Top 15 Essential Apps & Codecs post Windows 7 Install

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    BasP

    Why install the image burner and CD extractor? Doesn't Windows 7 burn ISO's natively? And why not use WMP to rip stuff from CD's?

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    BasP

    Why install the image burner and CD extractor? Doesn't Windows 7 burn ISO's natively? And why not use WMP to rip stuff from CD's?

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    dhan

    You don't need XViD codec on Windows 7. It is included OOTB in WMP12. Probably same with AC3 as well.

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    dhan

    You don't need XViD codec on Windows 7. It is included OOTB in WMP12. Probably same with AC3 as well.

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    Brandon LeBlanc

    Awesome list. For #9 you list ImgBurn - ImgBurn rocks. However Windows 7 now natively supports being able to burn ISO images to CD or DVD. You'll still need ImgBurn to create ISO images thought. Thought I'd share that little tip.

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    Brandon LeBlanc

    Awesome list. For #9 you list ImgBurn - ImgBurn rocks. However Windows 7 now natively supports being able to burn ISO images to CD or DVD. You'll still need ImgBurn to create ISO images thought. Thought I'd share that little tip.

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    nic
    Great comments everyone! I'll update the post with a bit more information.

    @Brandon LeBlanc - Yep - should have pointed out ImgBurn is for primarily CREATING ISO's as Win 7 can natively burn them now which is awesome.

    @axelriet - Never heard of it but will give it a try Smiley

    @dhan & deathseeker - Yep you're both correct however I had a few videos in my collection that wouldn't play corrently until I installed the Xvid and AC3 codecs. Perhaps it's just an idiocyncracy of the Win 7 beta build or maybe I did something wrong.... The majority of people wont need to install the codecs though - I'll update the post with this info

    @BasP - Easy CD-DA Extractor is basically my backup for WMP or the tool I use when I want to convert from one format to another. I rip my CD's in lossless and then convert to MP3 (and other formats) for playback on my portable devices. 
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    nic

    Post updated with more clarification - I might need to re-work the ordering though,... hmm,...

    Thanks everyone for your comments - Keep em coming Smiley

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    kevo777

    Why tell people to install this codec or that codec? Every Windows user in the world need only install ffdshow and never think about it again. If for whatever reason you can't play nice with VLC then ffdshow is the way to go. Every codec under the sun is in there and it's lightweight and spyware/adware/nagware/crapware/shareware-free. And for HTPC setups, it even has a plethora of processing filters to make everything look as good as it can on an HDTV.

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    kevo777

    Why tell people to install this codec or that codec? Every Windows user in the world need only install ffdshow and never think about it again. If for whatever reason you can't play nice with VLC then ffdshow is the way to go. Every codec under the sun is in there and it's lightweight and spyware/adware/nagware/crapware/shareware-free. And for HTPC setups, it even has a plethora of processing filters to make everything look as good as it can on an HDTV.

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    Lloyd_Humph

    What about Foxit Reader?
    VPC08
    SwarmPlayer
    Steam
    TrueCrypt

    Just in general, I figure those are what lots of power-users would install.

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    Lloyd_Humph

    What about Foxit Reader?
    VPC08
    SwarmPlayer
    Steam
    TrueCrypt

    Just in general, I figure those are what lots of power-users would install.

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    quikboy

    5. Firefox..but not Opera? Aww. Opera isn't bad if you've tried it.

    WMP 12 doesn't play .MOV files? Strange. I thought WMP 11 already did this...

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    quikboy

    5. Firefox..but not Opera? Aww. Opera isn't bad if you've tried it.

    WMP 12 doesn't play .MOV files? Strange. I thought WMP 11 already did this...

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    nic
    @sn123 - free is always good Smiley but I've been using WinRAR for years and it

    @quikboy - WMP12 does play .MOV files natively but if (like I did) you run into a file that doesn't play properly,.. VLC is a good alternative. For vast majority of people wont need VLC or the Xvid or AC3 codecs as these formats are all supported in Windows 7
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    nico

    i'd add Zune software and Greenspot (free screen capture utility)

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    nico

    i'd add Zune software and Greenspot (free screen capture utility)

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    nic
    @nico I'm Zune-less at the moment so I left the Zune 3.0 software off the list however I think I'm going to have to do a 2.0 revision to this list pretty soon based on everyone's comments and Zune will probably be on there.

    @angrykeyboarder nice list - some apps on their I'm not familiar with; xnView, foobar2000,.. will check them out. I'm sticking to my guns with WinRAR though,... I'm a creature of habit Smiley

    @googleman - I'll be interviewing the Win 7 video codec dev team next week - should be an interesting piece; keep your eyes and ears on Channel 10
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