Windows 7 beta has come out surprisingly well. There’s no doubt that Microsoft has something really solid in it’s hands. I have been using Windows 7 beta ever since it came out. So far I have been impressed by this good looking, feature-packed and stable operating system. Something I really didn’t expect after a monkey experience tackling Windows Vista.
I have compiled a small list of essential software for your Windows 7 installation. When installed on a Windows 7 machine, these software should make your computing safe, efficient and power packed.
A security software is a must-have for every Windows based machine. There are new loopholes discovered everyday and there are losers out there who’d want to get on your nerves. It’s very important to secure yourself with an anti-virus, anti-spyware and a powerful firewall. I recommend a single program that includes all these as it’s more convenient and there are no compatibility issues also.
– Kaspersky for Windows 7
– Norton 360 Version 3.0
– AVG’s Antivirus
Windows 7 includes Internet Explorer 8. But then Internet Explorer is as ugly as your ex-girlfriend. Then there are security issues with IE 8, all the time. It makes sense to go for a less hungry, faster and more secure web browser.
– Google Chrome
– Mozilla Firefox
Windows 7 includes Windows Media Player 12 and MPEG 4 decoder by default, which is quite decent. But if you ask me I’ll say WMP 12 is fat ass and the MPEG 4 decoder in Windows 7 beta is quite sloppy. You can install a lighter media player and save that physical memory for other hot applications.
– VLC Media Player
– Apple Quicktime
CD/DVD Burning Software
Although Windows 7 includes a handy tool for burning .ISO based image files directly to a CD/DVD, you’ll still need a standalone program for burning a CD/DVD as per your own taste. You can also use the drag and drop feature to burn a CD/DVD but that’s totally uncool!
– Nero 9
– Roxio CD/DVD Burner
This is a must-have for every machine and I don’t think I even need to mention it here. But still.
– Microsoft Office 2007/2003
– Adobe Acrobat Reader
[This list is still a primary one and I’ll be adding more software here. Also feel free to make your recommendations and suggestions using the comments section below.]