Well, it’s time for a reformat of the Windows Machine. Nothing like starting fresh, so I’ll put a list of Windows programs that I couldn’t live without.
- 7 – Zip – Who pays for winzip these days? Just download 7 – Zip. It’s free, open-source software that handles more than just .zip files.
- Adobe CS – I’m still on CS3 web premium because I payed way to much for it and I can’t afford CS4 yet. Maybe next year when I can get the insane student discounts I’ll pick up CS4.
- AVG Free Anti-Virus – As long as you know what you’re doing AVG Free is all you need. If you need some more protection, they also have a cheap pay-for Anti-Virus program. In my experience AVG Free has worked great.
- Dropbox – Just great for sharing files.
- DVD43 – Goes with the next one…
- DVD Shrink – When you’re archiving those DVDs, just incase they get scratched.
- FileZilla – A free, open-source FTP client that works great.
- iTunes – For syncing the iPod and getting podcasts.
- Last.fm – I love being able to see the stats on the music I’m listening to.
- Microsoft Office 2007
- Mozilla Firefox – Still the best PC browser available.
- Nero – For burning anything from photo backups to Linux ISOs.
- Notepad++ – A great editor for any kind of code. I use it when I just have a quick change or two that I need to make and I don’t want to wait for Dreamweaver to startup.
- Prime95 – Testing that overclock that you just setup.
- Simplify Meida – Great for streaming music to the iPod touch or any other computer over the internet from my PC.
- TuneUp Companion
- WinDirStat – Find out what’s eating up your harddrive.
- Pandora – Best internet radio, plus they have an iPhone app.
I would have to add “tweakui” to your list if you are running XP. Tweaks all the little things that you wish came standard with XP.
Ahh yes. Forgot about TweakUI. Thanks for reminding me.
download the portable apps version then just back the directory to an external drive or partition, they don’t do anything with the registry
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