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Windows Must Have Software

Discussion in 'Software' started by Agosen, 18 Mar 2011.

  1. Agosen

    Agosen New Member

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    Hey guys, new PC arriving tommorow so wondering on the must have software (Free or paid, I don't mind spending on something thats worthwhile)

    so far I've got the obvious lined up;

    Anti-Virus
    Firefox (My preference :p)
    Windows Obviously
    VLC
    Alchohol 120%
    WinRar

    Could I get your guys suggestions please?

    Thanks.
     
  2. moody89

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    The first things that get installed on my PC are the following:

    Obviously AV and Anti-Malware software - Kaspersky Internet Security, SUPERAntiSpyware, SpywareBlaster etc. for me.

    CCleaner (nice little tool to delete temp files etc.)
    Firefox
    Foobar2000 (audio player)
    VLC (video player)
    BurnAware Free (fantastic free software for burning CD's and DVD's)
    uTorrent (can't live without that)
    ConvertXToDVD (IMO the best automated DVD converter)
    Adobe Photoshop CS5
    HWMonitor (monitors temps etc of most system components)
    CPU-Z
    WinRAR
    WinZIP
    Daemon Tools (similar to Alcohol 120% but free)

    Of the lot I would thoroughly recommend CCleaner, BurnAware Free and Daemon Tools!
     
  3. Agosen

    Agosen New Member

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    Good call on the Daemon tools thanks for that, Ive used it before so yeah it's definately just as good as alcohol.

    I use spotify free for my audio personally as its just magnificient.

    Thanks for the recommendations they all look useful :)
     
  4. Shikkari

    Shikkari I know what a Dremel is XD

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    Hi there, here is what I would suggest:

    Stardock Fences - Link - It lets you create Fences where you can put different shortcuts which is amazing when you have lots like I do.

    SUMO - Link - It searches your current software for updates, which makes it easy to know what out of date or not.

    I also recommend CCleaner. - Link

    And Defraggler - Link - This defrags your HDD much better than the standard Windows one.

    I'll update if I find any more that you might think are useful. :)
     
  5. moody89

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    I haven't tried Spotify myself. Was looking for a good replacement for WinAmp after it became a bit too bloated for my liking. Am liking Foobar at the moment though. Good shout on Defraggler too! Although keep having to remind myself not to run it on my SSD!
     
  6. Guinevere

    Guinevere Mega Mom

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    Try 7zip, much lower footprint and generally much better than the paid alternatives (WinRar, WinZip)

    http://www.7-zip.org/

    Oh and as it's open source, it's of course available for other platforms too (It's the best zipping tool on OSX too IMO)
     
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  8. Agosen

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    Nice suggestions appreciate them!

    And for anyone who hasn't tried spotify I'd definately recommend it, free music with low bandiwdth reqiurements, good quality etc.
     
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    SUMO watch out for that one don't untick one of the boxes and it installs spyware on your machine.
     
  10. nemo

    nemo Foregone Destruction

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    If you like music, then Audacity from SourceForge is a must-have. It's also good at stripping out fluff from podcasts ;)
     
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    murraynt Well-Known Member

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    Firefox
    Mediamonkey
    Fraps
    Microsfot Security Essentials
    Teracopy
    Z-Zip
    K-code lite
    Utorrent
    Steam
    open Office
     
  13. Ficky Pucker

    Ficky Pucker I

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    firefox
    foobar2000
    PotPlayer
    Steam
    CCleaner
    Driver Sweeper
    HWMonitor
    XnView
    WinRar
     
  14. Agosen

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    Teamviewer and Dropbox are amazing, never heard of them thanks loads!
     
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    Advanced SystemCare is amazing at defrags, temp files etc
     
  17. jazzzyj

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    If you want to make it easy on yourself head over to http://ninite.com/ and build a package. Much much easier!

    Oh and for the love of internet... don't install Kaspersky Internet Security. Worst. Program. Ever.
    -J
     
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    +1
     
  19. Edge102030

    Edge102030 Son, i am disappoint.

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    Opera (never liked Safari much, don't like firefox and chrome crashes too much)
    iTunes (gets a bad rep but i like it)
    Skype (all my gamer friends have this, mainly used as an IM unless we're playing together)
    TheUnarchiver (Think 7zip for mac, not so essential since it only adds additonal archive compatability rather than giving you some)
    KomodoEdit (Great notepad++ alike)
    uTorrent (;))
    iWork (better than office imo, especially on mac!!)
    rEFIt (Allows the EFI to recognise and boot ext2/3 partitions)
     
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    steam, ccleaner, defraggler, firefox, speccy and hwmonitor
     

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