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Client Computer Approach

posted Jan 19, 2011, 12:40 PM by Mario Caballero   [ updated Jan 19, 2011, 1:19 PM ]
Another thing that i get asked alot, what do i do to keep the office computers running fast and efficient, well the answer, for all you aspiring admins out there is simple. I have but one approach to life(and thus everything else), and it is called KISS(Keep It Simple Stupid). So what does this entail you might ask?
Simple i just follow these basic rules:

1. make a complete back up of the hard drive(a ghost image), keep in mind what software they use and where their files are
2. do a complete, and i mean complete reformat of the drive and install the OS(i prefer WinXP but for others ill install Win7, depends on their preference)
3. install only necessary drivers, no additional software or other bloatware, keep that stuff out(this should be fairly obvious).
4. install only the base software they need, basic productivity software and thier communication software, but make sure it does not run on start-up
5. put files back in the drive, ready!

and thats it, keep it simple, lightweight results in a fast no problems, and easy to replace system of computers. If you want something simple yet efficient this is a good approach!