I made this so I can show you what software does what it needs to, and still loads quickly on my netbook. (Intel Atom 1.66GHz... kind of slow)
Step 1: Word Processing
I would suggest OpenOffice as you get Writer (Word Processing), Draw (Drawing), Base (Database Software), Calc (Spreadsheets) and Impress (Slideshows).
You can download OpenOffice from here (openoffice.org )
Step 2: Web Browsing
Download Google Chrome here (google.com/chrome )
Download Opera here (opera.com )
And as you can see in the first photo, Google Chrome can be 'skinned' to fit your desktop or personality (chrome.google.com/webstore?category=theme )
Step 3: Email Client
Download Mozilla Thunderbird here (mozilla.org/thunderbird )
Step 4: Personalization
Download Personalization Panel here (winreview.ru/download.php?view.69 )
Some people would want to change the login screen on their systems, now you can! Tweaks.com Logon Changer does it for you, just select a jpg, bmp, png etc. and youre done!
Download Tweaks.com Logon Changer here (tweaks.com/software/tweakslogon )