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Re: Must Have Programs!

Postposted on Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:14 am

So here's my attempt at such a list.

Disk Defrag
Defragmenting tool with numerous options, useful for different types of disks (in terms of use - "system disk" or "data disk" and physically - a USB thumb drive or a usual internal hard drive). Not exactly for the Average Joe however.

A simpler defragmenting tool that also allows defragmentation of individual files. Piriform has other useful programs besides this (which would be making an appearance later on).

Auslogics Disk Defrag
Another alternate choice for disk defragmenting needs.

Disk Cleanup
Another program from Piriform, arguably the primary disk cleanup program of many.

Disk/File Management/Recovery/Encryption
A file recovery program from Piriform.

Double Killer
Is a "fast and easy to use application for finding and removing duplicate files."

Advanced Renamer
Rename multiple files quickly with this program.

True Crypt
A free open-source disk encryption software.

Copying files made faster and easier through this application.

Space Sniffer
Know which file occupies how much space where with this program.

TreeSize Free
Scan directory sizes and spot space hogs quickly with this application.

System Information
Usually comes first to mind when thinking about such programs.

From the creators of CPU-Z, focusing more on temperatures, voltages and fan speeds.

Foremost choice for information on your GPU(s).

Real Temp
A "temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors."

Core Temp
A CPU temperature monitoring program alternative.

A system information program from Piriform.

Blue Screen View
View BSOD information in your system's dump files.

Versatile program which also allows fan control.

File Compression/Decompression
My first choice for file compression/decompression.

Congraturation, you are WinRAR.

And here's another one.

Media Players and Codecs
Audio and video player. I usually restrict its use to audio files however.

The codecs pack that will choose you. In Soviet Russia, it is not you who choose the codecs, for the codecs choose you!

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema is included, the best media player out there today.

VLC media player
An alternative...alternative media player.

Another one, also a popular choice.

Media Files Conversion, Creation and Editing
A program with a comprehensive list of files to convert to and from.

Included here to add variety.

Virtual DJ
It's free. That doesn't mean it's easy to use and quick to get the hang of it though.

Video Card Utilities
Now the primary option for video card tweaking. And yes, it works even with non-MSI cards.

The program which forms the basis for Afterburner.

Internet Browsers




Internet Explorer 9
IE9 is included as I'm under the assumption that you haven't updated IE yet and you have either Vista or 7.

Desktop Customization
Can be either easy to set-up or a nightmare to use, depending on the amount of time you have free. Does not measure the amount of rainfall in your area.

Rocket Dock
A dock for your shortcuts in your desktop.

RK Launcher
Another useful dock program.

Productivity Suites


CutePDF Writer
Create PDF files and make them cute.

Foxit Reader
An alternative PDF reader.

Image Editors
A free alternative to Adobe's Photoshop.

Another free image editor.

Alternative vector graphics editor.

Image Resizer for Windows
Exactly what it says in the title.

Microsoft Security Essentials

AVG Free Anti-Virus

Avast! Free Antivirus

Avira Antivir Personal

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Spybot Search & Destroy

Emulation/Burning Software
DAEMON Tools Lite
Disc emulation and burning tool.

Virtual CloneDrive
A free virtual drive software.

A lightweight burning application.

Another program for your burning desires.

A network protocol analyzer.

Networking management and monitoring software.

Instant Messaging/Voice Chat



E-Mail Clients
A free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client.

"Soluto Beta allows you to understand your boot, discover which applications are slowing it down (and keep running later in the background, affecting your ongoing experience), and allows you to significantly improve it. While Soluto Beta focuses on the boot, it already researches for frustrations and helps map the PC Genome, allowing you to share your wisdom with others." Yes, it's still in Beta.

Tired with using Notepad? Use Notepad++ then.

A free content management system for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets.

An all-in-one internet application suite.
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Re: Must Have Programs!

Postposted on Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:09 am

Zapping this almost-dead thread back to life...

I have found Secunia's PSI to be very helpful at keeping Windows computers in our home up to date with patches. It scans all installed applications, including various Windows components and the OS itself, lets you know which ones are exposing you to security risks as per Secunia's vulnerability database, and also notifies you if there are patches available. Scanning can bog older computers down for a few minutes, but newer systems with dual-core or better CPUs and fast HDDs or SSDs will not slow down much at all. And the benefits are definitely worth it.

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Re: Must Have Programs!

Postposted on Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:40 am

if u doing coding, don't forget notepad++ and netbeans
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Re: Must Have Programs!

Postposted on Sat May 26, 2012 12:37 am

Wanted to add a new one that I recently found thats been out for a VERY long time now...

ISO Recorder - Does exactly what it implies, and does it for free. Instead of having a large interface too, its a shell extension. All you have to do is right click on the CD/DVD/BD in your my computer, and tell it to "Create Image From CD/DVD" and give it a location and Voila, you get an ISO image of that disc. Simple, free, fast..... this is what its all about people :)
It also has the same functionality to burn an image to a disc.

But for those of you who prefer to have something a little.. slightly (not much) more for recording your ISO files to disc, my favorite is FreeISOBurner... yep, its name says it all... of course its free.

Last but not least... something very useful from Microsoft.
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool - ... D-tool.exe
Allows you to take ISO files (of OSes supposedly only) and make them bootable on a thumb drive. I've done with with Windows 7 Pro many times so that I can install it on machines without optical drives. Works great and makes the install process a heck of a lot fast. Just got to make sure the machine your booting from likes USB sticks on booting.......

Hope this helps someone who needs their ISO fix, because that's what all of those programs are about. Enjoy :)
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Re: Must Have Programs!

Postposted on Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:36 pm

Speaking of bootable USB drives, I present Rufus:

It's a simple program that can turn a thumbdrive into a MS DOS, FreeDOS or ISO bootable drive with just a couple clicks. I've needed this when I was updating firmware or a BIOS that needed to be done in DOS. Just dump the contents to the drive, reboot and flash away.
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Re: Must Have Programs!

Postposted on Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:22 pm

I've been using this for years and it's a great lightweight and very powerful program for editing music tags and file-names. You can change your file-names or tags in batches using your preferred specified naming convention (for example "%artist% - %year% - %album% - %track% - %title%")

I've used tons of different music/media player programs but none of them offer anything near the level of tag/file-name management that this little 6MB program offers.
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Re: Must Have Programs!

Postposted on Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:27 pm

EVERYTHING -well searches everything for you in a matter of seconds ;)
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Re: Must Have Programs!

Postposted on Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:59 am

Bash, Midnight Commander, a web browser, you know that's about all the front end I need. MC has a host of extension bindings that do almost everything I need for my amusement.

Do a lot from the command line, it's often easier and faster than firing up some program or other.
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Re: Must Have Programs!

Postposted on Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:44 pm

Hello, I am planning a format on 2 pc's soon (W7 & W8 pro, x64) anyone have any suggestions for some good software to inprove usability and functionality?

For w7 I was thinking of purchasing actual multiple monitors or display fusion (for the multiple taskbars) and start8 for W8.

I also see dual monitor taskbar on sourceforge.

I don't mind if the programs cost money if they are worth it. Any other suggestions are welcome.
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