Faster, less nosey Windows 7

So… I’ve been re-installing Windows 7, and have found some considerable improvement in judicious use of a RAM Drive. It also means my computer is no longer tracking my movements around the web for more than one session. (RAM drive never goes to swap, and is never stored on disk … so it will never be recoverable) There is probably more I can do with it, and the linking has to be done while the OS is off-line. I use a PE boot CD, but that means the environment variables and drive letters listed are wrong. If you want to attempt this “at home” you will have to adapt them to suit the off-line environment you use… having noted their on-line locations before rebooting. So far, everything is going swimmingly. 😀

Rem *** Create C:\Temp linked to RAM Disk ***
MkLink /D C:\Temp H:\
Rem *** Link volitile user areas to the new Temp ***
MkLink /H %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp C:\Temp
MkLink /H %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Feeds C:\Temp
MkLink /H %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\FeedsCache C:\Temp
MkLink /H %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer C:\Temp
MkLink /H %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files C:\Temp
MkLink /H %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies C:\Temp
MkLink /H %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\IECompatCache C:\Temp
MkLink /H %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\IETldCache C:\Temp

Rem *** These link system wide volitile files ***
MkLink /H C:\Windows\msdownld.tmp C:\Temp
MkLink /H C:\Windows\Offline Web Pages C:\Temp
MkLink /H C:\Windows\Temp C:\Temp

Oh! I should have mentioned that it maintains this limited but, I suspect quite powerful “privacy” without employing encryption… which is now illegal in the UK. >:-E Like… WTF!? Are you going to make it illegal for me to seal an envelope before posting stuff next?

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