Which software do you install after a fresh Windows installation?

After a new Windows installation, all of us have that list of ‘must install’ software which we install first! Which Windows software or freeware do you install first, after you have installed a fresh copy of Windows? And do you install it in any particular order?

Well, speaking for myself, after completing a fresh Windows 8 installation, I first update it! Then I install the following software:

I use Ultimate Windows Tweaker as it helps me make Windows behave the way I want it to and often use the Quick Restore Point Maker frequently – but then these are portable apps which do not require an install!

Do share your list of must-install software! Sure, there could be more; but lets try and restrict the list to 10 or 15.

I’d love to see your list !

Go here if you want to have a look at some great free software for Windows and here to check out our TWC Windows freeware.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • Ed

    After a fresh install since my pc was store bought before anything I need to install and run pc decrapifier to get rid of all the bundled usless stuff , then I proceed to install …..

    1.) Norton Internet Security 2010
    2.) Malewarebytes
    3.) CCleaner

    I then connect to the internet to update the above software after which before installing anything else I will let the Windows update take over , depending how many updates are out there this can take between 1/2 to a full day to complete.

    After Windows updates are complete I will proceed to install the rest of my important software ….

    1.) Adobe Creative Suite CS5
    2.) Snagit
    3.) Daniusoft Media Converter

    I do not use window blinds but like different themes so after all the maor software is installed and updated I will then patch the required dll files and begin installing my favorite Windows 7 themes.

  • http://vasudevg.blogspot.com/ vasudev

    First is Microsoft Security Essentials for me. Then other s/w.

  • Leo

    Nice :-)

    Acronis True Image Home
    Microsoft Security Essential
    Total Commander
    GMail Notifier
    Orbit Downloader
    Live Messenger/Y!/Skype/Oovoo
    Office/Adobe CS/Visual Studio/SQL Server/Expression Web/
    Your-Freedom 😀

  • http://rgbstock.com Cris

    1) Antivirus
    2) Browsers MSN Explorer and Firefox
    3) A-1 Roboform to sign into my accts
    4) Uniblue Driverscanner 2010 update peripherals
    5) Photoshop CS5 and MS Word 2007 make sure activation works on the expensive software.
    6) Utilities

  • PMS Witch

    First thing, I make an image of the disk using TrueImage, but I don’t install it, but instead, run it from the CD. That way, if something goes wrong, I don’t need to start from scratch.

    In no particular order. . .

    0-CloseAll http://www.lucersoft.com/freeware.php
    1-DupFind http://www.snapfiles.com/get/dupfilefinder.html
    2-EmptyDir http://simonwai.com/developments/empty_folder_nuker
    3-Foxit http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader
    4-CClean http://www.ccleaner.com
    5-FireFox http://www.mozilla.com/en-US
    6-ImgBurn http://www.imgburn.com
    7-Recuva http://www.piriform.com/recuva
    8-SysInfo http://www.gtopala.com
    9-Wizmo http://www.grc.com/wizmo/wizmo.htm

    With software I download, I save the file to disk and keep a copy. As well, I keep a record of the URL used for the download.

    Cheers, PW.

    P.S. The TrueImage is from http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp

  • http://www.akatsukisos4.blogspot.com Yodith

    Microsoft Security Essentials
    PCMAV ( PC Media Antivirus ) a great local antivirus from Indonesia.
    Microsoft Office 2007
    Opera Browser
    Tune-Up Utilities
    K-Lite Codec Pack
    Adobe PDF Reader

  • http://evilfantasy.wordpress.com Kevin

    Media Monkey
    Revo Uninstaller
    VMware Player
    Secunia PSI

    Various security tools.

  • Ian


    After installing XP Home and SP3 I install the following:

    F-Secure Internet Security 2010 (soon to be 2011 version)
    Install all Windows updates
    Flash Player
    Acrobat Reader
    DirEttore radio software
    Nokia PC Suite for my E72
    NetObjects Fusion 10.0
    1&1 EasyLogin (hosting company software)

    Then I change my windows setting so it runs quicker, followed by setting up my email settings and putting needed website shortcuts on the desktop.

    Need to do this soon, as laptop is taking 10-15 minutes to boot.

  • pablozi

    MSO 2007 + SP2
    Zoner Photo Studio
    Ashampoo Burning Studio
    Shark007 Codecs
    Wondershare Time Freeze
    Comodo Internet Security

  • AC

    Adobe Reader
    Cleartype Tuner (if XP)
    DirectX (latest redist)
    K-Lite CP Full
    MS Security Essentials
    WOT (for all installed browsers)

  • AC

    (continued from previous post)

    I also forgot to mention IE/WMP. My XP reinstall discs have IE8/WMP11 slipstreamed, so the only time I ever have to install IE manually on a fresh OS is IE8 on Vista.

    I like minimal rebuilds with maximum functionality. So I let K-Lite default everything, including DVD playback, right to WMP.

  • redk9258

    MS Security Essentials
    Malware Bytes
    Norton Ghost
    Classic Shell (for Explorer enhancements)

  • sam

    1- Avast free & Online Armor
    2- Windows Live Essentials
    3- Firefox
    4- Evernote
    5- CCleaner
    6- K-Lite Codec Pack
    7- FileMenu Tools
    8- Gom Player
    9- 7plus
    10- Picasa

    & Microsoft Office

  • Mike

    After install and update of OS. I go to http://www.ninite.com and chose the software I want, Adobe, MSE, JAVA, Open Office, etc. and let ninite do the rest.

  • ronen

    avast! Free Antivirus
    BS.Player FREE
    DVD X Player Professional
    Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • HBOY

    Revo Uninstaller Pro
    Microsoft Office 2003
    Vegas Movie Studio
    Easy CD-DA Extractor
    Nero Burning Rom

  • John

    Is there a repacker that can automate these tasks? It becomes a hassle for me lately?

  • Xaccell

    This is the suite of programs I usually install on my clients’ computers after a fresh installation:

    The KMPlayer
    Shark007 Windows 7 Codecs
    JLC’s Internet TV
    Powerpoint Viewer
    Real Player Alternative
    Quicktime alternative
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Malwarebytes Antimalware
    Spyware Blaster
    Firefox and a couple of addons
    Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE
    Foxit Reader
    Fairuse Wizard 2
    DVD Flick
    Image Resizer
    Windows Live Essentials
    Yahoo Messenger
    Sent to toys
    Any Video Converter
    Team Viewer
    Debut Video Capture Software
    Right Click Extender

    Always looking for FREE alternatives!!!

  • Nathan

    Avast Antivirus
    Google Chrome
    Advanced System Care
    MS Office
    Windows Live Essentials
    Cyberlink DVD Suite

  • Hyorinmaru

    After I install a Fresh OS:

    Hardware Drivers (A Must)
    Updates (Microsoft/Windows)
    COMODO Internet Security Premium (then update its AV Database)
    Malwarebytes Antimalware (then update it)
    SUPERAntispyware (update it also)
    Advanced SystemCare
    Auslogics Disk Defrag
    Ashampoo Burning Studio

    and other miscellaneous programs.

  • AC

    It may be a bit late, but I think we should have mentioned if these lists are for personal or client use. My list is my default rebuild for clients, since I am a technician. My personal machines get the following:

    DirectX (latest redist)
    Google Chrome
    Foxit Reader
    K-Lite CP Full
    MS Office

    TeamViewer (gotta keep tabs on my business clients!)
    WOT (for all installed browsers)

    I try to stick with portable apps for other stuff to stay lean: Audacity, CoreTemp, GPU-Z, CPU-Z, GIMP, ImgBurn, PeerBlock, Universal Extractor, Google Earth, SAS, VirtualDub, etc.

  • Xaccell

    I forgot about WOT!

  • Debra Sullivan

    Windows update,
    virus install
    Roboform Pro a must have for me!!
    then everything under the sun, from the window’s club of course!
    must not forget my hubby’s favorite goodsol solitare games

  • TheBigOldDog

    Lately, the first thing I’ve been doing is going to Ninite.com and picking off the must haves. Firefox, CCleaner, Klite codecs, Evernote, etc. One installer, bypasses all the crap-ware add-ons. Nice service.

  • OldElmerFudd

    In order:
    Eset Nod 32
    Online Armor
    MS Office Pro
    Emisoft a2 Squared
    WinPatrol Pro

    Fx, Lightroom, Photoshop, ABBY Finereader, etc., follow close behind.

  • Springer

    Total Commander
    Symantec Endpoint Protection
    then a buttload of other programs


    1. Nod32 Antivirus
    2. Spybot S&D
    3. OpenOffice.org
    4. GOM player
    5. utorrent
    6. FoxitPDF reader
    7. Mozbackup
    8. Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird
    9. Skype
    10. TeamViwer
    11. Foobar

  • Jashar

    @Xaccell..lordy, your clients sure are getting a LOT of stuff installedm kinda bloaty looking =/

    My top 10
    01 Microsoft Security Essentials
    02 Chrome
    03 Tugzip
    04 Syncback
    05 Zune pc software
    06 Dropbox
    07 TheKMPlayer
    08 Revo Uninstaller
    09 Keepass
    10 uTorrent

  • SilverGoldi

    Interesting topic HappyAndyK

    I will do install softwares in following order after fresh istall of windows

    1) Hardware Drivers & there respective softwares which are required.

    2) Eset Smart Security & then update it first.

    3) Internet Download Manager

    4) Firefor or MineField which i find first in my HDD.

    5) USB Disk Security

    6) Deamon Tools

    7) Winrar

    8) Nero 10

    9) Adobe CS5 Master Collection

    10) Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

    & then rest of thing depending upon need of the moment.

    & Finally when nothing to Download i will go for windows update as it is 100% true that after update windows becomes slower than it before update .

  • azziz07

    1) Avast
    2) Malwarebytes
    4) IsoDisk
    5) Ashampoo burning studio
    6) Microsoft office
    7) Acronis true image
    8) oops backup
    10) Glary utilities

  • Blue

    1) PowerISO
    2) CCleaner
    3) KeePass
    4) NotePad++
    5) K-Lite Codec Pack
    6) 7-Zip
    7) Flash Player
    8) Java
    9) Firefox
    10) FileMenu Tools
    11) Foxit Reader
    12) MS Office
    13) Foobar 2000
    14) Avira Suite
    15) PowerISO
    16) FastStone Image Viewer
    17) Blender
    18) GIMP
    19) TrueCrypt
    20) VLC media player
    21) NetWorx
    22) JDownloader
    23) Datacrow
    24) Crypload
    25) Free Download Manager
    26) John’s Background Switcher
    27) Duplicate Cleaner
    28) PDFCreator
    29) TeraCopy
    30) Your Uninstaller
    31) Auslogics Disk Defrag
    32) Audacity
    33) ImgBurn
    34) Nero
    35} Process Hacker
    36} Process Explorer
    37} SumatraPDF
    38} The KMPlayer
    39) KO Approach

    I always use an alternative soft in my computer.

  • AC

    I love Ninite as well, but I’m tight with money and actually abide by the free/pro licensing terms… So I rarely use Ninite at work, but love it for elsewhere. I also noticed that K-Lite through Ninite force installs Media Player Classic. :(

    MPC is very good, but is really antiquated, just like VLC.

  • JCF

    Well, now i use a system backup image of my laptop so i really don’t have to install that anything, but i can resume it in

    1. Fire Fox

    2. Microsoft Security Essentials

    3. Nero and DVDFab

    4. and for he last, tweaking applications.

  • MrFlexible

    1. ZoneAlarm Extreme Security (includes anti-virus)
    2. Quicken Premiere 2010
    3. IncrediMail2
    4. NovaBackup
    5. jv16PowerTools
    6. Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007
    7. NVIDIA driver for my 8800 Ultra
    8. Xplorer2
    9. Adobe Photoshop CS4
    10. Secunia PSI

    Then, all my smaller applications and utilities.

  • samer green

    Office and Windows Live …

    Avast!free or NOD32 (currently NOD32 cz i won a license from windows club)

    *TuneUp Utilities
    *Spyware Blaster
    *Acrobat Reader
    *Filemenu tools
    *Free Download Manager
    *Gom player
    *Faststone Image viewer
    *Klite codecs
    *Comfort Keys
    *Default Programs Editor (allows to change icon, file extension and default program for files in windows 7)
    *Stardock Fences

  • Tonyflow

    Not in any particular order:
    1. Eset smart security 4
    2. Spotify
    3. Instant elevator music(makes installing the rest so much more fun)
    4. WLM&Skype
    5. Dropbox
    6. Daemon tools
    7. Gmail notifier
    8. X-mouse button controll
    9. Chrome
    10. MPC-HC
    11. µTorrent
    12. FileZilla
    13. Adobe cs5 master collection
    14. OpenOffice
    15. Foxit
    16. Picasa
    17. WinRar

    Then ofc some drivers, codec packs and games.

  • Anthony Lomeli

    After a fresh install, I update, then install the following:
    1) Firefox
    2) Google Chrome
    3) Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
    4) Eclipse
    5) Notepad++
    6) Inno Setup
    7) GIMP or Paint.NET
    8) CCleaner
    9) Microsoft Security Essentials
    10) 7-Zip
    11) Microsoft Office 2010
    12) Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver CS5
    13) Foxit Reader
    14) Foobar2000
    15) FileZilla

    And several other applications, the list goes on.

  • Gail S Flippo

    sweet love that you included the links!!

  • faskily

    1. Anti-Virus
    2. Adobe Flash Player
    3. Adobe Reader
    4. Java
    5. Firefox
    6. Google Chrome
    7. VLC
    8. Microsoft Office
    9. Winrar

  • WindowsCluj

    Avira, Ccleaner, Iobit unninstaler, Smart defragg, Yahoo mess, Utorent, Nero, Office 2007-2010, Winrar… etc

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  • Veralian

    First uninstall windows media player and IE.install intel and nvidia drivers,chrome,bandizip,IDM,bittorrent,evolvehq,musicbee,bandicam and steam.

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