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Useful Apps for First-Time Windows Users?

Cliff posted more than 8 years ago | from the stuff-your-desktop-shouldn't-do-without dept.

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pauljoyce asks: "I'm a Mac fan who is intrigued by the possibilities of Apple's Boot Camp software. Now that I have a chance to painlessly dip into the Windows world, what I'd like to ask you is, what Windows software amazes you? I want to build a list of unique, elegant, can't-do-without apps, so all us new Boot-Camp babies can finally experience some of the great innovation happening over on the Windows platform. I roughed in a quick blogpage to collect the info, and to house any useful discussions. It'll probably deteriorate into a flame war at some point, but hopefully I can get a few contributions to each category before then. Would those interested please chime in with their list of favorites?"

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flame war? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110867)

Asking slashdot for must have windows apps? Nah...

Re:flame war? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110877)

sounds to me like a veiled MS advertisement. "Now that you can boot windows, look at all the innovation you're missing out on the mac side!". The keyword leading me to this being innovation ;)

Re:flame war? (5, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110940)

Must be hurting for a flame war... Nevertheless, everyone one knows that the must have Windows software is 1) firewall, 2) antivirus, 3) anti-spyware, and 4) minesweeper.

Then how about Visual C++ ? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111021)

IDEs on Unix/Linux go from shit to bof nothing special.
On MacOS X, it's OK.

On Windows. VC++ 2005 is mmmmmm good.

Thanks for asking.

What software amazes me? (3, Funny)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110868)

Now that I have a chance to painlessly dip into the Windows world, what I'd like to ask you is, what Windows software amazes you?

Java. Because it means that I can move the hell off of Windows and use a Mac instead.

Whoops. Did I just say that out loud? :-P

Re:What software amazes me? (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110933)

On the same line of thought, I was thinking loadlin. ;)

Painlessly...HA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110870)

Windows...Painless...nuff said...

Re:Painlessly...HA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110921)

Shouldn't that be "pane-less"?

Sorry...Sorry....

Re:Painlessly...HA (1)

nial-in-a-box (588883) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110922)

Painless?

http://news.com.com/2061-10793_3-605969 4.html

Re:Painlessly...HA (1)

nial-in-a-box (588883) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110942)

OOPS, some AC already got this. Hell, I grabbed it from digg anyway.

Here it is as an actual link, which I was too lazy to do the first time around:
http://news.com.com/2061-10793_3-6059694.html [com.com]

"Elegant?" (0, Troll)

thatoneguy_jm (917104) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110872)

I'd love to help, but I can't stop laughing from seeing the words "elegant" and "windows" together. And, is it just me, or is the summary itself dripping with sarcasm?

Re:"Elegant?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110900)

Well... "elegant", no; but "amazing", certainly! Just a slightly different direction for the amazement...

Feh (0, Flamebait)

Donut2099 (153459) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110873)

Mac, Windows, its all junk. Get a Palm Pilot and forget about it.

Games. (5, Insightful)

jnelson4765 (845296) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110875)

Really - there are all these cool games, that are released *years* before they are available on Macs.

That's the only reason I have a Windows box - to play my games, b/c most of them don't run in WINE.

Re:Games. (1)

Bricklets (703061) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110935)

I think you'll find that with the exception of games, most "can't-do-without apps" are already cross platform. ... Productivity? Microsoft Office. Graphics? Photoshop. Music? iTunes. Anti-virus? Well, scratch that. The point being if the software is any good, it usually makes financial sense for it to be cross platform.

Re:Games. (4, Informative)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110960)

Until you get into any sort of industrial work...

AutoCAD? Nope...
Solidworks? Yea right...
Pro/E? Didn't think so...
Electronics Workbench? Nope...

and the list goes on and on...

And, as a corollary... EMULATORS! (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111014)

Of course, there are emulators for most game systems on the Mac. But some are still Windows-only, or much better on Windows, or not updated to OSX: 3DO, Atari Jaguar, Neo Geo CD, Saturn, Dreamcast, SegaCD, 32X, WonderSwan, Colecovision, GP32, TurboGrafx...

Well... (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110876)

There's this special type of software called GAMES... >_>

Not needed (0, Flamebait)

IntelliAdmin (941633) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110878)

I don't think for one minute a regular Mac user is going to even take advantage of the Boot Camp software. This is really aimed at converting those who use Windows all the time, and now have an excuse to buy a cool Mac machine. You should have instead setup a site for first time Mac users - it would get a lot more attention.

Re:Not needed (4, Informative)

jcr (53032) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110903)

I don't think for one minute a regular Mac user is going to even take advantage of the Boot Camp software.

Guess again.

A whole lot of Mac users have one or two apps that they have to use for work, that aren't available for the Mac. Also, anyone designing a web site pretty much has to test it with Internet Exploder. Boot Camp is the alternative to wasting desk space for a Dell.

-jcr

Can I suggest (2, Funny)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110879)

that you try this new application that is out... Linux :-)

Yeah, maybe not that funny, but its required here

iTunes! (5, Funny)

jcr (53032) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110880)

Best app on Windows, bar none.

-jcr

Re:iTunes! (0, Troll)

NerdENerd (660369) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110972)

What? You like running a bloated advertising app for the iTunes store just to listen to your music collection. My biggest regret of buying an iPod is having to install that crap on my PC.

How about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110881)

Cygwin

Re:How about... (1)

swimin (828756) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110901)

Running a compatibility layer for a compatibility layer, to get back to where you started. That's pure genius!

Re:How about... (2, Informative)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110996)

My favorite Windows apps:

Firefox
Thunderbird
Gimp
OpenOffice
Putty
Filezilla
Inkscape

Other than that about it's good for is games.

Internet Explorer (5, Funny)

masterpenguin (878744) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110882)

Now you too can be amazed how fast your mac can turn from a sleek machine into a pop up filled zombie email machine.

Games (4, Insightful)

biocute (936687) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110884)

Play as many PC games as you like.

Re:Games (2, Funny)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110944)

And thus it is proven that most Windows users don't actually need Windows. They need an XBox instead.

Wait...

Hold on...

Uh huh...

This just in: XBoxes suck too. Most Windows users need a Mac and a Nintendo Revolution. That is all.

There you have it folks. The definitive answer to why you [don't] need Windows.

notepad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110886)

notepad rocks!

VLC Media Player (2, Informative)

Chanticrow (761422) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110888)

VLC Media Player is a fantastic media player for Windows. It plays just about everything without worrying about codecs or plugins.

Videolan Website [videolan.org]

Re:VLC Media Player (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110916)

Here, let me fix that for you:

VLC Media Player is a fantastic media player for Linux [videolan.org] , Mac OS X [videolan.org] , and Windows.

It's hardly a reason to run Windows.

Re:VLC Media Player (1)

Chanticrow (761422) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110947)

Yes, but after screwing around with Windows Media Player and a variety of others it was nice to finally find something that worked without hassle.

Heh, I'm really not helping the argument for Windows here, am I?

Re:VLC Media Player (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110977)

Heh, I'm really not helping the argument for Windows here, am I?

Not in the slightest. On the upshot, VLC is sounding better than ever!

Re:VLC Media Player (1)

aveldina (938862) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110988)

It might be worth noting you can get a mac version of VLC as well.

Re:VLC Media Player (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110929)

Yes, VLC is pretty good. Crystal Player, though, has a much more elegant user-interface, and if you download the K-Lite Mega-Codec Pack and turn off the internal splitters, even the free version plays everything I've thrown at it.

Decent file manager (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110889)

Total Commander, or Salamander Commander. Both are excellent file managers, and they make WinZip un-needed.

Re:Decent file manager (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110957)

So did the inclusion of a zipper/unzipper in WinME

Re:Decent file manager (1)

Immercenary_2000 (863998) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111018)

7zip is another package that can make/decompress zip, rar, and tar files. It's also free software (both beer and speech).

Hmm (1)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110891)

Depends on what you're interested. The only applications I'd rather use over open source counterparts are part of the Microsoft Office 2003 and Photoshop CS. I use windows and linux and those are the only applications I prefer using the windows counterparts. Of course, nobody really uses office unless they have specific work to do, but photoshop is fun and useful.

Re:Hmm (1)

NerdENerd (660369) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110945)

Photoshop and Office are available for Mac OS X. Not much point dual booting to run apps you already have installed un OS X.

Re:Hmm (1)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110961)

Good point. However, does office for the mac include visio? that's pretty much the best part of office 2003 for windows.

In one word ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110894)

Solitaire.

My favorite software is... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110899)

Vmware to run Ubuntu.

tiny elvis (1)

tjr (908724) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110902)

http://forchetti.org/tinye/ [forchetti.org]

Can't beat Tiny E.

Must have (3, Informative)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110906)

Theres something most folks will overlook (and I'm looking past the flamewar)

The first couple of stops should be to AVG [grisoft.com] and Firefox [mozilla.com]

Being a mac user, you know windows has viruses, and well firefox speaks for itself.

Essential (1)

Dorion caun Morgul (851570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110908)

Norton, or Mcaffee Antivirus software. 2-3 Antispyware programs. Adaware is a nice free one to start off with. Firefox, Windows comes with this wonderfully secure browser, but its gimped by its incredibly weak security.

Re:Essential (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110955)

That's hilarious. Lists of antivirus and firewalls being given as examples of "unique, elegant, can't-do-without apps". I guess technically they're "can't-do-without" apps, but I wouldn't describe it as "some of the great innovation happening over on the Windows platform."

"Yeah, yeah, here's a list of programs whose sole purpose is to make Windows more secure but still less secure than OSX. Have fun!"

New site!!! (-1, Troll)

3ryon (415000) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110909)

Hey everyone! I've got this groovy new site!! It doesn't have much content yet but it has fabulous potential! If all of you would just contribute something that'd be great!! Plus, all of the visits would create instant respectability!! Tres 7337

OT- why modded offtopic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111020)

Hey everyone! I've got this groovy new site!! It doesn't have much content yet but it has fabulous potential! If all of you would just contribute something that'd be great!! Plus, all of the visits would create instant respectability!! Tres 7337
Why was this modded Offtopic? It's obviously making fun of the OP's announcing a blog to "collect responses". I think the legitimate mod options for that post were: Troll, Flamebait, Funny, or Insightful.

Re:New site!!! (1)

PygmySurfer (442860) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111029)

I think THIS [userfriendly.org] is what you were trying to say :)

Post is a troll? (1)

yorkrj (658277) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110911)

Cool! The post is a troll! :)

Record Streams with SDP (1)

Krimsen (26685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110915)

I personally like the ease and simplicity of SDP [ppona.com] (plus it's free) for recording various types of streams. -- Dave

Depends on what "useful" means. (2, Informative)

Kent Brewster (324037) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110919)

If you plan to use it for development, you can't go too far wrong with TextPad [textpad.com] and WinSCP [winscp.net] .

You might also find Tunebite [tunebite.com] useful, if you subscribe to any online music services.

first thing I'd get (5, Informative)

yagu (721525) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110920)

First app I'd buy is vmware (hey, it might be free now!) so you can run OS X on it.

No, really, all seriousness aside, I am a big user and fan in XP of:

  • Photoshop Elements. Make sure you're looking at version 4 at least. I'm quite sure this is also a Mac product, so if you're already playing with that in OS X, never mind. PSE is a light version of Photoshop for about 1/4 the price depending on where you purchase. It has most of the digital manipulation functionality I need, and interestingly has some features VERY useful not found in Photoshop.
  • AVG Anti virus [grisoft.com] for antivirus. I'm using the free version -- so far I've found it excellent, and haven't had any problems with the machine at all (note: it's a good idea to ensure you have de-installed all of the commercial products in the meantime -- aside from not working very well, they can step on other running anti-virus programs).
  • the Ubiquitous OpenOffice [openoffice.org] , and it's free. It can be a resource hog, but I've not had any Office product installed on my XP boxes for years now and never had a need, and OO just keeps getting better.
  • The OpenCD [theopencd.org] which includes browsers, all kinds of cool and fun free software. Pick and choose, these'll take you a long way.
  • Picasa [google.com] for organizing and sharing and printing (and minor editing) pictures. I wasn't much of a believer in this one, but because of its simplicity I recommended and installed and consulted this for friends and family. And finally was hooked -- it really does a great job for all of the organizing I need. (I believe it's probably on the OpenCD). It may not rival the iPhoto (or whatever OS X has), but it's a sweet product.
  • MoodySoft Screen capture [moodysoft.com] software. I do a lot of work requiring quick and easy screen captures. This one's not free, but it's not expensive either, and I've tried about a gazillion different products, so far this has been the best for me.
  • Any combination, or even full suite of cygwin software. If you have ANY scripting needs, to get real work done and already know shell and unix utils, this is ESSENTIAL (and, it has an excellent X Server).

This is really a tiny partial list. It's a shame I have so many programs I like to run in XP, cuz I always prefer the linux or some variant of unix environment. But, this is a small sample of what gets me through an XP kind of day.

Some stuff to get you started (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110923)

I recommend this [stardock.com] , this [yahoo.com] and this [apple.com] .

If you're willing to hack around a bit, these guys [osx86project.org] can probably help you with getting a real OS on there.

Most important (mini)app for you Mac users (4, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110924)

If you have a single button mouse, like most Mac users, you'll need to:

1. Press Start
2. Select Control Panel
3. Select Accessibility Options
4. Select the Mouse tab
5. Select the check box Use MouseKeys
6. Press ok.
7. You can now close Control Panel.
8. Press the - key on your numeric keypad.
9. Point your mouse cursor at the window or icon where you want to right click.
10. Press the 5 key on your numeric keypad.

At present I'm not aware of any apps that you can get that will convert Apple+click to a right click. But I'm sure there'll be one available from the Apple web site soon, they seem to be doing everything in their power to make running windows on a Mac as painful^H^H^Hless as running it on any other x86 hardware.

Re:Most important (mini)app for you Mac users (3, Informative)

3) profit!!! (773340) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111009)

At present I'm not aware of any apps that you can get that will convert Apple+click to a right click.

What about this [geocities.com] ?

Picasa (1)

twitchingbug (701187) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110926)

I think it's much much better than iPhoto. Sorry, but it's true. I hate the way that iPhoto forces you to organize your photos in a particular style. iTunes has this problem also. Also I think Picasa is a bit more integrated with Gmail (which i use and love) and Blogger (not so good, but what I blog with).

Must-have software? (5, Informative)

crossmr (957846) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110931)

Free stuff (1)

realmolo (574068) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110932)

You know all those little goofball utilites that perform some really simple but ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY function and are $25 time-limited shareware on the Mac? There are at least 50 *free* versions for Windows.

Re:Free stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111041)


You know all those little goofball utilites that perform some really simple but ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY function and are $25 time-limited shareware on the Mac? There are at least 50 *free* versions for Windows.


That's because most are some form of malware. It's mostly just the really big companies (Sony, MS) that are arrogant enough to actually charge for their malware.

Live and learn...

 

Off the top of my head: (5, Informative)

Russ Steffen (263) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110952)

AVG Anti-Virus
Hijack This
Spybot Search and Destroy
Adaware
Microsoft Anti-Spyware (aka Windows Defender)
SpywareBlaster
KeyloggerHunter
ClamAV
avast!

That should get ya started.

Yeah right... (1)

slashdot.org (321932) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110953)

It'll probably deteriorate into a flame war at some point, but hopefully I can get a few contributions to each category before then.

Whereas here on slashdot, a troll like that normally ends with a fruitful discussion and many meaningful contributions.

Okay, I have one for you: SolidWorks.

Dosbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15110954)

Get dosbox, then visit websites giving away abandonware.

yawn (2, Insightful)

Dan Guisinger (15506) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110959)

Okay, this is really the stupidest thing I've ever seen grace the front page of Slashdot......not that there aren't alot of others competing for a close second, but seriously.

1) You need to have a reason to run applications. There are VERY FEW COOL applications. Boot Camp was made primarly for the business world and gamers who have programs that aren't ported.

2) If you are a Mac user, why does it even worry you? Have you found your program selection limiting in what you do every day? Once again, most people don't sit and think of cool programs to run, they run a program because they need to get something done.

If you don't have Windows programs, stick with OS X. I've got dual-booting Macs running Windows and OSX, and unless you have a need (and of course, the obvious: a valid windows license), why even bother?

Once again.....
1. Stupid Question + Stupid Editors
2. .....
3. Profit

Slashdot motto

4/11, not 4/1 (1)

rjung2k (576317) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110969)

Now that I have a chance to painlessly dip into the Windows world, what I'd like to ask you is, what Windows software amazes you? I want to build a list of unique, elegant, can't-do-without apps, so all us new Boot-Camp babies can finally experience some of the great innovation happening over on the Windows platform.

April Fool's was over a week ago.

Now you can try... (1)

xenoterracide (880092) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110971)

all of those viruses you've been hearing about so much. you can even take advantage of the slightly less popular trojans and worms.

hello fish... (1)

bokmann (323771) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110975)

welcome to the barrell...

not an app (1)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110976)

but still important is to run Windows Update immediately after you install Windows.

DOpus clone - Must have! (1)

mr.henry (618818) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110982)

Magellan Explorer [enriva.com] is an Amiga DOpus-like file manager. There is an official DOpus for Windows, but I like this one better. It's not free, but there's a demo available.

Once you get used to it, you can't live without it.

MS Paint (0)

ajd1474 (558490) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110983)

MS Paint

good software (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110986)

Windows® Defender Windows Defender (Beta 2) is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa milyID=435bfce7-da2b-4a6a-afa4-f7f14e605a0d&Displa yLang=en [microsoft.com] Stay way form starforce games. As for some good games Visual pinball + Visual PinMAME Play and build pinball games Visual PinMAME lets you play real pinball games on your computer with the roms form the real games. http://www.vpforums.com/ [vpforums.com] http://www.pinmame.com/ [pinmame.com]

Must be ... (1)

asifyoucare (302582) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110991)

Microsoft Bob,

or maybe Clippy

or maybe balloon tips.

Seriously though, it has to be Microsoft Office (and probably nothing else).

cygwin and SFU (1)

br0k_sams0n (848842) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110993)

As far as I know, both cygwin and Services for Unix only runs on Windows :) All jokes aside, when I'm forced to use Windows for productivity (not gaming which is the only time I choose to use Windows), cygwin is invaluable. I hear the new monad shell is much better than the crappy old cmd.exe

Visio & simulators (1)

castoridae (453809) | more than 8 years ago | (#15110998)

I'm a Mac user myself, and I know macs are supposed to be the shiznit for graphics... but I still haven't found a drawing program I like as much as Visio.

I also find that I have to switch over to my windows box for some of my development & testing. In particular, there are very few mobile device simulators that run on non-Windows platforms. Basic WTKs are it.

That's easy! (1)

RoadWarriorX (522317) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111004)

Two critcal applications that any Windows newbie would need:
  1. Internet Explorer and Outlook Express - Microsoft's flagship end-user browser and email clients where you can experience a full array of various virii features first hand!
  2. Minesweeper - Pass the time you spend on the phone with customer support with this neat, addictive game!


all the cool apps... (1)

CoolMoDee (683437) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111005)

With a lot of hackers and geeks now running OS X these days, it seems that most all of the cool/new apps are coming out for OS X (growl etc (though I am biased on that one)) and Linux...but the only cool windows app I can think of is PeerGuardian (slightly biased on that one too...)

1st App Suggestion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111008)

FDISK.

Welcome to the world of Windows.

Bob (1)

yttrium (88756) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111011)

Hands down best Windows software ever.

A real response to the question (1)

Perseid (660451) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111012)

The Windows XP powertoys WinAmp Media Player Classic Daemon Tools (Allows you to mount ISOs and other images, attempting to defeat copy protections as well) WinKey (Lets you launch applications from Windows Key + WinRAR Some sort of notepad replacement. I use Notepad++ personally. ffdshow (Decodes DivX, XVid and almost everything else you can think of. Not needed if you use MPC) Civilization IV :)

Best editor (2, Insightful)

tdknox (138401) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111013)

Get UltraEdit-32 [ultraedit.com] . Best text editor I've ever used on Windows.

supermemo (1)

parasite (14751) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111026)

Would any honest person dispute that Supermemo is the single most important application for ANY platform for all of time ? How did people learn before supermemo ? What is the point of learning if you just forget what you learned with time ? How absurdly inefficient, thanks god for supermemo.

This is sarcasm... right? (3, Insightful)

Gribflex (177733) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111027)

Right?

Seriously though, there is nothing fun or amazing about the windows world (aside from games that aren't available on OSX). The only 'must have' applications are only 'must have' because my IT department says so.

I'll tell you straight up - If you are using a mac happily now, you probably aren't missing anything.

A few Apps I use religiously, everyday, everylogin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111030)

Screen Calendar. It overlays a picture of a calendar on top of your desktop picture (Translucent calendar), with every event you've so far set up in office outlook (Integrates nicely). Adaware is second, Kaspersky antivirus, or AVG-Free. Executive Software diskeeper. Limewire Pro, GIMP2, Google Earth. Snood. DVD Decrypter. Quicktime, obviously. 7zip, winrar, Wordweb. Spybot.

Now I'll break it down from most to least used and liked.
Wordweb, use it 30 times a day to look up words I stumble across (Has a fairly large amount of words in it)
Screen Calendar, without it, I'd probably have a 60 average instead of my 95 in college. Helps me make sure I know what's happening and when.
Adaware is as important as
Kaspersky or AVG, your choice (Also AVAST is good)
Executive Software Diskeeper, keep your system defragged. Can be a hellish problem, especially for people who don't understand, you can schedule it to run whenever you'd like, even low-priority background.
GIMP2, Google Earth, Snood, Winrar, all good. I've played 1492 games of snood since August, which is actually kind of sad. Google Earth is great for finding things out about places (Check out the pyramids yo).

Anyhow, number 1, do what you like. Secure your system, review the software, then grab it. Disable JScript, and use Firefox. Firefox has a great extension for JScript enabling/disabling.

Good luck. Seriously.

you will want bittorrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111031)

1. Download a bittorrent client like utorrent [utorrent.com] .
2. Using utorrent, download the recent security update [freebsd.org] .
3. burn the image to CD.
4. restart computer to install the update.

Great Windows apps (1)

LnxGuit (563862) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111034)

For mp3 ripping, encoding, analysis, tagging and gain-normalizing, I like "Exact Audio Copy", "Lame", "EncSpot", "MP3BookHelper" and "MP3Gain". I usually recommend "Audacity", too!

Bring a sweater cause Hell just froze over (1)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111039)

It's strange to see Mac users asking about "amazing Windows software" because aren't mac users mostly Windows converts? Windows PCs have been about half the price of Mac machines for about a decade. I figured the reason people paid that premium for a Mac is for the quality that they have over Windows PCs. Also, the notion of Mac people now wanting Windows software shows that Apple's plan could backfire. Isn't the whole Boot Camp thing so that Windows people can now have an opportunity to switch over to Apple without losing all of the software they've grown accustomed to?

Anyway, to keep this on-topic, some amazing Windows software is
Spybot Search and Destroy [safer-networking.org] - great spyware killer
AVG Anti-virus [grisoft.com] - self explanatory
iTunes [apple.com] - great software for organizing and playing your music. Also has a built-in store where you could purchase new stuff.
Konfabulator [konfabulator.com] - great widget program with tons of free downloadable widgets online
Photoshop [adobe.com] - The industry standard photo editing software, but it's pretty expensive.

The first thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111040)

The first thing you should do is pop a nice Sony CD into it to get your rootkit installed as quickly and cleanly as possible.

Viruses!! (0)

GodWasAnAlien (206300) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111042)

The most amazing things that exists on Windows is the viruses.

These are things that you cannot live without, in Windows.

Most MS applications allow you to embed viruses into each application document format. This makes for an ideal virus breeding ground. Especially when coupled with IE or Exchange which allow these documents/viruses to be installed with very little resistence.

With later versions of the OS, there a warning that comes up, if you don't have "virus protection" software that helps work around the weak design. I think it pops up a message that says:

"OMG, you are running with like no virus checking software. Are you crazy?"

Windows Apps (1)

weetjerm (637949) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111043)

I played around with Windows for the first time in years before getting linux up and running on a new computer. There are a few media apps that very well-programmed, light weight, unobtrusive, quite capable and FREE. These are what I miss on both on my OS X and Gnome desktops:

Foobar2000 [foobar2000.org] - An audio player that is a painful reminder how heavy iTunes feels. Has 10x the functionality, and brutally enforces good practices in keeping a media library. 0.9 just came out a few weeks ago.

Media Player Classic [sourceforge.net] - The only media player you'll need. With ffdshow, it handles just about anything I can throw at it, audio works, subtitles work, and its one exe.

uTorrent [utorrent.com] - Everything you'd want from Azureus, in a 150k self-contained exe. Makes it almost manditory to leave it open all the time because its just that slick and efficient.

BurnAtOnce [burnatonce.com] - A cdrdao based burner with an amazingly simple interface. Who needs Nero with this around?

Exact Audio Copy [exactaudiocopy.de] - THE cd ripper. cdparanoia works fine in most cases, but doesn't leave you 100% sure your rip is 100% perfect like this one. And this fits in almost any audio workflow with its advanced tagging, and command line support.

More apps like these on other platforms please!

Painless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111044)

Let's face it, you're a masochist.

Well (1)

aitikin (909209) | more than 8 years ago | (#15111045)

Seeing as certain things aren't Universal, Photoshop, Indesign, etc. Other things that are cross-platform but aren't universal on OS X yet. Those are your best options for Boot Camp usage, aside from the obvious games.

The best are already on Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111046)

I was thinking of the great windows apps I use - Audacity, Gimp, OpenOffice - Are you seeing a pattern here? I'd say most of the best tend to be open source which means they are more than likely already ported to Mac. I'm afraid that you're going to find this brave new world isn't that interesting after all.

Here's a list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15111050)

AviSynth [avisynth.org] : Frameserver, scriptable non-linear video editing.
VirtualDub [virtualdub.org] /VirtualDubMod [sourceforge.net] : Video capture, linear processing. Use in conjunction with AviSynth.
Isobuster [isobuster.com] : CD/DVD data recovery
ExactAudioCopy [exactaudiocopy.de] : CD ripping even from badly scratched CDs.

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