Windows 7 security: I want to use the same boot for general use and audio production. Can you help me review my plan for decent performance and security?
It would be ideal to use dual boot and have a dedicated music OS, but I'm experimenting with different interfaces like voice command and it's going to be too much of a PITA.
So what I'm thinking of doing instead is to make a 'test' partition with the OS installed, and if there's anything I'm not sure about, open or install it on the test first and run system scans with antivirus software. I can get a few free versions so it's different engines and have an ESET license.
I want my main OS to be reasonably secure as I will be doing all normal online activities. I'm thinking that I will just run Microsoft Security Essentials on here as it's free and light on processor. Will this be sufficient?
Also, as I will be using partitions for storing audio + data is it possible that these could become infected from the 'dirty' partition and then infect my main one?
Are there any other security things worth doing that don't affect performance too much? I've found an article here
but it has a lot of registry editing and I don't want to get into doing things I don't really understand that might cause problems later.
Conversely, are there any common performance tweaks I might come across I should avoid as they could compromise security?
Also, any reasonable privacy measures. I have a bootable os for paranoia mode, so anything that doesn't interfere with ease of use/performance too much.