13 November 2007

Free software to use after Windows reinstallation

I've saved this in case I ever have to reinstall Windows!

One day all software will be free, is the message at the top of the page, and the author created the page/site after reinstalling windows clean, and outfitting the system with free and open source software. He goes through his installation step by step, and there are user comments under his post, with feedback and other freeware suggestions by users.

Gparted screenshotDescription: I recently clean installed Windows XP on my laptop, and this meant that I had to re-install all the essential software that I use. It also presented an opportunity to write a posting about how you can outfit your computer with all the essential (and non-essential) software you need using strictly 100% freeware and/or open source titles.This posting could have been titled any of the following:

  • How to never use a paid program again (aside from Windows).
  • 53 essential freeware programs that can take care of the majority of your computing needs.
  • I am writing this from the perspective of myself clean-installing Windows and re-installing all the software I find to be essential afterwards. This post took a long time to write, please Digg and/or Stumble it ;).

    Pre-installation: before reformatting my hard drive, I used the following programs:

    1. Gparted Live CD
    Gparted screenshot
    2. Unstoppable Copier
    Unstoppable Copier Screenshot
    3. Amic Email Backup
    Amic Email Backup Screenshot
    4. DriverMax:
    5. Produkey
    Produkey Screenshot

    Post installation: now the fun begins.

    6. PC Decrapifier
    PC Decrapifier Screenshot
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    Wonderworking Words said...

    I've had great success using lots of free software for virtually everything I do. OpenOffice has a great Office Suite, OpenContacts is a good contact management program, PDF995 is a good PDF creator, the list goes on....

    Wonderworking Words said...

    ...I also use AVG Free for virus protection, Zone Alarm as a firewall, the GIMP as an equivalent to Photoshop, the list goes on...

    Sam Norton said...

    Very interesting. I'm slowly shifting to open source, and I'm going to try and go completely MS free some time in the New Year - probably on a newly built machine first.


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