5 Free Apps to be Thankful For (After a System Wipe)

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MRedu

IMGburn definitely right up there as being one of the best free apps i've ever used.

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bautrey

How would you reinstall your OS with 1+TB of files (That dont a place to go too) on the main HDD?

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Vano

If one installed OS on 1TB partition - it's a very good sign of being not too bright in the first place...

To answer your question: buy a 80-150gb drive and install OS on it, leave 1TB as data drive.

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Fecal Face

Huh, I guess I'm not too bright.

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buckeyebri32

The first thing I install after a clean install is some form of anti-virus. I get Symantec free through my employer, but have installed AVG Free on family computers.

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John Hauxwell

Really like number 3. Found this funny:  http://chromestory.com/2010/10/i-know-how-ie-10-will-look-like-picture/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChromeStory+%28Chrome+Story%29

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D00dlavy

I'm spent of this shit.

It's been verified that IE 8 has less software vulnerabilities (with Chrome being the most "hole"y) than competing browsers.  It's easy to use.  It has tabs and a streamlined UI.  It surfs the fucking webernets.  What more do you want?

People act like there's this enormous fucking abyss between each of the browsers and what they bring to the table, but frankly, they all do the same damn thing and do it pretty similarly.

I’ve been using IE for years, been virus free for a decade, and frankly can program and game circles around the lot of you bitches.

Oh, and love the rag.  Subscribe for life.

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illusionslayer

'All do the same thing pretty simalarly'
From the time I launch IE 8 to the time I'm on the site I want is ~50 seconds.
From the time I launch Chrome 13 to the time I'm on the site I want is ~15 seconds?

IE 8 uses activeX, it's slow, is full of security holes, is older than, has just passed it's 2 year old birthday, and is the worst option of the current top5 browsers. (Yes I'm putting it below Safari.)

The only browser 'trench' I see is between IE8/7/6 and the-other-browsers-that-people-use.

Sure "It works just fine so why change?" might be a valid argument for you but logically it's like saying "My horse gets me wherever I want just fine. Why would I ever want a car that can get me places faster so I can get things done in a reasonable ammount of time?"

 

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John Hauxwell

I agree, though it is fun to take the piss, stay cool :)

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emadgreek

Revo is a must, GREAT CALL. I hate how files get left behind especially in the registry. It can help with pesky programs with bad unistall software and is a MUST!!!

As for not liking IE, thats some garbage. Really it works and is not neccessary to be changed unless your stick up you butt needs to go deeper. TERRIBLE CALL!!!

I would like you to have added Malewarebytes, coomon it is the best app on the net. Most antivirus forums tell you to download it when you already have a virus to remove it.

Lastly Steam should be added also because no matter where when and what happens you will always have your games saved and can download them to you PC to play even after  a format or a location move where you may lose a CD/DVD.

Your list seemed rushed, and a poll would have been fun to add to this article, anyways....... ALT + F4

 

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Slygathor

IE Doesn't have support of Adblock. Which is a huge deal breaker for me. 

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purplemecha

My favorite ISO burner.  Very simple and works great.  Plus it is open source.  It's only for Windows.  I don't use Windows but my mom does and I installed this on her computer for CD burning.  It burns all kinds of CDs.

http://infrarecorder.org/

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Fecal Face

I love Lunascape, been using it for two or so years now

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Cy-Kill

TeraCopy is a great app, although it was better when it fully replaced Windows copy handler, now it only partially replaces it.

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Vano

I really don't see what's so great about that program..The only benefit you get is the pause feature, the rest is nothing better then windows' built-in copy. When I tried TC, I was hoping that it would allow resume if connection between computers interrupted, but it doesn't. Until they add that feature, W7's built in features is just enough.

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murixbob

I'm suprised Windows Live Mesh isn't mention at all in the dropbox sections as most people like to sync. files between computers and Live Mesh is superior to dropbox in terms of sync.ing files. Live Mesh can sync. folders that are confined to a special folder like dropbox, you also have the option of only sync. ing between computers or the cloud and computers. This option gives you alot of power so that you do not have to worry about eating up your free storage allotment when sync.ing between computers. Also Live Mesh / SkyDrive allows 5GB of free storage compared to dropbox's standard 2GB.

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Fecal Face

Also, (and I may be wrong, but,) I think it's possible to directly upload pictures / video from a Windows Phone 7 straight to Skydrive, which can then be "synced" to a computer.

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roninnder

That'll be great news for the 3 windows phone 7 users in the US.

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Fecal Face

and me in Canada

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Vano

IE9 (even still in beta stage) is worth mention as well. I don't know about you, but IMO IE9 is a big leap forward from it's previous versions, like W7 compare to XP.

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ThunderBolt

nuff said

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BF100

Some people will remember to back up the up to date driver for their hardware but many will forget so another program that becomes very useful after a system wipe is Driver Max.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

and you can get them all with ninite!!!  much easier

www.ninite.com  

saves me crazy amounts of time when reformatting peoples computers.  seriously, click install, go make food, come back and its done.

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Jesterace

Whoah, I can't believe I did not know about that site. That should be one of the top 100 for Feburary's cover story. This will save me loads of time and now makes me want to format my main rig just to use it lol!

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TheMurph

I triple-agree.  I use Ninite every time.  : )

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Cache

Agreed about ninite.com--it's the first place I surf to after doing a re-install.  It's a damned good way of getting all that little stuff done.

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richeemxx

Forgeting surfing to it after a fresh install I grab a fresh version of the installer and load it on a USB stick so that I'm all ready once my fresh install is done

For those of you using XP NLite (nliteos.com vlite.net for Vista) is a great tool for slipstreaming in service packs and a few windows updates. You can also learn how to do unattended installs and add-in software as you see fit.

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