Reinstalling my PC

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Skye07, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Skye07
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    It's been since April 2007 that I reinstalled Windows XP, and Microsoft's OS is such a great piece of software that you need to reinstall it every few months to keep it running fairly fast (starting winXP takes about 5min - shutting down is about 3). Also for some reason my DVD drive only reads at 1mb/s speed anymore (driver conflict I guess or something). So yeah, time to reinstall and get rid of al those annoyances (sp).

    I've made myself a list of programs I need to reinstall, but maybe you guys know any other programs that are handy to have.

    Here's my list:

    Alcohol 120%
    Camstudio
    CCleaner
    K-Lite Codec Pack
    FlashFXP
    Floola
    Getright
    MS Office 2003
    Hamachi
    Hitmanpro
    Imgbun
    ISPMonitor
    PSP7
    Oxygen Phone Manager II
    RealVNC
    RocketDock
    SQLyog
    TeamSpeak
    TeraCopy
    Treesize
    Whatpulse
    Winamp
    Winrar
    WinXP Manager
    Norton 2005 (OEM licence)
    Windows Live Messenger + MsgPlus
    Yahoo Messenger
    Xfire
    Zoomplayer


    That should be about it, might look like quite a large list but I use all those programs on a reguar basis. So, do you think there's anything else (or better programs) than the ones I have?

    Also do you have any suggestions for reinstalling Windows XP? (it's OEM with my laptop so it's just a couple of recovery disks)
     


  2. laminaatplaat

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    This is just a list that shows what I do different on my pc (and I dont use all stuff you use)

    DAEMON tools (for cd emulation, so no need for A120%)
    Nero lite + IMGburn (for burning stuff)
    NOD32 (no other crap like hitmanpro and norton)
    VLC mediaplayer (no searching for codec packs that get out dated and stuff) -->> is alot like zoomplayer so nvm
    Windows normal firewall (its good enough if you do normal things online)

    EDIT: I dont mean that A120% is bad software [​IMG]



    I advice: codec packs suck, norton stuff slows your pc alot, hitmanpro can be good and bad...
     
  3. Skye07
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    I know Norton slows down PCs alot but I don't know any software besides Norton that blocks ads on websites effectiently. (read: I'm too lazy to look it up so I just ask it here)
     
  4. nloding

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    Fuck Norton/Symantec. Install a free antivirus like AntiVir, Avast, or AVG, and get Firefox with Ad-Block add-on. You're set.

    In addition to RocketDock, get Launchy. I can't frickin' live without Launchy anymore.
     
  5. King Zargo

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    You forgot SuperMegaSpoof.
     
  6. Mars

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    Yeah should certainly install launchy. It's a keystroke launcher that is quite handy. I highly recommend it,as it makes finding files very easy and quick.
     
  7. Salamantis

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    +1. Norton is a piece of crap, and I've had experience with it. I have Avast and it works for me just fine, it wins. [​IMG] And it's free, too!
     
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    Don't get K-lite Codec pack.
    Get CCCP, with all the codecs they install and media player classic, there hasn't been a single media file which I haven't been able to play [​IMG]
     
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    Make sure that when you go to porn, go to legit porn sites. Do not go to those that looks unprofessional, or those from some unknown companies. There is about 4 or 5 major porn producing companies that comes to mind instantly. The major ones are virus and spyware free and have high quality material. I've been watching high quality porn, and since then, I haven't need to reinstalled my XP, it's been 2 years.
     
  11. Skye07
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    @xJonny: Thanks for those programs, I've downloaded them and checked out what they did, seems pretty interesting [​IMG]

    @xcalibur: I got CCCP too [​IMG]

    @Westside: I got other sources [​IMG]

    @nloding: I got Launchy now but haven't installed it yet, not really see how it makes life easier from the screenshots on their website but I'll soon find out [​IMG]



    So, I don't use Firefox, I use IE7, yeah I know it sucks and all but I'm used to it and I'm not planning to switch. Anyone knows a good adblocker?
     
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    If you were using firefox i'd reccomend the Adblock Plus addon, but since you're not I don't know, although I head admuncher or whatever its called is good.
     
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    Get KMPlayer instead of VLC IMO its better.
     
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    for all in one IM, I recommend Pidgin. it does IRC too! [​IMG]

    *downloads half the list! (good software)
     
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    edit: nvrmind.
     
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    iTunes
    Object Dock
    Bioshock
    Vent

    only things i use so....
     
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    Ad-aware
     
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    Great program thanks a lot.
     
  20. Rayder

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    Absolutely essential to ANY PC setup:

    After the initial Windows setup and you are looking at the default windows desktop screen.......install the chipset drivers and reboot. If you have a motherboard disk for your motherboard, use that.

    Then install component drivers. (sound card, video card (driver only) and any other cards you may have in the system)

    Go to Windows update...get everything. Then finish installing the video drivers (the rest of the drivers). Reboot.

    Then install all the other programs you use or that everyone else suggested to use as you see fit.

    After all that, you will need to go through all your settings and set them how you like.

    Run the defragmentation program.

    Doing this stuff out of order can result in a seriously screwed-up system. Believe me, I know. I've set up many dozens of PC's in my time. There is a very specific pattern to a successful setup, as I succinctly outlined above. Follow that and you should be good.

    Hope that helps ya! [​IMG]