[ http://serverfault.com/questions/720/what-is-your-list-of-programs-to-install-to-windows-after-a-fresh-install ]
Basically, here is my software list (maybe not completly up to date) :
: A free and really powerful editor.
: An HTML editor.
: The NVU bug-fixes release.
: Replace the default windows task manager by Process Explorer!
: Want to know what is launched when Windows starts? Try autoruns!
: An alternative to the Windows Explorer, with bookmarks, tabs...
: Replace the default copy tool of Windows.
: A process is locking a resource on your disk? Use unlocker to solve this problem.
: Change the DOS command for Console², with tabs, better UI...
: Rearrange the programs on your Windows taskbar by dragging and dropping them.
: Execute commands, start programs only with a mouse gesture! Magic!
: A free file archiver.
: A copy-paster manager, to not be limited to one element in your clipboard.
: Use Ctrl-0 to Ctrl-9 to access your preferred directories on your disks on Windows Explorer.
: A free tool to create screenshots, with a lot of options...
: Type Ctrl-Space, then write the first letters of the application, and it's launched!
: Almost the same thing as Launchy.
: To transform any document to the PDF format (a new printer is added in your configuration).
: A CVS extension for Windows Explorer.
: Java development IDE.
: Another Java development IDE, much better as Eclipse when you need to create Java application with Swing (this is my opinion ;o) ).
: A powerful media player. But needs a lot of configuration...
: A powerful image viewer. Also offers lot of conversion controls.
: A color picker, to find out the color code of any part of the current page.
: A download manager.
IE Developer Toolbar
: View pages with the Internet Explorer engine.
: A ruler to measure web components of a page.
: A PDF manager.
: A RSS Viewer.
Stop or reload
: Stop and Reload buttons are now located on the same button.
Tab mix plus
: Options for tabs management.
: Lot of tools for web development.
Edited to add links, as requested.
Don't forget an anti-virus (fox example Avast) and a PDF reader...
By the way, if you're only reading PDF, do not install Acrobat Reader but a lighter PDF reader like
. You will gain a lot of time while opening PDF !
I would just add
 - excellent file manager, also works as ftp client and more
In addition to some of those mentioned above:
. It mounts ISO images in Windows so it isn't necessary to burn a bunch of CDs/DVDs. And it's freeware.
- latest video drivers
- Symantec Endpoint 11 (antivirus)
- Lavasoft Ad-Aware
- Royale theme for WinXP (integrated in my install disc)
- OpenType Font File Properties extension (Microsoft)
- User Profile Hive Cleanup (Microsoft)
- Windows Media Player 11
- Microsoft Management Console 3.0
- ThumbView Lite, PSP Thumbnail Handler, VTF Shell extensions
- Matroska shell extension
- Taskbar Shuffle
- Visual Tasktips
- Kel's Vista Drive Indicator
- Windows Media Player Tag Support Extender
- Combined Community Codec Pack
- SHN Plugin (another codec)
- DirectX 9.0 Web Setup
- Internet Explorer 8
- ODF Addin for MS Office
- Psychedelia Visualizations Pack for Windows Media Player
- Save as PDF and XPS for MS Office
- Nero Burning Rom
- O&O Defrag Professional 11
- APC Powerchute Personal Edition
- everything from Sysinternals
- Daemon Tools
- Adobe Acrobat Pro
- Process Tamer
- Adobe SVG Viewer (until IE supports SVG natively)
- Unlocker 1.8.7
- WinSplit Revolution
- Virtual PC 2007
- Microsoft Pro Photo Tools
- Firefox, Opera, and Safari (for cross-browser testing)
- Windows Mobile emulator
- Blackberry emulator
- Dexpot 1.4
- Google Earth
- Oomph microformats plugin for Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Prism
There's probably more that I can't remember.
Dave Van den Eynde
Gotta have it. It keeps my disk usage in check.
The Pixel Developer
Here's my list.
 - Light text editor with similar capabilities to textmate on the Mac. Great for fast editing. It's also opensource.
 - Great for debugging code, refactoring and general coding. I use this most of the time.
 - Good graphics editor. It's not too pricey, but comes with the essentials for web graphics. Photoshop is overboard here.
 - Allows me to debug web connections, simulate slower connections, dynamically rewrite cookies and lots of other cool stuff.
 - No description needed (SSH Client).
 - Free virtualisation software (Thanks Sun / Oracle). Allows one to mimic your production environment on your desktop (Great for learning Linux too).
 - Open source freeware SFTP, FTP and SCP client for Windows.
- Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet explorer all for testing my weblayouts.
 - The defacto standard for creating, burning and ripping image (ISO, etc ...) files.
 - Removes a lot of the junk programs leave around your computer. Reclaim GB's :)
 - Keeps files very secure.
 - Esssential for reading PDF files.
Firefox + Extensions
- XDebug Helper - Tool to start/stop debug and profiling with PHP's Xdebug...
- XPath Checker - An interactive editor for XPath expressions.
- Web Developer Toolbar - Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
- Smush.it - Now included in YSlow 2
- YSlow 2 - YSlow analyzes web pages and why they're slow based on Yahoo!'s rules for high performance web sites
- AdBlock Plus - Ever been annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page?
- FireCookie - Firecookie is an extension for Firebug that makes possible to view and manage cookies in your browser
- Live HTTP Headers - View HTTP headers of a page
 - Good SVN client for Windows. It's stable and works well.
 - Bazaar have a native client for Windows. Very easy to use, great alternative to git with it's horrible URLs.
 - Not as stable as one hopes, but it's a good solid effort, should improve with time.
 - Fantastic multi-IM client. Supports all the popular protocols. To avoid using the InstallQ variation, use the
Digsby Offline Install
 (Link at bottom in small text).
Ps, that's about it. Hope someone found this useful.
I cant believe only two mentions of VLC. It plays anything you can throw at it!
Another thought, has anyone come up with a way to automate this? Possibly going to each programs download page, downloading the most recent version, and installing?
Lately I've been installing
 virtually as a matter of course on any computer with a wireless card, to troubleshoot the inevitable connection problems.
This is a list for my computer
, i recently blogged. It is divided in "misc dev tools", "specific dev tools", "communication/support" and "music/media"
I would first install Antivirus and update the definitions. Second, update Windows with all Security Patches before installing any other application.
The order may change but these are the first step on my every new Windows Installation. Applications can wait.. the first thing is Security and thats what matter the most.
AV and a decent web browser on every computer, all the rest depends on why it is being used for.
For home use: video player, music player and some office suite is usually all that is really needed.
- Winsplit Revolution
- Google Chrome
Programs I will install as the first, before going any further:
On any machine:
On a machine for developing:
- Visual Studio 2008 Express or Professional
- MSSQL Server 2005 Express or 2008 Developer Edition
- Programmer's Notepad
I've put my
list of standard windows software
 on delicious. For Linux I've got it in the convenient form of a
 that configures a host as I want it.
Wow, only two mentions of anti-virus software.
I use avast or antivir, depending on the mood I am in. Lately I've been going with avast more often then not.
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
Those are my defaults, depending on what I do with the machine I will do more or less developer stuff.
- AdBlock Plus
- Fast Dial
- Faviconize Tab
- IE Tab
- Menu Editor
- Tab Mix Plus
 - create/manipulate CD, DVD, ISO
Aside from pretty much all the above some, others i think are unique to my windows installs:
putty connection manager (multiple PuTTY instances w/ multiple windows) - http://puttycm.free.fr/
Growl (for windows)
ISO Recorder v 2
For workstations and laptops for teachers and students at my workplace:
- Service Packs for the OS
- MS Office 2007
- MS Office Compatibility Packs
- MS Office Get Started for Word, Excel, Powerpoint
- VLC media player
- Voxit Budgie Pro, Text-to-speech system
- Skrivestøtte, aide for dyslectics and other challenged students
- Infrarecorder, CD burning software
- Adobe Reader 9 and all updates
- Flash and updates
- Touchlærer'n, touch typing training
- Trend Micro Officescan, antivirus
I won't hand over a computer without these. All other programs are optional, depending of the intended use for the computer.
It really seems that all of you guys are sysadmins for other sysadmins or developers...