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Boxstarter Commands for a new Windows box.
# Description: Boxstarter Script
# Author: Jess Frazelle <jess@linux.com>
# Last Updated: 2017-09-11
#
# Install boxstarter:
# . { iwr -useb http://boxstarter.org/bootstrapper.ps1 } | iex; get-boxstarter -Force
#
# You might need to set: Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
#
# Run this boxstarter by calling the following from an **elevated** command-prompt:
# start http://boxstarter.org/package/nr/url?https://gist.githubusercontent.com/jdkram/68210c9836aa2586577c447a78473702/raw/c5d1781b19b520bd015b84b2ca19564b20dab4ae/boxstarter.ps1
# OR
# Install-BoxstarterPackage -PackageName https://gist.githubusercontent.com/jdkram/68210c9836aa2586577c447a78473702/raw/c5d1781b19b520bd015b84b2ca19564b20dab4ae/boxstarter.ps1 -DisableReboots
#
# Learn more: http://boxstarter.org/Learn/WebLauncher
#---- TEMPORARY ---
Disable-UAC
#--- Windows Settings ---
Disable-BingSearch
Disable-GameBarTips
Set-WindowsExplorerOptions -EnableShowHiddenFilesFoldersDrives -EnableShowProtectedOSFiles -EnableShowFileExtensions
Set-TaskbarOptions -Size Small -Dock Bottom -Combine Full -Lock
Set-TaskbarOptions -Size Small -Dock Bottom -Combine Full -AlwaysShowIconsOn
#--- Apps ---
cinst googlechrome -y
cinst firefox -y
cinst 7zip.install -y
cinst vlc -y
cinst notepadplusplus.install -y
cinst winrar -y
cinst foxitreader -y # just so you have a PDF reader
cinst calibre -y
cinst irfanview -y # for v. fast image browsing
cinst spotify -y
cinst plexmediaserver -y
cinst microsoft-windows-terminal -y # snazzier terminal interface than the default powershell
cinst steam -y
cinst everything -y # amazingly fast full system file search
cinst wiztree -y # good for visualising your filesystem and deleting unecessary large files - handy for the disk migration
# suggestions for other installations:
# password manager (keepass?)
# antivirus (malwarebytes?)
# office365?
# vpn?
# qbittorrent? (choco install qbittorrent)
# file sync? (choco install googledrive)
#--- Uninstall unecessary applications that come with Windows out of the box ---
# 3D Builder
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.3DBuilder | Remove-AppxPackage
# Alarms
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsAlarms | Remove-AppxPackage
# Autodesk
Get-AppxPackage *Autodesk* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Bing Weather, News, Sports, and Finance (Money):
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingFinance | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingNews | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingSports | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingWeather | Remove-AppxPackage
# BubbleWitch
Get-AppxPackage *BubbleWitch* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Candy Crush
Get-AppxPackage king.com.CandyCrush* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Comms Phone
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.CommsPhone | Remove-AppxPackage
# Dell
Get-AppxPackage *Dell* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Dropbox
Get-AppxPackage *Dropbox* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Facebook
Get-AppxPackage *Facebook* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Feedback Hub
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHub | Remove-AppxPackage
# Get Started
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Getstarted | Remove-AppxPackage
# Keeper
Get-AppxPackage *Keeper* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Mail & Calendar
Get-AppxPackage microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps | Remove-AppxPackage
# Maps
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsMaps | Remove-AppxPackage
# March of Empires
Get-AppxPackage *MarchofEmpires* | Remove-AppxPackage
# McAfee Security
Get-AppxPackage *McAfee* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Uninstall McAfee Security App
$mcafee = gci "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall" | foreach { gp $_.PSPath } | ? { $_ -match "McAfee Security" } | select UninstallString
if ($mcafee) {
$mcafee = $mcafee.UninstallString -Replace "C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSC\mcuihost.exe",""
Write "Uninstalling McAfee..."
start-process "C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSC\mcuihost.exe" -arg "$mcafee" -Wait
}
# Messaging
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Messaging | Remove-AppxPackage
# Minecraft
Get-AppxPackage *Minecraft* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Netflix
Get-AppxPackage *Netflix* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Office Hub
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub | Remove-AppxPackage
# One Connect
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.OneConnect | Remove-AppxPackage
# OneNote
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Office.OneNote | Remove-AppxPackage
# People
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.People | Remove-AppxPackage
# Phone
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsPhone | Remove-AppxPackage
# Photos
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Remove-AppxPackage
# Plex
# Get-AppxPackage *Plex* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Skype (Metro version)
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.SkypeApp | Remove-AppxPackage
# Sound Recorder
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder | Remove-AppxPackage
# Solitaire
Get-AppxPackage *Solitaire* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Sticky Notes
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Remove-AppxPackage
# Sway
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Office.Sway | Remove-AppxPackage
# Twitter
Get-AppxPackage *Twitter* | Remove-AppxPackage
# Xbox
# Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage
# Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider | Remove-AppxPackage
# Zune Music, Movies & TV
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.ZuneMusic | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.ZuneVideo | Remove-AppxPackage
#--- Windows Settings ---
# Some from: @NickCraver's gist https://gist.github.com/NickCraver/7ebf9efbfd0c3eab72e9
# Privacy: Let apps use my advertising ID: Disable
If (-Not (Test-Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo")) {
New-Item -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo | Out-Null
}
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo -Name Enabled -Type DWord -Value 0
# WiFi Sense: HotSpot Sharing: Disable
If (-Not (Test-Path "HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\WiFi\AllowWiFiHotSpotReporting")) {
New-Item -Path HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\WiFi\AllowWiFiHotSpotReporting | Out-Null
}
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\WiFi\AllowWiFiHotSpotReporting -Name value -Type DWord -Value 0
# WiFi Sense: Shared HotSpot Auto-Connect: Disable
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\WiFi\AllowAutoConnectToWiFiSenseHotspots -Name value -Type DWord -Value 0
# Start Menu: Disable Bing Search Results
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search -Name BingSearchEnabled -Type DWord -Value 0
# To Restore (Enabled):
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search -Name BingSearchEnabled -Type DWord -Value 1
# Disable Telemetry (requires a reboot to take effect)
# Note this may break Insider builds for your organization
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection -Name AllowTelemetry -Type DWord -Value 0
# Get-Service DiagTrack,Dmwappushservice | Stop-Service | Set-Service -StartupType Disabled
# Change Explorer home screen back to "This PC"
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name LaunchTo -Type DWord -Value 1
# Change it back to "Quick Access" (Windows 10 default)
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name LaunchTo -Type DWord -Value 2
# Better File Explorer
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name NavPaneExpandToCurrentFolder -Value 1
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name NavPaneShowAllFolders -Value 1
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name MMTaskbarMode -Value 2
# These make "Quick Access" behave much closer to the old "Favorites"
# Disable Quick Access: Recent Files
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer -Name ShowRecent -Type DWord -Value 0
# Disable Quick Access: Frequent Folders
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer -Name ShowFrequent -Type DWord -Value 0
# To Restore:
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer -Name ShowRecent -Type DWord -Value 1
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer -Name ShowFrequent -Type DWord -Value 1
# Disable the Lock Screen (the one before password prompt - to prevent dropping the first character)
If (-Not (Test-Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization)) {
New-Item -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows -Name Personalization | Out-Null
}
Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization -Name NoLockScreen -Type DWord -Value 1
# To Restore:
# Set-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization -Name NoLockScreen -Type DWord -Value 1
# Lock screen (not sleep) on lid close
Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power' -Name AwayModeEnabled -Type DWord -Value 1
# To Restore:
# Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power' -Name AwayModeEnabled -Type DWord -Value 0
# Use the Windows 7-8.1 Style Volume Mixer
If (-Not (Test-Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\MTCUVC")) {
New-Item -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" -Name MTCUVC | Out-Null
}
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\MTCUVC" -Name EnableMtcUvc -Type DWord -Value 0
# To Restore (Windows 10 Style Volume Control):
# Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\MTCUVC" -Name EnableMtcUvc -Type DWord -Value 1
# Disable Xbox Gamebar
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GameDVR" -Name AppCaptureEnabled -Type DWord -Value 0
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\System\GameConfigStore" -Name GameDVR_Enabled -Type DWord -Value 0
# Turn off People in Taskbar
If (-Not (Test-Path "HKCU:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\People")) {
New-Item -Path HKCU:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\People | Out-Null
}
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\People" -Name PeopleBand -Type DWord -Value 0
#--- Restore Temporary Settings ---
Enable-UAC
Enable-MicrosoftUpdate
Install-WindowsUpdate -acceptEula
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