Don’t pay for software you don’t need — Part 1

Woody leonhard By Woody Leonhard

If you’ve moved to Windows 7, there’s a raft of software — entire categories of software — that you simply don’t need.

Why pay for it?

Many people write to ask me for recommendations about antivirus software, or utility programs, or Registry cleaners, or backup programs. They cite comparative reviews — even articles that I wrote a few years ago — debating the merits and flaws of various packages. Time and again, I have to tell them that all the information they know is wrong. On second thought, I guess the accumulated knowledge isn’t so much wrong as obsolete.

The simple fact is, if you moved up to Windows 7, you wouldn’t need a lot of that stuff — and the old reviews are just that. Old reviews.

I’m considered a heretic in some circles because I have extreme views when it comes to installing software on my Win7 machines. Even if I don’t have to pay for it, I don’t want a new program unless it solves a specific problem that bedevils me. And as for paying money for old packages — even good old packages — sorry, but I won’t do it. I recommend that you don’t, either.

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About Woody Leonhard

Woody Leonhard is a Windows Secrets senior editor and a senior contributing editor at InfoWorld. His latest book, the comprehensive 1,080-page Windows 8 All-In-One For Dummies, delves into all the Win8 nooks and crannies. His many writings tell it like it is — whether Microsoft likes it or not.