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what do you install after a reformat/fresh windows install?

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  1. ohnoyellowdinosaur

    ohnoyellowdinosaur IncGamers Member

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    Recently, I've been considering reformatting my comps for increased speed, space, and organization. And so I thought it'd be fun to make a sharing thread for all the windows users out there (if you're a mac/unix user you can chime in, too, of course).

    The programs I install after windows updates:
    chrome/firefox
    avg free
    ccleaner
    superantispyware
    k-lite codec
    peerblocker
    bit torrent
    openoffice


    What about you guys?


    edit: added a few more I forgot about
     
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  2. NASE

    NASE IncGamers Member

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    no office suit? And no pop3/imap program?

    I always end up installing textpad. Basically an extended notepad with highlighting. Very useful if you do you some scripting.


    P.S. And you don't instally diablo 2? That's blasphemy.
     
  3. ohnoyellowdinosaur

    ohnoyellowdinosaur IncGamers Member

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    oops, forgot to mention openoffice. for email, I just use browser email sites and facebook. never needed more than that.

    as for the games; I install all those afterwards. These are just the programs that I install as a basic utility package.

    I am wondering, however, if I should find a few more/better antivirus programs as well as a stricter firewall for my laptop. not to mention proxies; although I'm not quite sure how they work which is why I've stopped so far


     
  4. Ariadne

    Ariadne IncGamers Member

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    I don't do this myself of course because I'm a clutch, but I ask someone to do it for me:
    whatever antivirus
    whatever office stuff available (can be open source actually)
    outlook (which I use for certain bills)
    Diablo II LoD with its updates
    Malwarebytes

    other than that I'm ok I guess.
     
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    stillman IncGamers Member

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    A ton of automatic updates apparently like to download themselves every week. I take it these accumulate whenever you reset your computer. I had to wait through 72 of them last time, but that was a while ago.
     
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    ohnoyellowdinosaur IncGamers Member

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    the great thing about installing them after a reformat is that they won't install all at once. every time you restart your computer, you'll get another batch until you're all up to date...


    ... for the time being


     
  7. nurman

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    chrome
    Clamwin Antivirus (Recommended!)
    ccleaner
    defraggler
    some open source codec pack
    µtorrent
    openoffice
    VLC
    Gimp
    D2
    Eduke32
    Cdburnerxp
    manycam
    Hamachi
    Mumble
    Photoshop
    Audacity
    Emule

    And the rest of my games.

    Here's my list
     
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  8. NASE

    NASE IncGamers Member

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    If you are bit carefull, that's more then enough. Al you need to do is try to get a stronger virus scanner to scan a few times per years, just in case.
    Mcafee has an online scanner - so that's already one you can run on occasion.

    Not sure if there are other.



     
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    Spybot SD and Firefox. Usually MS office and Blizzard products are shortly thereafter.
     
  10. Technomancer

    Technomancer IncGamers Member

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    My comp (WinXP) is getting pretty 'Winrot'ted, so I'm planning a bust out job sometime within the next couple of months myself. I used to get the Auto updates first, but every time I do, my comp takes 2x as long to boot and 8x longer to shutdown, it breaks my Firefox somewhat, etc., so I did some homework recently. I have over 120 updates on here currently, but looking through the security bulletins for them, I didn't even find 20 that seemed important, so I went and DL'd them separately and am gonna install those and keep auto updates off. After that:

    Avast AV
    Zone Alarm
    Firefox
    Thunderbird
    Cdburnerxp
    Visual Studio
    MS Office97 :)D) - Word and Excel only
    TweakUI
    Notepad++
    VLC
    Daemon Tools Lite
    Pidgin
    A gajillion games, and yes, including D2 LoD :D
     
  11. SnickerSnack

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    What to install right after a fresh windows install? A fresh Linux distro. :) It's like using light beer to rinse your mug before you put something tasty in it. It's not necessary, but what else will you do with the light beer? :)

    But if we're talking about windows only :whistling:, then there are a few things I used to use:

    - PDF Creator - lets you print to pdf from any program
    - OpenOffice
    - Gimp
    - Inkscape
    - Putty - ssh/sftp
    - VirtualBox - Sun MicroSystems' free virtual machine, so I can run linux inside Windows if I need to
    - Sage - a do-it-all computer mathematics system (can be run from the command line or displayed through a web browser, also incorporates pari), runs via VirtualBox
    - GP/Pari - command line almost-do-it-all calculator
    - FireFox
    - Google Chrome

    Hmmm, I think that about covers it.
     
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    MYK Diablo: IncGamers Member

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    Chrome/Firefox(Usually both), AIM/Pidgin(Pidgin, recently), Drivers, Foobar 2 + my music folder. Oh yeah, and f.lux.

    From there, it's usually just a matter of what I need or want to use, but I use a lot of Open Source software, so in the end it looks like the lists these guys have.
     
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    Diablo
    Diablo II LoD
    Eastern Sun
    Firefox
    Thunderbird
    McAfee Suite
    iTunes

    After that, it varies depending on whatever stuff I've started using on a regular basis since my last crash.
     
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    Snicker stole my thunder, but the answer is of course Ubuntu. What, pay for all that (or download spyware-laden) garbage, when I can have a faster, cleaner system that consistently runs feckin' rings around Winblows? The only reason I or my family ever use that carp is when there's a game that simply can't run properly under Wine.

    When a 7-year-old can mix & burn his own CD's in Linux, you have to wonder why M$FT has any market share at all.



     
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    ohnoyellowdinosaur IncGamers Member

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    surely there are things you install after a fresh ubuntu install, too?

    I'm guessing Wine would be one of those things unless it comes native on the system?
     
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    Not really, no. Personally I've got a couple of games that aren't native, but mostly it's a matter of squeezing a bit higher performance out of my graphics card.
    "Lucid Lynx", which is the most recent Long Term Stable copy, has pretty much anything a regular user needs.

    I suppose that for the purposes of this thread, people would want to load GIMP, since some people also consider Adobe PhotoStudio &c. as essential software.

    Seriously, if you haven't burned a copy to CD and given it a spin, you ought to. Apple's ease-of-use on IBM hardware, all for the cost of burning.



     
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    korialstraz IncGamers Site Pal

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    Hmmm. It varies a bit, since I usually install some games along with the usual programs, drivers and updates, but which games gets installed depends on what I feel like playing at the time. But the most important things to get installed:

    AVG free version
    MSN/Messanger
    Skype
    Hamachi
    Steam
    Ventrilo
    Winamp
    VLC
    7-Zip
    Nero
    Firefox

    And sometimes xfire, though it's not always installed right away.
     
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    Ahh yes, I forgot Windows Live Messenger and Xfire.
    Along with 7zip
     
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    My install of Ubuntu went like:

    Oh, awesome, it has everything on it that I'd probably ever use, but... what's with these fonts?
    Okay, time to Google. Okay, fixed the system fonts, but... The Firefox fonts are still screwed up?
    After a few hours I finally changed enough random files that I got Firefox to show me some pretty fonts, but I had exactly no knowledge of how I really fixed them since I'm not a Linux system wizard, I'm just a regular user with some very minor hacking abilities.

    MS might be a gigantic heap of idiocy, but when I uncheck "clear type fonts" it knows that I don't want any of that fuzzy font nonsense.

    This is why Ubuntu and Linux in general are flailing around, still holding their tiny piece of the general OS market share.
     
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    Hmm... let's see..

    After installing a fresh copy of Windows I usually install:
    Drivers for Graphics, Sound card, Ethernet, Motherboard's Chipset
    7-zip
    Firefox (although I use chrome now)
    AIM
    Nero
    iTunes
    Paint .NET
    Winamp
    Ultra ISO
    Nero
    GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)
    Programmer's Notepad
    MS Visual C++ Express 2008
    ResEdit32 (doesn't need installation really)

    Then I restore my bookmarks and I install flash player. I do this so regularly that I keep all the stuff in one place so I can install each one right off the bat :D Whatever I forgot, I just add to my reinstall apps list =]
     
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