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First Ten Programs on New Install?

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the what-can't-you-live-without dept.

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reddigitaldragon asks: "Some people re-install once a year, but if you're anything like me your machine is formatted at least once a month. After the OS is in, then come the favorite/must have/most used programs to install. My first installations for Windows (I use it; get over it): Trillian, Winrar, Firefox, Winamp, SmartFTP, Azureus, NMap, GKrellM, PowerDVD. What are your First 10 installed programs?" What are the first 10 programs you would install on a Windows machine? How about for a Unix machine?

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My First 10... (5, Funny) (156602) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987030)

On Windows (XP), my first ten are as follows:
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB810217
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB820291
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB821253
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB821557
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB822603
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB823182
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB823559
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB823980
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB824105
  • Windows XP Hotfix - KB824141

Re:My First 10... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987112)

those are part of the os install as far as I am concerned. Who in their right mind (excluding users) would think of installing software without installing ALL the patches for the OS they are using....

Re:My First 10... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987185)

It's funny, LAUGH!

That has to be one of the funniest ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987197)

That is fricking hilarious ... well to me anyway.


Wimp. (5, Funny)

monstroyer (748389) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987036)

Real men don't install programs, they write them.


Gator! (4, Funny)

strictnein (318940) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987038)

Easy.... all of those wonderful Claria (Gator) products!

eWallet - Give you personal info to a spyware maker!
Dashbar - I don't know what it does, but it must dash!
WeatherScope - I've got to know my weather!
PrecisionTime - I've got to know exactly what time it is.
DateManager - How else do I know date it is?
WebSecureAlert - Who else to trust your security to than a spyware maker?

and then...

AOL 9.0!
Internet Explorer 6.01
Windows Media Player 9.0 - DRM Special Edition

Re:Gator! (5, Funny)

prockcore (543967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987176)

What a waste, you can install *all* of those things at once just by installing Kazaa Media Desktop.

That's funny, I don't install Gator... (5, Informative)

plover (150551) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987204)

The first programs I install on my own box include these:

I install Mozzie first, then I download and run Spybot Search and Destroy and run the cleanup/immunize functions, and then I install AVG. Nothing else is an "absolute" but I usually install them. (I don't install Visual Studio on other people's boxes, of course!)

READ MY LIPS!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987039)

WHO CARES? What a weak friggin' post. This is news?

forget winrar (5, Informative)

WhiteDragon (4556) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987040)

I use 7-zip, it is free (speech and beer) and reads and writes most archive formats, including zip, rar, tar, tgz, etc.

Re:forget winrar (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987095)

thanks for the link, idiot boy

if you're going to plug something, link to it []

Re:forget winrar (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987124)

I use a great little program called EnZIP. Unfortunately, it seems to no longer be supported. It was really a great alternative to WinZIP. Anyone know what happened? Did the author get tired of it?

Re:forget winrar (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987190)

Additionally, very few people use it/have it installed and the savings in file size are not worth it to most people with decent Internet connections.

Gimmer .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 anyday. I don't wanna waste time getting a program just to install something else.

To date, I've never used 7-zip.

I install links or lynx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987041)

so I can get FP on Slashdot!

Six...Seven...Eight... (5, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987043)

My first ten for Windows (I use it; get over it):
  1. Trillian,
  2. Winrar,
  3. Firefox,
  4. Winamp,
  5. SmartFTP,
  6. Azureus,
  7. NMap,
  8. GKrellM,
  9. PowerDVD.

Might I suggest adding a calculator [] to round out that list?

Maybe it's in the counting? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987085)

Surely there are 10 items.

0, 1, 2...

Re:Six...Seven...Eight... (-1, Troll)

consolidatedbord (689996) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987097)

Be nice, he is a Windows user. You shouldn't expect him to be able to count!

Re:Six...Seven...Eight... (0, Redundant)

Iscariot_ (166362) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987151)

Actually it's:

1. Windows
2. Trillian,
3. Winrar,
4. Firefox,
5. Winamp,
6. SmartFTP,
7. Azureus,
8. NMap,
9. GKrellM,
10. PowerDVD.

linux/openbsd/freebsd (4, Informative)

quelrods (521005) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987044)

bash less enlightenment wget vim screen nmap phoenix/firebird/firefox Eterm xmms

Re:linux/openbsd/freebsd (1)

jacksonscottsly (699654) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987193)

!!! that is my list exactly minus vim and plus gaim !!!

Bonzi Buddy (5, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987047)

Bonzi Buddy's pretty high on my list; not only that, I don't even have to ask to install it! Friendly lil thing ends up there on its own.

A list (5, Informative)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987049)

Heres my list:
  • Putty - A free (GPL) SSH terminal emulator
  • Winzip - Yeah, you know what this is
  • VLC - Free media player
  • - I should stop doing these descriptions, its not as if youve heard of these things before!
  • GIMP for windows - Yup, the infernal/eternal image editor
  • Editplus - Possibly the best editor ive found, not free im afraid, costs around $25
  • Sharpdevelop - Free (GPL) .net IDE, requires the .net framework and SDK
  • Bloodshed Dev-C++ - Excellent free (GPL) C and C++ IDE, using the Windows GCC port
  • Thunderbird - Mail client
  • Firefox - Web browser
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader - PDF Reader
  • PDFcreator - GPL PDF print driver for windows
  • MessengerPro (Clickatell) - Non free SMS sender for windows, company does good bulk buy sms rates, i buy 500 at a time for less than $5
  • Lavasoft Adaware and Spybot - For the essentials in life
  • Topstyle - Free version of the excellent CSS editor for webdevelopment, if anyone knows a good free alternative, im open to suggestions :)
  • SmartFTP - Great free for personal use FTP client, not found a better one yet!
  • MySQL-Front - Old version of the MySQL windows front end, much much better than the new one you pay for. Source isnt open and the old developer discontinued development, possibly one of the best advertisements for why OSS is good :(

Thats about it, everything I install after a reimage of my machines!! Other things get tagged on, but those are the core!

If anyone has suggestions for alternatives, im open. But they have to be good! Im currently looking for a new .net IDE as sharpdevelop has a few bugs, and since its written in c#, i cant help fix em :(

As for UNIX, I use OpenBSD so its got a pretty sane base install. I usually drag in a few custom admin scripts ive developed over the years, and my .profile for ksh, but thats about it. The box then gets configured for its custom job.

Who... (-1, Troll)

easter1916 (452058) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987050)

...cares? I mean, really? My favorite color is blue and I like books, so bloody what.

Lamest. Ask Slashdot. Ever. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987169)


This has got to be the lamest front page post I've seen on Slashdot before. I refuse to believe there could be a more stupid and inane article -- and no, I'm not new around here.

When are the non-retarded editors going to be on shift?

Just one (5, Funny)

PrvtBurrito (557287) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987052)

Emacs. Hell, that is ten programs. And it is as big as one hundred.

Re:Just one (0, Redundant)

operagost (62405) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987182)

Maybe that's what this guy needs - an eMac. OS X may be harder for him to hose up.

My selection (1)

thesaur (681425) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987055)

Firefox, OOo, Putty, WinSCP, Winamp, AIM, DeadAIM, Apache, MySQL, PHP... Plus all the usual accessories...

Spyware (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987058)

I always install tons of spyware first.

First thing to install on a Windows machine... (5, Funny)

Torqued (91619) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987061)


TweakUI (4, Interesting)

Paladine97 (467512) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987064)

TweakUI is the first thing I install. I can't stand the default Windows Explorer setup.

My choices (4, Informative)

avij (105924) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987066)

I think you missed Windows security fixes [] , Adobe Acrobat [] and WinSCP [] .

Most important of all on Windoze Boxen... (5, Insightful)

SnowDeath (157414) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987067)

Maybe if AVG/Mcafee/FProt/Norton Antivirus was among those 10, you wouldn't need to reinstall every month?

Updated drivers followed by Antivirus and Mozilla is what goes on my Windoze boxen first.

Mine? (5, Informative)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987068)

Well, I use my PC as a game box with some browsing only (with SSH if I need to access one of the unixish machines) so here's my stuff:

10 : Spybot Search & Destroy [] (Excellent spyware killer)
9 : Spyware Blaster [] (Recommended by Spybot author to run concurrently)
8 : Some form of browser. []
7 : PuTTY [] (SSH client w/ tunnelling)
6 : Thief [] (awesome game)
5 : Thief 2 [] (more Thief!)
4 : Darkloader [] (allows one to run custom fan missions in the Thief games)
3 : System Shock 2 [] (creepy sci-fi rp/fps)
2 : For those days I feel like a slug-fest? Doomsday [] and the ol' Doom games. (adds real 3D and all the video card eye candy to Doom/Heretic/etc. A MUST HAVE!)
1 : Half Life [] You know it! (still has one of the best stories of any game around)

First 10? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987074)

First 10 upon a windows install. Blablaantispamfilter:

APserver []
Winamp []
Mirc []
FlashFXP []
Powertoys []
DivX []
Ethereal []
Photoshop []
Nero []

Here... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987076)


30 or so patches and 1 service pack
visual studio
C&C Generals: Zero Hour


xbill ;)

Quick Everyone! He uses Windows! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987080)

In the long honored tradition of slashbots, we must all mark him as foe and shame him for using an OS different from our own. For shame! For shame! How darest thou useth Windows, and how darest the Editors post a story that proclaims that windows is a good OS!!! Mark him as foe, mark him as foe I say!

For those who are wondering, I use Linux, but have many friends who use windows because, quite frankly, they have no business using Linux. All they do is play games. Windows is great for certain uses, just not any of my uses... uh, I mean, FOR SHAME!

*nix anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987082)


Re:*nix anyone? (1)

bobthecow (67269) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987180)

Yup. That's top on my list. Gets me most of what I need.

What? (3, Insightful)

Dr_LHA (30754) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987083)

Why the hell would anyone need to reinstall an entire OS every month? I mean - I know Windows is bad, but come on - its ridiculous.

I have 4 computers that I work on and all of them have not been formatted since I first purchased them. Am I strange or something. I'm using Linux, Win2K and Mac OSX on the various machines. Am I odd?

Easy (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987084)

On Windows (I hate it)

Symantec Antivirus
BlackIce Firewall (if the poor chump has no hardware firewall)
CleanSweep Uninstaller
Ghost (so I can image the machine to reload later)
Cygwin (for a REAL command line)
Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Thunderbird

Woah there, buddy!! (0, Redundant)

goldspider (445116) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987086)

"After the OS is in, then come the favorite/must have/most used programs to install. My first ten for Windows..."

Hold up a second there! I thought we were talking aobut an Operating System!

For me.. (4, Interesting)

hookedup (630460) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987089)

I _race_ furiously to download and get a firewall installed, then do the windows updates. I've had machines be comprimised while downloading the firewall for the first time, damn those subnet scanning kids move fast :)

Re:For me.. (4, Informative)

Mr. Bad Example (31092) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987178)

Might I suggest that you burn a firewall program onto a CD? Then the next time you reload your machine, you can install the firewall and *then* connect to the Internet.

Re:For me.. (1)

WhiteDragon (4556) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987198)

I just put it behind a nat box until it's up to date.

Not quite paid for, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987090)

on a Win box for clients/friends: Norton AV Corporate - WINRAR - WINACE - VNC - Google Toolbar - TweakUI - RegVac
- SpyBot S&D - Ad-Aware - Messenger 6.1 -

first few programs (2, Informative)

toast0 (63707) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987092)

On windows,

putty, gaim, mozilla

On linux,

aptitude, ssh, joe, gnome, gaim, epihpany-browser

WTF are you doing to it? (3, Interesting)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987100)

Why are you reinstalling your machine every month? I've reinstalled once in about 3 years and that was because I put in a new motherboard and upgraded from Windows 2000 to Windows XP Pro and didn't want crufty driver issues popping up down the road. What the heck are you doing to your system that you need to reinstall it so often? Regular spyware scans and a good antivirus program has kept my machine running like a top. Sometimes I really wonder why people bitch about Windows since it's been running great for me on my hardware.

Mac? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987102)

And how about on OS X? For the most part OS X includes many good programs already. One extra program I would install right away would have to be Adium though..

crucify me (1)

towzzer (733077) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987103)

windows 2000- 1. Winrar (does zip AND all the other ones) 2. office 2003 3. photoshop 8 4. dreamweaver mx 5. ultrafxp 6. mirc 7. nero 8. Radmin 9. Winamp 10. serv-u yes i'm a corporate popular program lackey please reply with insults

it (1)

mandalayx (674042) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987104)

I've switched from Winamp to iTunes...because syncing with my iPod is the killer app. plus the smart playlists and the play counts/ratings are not only efficient and no-brainers, but they also sync.

antivirus & spyware blocker (1)

iamthemoog (410374) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987106)

Surely these two (along with repeated clicks of the windows update link) should be firmly at the top of the list ?

For Windows... (2, Informative)

taped2thedesk (614051) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987107)

0. OS updates
1. Putty
2. Firefox & extensions
3. Thunderbird
4. gVim (The 'edit with vim' that gets attached to context menus for all file types is one of my favorite tools)
5. RealVNC
6. Acroread/Flash/Java/etc.
7. Trillian
8. Norton Corporate Edition
9. SpyBot
10. Cygwin

First 10 on linux (2, Interesting)

Spider[DAC] (129824) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987108)

syl pheed

I have two word for you. (1)

Zaphrod (752084) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987109)

Norton Ghost []

Nope ... (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987110)

Some people re-install once a year, but if you're anything like me your machine is formatted at least a month.

Even if I was such a disaster-ridden buffoon, I would simply make an image of the system onto DVD, tape, or even another hard disk and restore my system every month.

One a month? (1)

Electric Eye (5518) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987111)

Dude, you need to find a girlfriend or something. Seriously.
Then again, maybe this is Windows thing. Last time I re-installed my OS on my Mac was about a year ago....

xnews and powerpost (1)

maxbang (598632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987114)

best news reader and poster for windows out there

Um meh (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987117)

Trillian replace with Gaim
Replace WinRar with WinIMP

But normally my install procedure works like this

1. Turn off retarded services that are buggy
2. Install all patches, updates, drivers
3. Install a free virus scanner


4. Turn off attachments and HTML preview in OE
5. Add googlebar and turn on popup blocker
6. Install Cygwin, Winamp and Gaim

Then at this point I'm normally bored and go do something else.

Do you have licenses for those first 10 programs? (2)

Numeric (22250) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987118)

Of course this only applies to programs which require them.

Better question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987120)

What 10 windows programs do you try to UNinstall?

My first 10 (Windows) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987121)

Kerio Personal Firewall
UltraE dit

The OpenCD (4, Informative)

Siener (139990) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987125)

When installing a Windows PC, it's a good idea to have The OpenCD [] handy. It includes (among other things) CDEx, Mozilla, GIMP, PuTTY, TightVNC and WinPT.

huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987127)

but if you're anything like me your machine is formatted at least a month

This makes no sense. Perhaps you are mildly retarded?

Don't know about Windows.. (1)

spurious cowherd (104353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987128)

..but for *NIX I only need one. /sbin/lart

My list (1)

swtaarrs (640506) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987130)

My first ten for windows:

0. Security updates
1. Firefox
2. Gaim
3. Thunderbird
4. Cygwin
5. Openoffice
6. 7-zip
7. X-Chat
8. Nero
9. Visual Studio
10. VNC

Yes, it's 11, but security updates aren't really a program.
I reinstall an average of two or three times a year, for various reasons.

reformatting *nix (1)

Erratio (570164) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987131)

I don't feel the need to regularly reformat and re-install linux or unix based systems. My primary motivation for doing it in Windows is that considering the registry and the other tangled parts of the structure (like file interdependencies), it takes less time to re-install then to actually clean or optimize manually. With *nix based systems, all the things are cleanly laid out and manageable, and I spend a decent amount of time tweaking things which I wouldn't want to have to redo, particularly since there should never be a reason that it would need to be redone. I'd think considering the aura around uptime, the general feeling among the community is similar.

GNaughty (1)

anandpur (303114) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987132)

gnaughty from


adamshelley (441935) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987134)

this is one []
who uses windows (while u're not working) anyways?

first thing (1)

bpland (529369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987137)

is to verify you have all your needed licenses before you reinstall... 1 ) SCO license... oh heck with that let the flipping of disks begin :)

Top Ten most popular... (1)

WhiskerTheMad (765470) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987139)

First I set up my e-mail. Then the top ten programs just install themselves!

1. Magistr
2. MyDoom
3. Badtrans....

my list (0, Offtopic)

User 956 (568564) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987140)

1. XP Autopatcher
2. Firefox
3. does pr0n count as a program?

Eh, Linux already has everything... (1)

da3dAlus (20553) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987141)

So this applies to my Win32 installs:
Any current XP updates
Tons of drivers + apps for TV card

Cliff, WTF?? (-1, Offtopic)

molo (94384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987142)

Cliff, is this really the best Ask Slashdot has to offer? You keep posting these insipid questions. What is the deal? I find it hard to believe that these are really the most interesting questions in the queue.


additionally... (1)

lazlo (15906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987143)

Many things already mentioned, and then add Ethereal, PasswordSafe, TerraTerm, Vim.

(at least, for windows boxes)

SSH tools (1)

slavemowgli (585321) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987144)

The two most important tools by far, I think, are PuTTY and WinSCP.

Unix first installs (1)

Grey (14278) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987145)

  1. Suns Java
  2. JEdit []
Still have installed anything else on Mandrake 9.2 that I did over christmas. Thats many because I must use the worlds best text editor all other are crap &lt/joke&gt

The first thing I install on a windows machine... (0, Redundant)

Lakers (109032) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987146)

is linux!!!

Why don't you... (1)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987147)

Why don't you set up Norton Ghost or VMware and save yourself the trouble of reinstalling every month?

God, that'd be the most awful thing ever.

What I do (1)

criordan (733016) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987148)

I always get Bit Torrent, and from there Office, Photoshop, etc.

Moo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987149)

Virtual CD
Daemon Tools (to install games/utilities from virtual CD's and ISO's)
Panda Antivirus
Windows update
V MWare

Hmmm... (1)

Oxy the moron (770724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987154)

... I haven't done the reformat thing in a few years. I use Windows XP (yeah yeah, go ahead and laugh).

I would say the first 10 programs I install are:

- Service Pack 1 (does that count?)
- my Via 4-in-1 set
- MS Office 2003
- MS VS.Net 2003
- Firefox
- WinZip
- Winamp
- Desktop Sidebar (b/c it pwnz)
- Half-Life
- Warcraft 3

On my Slack 9 box (which pretty much gets nstalled with next to nothing to start)

- Apache 2
- PHP 4
- Samba 3
- firehol
- Python
- Berkely DB
- Half-Life dedicated server + HLstats

I think that wraps it up... =]

new windows system? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987157)

msblaster nachi welchia netsky are all installed for me! just by simply plugging in to the 'net

XP (1)

Kiyooka (738862) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987159)

Here's what I do:

--> (enable Windows firewall)
- Norton AntiVirus
--> (connect)
- Zone Alarm
--> (update Norton)
--> (update Windows for 2 hours)
- Firefox
- OpenOffice
- Warcraft 3 and Frozen Throne :D
- play!

my quick list.... (1)

Malor (3658) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987164)

What I do on a new install;

Turn on firewall;
do all updates, sans DRM crap.


Firefox (using it now, huge step forward in browsers)
Spybot SD (spyware removal)
Winamp 5
EZ-CD Creator Pro (although I use a cdrecord under Linux a lot, my DVD burner is on the Windows machine).
NewsRover (I download many television episodes from Usenet: NR is the best way I've found to make this easy. Awesome program. Also good for porn, of course. :-) )
QuickPAR (handles both PAR and PAR2 files)
WinDVD (for DVDs and MPG files)
K-Lite Codec Pack (for everything else)
SecureCRT (SSH client, best I've found in Windows, but costly)

There are quite a few more programs I would install on my main machine, around 20 total, but those would normally be the first 10.

Interestingly, I do not run any kind of Office application. I hardly use paper for anything, and my printer doesn't get used much. I have a perfectly valid license for Office 2003, and I don't bother installing it because the security holes aren't worth the risks. If I need to read a .doc file, I open it under Linux. How's that for weird? :-)

What about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987165)

the filthy filthy porn...

Hmmm... (1)

JoeBaldwin (727345) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987166)

  • Firefox - Because I frankly can't live without it
  • Thunderbird - Because my inbox quota frankly can't live without it
  • iTunes - IloveitIloveitILOVEIT (and we don't even have the music store over here yet)
  • Latest MSN Messenger - Because all my friends and family have it, and will doubtless expect me to gawp at their oh-so-revolutionary "new features" such as buddy icons
  • AIM - Because I have friends on AIM
  • ICQ - Because I like ICQ as well
  • Dreamweaver - For syntax highlighting and quick layout when I just can't be arsed
  • Apache - I'm a server []
  • The GIMP - ...
  • - For my seemingly endless supply of coursework assignments

This is a good question. (1)

AlexanderYoshi (750291) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987167)

The first 10 things you install probably say a lot about you as a person and developer. A programmer will probably install their favoured editors where an artist will install photoshop/GIMP and their favourite peripherials. For me: 1. Replace NotePad with EditPad 2. Firefox/T-bird 3. Trillian 4. 3d Studio Max 5. GIMP 6. Visual Studio .NET 2003 7. TortoiseSVN 8. Cygwin 9. WinDVD 10. WS_FTP

For my Windows 2000 box.... (1)

chrispyman (710460) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987174)

besides the usual Microsoft Hotfixes and service packs, I usually install.... 1) Mozilla 2) WinZip 3) FileZilla 4) F-Prot Antivirus 5) Nero 6) Quicktime 7) Acrobat Reader 8) The GIMP 9) Winamp 10) VMWare Workstation

Don't reformat: use Knoppix/Partimage/NFS (5, Informative)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987175)

Do yourself a favor: next clean install, apply XP-SP1, then Clean=(Delete LocalSettings\Temp, Windows\Temp, Defrag) & boot Knoppix and backup your partition with Partimage (to a network location mounted with NFS), if needed.

Then apply all Windows Updates, and image again. Then install your drivers, and "core apps" (be very conservative), and tweak your profile a little, and image again.

Then restore one of these three images as needed, and update as needed. Install your games on a separate partition.

It gets tricky if you actually use your XP partition for real work (MSOffice, VStudio) instead of just for video editing and games and use the much superior Debian Sid for web browsing, email, and programming. Unlike games, its hard to put apps on a separate partition and simply "install" them with a .reg file or something. Imaging with 3 or 4 gigs of apps to back up takes a long time and gets to be a pain in the ass.

Putty of course! (1)

pagansage (142636) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987177)

One of the first things I install on a windows machine is putty [] . Can't live without it...

Of course cygwin [] provides more of environment and the added benefit of remote Xwindows connections (without annoying cripple ware).

JOE! (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987181)

On unix.. thats the first thing .. so i can edit files with out fighting with VI.

On windows, i would hope your FIRST application to install is some sort of antivirus... then service packs....

After that you can add trillian, xmanager, putty, vnc, etc, etc...

My list on Windows XP is: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987186)

PaintShopPro 5 (better than Gimp in ease of use but I don't like the newer versions with the vectors in it -- too complicated)

and then:
AbiWord or OOo
RSSOwl (and required J2EE)
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Palm Desktop

And then some other little apps as the time goes by.

That's it I think.

I don't reinstall, I update (5, Informative)

Vaevictis666 (680137) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987187)

I have a hard drive image (Ghost, but anything would work about as well) that I revert to every few months. It has all my essentials, configuration, and such. Windows is on its own partition, My Docs is mapped to D: partition, so the only thing I need to back up is Docs and Settings (I could map that to another partition too, but it's nice to have it be cleaned out as well).

So now I just do my mini-backup, revert to ghost image, apply pending windows/app fixes and upgrades (with a text file on my desktop to keep track as I do them the first time), install any new "needed" software, clean up stuff etc, and then make me a fresh image of that for next time.

COME ON!!! (1)

holy_smoke (694875) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987188)

Neowin AutopatcherXP!!!
Quake II
Unreal II
Unreal Tournament 2003 & 2004
PeerGu ardian
DC++ ;-)

Virus scanner (1)

AcIdR3IgN (627012) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987191)

May I also suggest (seeing that it IS windows) that you install a good virus scanner... This is the FIRST program I install before I even venture out on the net after a new install.

How about LAST software to install on a machine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987192)

Enough about the first software to install when you get a machine. What about the last software you install before you get rid of it?

Before I get rid of a PC that has just gotten too slow, I always install NetBSD before I unplug it for the last time and go out and bury the CPU in the back yard.

Dump WinRAR for 7Zip (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8987194)

Found this a few months ago and LOVE IT.

7-Zip is free software distributed under the GNU LGPL

Supported formats: 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB

1st program (1)

gerardrj (207690) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987195)

Would be Ghost or something like it.

Seriously... If I were reinstalling every month (and why would you want to), the last think I would want is to waste all that time individually installing all those apps, not to mention installing Windows and all those updates in the first place.
On my machine it takes about 1.5 hours to install Windows and get it completely up to date from Windows Update, then I'd probably take another 1.5 hours to install the next 10 apps and get them configured the way I like.

Copy the drive from a fresh install, then restore it to that state any time in just a few minutes.

Depends on the computer's use (1, Interesting)

Lightwarrior (73124) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987199)

Game Machine:
1) Motherboard Drivers from CD
2) Updated mobo drivers from web once NIC is working
3) Critical / Security patches (winUpdate)
4) Mozilla / Firefox
5) Latest DirectX
6) Video drivers of choice
7) Latest usable FRAPS
8) Battlefield: Vietnam to test (/cough)

What comes next depends on why I reinstalled. A development machine is similar, except:

7) Java/whatever SDK
8) Eclipse/IDE of choice
9) WinAmp
0) OpenOffice


Mac OS X (4, Insightful)

jared_hanson (514797) | more than 10 years ago | (#8987203)

Well, I decided to reformat my PowerBook's drive just for the experience. It wasn't at all necessary, as it is with Windows after a few months of use.

Heres my list of programs installed since the reformat a month ago:

Yep, thats the beauty of the Mac: a rock solid system that doesn't necessetate reformating, and a good suite of software preloaded.
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