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What do you install after a Fresh Windows install?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

We all know that feeling. That breath of fresh air you get when you wipe everything and install windows. The speed, the responsiveness. It feels like a whole new machine again!


But after you've gotten over that shock you're faced with what to do next. Drivers are often first up, but after that what do YOU guys like to install?


With tools like ninite easily available, do you like to use them, or are you old fashioned and do it manually?


Super interested to hear what you guys have to say!





I configure the computer for my domain. Then I install

  • uTorrent
  • StartIsBack
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Spotify
  • Skype
  • Filezilla
  • Origin (Unfortunately) and any related games
  • Steam and any related games
  • CPU-Z
  • GPU-Z
  • MSI Afterburner
  • VLC

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I love all technology. The perfection of macs for my designer side, and the hardware and fun of tinkering on the of the pc side. We can have it all, just not at the same time.

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Opera, Drivers, ESET Smart Security, AIDA64, Visual Studio, Skype, CoreTemp, CPU-Z, GPU-Z, MSI Afterburner, HDSentinel, CorsairLINK2, etc...

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Drivers, updates, antivirus. Those three come first.

"It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out." - Carl Sagan.

"If you place a piece of bread somewhere on Earth, and another one on that point's antipodes, well you made yourself an Earth-sandwich." - Michael from Vsauce.

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I personally like to install things manually just because I'm picky like that.  :P


First comes video, sound, and network drivers, and whatever others are necessary.  Then a free antivirus (MSE usually).  Then Chrome and 7-zip.  If it's my personal computer, Dropbox, CCleaner, Notepad++.  Then I go freely from there.

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After a fresh Windoze install, I deinstall half of the things that came with the new install (search, indexing, internet explorer, all Microsoft TSR's that are not strictly necessary to turn off the spyware "features", the bloatware and the really slow and unsafe stuff), then I install ZoneAlarm, CCleaner, Malwarebytes, NOD32 and Security Essentials, then Firefox with Ghostery, NoScript, AdblockPlus, HTTPS Everywhere and Stealth, then I download the graphics drivers and install them, and then I install Steam and Adobe Lightroom.

And then I install Fedora 18 next to Windoze so that I can actually also use the computer for other things than gaming and Adobe Lightroom.

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Chrome, 7zip, media monkey, VLC, the usual  light weights.

- Silverstone TJ08B-E - Gigabyte Z87M-D3H - i7 4770k @ 4.0GHZ 1.2v - 16gb Kingston HyperX Black 1600 - Gigabyte GTX 770 OC 4GB -

- Silverstone Fortress FT02 - MSI Z77 Mpower - i5 3570k @ 4.0GHZ 1.09v - 8gb Mushkin Blackline 1600 - MSI GTX 670 PE -

- Lenovo T430 (1600x900) - i5 3210m - 8GB DDR3 1333 - nVidia NVS5400M - 256GB mSATA OS - 320GB HDD-

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I am really surprised everybody is using Chrome?


I use chrome purely for youtube for the extensions but firefox for general browsing.


Anyway obviously drivers, updates, antivirus, then i kinda just download as i mess around and realise what i need . . . prob Steam tho

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IrfanView + Plugins



Firefox + Plugins

Chrome + Plugins

Opera + Plugins




PDFCreator (my only printer)






Microsoft CalculatorPlus


Price Total: $0.00

I roll with sigs off so I have no idea what you're advertising.


This is NOT the signature you are looking for.

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Drivers,chrome,antivirus ,steam,ms2013,cpuz/gpu, DB,PS and DW,

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| GPU: GIGABYTE GTX980Ti G1 GAMING | SSD: SAMSUNG 840 EVO 250GB  Storage: WD 1TB GREEN | OS: Windows 10 Pro 64bit | PSU: FSP 650W AURUM S |

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I usually prefer to go for drivers, then make sure windows is completely up to date, after that: Chrome, anti virus, 7 zip, reader, office and steam.

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Hmm, in order:







Flash, Java and other addons

(StartIsBack if reinstalled Win8)


MS Office





Wit is educated insolence.

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Foxit Reader,


MS Visual Studio,


Security Software


I use filehippo.com to download most of these.

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Case: CM Storm Scout 2 | Monitor: 2x LG 22EA53VQ IPS 

OS: Windows 8 Professional 64 Bit

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Visual Basic 6

Computer Drivers

Computer: CPU: Intel i7 3770k 4.2 GHz, Processor Cooling: Corsair 100i,  Video Card: ASUS Geforce GTX 660ti, Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77 V PRO, Power Supply: corsiar AX750, Hard Drive: Toshiba 2TB, Case Fans: Bitfenix Specter x 2, Case: Phantom


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Opera, nvidia drivers, steam, vlc, irfanview.
Everything else is on a network share 

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Everyone is saying drivers but just make sure you download from manufacturers websites. Not the ones you got on the cd with the components. Antivirus (MS Essentials only way to go), malwarebytes (free version), 7zip, firefox + adblock (thank the lord for adblock), adobe stuff, cpu-z, gpu-z, HWMonitor, Blackbox hardware monitor, and all other stuff I regularly use (MS office, steam etc.). Another useful one I found was Sunvise shutdown timer. Windows 7 ultimate tweaker is a nice one. Also making a god mode folder. These last two are more for ease of use and configuring the OS. 

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Optimize systemstuff and turn off stuff I don't want

Frost upon these cigarettes.... lipstick on the window pane...

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Chrome, Firefox, iTunes, Visual Studio 2012, Python, Python for VS, Sublime Text, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Adobe Reader, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS6, Office 2013, VLC, Color Cop, Dropbox, F.lux, CCleaner, Steam, FileZilla, PuTTY, VMware Player.

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First of all, I regret installing Windows because drivers.


"Hi, I'm Windows 7, I see you have a late model laptop... No networking for you, minimum resolution, no usb3 either, bye!"


Windows 8 improved things...




In this order: Chrome, Synergy, .NET Framework, Cygwin, Spotify, GPU Drivers, Teamviewer, JRE&JDK, python 2.7.x, Netbeans.

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0. Use a flash drive or external harddrive to pre-download all drivers, software installers and everything else that I use. Put it in a folder structure that makes everything easy to find and install in a proper order

1. Install Windows

1.5 Customize settings and such based on a checklist so I don't miss anything

2. Install windows updates and drivers

3. Install all the software I use in any order

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