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Windows 7: New Very Expensive Laptop: how to start?

31 Mar 2011   #1

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New Very Expensive Laptop: how to start?

Dear folks of 7forums,

I just bought a very expensive Asus gaming laptop (1400 quids).

What should I install? How should I start?

I still haven't opened it yet and my dorm room is messy/table is unclean and dusty, so I thought I would clean around first.

But software-wise what are the standard things to put in a brand new laptop?

Many thanksgg

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31 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux

Just don't install the crapwares such as Reg cleaners and tuneup software
I suggest basic programs Ccleaner, Defraggler and 7-Zip
Use MSE as your antivirus

Here is a list of free great programs for windows7
FREE Great Programs for Windows 7

Only install software that you will use
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31 Mar 2011   #3
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Just don't go wild and install a load of stuff "because it's there". Figure out what you want to do, and only install what you need.

Learn to use the "on-board" functions provided by the operating system, they are usually more than adequate for their purposes.

Regards....Mike Connor
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31 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Elghast View Post
But software-wise what are the standard things to put in a brand new laptop?
My suggestion, install as little as possible. There is really no need to uninstall software, clean up the registry and perform as much maintenance if you aren't filling up the machine with crap in the first place.

Step 1: Use something to image the machine on day 1. Get a backup copy, right from the get-go. This way if you screw something up or performance drops significantly, you can return back to where you are easily.

Step 2: remove the junk that the vendor has graciously installed on your machine that you don't need. If you need help deciding on what to remove, check out PC Decrapifier.
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31 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

1) New software? Your computer would likely have come preinstalled with Asus bloatware, some good some bad. Heres a guide, it tells you what all those programs do and help you decide whether to keep them or not.

Asus Utility and Bloatware Guide

2) ASAP, use the inbuilt recovery manager to create recovery disks, these let you restore the computer to factory state in case things can go wrong.

3) There would be a rainbow sticker on the computer with a 25 character alfanumeric key- note down that number and store somewhere (I send a mail to myself).

4) After you've finished removing the apps you dont want and installed any separately purchased and free apps, make a system image- either with the windows utility or with macrium. In case things go wrong, you can just restore this image and all the changes you made will still be there.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Imaging with free Macrium

5) Make sure you dont have a single large partition only on the hard drive (apart from system reserved). If you do, shrink the OS partition to create a separete partition for data, this ensures data will remain untouched if you reinstall windows.

Partition or Volume - Create New

6) Click on start orb, type msconfig, click on Startup tab. Uncheck anything that does not need to autostart at boot, reboot. This will cut down boot time.
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31 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I'm not sure how or why you'd ask other people this question. You are the one using the laptop. You are the one who knows what software you need to run, that required a laptop with a lot of power. You should already know what applications you have and will need to use on this laptop.
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31 Mar 2011   #7

W7 Professional x64

I would recommend picking up a free antivirus and spyware combo. My personal favorite duo is Microsoft Security Essentials and Spybot.
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31 Mar 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

I could p.m. you my address and you can send it to me and I'll see what I can put on it and give it a good workout.
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31 Mar 2011   #9
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31 Mar 2011   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I'm not quite sure about the OP. Bought a $1500.00 laptop and don't know what to do with it. I'm I understanding this correctly?
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