Essential software to install in Windows?

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  1. ohla313 macrumors 6502a

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    I just set up my Boot Camp Windows 7 partition and was wondering what are some essential software to install to make sure it runs fine. I don't have an anti-virus software on the system yet so can anyone make any recommendations on that?

    What anti-virus does everyone else use?
     
  2. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

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    Microsoft Security Essentials is fine. Very simple, free, no interaction required, and doesnt impact performance.

    Then get Windows Live Essentials for things like Mesh (Cloud storage, folder syncing in the cloud, and other cloud stuff), Photo Gallery (For organizing viewing and doing basic editing), a basic movie maker. Again free.

    Virtual Clonedrive for mounting ISOs. Free.

    WinRAR. Free trial. Or 7-Zip (free).

    F.lux for altering the screen temperature to halogen lightbulb temperature as nighttime occurs which is supposed to help with insomnia and such from the computer screen. I feel it helps a lot. Also free.
     
  3. shyam09 macrumors 68000

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    Anti Virus:
    Avast
    Avira
    Microsoft Security Essentials

    All of the above are free and great AV's.. I personally use Avast and i love it, haven't had a problem for 4 years :)
    many people on these forums will suggest MSE [Microsoft Security Essentials] and that is also a great program. You can make do with either one :p

    Anti-Malware:
    MalwareBytes AntiMalware
    Bottom Line: It's the best one out there and its amazing :p
     
  4. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for all the replies! I installed MSE as you guys mentioned. What about in regards towards an email client? I'm not that big a fan of the browser based email. Something like the Mail.app would be cool.
     
  5. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

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    Mail comes with Live Essentials
     
  6. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This supports all types of mail accounts? I was thinking something like Thunderbird. What about an all-in-one chat client?
     
  7. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

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    POP3 and IMAP so it should handle what you need.

    AIO chat: Im not sure about anymore. Which services do you use?
     
  8. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I use AIM and GChat.
     
  9. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

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    Maybe Digsby
     
  10. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    I used that; trillian was used at one point in time as well back in the day.
     
  11. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Thanks. Does something like this exist for Mac OS X users?
     
  12. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Search and you'll simply find it is available for multiple OSs.
     
  13. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Yeah, sorry it was a long day here in the EU. :mad:

    It is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux on this page.

    Thanks Young Spade! ;)
     
  14. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Haha you're telling me, school is becoming a pretty bad bother at this point; I'm studying for hours a day and having no fun at all; only 1 class tomorrow though so I'm going to enjoy that day outright :)
     
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    Total Uninstall for when you install and later uninstall your software. When programs uninstall under Windows often remnants are left behind in the registry and this one keeps track of them and cleans up afterwards. Saved me many a times. Especially usefull when you are a software developper.

    I used CCleaner for emptying out the hidden temporary files in the past but these days am sitting on the fence with that since I feel Windows has become better at cleaning the temporary cached files. However you may want to take a look at it.

    The rest can be handled by Windows own software.
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    My list of essential software is as follows
    Ultraedit
    Beyond Compare
    Snagit
    PostBox
    Firefox
    AVG

    Aside from the last app (AVG) I install these on any windows computer I'm using. I don't always install AVG because it may be a work computer and it already has an anti-virus app installed.
     

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