Software suggestions?

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  1. Advi
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    so I finally got a new computer to replace the Dell dinosaur I had downstairs: a great Compaq Intel laptop w/ Win7 Home Premium. Possibly one of my best investments ever.

    Can you guys give me a few suggestions for new software?

    I currently have added:
    Opera 10.10
    Norton Security Suite
    WMC Internet TV function (separate download and all)
    7-zip File Manager
    Mozilla Thunderbird

    It also came with CyberLink disc software which I like as it is.

    thanks
     


  2. prowler

    prowler Sony

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    Firefox
    Game Booster
    paint.NET
    CCleaner

    Get that shit Anti-Virus off your computer now.
     
  3. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

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    I'm personally a Firefox guy, but almost anything is better than IE.

    I live and die by JDownloader for my piracy. That is, if you don't use torrents.

    VLC is an awesome media player.

    I'm not too fond of Norton. I'd use Malwarebytes (either free or full version) and another program.

    Check here for more stuff.
     
  4. luke_c

    luke_c Big Boss

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    Office/OpenOffice
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    uTorrent
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    Daemon Tools
    jDownloader
    VLC
    Audacity
    iTunes
     
  5. Advi
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    Advi GBAtemp Maniac

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    first of all Norton is free with my ISP. I prefer the good ol' McAfee, but I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth!

    CCleaner and Game Booster look good, and i guess a torrent client was a given.

    Thank you guys
     
  6. WildWon

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    I would like to put in my vote for Chrome, jdownloader and utorrent. I've also created a backup folder of all necessary programs i ALWAYS install.

    PS- i'm on Win7 64, and these all work (regardless of name... like the first one here lol)

    Here's my list-
    CDBurnerXP - freebie mp3>cd burning program (does more, i just use it for cds)
    Google Chrome - You know this one.
    Damn NFO Viewer - I read a lot of .nfo files, for ...various reasons [​IMG] This is a small quick one.
    jDownloader - An amazing program if you even half-regularly use megaupload or sites such as that.
    mIRC - IRC, i use it way too much >_> (if you don't know, Internet Relay Chat. Yea, learn more elsewhere online [​IMG])
    Partition Wizard - I need a partition manager. This is a freeware (home version) and it works like Partition Magic (a pay-for partition manager). Similar gui too!
    IMGBurn - Great freeware Image Burning util. Works wonderfully [​IMG]
    Skype - Yea, skype.
    Steam - Yup, another common one.
    µTorrent - A small, very nice torrent client.
    WinRAR - The only zip utility i use anymore.

    That's it for my backed-up, most-needed files!

    However, if you're doing much in terms of Windows desktop editing (or you need to get into anything major inside of Win7), i just found this the other day, and it's a Godsend.
    Add "Take-Owndership" To Your Right-Click Menu

    It does what it says lol.

    Hope that comes in somewhat handy. And if not, i hope it helps someone [​IMG]

    EDIT:
    Well, i was not familiar with Game Booster, however, that might get added to the list. Very interesting! (Thanks for that one! [​IMG])
     
  7. Wabsta

    Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

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    Same. (edit: No not same, I use FireFox!)
    Gamebooster, is it legit?
     
  8. WildWon

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    Well, i checked a few places (pcworld) and they say it does what it claims, but it depends on your system. I only have 2gigs of ram, so i'm sure it could help out with a few things. But they also recommend to use it with caution... as it kills and restarts unneeded processes when activated (before playing) and deactivated (after playing).

    So, we'll see what happens when i have some spare time and test it out [​IMG]
     
  9. prowler

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    like wildwon said

    I use it everyday because i have 512mb of ram on windows 7. Its awesome.
     
  10. WildWon

    WildWon EXTERMINATE!

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    Whoa. 512meg? On a Win7 machine? That's gotta be harsh. I thought my 2gig was low.
     
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    Now I want to boast about my 4GB RAM :yaypc:
     
  12. airpirate545

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    K-Lite Codec Pack over VLC
    Pidgin if you chat a lot
    CCleaner
    Firefox
    Launchy, if your lazy, like me

    Also looking for essential programs to install on ma new Windows 7 installation
     
  13. prowler

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    If I didnt have gamebooster, I wouldn't be able to do what I can now on it :3

    Firefox, WMP, uTorrent, MSN with no lags.
    M$ can suck it [​IMG]
     
  14. Advi
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    Advi GBAtemp Maniac

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    Just got Steam (I'm still waiting for BioShock to install, lol) and am gonna get JDownloader. Looks great. And I already have a bunch of free CyberLink software, so I'm already covered for CD/DVD burning and stuff. I also used it on other laptops my family has and it also works well.

    P.s. thanks for reminding me, I need an IM client, Pidgin looks good.
     
  15. Elritha

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    Here are a few I find good.

    MPC-HC (VLC for files that won't play in MPC-HC)
    Comodo firewall (only the firewall part I use)
    Firefox
    Daemon Tools
    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    Spyware Blaster
    Imgburn
    Winamp
    Foxit Reader
    Ccleaner
    Mozilla Thunderbird
    MyDefrag

    Game Booster looks a bit interesting, well the defrag game directory part does anyway. Cleaning RAM will have little to no effect, especially on OS like Windows Vista/7, which handle ram management quite well.
     
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    Satangel, guild beat you to it [​IMG]
     
  18. prowler

    prowler Sony

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    anyone know the name of the software that reinstalls your programs when you format/upgrade?
    I've seen it around before, just forgot the name.

    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  19. zeromac

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    i use gamebooster [​IMG] its quite good
     
  20. azure0wind

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    try xvi32, pe explorer, i suggest you remove norton and replace it with avast! it much better....