Top 10 Things To Do With A New Windows 7 System

Top 10 Things To Do With A New Windows 7 System

Whether you’ve just bought a new PC, upgraded to Windows 7, or reinstalled your OS, a just-installed system is a great opportunity to make some helpful changes and fixes. Here are the things we recommend anyone tackle on a minty fresh Windows.

We’ve previously rounded up the bulk of our Windows 7 advice, from first installation to fine detail tweaking, in our complete guide to Windows 7, as well as packaged our favourite little utilities and customisation apps in a list of 10 booster apps. This guide, in contrast, doesn’t include many downloads, and focuses on what you can do to fix up your system from the get-go, no separate app required.

10. Change Up Your Theme

many free and legit themesmore themes at its siteBing’s backgrounds as a auto-rotating wallpaper feedmore themesBing backgrounds

9. Take Advantage Of The Better Printer Setups

make your computer change its default printer based on network connectionsshare printers

8. Extend Your Activation Period, If Necessary

didgive yourself 120 days

7. Set Up XP Mode and Make It More Convenient

compatibility mode tweaksset up XP Mode for freerun the XP Mode image in VirtualBox

6. Get Your Old “Show Desktop” Button Back

how to bring it backOriginal post

5. Integrate Dropbox with Your System

sync folders outside your main Dropboxchange the locationclever Dropbox usesadding Dropbox to your Start menu

4. Organize and Customise Your Libraries

wrote up a helpful Libraries how-todisable libraries

3. Set Up a Dual-Boot System

anotherdual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linuxgot a system for doing thatget that done with Boot Camp

2. Learn the Shortcuts

master list of new Windows 7 shortcuts

1. Get Your Must-Have Apps Installed Quickly with Ninite (and the Lifehacker Pack)

NiniteLifehacker Packpage at Ninite

What’s the first thing you do when you’ve got a fresh new system, or a re-installed OS? Share your checklists in the comments.


      • The show desktop tweak is most useful in a dual monitor set up where your secondary monitor is on the right (like mine) so snapping it just moves the mouse to the other screen. I actually ended up just setting my 2nd screen to be “top right” instead of “right” so that to get the mouse over I have to go through the top right corner of my primary monitor but can still snap to the bottom left for the show desktop button. Just have to get used to the arcing mouse motion to change screens but after a few weeks it becomes second nature

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