Top applications to install after a fresh OS installation

We've all been there, no matter what you try, your PC just isn't running like it did the day you purchased it. So you admit defeat, back up what you can and break out your installation disk. After installing your squeaky clean instance of Windows, the reality of what little you have as far as programs go comes barreling toward you in a wave of panic and frustration.

Fortunately today there's a wide array of quality freeware applications, so it's both cheaper and easier to transform your system into a seemingly impenetrable force armed with a cache of media, messaging and office applications.

With this guide, we will be providing you with a list of useful applications that we feel stand above all others in what they attempt to do, and when all is said and done, your PC will be ready for nearly any everyday task you throw at it.

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Stuff I install after a fresh reformat, in no particular order:

Firefox
Imgburn
Daemon Tools Lite
WLM
AIM
VLC
uTorrent
Ventrilo
AntiVir
Openoffice
TortoiseSVN

I use Outlook at Home and Work, and it is the one app that I can't give up to make the switch to Linux. If Open Source can make something comparable to Outlook, I would seriously consider it. BTW, I even get my software for my home computer paid for by work, so it's not like it's a cost issue or anything. Outlook Rocks, and nothing else comes close.

Here's mine:

+Firefox (and downthemall!)
+Adobe Reader
+ImgBurn
+VLC (and some codecs since some of VLC's are not HQ)
+Bitmeter
+WLM
+Ultramon
+Photoshop
+After Effects
+iTunes & Quicktime
+AVG Antivirus

And my 3d software and that where the mess starts:
+Maya
+Motionbuilder
+XSI

What the!?

Outpost Firewall... may not be free, but at least when I use it I don't feel like my firewall is working against me. I can't believe it didn't even make it as an alternative... not even mentioned.

Here's the freeware and open source software i always install :

Gimp - as good as photophop if you are not a pro or if you are just a web developer.
Infrared Recorder - burning app without all the **** usually coming with them.
Media Player Classic and VLC - best video players period. fell sorry for people using wmp for videos.
Eclipse with plugins dedicated to web developement - one of the best IDE for web dev if you are under windows (Quanta Plus is better under Linux ).
Notepad++ - awesome app. used Ultraedit for a while but the price of it is getting extremely ridiculous.
Firefox with plugins dedicated to web development (web toolbal, Colorzilla, Firebug, ...) - could not live without it.
Inkscape - because i like to draw but don't want to sell my house to do it.
Avidemux - cool app to convert video from one format to another (Virtual Dub is always close too).
Open Office - does the job and for 300$ less than MS Office. i'm not a company so i don't need MS office.
Thunderbird - cause it does the job and or free.
Flash Develop - getting better and better each time a new version comes out.

Software i pay for :

Windowx XP and Windows Vista - only because i play game.
PowerDVD Ultra - cause i use my PC to watch blu-ray.
Bitdefender - good antivirus that is not a ressources hog and for a low price.

Would like to get Premiere and Flash but the price is ridiculous for home users.

Windows Live Mail is a decent email app IMO. Its my favorite atm. I like it more than Outlook, that is for sure. But in an actual work environment where all the Outlook features are utilized, Outlook is a godsend. Thunderbird is ok, but I think they should copy the WLM and Outlook UI a little. Thunderbird still reminds me a lot of the old netscape mail app.

Freeware installed on every install:

Firefox - Duh!
Nero 9 Micro - 200mb installed :)
Foxit PDF Reader - Beats Acrobat easy
Photoscape - Love some of the things this program does!
Paint.Net - Paint replacement and faster than Photoshop
VLC - Video player
AIMP - Music player
Metapad - Notepad replacement
uTorrent - No comment!
Google Earth - I just cant get enough of it!
Johns Background Switcher - Just discovered this! Works GREAT on two screens too!
CCleaner - Run weekly
SuperAntiSpyware - Run weekly
AVG Free - Run weekly

www.filehippo.com is the first site I hit after EVERY install regardless of whose machine it is!!

Wow, that list is the biggest load of crap I've ever seen. I feel sorry for the author that struggled with Outlook. I guess even people brand new to computers can blog crap like this and get it published. Tragic but true.

Yeah - I'm not sure how anyone could choose Thunderbird over Outlook unless they're just wanting something basic and free. Outlook (especially when used with Exchange) stomps the competition.

JonathanMarston said,
Yeah - I'm not sure how anyone could choose Thunderbird over Outlook unless they're just wanting something basic and free. Outlook (especially when used with Exchange) stomps the competition.

I much prefer the less-bloat of Thunderbird with Lightning/Google Provider extensions. I get great IMAP and Calendar (with universal access from anywhere with net access) without the beast that is Outlook. I can't understand why anyone would choose Outlook unless their business email required it for some reason. ;-)

Yea, we have to use outlook at work, and what a piece of garbage... why anyone would choose to use it at home, is beyond me...

Buttus said,
Yea, we have to use outlook at work, and what a piece of garbage... why anyone would choose to use it at home, is beyond me...

You are right, that list is a load of shight. I use vista ultimate and the only programs I installed are: Niro Lite, Windows live suite (which includes Email, Contacts, and calendar, Photo editor for the average guy and a blogging program, video editor and WLM Messenger), Office 2007 suit, I had to install Fences from stardock (great program....love it), Perfect disk 10. And there is a cool free add-on from M$ that lets you convert office documents to PDF. I use acrobat reader and acrobat password cracker, though you can choose what is best for you. I never installed a virus scanner on my computer because I hate it because it can slow any computer down...(Though you should have a Virus scanner). None of those cleaners are safe....I always had issues after using them.

You are right, that list is a load of shight. I use vista ultimate and the only programs I installed are: Niro Lite, Windows live suite (which includes Email, Contacts, and calendar, Photo editor for the average guy and a blogging program, video editor and WLM Messenger), Office 2007 suit, I had to install Fences from stardock (great program....love it), Perfect disk 10. And there is a cool free add-on from M$ that lets you convert office documents to PDF. I use acrobat reader and acrobat password cracker, though you can choose what is best for you. I never installed a virus scanner on my computer because I hate it because it can slow any computer down...(Though you should have a Virus scanner). None of those cleaners are safe....I always had issues after using them.


Garbage news comment of the day award.