How to make Windows 7 usable

Classic software

Usability

  • Typical X11 behaviour: TXmouse (http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/nt/TXMouse/), download binary and copy it in Startup folder (possibly for all users); provides the following:
    • focus-follows-mouse
    • no-raise
    • right-click-sends-back
    • middle-click-pastes
  • AllChars (http://sourceforge.net/projects/allchars/files/); unzip and copy .exe to Startup folder (possibly for all users) and *.dll to c:\Windows\system32, provides the following:
    • compose key
  • Edit registry key InitialKeyboardIndicators and set bit 1 (0x00000002) to 0:
    • disable boot-time numlock
  • Control Panel -> Region and Language -> Administrative -> Copy Settings:
    • set logon screen keyboard layout
  • Windows Update -> Change Settings -> Important Updates -> Download updates but let me choose whether to install them
    • disable automatic reboots after nightly updates

Other minor tweaks:

  • Set logon screen image:
    • Set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background key OEMBackground to 1.
    • Browse c:\Windows\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds and put a backgroundDefault.jpg image there.
  • Remove Xbox 360 Neighbourhood icon: search HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop for a key containing Xbox and remove it.

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Last modified 5 years ago Last modified on Aug 26, 2012, 11:49:02 PM