At the moment I am setting up an old windows laptop to give to my mother (to replace an ancient desktop). It's been a few years since I seriously used windows, so I am not very knowledgeable about the current best practices. I have installed Avira anti-virus as it is what I use on Windows virtual machines, but suggestions for good free AV would also be welcome.
What software would be considered indispensable on a Windows XP machine?
Any recommendations for useful apps that might help a beginner get more out of the machine?
Any settings that I should change before handing the machine over?
Thank you for your help!