NBR Windows 10 Clean Installation Guide

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    Remove Previous Versions:

    File History is a useless feature that is supposed to enable you to restore previous versions of a file. This feature has been there since Windows 7 and hasn't gained any popularity and thus, Microsoft will remove it completely in the future but for now, if you don't want to see it in the right click context menu or in the file properties, then download the below to reg entries and double click on each one of them to merge them with your registry:

    Remove Previous Versions Context Menu.reg

    Remove Previous Versions Properties Tab.reg

    If you have Windows 10 Pro, you can also launch the Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc in the Run Dialogue Box then go to: Computer Configuration > Windows Components > File History then enable the rule which says "Turn off File History"
     
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    Services:

    Press the CTRL + R button on your keyboard to launch the Run Dialogue Box then type services.msc and hit enter to open up the Services Menu

    Double click on the following services and set them to disabled:

    - Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
    - Geolocation Service
    - Payments and NFC/SE Manager
    - Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service (Disable this only if you don't use a touch keyboard. ie. touch screens)
    - Windows Error Reporting
     
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    Task Scheduler Items to Disable:

    I have disabled the following tasks using a custom batch file, simply download it and run it as admin. Disable Task Scheduler Privacy Related tasks-W10.bat

    Here is what it disables and the contents of the batch file:

    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\ProgramDataUpdater" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\StartupAppTask" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Autochk\Proxy" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\CloudExperienceHost\CreateObjectTask" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience Improvement Program\Consolidator" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience Improvement Program\UsbCeip" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\DiskDiagnostic\Microsoft-Windows-DiskDiagnosticDataCollector" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\DiskFootprint\StorageSense" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Feedback\Siuf\DmClient" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Feedback\Siuf\DmClientOnScenarioDownload" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\File History (maintenance mode)" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Location\Notifications" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Location\WindowsActionDialog" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Management\Provisioning\Cellular" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Maps\MapsToastTask" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Maps\MapsUpdateTask" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Mobile Broadband Accounts\MNO Metadata Parser" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Power Efficiency Diagnostics\AnalyzeSystem" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\RemoteAssistance\RemoteAssistanceTask" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\RetailDemo\CleanupOfflineContent" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\RetailDemo\CleanupOfflineContent" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Shell\FamilySafetyMonitor" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Shell\FamilySafetyMonitorToastTask" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Shell\FamilySafetyRefreshTask" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting\QueueReporting" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Windows Media Sharing\UpdateLibrary" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Work Folders\Work Folders Logon Synchronization" /disable >nul
    schtasks /change /tn "Microsoft\Windows\Work Folders\Work Folders Maintenance Work" /disable >nul
     
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    Group Policy Editor (only for Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise):

    These are the rules that I enable or disable:

    - User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Attachment Manager > Do not preserve zone information in file attachments = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > AutoPlay Policies > Turn off Autoplay = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Do not show Windows tips = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds > Allow Telemetry = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer > Do not show the 'new application installed' notification = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File History > Turn off File History = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > HomeGroup > Prevent the computer from joining a homegroup = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Location and Sensors > Turn off location scripting = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Location and Sensors > Turn off location = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Location and Sensors > Turn off sensors = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Maps > Turn off Automatic Download and Upload of Map Data = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow Cloud Search = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow Cortana = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow search and Cortana to use location = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Do not allow locations on removable drives to be added to libraries = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Do not allow web search = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Don't search the web or display web results in Search = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Prevent indexing when running on battery power to conserve energy = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program > Allow Corporate redirection of Customer Experience Improvement uploads = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program > Tag Windows Customer Experience Improvement data with Study Identifier = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus > Turn off Windows Defender = Enabled (Only if you don't want to use Windows Defender that is)

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender SmartScreen > Explorer > Configure App Install Control = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender SmartScreen > Explorer > Configure Windows Defender SmartScreen = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender SmartScreen > Microsoft Edge > Configure Windows Defender SmartScreen = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender SmartScreen > Microsoft Edge > Prevent bypassing Windows Defender SmartScreen prompts for sites = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Error Reporting > Disable Windows Error Reporting = Enabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Game Recording and Broadcasting > Enables or disables Windows Game Recording and Broadcasting = Disabled (if left not configured or enabled, Steam will warn you that Windows Game Recording is active and might hamper your performance)

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Ink Workspace > Allow suggested apps in Windows Ink Workspace = Disabled

    - Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Ink Workspace > Allow Windows Ink Workspace = Disabled
     
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    How to disable telemetry, keylogging, speech recognition, and other privacy breaching settings - DO NOT USE WINDOWS 10 WITHOUT THIS!

    1) Download O&O ShutUp10

    2) Upon the first run, it will recommend you to create a system restore point, that is up to you.

    3) Set the options as per the illustration below, these are my recommended settings but feel free to click on any of the options to display a popup/caption of that that particular option does.

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    4) After you have selected all the options that you want to disable, simply exit the app; it will recommend you to restart which you should do immediately.

    5) After you restart, run the tool again you will notice that one of the Telemetry options is back to the OFF mode so you need to again enable it and visually scan for any other options that didn't stick.

    6) Exit the app again and reboot once more. This time all the settings should remain the way you set them.

    This is one of the best tools I have used in a long time and is a gift from heavens to Windows 10 users, without this tool, I wouldn't even dare to go online or use Windows 10 as you can see your every step, keystroke, and even speech is recorded and sent to Micro$h4ft. Thanks to this tool, it has changed my stance of Windows 10 from a piece of garbage OS to a tamable and usable OS.

    While many other tools on the web exist that may do the same thing, they are often bundled with malware, Trojans, etc. This is the only tool that I found so far which actually works and is trusted coming from a great company such as O&O, a Microsoft Partner :D LOL
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    Disable Driver Updates through Windows Updates:

    Note: This is not a must. If you are not comfortable with getting the latest drivers on your own, then leave this alone otherwise future updates to newer Windows builds may fail due to outdated drivers.

    Fortunately, now O&O ShutUp10 works for disabling Driver updates through Windows Updates.

    But also, if you have Windows 10 Pro installed, then:

    1) Press the Windows + R Key to launch the Run Dialogue Box
    2) Type gpedit.msc then hit enter
    3) Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
    4) Enable the rule which says: "Do not include drivers with Windows Updates"

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    Install all Microsoft Visual C++ Libraries to ensure proper installation / functionality of drivers, utlities, and apps:

    VisualCppRedist_AIO_x86_x64_v12

    Macrium Reflect Installation/Usage Guide

    Create System Image:

    Now that we are done with the initial configuration of Windows 10, create a system image using your favorite imaging program before you proceed with the drivers installation.

    I recommend creating this image before the drivers installation because let's say a few months down the line a lot of drivers have been updated and you want to start fresh again rather than uninstalling the drivers and installing the new ones, this way we have a restoration point beforehand so we can start fresh again.

    After you create the first system image, proceed to the next step.
     
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    Drivers Installation:


    Start installing your drivers one by one, restarting after each driver installation even if you were not prompted to do so. Do not take shortcuts if you want everything to work 100%.

    Here is my recommended Driver installation order, off--course this will very from one computer to another but this should give you a general idea:

    01-Chipset

    02-Intel Management Engine Interface Driver

    03-Intel AHCI-RAID Driver (AKA IRST or Intel Rapid Storage Technology; even if you don't have a RAID Setup, the IRST Driver also contains an updated AHCI Controller driver which is better/faster than the default MSAHCI Driver that windows Offers)

    04-USB Drivers, if your computer uses USB ports other than the Intel Extensible Host as those are built into Windows already.

    05- Graphics Card Drivers

    06- Audio Drivers

    07- LAN Drivers

    08- WLAN Drivers

    09- Card Reader Drivers

    10- The rest of the remaining drivers
     
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    Getting Online and Running Windows Updates:


    Now that we have all the drivers installed, you may connect to your wireless network and run Windows Update to get the latest updates.
     
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    Anti-Virus Recommendation:

    After running Windows Updates, go ahead and install your preferred Anti-Virus. I personally use NOD32 Antivirus after having had tried them all as it is the only AV which doesn't conflict with other apps on my system, doesn't give me a single false positive is one of the lightest security solutions as you can see in the link below of the AV-Comparative Performance tests, and offers superb protection.

    Have a look at these lists before making a decision:

    AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Tests

    AV-Comparatives Performance Test

    AV-Comparatives False Positives

    Some of the other Anti-Virus comments form my experience using them:

    Emsisoft Anti-Malware: Too many false positives for my liking but it's very light and would be the runner up after NOD32 Antivirus.

    Avast! AntiVirus: It is only free for 1 month now not 1 year. You have to be very careful when installing it to unselect the bloat like software updater, VPN, etc. I'd only consider the paid version to be honest since the free version is not really free anymore.

    Norton Security
    : Comes bundled with the Norton Identity Safe/Norton Toolbar for my browser, has ads for components not pertaining to your license like file shredder, password manager, etc. I don't like security solutions which offer additional bloatware without the possibility of doing a custom installation.

    Bitdefender AntiVirus/Internet Security = This is not an Anti-Virus anymore, this is an all in-on crapware solution that has a system optimizer, browser cleaner, driver updater, everything you can imagine is there. No thank you. Give me the protection only.

    Kaspersky Anti-Virus = Great AV, with a low performance impact, but it limits you, three re-installations and your license is blacklisted. I don't use software that limit me on how I use them or limit me on how many times I can format my computer so that's unfortunately not an option for me also their reputation has gone downhill lately so stay away.

    Webroot SecureAnywhere = The lightest AV on the planet spoiled by terrible false positives, ranging from file FPs to website FPs. Your system with be literally unusable with this junk installed on it.

    F-Secure AntiVirus = Light on the system, simple interface BUT conflicts with programs that I am trying to install. They'd never finish installing until I paused the AntiVirus. Didn't all the time but it happened enough to make me not recommend this.

    Avira AntiVirus = Was a great AV until they ruined it by now offering a mandatory installation of the Avira Launcher, a very bloated and stupid launcher that again has a system optimizer, etc.
     
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    Software Recommendation:


    AIDA64 Extreme
    AS SSD Benchmark
    Autoruns
    BatteryInfoView
    CCleaner
    CPU-Z
    CrystalDiskMark
    Everything
    FastStone Capture
    FlashFXP
    Geek Uninstaller
    GPU-Z
    HWiNFO64
    MiniTool Partition Wizard
    Nero Platinum Suite
    O&O ShutUp10
    Tag&Rename
    WinRAR
    Active@ Partition Recovery
    Active@ UNDELETE Professional
    dBpoweramp
    Internet Download Manager
    O&O Defrag Pro 19
    PassMark PerformanceTest
    PDF-XChange Editor
    PDF-XChange Viewer
    HIDE.ME VPN
    qBittorrent
    Rufus
    SyncBackPro
     
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