How can I make my mom's Windows PC bullet-proof?
I'm moving overseas tomorrow. Instead of hauling my PC halfway across the globe, I've decided to donate it to my brother-in-law. He has as close to zero experience with computers as is possible in this modern age. I'll give him a 45 minute run through the basics: switching on, logging in, turning on WiFi, getting online, etc.
I've been running GNU/Linux and have been out of the Windows loop for some years now. I've installed Windows 7 and was really pleased to see what advances have been made with the OS.
Nonetheless, as I'm out of the loop, perhaps there are obvious things I'm missing.
My main objective is to have it configured so that there's a reasonabl chance it will be crapware-free in a year's time when I return to visit.
So far I've:
- given him a password that's strong but he'll remember
- installed all the latest drivers for each bit of hardware
- installed all the latest patches, hotfixes, etc.
- configured Windows Update to auto-install updates as they become available
- installed Microsoft Security Essentials and have it set up to run every week (and in real-time)
- installed Chrome (w/ Adblock Plus) [& hidden IE away from view]
- installed some basic apps (uTorrent, VLC, 7-zip, SumatraPDF)
msconfigto ensure that the notifications area isn't epic
- disabled auto-run
Anything else I should be doing? Any services to disable? I've thought about setting up Windows Remote Assistance but I'm not sure if this'll cause more hassle than it's worth.
I acknowledge this is rather subjective so perhaps it could be made into a CW.
- install Skype and set up Remote Assistance [thanks harrymc]
- install the WOT extension for Chrome [thanks jonsca]
- get a basic scheduled back-up in place [thanks Bora]
- install ffdshow-tryouts and Haali Media Splitter [thanks sinni800]