Windows recommended apps

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  1. Silenus

    Silenus Pilgrim Junior Contributor

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    The following is a list of software programs that members of the community have determined to be useful for a number of reasons. Links to each program either directs to the download page on the owner/company's website, or to a major download server (such as File Hippo, which is a very fast server and has a large number of these programs on their site). Some programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop are not available for free, but links have been provided for information on how to purchase them.

    Antivirus:
    NOD32
    AVG
    Kaspersky

    Spyware:
    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    Ad-Aware Personal
    Spyware Blaster
    Webroot Spysweeper
    Sunbelt Counterspy

    Firewall:
    Agnitum Outpost Firewall PRO 4.0. Protects all types of network connectivity and detects and defends all types of hacker attacks.
    Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall (the easiest of all firewalls).
    Comodo Personal Firewall.

    Disk defragmentation:
    O&O defrag
    Diskeeper pro
    PerfectDisk

    Video and Audio Encoder/Converter/Authoring:
    Xillsoft video encoder
    Easy CD-DA extractor, ripper and converter
    Nero Wave Editor
    Adobe Premiere Elements
    SUPER© audio encoder
    dB Power AMP music converter - Convert dozens of formats with additional plugins
    AutoGnot GK. Free tool that converts VOB files to XviD of desired quality.
    Adobe Premiere Elements. Edit your videos and background track on a timeline. Add special effects, edit the exposure, add font/images and more.
    Adobe Encore DVD. Semi-professional DVD authoring product with Photoshop integration. Offers broad functionality.
    LameFE. Can rip CD's and/or convert audio files, as well as recognize music using acoustic fingerprinting to properly rename files.

    Audio apps.:
    Cue Splitter - Split albums that come as single MP3s into tracks using a cue file.
    Tag&Rename - Mass edit MP3 ID tags, freedb support and more
    Album Cover Art Downloader - Semi-automatically add album art to all your MP3s
    Last.fm client - Logs all the music you play to your last.fm profile
    MusicBrainz Picard allows acoustic fingerprinting too.

    File compression, extraction:
    Winrar
    7zip
    IZarc.
    Video player:
    VLC
    MPC
    WMP

    Audio player:
    Winamp
    Jet Audio
    Foobar2000

    Audio and Video Codecs:
    ffdshow for audio/video decoding and all that jazz
    Klite codec pack
    Combined Community Codec Pack
    Core AVC
    Vista codec pack
    Divx codec
    Xvid codec

    Screen/Video Capture:
    Camtasia Studio
    SnagIt 8.0
    FRAPS (screenshot capturing & recording videos)

    Tools:
    Unlocker (Able to delete, move and rename protected files)
    Crap Cleaner (Delete temp files on your pc and able to clean your registry)
    Driver Cleaner Pro (for making sure your old drivers are gone)
    Hacha (Great file splitter).
    Tuneup Utilities does a lot of maintenance and optimization to your PC
    Launchy. allows you to search for stuff like the Vista search feature in the start menu.
    System mechanic.
    File Splitter. Allows users to split large files into seperate chunks of custom sizes. Chunks can be recompiled later.
    AutoPatcher. Saves time for new installations btw. Getting the full package is recommended.

    Encryption:
    PGP Desktop Pro 9. Powerful technology for encrypting entire hard-drives or single files.

    Web Browser:
    Firefox
    Internet Explorer 7
    Opera
    K-Meleon.

    Web Browser Tools:
    Google toolbar: allows suggested hits.
    TCP Optimizer. increase Internet speed.
    AM-Deadlink Removes duplicate bookmarks, and checks existing ones for validity. No more dead links.
    Httrack. Handy to make a duplicate copy of a loved website.
    Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and Powerpoint Viewer 2003. Noone needs MS Office just to read those docs.

    Chat Clients:
    mIRC
    Windows Live messenger
    Yahoo! messenger
    Trillian Pro
    X-chat

    Download Accelerator:
    DAP
    Free Download Accelerator
    GetRight

    Bittorrent client:
    µtorrent
    Azureus

    P2P software:
    Bitspirit
    Ares
    Ratio Master
    KCeasy.
    Shareaza. Open-source EDonkey2000, Gnutella, BitTorrent and Gnutella2 client. Customiseable, feature-packed and skinnable.
    eMule. Popular ed2k client for finding those rarer files.

    Virtual Optical Drive:
    Daemon Tools
    Alcohol 120% (makes perfect images, burns to discs, includes virtual drive)
    Magic ISO
    Alcohol 52%

    Office Suites:
    Microsoft Office
    OpenOffice

    Remote Access, Servers:
    Ultravnc
    dynDNS (for easy remote login of your personal computer)
    RealVNC
    WAMP. Allows Windows users to run their PC as a server. Combines MySQL, apache, PHP and more.

    PDF file viewer:
    Adobe Reader
    Foxit Reader

    CD/DVD software:
    Nero
    DVD Decrypter
    ImgBurn
    Deepburner

    Image (graphics) Viewer:
    IrfanView
    FastStone Image ACDSee 8.0Viewer.
    XNVIEW, wich shockingly supports many times more formats (even PS1 TIMs and EA pics!!) out of the box, and features a easy browser interface.

    Image Editing:
    Adobe Photoshop 10.0 CS3
    Paint Shop Pro
    GIMP. very good image editing program.
    Paint.NET (requires the .NET framework btw, surprisingly, stunning)
    CellSea. Online Image editor

    Overclocking:
    CPU-Z
    SuperPi Mod
    RivaTuner
    SP2004 Orthos
    Lavalys Everest
    MBM5
    A64info
    A64Tweaker
    Speedfan
    Clockgen.

    Virtual Machine utilities.:
    VMware Player. To use a virtual machine.
    VMware converter. To actually make a virtual machine from YOUR very actual windows system.

    Exploring the world:
    Google Earth. Uses higher quality commercial maps.
    WorldWind. WP article. VEERY versatile. Has considerably more display-able stuff than the 'basic' Google Earth. 2x less accurate maps though.

    Visual styles and themes.:
    BricoPack full conversion themes for XP (NOT recommended with XP64).
    Icon packager: change icons.
    Windows Blind.
    Tuneup styler, inside of Tune up utilities.

    Big thanks to dashboardy, mogster, Hard core Rikki and all our mates here for their recommendations.
    If you would like to add to the list, please make a suggestion in this thread. Only recommend applications that you have personally used.

    I’ll keep updating this post with your advice.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2007
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  3. RZetlin

    RZetlin General of Tangerines

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    I would not call video and audio encoder converter and download accelerator as essential tools.

    My essentials to add to the list are:

    -Spybot Search and Destroy
    -Ad-aware
    -If using Windows, all the Windows updates and service packs
  4. Silenus

    Silenus Pilgrim Junior Contributor

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    I know I threw a lot more than the essential to the list. ;)

    Thanks for your recommendations.
    I like to use Ad-aware.
  5. industrian

    industrian Some Scottish Guy

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    RealAnime 5 for encoding movie files.
    Foxit Reader for PDF files.
    Media Player Classic for ... take a guess.
  6. Silenus

    Silenus Pilgrim Junior Contributor

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    Thanks.
    I was guessing about VLC and MPC.
    Which is better?
  7. industrian

    industrian Some Scottish Guy

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    I use Media Player Classic for my video files and individual music files (WMP is used if i want to listen to full albums) and it's just a personal preference to be honest. My university's computer's default media player is VLC and it annoys me. I'm not sure if VLC Player is, but Media Player Classic is a one-program solution. No installation required.

    And on a similar note: Utorrent.
  8. Silenus

    Silenus Pilgrim Junior Contributor

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    I use MPC, but sometimes I want to increase the brightness in movies but that is a hassle.

    Yes I was forgetting about this too.
    Thanks man.
  9. industrian

    industrian Some Scottish Guy

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    To suggest other programs:

    Driver Cleaner Pro for making sure your old drivers are gone.
    Daemon Tools for all your virtual drive needs.
    DVD Decrypter for all your... er ... DVD Decrypting needs.
    ffdshow for audio/video decoding and all that jazz.
  10. Cid Highwind

    Cid Highwind The Hunter

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    Media Player Classic
    Real Alternative
    Quick Time Alternative
    uTorrent
    Firefox
    Winrar
    Acrobat Reader

    I just switched from DAP to Free Download Accelerator, it's a lot cleaner, still getting used to it though. Getting good speeds so far and it doesn't look as add loaded.
  11. D.D.

    D.D. band

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    for PDF, i use FoxIt.
  12. RPGW1ZaRD

    RPGW1ZaRD PCSX2 & O/C Addict

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    Well apps I like are

    Antivirus:
    NOD32

    Spyware:
    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    Ad-Aware

    Defragment utility:
    PerfectDisk
    Windows one (cuz it's quick)

    Video Player:
    Can't really say which one I like better
    MPC
    VLC

    Audio Player:
    Winamp

    Video Encoding:
    VirtualDub

    Codec:
    Koepi's Xvid
    ffdshow (if needed)

    Image Viewer:
    IrfanView

    Virtual CD drive:
    DAEMON Tools

    Burning Utility:
    Nero
    DVD Decrypter

    Overclocking:
    CPU-Z
    SuperPi Mod
    RivaTuner
    SP2004 Orthos
    Lavalys Everest
    MBM5
    A64info
    A64Tweaker

    Other tools:
    FRAPS (screenshot capturing & recording videos)
    nLiteOS (slipstream/remove components & services from your OS and create unattended setups and integrated Service Packs, drivers & hotfixes to your Windows Install CD)
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2007
  13. D.D.

    D.D. band

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    i think diskeeper pro is also a good defragmenter and is relatively quick and can be very powerful as well.
  14. RPGW1ZaRD

    RPGW1ZaRD PCSX2 & O/C Addict

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    I didn't like Diskkeeper at all. :( PerfectDisk is the only 3rd party defragment application I like other than Windows one. The latest version of PerfectDisk seems to do a more efficient defragment job than the rivals according to some review.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2007
  15. Cid Highwind

    Cid Highwind The Hunter

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    I did like it, got it because Killjoy recommended it to me, great app imo.
  16. D.D.

    D.D. band

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    can you explain why?
  17. Silenus

    Silenus Pilgrim Junior Contributor

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    Thanks for the info guys.
    And about codecs...

    I don't want to use a codec pack, which are the best codecs I should get?
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    DoktorSeven Insane Linux Advocate

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    OpenOffice.org to replace Microsoft's Office garbageware.
  19. raksmey1309

    raksmey1309 I m meow desu! ^_^

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    Gonna get soon.:D
    Office 2007
    Vista Ultimate Edition

    Recommended softwares i use.

    Antivirus
    AVG

    P2P
    Bitspirit 3.xx

    System/Reg/Tool repair
    System Mechanic 6.0

    Video/Audio player
    Power DVD 7.0 deluxe version
    VLC player
    BS player
    Core Media player
    Winamp
    Jetaudio

    CD/DVD/Blue-Ray Disc Burner
    Nero 7 Premium
    Ashampoo Burning Studio 6.0

    Firewall
    I let windows build in Firewall handle the job.:p

    Image Editing.
    ACDSee 8.0
    Adobe Photoshop 9.0 CS2

    Screen/Video Capture
    Camtasia Studio
    SnagIt 8.0

    Download Accelerator
    Internet Download Manager

    Virtual CD drive
    DAEMON Tools

    Browser
    Mozilla FireFox

    Chat
    mIRC
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    Nachbrenner PCSX2 team member

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    Total Commander
    "swiss army knife" of tools with plugins from TOTALCMD.NET

    There are competitors with similar functions e.g. Norton Commander or Volkov commander which fits on a boot diskette.
  21. flowrent

    flowrent European Citizen xD

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    Antivirus : Kaspersky
    Media players : Zoom Player, Steinberg MyMP3 Pro
    Codecs : Combined Community Codec Pack , Core AVC
    Movie converting : Virtual Dub Mod
    Download Manager : Internet Download Manager
    Drivers : No Catalyst Control Center just Ati Tray Tools
    Audit : Everest Home Edition
    Picture viewing and editing : Microsoft Office Picture Manager
    Pdf : Foxit Reader, thanks for the tip :)


    A surprising amount of good programs out there are small and free :thumb:

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