Essential Software for a New Windows 8 PC

Acert93 - Mr. Bad Cop
Acert93
Since 5090 Days
What are your "essential" programs for a new Windows install?

"Fixes" for Windows 8?

Antivirus?

Malware?

Browser?

Backup Software to an external HDD/NAS?

Media players? (I have a Blu-ray burner/player in my new rig)

I am getting prepped to setup my new laptop and I realized I was planning to just use what I always use. e.g. I always use Avast so I was going to uninstall McAfee and install Avast but thought, "My good friends at GS can probably drag me out of 2005!" Maybe there is a much better option now?

After using Paragon, Marcium, and a couple other programs for disk copy I noticed there are some quality back up programs for free. Maybe the tech studs at GS know the best?

Some are obvious, like Chrome and Firefox+Zotero. Others, like Office are out of necessity (yes, LibreOffice is very good). But after that I am pretty open to suggestions!

I am considering Startisback / Start8 / Classic Shell for a Start Button/Menu fix (I hate what MS did to the desktop!) for some of my fixes.
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LEBATO
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Fixes for Windows 8? Install Windows 7...
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Acert93 - Mr. Bad Cop
Acert93
Since 5090 Days
I would if it was free.

That said I installed START8 and my system boots to the Desktop and has a Start Button/Menu. Boots in like 8 seconds, too, from cold boot. SSD+Win8 is a nice combo.

That said I looked at a lot of Win8 "apps" and I must say I have no interest them. They don't tend to be multitask friendly or play nicely w/o a touch screen.
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Isomac
Isomac
Since 4887 Days
Start8 is cool. Windows 8.1 is coming sometime, that will allow you to boot to desktop too :O heh.

I am currently just using Microsoft Defender and built in firewall. For malware I got Malwarebytes anti-malware. Nothing fancy but seems to work ok.

I use VLC as my media player but I don't have any optical drives. So no idea about Blu-ray compatibility.

If you have SSD: delete hibernation file, disable defragmenting, move temp folders and browser cache to another drive.

Oh and Steam!
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crookedmind
crookedmind
Since 4461 Days
I just got paid 5k last week to remove windows 8 from about 7 laptops and install windows 7 on them. I don't recommend it at all and actually think it's a step backwards in the evolution of computing & technology. I recommend to try before you buy.
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