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Old September 15, 2010, 06:52 PM
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Hello HWC,

I am not sure if this has been done before and i apologize if it has. When u do a clean install of windows what are some 'must have' software you install?

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Old September 15, 2010, 09:12 PM
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Old September 16, 2010, 08:17 AM
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Always got this on my flash drive, good foro troubleshooting, helping a friend or reinstalling Windows :

An antivirus
Superantispyware
A good web browser
CCleaner
Cpu-Z, Gpu-Z
Pidgin if you use instant messaging
Foxit reader
Microsoft Office
VLC or MPC
7-Zip
SNES emulator
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Old September 16, 2010, 10:07 AM
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I do about a zillion reinstallations a month. heres what I make sure is in the puter when i'm done.

Drivers - obviously
activate - after drivers, usually because theres no net driver after install
updates - Usually between 70 and 80 updates on xp, cant remember on vista and not so many on 7
while updates are running i install;
foxit reader - fast alternative to adobe reader without the exploits (make SURE YOU DONT INSTALL THE ASK TOOLBAR POS)
Open office - update java when its done, then shut OFF the auto start and auto update.
zip over to youtube because thats the fastest way to get to the adobe flashplayer install site. (MAKE SURE NOT TO INSTALL THE ADDED GOOGLE TOOLBAR POS)
klite codec pack (this will install all video codecs and media player classic)
microsoft's security essentials - free antivirus similar to avg and avira, but no pay for me splash screens
google earth - if your so inclined (MAKE SURE NOT TO INSTALL THE TOOLBAR OR CHROME)
windows live essentials - I typically only install messenger, photo gallery movie maker and mail (Dont INSTALL THE TOOLBAR)

When those are done I adjust some services I'm not going to go into it here because you can screw up pretty bad playin with those if you dont know what your doin.

then i fire up IE go through the setup, pretty much choose the OPPOSITE of whatever it wants me to do
then go to internet settings and set google as my default search engine and homepage, set the tab settings to suit, remove bing as a search provider, go to the advanced tab, scroll down till you see "empty temporary internet files folder when browser is closed" and make sure its checked.

by now the updates are done, reboot, check more updates, reboot.

install the trail version of perfectdisk and let it run its smart placement/defrag, do it 2 times if it looks like it needs it. then reboot an uninstall trial. or buy it if you like.

a word about google. I refuse to use anything google related other than search and earth. Specifically because google makes no secrets about watching and recording everything you do with their software. In a nutshell you are voluntarily installing and using spyware.

a word about installing free internet software. Almost all free software has "added optional" software that you can opt NOT to install. The rule of thumb is that if its not what you downloaded, you dont want it. make sure you read EVERYTHING that has a check besided it as those are things that will choke your pc at the end of the day. ESPECIALLY toolbars. you NEVER need a toolbar, so DONT install them.

a word about browsers... there is nothing wrong with IE, anyone who tells you different should be ignored. Mozilla is slow and ungainly, but has alot of cool add ons, Chrome is made by google and should be avoided for reasons stated in the word about google, Opera is fast and i have nothing bad to say about it because i'm personally biased, its my browser of choice. Safari, If you have safari on your system Its becuase you installed Itunes and didnt read my word about installing internet software. If you actually use safari you deserve it.

If your comfortable with it, hit start/run/msconfig/startup and uncheck everything except the antivirus. you DONT need ANYTHING else to start with the computer. If you use a messenger service and you want to have it start with the computer then leave that too. I always remove the entries in the registry so the list clears, but I dont suggest playing around in there if you dont know exactly what your doing, or have huge cajones.


thats about it.
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Old September 16, 2010, 11:21 AM
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be aware of apps like this, as great as they are, they dont opt out of the junk that comes with the other software when it installs em
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Old September 17, 2010, 08:19 AM
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I do about a zillion reinstallations a month. heres what I make sure is in the puter when i'm done.

Drivers - obviously
activate - after drivers, usually because theres no net driver after install
updates - Usually between 70 and 80 updates on xp, cant remember on vista and not so many on 7
while updates are running i install;
foxit reader - fast alternative to adobe reader without the exploits (make SURE YOU DONT INSTALL THE ASK TOOLBAR POS)
Open office - update java when its done, then shut OFF the auto start and auto update.
zip over to youtube because thats the fastest way to get to the adobe flashplayer install site. (MAKE SURE NOT TO INSTALL THE ADDED GOOGLE TOOLBAR POS)
klite codec pack (this will install all video codecs and media player classic)
microsoft's security essentials - free antivirus similar to avg and avira, but no pay for me splash screens
google earth - if your so inclined (MAKE SURE NOT TO INSTALL THE TOOLBAR OR CHROME)
windows live essentials - I typically only install messenger, photo gallery movie maker and mail (Dont INSTALL THE TOOLBAR)

When those are done I adjust some services I'm not going to go into it here because you can screw up pretty bad playin with those if you dont know what your doin.

then i fire up IE go through the setup, pretty much choose the OPPOSITE of whatever it wants me to do
then go to internet settings and set google as my default search engine and homepage, set the tab settings to suit, remove bing as a search provider, go to the advanced tab, scroll down till you see "empty temporary internet files folder when browser is closed" and make sure its checked.

by now the updates are done, reboot, check more updates, reboot.

install the trail version of perfectdisk and let it run its smart placement/defrag, do it 2 times if it looks like it needs it. then reboot an uninstall trial. or buy it if you like.

a word about google. I refuse to use anything google related other than search and earth. Specifically because google makes no secrets about watching and recording everything you do with their software. In a nutshell you are voluntarily installing and using spyware.

a word about installing free internet software. Almost all free software has "added optional" software that you can opt NOT to install. The rule of thumb is that if its not what you downloaded, you dont want it. make sure you read EVERYTHING that has a check besided it as those are things that will choke your pc at the end of the day. ESPECIALLY toolbars. you NEVER need a toolbar, so DONT install them.

a word about browsers... there is nothing wrong with IE, anyone who tells you different should be ignored. Mozilla is slow and ungainly, but has alot of cool add ons, Chrome is made by google and should be avoided for reasons stated in the word about google, Opera is fast and i have nothing bad to say about it because i'm personally biased, its my browser of choice. Safari, If you have safari on your system Its becuase you installed Itunes and didnt read my word about installing internet software. If you actually use safari you deserve it.

If your comfortable with it, hit start/run/msconfig/startup and uncheck everything except the antivirus. you DONT need ANYTHING else to start with the computer. If you use a messenger service and you want to have it start with the computer then leave that too. I always remove the entries in the registry so the list clears, but I dont suggest playing around in there if you dont know exactly what your doing, or have huge cajones.


thats about it.

I also seem to do tons all the time as well and what you listed here is almost exactly what I do. Pretty much the only difference is in the little bit of software the we use here and you don't, Office and adobe reader (I know, I would rather use foxit as well, not my decision). But really other than that everything is darn near exact even the IE settings, which I am the only one here that does it like that.
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Old September 17, 2010, 09:01 AM
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CDburnerXP and IMGburn are pretty important for me. Note that you should only install the software you will USE. If you install any crap we tell you, you will only full your windows and you will have to do a newinstall in few week
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