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    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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    Off the top of my head,

    Flash Player
    Shockwave Player
    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.
    Adobe Reader
    .NET 1.1 and 3.5
    JAVA runtime

    I'm sure someone else will come along in a minute and add some other bits to that list.

    Mike.

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    Although you've said not Office etc., don't forget the 2007 convertor if you are using an older version.

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    Would be interested in which alternatives (if any) to adobe reader people are using

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulfish View Post
    Would be interested in which alternatives (if any) to adobe reader people are using
    Foxit Reader is fairly good, but still personally use Adobe!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulfish View Post
    Would be interested in which alternatives (if any) to adobe reader people are using
    Foxit for us campus wide now No-ones noticed or complained yet as far as I can tell....

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    VNC
    Windows Media Encoder (allows screen capture easily)
    USBDLM
    UPHC

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    You'll need all .Net runtimes, not just 1.1 and 3.5 - include 2.0 and 3.0 as well.
    .Net 3.5 includes 2.0 with SP2 and 3.0 with SP2 if you get the full redistro version (about 250mb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon_boy1984 View Post
    .Net 3.5 includes 2.0 with SP2 and 3.0 with SP2 if you get the full redistro version (about 250mb).
    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    LightScreen (Set it to auto run then have it capture the keys so it auto saves screenshots in the selected location)
    Wink
    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.

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    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 ?

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    Our machines normally once a year. Unless we get a problem like a virus or corrupt software installation.

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    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)
    VLC
    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)
    Antivirus
    Paint.net
    USBDLM
    Ashampoo Burning studio 6 (Free to Schools)
    Quicktime & Real Player Alternatives
    Java runtime
    Google Earth
    Screen Hunter
    7-Zip
    Scratch
    sysprep
    audacity
    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.

    BorgChat
    Teachers Report Writer
    Smartboard Software

    Hope this helps.

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