new computer? reinstalled windows? so what do you do now?
I often forget the entire list of basic programs I should be installing every windows reinstall. this is the stuff most people might use. so I am keeping the list here as a personal reminder list and also as a favor to others.
list of software basics
- install drivers. your computer won't work right without them. it's the cdrom that came with your motherboard, or you can find the drivers on the laptop or system or motherboard manufacturer's web site under "support" or "drivers and downloads".
- an antivirus, right off. I suggest malwarebytes but if you can't afford it, then use microsoft security essentials.
- browser of choice:
- thunderbird email client, safer than microsoft outlook or outlook express because it doesn't auto-execute attachments
- project management projectlibre
- archiver/zip 7-zip archiver (can split files into multiple columes). currently, version 7.25alpha is the most bug-free and stable version to use.
- FTP Client filezilla FTP client (DECLINE the software offers! can be malware, but the program itself is not)
- text file merge utility winmerge
- cd burning utility cdrtfe (does blu-ray, doesn't currently do multisession DVDs, use all 3 filesystems for blu-ray and set for DAO (disc-at-once with any multisesion stuff off) or cdburnerxp (requires .net 2.0 or later or both, does not work with blu-ray)
- Visual C++ Redistributables M
for applications that require it of give an error like "missing msvcrt100.dll"). if you have a 64-bit box, install both x86 and x64.
- Java (security-wise it's up to you, some sites require it for operation) Java.com
- Flash Player, avoid the mcafee scan if you already have an antivirus, it installs mcafee. do this with browser closed.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader, avoid the mcafee scan if you already have an antivirus, it installs mcafee. do this with browser closed. Air, avoid the mcafee scan if you already have an antivirus, it installs mcafee. not usually used by most applications. requires a difficult upgrade proces in which you must close the running process in order to upgrade it (grr). do this with browser closed.
- Microsoft Silverlight do this with browser closed.
- IE upgrades
- apple quicktime
- apple itunes
- media player. VLC is the best because it has the most codecs.
- programmer's text editor notepad++
- office package office.com - free microsoft office online or office 365 or office (current year) $$$ or libreoffice or openoffice.org
- paint: GIMP-win or just buy Adobe Photoshop and Premiere elements $109.99 or Paint Shop Pro Ultimate $80 (photo bitmap, vector, oils, pastels, chalk, crayons, etc) that can be layered (cool!) psd compatibility is OK, but could be better when I had X1, now it's X7
- web editing: fre adobe brackets.io
- microsoft .Net (required for some programs to run)
- inssider.com wifi analyzer (check to find open channels if your wifi isn't working) $15
- virtualbox (virtual machine)
- cpuid.com's hwmonitor (don't get/use pc wizard, older version installs malware "Advanced System Protector" that will take down your box)
- use a high-joules surge protector or if you have brown-outs in your area, a line conditioner.
- ISOBAR IB8RM 8-outlet with remote switch (good for media cabinets, no wall adapter outlets, excellent surge clamping, you can get outlet extenders [power strip liberator] from cyberguys.com)
- ISOBAR ISOBAR8ULTRA (no wall adapter outlets, excellent surge clamping, you can get outlet extenders [power strip liberator] from cyberguys.com)
- tripp-lite LC1800 6-outlet line conditioner (protects from surges and brownouts, you can get outlet extenders [power strip liberator] from cyberguys.com) - has ISOBAR6ULTRA circuitry in it for surge protection in addition to line conditioner
- 4ft ziotek 8-outlet surge protector with wall adapter outlets
- 10ft ziotek 8-outlet surge protector with wall adapter outlets
- 25ft ziotek 8-outlet surge protector with wall adapter outlets
- networking hardware: router and adapters wifi adapters and 802.11ac routers
- if you have a laptop, use a usb extender cable and a usb hub in order to extend the lifespan of your ports
- usb keyboard, I like mechanical "clack" type best. UNICOMP Ultra Classic or for less cost/programmer's layout there's the Keytronic Classic U1 Beige wired keyboard (split rt shift with |\ rt of rt shift, optimal for programmers)