Updated: New Computer Install List

My new work laptop arrived at work today, so now I’m in the midst of getting everything set up and running.  I’ve posted in the past about the applications I install by default. But I wanted to offer an updated listed, as things are always changing.

Personal Productivity Apps (covered by work)

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise (Students can get Ultimate for Cheap at MS’s TheUltimateSteal.com)
  • Microsoft Visio 2007
  • Microsoft Project 2007
  • Microsoft Expression 2 Suite
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (Students can get both Expression and VS from MS DreamSpark)

I’ve included the list from last time, and updated what I’ve stopped/started using:


Apps & Utilities:


  • NotePad++ – Best general purpose editor hands-down

Photos & Multimedia:

  • MediaMonkey – Incredible media manager, especially if you have a large library (I paid for this one, but there is a free version).
  • Last.fm – Scrobble and track what I listen to (my profile)
  • TagScanner – For updating ID3 Tags
  • SharePod – Managing my iPod without iTunes
  • VLC Media Player – For videos, DVD’s and single-file playing
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery – Easy way to manage, edit, tag and share photos (there is Flickr integration as well)
  • FastStone Image Viewer – On-the-fly image preview & browsing
  • Paint.NET – More in-depth photo editing

System Utilities:

  • Defraggler – Disk Defragmenting
  • AutoRuns – eliminate annoying startup programs
  • CCleaner – Get rid of crap, cookies and temp files
  • Unlocker – Gets you out of those “access denied” binds during deletions
  • Process Explorer – Task manager on steroids
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Tugzip – Great alternative to Winzip, not quite WinRar, but free and open-source
  • Synctoy – to synchronize files between my work desktop and laptop, works great if you’re on the same network


  • Windows Vista Firewall works pretty well, but at home I use Comodo
  • AVG Anti-Virus (for the home computer, we use a separate solution at work)