New MS Windows System

Original written for 32-bit XP installs, now being used for 64-bit Windows7
I use these notes as a guide both for home and work machines


in rough order of importance:


(the below are not in order)


  • FileZilla
  • 7zip - open source file archiver with a high compression ratio.


Associate apps with 7zFM.exe - the 7zip File Manager (GUI)


How to split a large file using 7zip


7Zip command-line examples





  • OpenSSL - for FF extension-dev
    • uh, which I’m not currently doing



Misc set-up tasks:
swap-caps-lock & Ctrl (on a per-user basis)
create shortcuts/”shorts” folder & create PATH entry
update win-shell w/ decent properties



Visual Studio

Install express, or whatever you’ve got
Export settings, and import on target machine
Export and import Visual Studio 2010 extensions

  1. Copy %localappdata%\microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Extensions to the same directory on the new machine.
    • it may be a different folder, if you changed default install settings
    • on one machine, I found it @ d:\dev\Microsoft_Visual_Studio_10.0\Common7\IDE\Extensions
      • uh, this note may be incorrect. I think I was looking in the wrong area. try localappdata FIRST
  2. Open VS on the new machine, go to the extension manager, and Enable all the extensions.
    • By default, VS disables extensions that just appear in that directory but it didn’t put there.



lists of default shortcuts sites)


(I need to keep a list of these, as I keep forgetting them. Didn’t I have some bookmarked, somewhere ?!?!?)



next/previous bookmark in this document

make Ctrl + K, Ctrl + N (next bookmark) stay within the same file

you have two other commands that by default are not assigned a shortcut:

    Previous Bookmark In Document
    Next Bookmark In Document

You'll see them if you go to the Edit->Bookmarks menu. You can bind them to a shortcut if you go to Options->Preferences->Environment->Keyboard and look them up as Edit.PreviousBookmarkInDocument and Edit.NextBookmarkInDocument.





Getting Cygwin shells to use normal Perl

L--d knows how I got this working, because it ain’t on my netbook. Cygwin Perl isn’t even installed, but something weird happens there.


So, look at my main-install Path settings? which looks like crap....


C:\Documents and Settings\OtherMichael\shortcuts;
C:\Program Files\RCS\bin\win32;
C:\Program Files\Common Files\GTK\2.0\bin;
C:\Program Files\FileZilla;
C:\Program Files\Putty\;
C:\Program Files\lispbox-0.7i;
c:\Program Files\Mozilla\Firefox;
C:\Program Files\7-Zip;
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.5.0_01\bin;;


Using AS Perl with Cygwin -- has a bash-script intermediary....



Misc dev apps

WinMerge - for diff, etc.



See Also

Tools Win Xp



Category tags

Programming installation



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