I'm still not finished with the installation of all applications that I want to use on my new computer but the essential ones are there.
Essential are those that are needed to work online and view most of the files that I need to work with. The first two applications that I install on a new PC are Firefox and Thunderbird,both in their latest release version of course.
Since I have been using the applications on my previous PC as well, I had to move personal data such as bookmarks, passwords, cookies and browser extensions to the new computer as it would speed things up a lot.
I have used the excellent MozBackup to import the data from my old computer. It is designed for Mozilla applications and can backup profiles and import them again on another system.
Once I had access to my bookmarks and emails I began to install several applications that I needed for work.
Then Extract Now to work with all kinds of archives, XMPlay for playing music, SMPlayer for videos, Notepad++ for working with texts and source codes and True Crypt to protect the computer and its data by encrypting it.
Some applications that I need from time to time are not installed yet. This includes the awesome Unlocker to get rid of the "currently in use" message when deleting or moving files, Eraser to delete files permanently, Recuva to to recover files and Revo Uninstaller to completely remove installed applications.
I do install Newsbin Pro, uTorrent and Opera as well but that's it basically. That's my main set of applications that I need regularly. I may have missed one or two but they will come to my mind in the moment I need them and miss the function that they provided.
Have anything to add? Let me know please.
Update: Things have changed a bit ever since I published this article. While I do install the majority of programs on new PCs in 2014 as well, I have made a couple of changes or additions.
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