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StdInstall for PC Features

Following are many of the steps included in a standard 2SS.Com PC installation and which we borrow from in our routine tune-up procedures.

 ·               Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista,  XP or 2000 are updated with all recent service packs as well as security, application and performance patches and fixes.

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Internet Explorer is updated with all recent security and recommended patches and fixes (To avoid conflicts with other software [ACT, Goldmine, QuickBooks, etc.] many clients are purposely kept on the 6.0 rather than the 7.0 or 8.0  versions of Internet Explorer).

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Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, or XP Firewall is verified as active.

·               If appropriate purchased software packages are installed, updated and configured for your use including

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Adobe Acrobat Professional, Creative Suite, etc.

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Contact management tools like ACT! (from Sage) or GoldMine (from FrontRange)

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Financial management tools like Quicken & QuickBooks (from Intuit) and MasterBuilder among others

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Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013, typically in the Small Business or Professional editions.

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WordPerfect Office (from Corel)

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and others...

·               And, based on your needs we will selectively install many of (For more details on these see: StdInstall.Com):

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AdAware (from Lavasoft) - a spyware checker (:)

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Adobe Acrobat Reader (:)

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Avira - Leading Windows 10 AntiVirus software (:)
(See article a comparative review here)

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Classic Start (for Win 7 classic-style menus in Win 8 & 10, :)

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Cobian Backup for backing up files to USB drives and disks

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Firefox - an alternative web browser (:)

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CCleaner - For PC maintenance

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GBridge - Remote access using a GMail/GTalk account.

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Google Chrome - an alternative web browser (:)

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Google Earth (:)

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GoToMyPC (From Citrix) is used by several clients for remote PC access. 
(If this is of interest contact us first for best pricing and possible alternative solutions.)

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Internet browser add-ins including Java, .Net, Silverlight, and Shockwave (:)

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Join.me - Remote support and demonstration software.

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Mozy - On line backup software and service
(Using this link at gets 2.3 GB FREE!  If asked used the referral code = S33AEH)

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Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack - allows opening and saving 2007/2010 file formats in Office 2003

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Microsoft Security Essentials Full featured Antivirus protection (Requires verifying your copy of Windows) (:)

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Ninite (See description below)

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PDF Redirect (A freeware print to ‘PDF’ tool)PeaZip - Fee and full-featured file compression software (:).

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Picassa - Google's picture manager that includes the 'Google Photos Screen Saver' (:)

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Power Toys for Windows XP

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QuickTime (from Apple), a music and video player (:)

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Skype voice and chat communications software (:)

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TClocker (Win XP) or SkinnyClock (Win 7/8/10) to adjust and format the Windows system tray clock.

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VLC Media Player (Especially for Win 10 systems that do not come with free Windows Media Player, :)

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WinZip file compression and de-compression software for file transfer and archiving

(:) Install these programs in one step by selecting them at www.Ninite.Com.  Then use the resulting install program again-and-again to find and install updates to the selected programs.

·               New root level folders are established and used for various purposes including:

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C:\2_Delete’ containing items from the desktop and elsewhere that are probably not of use.

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C:\x_Software to Install’ containing software that was downloaded for updating this PC.

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C:\x_Old PC’ as a file archive for all files from any former PC (see below)

·               Internet Explorer Favorites are initialized with our 2SS.Com standard folders and if appropriate, we’ve transferred Internet browser 'Favorites' or 'Bookmarks' along with 'My Documents' and 'Desktop' contents from a former PC to the newer one.

·               Standard 2SS.Com customizations are applied to systems including the:

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Addition of Favorites folders to assist in organizing favorites, and to provide a few typical links to search engines, etc.

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Addition in Windows of Control Panel (except Win 7/10) , Networking and Printer choices to the ‘Programs’ menu.

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Customizing of ‘Send To’ choices available when using the ‘Right’ mouse button on any file.

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Implementation of ‘Explorer at My Desktop’ and ‘Your Organization's Name’ Favorites on the start menu (This includes a link to 2SS.Com Get Help Now, our remote support tools.)

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Loading and configuring our '2SS.Com' collection of FAVORITE screen saver photos

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Setting of folder display preferences to eliminate the ‘Web Page’ look of folders, maximize the file list display and to set-up for quick file dragging operations between desktop windows that are already positioned to facilitate it.

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Setting or installing Windows Classic preferences, to create a Windows XP/7 look and operation similar in each of Windows 95, 98, 2000 Professional, XP, Vista and Windows 7, 8, AND 10.

·               New PCs are completely scanned with CC Cleaner to identify and remove various system and registry errors (Often 150 to 500 or more) that are typical of a new PC or one being scanned for the first time.

·               The PC is finally optimized via defragmentation (If needed what we call 'deep' or repeated defragmentation runs) of its hard disk occasionally using opposing defragmentation tools.  (NOTE:  Solid State disks should NOT be defragmented.)
 


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