Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!

Getting new computer with Vista - Recommended Apps?

ShimShamShimSham Registered User regular
So tomorrow, once Best Buy finally stocks their shelves after receiving a shipment today, I'll be buying a new laptop. This one actually - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9163861&type=product&id=1218040477075

This will be my first time using Vista. I'm curious if there are any programs, for optimization/fun/security or any that would be recommended? Possibly specifically for Vista or somethign like that.

If there's a regular thread for these kind of questions then point me there, I don't come around the Tavern much so I could have overlooked something.

ShimSham on
DrMario1.jpg
XBOX LIVE - VAULT BOY 42

Posts

  • Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    TBQH, I can't think of any JUST VISTA apps. There is the possibility to have a really sleek setup with some custom visual effects but that is fairly advanced stuff and isn't anything new.

    If I were you, I'd just play around with Vista and get a feel for it and slowly add things to it. For actual recommended pieces of software though, I recommend: Google Chrome, Firefox, Zune Marketplace (Even if you dont have a zune, its a great media player/organizer) and as far as security goes, having AVG and ad aware should be solid enough protection for most people.

  • CronusCronus Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I don't use any Vista only apps other than the DX10 version of games.

    However there are two gadgets that I find indispensable.
    • The woot.com gadget. I never miss a woot now
    • The Live Map traffic app. It's awesome to be able to check traffic at a glance before leaving in the morning.

    camo_sig.png
    "Read twice, post once. It's almost like 'measure twice, cut once' only with reading." - MetaverseNomad
  • Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I actually never liked the sidebar and the gadgets. I prefer Rainmeter.


    But yeah Shimmity Sham, just clear up the crap ware and keep it off. Like any operating system, less is more. Slap on a cool hip wallpaper from the desktop thread, and you are good.

  • geeeeoffffgeeeeoffff Registered User
    edited March 2009
    it's not really a vista app, but i really like the stardock object dock it just frees up space on the task bar. i put all the programs i normally use on the dock, and let the dock autohide on the left side of the screen.

    GD on paforums
  • ShimShamShimSham Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Thanks for the suggestions guys, I'm definitely going to look those mentioned I was unfamiliar with.

    DrMario1.jpg
    XBOX LIVE - VAULT BOY 42
Sign In or Register to comment.