MakeUseOf Pack 2010: 20+ Essential Windows Apps in One Pack

winapppack   MakeUseOf Pack 2010: 20+ Essential Windows Apps in One PackThere are lots of applications out there in the World Wide Web. But which ones are the essential keepers and which ones are the useless duds? Sometimes it becomes a little difficult to tell. Well fear not because MakeUseOf, once again, rides to the rescue with our free easy-to-use MakeUseOf App Pack.

Put together by the great Ninite, the MakeUseOf Pack is split up into two levels, depending on your level of expertise. These apps have been extensively discussed and agreed upon by the whole MakeUseOf team and contains some of their personal favourites.


For all you basic users out there, we have the Padawan Pack, which contains all the basic apps that we recommend you download and use. This can be something as simple as a flash player for your browser right down to Recuva to restore any deleted files off your system.¬†Take a look and see if there’s anything that catches your eye.

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Next level up is the Jedi Master Pack, for all those who can truly feel the Force when it comes to downloading and installing apps. This recommends things like the KeePass Password Manager, TeraCopy which makes transferring files in Windows Explorer MUCH more easier and FileZilla which makes transferring files to your website a cinch.

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And if that wasn’t enough, we also have a separate Security Pack for all of you who feel the urge to give your computers that extra special bit of attention. So choose from MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware and TrueCrypt.

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So what is the advantage of installing these apps via Ninite?¬†Two reasons – simplicity and ease-of-use. The regular way to download and install a bunch of apps would be to visit their websites and install them all one-by-one. But with Ninite, all you need to do is just tick off the ones you would like to install, click “Get Installer“, run it and then all your requested programs will be installed one by one for you.

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None of the programs require rebooting your system so just run the Ninite installer, let it do its work and then you will have everything installed that you requested. Easy!

And for all you Mac and Linux users, don’t panic because we are working on your packs next.¬†Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Windows users, why not let us know your opinions about the MakeUseOf Pack for Windows. Did we choose the right apps or did we miss something important out? Let us know in the comments.

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35 Comments -

Srivatsan Venkatesh

Good job having Chrome as the browser on the first pack!

rgadawg

I’m impressed. You got the biggies, and that’s from a real geek. You missed a few that probably belong in a friendly user pack. Glad to see Music Monkey made the list. That is really the only app out there for serious MP3 collectors.

Media Player, GOM Player
Audio Library, WinAMP, SongBird
Web Albums, Jalbum
Calendar, SunBird
PDF Tools, PDFxChange Viewer
Desktop Publishing, Scribus

Then for Media editing:
Audio Editor, Audicity
Media Editor, Virtual Dub
Media Converter, Super Converter

And for the power user:
Tiime Manqagement, Chandler, ManicTime
OCR, Free OCR
Screen Shot, PicPic
Screen Capture, Debut Capture
Backup, Macrium Reflect
Network Monitoring, Networx, NetTools Pro
System Tools, Process Hacker, Process Lasso
Secure Erase, Eraser, File Shredder
Disk Monitor, Active Hard Disk Monitor, Flex TkExpress
Disk Tools, Partition Manager
File Compare, WinMerge
File Managers, FreeCommander
Alternate ToolBars, ASuite
Driver Updater, DriverMax
Software Updater, cNet’s Tech Tracker
Uninstaller, RevoUninstaller
Remote Control, Team Viewer

Just for fun:
Google Earth
Stellarium

Aibek

thanks for the input, I can see a bunch of apps here that I never even heard of. i am sure we’ll be reviewing some of the mentioned apps in the near future.

rgadawg

I’m impressed. You got the biggies, and that’s from a real geek. You missed a few that probably belong in a friendly user pack. Glad to see Music Monkey made the list. That is really the only app out there for serious MP3 collectors.

Media Player, GOM Player
Audio Library, WinAMP, SongBird
Web Albums, Jalbum
Calendar, SunBird
PDF Tools, PDFxChange Viewer
Desktop Publishing, Scribus

Then for Media editing:
Audio Editor, Audicity
Media Editor, Virtual Dub
Media Converter, Super Converter

And for the power user:
Tiime Manqagement, Chandler, ManicTime
OCR, Free OCR
Screen Shot, PicPic
Screen Capture, Debut Capture
Backup, Macrium Reflect
Network Monitoring, Networx, NetTools Pro
System Tools, Process Hacker, Process Lasso
Secure Erase, Eraser, File Shredder
Disk Monitor, Active Hard Disk Monitor, Flex TkExpress
Disk Tools, Partition Manager
File Compare, WinMerge
File Managers, FreeCommander
Alternate ToolBars, ASuite
Driver Updater, DriverMax
Software Updater, cNet’s Tech Tracker
Uninstaller, RevoUninstaller
Remote Control, Team Viewer

Just for fun:
Google Earth
Stellarium

Gmnelson2009

another good software updater I use is File Hippo Update Checker

Darrell

i wouldnt recommend the Teamviewer app as in the past it has contained spyware and virus and plus it can easly be hacked by hackers i wouldnt put this App(TeamViewer) that is used for remote access to your computer or a friends computer you can use this Teamviewer for someone to connect to your computer so they can fix it or you can use it for Web Conferencing, Remote Support. But from past problems i know what people have had with this Teamviewer i would not recommend or use it myself nor would my friends and family so i think Ninite should remove the Teamveiwer app from its installer

Prateek Jain

@darrell your apprehensions abt teamviewer may be real but still i think it is a gud application as it allows collabrations between users over the web.

Prateek Jain

good packs by makeuseof…..u guys really make computing easy for us guys…..eagerly looking frwd to ur linux pack

Dennis F.

Gimp & OpenOffice should be added to the list.

Stanhh

Glary Utilities and Ashampoo Burning Studio?

yuregininsesi

thank you guys, loved the pack!

JuanMald

Would love to see a Ubuntu/Linux Pack!!! Great job guys!!!

Mark O’Neill

Juan – we are putting the finishing touches to our Linux Pack. Stay tuned.

Johnny5

Do you have any TV Tuner Software recommendations for Ubuntu, also for a Anti-virus application?

ananas

do you have something like this for mac? :D

Mark O’Neill

Not yet. But who knows what the future will bring? ;-)

ravi

Great way to install all software you need. I am wondering where the downloaded installer files are located.