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office xp

visual studio 6 enterprise

visual studio.Net architect

msdn library

nero 6.x

allapi guide

windows messenger

yahoo messenger


adobe reader 6

paintshop pro 8

thats all that i use, and have installed

no games, waste of proccesing power and time

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Mine are: :rolleyes:



Alchohol 120%

Disk keeper 8 Pro


Maya 5.1

Photoshop CS

Adobe Reader

Tuneup Utilities

XP lite

Mozilla FireFox

Adaware 6

Macromedia MX 2004 apps

Coppernic Agent Professional

errr.....cant think of any more..........not at my own PC :)

oh!, and TRON 2.0

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I use bits of most other ppls list.

In addition:


MAD bundle


Burn4Free (navhelp removed, of course.)

Avast 4.0 free version A/V


XPLite (but looking seriously into using Nlite instead)

AutopatcherXP for M$ updates

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Spyware Blaster

Spyware Guard

Adaware 6

Spybot 1.3


Kerio Personal Firewall 4.1 Beta 2

Nod32 Antivirus

Mozilla Firefox

MSN Messenger




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Mailwasher Pro - a good anti spam software (www.firebreach.com)

tmpgenc - converting avi to mpg

VirtualDub - for splitting avi, extracting wav from avi, etc...

Mozilla - internet browser

PTC - Personal Torrent Collector

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here are some of the main ones i use:

Fresh DownloadAdobe AcrobatEasy CleanerWinRar7-ZipWinAmpRealVncEasy Cd CreatorWinMXRjh ExtensionsMcAfee Virus Scan & FirewallQuickTimeTgt Soft StyleBuilderOperaMS OfficeMP3tagMusicMatch JukeboxDaemon ToolsDreamweaver & Fireworks MX
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Must have software after a re-install:


stomp backup mypc



nero 5.x

explorerplus - try it, you'll never go back to explorer

myie2 - try it, you'll never go back to ie

ms office


media player classic + k-lte codec pack

mike lin's startup control panel



acrobat reader + speed-up


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  • 1 month later...

My list of *unattended* installs:

Adobe Acrobat Professional 6

Adobe Photoshop CS

Adware 6.181

Alcohol 120%


APC PowerChute 1.03.1


Diskeeper 8 Pro Build 478

Mozilla Firefox 0.9.2

Fineprint 5.10

FlashFXP 2.1.924

ID3-TagIT 3.14

Kaspersky AntiVirus 5.0.142

MSN Messenger 6.2

Microsoft Office 2003

Nero Burning Rom

ObjectDock 1.02a

Peer Guardian 1.99 Pr 14-3

PlexTools Professional 2.14


QuickTime Alternative 1.33

Real Alternative 1.23

RegSupreme 1.2

Save-N-Sync 3.04


Sharescan 2.45

Spybot - Search and Destroy 1.3

VM WorkStation 4.5

Winamp 5.03a

Winmx 3.53

WinISO 5.3

WinRAR 3.30

Messenger Plus! 3.01.94


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XP (duhhh)

mso2k3 (word excel outlook publisher visio frontpage)

Adobe Photoshop & Acrobat Pro

McAfee Internet Security Suite

nero burning ROM

google toolbar (to be replaced by XPSP2 IE update)

download accellerator

spyware blaster


MSN Messenger

messenger Plus

daemon tools

acrobat reader

microsoft reader



quicktime alt

real alt

flash & shockwave players

Swiff player

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Sorry for digging out such an old topic, but I had to :)

I can't belive that nobody listed Total Commadner...

Does everybody use Explorer to manage files ? Really? :o

This is the only tool, I can't work without. The rest can wait ;]

Maybe it's because I was raised on stuff like Norton Commander/Dos Navigator

Ok.. here is rest of software that installs just after windows:

codecs (ffdshow, ac3, qt alt., rp alt.)


Maxthon (aka MyIE2)




and much much more I do not install, because they don't need it (to be honest, Maxthon, IrfanView, Winamp, Winrar and of course Total Commander is also on that list...).

I keep them on the second partition, just run few reg's and all is up and working.

I install only that software that is hard to install with reg's only, like Nero, some codecs, IDEs like BCB/VS, Office etc.

PS. hello.. it is my first post on this forum :hello:

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