User Tools

Site Tools


System Set Up

Off Page Setups

2020/04/28 19:07 Stephen Heise
2011/04/05 07:40  
2011/11/23 07:09 Stephen Heise
2018/05/27 05:01  
2021/04/25 03:01 Stephen Heise

Windows Setup

Windows Install

  1. Get iso.
  2. Note keys (XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB for Windows_8.1_Pro_X64_Activated.iso)
  3. Note Microsoft password (write down or bring up on phone).
  4. Use rufus_v1.4.1.exe to make a USB drive bootable and installable.
  5. Plug in USB drive, boot and install.

Windows Set Up

  1. Win, 'PC Settings'.
  2. Accounts > Sign-in Options > Set up PIN.
  3. Time and language > Date and time > Set up Formats
  4. Time and language > Region and language > Install 'English (New Zealand)'.
  1. Control Panel > System and Security.
  2. [System and Security] System > Allow remote access.
  3. [System Properties] Remote tab > Remote Desktop > Allow remote connections to this computer.
  1. [Windows Explorer] View > Options.
  2. [Windows Explorer, Folder Options] View tab, Advanced settings:
    1. Check 'Display the full path in the title bar'.
    2. Uncheck 'Hide protected operating system file'.
    3. There must be others?!?!
  1. Win, Win+I (settings charm)
  2. Tiles > Show administrative tools > Yes
  1. (Set Num Lock to be on at start up.)
  2. Run regedit.exe.
  3. [Registry Editor] HKEY_USERS > .DEFAULT > Control Panel > Keyboard
  4. [Registry Editor] Set the value of 'InitialKeyboardIndicators' to '2'. If that doesn't work, try '2147483650'.
  1. (Disable automatic restart after Windows Update)
  2. Try the second part of this: Disable that stupid shit
  3. If that doesn't work, install Group Policy Edit (see Mega > System setup > Hard to get installs >
  4. Try the first part of this: Disable that stupid shit

Temp Directory Setup

  1. Make the directory 'C:\Temp'.
  2. Win, 'Edit the system environment variables'.
  3. [System Properties] Click the 'Environment Variables' button.
  4. [Environment Variables] Note the values for TEMP and TMP user variables (probably '%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp').
  5. [Environment Variables] Note the values for TEMP and TMP system variables (probably '%SystemRoot%\TEMP').
  6. [Environment Variables] Set the values for TEMP and TMP user variables to 'C:\Temp'.
  7. [Environment Variables] Set the values for TEMP and TMP system variables to 'C:\Temp'.
  8. [Environment Variables] Create a system variable for 't' and set it to 'C:\Temp'.
  9. Reboot the machine.
  10. Delete the contents of the original temp variables.

IE Setup

  1. [IE] Ctrl + J
  2. [IE, View Downloads] Options
  3. (Set to 'C:\Temp')

Disable Hibernation

This is required to get GoTheFuckToSleep to work.

  1. Open a command prompt as administrator.
  2. Enter powercfg /h off.

Sleep, Reboot, Shut Down shortcuts

Shut down Shutdown.exe -s -t 00
Reboot Shutdown.exe -r -t 00
Hibernate or Sleep rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0
Lock Rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation
  1. Create a shortcut on the desktop.
  2. Set the icon (get from Mega).
  3. Right click it > Pin to Start.
  4. Delete shortcut on desktop.

Software Installs


  1. Open up a command line as administrator.
  2. Change PowerShell execution policy:
    powershell set-executionpolicy unrestricted
  3. Install Chocolatey:
    @powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%systemdrive%\chocolatey\bin
    choco feature enable -n=allowGlobalConfirmation
  4. Set final PowerShell execution policy:
    set-executionpolicy remotesigned -scope currentuser
    set-executionpolicy remotesigned -scope localmachine

Bulk Software Install

Copy the following to a ps1 file and run in PowerShell (run as administrator).

# Frameworks
cinst DotNet3.5
cinst DotNet4.5
# Browsers
cinst Firefox
cinst GoogleChrome
cinst opera
# Essentials
cinst malwarebytes
cinst notepadplusplus --x86
cinst vscode # Doesn't seem to work. Might be a manual install.
cinst 7zip
cinst spotify
cinst foobar2000
cinst veracrypt
cinst vlc
cinst autohotkey_l
cinst everything
# Recommended
cinst gimp
cinst # Doesn't seem to work. Might be a manual install.
cinst windirstat
cinst filezilla
cinst sumatrapdf
cinst jpegview
cinst Lastpass
cinst sharex
# Dev only
cinst git
cinst tortoisesvn
cinst nodejs
cinst gitkraken
cinst winmerge # Install after TortoiseSVN
cinst sysinternals # Installs to C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\bin
cinst fiddler4
cinst ConEmu # Download ConEmu Preview, Installer (32-bit, 64-bit)
cinst virtualbox
cinst qbittorrent
# Optionals
cinst InkScape
cinst libreoffice
cinst googleearth
cinst anki
cinst babelmap # Might need manual install.
cinst dropbox
cinst megasync ?
# Others
# cinst javaruntime # Fuck Java. Fuck it in the ass. Do not install.
cinst pscx # PowerShell Community Extensions
cinst Silverlight
cinst flashplayerplugin
cinst cwrsync
cinst wget

Note errors and check / fix them.


  1. Download the FiraCode Nerd Font from Nerd Fonts.
  2. Extract the zip.
  3. Search for Fira and delete them (we want Fura fonts).
  4. Search for Windows Compatible and delete them.
  5. Search for .ttf and delete them.
  6. Install the 10 remaining font files.

Tall Guy Software

  1. Download from Mega.
  2. Extract it and copy to C:\Program Files (x86).

Manual Installs

  1. Mp3splt (not Mp3splt-gtk) or from Mega.
  2. SQL Complete Register with fake details.

Software Configuration


  1. Alt > Tools > Options
  2. [Options] Sync tab > Sign in. Use settings in password vault. This will probably sync most of the following settings.
  3. [Options] General tab > Startup > When Firefox starts: 'Show my windows and tabs from last time'
  4. [Options] General tab > Downloads > Always ask me where to save files.
  5. [Options] Content tab > Languages > Choose…
  6. [Languages] Set to:
    1. “English/New Zealand [en-nz]”
    2. “English/Australia [en-au]”
    3. “English/United Kingdom [en-gb]”
    4. “English [en]”
  7. Install a nice theme.
  8. Install the following extensions:
    1. LastPast
    2. MEGA
    3. Tampermonkey
    4. uBlock Origin
  9. Fix up the buttons on the toolbar.
  10. Install these user scripts:
  11. Get Firefox profile from Mega.
  12. Copy xxx? to %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\gm1k3148.default\gm_scripts
  13. Browse to chrome://mega/content/secure.html#fm/account/settings.
  14. Click settings cog, bottom right.
  15. Set the 'Downloads folder' to 'C:\Temp'.
  16. Install the search engines:
    1. My Wiki (sw)
  17. Lastpass > preferences > General > Security > Automatically log off after idle: 60.
  18. Visit about:config and set privacy.trackingprotection.enabled to true.
  19. Restart Firefox.

Chrome / Brave Setup

Window PowerShell ISE

  1. Tools > Options
  2. [Options] First, click 'Manage Themes…' button.
  3. [Manage Themes] Select 'Dark Console, Dark Editor'
  4. [Manage Themes] Click OK.
  5. [Options] Then, set 'Font Family' to 'Fira Code'.
  6. [Options] Set 'Font Size' to 10.
  7. [Options] Click OK.


  1. Open '7-Zip File Manager' as administrator.
  2. [7-Zip File Manager] Tools > Options
  3. [Options] System tab.
  4. [Options] Under 'All Users', set 'Zip' and anything that isn't already set to 7-Zip.
  5. [Options] Click OK.


  1. Use account.
  2. [OneNote] File > Options
  3. [OneNote Options] Display, Uncheck 'Place OneNote icon in the notification area of the taskbar'.


  1. [uTorrent] Options > Preferences
  2. [uTorrent, Preferences] General > Windows Integration > Uncheck 'Start uTorrent when Windows Starts'
  3. [uTorrent, Preferences] UI Settings:
    1. Display Options > Uncheck 'Confirm when deleting torrents'
    2. Display Options > Uncheck 'Show confirmation dialog on exit'
    3. When Adding Torrents > Check 'Don't start the download automatically'
  4. [uTorrent, Preferences] Directories (check each to specify directory):
    1. 'Put new downloads in:' E:\Torrents\New Downloads
    2. 'Move completed downloads to:' E:\Torrents\Completed Downloads
    3. 'Store .torrents in:' E:\Torrents\Torrents
    4. 'Move .torrents for finished jobs to:' E:\Torrents\Torrents\Completed
    5. 'Automatically load .torrents from:' E:\Torrents\Torrents
  5. [uTorrent, Preferences] Connection > Listening Port > Check 'Randomize port each start'
  6. [uTorrent, Preferences] BitTorrent > Protocol Encryption > Outgoing: Enabled
  7. [uTorrent] Set the columns to be: Name, Size, Remaining, Status, Health, Down Speed, Up Speed, ETA, Seeds, Peers, Availability, Seed/Peers, Label, Added, Completed On


  1. Browse to Send2c:geo.
  2. Click the 'No browser name!' link and set the browser name.
  3. Click the 'Add a device' link.
  4. [Phone] Open C:Geo.
  5. [Phone] Menu → Settings → Services → send2c:geo → Request Registration

Visual Studio

  1. Tools > Options > Projects and Solutions > General > Check 'Track Active Item in Solution Explorer'.


Extension Notes
Productivity Power Tools 2017 Try without.
Visual Studio Spell Checker (VS2017 and Later)
Code alignment
Power Commands for Visual Studio Might get installed automatically. Try without anyway.
Cloud Explorer for Visual Studio 2017 Might get installed automatically. Try without anyway.


Get it from Mega.

Other Stuff

SQL Server

  1. [SQL Server Management Studio] Object Explorer > Right click the server > Properties.
  2. [Server Properties] Security > Server authentication mode > SQL Server and Windows Authentication mode.

Windows Features

More Shit


  1. Download Bin.7z from backup on mega.
  2. Extract to C:\Bin.
  3. Run the xxxx Keyboard Shortcuts.ahk and fix any file location errors.
  4. Run 'Get Your Shit Together' and pin to start bar (C:\Bin\GetYourShitTogether\GetYourShitTogether.exe).
  5. Run 'Sneaker Net Sync' and pin to start bar (C:\Bin\Sneaker Net Sync\SneakerNetSync.exe).
  1. Open up %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.
  2. Create short cuts for:
    1. C:\Bin\GetYourShitTogether\GetYourShitTogether.exe
    2. Firefox
    3. Process Explorer
  1. Edit C:\Bin\General Scripts\Bin\Check for updates.ps1.
  2. Check that the applications that are specified by version number match the installed versions.
  3. Run C:\Bin\General Scripts\Bin\Check for updates.ps1, fix errors, and update software.
  1. Copy Wallpaper from Mega to C:\Wallpaper.

Auto Hot Key start up script

  1. From an admin console, run something like this:
  2. schtasks /Create /RU "ps\stephenh" /SC ONLOGON /TN "Launch AHK Shortcuts at startup" /TR "C:\Bin\Provoke Shortcuts.ahk" /IT /V1
  3. Win → Task Scheduler
  4. Task Scheduler Library → Launch AHK Shortcuts at startup → Right click → Properties
  5. Action tab
  6. Edit…
    1. Program/script: cmd
    2. Arguments: /c "start autohotkey.exe Shortcuts.ahk"
    3. Start in: C:\Bin\PKS1900\Auto Hot Key (no quotes)

Start Up Folder

  1. Open %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.
  2. Win, type app name, right click app, Open file location. Copy shortcut to start folder.


  1. Run the command 'C:\Bin\gmvault\gmvault.bat sync -t quick -d “E:\Backups\Gmail”'.


  1. Create the directory 'C:\Dev'.
  2. Restore from backup?


  1. Ensure the 'C:\Bin\Backup Scripts\General Backup.ps1' script is working.
  2. Ensure the 'C:\Bin\General Scripts\Bin\Do Housekeeping and Go the Fuck to Sleep.ps1' and all of its dependencies are working.
  3. Ensure the 'Hourly Housekeeping.ps1' and all of its dependencies are working.
  1. Install the Mega Sync app.
  2. Sync 'E:\Backups\Offsite Backup Sync' with Mega:Backups/Ares.
  1. Win, 'Task Scheduler'.
  2. [Task Scheduler] Task Scheduler (Local) > Task Scheduler Library > Right click > New Folder.
  3. [Task Scheduler, Enter name…] Enter 'My Tasks', click OK.
  4. [Task Scheduler] Task Scheduler (Local) > Task Scheduler Library > My Tasks > Right click > Create Task…
  5. [Task Scheduler, Create Task] General tab > Name: 'Hourly Maintenance'.
  6. [Task Scheduler, Create Task] Triggers tab > New…
  7. [Task Scheduler, New Trigger] Settings > Daily
  8. [Task Scheduler, New Trigger] Start: '12:00:00 p.m.'
  9. [Task Scheduler, New Trigger] Check 'Repeat task every'.
  10. [Task Scheduler, New Trigger] Check 'Stop task…' and select '30 minutes'.
  11. [Task Scheduler, New Trigger] Click OK.
  12. [Task Scheduler, Create Task] Actions tab > New…
  13. [Task Scheduler, New Action] Program/script: “C:\Program Files (x86)\PowerShellRunner\PowerShellRunner.exe”
  14. [Task Scheduler, New Action] Add arguments: “Hourly maintenance.ps1”
  15. [Task Scheduler, New Action] Start in: C:\Bin\Athena\Maintenance Scripts - No quotes
  16. [Task Scheduler, New Action] Click OK.
  17. [Task Scheduler, Create Task] Conditions tab > Uncheck 'Start the task only…'
  18. [Task Scheduler, Create Task] Click OK.
  19. [Task Scheduler] Check 'Next Run Time' is correct.
  20. [Task Scheduler] Right click the task > Run.
  21. [Task Scheduler] F5 to refresh.
  22. [Task Scheduler] Ensure the 'Last Run Result' is 0x0.
  23. Check logs to make sure it worked correctly.

External Drives

  1. Create the directory C:\External Drives.
  2. Plug in Flicky.
  3. Plug in 'Backup Media'.
  4. Win, 'Computer Management'.
  5. Storage > Disk Management.
  6. Map Flicky to C:\External Drives\Flicky.
  7. Map 'Backup Media' to C:\External Drives\Backup Media.


Libraries seem to be fucked in Windows 8 :-(

  1. [Explorer] Remove existing libraries.
  2. [Explorer] Create a library called Podcast Management.
  3. [Explorer] Add to it:
    1. %userprofile%\Downloads
    2. C:\External Drives\Clippy\PODCASTS
    3. C:\External Drives\Clippy\MetalCast
    4. C:\External Drives\Clippy
system_setup.txt · Last modified: 2022/02/01 20:54 by stephen