A fast and lean PC
A good OS installation requires only a few key steps that will ensure
the best efficiency and speed. Let's see these steps
1. drivers check
Unless you use the CD-ROM that comes with your brand new motherboard,
you may want to do a fast format and install, test the drivers installation,
to be sure of your drivers choice. PC manufactures' sites are sometimes
very unclear about drivers choice, and a good OS install requires a rule :
a perfect drivers install. Installation is not the time for drivers troubleshoot,
if you want the best installation
2. Partitionning scheme
A good partitionning scheme ensures the best reliability and performances.
( See previous page post : Partitions )
Use full format for the final installation ( no fast format )
3. Proceed in dure ways and order :
a) Partitions + OS install
b) Services Packs install
c) Drivers install ( reboot after each driver installation )
d) Softwares install
The rule is to keep it light and essential, to really have a fast, stable and neat PC.
So only install the mimimum ( and really needed ) motherboard softwares,
use lightweight softwares for common needed tasks ( pdf reader, codec packs, ... ).
The fewer and the lighter the softwares are, the faster and the more efficient your PC will be
5. Let it breath
During installation, after each reboot, wait a few minutes, so to allow the PC to finish its
complete boot process.
When installation is complete, disable Windows updates, reboot, install Antivirus software,
connect to Network ( internet ), make Antivirus database update, reboot, enable Windows Updates,
.... and let the PC rest for a time, performing its updates all by itself.
Only connect the ethernet plug at the last step, and then go for your Antivirus software immediately
( If you have it on CD it's the better : first install it, then plug in the ethernet )
I prefer to disable Windows Updates, and only re-enable it as the last final step, when all is in place,
secured, and rebooted, so it won't mess with important steps ( Service packs installation, .. )
A good OS installation requires many tips, skills and care to really bring the best efficiency,
reliability and speed. Even security aspects are involved. It's really a crafting skill, that is worth
time and patience, to bring the best of our PCs.