We don't use Windows on our own systems, but occasionally work with customers using their Windows systems. This page documents how we configure Windows in those situations.
This page documents Windows XP. Some changes will be required for other versions of Windows.
We want to configure Windows Explorer to show us all files, include file extensions, and in details mode.
Open Control Panel and open the Folder Options panel.
In the General tab, select User Windows classic folders.
In the View tab, CHECK the following:
Set a group for your team, so that they're all easily accessible from the main window.
Start Office Communicator when Windows starts.
Change my font, so I can more easily communicate in code.
Turn on logging, so you can go back to review previous conversations to retrieve details you might have forgotten.
Set Outlook to look in my personal Contacts list before looking in the Global Address List.
Don't ask me to permanently delete everything in my Deleted Items folder every time I exit Outlook.