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I'm about to start making a ...
27th September 2009, 09:08 PM #1
Essential software installs on a new image?
This doesn't seem to have been asked for a while so I'll ask now
I'm about to start making a new image for my windows XP machines, what software do you think I have to have on the image. I don't mean office, google maps etc. I mean stuff like realplayer, codecs etc.
I always seem to miss something out like a DVD codec or something so I'm trying to knock up a list so I can run through it every time I create a new image.
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27th September 2009, 09:18 PM #2
Off the top of my head,
MS Silverlight (It's going to start being used more and more, so may as well include it)
Real Alturnative (Instead of Real Player)
Quicktime (or the alturnative one)
VLC Player (as it will play anything!)
A Codec pack of some description, the one we've always used is the K-Lite Codec Pack.
.NET 1.1 and 3.5
I'm sure someone else will come along in a minute and add some other bits to that list.
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reggiep (28th September 2009)
27th September 2009, 09:21 PM #3
Although you've said not Office etc., don't forget the 2007 convertor if you are using an older version.
27th September 2009, 09:28 PM #4
Would be interested in which alternatives (if any) to adobe reader people are using
27th September 2009, 09:55 PM #5
Foxit Reader is fairly good, but still personally use Adobe!
Originally Posted by Soulfish
27th September 2009, 10:19 PM #6
You'll need all .Net runtimes, not just 1.1 and 3.5 - include 2.0 and 3.0 as well.
We've just started using Foxit with mixed results, the most annoying being the automatic update it tries and fails to perform.
28th September 2009, 12:36 AM #7
Foxit for us campus wide now No-ones noticed or complained yet as far as I can tell....
Originally Posted by Soulfish
Windows Media Encoder (allows screen capture easily)
28th September 2009, 08:33 AM #8
.Net 3.5 includes 2.0 with SP2 and 3.0 with SP2 if you get the full redistro version (about 250mb).
Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey
28th September 2009, 09:43 AM #9
That's what I thought, although I was going to check this morning. When you install .NET 3.5 it wipes out all references to .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.0 in add/remove programs so I've always thought of it as an 'upgrade' rather than needing all the different versions. .NET 1.1 is different, although I've never really been sure why.
Originally Posted by Jon_boy1984
28th September 2009, 09:51 AM #10
We have a Use New Install folder on our server with all of the things that need installing when we do a new build. We just install everything in that folder.
28th September 2009, 09:55 AM #11
I don't use any of these programs in the image they are all deployed from group policy or in rare instances from a script. I must admit some of them are problematic. Plus if you incude in an image and you want to uninstall you will have to do it via scripting which will aslo be problematic.
28th September 2009, 10:00 AM #12
LightScreen (Set it to auto run then have it capture the keys so it auto saves screenshots in the selected location)
Compression Program (7Zip being my choice)
PDF Creator/Virtual Printer (CutePDF/Adobe Distillr would be my choices of either)
Maybe also Dia if you don't have a charting tool.
28th September 2009, 10:07 AM #13
Just curious with regards to imaging if machines start to slow down etc ie after a couple of terms worth of usage do people just re image the computers or do you go around and delete un needed local profiles, temp files, defrag the hdd etc or what exactly ?
28th September 2009, 10:11 AM #14
Our machines normally once a year. Unless we get a problem like a virus or corrupt software installation.
28th September 2009, 10:40 AM #15
This is the check list i have for new images, obviously we have extras that are school specific.
So it all depends on how your school works, but might give you a few ideas.
Internet Explorer 8 and all, Windows XP Service Packs and Hotfixes
Adobe Flash, Shockwave and Acrobat Reader.
OpenOffice Suite (We use Microsoft office but add it anyway)
Windows Media Player updates
.Net all versions
K-Lite Codec Pack + latest Lame.dll
Delprof, wol.exe, zwlancfg and sdelete.exe added to windows folder. (useful if i every want to do a global script or scheduled task involving them)
Ashampoo Burning studio 6 (Free to Schools)
Quicktime & Real Player Alternatives
Plus a few vbs scripts for disabling autorun, setting IE connections to 10, and proxy settings on laptops etc.
if i know the machine is just going to be used for staff i add these too.
Teachers Report Writer
Hope this helps.
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