Comprehensive list of applications/configurations for new PC

Published on 27 March 2011

In the last 3 months, I have had to rebuild 3 separate PC’s, from scratch, i.e. re-format the hard drive, re-install OS, and put all applications back on again.  All of them have been development rigs, my home desktop, my personal laptop, and work development machine.

Each time I did this, I had to think about what applications I wanted to install, and what configuration changes I have to make to each application once installed.  What was missing is a comprehensive list of what to install, and what to configure, so this is where this blog post is going to come in.

It will serve as a reference to me when I need to re-install again.  My aim is to keep it up to date with any “new” applications I add to my systems.  The order in which the applications appear in their groups is typically the order in which I install them.

**NOTE: **Most Applications are freely available on the Internet, however, some are licensed directly to me, either through an MSDN Subscription, or applications which I have personally bought, so please ensure you have the necessary licenses to use any of the below applications.

Operating System

  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Edition
    • Run Microsoft Update (multiple times) to ensure latest updates
    • This typically includes Windows Live Essentials

Security Applications

See related blog post.

Browsers (mainly used for debugging applications)

  • Chrome (default browser)
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • FireFox 4
    • FireBug
  • Opera


  • Office 2010

    • Outlook Connector for Hotmail – and set up connection of hotmail account
    • Outlook Connector for LinkedIn
    • Outlook Connector for Facebook
    • Outlook Connector for Windows Live Messenger
    • Connect to Exchange account for
  • Virtual Clone Drive

  • Jing (I used to use PrtScr, but an tending more towards Jing just now, haven’t yet bought the Pro Version, but I am thinking about it)

  • 7-zip

  • LogMeIn

  • Zune

  • iTunes

  • FileZilla

  • VLC

  • Paint.Net

  • WinMerge

  • kDiff

  • TextPad

  • Skype

  • UltraMon

  • AutoRuns

  • ProcessExplorer

  • ProcessMonitor

  • CDBurnerXP

  • WinDirStat

  • Windows XP Mode and Virtual PC

  • FoxIt – Acrobat Reader is just too slow

  • CutePDF Writer

  • Amazon Kindle App

  • LastPass

  • XMarks

  • ShellRunAs

  • Windows Live Essentials

  • FeedDemon

  • VMWare Player

  • VMWare Converter

  • FreeFileSync

  • DropBox

  • Image Resizer For Windows

  • Mouse Without Borders

  • Lync

Development Applications

  • Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate (Custom Install)
  • Web Platform Installer 3.0
    • ASP.Net MVC 3
    • SQL Server Express 2008 R2
    • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0
    • IIS 7 Recommended Configuration
    • IIS 7.5 Express
    • Web Deployment Tool 2.0
    • Web Farm Framework
    • URL Rewrite 2.0
    • Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010
    • Visual Studio 2010 SP1
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Tools for SQL Server Compact Edition
    • Microsoft WebMatrix
    • ASP.Net MVC 3 Language Packs
    • ASP.Net Web Pages
    • ASP.Net Web Pages Language Packs
    • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0 Tools
    • SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio Express
    • Windows PowerShell 2.0
    • Silverlight 4 Toolkit April 2010 Release
    • Web Deployment Tool 1.1
  • Expression Studio 4
  • StyleCop
  • Team Foundation Server Basic (only on my desktop machine)
  • Fiddler
  • Windows Phone Developer Tools
  • Microsoft SharedView
  • NUnit
  • Putty
  • MSBuild Community Tasks

Social Networking

  • MetroTwit (default application)

Video Streaming

Post Installation Configurations

  • Setup WinMerge and kDiff in Visual Studio
  • Turn on Visual Studio Line Numbers
  • Set up Windows Explorer
  • Set up Microsoft OneNote to talk to SkyDrive
  • Configure Virtual Clone Drive to remember last mounted iso across reboots
  • Do another Microsoft Update to ensure everything is up to date
  • Run full virus and spyware scan
  • Run full defrag using Auslogics
  • Set up backup to Synology Server

Is there anything obviously missing from the above?  I would be very interested to find out what other applications people are using, especially from a development stand point.

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