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What sort of stuff is your normal must have or usually do list ?


I guess I will start:


Here is mine:


Windows 7 x64 from USB :

http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59186.iso


USB INSTALL TOOL:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool


Then I usually install the driver CD from the MFG (drivers only) or visit the MFG site and use updated ones. (Often need to do LAN first to get online)


Then some standards:


Adobe Reader: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

http://get.adobe.com/air/

http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/


For a great free email client I like Thunderbird:

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/


Browsers I like all three. (explorer comes installed as windows standard)


Chrome: https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/


For front ends I like :

http://www.mediabrowser3.com/

https://plex.tv/downloads


If you are using WMC or MP you should install a codec pack into the windows player to make it extra awesome: The best is:

http://shark007.net/forum/Thread-Setup-and-usage


For remote access and streaming I like SplashTop

http://www.splashtop.com/


For a VPN I like PrivatVPN https://privatevpn.com/


I also like PeerBlock http://www.peerblock.com/


For ripping I like MakMKV: http://www.makemkv.com/download/


For MediaManagement I like MCM : http://www.mediacentermaster.com/


For a virtual printer I like CUTEPDF : http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp


For subtitles I like DirectVOB or Xy filter

http://www.free-codecs.com/directvobsub_download.htm

https://code.google.com/p/xy-vsfilter/


For advanced playback I like MCP-HC with SVP and MadVR


All in MindBOMB's great sticky thread here on AVS:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1357375/advanced-mpc-hc-setup-guide/0_100

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Originally Posted by MlNDBOMB  /t/1357375/advanced-mpc-hc-setup-guide/0_100#post_20886682

Introduction
This guide is about getting the best quality and performance out of the MPC-HC video player, allowing it to make the most out of your hardware. The guide has 5 main parts: installation, video decoding, audio, madvr configuration, and reclock(optional). The installation part is really easy, and if you really wanted to keep things simple, you can actually just use the installation section alone and be in decent shape. I’d recommend that for casual users that don’t want to read the whole thing. Also, feel free to add comments and questions in this thread. Two things I don’t cover are SVP and display calibration. I’m not interested in SVP’s functionality. If you want to learn more about display calibration, see http://www.avsforum.com/t/1471169/madvr-argyllcms .
What you need to download
1. MPC-HC x86 installer ( http://mpc-hc.org/downloads/ )

- Considered one of the best directshow players for windows. Only the 32 bit version is compatible with madVR and reclock.

2. MadVR.zip ( http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=146228 )

- Considered the best video renderer, most of the quality improvements come from madVR.

3. XY-Subfilter Beta ( http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=168282 )

- A very popular piece of software in anime circles, xy subfilter can improve the quality and performance of subtitles.

4. Optional - dtsdecoderdll.dll – Comes with Arcsoft TMT software.

- This file allows you to decode full DTS-HD audio even if you don’t have a receiver with DTS-HD support. This is a very unique feature not commonly seen in free software. See the “Optional - DTS-HD Decoding” subsection of the Audio section for more details.

5. Optional - Reclock ( from the stickied thread here http://forum.slysoft.com/forumdisplay.php?f=85 )

- Advanced software popular among videophiles, its main function is to provide extremely smooth video by better syncing the video with the display. Much more detail in the Reclock section.


What else do you guys use ? What did I forget ? or don't know about ?
 

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What do you do with all this s..t that you accumulate?


The quicker the twins arrive the better
You really need something else to take up your attention.
 

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Originally Posted by steelman1991  /t/1520973/list-of-software-you-install-when-doing-a-clean-install#post_24438664


What do you do with all this s..t that you accumulate?


The quicker the twins arrive the better
You really need something else to take up your attention.

True. You need to be researching things like what are the best diapers and which bottles don't leak and are easy to clean. You also need a lot of small blankets to put over your shoulder when holding them for when they puke down your back.


And you left out 7zip.
 
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Originally Posted by bryansj  /t/1520973/list-of-software-you-install-when-doing-a-clean-install/0_100#post_24438672


True. You need to be researching things like what are the best diapers and which bottles don't leak and are easy to clean. You also need a lot of small blankets to put over your shoulder when holding them for when they puke down your back.


And you left out 7zip.

I use winrar. Is 7zip better ?


I think I am baby researched out



I have multiples class in about an hour
 

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Originally Posted by bryansj  /t/1520973/list-of-software-you-install-when-doing-a-clean-install#post_24438672

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Originally Posted by steelman1991  /t/1520973/list-of-software-you-install-when-doing-a-clean-install#post_24438664


What do you do with all this s..t that you accumulate?


The quicker the twins arrive the better
You really need something else to take up your attention.

True. You need to be researching things like what are the best diapers and which bottles don't leak and are easy to clean. You also need a lot of small blankets to put over your shoulder when holding them for when they puke down your back.


And you left out 7zip.

Actually, those subjects should be addressed in the "AVS babydaddy" section, not here.


Mfusick, you neglected to define what type of pc, in your subject line. I assume you mean HTPC, but you mentioned an email client and VPN (usually desktop).


Also, I think the best diapers are the ones the wife changes.


Sent from my generic not my computer device.
 

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Other than some you mentioned :


7zip

MSEssentials (main AV)

Malwarebytes (for second run sometimes)
SageThumbs (Not htpc related......SageThumbs is a powerful shell extension allowing to preview enormous amount of image formats directly in Windows Explorer)
 

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Originally Posted by techmattr  /t/1520973/list-of-software-you-install-when-doing-a-clean-install#post_24439280


Yeah but nobody uses .rar files. Except Mfusick apparently...

Except the entire binaries groups of Usenet.
 

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Originally Posted by Mfusick  /t/1520973/list-of-software-you-install-when-doing-a-clean-install#post_24438918


I don't mind changing diapers actually.

Really? Wait till your parents hit their mid-80's!
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Originally Posted by Mfusick  /t/1520973/list-of-software-you-install-when-doing-a-clean-install#post_24438918


I'll have to pull me weight I think since she will also be breast feeding twins. That seems annoying to me every few hours x2 babies. I am glad I got out of that one.

Actually, you couldn't help with that if you tried, unless you took Risperdal as a teen
(ta tump!)


Be sure to tip your waitress folks I'm here all week.


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Newsleecher but that's on my PC.
 
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AnyDVD

Foobar2000 and Squeezeplay for music play back

Favorite Anti-virus (ESNOD as it supports WHS2011 and is not taxing on system)

WHS2011 connect
 

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Originally Posted by Mfusick  /t/1520973/list-of-software-you-install-when-doing-a-clean-install#post_24438582


What sort of stuff is your normal must have or usually do list ?

It depends on the type of machine I'm building.


I can safely say I would never have that combination of software installed on a single machine though.


Purpose-built machines get software installed specifically for their purpose. Nothing else.


General purpose workstations might get a lot of that software, but I'm not sticking media center front-ends on their like Media Browser. I've found it to be a very clunky to navigate with a mouse. If I want to watch a video on my workstation, I'll browse to it and open it.


But to address some individual machines:

HTPC

Security Essentials (installed as part of Windows Install)

Media Browser 2.6.2

My Channel Logos XL

Shark007 Codecs.

Extender Login Script Tool

File Server

RAID Management software

Workstation

Security Essentials (installed as part of Windows Install)

Chrome

FoxIt PDF Reader

WinRAR (installed as default archive manager)

7Zip (in case I need it for something WinRAR can't do)

Shark007 Codecs

MPC-HC.

MS SyncToy

VirtualDub

Handbrake

MKVtoMP4

MKVtoolnix

tsMuxerGUI

PowerISO

Nero

Mp3Tag

Media Center Master

Virtual PC
 
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Some programs listed by others (i.e. MKVToolnix and TSMuxer) are also available in "portable" versions that you either unpack/unzip to a USB drive and run from there, or (if distributed as an MS installer .msi or setup .exe) you choose the "portable" option when prompted how/where to install the program, and then install to USB flash drive or other removable media. Makes it easy to run from any (Windows) machine with a free USB port you have access to. I use portable versions whenever possible to minimize the amount of stuff I need to install on my PCs, especially for programs that are used only "once in a blue moon"



Other popular programs with portable versions are Irfanview and UTorrent. Just thought I'd share that tidbit to contribute to the favorite software discussion here.
 

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I also put Malwarebytes on my HTPC but also include additional malware, adware, etc... tools just in case. I install junk removal tool, rogue killer, and for those programs that just dont seem to uninstall when clicked in the control panel: revo unistaller - this gets rid of every last single registry entry you could possibly find when trying to remove an unwanted program.


Toys
 

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