Just to follow up on Kees Bakker?s comment. I created a ?Restore Guide? word file. It is thirteen pages long. From time to time I add/delete as necessary. I recently reformatted my computer, took about five hours from start to a ?complete? finish. That was because I had my guide and I was able to put ?everything? back ?quickly? to the way ?I? wanted.
Example from my ?guide?:
Create Desktop shortcut for ?My Computer? and ?Internet Explorer? - Right click on ?Screen?/ Properties / Desktop / Customize Desktop on General tab - Check mark on ?My Computer & Internet Explorer? - ?Uncheck? Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard; Display/Appearance/Font Size - Normal Fonts O.K., ALSO, Screensaver ?Wait? to 15 minutes
Control Panel/Mouse/Pointer Options - ?Uncheck? Enhance Pointer Precision -- Scroll wheel to ?2? Also, turn off the ?Thumbs.db feature, /Folder Options/View tab - Check ?Do not cache thumbnails? - OK
My Computer / Properties / Hardware / Device Manager - Check for Yellow Exclamation Points ; ALSO, click ?Mice & other pointing devices, right click PS/2 Compatible Mouse/properties/Power Management/ ?uncheck? Allow this device to bring the computer out of standby -- Also, Mice & other pointing devices, right click PS/2 Compatible Mouse/properties/Advanced Settings - Sample Rate - change from ?100? to ?200? -- Also, Check DMA -- Click IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers to display the list of controllers and channels - Right-click the icon for the channel to which the device is connected, select Properties, and then click the Advanced Settings tab. In the Current Transfer Mode drop-down box, select DMA if Available if the current setting is ?PIO Only.? If the drop-down box already shows ?DMA if Available? but the current transfer mode is PIO, then the user must toggle the settings. That Is: Change the selection from ?DMA if available? to PIO only, and click OK. Then repeat the steps above to change the selection to DMA if Available; Disable Error Reporting: Advanced tab, Click Error Reporting button on the bottom > check box Disable Error Reporting > uncheck box: But notify me when critical errors occur. click OK to close -- Turn Off Remote Assistance: Click Remote tab. Uncheck both check boxes click Apply, OK
Change from double to single-click icons? - Windows + E / Tools/Folder options/General Tab/ Single click to open items, underline icon titles only when I point to them/Apply/OK. Also, Tools / Folder Options / View / Advanced settings - Show hidden files & folders; uncheck ?Hide protected operating system files/ ?Hide extensions for known file types?/Click Yes/ OK, Also, Tools/ Folder Options / View tab - Check ?Launch folder windows in separate process - Uncheck ?Automatically search for network folders and printers.? Click OK.
To be sure, its taken a while to create my 'guide', but since I help my sister and brother, to have all these tips written down, makes it a lot easier.
Does 'option #2' look better now.