How do you setup your device?


TheMystic

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This post is to get ideas from users on how they setup their device, so it can serve as a guide to to everyone going forward.

On system installation and setup, please include the following broad categories, in addition to others that you may use:

1. File Security
2. File Backup & Sync
3. System Security
4. System Backup
5. Data Privacy
6. File Sharing
7. Windows Settings configurations
8. Customizations you do to your device

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Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 21H2 Build 22000.282
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy dv7
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Crucial MX500 on bay 1.
    1 TB Seagate HDD on bay 2.
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
I'll post a summary of all unique and interesting ideas received here.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy dv7
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Crucial MX500 on bay 1.
    1 TB Seagate HDD on bay 2.
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Here's how I setup my device (WIP):

FILE SECURITY

01. The 1st thing I do when setting up a new system is to create a new partition on the internal disk, where I allocate anywhere from 60 GB to 120 GB (depending on the size of the internal disk) for exclusive use of the OS and programs. I don't store any user file in this partition. This has immense benefits and zero disadvantage:

i. In case of a system problem (software errors, malware, etc.), I can easily wipe (or format) the system partition and do a clean install of the OS (or restore a clean image from backup) without worrying about my files.

ii. System backups are very fast as the file size is much smaller.

02. Important files (especially documents and camera roll) are ALWAYS on the cloud. This not only keeps them safe but also accessible from all of my devices.


FILE BACKUP

03. The most important files are already backed up to the cloud. Yet I do a local backup to my external disk every once in a while, though not on any schedule.


SYSTEM SECURITY

04. Currently, I use only Windows Defender and Windows Firewall. They are adequate for my requirements. I have set Windows Firewall to BLOCK all connections by default. Windows Defender provides real time security, and is adequate for how I use my system.

05. I ALWAYS download apps from the developer website. I make sure that the web address is a secure one (https) and the domain belongs to the developer. For example, Firefox will only be downloaded from mozilla.org.

06. Every app I download is first uploaded to VirusTotal for malware analysis, regardless of where I download it from. I won't install it even if one antivirus engine flags it, with very rare exceptions. What I look for in the scan results is which antivirus engine is flagging the app. If the app itself is highly reputed, downloaded from developer website, and the scanning engine is less known, I may consider it as a false positive. For example, the Firefox installer was recently flagged by a less known antivirus scanner called Cylance. Just 1 out of about 65 scanners flagged it as malware. I considered it a false positive. But if 2 or more antivirus engines flag a file, I definitely won't install it. I won't consider them a false positive. They may both (all) be wrong, but I won't risk it.

Among the more than 60 antivirus scanners used on VirusTotal, I specifically look for the scan result of Kaspersky, BitDefender, Norton (Symantec) and Malwarebytes. I also loot at Sophos and Dr.Web. Ifany of these engines flag an app, I won't install it, regardless of where the app was downloaded from. Remember, even if an app is downloaded from the original site, it can still get infected via 'man-in-the-middle' attacks.

07. I don't usually install unknown or less known programs. But when I do, I run them in Windows Isolated Environment or an isolated environment using Sandboxie Plus. This allows the program to run in a secure isolated environment and prevents it from making any changes to the system, including registry.


SYSTEM BACKUP

07. I use the built-in System Image feature to backup my system once in a while, and there is no fixed schedule. More recently, I am making a system image using the Sysprep route. The advantage of this method is that the image strips out device specific information so that it can be installed on any device. This is an advantage over the built-in System Image utility which creates an image that can only be restored to the system on which it was prepared.

08. I backup all the drivers currently installed on the system. This is especially useful when OEM drivers are not available, or when an update breaks a driver.

09. I create a Recovery Disk that includes system files.


DATA PRIVACY

10. More than security, it is data privacy that I think is more at threat. Just about everyone is collecting data these days, and mostly stealthily. And internet is the primary mode of collecting data. So I block internet access to all programs, unless they need it for core functionality.


FILE SHARING

11. I create a new user on the device that has read/ write access to folders I want to share. This user isn't for logging in on the device itself, instead its sole purpose is to have user credentials that will be used on other devices on the network to connect to shared files and folders on the PC. The advantage here is that I can avoid giving away my Microsoft account credentials on 3rd party apps that I use on other devices to access shared folders on my PC.

12. I am trying to setup SFTP server on my system so I can use SFTP instead of the less secure SMB to access shares.


WINDOWS SETTINGS CONFIGURATIONS

13. I disable Cortana because I don't use it.

14. I disable location, camera, microphone, etc. for most apps. I don't understand why Microsoft Store, Feedback, etc. need access to my camera and microphone.


CUSTOMIZATIONS
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy dv7
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Crucial MX500 on bay 1.
    1 TB Seagate HDD on bay 2.
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
1. File Security - Separate data drive from OS drive. When your OS crash, your data is intact (or you can continue working from another PC and access your data drive)
2. File Backup & Sync - same as 1
3. System Security - Windows Defender and VPN
4. System Backup - Macrium Reflect Image backup
5. Data Privacy - VPN, Incognito mode on Web Browser
6. File Sharing - personal cloud (NAS)
7. Windows Settings configurations - this is personal preference (YMMV)
8. Customizations you do to your device - same as 7
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    Motherboard
    MSI MPG Gaming Edge Wifi (X570)
    Memory
    32GB Adata XPG DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX 1070 8GB ROG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Ultrawide 34"
    Screen Resolution
    3440x1440
    Hard Drives
    Main Boot Drive : 512GB Adata XPG RGB Gen3x4 NVMe M.2 SSD
    PSU
    EVGA 600 Watts Gold
    Case
    Deepcool Genome II
    Cooling
    Deepcool Fryzen
    Internet Speed
    1Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    "Moderna"
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-4790K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Xtreme6 Z97
    Memory
    16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro
    Graphics card(s)
    MSI R9 290
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Ultrawide 34"
    Screen Resolution
    3440x1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung M.2
    PSU
    Thermaltake 475 Watts 80 Bronze
    Case
    Thermaltake Commander I Snow Edition
    Cooling
    Deep Cool Archer Air Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Armageddon MKA-5R RGB-Hornet
    Internet Speed
    1Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Moderna :)
1. File Security - Synology Drive Client, Copy to separate HD.
2. File Backup & Sync - Synology Drive Client, Copy to separate HD.
3. System Security - Windows Firewall, F-Secure.
4. System Backup - Macrium Reflect Image Backup.
5. Data Privacy - Think before acting.
6. File Sharing - Via private NAS.
7. Windows Settings configurations - Only set display scaling to 125%.
8. Customizations you do to your device - Only desktop backgrounds.

Regards,

Tim van S.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro - 23H2 - Build 22635.3646
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    OMEN by HP Gaming Laptop 16
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-12700H CPU @ 2.30GHz
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti (mobile)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    iiyama PL3467WQ
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440 + 3440x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD + 2TB SSD + 4TB Synology 218+ NAS
    Keyboard
    OMEN by HP 1100
    Mouse
    OMEN Vector Wireless
    Internet Speed
    1000/50 Mbit Cable
    Browser
    Edge (What Else)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + F-Secure
    Other Info
    Razer Nari Essential wireless headphone + BOSE Mini Soundlink
  • Operating System
    Windows Server 2025 - 24H2 - Build 26085.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Slim Desktop S01
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-10400 CPU @ 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    iiyame PL2453MT - 24" dual touch screen
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD + 256GB SSD + 256GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M235 wireless mouse
    Keyboard
    HP Wireless Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1000/50 Mbit Cable
    Browser
    Edge (What Else)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + F-Secure + MalwareBytes free
FILE SECURITY

01. The 1st thing I do when setting up a new system is to create a new partition on the internal disk, where I allocate anywhere from 60 GB to 120 GB (depending on the size of the internal disk) for exclusive use of the OS and programs. I don't store any user file in this partition. This has immense benefits and zero disadvantage:

i. In case of a system problem (software errors, malware, etc.), I can easily wipe (or format) the system partition and do a clean install of the OS without worrying about my files.

ii. System backups are very fast as the file size is much smaller.

02. Important files (especially documents and camera roll) are ALWAYS on the cloud. This not only keeps them safe but also accessible from all of my devices.
I agree with all your points, unfortunately 11 requires 65GB, so I have it set to 66666MB, even though it uses only 12GB.
On top of it, only my account is allowed to modify, users are allowed to read and SYSTEM (used by ransomware) is denied.
But I have allowed SYSTEM for Steam and for backups, otherwise Windows would not be able to read/restore them if needed.

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FILE BACKUP
I use OneDrive and IceDrive, but they are not running nonstop to avoid any "accidents". A waterproof USB for docs.
SYSTEM SECURITY
Using Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control. All blocked by default, svchost allowed only to known IP ranges.
Software is limited to port 443 only to prevent MITM, except silly Windows. DNS also limited to it's DNS IPs.
No realtime AV running, I have disabled IPv6 and WSH, removed PowerShell and setup some restrictions.

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SYSTEM BACKUP
I use AOMEI Backupper after windows update + cleanup, so roughly twice a month.
DATA PRIVACY
NextDNS to block malware/trackers along with adguard used only to block trackers and cookie notices.
CookieAutoDelete to remove caches/cookies and I turn off PC with my tweaks to cleanup/to reset settings.

WINDOWS SETTINGS CONFIGURATIONS
I disable/uninstall basically everything, like Cortana, Widgets, YourPhone, etc. Edge is quickly setup via flags/policies.

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CUSTOMIZATIONS
Process Hacker Nightly running nonstop and ponified Windows.

P.S. I have moved Desktop to ramdisk along with Temp, browser's a discord's caches and I use it as downloads folder, so in case of an emergency, I simply hit reset and all is gone without a trace, whether it is malware or privacy related. I also clean desktop using this.
Code:
rem takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /r /d y
rem icacls "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /inheritance:r
rem icacls "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /inheritance:e /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
rem takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /r /d y
rem icacls "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /inheritance:r
rem icacls "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /inheritance:e /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
rem takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "Z:\Desktop" /r /d y
rem icacls "Z:\Desktop" /inheritance:r
rem icacls "Z:\Desktop" /inheritance:e /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c

del "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop\*" /s /f /q
del "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\*" /s /f /q
rd "Z:\Desktop" /s /q
md "Z:\Desktop"
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & No fTPM (07/19)
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1E & IFX TPM (07/19)
    Memory
    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC @48FPS (08/19)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z (11/16)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Philips 24M1N3200ZS/00 (05/24)
    Screen Resolution
    1920×1080@165Hz via DP1.4
    Hard Drives
    ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro SSD 512GB (07/19)
    PSU
    Seasonic M12II-520 80 Plus Bronze (11/16)
    Case
    Lian Li PC-7NB & 3x Noctua NF-S12A FLX@700rpm (11/16)
    Cooling
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S@700rpm (07/19)
    Keyboard
    HP Wired Desktop 320K + Rabalux 76017 Parker (01/24)
    Mouse
    Logitech M330 Silent Plus (04/23)
    Internet Speed
    400/40 Mbps via RouterOS (05/21) & TCP Optimizer
    Browser
    Edge & Brave for YouTube & LibreWolf for FB
    Antivirus
    NoAV & Binisoft WFC & NextDNS
    Other Info
    Backup: Hasleo Backup Suite (PreOS)
    Notifier: Xiaomi Mi Band 7 NFC (05/24)
    Headphones: Sennheiser RS170 (09/10)
    Phone: Samsung Galaxy Xcover 7 (02/24)
    2nd Monitor: AOC G2460VQ6 @75Hz (02/19)
1. File Security--Not much. Everything on one drive.
2. File Backup--Only stuff I would have trouble getting back and it's stored on One Drive which is only on demand
3. System Security--Just Defender, Windows firewall and on demand Malwarebytes.
4. System Backup--System backups using AOMEI Backupper standard edition. No particular schedule. System Restore disabled.
5. Data Privacy--Don't worry too much about it but AdGuard extension is on Edge browser.
6. File Sharing--None really
7. Windows Settings--Pretty much defaults but most telemetry is disabled.
8. Customization--All features and apps I don't use either disabled or uninstalled. It's a lot.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
    Motherboard
    MSI B550-A Pro
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6600XT with 8GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Realtek integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer Nitro 24" RG241Y 144hz refresh rate
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital Black SN770 1 TB NVMe SSD
    Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB SATA SSD
    Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD
    PSU
    LEPA B650 650 watt
    Case
    Enermax Coenus
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper T4 air
    Keyboard
    CM Storm Devastator
    Mouse
    E-Blue Cobra Jr.
    Internet Speed
    100mbs
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Optical Drives: LG DVD-RW and Pioneer BluRay/ DVD burner
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
    Motherboard
    Asus board (GA402RK)
    Memory
    16 GB Samsung DDR5-4800
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Radeon 680M and discrete Radeon RX 6800S with 8GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek with Dolby Atmos
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop screen 14" WQXGA, IPS, 120hz refresh rate
    Screen Resolution
    2560 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD (WD Black SN850)
    PSU
    Battery power and Asus power brick/adapter. Also has USB-C charging
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop fans in vapor chamber
    Mouse
    Touchpad and Omoton bluetooth mouse
    Keyboard
    Built in RGB backlit
    Internet Speed
    100mbps
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
1. File Security - OS on one SSD, Data on another
2. File Backup & Sync - Manual Back up monthly and Macrium Image regularly. Good apps and programs kept on data pen for reinstallation
3. System Security - Norton Security
4. System Backup - Macrium Reflect Image backup and Manual
5. Data Privacy - Just Privacy Badger, Adblocker Ultimate and Safe web on Browser
6. File Sharing - Just between PC's via Network Sharing Centre
7. Windows Settings configurations - Standard, just made scaling 125%
8. Customizations you do to your device - ExplorerPatcher, OpenShell and Win 10 Context Menu and all the Icons changed
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
I set up my device by putting it on cement blocks, and connecting the major components. hehehe Even though I don't live in a flood-prone area, I take no chances. I do live in Tornado Alley, and mother nature does what she wants to around here. Couple years ago, we had major flooding, and even though my apartment didn't have any major flooding, the levees west of me held. 500 year flood causes major damage. . . .. I don't take any chances, yes I do live UP hill from the local levee, but anything can happen. . .. . . .
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x64 23H2 v22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built Myself in 2017
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 1800X 8-Core @ 3.60GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Crosshair VI Hero
    Memory
    16GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB Series
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 X AOC 27" , PLANAR 22"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~ P34A60 512GB NVMe PCIe Gen3x4 M.2
    ~ 3TB WD Red HDD (extra storage)
    ~ SanDisk 250GB SSD
    ~ 2 X 1TB HDD
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    PSU
    Corsair RM850 Fully Modular (850watts)
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 630 CA-PH630-W1
    Cooling
    CORSAIR iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT
    Keyboard
    Logitech K860
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    752Mbps (Download) / 537Mbps (Upload)
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    *This is my Main Computer That I use*
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD A10-5700 APU @ 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus CM1745
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R7 350x GDDR5 4 GB
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual Monitor Setup ONN 22" Monitors
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    ~~~~~~~~
    250GB SSD

    500GB HDD
    ~~~~~~~~
    PSU
    350Watt PSU
    Cooling
    Air Cooling
    Mouse
    MX Master
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Ergonomic 4000
    Internet Speed
    752Mbps (Download) / 537Mbps (Upload)
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    *Computer for Weather Software*
Update to 2. I now use Aomei Backupper for file/folder backups and Macrium Reflect for Images ( Stored on separate external drives )
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
1. File Security - Shadow Defender
2. File Backup & Sync - Macrium Reflect with Image Guardian enabled
3. System Security - Shadow Defender plus Comodo Internet Security (overkill)
4. System Backup - Macrium Reflect Image Backup
5. Data Privacy - VPN, Comodo Internet Security
6. File Sharing - Sole user, no need
7. Windows Settings configurations - No changes made to standard installation
8. Customizations you do to your device - None
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 OS Build 22621.675
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 5482 2-in-1
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-8565U
    Memory
    8GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ
    Internet Speed
    1Gbps/300Mbps (nominal)
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Defender UI, Voodooshield
I'll post a summary of all unique and interesting ideas received here.
For each one of the eight entries in the summary, compare it to how MS does it in the default installation, so the summary can better serve as the guide that you mentioned in the OP.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro

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