deployment steps for PCs with Windows XP
(Deployment steps also available for a new PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8)
1. Configure and
purchase a Dell Vostro Desktop with several specifc upgrades/shopping
- Navigate to
Dell Small/Medium-sized Business site, as Vostro line is not available
on Dell Home site
- Choose a conventional
form-factor Vostro model (such as Vostro 200/Vostro 400)
to Windows XP Professional as O/S choice ($99)
- Add second hard
drive equal or greater in storage size as the default hard drive
- Upgrade to writeable
optical drive (CD or DVD burner)
- Upgrade to optical
mouse and basic speakers
- Eliminate all
optional add-in software/services except Microsoft Works
Step up Memory to 2x default amount (at least 2GB)
Step up CPU choice to next faster processor
- Prior to purchasing,
check popular coupon sites (google 'Dell coupons') for current coupon
codes that can be applied at checkout
2. Define system/user/admin
variables just prior to first boot, the enter them during initial
set up sequence:
- Agree to Dell
EULA by pressing any key.
- Make note of
the Service Tag #, if you haven't already. Press any key again.
- At the 'Welcome
to Microsoft Windows' screen, click next.
- Leave the default
region and language settings if you're in the U.S. Click next
- Select the correct
time zone. Click next
- Click the 'Yes,
I accept' radio button. Click next
- At the 'Help
protect your PC' screen, click the 'Not right now' radio button. Click
prefix>0<O/S><computer #><description suffix>
, Ex.: lm0xp08wrk
<Computer name> <O/S> <Computer Type> , Ex.: lm0xp08wrk
Windows XP Pro Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop
<define one you won't/can't forget>
- Leave the default
of 'Yes' on the screen that asks 'Will this computer conenct to the
Internet directly, or through a network'. Click next
- Select the 'No,
not at this time' radio button at the screen that asks 'Ready to register
with Mirosoft?'. Click next >
Login (Your name):
Choose one that protects anonymity: <buyer prefix><'user'>,
- Though you won't
enter them during the initial setup, have handy:
Login password: <something with letters and numbers, 8 characters
Login password hint:
<A phrase you won't forget that will help you remeber it>, Ex.:
Available from NorthShore-IT.com repository
Something shorter than 8 characters, will be the same for all your
computers <buyer prefix><'lan'>. Ex.: lmlan
3. Uninstall specific, pre-installed Software:
Navigate to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
Uninstall Browser Address Error Redirector
Uninstall Google Toobar and Google Desktop
Uninstall Dell Support Center a software
- Uninstall Java(TM) (as it will be updated later)
- Uninstall SearchAssist. Reboot
on the Windows Taskbar, select 'Properties'
Lock the taskbar, Group similar taskbar buttons, Hide inactive
- Click OK.
on the Windows Taskbar, select 'Toolbars > Quick Launch'
- Select 'Start
> All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer >
<right-click> Send To > Desktop (create shortcut)'
- Drag the
Windows Explorer desktop shortcut you just created to the Quick
Launch taskbar toolbar'
Windows Default folder view:
on the Windows Explorer Quick Launch shortcut you created
in Step 3.
Windows Explorer, select the Details
view by toggling the multi-color button (Views) next to the
Windows Explorer, select View >
Windows Explorer, select View > Toolbars
> Address Bar (or make sure it's already selected)
Windows Explorer, select Tools >
Folder Options menu
- In the General
Tab, select Use Windows classic folders. Click OK
the View Tab, select the following:
Display the contents of system folders
Display the full path in the address bar
Display the full path in the title bar
Show hidden files and folders
<Unselect> Hide extensions for known file types
Show Control Panel in My Computer
Apply. Click Apply to All Folders. Click Yes and OK
6. Adjust display properties:
Right-click anywhere on the Desktop, select 'Arrange Icons By > Auto Arrange'
- Right-click anywhere on the Desktop, select 'Properties > Themes'
In the Themes tab, select 'Windows Classic' and click OK
Download optimized graphics files intended for use as desktop wallpaper (such as a .bmp) to C:/Windows folder
Right-click anywhere on the Desktop, select 'Properties > Screen Saver'
- Select your screen saver preference. Click the Power button. Set all power shceme time options to 'Never'. Click 'save as' and name the new power scheme 'lan'
- Click the Power Options Properties > Advanced tab. Unselect 'Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby'
- Click the Power Options Properties > Hibernate tab. Unselect 'Enable Hibernation'
- Click OK and OK
- Right-click anywhere on the Desktop, select 'Properties > Settings'. Set the screen resolution to higher, more useful resolution that the default (800 x 600)
7. Open Internet Explorer and set default home page:
Open IE for the first time. Click to accept to any application prompts and/or to turn on phishing filter.
- Navigate to www.google.com.
Right-click just underneath the URL bar and check Menu Bar.
Select Tools > Internet Options. Under the General tab, click 'Use current' in the Home page section. Click Ok.
If desired, log into respository and copy computer deployment varables to local text file.
8. Set up shared folder in root of C:\ drive:
- Navigate to C: and create a folder called 'shared'.
Right-click on the shared folder, and select 'Sharing and Security'
Click on the link that reads 'If you understand the security risks but want to share files without running the wizard, click here'
Select 'Just enable file sharing'. Click OK
Select 'Share this folder on the network' & 'Allow network users to change my files'. Name the share <computer name>-c-shared. Click OK.
9. Copy 'FreshStart' applications disc or directory to shared folder:
Create this path: C:\shared\system\_FreshStart
Copy FreshStart contents into 'system\_FreshStart' folder either via CD-ROM copy or network push via Goodsyn
10. Install an Antivirus:
11. Label physical drives and move 'My Documents' to D: drive (or root of C: drive):
In Windows Explorer, right-click on each physical drive and select 'Properties' and name them with this format: <computer name>-c & <computer name>-d
- Create a new folder in the 'D' drive and name it 'My Documents'
Also in Winodws Explorer, right-click on the previous My Documents folder and select 'Properties'
Click the 'Move' button and Navigate to and select the 'D' drive My Documents folder and click OK. Click Yes and OK to confirm your choice
12. Set Windows Login password and workgroup:
Open Control Panel > User Accounts > <current user> > Create a password >
Type the Windows Login password and the Windows Login password hint you defined in step 2.
Click the Create Password button.
Click 'No' on the screen that asks 'Do you want to make your files and folders private?' Close the User Accounts Window
Open Control Panel > System > 'Computer name' tab > 'Change...' button
Change the workgroup name from the default 'WORKGROUP' to the Workgroup name you defined in step 2.
- Reboot. Login with the password you just set up.
Set Windows Auto-login:
Open Control Panel > Tweak UI > Logon tab and click 'Log on automatically at system startup'
- Click the Control Panel > Tweak UI > Explorer tab and click 'Light arrow' and unselect 'Prefix "Shortcut to" on new shortcuts. Click OK and OK
Office or other productivity suite:
- Install Java
you do not have a valid Microsoft
Office registration key, a
good alternative is to download and install the OpenOffice
Productivity suite, which is compatible with Microsoft
Patch and update Microsoft Office / Windows:
Install other important utilities and applications:
Install a Software
preferred choice for Windows XP users is Sygate
Personal Firewall. (LAN IP range is 192.168.0.1-192.168.255.255
One option for Vista users is ZoneAlarm or the default Windows Firewall.
Install several Antispyware applications:
diagnostic tools and media applications:
other useful software, if desired:
- Install Gmail Notifier
- Install GoodSync
- Install SwitchOff
- Install SetBrowser
- Install Digsby
- Install DivX
- Install Dropbox
- Install Exact Audio Copy
- Install DVD43
- Install HandBrake
- Install AF5_Rename_Your_Files
Deploy custom support information into Windows System Information:
into C:\WINDOWS\system32\OEMLOGO.bmp and Custom PC,
OEMINFO.INI into C:\WINDOWS\system32\OEMINFO.INI
22. Alphabetize the All Programs list:
Computer name: lm0xp08wrk - Service Tag: 3JK8PY7
Computer description: lm0xp08wrk - Windows XP Pro Dell Vostro 1720 Laptop
System Description: lmadden-lm0xp08wrk
Dell Express Service Code: 58694782156
Mfg. Date: 20100924
Windows Login (Your name): lmuser
Windows Login password: distinctive123
C drive name: lm0xp08wrk-c
Shared folder path: \\lm0xp08wrk\shared
Windows Login password hint: Available from NorthShore-IT.com repository
LAN IP range: 192.168.0.1-192.168.255.255
IE Title Bar text: NorthShore-IT.com supports this PC
Windows Build: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro OA (Part No. X16-96076)
Windows Key: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
Office Build: Microsoft Office Standard 2007 (Part No. X16-70787)
Office Key: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
SUPERAntiSpyware Professional Registration Code: 000-000-0000
GoodSync Name: Larry Madden
GoodSync Order Number: 0000000000
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Consumer License ID: 0XX00-X00XX
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Consumer License Key: XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX