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All-Time Essential, Free Software Downloads For Your Windows PC

By Jignesh Rathod

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Here is a list of most recommended and all-time essential software downloads for your Windows PC. Especially when you are having a fresh Windows computer, you will find this guide helpful and it will serve as a check-list to install programs. Be assured that all the links and download locations are of official publishers and are safe to download.

Software download

Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus: The most popular antivirus for any Windows version.
AVG Antivirus: A good alternative to Avast.
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware: Will save you from malwares which your antivirus could not.

System Tools and Utilities

CCleaner: Automatically clean up all history and temporary files and get a fresh feel on your Windows PC. Update: Please be careful while using some of the tools in CCleaner (like Registry repair), we have found many reports about CCleaner corrupting Windows! Personally, after a bad experience, I avoid using this dangerous utility and prefer to manually clean up files.
Advanced System-Care: Check your Windows computer for problems/errors and fix them automatically.
WinRAR: Compress and decompress files, this program supports all types of formats.
Orion File Recovery Software: Recover and undelete lost files from your computer’s hard-drive, USB flash drive or memory card. Free of charge.
DriverMax: No more searching for rare drivers! Automatically check for missing drivers or driver updates for your computers and install them.
Nero BurnLite: Do not want to spend on Nero Express? Here is the free, basic version of Nero CD/DVD burning software.
Rufus: Easily create bootable USB drives which you can use to install Windows 7 or 8.

Internet & Downloads

Google Chrome: World’s most popular browser.
Mozilla Firefox: Another leading, old and stable browser.
Adobe Flash Player: Flash player is required to play videos (scuh as YouTube) and many other media on your browsers.
Internet Download Manager: Download files fast, and continue broken downloads. This program contains no adware or spyware unlike Download Accelerator Plus, that made it most popular.
uTorrent: Small-sized but efficient and feature-packed BitTorrent client to download Torrent files.
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Multimedia

VLC Media Player: World’s best ever and most popular media player which supports almost all types of sound and video formats.
Any Video Converter: Powerful free program to convert any video format to any format, supports all kinds of formats including those used in Apple and Android devices! Another great alternative Freemake is my personal favorite.
Virtual DJ: You just need your computer and an MP3 playlist to become like a professional DJ!

Communication

Skype: The most popular video and voice calling software.
TeamViewer: The best program to remotely handle a computer easily with full controls, or hold a virtual meeting with multiple participants.

Documents

Foxit Reader: Best, fast and free PDF reader software.
PDF To Word Converter: Convert PDF files to Microsoft Word format, free utility.
PDF Creator: Freely and easily create PDF files.
Notepad++: A popular file editor which provides you the features which Windows Notepad is missing like editing multiple files in tabs, searching through files. It is also useful for software and html writers, because it shows different text colors depending on programming language.
Apache OpenOffice.org: If you do not want to spend on Microsoft Office, this suite, supporting Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) documents, will serve as a good alternative.

Education and Learning

TypingTest: The best software available so far to learn typing. Recommended to learn fast operating of computer for ease and save your time.

Development Tools

IIS: It is recommended to install Microsoft Internet Information Services from your Windows installation DVD. If downloading, make sure to check for compatible IIS version with Windows version you have.
SQL Server Management Studio Express: A free, easy-to-use graphical management tool for managing SQL Server Express Edition. Check for compatible version before downloading.
JAVA Runtime Environment: JRE provides the libraries and other components to run applets and applications written in the Java on popular browsers.
Microsoft .Net: .Net is essential to run programs written in Microsoft.Net. Though it already comes installed with latest Windows version, you can also download its latest version easily.

Last Updated: March 9, 2014

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  • mail :    February 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Thank you for the list, it really helpful. I have use several software in the list and the most I like is CCleaner, I may try other software in the list when I needed. Thank you again

  • chirag sarathef :    February 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    thank you for the lists of software which is most useful for new computer users

    • Jignesh Rathod :    February 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you Chirag, glad you find it useful.

  • Scott :    February 14, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Wow greate link list! Thank you from Germany!

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  • Mohan J :    May 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Great Post. thank you very much. It helps me a lot.

  • thomas :    August 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    can any of u guys describe easy way 2 redeem harddisk space .the pc slowness is alarming and time spending when updating a programn the older programn remains in the pc hard disc and it might cause slowness of the system
    anyway very useful jignesh thanks 4 it

    • Jignesh Rathod :    August 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Thomas, thank you for your feedback. I suggest you to use tools like CCleaner to cleanup system; also there are so many other system tools available to improve performance of the OS.

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    • Jignesh Rathod :    December 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Rahul, thank you for your feedback. I also find your blog EducationBhaskar.com awesome, keep it up.

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