Guide for a free & awesome Windows 7 on Clevo / Sager / MALIBAL (based on P170HM)

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    First of all, this is a work-in-progress guide as I haven't received my MALIBAL Satori P170HM yet. So please PM me when there is something to correct :)
    How ever, this is the step by step guide on how to completely install Windows 7 with all drivers and software and some tweaks on a Clevo / Sager / MALIBAL notebook.
    I will setup my notebook in a few days and if something shouldn't work / is missing then I will edit this guide.
    99% of the software I chose is freeware and in my opinion the best choice of their category and 100% compareable with their shareware equivalents or even better.
    The remaining 1% are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro (lifetimelicense ~ 8$) and Displayfusion Pro (if you use two screens, this will be handy.. lifetimelicense ~18$).

    1. Windows 7 Click
    --- 1.1 x86 or x64
    --- 1.2 Which Windows 7 edition?
    --- 1.3 How to install Windows 7?
    --- 1.4 Download Windows 7
    2. Drivers Click
    --- 2.1 Where to download them?
    --- 2.2 Which drivers do I need?
    3. Software Click
    --- 3.1 Security
    --- 3.2 Browser/Mail/Messenger/RSS
    --- 3.3 Working/Archives/FTP/Remote/Burning & mounting/Video & Audio/Editing
    --- 3.4 Other useful stuff
    4. Windows tweaks Click
    --- 4.1 UAC enabled at max. level with standard user
    --- 4.2 MouseHoverTime
    --- 4.3 Boot with all cores
    --- 4.4 Disable unneeded startup programs
    --- 4.5 Disable unndeed Services
    --- 4.6 Uninstall unneeded Windows Features
    --- 4.7 TweaksLogon
    5. Some screenshots Click
    --- 5.1 Rainmeter
    --- 5.2 mIRC + nbs-irc "script" (on second screen with Displayfusion Pro)
    --- 5.3 foobar2000 (on second screen with Displayfusion Pro)
    6. Changelog Click

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    1. Windows 7
    --- 1.1 x86 or x64
    --- 1.2 Which Windows 7 edition?
    --- 1.3 How to install Windows 7?

    1.1 x86 or x64
    The main reason on why to choose x64 is simply because of the support for more than 4GB RAM. As seen below, Windows 7 (except the starter edition) will only support 4GB RAM in the x86 version. The x64 version will support all 32bit programs. I use Windows 7 x64 since its release and never found a program which didn't work for me. Even 32-bit Vista drivers worked.
    Short answer:
    RAM < 4GB = Windows 7 x86
    RAM > 4GB = Windows 7 x64

    1.2 Which Windows 7 edition?
    There are six different versions/editions of Windows 7 from which you can choose. Everyone of them brings different features:

    Windows 7 Starter (no x64, supports 2GB RAM)
    This is simplest edition you can get. It supports stuff like internet/mails & documents but for example the Windows Media Player is restricted in its features and can't play DVDs. There is also no Aero.

    Windows 7 Home Basic (x86 supports 4GB RAM, x64 supports 8GB RAM)
    Doesn't have the Windows Media Center (the Windows Media Player is available tho) as well as some Areo features.

    Windows 7 Home Premium (x86 supports 4GB RAM, x64 supports 16GB RAM)
    Supports HDTV, reading & burning of DVDs and includes the Windows Media Center as well as some Windows games.

    Windows 7 Professional (x86 support 4GB RAM, x64 supports 192GB RAM)
    This is the edition which I would recommend. It supported Windows Server Domains, comes with the XP-Mode, adds a few more games and also offers the Game-Explorer. It offers the ability to operate as a Remote Desktop server, location aware printing, Encrypting File System and Software Restriction Policies (AppLocker).

    Windows 7 Enterprise (x86 support 4GB RAM, x64 supports 192GB RAM)
    Adds BitLocker, the ability to start from virtual HDD's and also allows you do change the system language (this works with some "hack" on all versions).

    Windows 7 Ultimate (x86 support 4GB RAM, x64 supports 192GB RAM)
    Pretty much the same as Enterprise.

    1.3 How to install Windows 7? (Will make this more detailed when I install Windows 7 on my new P170HM some when in the upcoming week)
    --- 1. Insert the setup DVD
    --- 2. Boot from the DVD
    --- 3. Choose the edition you want to install
    --- 4. Delete all partitions & maybe format the disk/HDD (on an SSD it would skip the format)
    --- 5. Choose to install Windows 7 on this disk
    --- 6. Press start
    --- 7. Wait :p

    1.4 Download Windows 7
    I could make this my own and add a very long description.. but I guess this will to the same :p
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/win...-7-download-links-just-like-vista-before.html
     
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    2. Drivers
    --- 2.1 Where to download them?
    --- 2.2 Which drivers do I need?

    2.1 Where to download them?
    A good source would be the Clevo Driver Thread from Atmosk & Patrck_744:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/sager-clevo/573379-clevo-driver-thread.html
    You could either check the first page which is a nice but outdated overview, or switch to the last page and begin browsing the thread backwards (for the newest drivers).

    Besides that:
    Welcome to NVIDIA - World Leader in Visual Computing Technologies
    Global Provider of Innovative Graphics, Processors and Media Solutions | AMD / Global Provider of Innovative Graphics, Processors and Media Solutions | AMD
    Laptop, Desktop, Server and Embedded Processor Technology - Intel
    Realtek
    Google
    The driver disk that comes with your laptop


    2.2 Which drivers do I need?
    Generally I would say that most of the drivers get installed automatically by Windows 7 (ethernet,webcam,....). They also should be the newest ones.
    How ever, there a few drivers that I would recommend updating/installing:
    Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID controller
    Intel® INF Update Utility
    Graphics driver (NVIDIA, ATI)

    Surely new drivers could improve & fix some bugs but I have the same Realtek audio & network driver for about a year now without any problems. So I would recommend installing the ones from your driver disk or the ones that Windows 7 already installs by itself and only update in case you have some troubles.

    Some drivers that Windows 7 probably won't install:
    THX
    HotKeys
     
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    3. Software
    --- 3.1 Security
    --- 3.2 Browser/Mail/messenger/RSS
    --- 3.3 Working/Archives/FTP/Remote/Burning & mounting/Video & Audio/Editing
    --- 3.4 Other useful stuff

    3.1 Security

    Comodo Internet Security Suite (FW,AV,D+,HIPS)
    Comodo Internet Security Suite includes a very lightweight Anti-Virus & Firewall as well as the best (if not the best) HIPS and proactive security. It was tested in several tests against 0-day malware and was rated as the best product. Comodo is on the first place in the matousec.com tests for years already. Besides that it is free and very lightweight. The AV uses even less ressources than MSE (which was together with Comodo Free Firewall my previous choice). It offers alot of options to customize it for all your needs but at the same time it is very user friendly (every tab/window in Comodo has a little "What do these settings do?" button which explains all settings very detailed).

    Malwarebytes Anti-Mwalre Pro (lifetime license ~8$)
    A perfection addition to CIS. It offers great Real-Time protection which won't conflict with CIS and also adds Web-Protection which blocks ads/malware on websites/complete URLs. I also run schedules scans with Mbam Pro instead of CIS.

    UAC at max. level with standard user
    More information below in the "Windows tweaks" section. Click

    Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
    EMET is a run-once program (every program you want to protect with EMET will load a small emet.dll when running that program.. EMET.exe itself won't run in the backround) that forces programs to adhere to security standards / protocols. It's essentially a system hardening tool aimed at protecting you from certain types of attack methods.
    For more information read this:
    Protecting your Windows PC with Microsoft EMET 2.1 - rationallyPARANOID.com

    Use a DNS-Server like Norton DNS
    Mostly your ISP's standard DNS sucks like hell. No malware & phishing blocking and often the speed is slower compared to others. Since ClearCloud is down I would suggest Norton DNS. Simply go to your network adapter (network and sharing center, left site: Change adapter settings, then right click your adapter) properties, open the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) settings and for the DNS-Server use the following IP`s:
    198.153.192.40
    198.153.194.40
    Norton DNS offers malware & phishing protection (so it will prevent you from loading links with malware & phishing sites) but won't block any sites with inappropriate content.

    Use KeePass 2.x
    KeePass isn't just a perfect tool to save all your passwords (and syncs them for you on all your devices via your dropbox/ftp/sftp/what-ever) but also replaces pretty much every not-so-secure built-in password managers in your browser,ftp-client,messenger,... I open KeePass, choose the ftp-folder, right click an entry -> open and Filezilla will start and automatically logs into the ftp account without having any data/information saved in Filezilla. Same with putty. I also use KeeFox (and addon for KeePass which replaced LastPass on my system). It completely replaces the browser built-in password manager. As KeePass 2.x also support synchronisation I will always have my passwords on every computer without paying anything.

    Other useful security tools
    1. Malwarebyte´s Anti-Malware Free
    2. AVZ - Antiviral Toolkit
    3. Dr.Web CureIT
    Some usefull tools to find out if some malware got onto your pc:
    1. CurrPorts (shows all open connections and their process. Similiar to netstat but with a nice gui)
    2. TCPView (shows all open connections and their process. Similiar to netstat but with a nice gui)
    3. Process Explorer (Shows all information about a running process)
    4. Secunia PSI (Checks for security problems and old software)
    5. Filehippo Update Checker (Checks for old software)
    6. Sandboxie (Comodo Internet Security already has a sandboxing feature)

    3.2 Browser/Mail/Messenger/RSS

    Firefox
    I think everyone knows enough about it. Here are some add-ons that I use:
    Thunderbird
    Add-ons:
    Messengers
    Skype
    Windows Live Messenger 2009/2011
    mIRC + NBS-IRC (NNScript is dead and often won't work with the new mIRC 7.x. I found nbs-irc to be even better than NNscript and I think it was the first script that got updated for mIRC 7.x.)
    Pigdin (for ICQ,Yahoo,Xfire,....)
    RSS (After several programs & tests I recommend: www.google.com/reader )

    3.3 Working/Archives/FTP/Remote/Burning & mounting/Video & Audio/Editing

    OpenOffice
    Free, way more features than MS-Office and also more lightweight.

    PDF-XChange Viewer
    Adobe Reader is too heavy, Foxit PDF Reader is too buggy... PDF-XChange Viewer is just awesome !

    Notepad++
    For coding and pretty much everything "notepad" related I use and love this tool. I also use it to replace the standard notepad.exe.

    7-Zip
    Its free, its the fastest and most lightweight archiver you can get and it support all kinds of formats. I have been using WinRAR for ages. Then searched for a free solution and tried Izarc.
    It didn't have as much options as WinRAR and so I moved on to 7-Zip. It really has everything that WinRAR has but at the same time it's more lightweight, faster, has a better compression rate and is free.

    FileZilla
    For everything FTP related.

    TeamViewer
    Pretty useful. You can control your PC with iPhone / Android. So lets say you are at work and want to download something. Your PC is running at home.. just connect to it via TeamViewer and start the download.

    ImgBurn
    In my opinion its the best free burning solution you can get. Offers all the features of Nero and other known programs but is free.

    Daemons Tools Lite
    To mount all kind of files.

    K-Lite Codec Mega Pack
    The Mega Pack with "Lots of Stuff and MPC" lets you play everything. Even on low resource systems you can watch high quality movies. Be sure to select the "MEGA" pack when downloading.

    foobar2000
    Lightweight, ALOT of features and the sexiest gui of all audio players.

    GIMP
    Best free alternative solution to Adobe Photoshop.

    3.4 Other useful stuff

    Rainmeter
    Lets you make your desktop even more sexier.

    VirtualBox
    Free and at the same time it has all the features of VMWare. You can even open VMWare OS-Sessions with it.

    AXCrypt
    Lets you crypt any file/folder you want.

    CCleaner
    Cleans the system and is probably the only program with a good registry cleaner.. however, cleaning registrys isn't needed at all and could be more of a curse than a blessing.

    Recuva
    Lets you restore already deleted files. Free as always.

    uTorrent
    I prefer uTorrent because it's the most lightweight and most supported torrent program I know. Newer versions of uTorrent often aren't supported on private trackers (Torrentleech,Bitsoup,Bitfactory,..). uTorrent 3.x also uses much more ressources than uTorrent 2.x or 1.x.
    I have made a custom uTorrent.exe which mainly is the 2.2.1 (build 25534) uTorrent.exe but without any "home-calling". Some people say that uTorrent started to add some home-calling and spying stuff with version 1.6.1 (build 490) (thats the reason why many 2.x and 3.x uTorrent clients are banned on private trackers). I removed everything spy & home-calling related (not even the "go to uTorrent forum" buttons work anymore) and uploaded it uncompressed & compressed:
    http://files.bestmail.ws/custom-utorrent.zip
    For me, the uncompressed file needs less ressources.

    Why not sticking with 1.6.1 (build 490) ? Some private trackers say its the best uTorrent version.. other priv. trackers completely banned it. uTorrent 3.x needs way too much ressources.. so 2.2.1 (build 25534) is the latest lightweight uTorrent version as well as I found it to be supported on more trackers than 1.6.1 (build 490).
    So I recommend: My non-spy uTorrent.exe 2.2.1 (build 25534) or the uTorrent.exe 1.6.1 (build 490)

    jDownloader
    Copy/Paste 7800 1-click-hoster links (e.g. rapidshare) and it will download them automatically one by one.

    Ventinizor
    An all in one solution with Mumble,TS2,TS3 and all versions of Ventrilo.

    Freemake Video Converter
    Lets you convert all kind of files. E.g. downloaded videos from youtube into .mp3.

    DisplayFusion (lifetimelicense ~18$)
    The best tool for multiple screens.. I prefer it much more than UltraMon or anything else.
     
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    4. Windows tweaks
    --- 4.1 UAC enabled at max. level with standard user
    --- 4.2 MouseHoverTime
    --- 4.3 Boot with all cores
    --- 4.4 Disable unneeded startup programs
    --- 4.5 Disable unndeed Services
    --- 4.6 Uninstall unneeded Windows Features
    --- 4.7 TweaksLogon

    4.1 UAC enabled at max. level with standard user
    Probably the best security solution on windows 7. And no it is not annoying. UAC only prompts when running a setup file or when you try to change some sensitive data. And in that case you just type in the Admin´s password and press "Enter". When using it at max. level and a standard user UAC will prevent any malware from doing something bad unless you allow it when UAC asks. From my list of programs above, there is no program which asks for admin rights when starting it (only when installing it). And no well-coded program should need admin rights anyway. So whenever UAC gives you a prompt be careful.

    4.2 MouseHoverTime
    Change the time windows needs to display the thumbnail when moving the cursor over a program in the taskbar.
    4.3 Boot with all cores
    4.4 Disable unneeded startup programs
    On my system the only programs I have checked are:
    Comodo
    Malwarebytes Anti-Mwalre
    Displayfusion
    Rainmeter

    4.5 Disable unndeed Services
    I guess this will do it:
    Black Viper&#8217;s Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations | Black Viper's Website | www.blackviper.com

    4.6 Uninstall unneeded Windows Features
    How can I install or uninstall services in Windows 7? | Black Viper's Website | www.blackviper.com

    4.7 TweaksLogon
    A little application which lets you change the backround of the log on screen.

    Will continue this list soon
     
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    5. Some screenshots
    --- 5.1 Rainmeter
    --- 5.2 mIRC + nbs-irc "script" (on second screen with Displayfusion Pro)
    --- 5.3 foobar2000 (on second screen with Displayfusion Pro)

    5.1 Rainmeter:


    5.2 mIRC + nbs-irc "script" (on second screen with Displayfusion Pro):


    5.3 foobar2000 (on second screen with Displayfusion Pro):

     
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    6. Changelog

    06.01.2012
    - Added Sandboxie to the list of security tools
    02.12.2011
    - Added KeePass
    - Replaced LastPass with KeeFox (Plugin for KeePass / addon for Firefox)
    23.10.2011
    - Fixed uTorrent download link
    29.08.2011
    - Added my edited (removed spy/home-calls) version of uTorrent 2.2.1 (build 25534)
    28.08.2011
    - Seems like some admin deleted the Adobe Photoshop & GIMP part without telling me? I added the GIMP part (legal) again
    - Replaced RSSBandit with google.com/reader
    27.08.2011
    - Added Norton DNS for more security
    20.07.2011
    - Added mIRC 7.x and replaced NNscript with nbs-irc
    24.06.2011
    - After several tests I now recommend and use Comodo AV instead of MSE. So basically remove MSE and upgrade Comodo Free FW to Comodo Internet Security Suite
    04.06.2011
    - Added uTorrent 1.6.1
    03.06.2011
    - Added EMET 2.1 to the security list
    - Added Process Explorer to the security list
    - Updated Firefox addons (https-everywhere, https-finder, HistoryBlock, Flashblock, Adblock Plus Popup)
    24.04.2011
    - Added GIMP as free and legal replacement of Photoshop CS5
    23.04.2011
    - Added a second method to get Photoshop CS5 for free
    - Updated foobar2000 component list & Firefox addons

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    The title is misleading. It somewhat suggests you can find info on how to get Win7 free. (Of course, not the trial version)

    Title should say "Free & awesome guide"
    not
    "Guide for a free & awesome Windows 7"


    Oh well. Nice tuts.
    I get FREE Win7 Ultimate from my employer anyway :)
     
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    You are right, I just changed it to "Installation guide for an awesome Windows 7 on Clevo/Sager/MALIBAL" :)

    Thanks
     
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    Pretty good list of suggested software Zakazak - I'm sure people will find this helpful.
     
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