What's Your Essential Apps to Make Windows 11 Experience Better?


lilyVon

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I recently found an awesome app called Everything. Using it, I can quickly search the file or app or video whatever I want! ;-) Do you have any must-have apps(Free is the best) that you want to share?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows11 22h2 10.0.22621
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 8-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 6650XT
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2721DGF
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    SSD
Macrium Reflect - best backup program
Wise disk cleaner or Ccleaner for removing junk
Tray Status - reminds you if you have Caps Lock or Numlock on plus many extras

As you use Everthing, you can turn off Windows Indexing.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 OS build 22631.3810
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Swift SF114-34
    CPU
    Pentium Silver N6000 1.10GHz
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD
    Cooling
    fanless
    Internet Speed
    13Mbps
    Browser
    Brave, Edge or Firefox
    Antivirus
    Webroot Secure Anywhere
    Other Info
    System 3

    ASUS T100TA Transformer
    Processor Intel Atom Z3740 @ 1.33GHz
    Installed RAM 2.00 GB (1.89 GB usable)
    System type 32-bit operating system, x64-based processor

    Edition Windows 10 Home
    Version 22H2 build 19045.3570
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.2506
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Mini 210-1090NR PC (bought in late 2009!)
    CPU
    Atom N450 1.66GHz
    Memory
    2GB
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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC12WSHi7
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P, 2100 MHz
    Motherboard
    NUC12WSBi7
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    built-in Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3219Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 990 PRO 1TB
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Clears
  • Operating System
    Linux Mint 21.2 (Cinnamon)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC8i5BEH
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8259U CPU @ 2.30GHz
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Iris Plus 655
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear
MS Office
Affinity Suite
eM Client
QTTabBar
Notepad++
ShareX
Foobar2000
Sumatra PDF
and...,
a bunch of misc. stuff
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
Macrium
Ccleaner
Revo Uninstaller
Malwarebytes
Microsoft Office (or one of the free open source replacements like OpenOffice or Libreoffice)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Battery Pro
Britannica Encyclopedia/Oxford English Dictionary
Copilot
CPU-Z
Darktable
DefenderUI Pro
Explorer Patcher
Fluent Search
Games (Windows 7 Games From Winaero)
Grammarly
GIMP
HP Battery Check
HP Support Assistant
Kanri
Libre Office
Listary
Live Captions
LunaPic
Microsoft Defender for Business
MS Office 2021 LTSC
Microsoft PC Manager
MSN Weather
Nilesoft Shell
Notion
Notion Calendar
Next DNS
OpenShell
QBitorrent
Quick Access Popup
PC Health Check
PC Health Manager
PowerToys
Revo Uninstaller
ShowKeyPlus
SquareX
System Font Size Changer
System Informer
Unlocker
Watchguard MDR
Winaero Tweaker
Windows Security
Wikipedia/Wiktionary
WingetUI
Wordpad (From Winaero)
ZoneAlarm AntiRansomware

Utilities For Graphics Cards:

AMD Radeon Settings Lite (For AMD FirePro M4150)

NIVIDIA Control Panel (For AMD QuadroPro 4100)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP ZBook G2
    CPU
    Intel® Core i7 5500u
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Family Graphics AMD Firepro 4150M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Audio
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Zbook G4
    CPU
    Xeon 1535m v6
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Quadro Pro 4100
    Sound Card
    Bang and Olufson Audio
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
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Thankssss!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows11 22h2 10.0.22621
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 8-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 6650XT
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2721DGF
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    SSD
Macrium
Ccleaner
Revo Uninstaller
Malwarebytes
Microsoft Office (or one of the free open source replacements like OpenOffice or Libreoffice)
Macrium is no longer free:unsure:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows11 22h2 10.0.22621
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 8-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 6650XT
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2721DGF
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    SSD
No, but it's one app I will never do without. Well worth every penny.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Macrium is no longer free:unsure:
nobody said a list of free apps. It's one I pay for as well.

I run very little on my actual machine
Chrome
Microsoft Money
Hyper-V
WSL
Visual Studio Code
Macrium
Amazon Music
MSI Afterburner
Office 365 with OneDrive.

That's about it. Everything else is in a VM
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Beelink SEI8
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8279u
    Motherboard
    AZW SEI
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 2666Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus 655
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus ProArt PA278QV
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB NVMe
    PSU
    NA
    Case
    NA
    Cooling
    NA
    Keyboard
    NA
    Mouse
    NA
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Mini PC used for testing Windows 11.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5900x
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Strix X570-E Gaming
    Memory
    64GB DDR4-3600
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GeForce 3080 FT3 Ultra
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ. ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27” WQHD
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    2TB WD SN850 PCI-E Gen 4 NVMe
    2TB Sandisk Ultra 2.5" SATA SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic Focus 850
    Case
    Fractal Meshify S2 in White
    Cooling
    Dark Rock Pro CPU cooler, 3 x 140mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Keyboard
    Corsiar K65 RGB Lux
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender.
@lilyVon


VLC Media Player
7zip
SumatraPDF
XnView
Audacity
CCleaner
Karen's Replicator and Karen's Directory Printer
AIDA64 Extreme
Revo Uninstaller
Autoruns 13.98
GPU-Z and CPU-Z
Macrium Reflect
Minitools Partition Wizard
Easeus Partition Master
Firefox
Bitdefender Internet Security
WAU Manager
AnyBurn
Foobar2000 <--- a media player
Winaero Tweaker
Utorrent
Canon Utilities (if you have a Canon camera)
EVGA Precision X1 (if you have an EVGA video card).


MS Store...
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3880 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 24H2 26100.1150
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-14700F
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI
    Memory
    G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 4070 Super OC 12 GB
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster AE-5 Plus
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming 27" 2K HDR Gaming
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 Pro 1TB NVMe (Win 11)
    SK hynix P41 500GB NVMe (Win 10)
    SK hynix P41 2TB NVMe (x3)
    Crucial P3 Plus 4TB
    PSU
    Corsair RM850x Shift
    Case
    Antec Dark Phantom DP502 FLUX
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black + 7 Phantek T-30's
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 320
    Mouse
    Razer Basilisk V3
    Internet Speed
    350Mbs
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Winows Security
    Other Info
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.3880
    On System One
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-11700F
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Z590 Plus WiFi
    Memory
    64 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC Black Gaming
    Sound Card
    SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung F27T350
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
    Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB
    Samsung 870 EVO 500GB SSD
    PSU
    Corsair HX750
    Case
    Cougar MX330-G Window
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 EVO
    Internet Speed
    350Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
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Here's another: What are some of your favorite programs and utilities?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 24H2 26100.1150
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 24H2 26100.1150
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
These bits of Ms Office : Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook,Project Pro (not part of Office pro suite but available as a separate product). Things like Word are easily replicated elsewhere although as I have office I use Word too.

Other MS stuff -- only file explorer -- but it really needs an overhaul. It's looking very dated now.

Non MS stuff : Hedisql (for SQL queries from remote DB's), SAPGUI (SAP front end for connecting to Work SAP HANA systems), and HYPER-V to be able to test Windows and other OS'es from a physical Windows machine. Photoshop and Lightroom (Classic --pre subscription) too are programs I have to run on Windows.
DBpoweramp for music manager / cd ripper etc. (VLC and GIMP are good but I run those from Linux anyway).
And of course any sensible browser -- I use FF as it handle's pdf's easily enough without needing additional software for reading etc.


Apart from Hyper-V I run this stuff usually as a VM from a Linux laptop / workstation -- I'm not a gamer so VM performance is for me more than adequate on decent machines.

I've oodles of storage and run Windows from vhdx files usually a windows partition for me is around 44 GB with quite a bit spare so I don't need things like Macrium any more. For data backup I just rsync from a Linux NAS, and every so often just copy the vhdx file(s) to the NAS for system backup. OK uses more storage but if you've got around 30TB online --Who cares. With Linux software RAID 0 (Mdadm) you can combine all sorts of different capacity HDD's into a single or multiple arrays -- backup storage doesn't have to be mega fast if you run backup jobs say at night etc, and saves chucking a load of decently functioning older spinners into landfill.

Remember though even on a NAS you need to also back up critical stuff -- cloud and external devices are good for this too. BTW with the stand alone version of GPARTED I can do if necessary a bare metal restore of the NAS OS in about 7 mins flat -- fine for my purposes -- and this NAS runs 24/7 and has been for months now without any reboots etc needed. This NAS won't run W11 -- BIOS MBR machine for starters - but it certainly can run a slew of Windows 11 VM's as the machine has 128GB RAM and multi physical processors plus 2 separate GPU's.


Cheers
jimbo
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP,7,10,11 Linux Arch Linux
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    2 X Intel i7
These bits of Ms Office : Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook,Project Pro (not part of Office pro suite but available as a separate product). Things like Word are easily replicated elsewhere although as I have office I use Word too.

Other MS stuff -- only file explorer -- but it really needs an overhaul. It's looking very dated now.

Non MS stuff : Hedisql (for SQL queries from remote DB's), SAPGUI (SAP front end for connecting to Work SAP HANA systems), and HYPER-V to be able to test Windows and other OS'es from a physical Windows machine. Photoshop and Lightroom (Classic --pre subscription) too are programs I have to run on Windows.
DBpoweramp for music manager / cd ripper etc. (VLC and GIMP are good but I run those from Linux anyway).
And of course any sensible browser -- I use FF as it handle's pdf's easily enough without needing additional software for reading etc.


Apart from Hyper-V I run this stuff usually as a VM from a Linux laptop / workstation -- I'm not a gamer so VM performance is for me more than adequate on decent machines.

I've oodles of storage and run Windows from vhdx files usually a windows partition for me is around 44 GB with quite a bit spare so I don't need things like Macrium any more. For data backup I just rsync from a Linux NAS, and every so often just copy the vhdx file(s) to the NAS for system backup. OK uses more storage but if you've got around 30TB online --Who cares. With Linux software RAID 0 (Mdadm) you can combine all sorts of different capacity HDD's into a single or multiple arrays -- backup storage doesn't have to be mega fast if you run backup jobs say at night etc, and saves chucking a load of decently functioning older spinners into landfill.

Remember though even on a NAS you need to also back up critical stuff -- cloud and external devices are good for this too. BTW with the stand alone version of GPARTED I can do if necessary a bare metal restore of the NAS OS in about 7 mins flat -- fine for my purposes -- and this NAS runs 24/7 and has been for months now without any reboots etc needed. This NAS won't run W11 -- BIOS MBR machine for starters - but it certainly can run a slew of Windows 11 VM's as the machine has 128GB RAM and multi physical processors plus 2 separate GPU's.


Cheers
jimbo
jimbo :thumbsup:Thank U so much for your suggestions! So agreee with the backup idea. I seldom use cloud storage to back up my files. I bought a 4TB external hard drive to do this.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows11 22h2 10.0.22621
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 8-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 6650XT
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2721DGF
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    SSD
2fast - two factor authenticator supporting TOTP (2FA backup)
AppInstaller (winget to update apps)
Hasleo Backup Suite (with PreOS)
HiBit Uninstaller (better than paid)
Notepad3 (simple yet powerful)
SumatraPDF (safer PDF reader)
System Informer (task manager)
VisualCppRedist_AIO_x86_x64 (VisualC++)
Windows Firewall Control (Binisoft)
Windows Repair Toolbox (a swiss knife with all portable apps you might need, like Nirsoft, Systernals, AntiMalware)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & No fTPM (07/19)
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1E & IFX TPM (07/19)
    Memory
    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC @48FPS (08/19)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z (11/16)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Philips 24M1N3200ZS/00 (05/24)
    Screen Resolution
    1920×1080@165Hz via DP1.4
    Hard Drives
    ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro SSD 512GB (07/19)
    PSU
    Seasonic M12II-520 80 Plus Bronze (11/16)
    Case
    Lian Li PC-7NB & 3x Noctua NF-S12A FLX@700rpm (11/16)
    Cooling
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S@700rpm (07/19)
    Keyboard
    HP Wired Desktop 320K + Rabalux 76017 Parker (01/24)
    Mouse
    Logitech M330 Silent Plus (04/23)
    Internet Speed
    400/40 Mbps via RouterOS (05/21) & TCP Optimizer
    Browser
    Edge & Brave for YouTube & LibreWolf for FB
    Antivirus
    NoAV & Binisoft WFC & NextDNS
    Other Info
    Backup: Hasleo Backup Suite (PreOS)
    Notifier: Xiaomi Mi Band 7 NFC (05/24)
    Headphones: Sennheiser RS170 (09/10)
    Phone: Samsung Galaxy Xcover 7 (02/24)
    2nd Monitor: AOC G2460VQ6 @75Hz (02/19)

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