Rules to Better PCs


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  1. Do you benchmark your PC?

    ​​​It is important to benchmark your PC so that when making a major change to your PC you can be assured that it has been an improvement.

    There are a lot of great tools that can test the speed of your hardware, but these won't tell you if, for example, upgrading to the latest version of Windows has sped up or slowed down your computer.

    PassMark ​however will give you a holistic view of how fast your computer can run specific software


    Figure: Good Example - Done video after updating Windows to latest version


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  2. Do you know the quickest way to get your Windows 10 SOE up and running?

    ​Your developers should be using Windows 10 for a number of reasons, the primary one being it is faster than Windows 8.
    The next step is to get the Standard Operating Environment (SOE) installed. You have a few choices:
    • Manually - it can take over a day to install your favorite 20 or so apps
    • Windows Image - there is an overhead of maintaining the .WIM file as software changes - RECOMMENDED FOR LARGE COMPANIES 100+ NON TECHNICAL STAFF
    • Use a package manager (eg. chocolatey/Winget​) - RECOMMENDED FOR SMALLER COMPANIES <100

    Use a package manager (Chocolatey

    Assuming that Windows 10 is already installed, then get your SOE installed fast by following these steps:

    1. Logon and configure Windows 10
    2. Install Windows Updates
    3. Join laptop to the Domain (or run a Logon-Script.bat to get printers, Word templates, etc. Contact SysAdmin to join laptop to the domain)
    4. Install and run a Chocolatey script to get most of the software
    5. Install all rest of the standard Software that does not support Chocolatey [SSW Only]  
    6. In case you lose your laptop, it is a good idea to stick a business card to the bottom
    7. For branding reasons, stick your company sticker to the laptop
      Figure: SSWLoginScript.bat
      Figure: SSWPackages.ps1 which runs Chocolatey command to install SOE software
      Figure: SOE Software that is not supported by Chocolatey
      Figure: Company branding on laptop​
    8. If you are preparing the machine for someone else or migrating an old PC, you could send an email based on the template below. Don't forget to change the names where necessary:
      Hey Ana, 
      Your new computer is ready. ⭐️  
      • Machine name is COBRA 
      • Model: ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen8  
      • Operating System: Windows 10 Enterprise installed and activated. 
      Done - I have followed an SSW Rule: and this included: 
      • Data - I have copied the data files from your old PC (MountainGoat) to your new C: drive 
      • Branding - A SSW sticker has been added 
      • Power adapter - I labeled it for easy recognition 
      • Underneath - I stuck your business card in case it gets stolen
      Done - then I followed a SugarLearning Item: and this included: 
      • Software - Installed all your software via Chocolatey 
      • Printer - Added the main office printers
      Done - then I followed a SysAdmin SugarLearning Item: and this included:
      • Asset - Added the asset to our asset management tool, Snipe-IT:
      • Underneath - I added a QR Asset Tag (look here if you ever need to know your computer name) 
      Now I need you to do (we can do this together if you are stuck, just give me a call 🕺) 
      1. Now login and check Microsoft - Teams App, Outlook  
      2. Now login and check Google - Chrome will bring back your bookmarks
      3. Plugin external monitors - Configure your screens
  3. Do you know what to do when you have a PC problem

    ​​​​​When your laptop/desktop PC malfunctions beyond repair, you should follow the following steps:

    1. ​Tweet about your problem to related support Twitter accounts (e.g. Microsoft if Windows breaks down)
    2. Send an email to SysAdmin with error numbers and any other useful data
    If your PC needs to be reinstalled, follow Do you know the quickest way to get your Windows 10 SOE up and running?

  4. Do you use a package manager?

    A package manager is a collection of software tools that automate the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and uninstalling computer programs in a consistent manner. Chocolatey is a great package manager, easy to use way to manage software on Windows.

    To get started with Chocolatey open up Command Prompt in Administrative mode, type in: 

    @powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Com​mand "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin

    Alternatively, install Chocolatey via their website.

    ​​​Alternatives: Homebrew on a Mac​

  5. Do you use Hibernate?

    ​Hibernate is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops, and might not be available for all PCs​​. Hibernation is a state in which the Win​dows PC saves the current state and shuts itself down so that it no longer needs power. When the PC is turned on again, all open files and programs are restored to the same state as they were before hibernation. Windows 10 by default does not include the Hibernate option under the power menu, but there’s an easy way to enable it. Here’s how to make Windows show Hibernate alongside Shut Down in Power menu.

    To enable the Hibernate option in Windows 10, make sure that your system hardware supports hibernation and then follow the steps below to enable it. (Do not use Hibernate of Fast Startup if you are dual booting).
    1. Open Power Options by typing Power Options in Start and choosing the first result.
      Alternatively, you can right-click on the Start button and select Power Options.
    2. Select Choose what the power buttons do from the left panel.choose what power button does power options
    3. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.change unavailable settings win 10 power options
    4. Now check the box in front of Hibernate – Show in Power menu under Shutdown settings.enable hibernate power options win 10
    5. Finally click on Save settings and you will now find the Hibernate option under the Power menu on Start or Win + X menu.hibernate power options start 10
    Love hibernate? Make sure that you still properly shut down your PC once in a while to keep it working normally.​

    If you are a Domain Administrator and need to have this done to multiple devices within AD DS then check you Do you use Group Policy to enable Hibernate Option.