Scott Hanselman calls it “paving” I think of it as “repaving” because this machine has been rebuilt so many times. This is a preliminary list – I will add more as I need more – but this is the bare minimum.
- Messenger (run it in Vista SP2 compatibility to get it to minimize to the system tray)
- Live Writer
- Photo Gallery
- Movie Maker
Virtual Clone Drive freeware for mounting .iso images
Visual Studio 2008 Pro
- no c++
- no Crystal Reports
- no SQL 2005 Express
- Then apply SP1 (that is a must have)
Visual Studio/Development additions needed
- Visual SVN
- Live Framework SDK
- SQL Server Developer Edition 2008
- Windows Mobile Developer for WiMo 6.0
- Web Platform Installer
Notepad2 & Notepad++ (I haven’t picked a favorite)
Fiddler2 beta 2.x – great HTTP snooper and invaluable REST spelunker
Kaspersky AV (Tech preview for win7) – I had been a fan of the free version of AVG, but it has become to intrusive – too many geegaws – I want something stripped down.
Windows Home Server Client (HP MediaSmart)
- 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF
- TEO 3.0 – Tablet Enhancements for Oulook
Beyond Compare Pro from Scootersoft – this program rocks – will change your life!
Zune Client (yeah, that’s right – I love the subscription)
VLC Video Player
Prish Image Resizer – I need one and Scott says that this is the one to have. So I am getting it
At work we use AIM – but I am trying out Pidgin to reduce the amount of advertising I have to contend with.