I recently found myself shuffling computers around a bit. And since it’s useful to have a functional Windows box on hand, I installed Windows 7 on an older desktop in my office. (Installing from an original Win7 DVD was entertaining–the number of updates required to bring it current was impressive.) It occurred to me that I’ve installed Windows 7 more than a few times since it came out and I should jot down a list of all those little (and some big) things I end up installing during the first few days of breaking in a new Windows box.
So without further delay, here’s my annotated list of what gets installed:
- Google Chrome: cross-machine browser sync rocks my world, and since extensions sync too that means I get LastPass, Ghostery, and AdBlock Plus automatically
- Microsoft Security Essentials: basic free virus and malware protection
- Mozilla Firefox: because it’s the next best thing to chrome and occasionally sites require it
- Dropbox: great for cross-machine file sync
- VirtualWin: a simple but very effective virtual desktop add-on
- Ctrl2Cap: because the caps lock key is stupid
- IZArc: the best free archive tool around
- VLC: free media player that groks nearly every file format
- PuTTY: because you need to SSH to a Linux box for Real Work anyway
- ImgBurn: free easy CD/DVD burner
- WinSCP: to copy files to/from non-Windows boxes
I’ll try to update this list as I come across more. But that’s it for now.
Are there essential tools that you install on a new build?