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Just reinstalled windows. What are some essential things to install?

#1iammaxhailmePosted 11/10/2012 4:50:03 PM
By "reinstalled" I mean "my HDD broke".

By essential I mean antimalware, utilities, etc
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#2YoungAdultLinkPosted 11/10/2012 4:51:32 PM
Something other than IE. 7zip or Winrar.
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#3iammaxhailme(Topic Creator)Posted 11/10/2012 5:03:23 PM
So far the first thing I installed was Chrome. Next I installed Malware Bytes free and AVG free (even though AVG doesn't seem to be as good as it used to). I may install MSE also but I don't want to have too much conflict.

I forgot about zip/rar, yeah I'll get that
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#4tspirtle2Posted 11/10/2012 5:04:15 PM
I would recommend replacing AVG with MSE
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#5Sidewinder1386Posted 11/10/2012 5:21:19 PM
I'd download a media player such as VLC.
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#6ZashulePosted 11/10/2012 5:25:01 PM
grab several utilities and programs from Ninite.com - Including VLC, WinRAR, MBAM, Chrome/FFox, Flash/Reader/Java etc...
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#7TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 11/10/2012 5:32:58 PM(edited)
DirectX
Adobe Flash
Adobe Shockwave
Adobe Reader
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable
Java Development Kit (even if you don't develop stuff with it, it's useful for Minecraft tweaks and some other stuff when normal JRE doesn't do the job)
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable
Combined Community Codec Pack
Microsoft .NET Framework
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#8fen0Posted 11/10/2012 8:18:07 PM
Zashule posted...
grab several utilities and programs from Ninite.com - Including VLC, WinRAR, MBAM, Chrome/FFox, Flash/Reader/Java etc...
#9twinsfan19Posted 11/10/2012 9:22:09 PM
TheC0ndemnedOne posted...
DirectX
Adobe Flash
Adobe Shockwave
Adobe Reader
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable
Java Development Kit (even if you don't develop stuff with it, it's useful for Minecraft tweaks and some other stuff when normal JRE doesn't do the job)
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable
Combined Community Codec Pack
Microsoft .NET Framework


You really only need to download those things when they're necessary. If you never use it (for example, I never have a need for Sliverlight because I don't go on websites that use it) then don't install it because it just clutters stuff up.
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#10The_Count_FooPosted 11/10/2012 9:32:30 PM(edited)
Google chrome, antivirus. latest drivers for your hardware and windows updates.
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