Top 10 Windows Programs/Applications

By WinXPert
Oct 17, 2009
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  1. After a clean install of Windows and you are allowed to install only 10 Programs/Applications what would that be?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,673   +152

    What programs would you pick?
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,511   +308

  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,673   +152

    Thanks Julio,
    for bringing these back... Some good apps and advice!
  5. superty12

    superty12 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 432

    The List

    10: Lego Digital Designer
    9: Smilebox
    8: OpenOffice.org
    7: Elf Bowling 71-7 - The Last Insult
    6: Ricochet Infinity
    5: Adobe Reader 9
    4: Avast! Antivirus Home Edition
    3: The Sims 2
    2: Mozilla Firefox
    1: BumpTop
  6. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 527

    Having trouble logging in...

    Here are my apps:

    1. Avira antivir - antivirus my first line of defence
    2. RAMIdleLE - memory manager
    3. Glary Utilities -system tools and spyware scanner
    4. 7zip - archiving tool
    5. Format Factory - multimedia conversion
    6. K-Lite Mega Pak - codecs of course
    7. DeepBurner Free - for burning CD/DVD
    8. Foxit Reader - for my ebooks
    9. Free Download Manager - I am a download junkie
    10. PortableApps Suite. - OpenOffice.org + other apps

    Tmagic650 let's see your list.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    Hmm...

    1). K-Lite + MPC
    2). MeGui
    3). Chrome
    4). Office
    5). WinRAR
    6). CCleaner + massive uninstall, depending on whats on my recovery disk, if I have one.
    7). Foxit
    8). Orbitz (maybe??)
    9). CPL Mouse fix+ mouse drivers
    10). STARCRAFT (YAY!) +Chaos launcher and Iccup launcher! Then CSS if the computer has a suitable graphics card.

    Thats what I can think of now, I feel I left some important stuff.
    EDIT: Daemon Tools to install more.
  8. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 527

    hellokitty[hk] 2 in common. I use Daemon Tools Lite though.
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    Meh same thing, I think i'm using lite too.
  10. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 527

    [hk] what's your AV? not included in your 10 so your system is vulnerable.
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    Haha, thats true, I guess I am vulnerable, if I reformat, I will throw in Avira too, but with school, that will probably be over winter break or near june.
    I don't have anything on my computer anyway, and I periodically install and run Avira scans.
     
  12. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 527

    Go Portable
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    I've gotten maybe half way through portable apps creation master 1.6 so far :).
    Anyway, wouldn't I have to install it to update every little while?
  14. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 527

    Just download the AVsig ivdf_fusebundle_nt_en.zip maybe weekly and do a manual update. It runs on it's own folder so its "no install" and doesn't affect the registry, modified files are written in its subdir. I uploaded one on the other thread.

    I also modified SuperAntiSpyware to run portable. Didn't use it guess I'm not an SS fan.

    If your were to recommend a replacement on any of my top 10 what would that be. Kindly state your pros and cons.
  15. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    5. Format Factory - multimedia conversion
    7. DeepBurner Free - for burning CD/DVD

    I usually use MeGui for converting, and DVD flick.
  16. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 527

    I'll give it a try. I use FF for converting movies to PSP MP4. Deep Burners for backups only.
  17. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,316   +116

    MeGui probably isn't as easy to use o.o.
    EDIT: Actually, I suck at it.
  18. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 527

    lol
     
  19. Criggelations

    Criggelations Newcomer, in training

    My 10 Apps

    1. AVG (This would have been BitDefender but I've had nothing but trouble with it for 6 months now)
    2. Firefox
    3. Spybot
    4. Microsoft Office (OpenOffice suite if we're looking only at free apps)
    5. Pidgin
    6. GIMP
    7. Maybe VLC Media Player?
    8. Foxit
    9. 7zip
    10. A toss-up between Deep Shredder 10 and Diablo II (chess or gaming.. hmmm)

    I think a PC with those programs could keep me going for a while.

    My brand new PC arrives tomorrow so I'll be able to test that theory. ;-)
  20. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 527

    Why not try Avira Antivir it's better and also free.
  21. Criggelations

    Criggelations Newcomer, in training

    I did run Avira briefly a year or two back, but found it didn't detect anything that AVG couldn't. No worse, but no better... I may well be wrong though?

    I thought a switch to a paid AV would be worthwhile given the amount of "risky" browsing I did... worst decision I ever made. BitDefender seemed to have mostly good reviews, but I've had nothing but trouble with it, numerous bugs, no customer support and protection not much better than any of the free ones. And the number of times I've lost that protection and needed to cleanly reinstall beggars belief - on my laptop (running Vista) it has never lasted 3 weeks without developing a fault of some sort.

    I was considering NOD32 for my new system - do you think Avira and saving the money would be a better option?

    (Apologies for veering this thread further OT!)
  22. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 527

    Avira Free is worth it. I've been using it for more than 2 year and never had a single infection. I used AVG before but I got hit by 3 nasties so I changed it. Anyway it's still user preference, if you think your secured with it why change, mine is only a suggestion. Bty I don't I don't have third party anti-malware/anti-spyware/firewall on my system. But don't try this setup though.
  23. frunktee

    frunktee Newcomer, in training

    :) Thanks Julio,
    Some good apps and advice!
  24. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,022   +87

    here's my list of free (mostly) software for you (not exactly in this order)
    1)Avira
    2)Paint.net
    3)Foxit Reader
    4)KMPlayer (i think it's better than VLC Player when playing videos but you could try both and choose one)
    5)OpenOffice.org
    6)Firefox
    7)CCleaner
    8)Winrar (it's not free but there's an trial version you can use)
    9)Winamp (nobody suggested it? or is it considered a default program?)
    10)Nero (also not free)
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