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Windows 7: Before the Install - What Software To Have On Hand?

23 Nov 2009   #11
veii

7 Ultimate 32Bit / Ubuntu 9.10 64Bit / 9.10 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
There's a site that will actually automate the install of a bunch of free apps for you without any of the crapware or free toolbars etc. that sometimes come with these apps. It has a lot of useful apps like Skype, ImgBurn, Yahoo Messenger, Java, etc., and many other apps that you might be interested in. I have found it to be very helpful. It sure simplifies and speeds up setting up after a new install.

Here's the link: Ninite Easy PC Setup and Multiple App Installer - Great For Win7 Upgrades
Wow! Now that's a good program. Gotta be the nearest thing to "sudo apt-get install audacious audacity conky vlc devede dvdrip kdenlive ubuntu-restricted-extras grsync nmap ntop" (my Ubuntu setup command) that you can get on Windows. Certainly adds a great bit of previously Linux/BSD only functionality and ease of use.

Shame I didn't know about this when I setup my Desktop and lappy. Thanks for teaching me something.


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23 Nov 2009   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The only real issue with ninite is that it doesn't detect or discern between 64-bit and 32-bit.
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24 Nov 2009   #13
RadioJoe

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Good ideas, all of you.
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24 Nov 2009   #14
FrankenPengie

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

Definitely Foxit PDF reader instead of Adobe. Also Irfanview image viewer/editor. I kept getting "surrogate com" crashes using the Windows Photo Viewer.
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24 Nov 2009   #15
RadioJoe

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

From what I read, the "Photo Viewer" is not a part of Win7. I can only get it if I install the free Windows Live collection. Is this true?

On a side note: I kinda like the tools at Microsoft's TechNet site. They have a complete suite of System Internals.

Sysinternals Security Utilities
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24 Nov 2009   #16
dave1812

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RadioJoe View Post
From what I read, the "Photo Viewer" is not a part of Win7. I can only get it if I install the free Windows Live collection. Is this true?

On a side note: I kinda like the tools at Microsoft's TechNet site. They have a complete suite of System Internals.

Sysinternals Security Utilities
Photo viewer is on my installation. I haven't installed the "Live" stuff (at least not that I recall!!! )
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24 Nov 2009   #17
Sbrideau

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Drivers are good to have in case you get trouble after installing and can't get on the internet to get them. You shouldn't have to do anything with the drivers once installed though.

As for MSE, I'm currently trying it for the heck of knowing if it really is as good as people say it is, and I've been disapointed because it doesn't say when it updates, never pops up for anything, which I don't like, since I want antiviruses that actually show they're there, like the Avira Antivir pop-up in the corner of the screen when there are updates or anything that it does.
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24 Nov 2009   #18
mushroomboy

Windows 7, Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
There's a site that will actually automate the install of a bunch of free apps for you without any of the crapware or free toolbars etc. that sometimes come with these apps. It has a lot of useful apps like Skype, ImgBurn, Yahoo Messenger, Java, etc., and many other apps that you might be interested in. I have found it to be very helpful. It sure simplifies and speeds up setting up after a new install.

Here's the link: Ninite Easy PC Setup and Multiple App Installer - Great For Win7 Upgrades
****ING BRILLIANT!!! Where was I on this one? I was walking around with my thumb up my ass is what!!! Oh man that's great, that's going to be a keeper (like in austin powers!).

As far as AV goes, use the MS Defender or whatever that thing is. I personally hate AV as it's like having sex and then putting on a condom. Siffels anyone! I've got some for sale!!!

IMO for must have programs include:
Code:
Win 7 codecs (or any xvid codec pack and ffmpeg pack)
Pidgin!!! (**** any other chat program, they are all too bloated and ****ty)
Winamp... Why?  Cause it whipps the lamaz ass!!!
Daemon tools
Winrar, cause it kicks the **** out of winzip.  though bz2 beats all!
Minefield (formerly firefox)
Speedfan (for all those temps/hdd info)
Vuze (because they support linux!!!)
ImgBurn, CDBurnerXP, Infra Recorder (alternatives to k3b project)
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24 Nov 2009   #19
antt

Windows 7 build 7100 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sbrideau View Post
Drivers are good to have in case you get trouble after installing and can't get on the internet to get them. You shouldn't have to do anything with the drivers once installed though.

As for MSE, I'm currently trying it for the heck of knowing if it really is as good as people say it is, and I've been disapointed because it doesn't say when it updates, never pops up for anything, which I don't like, since I want antiviruses that actually show they're there, like the Avira Antivir pop-up in the corner of the screen when there are updates or anything that it does.
Im actually the opposite, I love MSE just because it does everything in the background. No annoying popups or audio (AVAST!) to deal with, just smooth running. It also helps keep non-savvy users from messing with things. If there are popups to play with, people will mess around with them.
Gotta love how it ties in with windows update too, i like to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to updating programs.

Oh and radiojoe there is a photo viewer in windows 7, and it works perfectly fine. The live suite contains an extra downloadable photo gallery, which can be used to organise and do basic corrections to your photos. Its a handy tool to have, it's auto-correct feature is pretty good.

I'd definitely make sure I had the network card and wireless driver handy before install. And be near an internet connection. If windows doesn't pick up the network drivers, you can install them and then jump on the net to get all the programs you need.
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24 Nov 2009   #20
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

I would like to recommend what I think is a better FREE image viewer than the native Windows Photo Viewer, that you can install and make the default image viewer so it will automatically open your images when you click on any image files. The program is Faststone Image Viewer. It is highly customizable, fast, handles more file types than the Windows Photo Viewer, has better editing features (although I generally use other apps for that) and can be set to open images in full screen with no menus showing so you can really enjoy your photos. The menus "fly out" when you hover the cursor to the 4 edges of the screen, so they are there when you need them, but if you're serious about photography, it's nice to see your images, unobstructed, in full screen. Anyway, I think Faststone Image Viewer is pretty awesome so I highly recommend checking it out if you haven't already.

"FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF and DNG).
No Adware No Spyware
Free for Home Users"
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