Top downloads for your Windows 7 PC at home

Now that you have Windows 7 on your home PC, it’s time to install the software that helps make it great. For me, these are:

  1. Windows Live (Messenger, Hotmail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and more)
  2. Microsoft Security Essentials
  3. Fun WebSlices for Internet Explorer 8:
    1. Weather
    2. Popular Videos (most shared via Twitter)
    3. Find more WebSlices
  4. My favourite IE8 Accelerator: Define with Bing or find more Accelerators
  5. Cool themes, backgrounds, and gadgets 
  6. WorldWide Telescope from Microsoft Research
  7. If you are in the US, then I highly suggest:
    1. Zune software (best way to discover new music with the monthly subscription)
    2. Hohm to help save energy

(Updated on November 7, 2009 with the WW Telescope: It’s always a fun/cool application that I forget about until I feel like cruising around the stars. It is also a great example of Software + Services).