Murphy's Law: The Post-Windows-7 Freeware Survival Guide

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lien_meat

1) Boot Ubuntu.
2) D/L all drivers and prefered anti-virus prog to thumb drive or windows-readable partition
3) unplug ethernet and reboot
4) install Win7.
5) install anti-virus (yes before drivers if possible, never know if the drivers are infected, it is possible, even if insanely unlikely)
6) install drivers
7) download and install any software you need/want
8) use live-cd to fix grub after windows over-wrote it (damn windows not detecting other OSes....still)
9) have fun dual booting 2 great OSes
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K0BALT

I'm running Win7 Ultimate 64bit and my explorer keeps crashing nonstop anytime im in MyComputer, doing searches, MyDocuments, etc.... Grrrrr......

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lien_meat

I have been having similar things happening with the 32bit rtm....on my laptop. (dell doesn't have 64 bit drivers for most of my hardware...).  It's not just explorer though, it's other programs as well, usually a second or too after the program pops up, and then it's gui will just die.  Sometimes the processes go zombie and won't respond, other times they get killed.  You are the only one I have seen with the same type of problem.
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mkarias1

I am running XP with ZoneAlarm Pro.  Once I get my Windows 7 upgrade (its in mail according to Amazon) and install W7, what do I do about the firewall.  I hear conflicting information.  Some say don't need one as the built-in firewall is good enough.  I have a Linksys router so I believe that has a firewall too.  What do I do?  No one has mentioned installing a firewall.

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naxself

For most people (read: everyone except the government and tech companies), the Windows firewall and your router's hardware firewall are enough. Don't worry about installing Zonealarm, which is a POS anyway (I had a very bad experience with it about 6 months ago and I'll never use it again).

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huhhuh

Huh, let's put it this way:

OS install, Essential drivers (mobo and Nic), Opera (with sync), unlocker, Kerio Firewall (to find out what wants to connect to the net from my PC), AstonShell (and configuration of it), Disk Image (Acronis).

Then I install video/sound drivers.

No A/V no Spyware software for me.

After Image was taken then everything else starting with Virtual Box and an Xp installation in it.

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gendoikari1

1) Download Opera (to banish IE to the far reaches of the C: drive)

2) Install drivers (Forceware, printer, everything else is integrated)

3) Install core apps (Messenger, Messenger Plus, Azureus, AVG Free, Handbrake, Zune software, CCleaner, Defraggler, OpenOffice.org)

4) Reinstall games

5) Recover backed up data 

6) ???

7) Profit! 

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Trooper_One

My Order:

1) Do fresh install system restore backup

2) Install all necessary drivers

3) Windows update

4) Install Anti-spyware/virus apps

5) Essential apps: Firefox, Adobe (flash & reader), VLC, etc..

6) General apps: Office, Steam, etc..

7) Windows update

8) System restore backup and/or Disc Image

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punditguy

Handbrake, WinSCP,  uTorrent, and -- for better or worse -- Steam.

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Preferred boot, but will give this Maximum PC thing a try.

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r7mr7m

Antivirus, Updates, Drivers, Firefox, and Microsoft Office

In that order...

 Here is a different take on it.

IMO - NIC Driver>Antivirus>MS Office>Install MS Updates (update.microsoft.com), which allows you to install windows and office updates in the same shot. Firefox> Then Download most current drivers for all other devices.

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savage4naves

Antivirus, Updates, Drivers, Firefox, and Microsoft Office

In that order...

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laynlow200

I usually hit the windows update button and get all the updates right away and then leave the rest up to the auto updates

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TheMurph

Interesting.  You don't go grab drivers for your various internal components (mobo, video card, sound card, etc.) from the manufacturers' sites?

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mls067

I have done the same thing for years. Install the OS, install the latest chipset drivers to get the web going, then go to windows update and get all of the updates that I need, then install all the drivers from  thier manufactures web site (I rarely use windows update drivers unless I can't find a driver but thats a rare occasion)

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hammerfell

uhh..... plants and zombies... hah

 

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aziobron

the addicting game Plants vs Zombies from Popcap

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TheMurph

Nice butter.

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BlazePC

Dave,

 Good piece!  Lot's of common sense stuff to think about and good overall advice.  I like these types of articles, it shows good insight and helps to remind people to think about the basics every now an again when the opportunity knocks to start somewhat "anew".

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avinashbangar

At the below link you can find a list of required softwares for windows OS

http://www.tutkiun.com/2010/07/required-software-for-pc-after-os.html#more

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