If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my axe. Abraham Lincoln
We’ve all been there: you want to do some development or test something new with your beloved Windows machine and at the end you spend more time dealing with dependencies that doing what you actually wanted to do. Most of the times this happens because our Windows is not ‘properly sharpened’ for these kind of tasks. This post just wants to gather some links about what SHOULD be done in a Windows machine for preparing it for these tasks and spend more time hacking than preparing Windows for your hacks ;)
This article shows some stuff that you have to do in the beginning: create common users, make your backups run, get rid of crap PC vendors install with Decrapifier and so on. Worth a look to the article. For the initial software installation or after a hard disk format I strongly recommend using Ninite, a great website that creates a custom installer for most of the pieces of software you probably are going to install.
The short list of things that will help you if you want to code:
And I think that are the basics. From this point on you just have to install your favorite CVS and the language you plan to work. Your windows axe should be sharp enough for you not to have a lot of problems.
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