Paving my machine for a fresh 2009 - First-Pass Must-Haves
Back in 2006 I paved (or "formatted", or "torched", or "gave "a technical enema") to my main machine and blogged about the what I call the first-pass software I installed on this new fresh machine.
It was time to torch my Atwood Quadpower machine and name it Quadpower7. Time for a clean install, and this time it includes Windows 7 x64 Ultimate.
I know I have a Tools List (that I know needs to be updated, thank you) but what I needed on this new machine was to be as productive as possible as fast as possible. I needed the 80% stuff installed.
First-Pass Must-Have Apps for a Fresh Machine and a Happy Life
Here's what I installed. Total time from naked drive to productive was about 4 hours. Could have been faster had I downloaded things ahead of time or used CDs.
- 7-Zip - Best Zip Tool with the best shell integration.
- AutoHotkey and the AutoCorrect for English Script - This will change "teh" to "the" everywhere I type. Plus 4700 other common English misspellings.
- SmartFTP - Love them and gave them money. Got the 64-bit version.
- Paint.NET - The best free Image Editor in town. Thanks Rick Brewster!
- Prish Image Resizer - If there's one secret super amazing gem in this list, it's Prish. After I pave my wife's machine this is the ONLY util she insists on. She refuses to even touch the machine - "Is Prish on? No? Don't talk to me." Go get it and bask in the wonder of this glorious little app that's hard to find on the web. Gotta get this man a domain name.
- Notepad2 3.0 - It's like notepad, but 2. Er, 3.0.
Easiest and fastest way to get productive is to use the Web Platform Installer. It also configures IIS, installs VS and SQL, and can install Silverlight tools, etc. if you like. This tool alone saves me HOURS each time I pave a machine.
- Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Web and C# Express and SQL Server 2008 Express
- ASP.NET MVC 1.0 - Cuz it's the new hotness.
- TortoiseSVN - So I can get Source Code from everywhere.
- Firefox and Chrome - So I can test all three major renderers.
- Word, PowerPoint, Outlook (On my fifth 60 day trial! (kidding.))
- Evernote - Keep your notes everywhere, any device, all sync'ed. Installed their Bookmarklet also.
- RememberTheMilk - My Task List Manager. Installed with their Bookmarklet.
- Delicious - How I manage my web-site bookmarks. Installed with their Bookmarklet.
- Passpack Offline - Password Manager with many options and lots of security.
- Windows Live Writer - I love this team and I love their product. Also installed the Pre-Code Plugin for my code samples.
- SnagIt and WindowClippings - SnagIt because their image editor is butter, and WindowClippings because it's amazing with transparency.
- FeedDemon - I know you guys are all Google Reader and all, but I really prefer to read my blogs in a REAL client. FeedDemon's awesome, it's free, and it's written in Delphi. What's not to like?
- TweetDeck - My current Twitter power-client of choice.
- Zune - Because the Zune Pass kicks ass, as does Jazmine Sullivan.
- Messenger - Cuz you gotta chat.
- Skype and ooVoo - The former so I can talk cheap around the world, and the latter so I can video chat with up to 6 other people in 640x480 high res.
- Mike Swanson's Windows 7 Theme Pack - Some of Mike's best images for my wallpaper, auto-updating every 30 minutes.
- VLC Player - For playing any video that I don't feel like getting a Codec for. (Which is fewer and fewer as there's lots of codecs included in Win7.)
And there you go. That was it. There's other stuff, but it's part of the 20% and I'll install them as I need them.
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Apart from those, pretty much the same. Oh, I do use both One Note and Evernote, can't decide with which to stick yet.
(apologies if I double-committed this post, OpenID is having a blast on my account)
Q6600 @ 3.0GHz (Only mine is a G0 stepping making the OC a little easier)
10k RPM VelociRaptor for my C:\
320GB + 1TB for Data
I was wondering if you could share your WEI scores once you get Windows 7 loaded, as well as general opinions on performance compared to Vista.
In XP I was using the nvidia utilities before and assigned CTRL-1,2, and 3 for my left, center, and right monitors. Is there anyway to assign specific key combo for each monitor so I can have CTRL-1 move the window to the left screen?
Just hit Windows key and start typing.
But if you're using complex scripts that start multiple applications/browsers, then yeah, stick with SlickRun
Try Shuriken for launching your apps. It is hosted on codeplex :)
i also install ultramon for the second taskbar then i also get the ubercool fliqlo screensaver.
Curious about the use of the Express SKUs for Visual Studio - why not the full versions ??
ClipX -- clipboard manager that is beyond awesome
Nice list!, check out this freeware list at Freeware Genius very handy.
Another outstanding list it's top 46 freeware at Gizmo tech support.
Not a knock but how can anyone use Adobe Reader anymore??? Its slow and clunky and I'm tired of it trying to update it self every other day on my pc AND not terminating as a process when I close it out. I HATE opening taskmgr and seeing it sitting there all smug using up my resources!!! Foxit Reader seems much more efficient and granted I have to updated it on my own but still.... Just my $0.02.
Why not use SQL Server 2008 developer edition instead of Express? You get more tools like reporting, analysis and notification services plus the Profiler and tuning advisor. Plus more.
Talking about tools, whats the name of the utility you used in MIX for presentation that has zooms and making boxes while presenting. (Awesome sessions btw)
I'm curious about the included codecs with Windows 7. Do you know if the FLAC audio codec is supported (or a DirectShow filter included), and if Windows Media Player and/or Media Center will now be able to understand FLAC metadata and add those files to the media library?
Right now you have to use a WMP plugin like WMPTagSupportExtender to get media library support for other audio file types (other than wma/mp3). And this only partially works due to limitations with WMP (Year info is read-only and cannot be set by plugins, seeking doesn't work/track length is unknown).
I am saddened to learn that Windows 7 doesn't have a basic ISO mounter included, but rather an ISO burn command in the shell menu.
I would suggest DaemonTools. It's a little spammy with its sneaky toolbar if you don't catch it during the install. Any others out there that are quality? Alcohol 120?
ImgBurn all the way for burning your ISOs. I'd love to scratch one program off my list if Windows 7's ISO burner is good enough. Yes, I know it's been there for a while.
I am looking forward to scratching Nero off my installation list.
Still using SharedView?
or are you expecting to re-install the OS when it's released?
Also, what build of Windows 7 are you using for this config? I'm considering moving off of my Vista machine to a Win7 Beta 1 box (or one of the newer Connect releases) but I'm wary of having to repave the machine in short order once the RC is available.
Turns out that if you managed to bypass the revenue generation it's a pretty cool pretification for 7zip, but I've only played with it for 10min :)
@Mike Swanson +1 for PureText :-) That's right up there on any new box for me.
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No one has mentioned it yet!
I've been finding some of the Live services really usefull..eg Live Mesh, even in it's beta. My SVN folders, My Favorites,etc. are syncronized between my various machines by using it.
Would you consider it might worth hitting your list?
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WinSplit Revolution: an absolute must for anyone with a widescreen monitor bigger than 20 inches.
UltraMon: mandatory for a machine with multiple monitors.
Multiple monitors >20 inches? Get both!