Not being sarcastic but I know whenever I do a fresh install I have to have the following.
- Open Office
- Avast Anti Virus
- VLC Media Player
- Foxit PDF Reader
Those are the base programs I have to have on my system for me to get up and running correctly. After that anything else is secondary and not essential to me being able to at least function at some point of normal.
Again I'm not being sarcastic or degrading but in all actuality trying to give you maybe hints to what you might have had installed.