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What are the must have apps for a netbook running windows 7? It's for a gift for my parents, so no ssh clients or vim etc.

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closed as not a real question by Sathya, Dennis Williamson, nhinkle, DMA57361, ChrisF Jan 4 '11 at 9:18

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Offtopic/Dupe - Useful software for netbook? –  Sathya Jan 4 '11 at 5:55
    
What are your parents going to use it for? Seriously, this question is impossible to answer because it's too broad. –  Dennis Williamson Jan 4 '11 at 7:11
    
@Sathya: That question has answers for Linux. @Dennis: Normal usage - web browsing, email, IM, music, video, office etc –  instantsetsuna Jan 4 '11 at 8:54
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Check out [Ninite][1] to create an all-in-one installer. Keeping in mind it's a netbook (light software), I recommend Chrome for web browsing, Thunderbird for mail, Foobar2000 for music, VLC for video, Picasa/Irfanview for pics, OpenOffice + Foxit Reader for docs. There are some basic tools also to be added on the Ninite page.

[1]: http://ninite.com/ Ninite

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Set up a free 2GB Dropbox account for them as a backup solution and for sharing photos and other files with family and friends.

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