Installing Win 7 Fresh (in 2017)

  1. Obtain win 7 installation files.
    This site is a mirror for all the win 7 ISOs (in several languages), includes links to MSDN file hashes (after downloading, I used HashTools to compare hashes). Also there is a tricky possible solution here.
  2. Format a USB as a installation disk using Rufus.
  3. Install OS as Admin user, install critical drivers from hardware vendor website, use these instructions to bring computer up to date.
  4. Install Chrome, firefox, VLC, Microsoft Security Essentials, f.lux, adobe reader, skype, libre office.
  5. My keyboard has a rotary volume encoder so I installed 3RVX from softpedia for onscreen volume display, and I installed MemInfo to show RAM usage in the taskbar
  6. Create default non-admin user for logging in. Add autologin.

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