Just got a notebook with Windows 7, whats the "must have software"?

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  1. Madness

    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    My Mac died and I didn't feel like blowing a shit ton of cash on another so I got a similarly equipped Lenovo for half the price :wiggle:. What all do I need to "acquire" for optimum Windows 7 usage. All I have on the list so far Photoshop.. i'll probably need a good torrent or usenet client too :hsugh:
     
  2. Madness

    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    oh and on a related note, how do I get it to stop asking me permission for shit :mad:
     
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    control panel > users > change user account control
     
  4. SeeVinceRun

    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    uTorrent for torrents.

    MSE, Foxit, Malwarebytes, ImgBurn, etc etc. But really, no one on here can tell you what you need to get unless you tell us what you want to do with it.
     
  5. Madness

    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    Check on utorrent, what's foxit do?

    Honestly I won't be doing much more than web browsing, but I figured everyone could post their favorite apps here in a similar vien to the Mac Shack's thread. Found a ton of programs in that thread when I got my ibook that i never would've thought of using. So yea... help me fill this freaking 300gb hd :wiggle:
     
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    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    Foxit Reader is a small, fast PDF reader.
     
  7. CodeX

    CodeX Guest

    Must haves IMO:
    VLC for a media player
    Foxit for PDF viewer, as mentioned
    Firefox/Opera/Chrome for browser
    Picasa for image viewing
    WinRAR for rar/zip/anything archives
    Daemon Tools for mounting ISO's
    Winamp for MP3 player
    Everything for searching hard drive (link)

    Good to have depending on what you use the PC for:
    PS3 Media Server (if you have a PS3)
    Grabit (if you use usenet)
    DAMN NFO viewer (if you download from torrents/usenet and get nfo files)
    Fraps (if you play games and want to record video or take screenshots)
    WinDirStat (nice tool to find where all your hard drive space went)
    cpuz (for bragging about your overclock)


    I don't use any antivirus software or malware scanners or anything like that, but I wouldn't recommend that to anyone unless you know what you are doing.
     
  8. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Don't change the User Account Control. Yes, it's annoying for the first couple of days while you're getting things set up, but after that point it's a useful security feature. It makes sure that you're the one running certain important commands, not a piece of spyware pretending to be you.
     
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    I use Kaskersky for anti-virus, but that cost a lot of money.
    I have WinDirStat for managing my 1 TB HD.
    I use SIW (System information system) for detailed analysis of my PC, and I use it to check the temperature of my laptop.
    I got CClearner to clean my PC.
    I use OpenOffice to take notes at school. (I lost my word disc)
    I use TrueCrypt for encrypting information.
    I have Keepass to store passwords, I seldom use it however.
    I have 7-Zip for unziping and compressing.
    I use Firefox for browsing
    I use Ares for download ( I seldom use that as well)
    Google Earth for when I am bored.
    I have Gimp for photo editing ( i have photoshop on my main PC)
    I've been using Windows live mail for mail but lately Ive been testing Thunderbird as a possible replacement.

    There is a lot of great opensource software out there. Wiki has a list of them. There is software for everything. Medical imaging software, virus simulator. I am sure you could find what ever you need on there.
     
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    definitely recommend foxit pdf reader and Everything.. I use Everything, ALL THE TIME

    oh an you can open .nfo files with notepad? :dunno:
     
  12. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    7zip (.zip, .rar, other archives)
    CCleaner (Registry cleaner, secure delete)
    Chrome (Browser)
    FileZilla (FTP)
    Foxit Pdf Reader (Pdf)
    Notepad++ (Notepad replacement, text editor, syntax highlighting, .Nfo)
    Paint.Net (Paint replacement)
    Picasa (Photo management and basic editing)
    uTorrent (torrents)
    VLC (video)
    Winamp (music, podcasts, internet radio)
     
  13. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    and I use gAttach! to override the default email link handling (Windows Live Mail) to Gmail
     
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  14. CodeX

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    It does well enough to get the info you need I guess, but the formatting is usually screwed up, and the ASCII art that is often at the top amuses me so it has to show up correctly :rofl:
     
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    Great thread I am in a similar situation. Saving for home
     
  16. CodeX

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    I'm gonna have to check out notepad++. Did you completely replace notepad with it, as in associate *.txt files with it?

    and wtf @ 7zip instead of winrar? Does 7zip open everything winrar does?

    I know winrar is multithreaded, extracting multiple files in the archive simultaneously, and when extracting 10gb+ on a quad core PC it matters.
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    Yep, I have Notepad++ associated with txt, nfo, ini, log, etc. It's awesome.

    7zip can't create RAR, but it opens nearly everything, and it's FOSS.
     
  18. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    ZipGenius can create RAR files.

    MS PowerCalc and TweakUI powertoys are pretty clutch; I use them on a regular basis.

    MS InkArt powertoy is a cool painting/drawing program if you have a touchscreen. My mom's a painter and she loves having that to play with.
     

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