I am looking to install all the updates/programs needed for the Windows environment to be a well-oiled machine.
I am looking to make this a thread that would be helpful to others as well.
Your contribution is appreciated.

I will smooth this guide out with your help. Adding links to download locations, ect.

My system:
Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
AMD X3 440 Rana
Nvidia 9800 GT

So far I have:
- All the latest drivers via Windows Driver Update and Driver Genius. (And manual download for NVIDIA driver.)
- Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome with Ad Block Extension.
- Start8 (Start Menu) by Stardock
- Pokki (Start Menu) Can be ran side by side.
- CCleaner
- AVG Free Anti-Virus
- Microsoft Silverlight
- K-Lite Codec Pack 64-bit
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable
(Which versions are there? Should I install x86 version on a 64-bit system too?)
- WinRAR (64-bit)
- Adobe Flash Player
- Java

Please help with questions I have along the list. I want to make it clear for everyone, including myself so can get this guide fully functional.
I will make different sections for this guide and make it easy to follow.