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What software you instal on a fresh Windows PC

^ This is the basis.

In addition, depending on the needs and the machine:

K-Lite Codec Pack
HD Tune Pro
inSSIDer Home
Tor Browser
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:
Ashampoo AntiSpy
Spybot Anti-Beacon
O&O ShutUp10
Destroy Windows 10 Spying

Then why use it?

Because it is the only BluRay Player Software that works for any Blurays

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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.

@BookrV you’re not alone.

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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:

Classic Shell
Chrome (I know)
Flash (I know)
Java (F#$K)
Windows 7 Calc and PhotoViewer
Windows RSAT tools

Pre-staged apps/drivers:
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
MSI Afterburner

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.

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  • Windows Update
  • Vivaldi Browser
  • Atom Text Editor
  • Steam
  • Discord
  • Spotify
  • Keepass
  • 7-Zip

Thast everything i Need :slight_smile:

I know you can do it via regedit, but reclaimWindows10.ps1 decrapify script automatically puts it in and sets it to default for most photo formats. I’ll paste the snippet for it below:


Function SetPhotoViewerAssociation {
Write-Output “Setting Photo Viewer association for bmp, gif, jpg, png and tif…”
If (!(Test-Path “HKCR:”)) {
New-PSDrive -Name HKCR -PSProvider Registry -Root HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT | Out-Null
ForEach (type in @("Paint.Picture", "giffile", "jpegfile", "pngfile")) { New-Item -Path (“HKCR:$type\shell\open”) -Force | Out-Null
New-Item -Path ("HKCR:\$type\shell\open\command") | Out-Null Set-ItemProperty -Path (“HKCR:$type\shell\open”) -Name “MuiVerb” -Type ExpandString -Value “@%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Viewer\photoviewer.dll,-3043”
Set-ItemProperty -Path $(“HKCR:$type\shell\open\command”) -Name “(Default)” -Type ExpandString -Value "%SystemRoot%\System32\rundll32.exe "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll“, ImageView_Fullscreen %1”

Function AddPhotoViewerOpenWith {
Write-Output "Adding Photo Viewer to "Open with...“”
If (!(Test-Path “HKCR:”)) {
New-PSDrive -Name HKCR -PSProvider Registry -Root HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT | Out-Null
New-Item -Path “HKCR:\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open\command” -Force | Out-Null
New-Item -Path “HKCR:\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open\DropTarget” -Force | Out-Null
Set-ItemProperty -Path “HKCR:\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open” -Name “MuiVerb” -Type String -Value “@photoviewer.dll,-3043”
Set-ItemProperty -Path “HKCR:\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open\command” -Name “(Default)” -Type ExpandString -Value "%SystemRoot%\System32\rundll32.exe "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll“, ImageView_Fullscreen %1”
Set-ItemProperty -Path “HKCR:\Applications\photoviewer.dll\shell\open\DropTarget” -Name “Clsid” -Type String -Value “{FFE2A43C-56B9-4bf5-9A79-CC6D4285608A}”

It should be run these two functions and reboot and photoviewer will work and be set to default

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What’s the purpose of this codec pack then?

classic shell is dead my friend, open shell is a fork

Help IrfanView display anything that could possibly be out there.

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Not in this particular order:

MP Navigator Ex (Canon’s scan software for my printer-scanner)
Paint Shop Pro (Photo X2)
Jasc Animation Shop 3
Ultramon (I run a dual screen Win7 and prefer a taskbar on each screen)


Exact Audio Copy
FLAC Frontend
Winamp (it still really kicks the llama’s ass)

However I think I have done all that for the last time. I won’t be moving to Win10 and normally I shouldn’t have to reinstall Win7 anymore either.

First more or less in order:

  • StartIsBack (has been well worth a few dollars)
  • 7-Zip
  • HotKeyMan (a little program that makes it easier to run stuff without clicking)

Then I’m ready to import my folder of “portable” software that need not be installed in a regular manner. In there resides among other things:

  • AIMP music player
  • ASUS ZenStates
  • Autoruns
  • CPU-Z
  • Custom Resolution Utility
  • Default Programs Editor
  • FileTypesMan from NirSoft
  • HWiNFO
  • JPEGView
  • MapKeyboard (for remapping “Num ,” to “Num .” on the Nordic keyboard layout.
  • MPC-BE (MediaPlayerClassic fork), plus madVR.
  • NoteTab Light (tabbed text editor)
  • Notepad2 (to replace Windows own)
  • Opera Portable (my favorite portable browser even though Firefox regular installed is my daily driver)
  • Recuva
  • ShellExView (taking control over the shell extensions)
  • VeraCrypt
  • Window 7 calculator, becase oh my god.

Then the rest.

Just curious, what made you choose this over VLC?

Ok so… lets make a list too just because why not

Im gonna go ahead and put these into groups. Because the majority of the programs I’ll install on Windows I’d install on Linux too.

Although a lot of these things I don’t actually remember to install all the time. I install them when I need them (it goes fast these days anyways). The two exceptions on Windows would be

  • Visual Studio (because it takes a while to install)
  • Docker (because having to log out and reboot once is annoying)

Cross Platform things

  • VSCode, Atom, IntelliJ Idea, Android Studio
  • Git
  • Firefox, Firefox (Developer Edition), Chrome, Chromium
  • MPV
  • JRiver Media Center
  • Azure CLI (can’t do a whole lot with it yet, but I wanna get familiar with it, using Azure at work, so surely it can’t hurt)
  • VNC Viewer (althouth I don’t use VNC-Viewer on Linux, because remmina does that and RDP)
  • Docker
  • JDK8, JDK11, .net core
  • Steam (currently only for Table Top Simulator lul)
  • NodeJS
  • Discord, Teamspeak
  • LibreOffice
  • GIMP
  • Insomnia REST Client
  • Handbrake (although, I don’t actually install this on the machines I use but instead have a docker container on my NAS/VM-Host and a watchfolder where I put whatever into and it does it’s thing overnight)
  • JDownloader (roughly the same thing applies here as it does for handbrake)

More or less cross platform (meaning wine or whatever makes it work)

  • Blizzard (Hearthstone, Overwatch) - Lutris makes them work
  • PLEX Media Player (sort of cross platform, the cross platform part is cummunity driven and not official)
  • Exact Audio Copy

Windows only (but you don’t need it on Linux or it’s already there)

  • Virt-Viewer (don’t need this it just works)
  • 7zip - Most of the things nautilus seems to already un-anything just fine

Windows only with alternatives available

  • Instant eyepicker - Alternative being gpick although it does not work on wayland sadly, didn’t find a good one yet
  • Greenshot - Alternative being Flameshot or Shutter, I prefer the first, but they still need to implement a text feature
  • Virtual Clone Drive (I never actually had to mount an ISO on Linux, I’d figure it out when I have to, surely there gotta be a way though)

Windows only (List getting smaller)

  • Visual Studio
  • Steam Wallpaper Engine
  • Blade and Soul
  • MakeMKV (but I’ve not done away with Windows PCs completely and not really planning to, if it happens it happens. But for now it does not bother me)
  • Launchy (but would not miss it…, plenty of UI options out there)

I’m mostly used to the minimalistic interface and how I’ve customised the controls over the years. The added ability to use additions like madVR can bump up the picture quality significantly, depending on the system hardware and personal preferences. For what I can see there’s nothing like that for VLC.

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