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

23 Nov 2009   #1
RadioJoe

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Before the Install - What Software To Have On Hand?

Looking for your thoughts.

I plan to purchase and install Win7 in the next few days. In advance, what other programs should I consider installing? I'd like to start the downloading now. The install machine is the only one in my house and I want to be prepared.

In addition to Win7, I will install MS Office 2007, PaintShop Pro 11 with a few other graphics programs, HTML authoring software, and Sony SoundForge 9.0 (audio editing.)

I'm not a gamer. I would like to do some desktop enhancements. I like graphics and love to create desktop/wallpaper images. To be honest, the machine is used for more Internet action than anything else.

First and foremost will be virus protection. I will probably continue to use Avast. Currently, I play it safe with Ad-Aware and SpyBot. I'm also considering dropping all of that for Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Thanks in advance.

Joe


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23 Nov 2009   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I can't advise on Graphics apps. Joe, as I don't use it.

Curious why you think MSE will be as good as Avast - let alone Avast plus the other security apps. you have been using.
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23 Nov 2009   #3
dave1812

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RadioJoe View Post
Looking for your thoughts.

I plan to purchase and install Win7 in the next few days. In advance, what other programs should I consider installing? I'd like to start the downloading now. The install machine is the only one in my house and I want to be prepared.

In addition to Win7, I will install MS Office 2007, PaintShop Pro 11 with a few other graphics programs, HTML authoring software, and Sony SoundForge 9.0 (audio editing.)

I'm not a gamer. I would like to do some desktop enhancements. I like graphics and love to create desktop/wallpaper images. To be honest, the machine is used for more Internet action than anything else.

First and foremost will be virus protection. I will probably continue to use Avast. Currently, I play it safe with Ad-Aware and SpyBot. I'm also considering dropping all of that for Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Thanks in advance.

Joe
Have you ever used paint.net? Free and works for many functions one normally uses a paint program for. Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing highly recommended.

Trucrypt to encrypt a section of your HDD to keep password files or other sensitive files away from prying eyes.
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23 Nov 2009   #4
satchmo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

It all depends on how you use your PC.

So I think only you know which applications are appropriate for your computer.

I just use Avast! to protect my computer, and Windows 7 recognizes it as an official anti-virus program.
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23 Nov 2009   #5
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

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
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23 Nov 2009   #6
RadioJoe

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thanks Harpua, I will definitely check out that one. I often visit SourceForge for open source programs.

Dave, Yes I have tryed Paint.net.

SIW2 and Satchmo, I am sure you are correct about Avast. Although, I have read some good comments about MSE. I have a tendency to stick to what works.

Thanks!
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23 Nov 2009   #7
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

I only run MSE for antivirus/antispyware. I haven't had any issues.
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23 Nov 2009   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The software that I use for most things include

VMWare Player 3.0 or Virtualbox 3.0.12 for virtualization (Free)
Notepad++ for file editing (free)
TrueCrypt for encryption needs (free)
ImgBurn for cd burning.(free)
ExactAudio Copy for CD ripping (free)
7zip for compression/decompression (free)
Handbrake for video encoding (free)
CamStudio for video screen captures (free)
FoxIT PDF reader (free)
PDF Creator for creating PDF's from the Print menu (free)
MediaMonkey as my music playback tool and sync tool for MP3 player (free)
TreeSizeFree to analyze disk space usage (free).
Firefox for web browsing and various extensions (free)
Putty and PSCP for ssh'ing into Linux and secure copying files (free).
Open Office for basic office functionality (free).


So, as you can see....Aside from the physical box and the copy of Windows....I don't spend much on Software.
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23 Nov 2009   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I just did the Win 7 install this weekend. Print the tutorial by Brink to have as you install. You might not need it, but it is nice to have.

Clean Install Windows 7

The install went good for me. Just be sure you have your data files backed up and I made a list of the programs on my computer so that after the install I could just go down the list and install them again without forgetting anything. You were asking about an anti-virus. I am a big fan of Zone Alarm Security Suite. They have the Windows 7 upgrade already. It costs about $20 a year to keep the subscription current, but I think it is worth it. There are also some good free ones out there. Good luck on the install.
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23 Nov 2009   #10
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

What you absolutely need in case Windows 7 doesn't have it is your nic card driver. If you have that driver you are good to go.
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