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Winston001
14-05-2008, 12:48 PM
Hi everyone. I've finally got my new toy. What I want to do is set it up with essential stuff, then do a Restore Backup so that in future I can revert to the original best setup.

My main use is browsing the net, email, and work documents - have Office 2003. My children can try their games in future on the old laptop. :D

I intend to install AVG antivirus unless there are better choices. Also Firefox. What else do you recommend?

Erayd
14-05-2008, 12:53 PM
Filzip (http://www.filzip.com/), CygWin (http://www.cygwin.com/), TweakUI, Cobian Backup (http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/), PuTTY (http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/).

wratterus
14-05-2008, 01:01 PM
Avast antivirus, or Eset NOD32 if you wanna pay for one.

Firefox or Opera.

pctek
14-05-2008, 01:05 PM
I intend to install AVG antivirus unless there are better choices. Also Firefox. What else do you recommend?

Avast
Spybot
Spyware Terminator
Superantispyware
Hijackthis
Foxit Reader (instead of Adobe)
OpenOffice and change saves to MS format.
Thunderbird
Zone Alarm or Commodo

beeswax34
14-05-2008, 10:48 PM
Definitely Avast AV and Comodo Firewall 3.
VLC Player

Jen
14-05-2008, 10:58 PM
CygWin (http://www.cygwin.com/), PuTTY (http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/).Just curious why you would recommend those two applications after Winston stated his needs?

kahawai chaser
15-05-2008, 12:11 AM
Maybe a image backup and folder program like the free XML Drive Image (http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm) and free version of syncback (http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/syncback-hub.html)...

Erayd
15-05-2008, 10:06 AM
Just curious why you would recommend those two applications after Winston stated his needs?Because I suffered amnesia between reading his post and submitting mine :rolleyes:. I started out thinking what he would need, then somehow got on the track of "which Windows applications would I consider indispensable".

Winston001
15-05-2008, 03:54 PM
Very helpful thanks. I'm interested that Avast is preferred to AVG and I'll go with that.