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July 15, 2009, 08:44 PM
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I will need to setup an old computer for my girlfriend's brother. I am an IT consultant and an enthusiastic but I never really setup any computers to be fool's proof before. He's not an idiot at all but the last notebook he has turned out to be full of viruses/malware/ random softwares/etc...
Ok, I will be installing him all the basic software he needs and will have him run on a non-admin account on windows XP. At first I tought about setting up a linux restrictive account but he's not used to non-windows/mac setups and I don't want to go in the trouble of explaining to him the linux basics.
Ok so, I'll install:
- Tiny XP
- Avira Anti-Virus
- iTunes (ipod fan) // I would use foobar though
- K-Lite codec pack with Media Player Classic
- Microsoft Office
- Firefox + Adblock plus / NoScript / etc...
- Guest account, but I'll give him the admin password if he wants to install some software
What else would you suggest ?
TinyXP? Did you nLite this yourself or is it some random torrent off the internet? If its the latter I say make your own build personally.
Firewall is useless and not needed as Windows built-in works fine and all your doing is adding overheard to the computer as.
Avira is good
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not to nit pick but Adobe Reader would be a nice addition to that list ;)
and image the HDD so you can save yourself the re-install time because he sounds like a "repeat offender" heh
i know local group policies SUCK, and so do software firewalls but a way to block net access to P2P programs will probably stop nasties from getting into the laptop in the first place....
limewire.exe and etc.
hope my .02 was inspiring, GL-HF
Acrobat? Please Foxit Reader is 100x better and so much smaller.
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