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Old 06-15-02, 09:21 PM
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Just got a new system (WinXP) what essential software should I get?

Ok, so I just got a new laptop (My first new computer in 3 years) from Dell. P4-M 1.7, CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, 512K ram, 30 gig HD, WinXP and OfficeXP.

What software should be must have for me? My preference is for freeware, shareware, etc. . . but I'm open to anything you think is useful or cool.

Thanks in advance.

p.s. I did a search on "software" and "essential" and didn't find anything that looked like what I wanted. If I missed something, apologies.
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I'd say Ghost or another "snapshot" type backup program.
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That's great that Dell already put in Office XP and you should have WinDVD too. I'd get Acrobat Reader, Quicktime Player, DIVX Player Alpha 2.0, and WinZip 8.0. I would NOT download stuff like Kazaa, which has given me so much trouble last year that I had to get a new hard drive. Also I guess Dell already gave you a virus scanner? If not, or otherwise get Zonealarm.

If you want, you also could get the Netscape package, it came with Netscape Comm. 4.7, Real Player, AOL and Netscape instant messengers, and Winamp.

Congrats on getting a new laptop
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I give my highest recommendation to Winamp. Its the best audio player on the market, and the first thing I load on my PC (after IE). If you are looking for a good file sharing program, I suggest WinMX. Spyware free, good people, and great selection. Have fun on the new laptop!
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i assume it came pre-loaded with norton antivirus or similar?
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Essential Warcraft 3

what software do you have now?

what do you want to do?

Zonealarm?

winamp?

ad-aware?

Divx?

Motherboard Monitor?
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Some sort of defrag/optimization program like Norton Speedisk or VoptXP. Winzip 8.1 or WinRar. Cacheman. Adobe Acrobat, KazaaLite ....
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Thanks guys. Suffice it to say I have some of the above software. I was just hoping for people to give their tops because then this could also serve some value to people other than myself.
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Hey Bushdog, there's an absolutely HUGE thread about this very topic here - Anandtech Forums

You're welcome.
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Re: Just got a new system (WinXP) what essential software should I get?

Originally posted by Bushdog
Ok, so I just got a new laptop (My first new computer in 3 years) from Dell. P4-M 1.7, CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, 512K ram, 30 gig HD, WinXP and OfficeXP.
It sounds like a great system. Before you worry about software, you might want to try upgrading your memory first.

The basic software package I have on all computers and notebooks are:

Norton AV
Photoshop
Pagemaker
Ad-aware
Winamp
Winzip / WinAce
Quicktime
Acrobat Reader
Distiller / Ghost (Postscript -> PDF)
RealOne
Ghost (Image Backups)
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Powertoys, TweakUI in specific.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/p.../powertoys.asp

And whats wrong with 512 in a laptop? Hes not gonna be running Counterstrike on it. Youre not gonna see a performance benefit from any more RAM unless your doing major Photoshop filtering or gaming.
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VoptXP was a new one for me. Downloaded and run already, thanks for the tip
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Originally posted by bill_n_opus
Hey Bushdog, there's an absolutely HUGE thread about this very topic here - Anandtech Forums

You're welcome.
Thanks all, and another bit of props to you, bill_n_opus for the link! It is just loaded.
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Originally posted by joltaddict
Powertoys, TweakUI in specific.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/p.../powertoys.asp

And whats wrong with 512 in a laptop? Hes not gonna be running Counterstrike on it. Youre not gonna see a performance benefit from any more RAM unless your doing major Photoshop filtering or gaming.
There's nothing wrong with 512MB but he's working with 512K. I was just pointing out a typo that struck me as funny. Oh well... the humor is gone now.
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Originally posted by quietsoul
There's nothing wrong with 512MB but he's working with 512K.
That went right over my head. Doh'!
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Originally posted by quietsoul


There's nothing wrong with 512MB but he's working with 512K. I was just pointing out a typo that struck me as funny. Oh well... the humor is gone now.


My bad
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That's a very nice system, by the way. :thumsup: Did you get the Inspiron 8200 series or the Latitude X200? I had a friend who bought the 8200 last week, and it just weighed too much (~18lbs) for the notebook to be portable.
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Originally posted by quietsoul
That's a very nice system, by the way. :thumsup: Did you get the Inspiron 8200 series or the Latitude X200? I had a friend who bought the 8200 last week, and it just weighed too much (~18lbs) for the notebook to be portable.
Just got it yesterday, didn't weigh it but it is relatively heavy. Nothing too bad, and I have a smaller laptop for when I travel. . .It's the Inspiron 8200

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