Formatted my hard drive today. What essentials do

  Armchair 21:07 27 Dec 2007
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I need to download and install?

So far I've:-

Freshly installed Windows XP, and fully updated it, including SP2 (obviously, my modem/internet is installed and working).

Graphics card drivers installed from the disc. Going to update them later.

Downloading sound card drivers now.

What else do I need?

  skidzy 21:15 27 Dec 2007
  Armchair 21:19 27 Dec 2007

Thank you for that.

I'll be re-installing Firefox later on, rather than using IE all the time, though.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:25 27 Dec 2007

essentials

A firewall
An antivirus program
Some antispyware
Antispamware

  Armchair 21:27 27 Dec 2007

Well, I've got the (Windows XP) firewall, anyway!

  skidzy 21:31 27 Dec 2007

The xp firewall only protects from inbound traffic,and thats debateable !!

Its good practice to install a software firewall,ie; Zonealarm / Kerio / Comodo etc

  Armchair 21:55 27 Dec 2007

Btw, waht's that site that scans your BIOS for updates? I might need it for my graphics card to run properly. Also, how do I check the dates of my BIOS settings?

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