Windows Installation Tips
- Reserve just enough space for your Windows 7 System Drive (C:). 50GB is a good choice.
- The rest of the available space can be used for the data drive D:.
After the Windows 7 installation you can move your documents & other libraries to this drive.
- First install an anti-virus program before doing anything else.
- Then install the most recent Windows Service Pack.
Continue by installing all Windows updates.
Recheck for new updates after each reboot until there are no more updates left.
- Then proceed with the installation of applications (Office, Browser, ...).
Avoid using Internet Explorer, for it is the most vulnerable to viruses.
- Once everything is installed, clean-up your system drive and run disk de-fragmentation.
- Make a backup by placing an partition-image of your system partition C: to e.g. D:\Backups.
For this you use an imaging program (see http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm).
If your system ever fails to work/boot, you can put this image back tot the C: partition.
- Now have a save Windows journey...
Smart users install Linux in dual boot and use Linux for all internet applications, especially for surfing to warez sites and downloading warez, torrentz,...
Doing this you practically won't catch any viruses, spy-ware, ...
Preferably choose Open Source Software (OSS) applications that are platform independent, so you can get used to the application and can eventually switch to it's Linux counterpart.