For the first time in many many years, I’ve bought myself a Windows machine, I thought this day would never come!
I’m going to use it for development of music software and a bit of (mobile) music making,
primarily windows specific dev/testing, I’m also planning on looking at diving into adding ‘tablet’ extensions into software.
(my main dev/music machines will remain macOS )
I’m wondering about any recommendations others may have for setting it up from those using it regularly.
(I’m pretty familiar with windows, as used to develop for it, and Ive being using win 10 VM, but not used it ‘daily’ for a very long time!)
machine : Windows 10, i7, laptop, touchscreen
- cleaned up ‘extra software’ (wow, this was easier than it used to be!)
- create a music making power profile (turn off any power saving stuff)
- installed msys2, to give be a ‘bearable’ dev environment
some specific questions:
- virus checkers
mcafee virus checker came installed, unsure it I sure ditch this and just rely on windows firewall.
I’m a bit loathed to have a virus checkers installed, its usually bad for performance etc, but I’m aware that with Windows its tended to be more of a necessary evil.
(none of my macs have installed, and I rely on my routers for firewalls, and never had an issue)
- usb audio interface
I guess i’ll get something small/cheap… preferably usb-c, only one full size usb port , which I need for controller. recommendations?
On a positive note, as a bit of a Mac/Linux fanboy, I have to say, my initial experience has been really positive, windows is a much better platform that it used to be, and its true about the price/performance ratio being a bit better.