Discussion Softwares that you install after a full system re-install

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  1. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    I generally download mine from File hippo, but in no preference of installation I atleast at the minimum install the following -

    - Open Office - Free office document viewer

    - Foxit PDF reader - Free PDF reader

    - JRE - Java Run time environment

    - K-lite Media player - Plays nearly all media

    - Fire fox browser - Needs no explanation

    - WinRar - Best free zip utility

    - Comodo Internet Security - Good internet security, not bloatware

    - Avast anti-virus - Decent virus scanner, most importantly free!

    - PowerISO - Free image mounting and disc burning software.

    - ATI catalyst drivers - For my Crossfire setup

    - CPU-Z- To monitor my CPU speed / Ram speed/timings.

    - GPU-Z - To check the status of Cross Fire on my graphics card ( enabled / disabled )

    - Core Temp - CPU speed monitoring.

    - FRAPS - To keep an eye on in-game frame rate.

    - Plugins for Fire fox - Youtube downloader

    - CCleaner - A good and fast system cleaner, start up optimizer, and disc erase software.



    Optional

    - VLC media player



    I dint really have much idea till a friend suggested using ninite for making a whole installation package of the softwares desired, which was quite impressive, but most of the softwares ( like chrome ) were not to my complete liking.

    However after seeing the desktop thread, I would like to learn more about which would be a good software to have installed on your rig.

    Please share your listings as well!!! Thanks!
     
  2. harryneopotter

    harryneopotter NEO is my middle name ! Staff Member

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    my list in addition to the ones mentioned above :
    Google Chrome
    Opera
    Yahoo Messenger
    Gtalk
    Skype (yeah....3 IMs, i chat a lot ...sue me ! )
    Irfanview
    Gimp
    KMplayer
     
  3. SumitB

    SumitB RAID Staff Staff Member

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    On a Windows Machine
    - Windows 7
    - AV (For now, relying on Windows Defender)
    - iTunes
    - VLC Player
    - uTorrent
    - MS Office
    - Adobe CS
    - Picasa
    - Firefox & Chrome

    JD666 - You're referring to nLite na?
     
  4. ManISinJpr

    ManISinJpr Want to resurrect.. !!!

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    I am surprised that JD uses the softwares he mentioned.. JRE ?? why coz of office or what??
    K Lite media pack !! that is a hog and a suspected malware ! ( the rest are all ok )

    I use too many softwares to count.. :( the list is so very long ... can't help it...
     
  5. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Alright, before actually going for the re-install I predownload all the new updates of everything that has to be installed. Particularly the drivers for my hardware and whatever security softwares I will be using. Also something I have found pretty handy-dandy is using portable apps instead of normal installed apps, the reason being that portable apps don't install registries and create files in system folder, so they keep your computer faster. This actually came into discovery when I was using a P4 until 2010, and my system would bog down under the weight of many applications, then on that platform I shifted almost entirely to portable apps, even for things like Office/Photoshop. Anyways, then I backup whatever data I want onto another drive/partition and create a bootable pendrive with the OS I want, a backup recovery system (Hiren's Boot CD), and the applications i want to install. Then I boot the OS installation and proceed ahead.

    Once that is done, I install the following in the given order:
    - Video drivers - For the GPU
    - Motherboard/expansion card drivers - All the drivers pertaining the board and any expansion card installed, such as audio, lan, wifi, USB 3.0, motherboard, storage.
    - Norton 360 - Antivirus of my choice. Yes, I know they say Norton is resource heavy, and yes it was until around 2009-2010, but the new versions are quite swift.
    - AIO runtimes 64bit and 32bit - This is a dream app, this will install all the runtime frameworks that you would most likely require, JRE, C#, .Net, etc.
    - 7zip - A light and efficient compression/decompression software. Will unpack everything
    - Virtual CloneDrive - To mount those ISOs
    - True Launch bar - This provides an alternate "taskbar", so i have the one at the bottom and another one at the top, no matter what application I am using, both of them are always visible. I can have whatever shortcut I like in TLB, and also group apps into menu and it has some nifty plugins as well, this way everything is always there at my disposable.
    - Launchy - This is the godfather of the start menu search bar, you start typing what you want to launch and it will suggest to toy the relevant programs, it will learn your usage patterns and has fuzzy logic, so any misspelled words will be picked up too, and also has some plugins for launching things directly like google search, dictionary, command prompt.
    - Copy the portable applications in a folder called Portable apps, and make shortcuts for whatever I want. Portable applications will run just as well for everything except where you want context menu entries for the application in windows explorer.
    - Directory Opus - The best file explorer. Period.
    - Google Chrome - The standard web browser
    - Tweak system settings to disable all the Windows bloatware (read IE, MP, etc)
    - XnView - An extreme view viewer
    - PotPlayer - Plays anythign and everything, with keyboard shortcuts for everything (And they can be customised too) with automatic similar file detection too.
    - XBMC - My media center and love
    - Microsoft Office - All hail the great MS Office.
    - Adobe CS - The world's favorite authoring suite
    - Vuze - My choice of torrent client
    - Notepad++ - The superior Notepad
    - CPU-Z/GPU-Z/Core Temp/FRAPS - The normal monitoring tools
    - Teamviewer - Remote desktop access between PCs and handheld devices

    That is just about the "Must-install" list once I reinstall a OS, rest are installed as and when needed.
     
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  6. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Yes, K-Lite is a hog.

    And I know about using so many apps, I do too, can't possibly list all of them, only if someone asks, "Would do you use for this and that", only then can I answer them. That is why poosted my essential list only. You do the same.
     
  7. dbg

    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    I would suggest 7-zip over Win RAR .. Free Fast & Powerful.

    Google Chrome.
    VLC
    uTorrent
    Microsoft Security/AV thingy
    MS Office
     
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  8. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Nope, this one - http://ninite.com/


    Run time environment is needed for something that i cant remember :p And yeah flash player plugins also.

    I forgot Spybot Search and Destroy.

    But why not KMP? Is there something thats less resource hungry??? :(
     
  9. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    KMPlayer is different from K-Lite Codec Pack.

    Checkout MPC-HC and PotPlayer
     
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  10. ManISinJpr

    ManISinJpr Want to resurrect.. !!!

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    Ohh if it office work that requires youto have java then ok, otherwise it is a most uesless peice of junk !!!
    remove it.. if you don;t need it..
    and as for KLite codec pack.. it is not needed at all..
    Just use Potplayer ( uses more resources )
    MPC-HD ( super cool but has to be setup throughly )
    my favorite ( VLC ) the best !!!

    I have KMPlayer and PotPlayer too but uyse VLC for most of my viewing..
     
  11. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    The new VLC version is quite good, not laggy as laggy as the previous version.
     
  12. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    i installed KMplayer.. It tried installing the dumb ask toolbar in firefox!
     
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  13. ManISinJpr

    ManISinJpr Want to resurrect.. !!!

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    So you don't let it, always install softwares with extra options and never on default options !
     
  14. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    pELLuRD RAID Rookie

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    I have two laptops, one dual booting Windows 7 with Linux Mint Maya while the other is Macbook pro running OS X 10.7.4

    The softwares that are a must for making a fresh install feel homely to me are:
    Linux Mint Maya:
    • Eclipse Indigo
    • Google Chrome
    Windows 7:
    • VLC/GOM Player
    • Eclipse Indigo
    • Norton 360 (I work for Symantec, might as well use their product. Surprisingly latest version is light on resources)
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Microsoft Office
    • Winrar/7Zip
    • Adobe CS 5
    • uTorrent
    • Sumatra PDF reader
    • Picasa
    • Notepad++
    • VS
    • Dropbox
    • Unified Remote (To control PC using Android)
    • Internet Download Manager
    Mac:
    • VMware Fusion
    • Eclipse
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Microsoft Office 2011
    • iTerm2
    • MPlayerX
    • VLC
     
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    ManISinJpr Want to resurrect.. !!!

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    Nice config and list there pELLuRD :)
     
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    WingZero RAID Rookie

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    For me on
    Windows 7 x64:
    • VLC
    • Video drivers: Nvidia.
    • MS Security Essential
    • Firefox
    • Winrar
    • uTorrent
    • Notepad++
    • GPU-Z, CPU-Z, Coretemp, FRAPS, HDTune, Everest, MSI Afterburner
    • Allok Video converter
    • Internet Download Manager
    • Foobar
    • ImgBurn
     
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  18. ManishaS

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    I am glad that ( you know who is there to look into these things )
    Iam free and just demand my work to be completed !
     
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  19. harryneopotter

    harryneopotter NEO is my middle name ! Staff Member

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    ^^ Like a baws !
     
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  20. MOZ

    MOZ RAID Leader Staff Member

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    As my dad alyways say "Home ministry's order has to be heeded"
     
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