Essential Things to Do after Clean Windows Install

3 Jun 2017 20:50

I finally reinstalled Windows today after I've been meaning to do it for months. I went with Windows 7 for fun. I have nothing against Windows 10, really, but I just wanted 7 for fun. A few hours later I installed Windows 10 instead.

Anyway, I decided to write down all the things I need to do to get a barely functioning (for me) install of Windows, inspired by Casey Liss.

Before wiping C:

Installation of Windows

Nothing to point out here. If the drive is over 500 GB, I recommend partitioning it to have ~200 GB for the OS, and the rest for storage.



(Preferably these will already be downloaded onto a USB or other HDD)


Monitor Positioning

Having the second screen (1080p) in the middle makes the mouse pointer move almost straight across from my 1440p monitor

For Windows 10: Disable Tracking


Depends on your situation, but Windows should be activated before moving on

Installing software

Map Network Drives

Set up Dropbox and 1Password

Set up Google accounts in Chrome

Set up WhatPulse

(If you know your WhatPulse password without needing 1Password, I would do this as soon as you get network drivers working, for accuracy's sake)

iCloud Bookmarks

Set up other software

Google Chrome:






Capture Card (PEXHDCAP60L) and AmarecTV

Install and configure more software

Set up transcode-video, ffmpeg and youtube-dl

Set up cygwin/babun

Set up OBS for streaming

Restore save files

Final Things

That should be pretty much it for the essentials. After this, I will add whatever is needed whenver it is needed, things such as Origin, Uplay,, Skype, Discord, TeamViewer, etc.