Ten Things to Install for Windows.

SlartibartfastSlartibartfast Global Moderator-__-
edited July 2012 in Tech & Games
You might remember my post titled "Top ten things to do after installing Linux". This has a similar theme.
Recently I've had to work with win7, due to some funky workgroup stuff and I've found the OS reasonably tolerable with some additions.

1) ninite.
This is basically a windows packet manager, once you select the items to be install from the website it'll give you an exe and automatically install everything.
Keep the installer around as once you run it again it will check for updates.

2) Ashampoo WinOptimizer.
This is a piece of software i used to run back when i was a full time windows user. It's still good (and in my opinion better then CCleaner)
It includes dozens of tweaks It's a bit hard to describe in writing.

3) Infrarecorder.
I used to be a big fan of Nero, i haven't touched it in years. Last week i checked it out again, it was sad to see
the bloated mess it had become. Infrarecorder is a feature rich but clean app that burns CDs/DVDs.
It you want to make Audio CDs out of mp3s you have to give it a path to liblame.

4) Foobar2000
If you have a large music library, you know about foobar2000. It's honestly the only app i missed under linux.
It can organize the screen in a bunch of different ways and has an acceptable memory footprint.

5) Microsoft Security Essentials.
I don't really need an AV but i thought i should keep one around , MSE is lightish and has a decent record . That's basically it.
I considered ClamWin but to be honest, it's a piece of shit.
Installing an AV took me back to my first ever software purchase (Nortons AV, one of the early 2000 editoins) which was about $80.00

6) The SysInternals Suite.
Essentially Autoruns, process explorer and Process monitor. There are very few MS employees that have a cult following but Mark Russinovich is one of them
He has a really good blog that everyone should check out. http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/

7) 7-zip
I always cringe when i see computer literate people using winrar. It's fucking terrible. 7-zip can extract anything winrar can and more. The 7z algorithm is also very good.

8) Foxit reader.
Forget Adobe. it's a bloated POS. To be fair it's better then it used to be but it's stil bad.
Foxit is light, fast and does th job.

9) teracopy
Ideally the windows file transfer utility should be like teracopy. It noticeably transfers files faster, you can actully pause an operation and it gives better feedback (and more accurate ETAs).

10) Miranda IM.
Instant messaging client. Pidgin is acceptable as well but i try to avoid GTK apps under windows, they tend to be buggy. Miranda is very modular, so you'll have to install plug-ins for basic functionality.

I've tried to avoid basic crap like "install VLC" because that's boring. I hope you found this useful and pray i haven't embarrassed myself with my Windows ignorance.


  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
    edited July 2012
    Personally! The best thing you could add to windows is linux. But hey that's non productive to this thread.

    Here my 50c worth and most of you have heard of them.

    1) Avast
    Some of you may be saying "Avast sux!" and I would tend to agree with you at this stage, but it picks up on a bit of shit. So it's all good (Leaves some out as well but we'll get to that.)

    2) MalwareBytes
    Combine this piece of shit with Avast and you have just a taken a level 1 anti virus and given it level 7 seeker magic with extra mana. I don't really use Windows but I've recovered a shit load of computers that run it and this combination has worked really well in fucking over virus issues. (So far)

    This free shit above by itself isn't good enough to suck my hairy balls, but when combined they can swallow everything.

    I manually search with these after each other and leave avast running in the background. There are no conflicts and what one misses the other catches.
  • SlartibartfastSlartibartfast Global Moderator -__-
    edited July 2012
    have you checked out Cygwin, bornkiller? I haven't spend much with it but couldn't get X working. I have gnuwin32 installed as well, just for grep ;)
  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
    edited July 2012
    have you checked out Cygwin, bornkiller? I haven't spend much with it but couldn't get X working. I have gnuwin32 installed as well, just for grep ;)
    No I haven't but bookmarked it to try out later.
    I have a separate HD in my puter loaded with XP tiny for study related use. Office, Access, Dream Weaver, that sorta shit you know? (We aren't permitted to use open software on some things. :()
    Cygwin looks interesting. Love trying new shit out. :thumbsup:
    Thanks bro. ;)
  • RemadERemadE Global Moderator
    edited July 2012
    Can't go wrong with CCleaner, linked to in my signature. Good list though. Got most of them, but for some reason I can't be arsed to move my iTunes library (60 days worth of music) onto another application. I even have batch files to backup my library and .xml files lol.
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    edited July 2012
  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
    edited July 2012

    'nuff said.
    With a name like deny, she's gonna raped!
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