I have been dealing with a slow system and the recommendations here on G2G have been very helpful. I still have a little to go when I get the time to sit down probably tomorrow and finish the procedures. I had to reinitiate the firewall during the lulls in my working on it. While in this stage of the game I’d like to ask if there is any type of “standard” program set that I should always keep on my computer. Every time I go through a system overhaul (usually tossing most of the old one), I start fresh with a minimal inventory of programs on my desktop. In the space of six months the number will invariably double with the addition of each program I am asked to adopt in order to play the latest joke video or sentimental e-card. The number of programs listed wills easily double every six months. Later, I find out many of the programs are causing problems and my system slows considerably. I also seem to gain a new program or two every time someone uses my system.
Is there a “standard” list of things I should keep? I don’t do a lot with my system; I write, play a little Scrabble, manage the photographs I use in my writing and work with Roxio to make seamless music CD’s. That’s it and seeing as I’m on the flip side of this existence I don’t see myself coming up with many new interests, computer-wise, before I log off for the last time. I’d like to keep an absolute minimum number of programs plus one or two others but I’m not savvy enough to know what will happen if I go through and delete the basically unused programs.
I’m sure there isn’t a list, per se, but I’d certainly entertain opinions.