Fresh Install

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Windows 7 Settings

Run -> gpedit.msc -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates
-> Windows Components -> Autoplay Policies -> Turn off Autoplay -> [Enabled]
Run -> gpedit.msc -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates
-> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer -> Turn off Windows + X hotkeys -> [Enabled]
-> Windows Components -> Windows Update -> Do not adjust default option to "Install Updates And Shut Down" -> [Enabled]
If audiodg.exe takes up more processing power than it needs: open Playback devices -> Speakers -> Properties -> Enhancements -> Disable all sound effects ( http://technicallyeasy.net/2009/03/fix-audiodgexe-high-cpu-usage/)

Display Calibration: cttune.exe and dccw.exe respectively, or run the applets from Control Panel.
http://elegantcode.com/2010/01/04/god-mode-easter-egg/

Internet Explorer -  unchecking the 'Automatically Detect Settings' option (Connections -> LAN Settings) in Internet Explorer solved it for me. (repara mesajul "Contacting Server for information" cand dau click pe un link din OneNote 2013).
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-onenote/slow-opening-of-hyperlinks-in-onenote-2013/8bda513c-7fef-4895-822a-7b99cd026164?rtAction=1380712025355
NOTA: chestia asta s-ar putea sa faca OneNote-ul sa creada ca e in modul Offline (stupid OneNote), si sa iti ceara in mod continuu parola.
Later edit: e posibil sa fi fost din cauza VPN-ului. In network settings apaream ca fiind neconectat la internet, desi puteam sa accesez orice site. Un connect a rezolvat problema.

Windows XP Settings

Run -> gpedit.msc -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Turn off Autoplay -> [Enabled]
Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Error Reporting -> Disable error reporting (But notify me when critical errors occur) -> [Checked]
Control Panel -> Power Options -> Advanced -> When I press the power button on my computer -> [Ask me what to do]
Control Panel -> Security Center -> Automatic Updates -> [Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them]
Control Panel -> Security Center -> Change the way Security Center alerts me -> Virus Protection -> [Unchecked]
Internet Explorer -> Tools -> Internet Options -> General -> Browsing history -> Settings -> Check for newer versions of stored pages Every time I visit the webpage

Must have

Opera + Popup statusbar
Firefox + about:config -> browser.ctrlTab.previews = true
Firefox + Firefox Plugins/Configuration
Chrome + Gestures for Chrome + Rapportive + AdBlock Plus + Price Snoop + Pocket + Disable scheduled tasks created by Chrome + Preferences -> Advanced -> Content Settings -> Plugins -> Click to play (also disable unneeded/insecure plugins, such as Java) + Settings -> Advanced -> Send a 'Do Not Track' request -> Checked + chrome://flags -> Enable Instant Extended API = disabled + Privacy Badger

Combined Community Codec Pack + Configure CCCP
Microsoft Security Essentials

Total Commander + Imagine plugin + 7zip plugin + Configure or Explorer++
Launchy or Find And Run Robot

Ditto or ArsClip
7zip
Notepad++ or Notepad2 or Sublime Text + Jade support + Package Control + LESS support + NodeJs support + IndentXML
Resoph Notes

Picasa
FastStone Image Viewer or JPEGView
Foxit PDF Reader
Paint.NET
Winamp + Configure Winamp + Lyrics Plugin or foobar2000

KeePass Password Safe + Configure KeePass
TrueCrypt
Dropbox

Skype
Trillian

ZBar
Atchoo
uTorrent +
To turn off ALL ad related and featured content:

Options>preferences>Advanced…

Turn all these settings to false:
offers.left_rail_offer_enabled/left_rail_offer

gui.show_plus_upsell

offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled/sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled

bt.enable_pulse

gui.show_notorrents_node

offers.content_offer_autoexec

KeepFocused

Other

Drivers

IntelliType drivers
IntelliPoint drivers
QT Lite
Real Alternative Lite
VLC media player

Multimedia

Greenshot

Flash Player
IcoFX
Exact Audio Copy
theRenamer
Rainmeter
Handbrake
Pixel Ruler
Subtitle Editor
TagScanner (mp3 renamer)

System

Daemon Tools + awxDTools or Virtual CloneDrive
Speccy

MyUninstaller
Unlocker
PDF Creator
Universal Extractor
DirectX
AutoHotKey
XP PowerToys
SysInternals
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition
VirusTotal Uploader
Areca Backup
Java Runtime
VirtuaWin
Recuva
ATI Tray Tools
ShellExView
HDGraph or WinDirStat or JDiskReport
Auslogics Disk Defrag
CDBurnerXP or InfraRecorder
Everything

Office

HandyFind

Other

f.lux
Workrave

Developer Tools

Visual Studio

Visual Studio + Configure Visual Studio + Workspace Reloader + Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor + Hide Main Menu + Remove Caps + MultiEdit + xUnit.net runner for Visual Studio 2012 + Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 2 Power Tools + Web Essentials 2012 + ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 + Inline Navigate To + VSGesture + Text Macros for Visual Studio 2012 + xUnit.net runner for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 + T4 Toolbox + Translator + HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General\SuppressUppercaseConversion
REG_DWORD value: 1 + configure color "HTML Server Code Block Background" to match theme
ReSharper + Configure ReSharper + Go to Word extension

Other

HttpIe
TortoiseHg + Configure TortoiseHg
DiffMerge
Console + Add %comspec% /k ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC\vcvarsall.bat"" x86 to Shell
Smoothy Event Viewer
LINQPad
dotPeek or JustDecompile
Node.js
Heroku Toolbelt
Fiddler

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