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I have just (and I literally mean JUST) installed Windows Vista Home Premium, and I don't want to start skinning it/making big customizations. I just wanted to ask you guys what some must-have downloads for Vista are? Anything that will really allow me to enjoy Vista more.

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Slight off topic-

Any good themes that utilise the Aero engine??? and good shell packs with transparencies?.... these would be good.... I want to see mods of aero theme :P

As for browsers

ie 7 is good. firefox is great.

ie is less customisable. firefox is constantly getting more and more extensions to well.... extend its functionality.

so while ie is a solid browser, its just not "the people's" browser.

and when are we likely to see the next ie upgrade? seriously...

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I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft let us stick with IE7 for a really long time before they release a significant update. As for themes, I haven't seen any themes that use the Aero engine, but then again, I just got vista and want to keep the Vista look for a while.

Is it me or are there hardly any developers working for Vista? I can't find any sites with decent Vista downloads.

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I got vista because XP was horrible (you can check all the posts I made asking for help) and now I have an OS I can use and enjoy without problems popping up everywhere.

I am not using the sidebar, I really don't like it. It looks weird and makes my screen seem much smaller. I can't find a way to autohide it.

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i dont know if this is just for vista, or if it is a must have for you, but it is something i love! it is called folder lock, try typing it in and in the meantime i will try and find where i got it from for you! it is so you can have a folder that requires a password for opening it, so it can be your own secret folder. i am new to all this so i hope you enjoy it and vista (with its problems) as much as i do! good luck, debbie

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And Folderlock, athough good for porn a private stuff is a very amazing app to have, I dont think its a "Vista Must Have" at all, its more off a overall windows-must-have

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With regards to the sidebar,

Thats why I love Vista+WidescreenMonitor :)

Boarder line bumping "Posted 03-16-2007" 4 months old ;)

And Folderlock, athough good for porn a private stuff is a very amazing app to have, I dont think its a "Vista Must Have" at all, its more off a overall windows-must-have

couldnt agree with you anymore!

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I suggest you to download the safari for windows vista on www.apple.com... it's 2 times faster than IE and 1.6 faster than firefox... you can also try downloading the new version of object dock, it has new themes and cooler icons, the appearance is just great.;)

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you could also try downloading WinRar and a program called Recuva, it recovers the deleted things from the recycle bin.

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I suggest you to download the safari for windows vista on www.apple.com... it's 2 times faster than IE and 1.6 faster than firefox... you can also try downloading the new version of object dock, it has new themes and cooler icons, the appearance is just great.;)

Safari for Windows is not ready for primetime just yet. Still too buggy and unstable.

Install IE7pro

Firefox on Vista still take a bit to load... they need to fix that issue.

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Firefox (if u want to make it 'your own')

Vista Battery Saver (if u have a notebook)

Switcher (Flip3d replacement which looks like expose on Mac)

RocketDock (or any other dock, this one uses DWM for live preview of windows).

TrueCrypt (password protected antyhing)

Shutdown Timer

Miranda (multiprotocol IM)

PowerMenu (transparency, always on top)

WinSplit (windows positioning)

Taskbar Shuffle (advanced grouping feautures on your taskbar + ability to drag and drop windows on it).

PeerGuardian2 (blocks specific IP ranges)

There are some useful things already in Vista:

Snipping Tool (screen/window capture)

Firewall (which I would say is good enough)

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I really don't see a difference between the two, the only thing that really bugged me on IE6 is that PNG's didn't work and the lack of tabs. IE7 has both of those, so I really don't have any problems.

Cause you are not webdeveloper, right? IEs (both, 6 and 7) have the same engine, and 7 got just a few (really few) updates.

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