How to Configure Your PC to Academic Support Standards



Manual Changes Applied




If not ADS



Changes Applied Remotely by joining ADS

Final Customizations

Final Cleanup

Create a Backup

Appendix A: Regional Changes

Appendix B: Hardware and Device Drivers

Final Cleanup

Remove Excess Profiles & Users


This cleans up the area under C:\Documents and Settings, where all the user profiles are stored, as well as removes any unnecessary and potentially dangerous accounts that should not be there. Deleting a profile doesnít delete the userid that created it, and deleting the userid doesnít remove the profile associated with it. They must be done separately.


1.       Go to Start\Settings\Control Panel\System\Advanced tab

a)      Click Settings from the User Profiles area


2.       Delete all profiles except for Administrator (you canít anyways!)

a)      If some wonít delete because the Delete button is greyed out, reboot the system


3.       Right-click My Computer\Manage\Local Users And Groups\Users

a)      Remove all accounts but Administrator, Guest, !uwadmin

b)      Windows XP also has the accounts HELP_ASSISTANT & SUPPORT_xxx. Donít remove these.


4.       Close all open windows and do the Remove the Junk procedure again.


Empty the Recycle Bin if thereís anything in it.


Clear Out the Junk (Optional, but helpful)


This cleans out all the useless files that get left after installing an OS and software. There can be a lot of things left behind. We donít want any of it to clutter up a new image, and take up value space and installation time on the install CDís.


1.       Go to Control Panel/Internet Options/General tab

a)      Click Delete Cookies button

b)      Click Delete Files button (and check Include Offline Content)

c)      Click Clear History button

d)      Close the window


2.       Execute Netscape (if installed)

a)      Go to Edit menu/Preferences

b)      Delete Internet History, Internet Cache (including off-line content) & Cookies


3.       Delete NAV Logs under C:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Norton AV\7.5\logs


4.       Open C:\Document & Settings\Administrator

a)      Delete everything in the Favorites folder

b)      Delete everything in the My Documents folder

c)      Delete everything in the Local Settings\Temp folder

d)      Delete everything in the Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files


5.       Delete System Event Logs

a)      Right-click My Computer/Manage

b)      Open (+) the Event Viewer entry

c)      Right-click on each log (application, security, system) & select Clear All Events from the drop-down menu.

d)      Say No to saving the logs

e)      Close the Computer Management window


6.       Delete Recent Documents and Recent Applications list entries

a)      Right-click on Taskbar\Properties\Start Menu tab\Customize button & click the Clear List button

b)      Select the Advanced tab & click the Clear List button

c)      Click OK, Apply, OK


7.       Delete contents of the c:\windows\prefetch directory


8.       Delete all PQI and 0xx (PQDI) files from the BACKUP partition (unless they are needed)


9.       Delete the WUTemp folder from c:\. This is left over from using Windows Update


10.   Delete all *.LOG files from c:\ (from application installations, like Norton AV)


11.   Delete everything in the c:\winnt\temp (or c:\windows\temp) folder


12.   Delete unnecessary folders from c:\drivers


13.   Delete everything in c:\temp


14.   Empty Recycle Bin

Set the Default Profile


This sets the profile that all new user accounts will receive. Any new user will receive the same look and layout that the Administrator account was set up for. What actually happens is all the contents of the default user folder are deleted and the contents of the administrator folder are copied there, and the appropriate permissions set. Thus, anybody logging into the machine for the first time will inherit the default user profile, which we have customized.


Under Windows XP, you canít copy the profile of the active account like we could under Windows 2000 so we need to do a few extra steps:


1.       Logoff Administrator and logon to a backup administrators account


2.       Right click on My Computer/Properties/Advanced tab/Settings under User Profiles


3.       Select the xxx/Administrator profile and click the Copy To button


4.       Copy it to C:\Documents and Settings\Default User (if this folder is not visible using the browse button, just type it into the entry box. It will be faster than trying to do a Show on hidden files).


5.       Click OK, OK, Yes


6.       Exit the System Properties window


7.       Logoff the backup and logon with Administrator again.



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Created by: Manfred Grisebach, Based on notes by: Peter Schepers†††† Last Updated: Nov 24th† , 2004