Steam / GoG (and all that jazz)
Go to ninite.com, the first and last time I use Edge. (except for testing)
Select all of the things I want then let it do it’s thing.
I’m a PIA subscriber so I go grab their VPN tool thingie.
Down some random script from the net linked from some dudes YouTube video. clean out most if not all of the annoying Windows 10 features.
(OK I did read through the script before running it, honest)
I tried using chocolatey as it’s a neat idea, but ended up hating it in practice due to the retarded way certain program repositories were configured to install, causing issues with missing config files (notepad++?), strangely slow program startups, and needless command prompts having to be open (sumatraPDF?).
There’s also my strong hatred of dumping programs that have nothing to do with each other into one big stupid folder. While unix’s have spent all sorts of effort whitewashing that issue with their package managers, on windows it’s openly ugly. There were also some usability annoyances I don’t specifically recall as well.
Past the initial setup, I don’t really add or remove programs much, so it’s not like it even really saved me time either. It’s been a year or two so I don’t recall the details or if anything has improved, but I’m not keen to go back. The base program is ok, but it’s got a 3rd party quality problem.
I say this, because I’ve never seen anything but glowing opinions of it. I just want to let that one other contrarian out there know he isn’t alone!
A good portion of these are proprietary software I wish I could quit, but the open source alternatives had/have a variety of failings that prevent them from actually being alternatives for my use and ability. Furthermore I am afraid of change and don’t have much time for that shit anyways so I spend my software days angry and full of loathing.
Fedora Meda Writer is the only fucking USB iso writer that’s easy to use in both linux and windows, and also seems to work every time. Rufus and Etcher always seem to choke one something eventually. It also easily let’s me completely reset a usb stick, without having to fuck around with DD which I frankly don’t understand and don’t think most others really do either, which makes it hazardous. I still need to try out YUMI
Firefox (preferred browser). Plugins: ublock origin, Save Page WE, Dark Reader, OneTab, The Great Suspender, Absolute Enable Right To Click, The Camelizer, ViolentMonkey, (google) View Image. I also use Shadowfox to fix the whole clusterfuck that is dark themes.
Chrome (Required to because job/Okta)
Notepad++ One of those things where I love the art, but hate the artist.
qBittorrent for all my linux isos.
SMPlayer (Using mpv. Also you can easily change the stupid default theme) (RIP MPC-HC ;_; MPC-BE has bugs, VLC can eat shit. On it’s own MPV’s keyboard shortcut based UI is fucking awful who came up with that bullshit.)
Hard Disk Sentinel There’s also a linux version, though I’ve yet to have time to properly try it out.
Python3 Python2 needs to fucking die already.
Youtube-dl (renamed to “yt” for ease of use. I suppose I could set up aliases or something, but to hell with screwing around with that on windows.)
Office365, provided by work
Icaros is a really nice thumbnail format extension for windows.
Irfanview + plugins
JDownloader I fucking hate this poorly designed piece of shit but it’s too useful to ignore.
Locate32 (Not really installed, I just copy it into a “Utilities” folder. Locate32 is no longer developed, but works well (with only occasional and minor graphical bugs when resizing the window). I find it easier to use as a manually run indexer for finding things in my massive data collecting in my NAS. Does a great job with thumbnails and network drives. Most other people probably want “Everything”
sst27 same thing as with locate32, as well as adding it to my path. I only really used tee and have now migrated all my scripts to my OMV/Debian NAS, but anyone who scripts with windows should definitely have a look. Shell Scripting Toolkit (contains TEE) sst27.zip (481.5 KB)
Hmn, didn’t see this when I just made mine a bit later.
That has all my explanations but here is the list:
Privacy/Bloat Tool: W10Privacy
AV: MalwareBytes AM Premium
Firewall: MalwareBytes Windows Firewall Control
Archive Manager: PeaZip
Checksum Tool: PeaZip again
File Transfer (WITH VERIFICATION): TeraCopy
Music Player: MusicBee
Code/Text Editor: Brackets
Hard Drive Health Tool: GSmartControl
Torrent Client: Tixati
Retro Games: RetroArch
Driver Tool: Snappy Driver Installer Origin
Audio Rerouting Tool: VoiceMeeter Potato
File Manager: One Commander
MultiMedia Creativity: Adobe Master Collection
Audio Synthesis DAW: Reason 10
Parametric Solid Modeling: SolidWorks
Bit of a OT, but do they have unlimited Data? I’d like to get a VPN but would want to use it often for Youtube and Netflix. The Information is hard to get by. Most Providers only talk about Bandwidth.
On my machine, this is usually what I throw on there:
K-Lite Codec Pack
Cyberlink PowerDVD 12 (worst programm EVER)
Sony Vegas 13
Serif Affinity Designer
Serif PagePlus X9 (hope to replace this with Affinity Publisher soon)
Serif PhotoPlus X6 (to be replaced with Affinity Photo)
No 23 Recorder
Cannon Photo Stitch
Mainboard fan controll (currently ASRock F-Stream)
Windows Firewall Control
Microsoft Pinball (yes, the XP one)
Starcraft (the old one)
VSCode (and the 14 pluggins I have there)
qbittorrent (used to sync data between notebook and desktop)
A soundcard scope
Firefox + ublock origin + noscript + https everywhere
Acronis True Image
Wise Registry Cleaner
Wise Disk Cleaner
^ This is the basis.
In addition, depending on the needs and the machine:
K-Lite Codec Pack
HD Tune Pro
Freemake Video Converter
Hard Disk Sentinel
HostsMan (not anymore, Pi Hole does the job)
Kingston SSD Manager (Because A400)
ADATA SSD Toolbox (Because SU800)
Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
Norton Power Eraser
AS SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
Specially for Windows 10 I am testing:
Destroy Windows 10 Spying
Then why use it?
Because it is the only BluRay Player Software that works for any Blurays
Rip them. MakeMKV to get it off the disc and then Handbrake to get a reasonable file size. Or just let Handbrake do all of that at once.
Handbrake fails at the encryption.
Then MakeMKV first and Handbrake after that.
Currently creating an image so I don’t have to spend 30-60 minutes everytime I want to spin up a Windows 10 client/VM. Image contains:
Chrome (I know)
Flash (I know)
Windows 7 Calc and PhotoViewer
Windows RSAT tools
Nvidia and AMD drivers
Intel Ethernet and wireless drivers
Immunet Anti-Virus (known problems with sysprepping with it installed)
Folder of decrapifying scripts to run after installation (most of this resets after oobe)
Additional items if its the image for my computer:
Crystal Disk Mark
VMware Workstation Pro 12
I know where to grab the calc, but where is the photoviewer? I would like that under Win10
I have never come across a cap and there must be a couple of TB a month going through it.