Building Windows – The definitive Installation Checklist

Sounds like a bad music album! I’m always forgetting things when building a Windows machine or VM, so here is my list of customisations.

Setting

Notes

GPO / GPP

Answer File

VMWare Template Customisation

Language

[Microsoft Reference Table]

UK English: en-GB,

GPP

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

Keyboard

 

?

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

Yes – Template

Physical Disk Layout

 

No

Yes

Yes – Template

Accept EULA

 

No

Yes

Yes

Remove Floppy Drive

VM Only: BIOS & VM Settings.

     

Move to correct OU

Domain Joined Machines

No

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

IP Address

For VM’s use script based on “Network Label”

No

Yes

Yes

Task Bar

Small Icons, Combine when Taskbar is full.

GPP

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

Show “Computer” on Desktop

 

GPP

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

Rename “Computer”

Rename “Computer” to match hostname

GPP

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

Control Panel

View By “Small Icons”

GPP

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

IE

Remove “Getting Started”

GPO

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

Updates

Many ways

Yes

Yes

Yes – Template

Windows Firewall

Many ways.

C:\> netsh firewall set opmode disable

Yes

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

Yes – Template

User Account Control

Many ways

Yes

Yes

Yes – via Answer File

Yes – Template

         

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