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I just got a Hp pavilion dv6t select edition laptop. It's my first laptop for school and other things I like Internet and a little gaming. So my question is... What now? Any suggestions on products compare to Microsoft office that maybe are free or some good programs I should get. Anti-viruses? Games? Other applications? And maybe some tips about windows 7 cause I just switched from XP. And maybe anything else you think I should know.

Thanks :D

asked Oct 06 '10 at 01:33

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First I would recomend is to remove all the crapware HP puts on (here is a website than can help http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/)

Free solution to office is currently OpenOffice for choice.

Avast or Microsoft Security Essnetials for free anti-virus program. Paid is either Eset Nod 32 or Kaspersky...

Steam for games.

Other: Google Chrome, Firefox, iTunes (if you have an iPod/iPhone, VLC media player (almost support all video/audio files), and a few more. Here is a list to get started (http://download.cnet.com/2701-19409_4-2-1.html?tag=rb_content;contentNav)

answered Oct 06 '10 at 01:44

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edited Oct 06 '10 at 01:49

Best choice would be to do a clean install entirely.

(Oct 06 '10 at 03:24) Victor Victor's gravatar image

but he mostly does not have a install dvd and the only one he gets is the OEM cd that will still have the crapware on the disc

(Oct 06 '10 at 03:26) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

Since you are a student, you are eligible for Microsoft's Dreamspark program. I'm not sure what they have exactly on there, but there are lots of free Microsoft products avalible to you. Other programs you should get are Google Chrome, Avast antivirus, and Firefox for pages that don't work on Chrome.

answered Oct 06 '10 at 02:10

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Your school has to request for that. Unfortunely, not a lot of high schools have it.... I presume he is a high school at most..

(Oct 06 '10 at 02:16) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

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***http://www.openoffice.org/*** | OpenOffice.org, commonly known as OOo or OpenOffice, is an open-source application suite whose main components are for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases.[6] It is available for a number of different computer operating systems, is distributed as free software and is written using its own GUI toolkit. It supports the ISO/IEC standard OpenDocument Format (ODF) for data interchange as its default file format, as well as Microsoft Office formats among others. As of November 2009[update], OpenOffice.org supports over 110 languages.[3]

*OpenOffice.org originated as StarOffice, an office suite developed by StarDivision and acquired by Sun Microsystems in August 1999. The source code of the suite was released in July 2000 with the aim of reducing the dominant market share of Microsoft Office by providing a free and open alternative; later versions of StarOffice are based upon OpenOffice.org with additional proprietary components.[7] The OpenOffice.org project is primarily sponsored by Oracle Corporation (having acquired Sun Microsystems). Other major corporate contributors include Novell, Red Hat, IBM, Google and others.1*

The project and software are commonly known as OpenOffice, but this term is a trademark held by a company in the Netherlands co-founded by Wouter Hanegraaff and is also in use by Orange UK,[8] requiring the project to adopt OpenOffice.org as its formal name.[9] Although branded as OpenOffice.org, the office suite included in most Linux distributions (including Ubuntu, openSUSE and Mandriva Linux) is actually a fork or an unofficial branch called Go-oo.[10][11][12] ... more

answered Oct 06 '10 at 03:10

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I would recommend Lotus Notes Symphony over OO.o - it may be the same at the core, but the Lotus Notes interface is so much better.

(Oct 06 '10 at 03:25) Victor Victor's gravatar image

He asked for free Microsoft Office, and that's the closest I know.

  • AVG for virus protection
  • Spybot Search & Destroy
  • Lavasoft's Ad-Aware
(Oct 06 '10 at 03:32) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image
  • Anti Virus: Avast or Avira both are great and free :)

  • Anti Spyware: Malwarebytes, Spyware terminator or Super antiSpyware.

  • Office suits: Microsoft Office(if you can find the beta is free), Open Office,StarOffice, Google has one online.

  • Live Essentials 2011

  • Firewall: Comodo or Sunbelt

  • Codects for video: Divx or SMplayer(VLC is great too)

  • Advance System Care Pro- removes crap microsoft puts in your registry and also cleans those little spyware from Microsoft and other Companies :)

  • Winrar is kinda very important these days as much stuff on the internet is in a Rar or Zip file and don' t forget to Download Chrome!!!!!!

answered Oct 06 '10 at 06:09

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