Setup a New Windows XP Computer

Again, I am re-installing my system because I have a new hard drive and more memory. It takes hours, but it is nice to have an upgraded clean machine again.
\* To make it easier, I have 2 hard drives:
1. System disk for the OS, and software that needs to be re-installed when the OS is re-installed.
2. Data disk which includes:
\* OS updating software, example Winzip, OS patches.
\* Photos
\* Music
\* Development work: programs, projects, etc...

After installing Windows XP, I complete the OS install:
\* Set my video settings
\* Apply patches because I have an older install version
\* From Control Panel/System, turn off Auto-updates, and Remote access
\* Disable unused/unwanted WindowsXP services. Click here to see the list.
\* Install foreign language support: from Control Panel/Regional and Language Options/Languages: Thai, and East Asian languages
\* Apply motherboard drivers: Sound, LAN, video
\* Winzip
\* Nero for CD burning

Install software from/for work:
\* Virus checker from my work place
\* Camtasia for screen/movie capture and editing
\* Adobe FrameMaker to create books, and documentation

Now I install free software from the Internet:
\* I use Microsoft Internet Explorer to download the FireFox web browser. Then I use FireFox there after.
\* ThunderBird for email
\* Documents: OpenOffice
\* From SourceForge.net: Notepadd plus, and WinSCP
\* Putty for telnet and ssh
\* Music/sound: Winamp with the iPod support plugin
\* Dix for movies
\* Adobe reader
\* For editing graphics, I use PaintShop. I'm testing Gimp, version 2.2.13 to replace PaintShop with a free software package.

Next, development environment:
\* The Java SDK
\* NetBeans IDE
\* Sun Java Application Server
\*\*\* Click here for more instructions.

Hours later, I'm a happy camper.

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