Step 6: Recommended Applications
Windows Media Player 11 It looks good and works great. (However, I suggest killing its memory-hogging "wmpnetwk" sharing service which consumes up to 8000K. To do this, go to start> Run > services.msc' and look down the list for WMPNetworkSvc. Right click for properties to open and stop the service from running and then in the Startup Type dropdown list choose Disabled and then Apply.)
Avast A solid and free security suite.
Process Explorer An upgraded version of the basic process explorer.
Mozilla Firefox Faster, more secure and more stable than Internet Explorer.
Paint.NET Free, open source image editor.
Foxit PDF Reader A lightweight alternative to the bloated Adobe Reader.
VLC Media Player A lightweight media player that supports many formats.
NetStumbler A superior alternative to the Windows wireless network detector.
WinRAR Free Zip file extractor.
MediaCoder The ultimate video and audio format converter.
For Java, go to 'start > Control Panel > Java' and disable automatic updates.