My Clean Image Installation List


Today I rebuilt my work laptop for the first time in about 15 months. It was actually running fairly well in most regards, but I’m currently in a gap between projects so I thought it was a good time to clean out all the crap that one accumulates on a machine that’s used every day.

I thought it would be interesting to chronicle the list of things I installed in the first few hours after the clean rebuild, and to find out how this compares with other people’s critical software list.

I started with a Windows Vista Enterprise SP1 image that came with Office 2007 pre-installed by our IT department. On top of that, here’s what I’ve added today:

  • Live Mesh
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Office Communicator
  • Visual Studio 2008
  • Find As You Type for Internet Explorer
  • Silverlight
  • Flash
  • Adobe Reader
  • Enterprise Library (of course!)

And here’s what I’m absolutely not going to install, no matter how many times other installers try to trick me into doing so:

  • Google toolbar
  • Windows Live toolbar
  • Apple QuickTime, iTunes or Safari

BTW, if any of you ever meet a developer from any software company who believes it’s acceptable to install icons onto my desktop or QuickLaunch bar without asking permission first, please give them a kick up the arse from me.


Comments (5)
  1. Matthijs says:

    Instead of Adobe I install Foxit Reader for my pdf needs. No update crap as services which adobe wants to install

  2. Mike says:

    Recedtly I’ve been uding Foxit’s PDF reader so I’d change Adobe Reader to Foxit Reader.  For me it’s much lighter weight and feels less buggy to me.

  3. Tony says:

    I’ve got a new system, which makes life easier:

    1 – Install Ultimate, perform all updates: create back-up image.

    2 – Install essential software, create back-up image.

    Now I can re-image a machine exactly like I love within 30 minutes.

    Additional apps I use:

    Beyond Compare

    SQL Server Manager Studio

    Photoshop CS3

    Pixie (natty software)

    FireFox (for testing)

    Office 2007

  4. Jim Petkus says:

    Amen about the icons on the desktop and the QuickLaunch bar! Who do these clowns think they are cluttering up my system with icons all over the place?

  5. Tom,

    My list of musts:

    1. Beyond Compare

    2. Paint.Net

    3. IrfanView

    4. KeePass

    5. Daemon Tools Lite

    6. Maxthon

    7. Debugging Tools for Windows

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