 PM   #17
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

excellent list.
I'm not sure about infrarecorder tho, I find imgburn or CDBurnerXP better. I suspect you went for infrarecorded because it's open-source?
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:44 PM   #18
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tl;dr

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Also, in my experience Foxit is faster to load & render than sumatra.

Notepad++ is probably another decent piece of software that some users need.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:18 PM   #20
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excellent list.
I'm not sure about infrarecorder tho, I find imgburn or CDBurnerXP better. I suspect you went for infrarecorded because it's open-source?
I admit that I have an open source bias. IMGburn and CDBurnerXP are both fine but Infrarecorder doesn't have any glaring deficiencies that would make me switch.

Anyone requiring Blu-ray should go with CDBurnerXP imo.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:26 PM   #21
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Also, in my experience Foxit is faster to load & render than sumatra.

Notepad++ is probably another decent piece of software that some users need.
Re Foxit: This hasn't been my experience. Sumatra and Foxit are nearly identical in perceived rendering speeds for me. I made the switch to Sumatra over a year ago because Foxit was having issues rendering some pdfs i had. I haven't gone back so maybe it has improved.

I agree that Notepad++ is a great text editor. I mainly tried to tackle categories where the junk applications dominate the market. MS Notepad is super simple maybe to a fault but I can't consider it junk.

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Old 10-01-2009, 08:31 PM   #22
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Re: 3k Posts: (Videos) How to Install, Update, Tweak Windows

while we're at it 7-zip in place of winzip/rar
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I already have pidgin. I was looking at the OTR link but i have no clue which one of the downloads to download and install.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:49 PM   #24
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I already have pidgin. I was looking at the OTR link but i have no clue which one of the downloads to download and install.
W32 installer for Pidgin 2.x
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:18 PM   #25
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while we're at it 7-zip in place of winzip/rar
7-zip over winrar? care to eleaborate? used winrar for years. thanks

also, funkyworms, thanks for the vids and the help. much obliged
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