what apps/software should we run on windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mackaveli, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. mackaveli macrumors regular

    May 1, 2005
    Just got windows 7.

    Installed starcraft 2 and it runs really well.

    What programs should i get?

    I'm going to get VLC player to watch videos but i have no idea what other software to get?

    i got microsoft security essentials for viruses.
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    How much time do you spend in Win7? To be honest, AFAIK I've yet to download any Win7-specific software (i.e., not also compatible with XP / Vista).
  3. mackaveli thread starter macrumors regular

    May 1, 2005
    Not much other than gaming and maybe browsing. But i would like to have some simple apps to do things.

    Like msn messager. but is there adium on windows?

    VLC player for media.

    burning software on pc.

    Also is there a program like Expose on Windows? I keep moving my mouse to the corners thinking i can clear it to the desktop.

    I'd also like to theme my windows 7 to look nice.
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    The two closest programs to Adium on Windows are probably Pidgin (Pidgin is the major open source project on which Adium is based -- that is the chat protocol underpinnings in Adium come from Pidgin) and Trillian. I personally like Trillian, although people seem to love it or hate it.


    There are a couple of tools that can give you hot corners...


  5. mackaveli thread starter macrumors regular

    May 1, 2005
    Is there an iStat widget/gadget for Windows 7 so i can monitor temp and fans and CPU activity?
  6. Kaviar macrumors member


    Aug 8, 2010
    Unless you need anything specific (Photoshop, Office etc...) then Windows as most of it covered for you.

    CD burning is taken care of by WMP,
    Like you said VLC will be spot on for video playback,
    and if you want an IM, Windows Live Messenger will do the job.

    As for DVD's, W7 does have DVD burning software built in but I've never used it so I can't say what files it will support.
    I've never used it as I just don't use DVD's these days. It's all streaming and USB for me.
    I still do the odd CD for the car but I have a HDD in the car with all my music on so it's only once in a blue moon I copy one. Optical storage is just a bit old school these days.

    If you find that the DVD software doesn't cover what you need try Nero.
    You can pick it up for £2 or so if you get an OEM copy.

    As for security, I personally run Kaspersky, but that's just me. I like the flexibility of network management of applications.
    The MS Security Essentials package is very good, and free things that are good are always nice.

    In short, what you've got already should do you just fine :)

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