New PC? 15 Must-Have Windows Applications You Should Install First

Ben Stegner Updated 03-04-2020

Whether you’ve just purchased a new PC or reinstalled Windows, the first task you’ll likely do is installing apps. While there are dozens of amazing Windows programs, knowing which are the must-have software for Windows 10 makes setting up a new installation easy.


In no particular order, let’s step through 15 essential apps for Windows 10 that everyone should install right away, along with some alternatives.

1. Internet Browser: Google Chrome

Download Chrome Page

Unsurprisingly, Google Chrome is our top browser pick. It’s still super-speedy, includes little conveniences like instantly searching Google for an image, and the library of Chrome extensions is vast. Throw in cross-platform syncing that lets you open your desktop tabs on your phone and vice-versa, and you’ve got a fantastic browser for all purposes.

Chrome isn’t without its faults, however. Plenty of people want to avoid Google’s pervasive tracking in Chrome, and it gobbles a lot of RAM. But the good news is that you have plenty of other fantastic browsers to choose from, like Firefox and Opera.

Download: Google Chrome (Free)
Download: Firefox (Free)
Download: Opera (Free)


2. Cloud Storage: Google Drive

Google Drive Homepage

If you only pick one cloud app service, Google Drive is the one you should install. It offers 15GB of free storage, which is shared across your Google Photos and Gmail accounts.

Google Drive offers an app for every major platform, so you can take your files anywhere. On Windows, the app is now called Backup and Sync from Google, which allows you to back up folders on your computer and external devices, too.

It’s also super easy to share files with others, plus it plays well with Google’s productivity suite. Whether you use it as part of your backup plan, as a cloud flash drive, or for setting up shared folders with others, Google Drive is an essential pick.


Paired with OneDrive that comes built into Windows 10 or another free cloud storage provider, you can get plenty of storage space and separate your files logically.

Download: Google Drive (Free, subscription available)

3. Music Streaming: Spotify

Years ago, listening to music on your desktop meant painstakingly importing and organizing a collection of MP3s. That’s no longer the case; music streaming services eliminate the need for buying individual albums physically or digitally.

There are many music streaming services in the market, but we recommend Spotify. Its ad-supported free plan lets you listen to as much music as you like, and the Spotify Premium upgrade is definitely worth it for avid listeners. Spotify is also home to hundreds of podcasts, making everything available in one convenient place.


Spotify also has a dedicated Windows app, while Apple Music requires the bloated iTunes and Google Play Music is web-only. If you’re invested in either ecosystem, though, the respective music app might be a better choice for you.

Download: Spotify (Free, subscription available)
Visit: Apple Music (Free trial, subscription required)
Visit: Google Play Music (Free, subscription available)

4. Office Suite: LibreOffice

Chances are that you’ll need a tool that lets you work with documents, spreadsheets, and presentations at some point. You might think that paying for Microsoft Office is the only way to do this, but that’s far from the truth.

No Windows user should go without LibreOffice. It’s a completely free and powerful office suite that includes alternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and more. Once you get used to a few small aesthetic differences from MS Office, you’ll be flying through your work with LibreOffice.


Note that OpenOffice, a popular alternative, is basically dead now. If you don’t want to use LibreOffice, try FreeOffice.

Download: LibreOffice (Free)
Download: FreeOffice (Free)

5. Image Editor: Paint.NET

Paint.Net Windows

Whether you want to try your hand at image manipulation, need a way to blur sensitive info on screenshots, or want to retouch old photos, everyone should have an image editing program installed. Photoshop is the gold standard for this, but there are plenty of free tools that are more accessible.

Paint.NET is our top choice. It’s far more powerful than Microsoft Paint but doesn’t overwhelm you with loads of confusing tools. You can easily blur out parts of an image, auto-level photos to make them look better, and add text and shapes to your pictures in just a few clicks. Plenty of plugins allow you to expand its functionality, too.

If you find Paint.NET too basic, GIMP is a more advanced solution.

Download: Paint.NET (Free)
Download: GIMP (Free)

6. Security: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Windows

Windows 10 includes Windows Defender, which is a good enough antivirus for most people. However, it’s wise to keep a secondary security program installed.

For this, you can’t beat Malwarebytes. The free version lets you scan your system for malware that your antivirus might not catch. And for a powerful blended security solution, we think upgrading to Malwarebytes Premium is worth the cost.

Download: Malwarebytes (Free, subscription available)

7. Media Player: VLC

Thanks to YouTube’s ubiquitous nature, you probably don’t watch local videos too often. However, you should still keep a solid video player around on your desktop for when you need to play media files locally.

For this task, nothing beats VLC Media Player, which packs a ton of features and is capable of playing nearly every video and audio format imaginable. You might not break it out often, but give VLC a download and save yourself the hassle of messing with video codecs or using the awfully insecure QuickTime.

Download: VLC (Free)

8. Screenshots: ShareX

Taking a Windows screenshot How to Take a Screenshot on Your Windows PC Wondering how to take a screenshot on Windows? Here are several ways to screen capture screenshots in Windows 10, 7, and 8. Read More is useful for everything from capturing funny moments to having a record of important information. The basic Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch apps only provide a barebones feature set, so you need something better.

You won’t find a better free screenshot tool than ShareX. With tons of capture methods, a powerful built-in editor, automated steps after you take a screenshot, and extra tools like a color grabber and ruler, ShareX has an impressive feature set for no cost.

If ShareX overwhelms you, give PicPick a try instead.

Download: ShareX (Free)
Download: PicPick (Free)

9. File Compression and Extraction: 7-Zip

Windows includes native support for simple zipped files, but anything beyond the basics requires a more powerful tool. While this isn’t the most exciting software category, it’s important to have so you can work with any kind of archived files you might encounter.

7-Zip is the gold standard for file compression and extraction apps The Top 3 File Compression & Extraction Softwares Need to compress a large file? There's no shortage of file compression and archiving apps for Windows. But which file zipper is best for you? Here are our three top picks. Read More . It’s small and installs in seconds, is easy to use, and stays out of your way when you’re not using it. Those who needs advanced features will still find them in 7-Zip, though.

The only drawback of 7-Zip is its aged appearance. If you can’t get over that, take a look at PeaZip, which is a similar tool with a much more attractive interface. Either way, you certainly don’t need to pay for tools like WinRAR.

Download: 7-Zip (Free)
Download: PeaZip (Free)

10. Messaging: Rambox

Chances are that you use at least one messaging service to stay in touch with your friends during the day. With so many options to choose from, there’s no way we could pick the best messaging service because it all depends on what your friends use. So why not pick all of them?

Rambox is our pick for the best messaging app on Windows. It lets you add accounts from dozens of popular messaging services, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Telegram, GroupMe, Hangouts, Discord, and many more.

The app simply adds a new tab for every service you use, letting you keep up with every group in one window. It includes some extra features that make it more useful than opening them in your browser, and you can easily close one program when it’s time to focus. While Rambox’s free plan has some limitations, it offers more for free than competitors like Franz.

Download: Rambox (Free, subscription available)

A Few More Important Software for Your PC

Let’s quickly wrap up with five other programs that everyone should install. These don’t fit into any of the above categories, but are handy nonetheless:

Windows 10 Essential Apps and Programs: Installed!

We’ve looked at must-have apps for Windows 10 that everyone should install right away—and they’re almost all free! If you don’t prefer one of our favorites, you’ll find a suitable alternative without much trouble. Most people will get plenty of use out of these programs and appreciate them much more than basic default software.

Now that you know the essential software for PC users, you should also be aware of unnecessary Windows apps that you should uninstall 12 Unnecessary Windows Programs and Apps You Should Uninstall Wondering which Windows 10 apps to uninstall? Here are several unnecessary Windows 10 apps and programs you should remove. Read More .

Related topics: Anti-Malware, Antivirus, CCleaner, Computer Maintenance, Data Backup, Dropbox, File Compression, Google Chrome, Image Editor, Install Software, Instant Messaging, Laptop, LibreOffice, Screen Capture, Spotify, VLC Media Player, Windows Apps.

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  1. YouAreWrongAgain
    June 15, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Must recommend AGAINST ShareX. For years ( ), this software has been dysfunctional, failing on first and all subsequent launches. The problem is failure to validate input. ( ) Devs have gone arrogant/stupid, writing "ShareX works as intended, there is no problem in code."

  2. Esat
    April 13, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Second half of the article is surprisingly good.

  3. Godel
    April 13, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Sumatra PDF reader, small light-weight, won't spy on you. It can also read a bunch of ebook formats, or so I'm told. I don't use that facility.

    KeePass or KeePassXC (an upgraded fork) free password manager. Stores all your passwords in an encrypted local file and can also be had in a portable version.

    IrfanView image viewer, shows just about every type of image file imaginable with the associated plugins. Light weight.

  4. David
    April 5, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    I like Chredge browser.
    It is the new Edge based on Chromium. All the best of Chrome without the Google bloat.
    It is past beta but not yet the included version of Edge. Search Chredge and you easily find the MS development download.

    • dragonmouth
      April 10, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      You've got your choice of who is going to track you, either Google with Chrome or MS with Chrome Edge.

      • Noobdenial
        April 11, 2020 at 7:22 am

        Or you could use Chromium or some other Chromium/Chrome based browser that doesn't track you. There's a few out there.

      • JonZone
        April 14, 2020 at 6:42 am

        You are on the Internet, you can be tracked by any browser, social media, anti-virus, banks, membership sites who get your details, e-mail programs, messaging services. CCTV cameras, facial recognition and much more.

  5. Noz
    April 3, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    I'd replace LastPass with BitWarden, an open-source alternative.

    • Patrick Blair
      April 13, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you. Was not aware of BitWarden. Took a look & also switched. 100% free for desktop & mobile.

  6. Dave Pool
    December 27, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    You should look at SoftMaker FreeOffice. I've used it for years and have found that it makes fewer formatting changes than LibreOffice when my doc files are opened up by the company I work for most. Nothing annoys them more than me opening one of their MS Office docs to make edits or contribute content and, in the process, mess up their formatting. With LibreOffice, that would happen. With SoftMaker FreeOffice, it doesn't (or at least not as much).

    • Patrick Blair
      April 13, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks. Had not heard of this one. downloaded to my Linux Mint Cinnamon OS. I am liking the user interface much better than Libre Office or WPS.

  7. JDWorklabs
    February 11, 2019 at 10:47 am

    that was the most useless or unwanted crap i ever seen on android or pc

  8. Joe78man
    December 8, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Chrome, the RAM eater?? no, firefox
    Dropbox with 2GB free?? no, with 10GB free or google drive with 15GB free.
    PeaZip?? good ol' Winrar
    Screenshots?? nah, Lightshot. Press print-scr button and lets you chose the part of the screen you wan to capture and then either save, copy to clipboard (in memory to paste somewhere else), upload, share, find similar in google, print, you can mark the image with lines, shapes, arrows, etc.

    MP3 player? Winamp is still the better there is, no current player has all the features, and it's comming back any time soon

  9. bruce w fowler
    November 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you. I disabled SSecure Boot and installed Netrunner on top of Windows. Much nicer and more functional.

  10. m-p{3}
    September 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I would strongly advise against CCleaner now that Avast owns it as it now includes pop-up ads and no tracking opt-out in the free version.

  11. Jes
    August 24, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Super great article! Informative, direct, smart. Thanks!!

  12. tjommie
    July 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Firefox and Opera
    Plex Media Player
    Samsung Magician
    MSI Afterburner
    IOBit uninstaller

    • rick lee
      May 3, 2019 at 11:51 pm

      Opera is monitored by the chinese company that owns it. Not smart if you value your private info !

      • Kelv1n
        June 9, 2019 at 10:24 am

        What's your point?
        Consider this - Chrome is monitored by Google, your whole Windows "experience" is monitored by Microsoft. Every web site you visit is tracked by your government, and every time you watch a bit of p0rn your parents are notified!

  13. Sailor Jo
    May 5, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for the list of highly recommended SW. It sounds very much like what I do all the time though I use some professional graphics programs, from Corel to ashampoo.
    As I am a geek I need a good file manager and my choice is FreeCommander. Furthermore, when I use the phone while at my computer I take notes and I like Notes++ for the purpose.

  14. Victor
    January 18, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    What a bullshit!

  15. Miguel
    January 15, 2018 at 11:40 am


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    January 15, 2018 at 11:40 am


  17. Miguel
    January 15, 2018 at 11:39 am


  18. Alan
    January 11, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Back Blaze instead of Crash Plan as CP is no longer available for home users

  19. Alan
    January 11, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Crash plan as far as I know is no longer available for non commercial users I would recommend Back Blaze

  20. Laxmidhar padhiary
    November 24, 2017 at 8:14 am

    AVG antivirus is good or not

  21. Japie
    November 22, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I like this very much. It is very interesting. I like to receive more via newsletters please. Japie.

  22. laszlo
    October 3, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    first i need the zip program, i like bandizip, cause its good (and i got the same family name :D), honeyview is good too, they got great free apps
    driver programs , usually big ones, free if i dont have internet
    i like to have ultraiso to be able to mount .iso files
    for videos i prefer potplayer which is an adfree version of km player, seems to play better the matroska files than vlc, and nice interface
    for audio i like aimp3, not the 4th cause the interface is weird. same with listary, i like the 3.5 version over the 4th. quick acces to my files and folders
    also terracopy to copy faster, better, from shell send files, bookmark folders
    snagit for taking pictures and videos simply
    there is the search engine "everything" which is like google for windows
    stardock fences to make my desctop cleaner
    filebot for renaming serial episodes
    clipx to manage my copy-paste
    sublime text for coding/txt edit
    webroot as antivirus, is light and secure enough, usually free trials
    tixati for torrents
    chrome, discord, skype, spotify with last fm etc.

    got a lot of programs which i only use when needed or somebody asks for it but this are the usual ones, and of course drivers, directx, net framework and visual studio cause gaming usually needs it

    i still looking for a good pdf/epub reader which is light on resources and has a good zoomin/flip page, and light on resources

  23. Adam
    June 28, 2017 at 3:44 am


  24. Adam
    June 28, 2017 at 3:42 am

    KODI is a must have. everything is free and you can do so much. use google to find awesome plugins. best media player out there

  25. Techleprechaun
    April 22, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Great list, covers lots of salient points. Couple personal recommendations, though yours is far from broken.

    2. Go OneDrive though I also use Office. Ties so well into Windows and Office. (see 4)
    3. I just use the SiriusXM online package. Have thought about trying the Spotify though. Extra $3 or $4 if you already have it for your car.
    4. Office365. $100/yr, 5 computers AND 5 devices AND 5 accounts with 1TB OneDrive storage. Better than almost any paid cloud service plus 10 full always up-to-date Office installs.
    6. Avast, personally, but Pepsi/Coke.
    9. Win+PrtScr and Paint is simple enough, but I might try it.
    10. OneDrive integration is key here, especially with the 1TB from office. You can set the folders directly very easily. All I've used for years.
    11. 7zip. Over a decade it hasn't failed me.

  26. Reporter553
    April 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Good suggestions. I like 7Z more than PeaZip as the latter uses multiple screens.
    Ultrasearch is good to add as Win's sucks.

  27. Prakash Gupta
    March 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Top windows apps and websites

    - Ninite for installing s/w
    - Ccleaner. Must have
    - VLC for music
    - LibreOffice for alternative to MSOffice
    - Spotify. You can also stream from Pandora if you can create stations of your choice
    - Notepad++

  28. Matthew
    January 24, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Why not just use it has most of the apps listed here and better all in one installer just click and installs in one package.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Yep, Ninite is a great resource for installing a lot of apps at once with no junk. This article serves to let people know which ones people should choose :)

  29. Michael
    January 23, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Most of these comments are years old.....

    • Tina Sieber
      January 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

      We have completely rewritten and republished the article. We should have removed the old comments, thanks for the heads-up!

  30. arrbeejay
    January 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I would add a password manager. Personally, I like 1Password, but it's not free ($3/month billed annually). There are free ones out there - whichever one fits your budget, get one!

  31. Doc
    January 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I prefer the K-Lite Codec Pack and Media Player Classic to VLC - it includes x265 playback, and MPC has a nicer layout than VLC. It also doesn't have a "fake 200% volume level." once had a 50GB free level FOR LIFE by signing in from Android...making it a lot nicer than the 2 and a little bit that Dropbox gives you.

    I've loathed Google Chrome ever since finding out its "extensions" were horribly crippled (and often leaked memory like a sieve). With Firefox switching to a "Web Extensions" that will wind up being likewise crippled, I've switched to CyberFox - native 64-bit support, no ucky Australis theme, and continually being updated.

  32. Ron Ablang
    January 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    A freeware antivirus program (like Avira or Avast) and Total Commander.

  33. Jouni "rautamiekka" Järvinen
    January 21, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Dunno if it still has it, but the asshole called Paint.NET at least used to require a completely closed ring so you wouldn't affect areas outside it, which is absolutely unforgivable until fixed. Moreover, it's strictly Window$.

  34. Delane Cunningham
    January 20, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Is it possible to obtain a printable version? This is the best advice i have read...need to save it

    • Ben Stegner
      January 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      I'm so glad this was useful for you! You can print this article to PDF using a free service like

      • Reporter553
        April 22, 2017 at 5:28 pm

        You also can use Foxit phantom printer to save it as PDF file!

  35. JonoDaGr3at
    February 13, 2015 at 1:52 am

    +VLC Player does work ???? Or am I missing sumit!!!!!!
    Jonodagr3at aka

  36. JonoDaGr3at
    February 13, 2015 at 1:49 am

    You can't fault the outsiders, the dark horse that's never been seen biging it's self up!

    VLC: Video power 2 U & Me!

    CCleaner: Piriform is a absolute gem! System resources for me nothing else but clean honest what it says on da tin bud!
    Sorry but
    WinRAR: the dogs doda's when it comes to packing, compressing & SFX'in mmmmmwwwaaaahhh!
    OneDrive: it's from da same firm as yA O/S peeps! Think about it… free storage upgrades not monthly subscripts "muller muller & more muller" free n easy surprisingly across many platforms 2! Big up Bill gates n crew! Lol

    • Richard
      January 23, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Glary Utilities is far superior to CCleaner and no spam. Glary DOES offer a malware program as part o the install but completely OPTIONAL if you want to install it or not.

      • laszlo
        October 3, 2017 at 3:41 pm

        yeah ccleaner deletes some important appdata files sometimes, like program options and game savefiles

  37. Luis
    September 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Chrome? No, Firefox or Opera or Comodo Dragon
    OpenOffice is discontinued so replace with Kingsoft Office or LibreOffice
    Steam? No
    Add avast! or BitDefender Free Edition or MSE
    Glary Utilities > CCleaner
    All I need is Win7's Paint, no need Paint.NET
    Add Revo
    Dropbox only has 2GB while MS SkyDrive has 7GB

    • Doc
      January 25, 2017 at 5:35 am

      OpenOffice is NOT discontinued, LibreOffice is a fork. The Apache Foundation took over OpenOffice after the break with Oracle.

  38. Axlelottle
    September 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Google chrome is
    one big piece of google spyware.

    5 seconds after launch it calls home,
    then it starts reporting back to google analytic's
    information about every website you visit
    and what you did while you were there.

    a unique number is created when you first use google chrome
    that is used to identify you personally over the internet.

    all of this info about you is made available to anybody that requires it.
    advertisers mostly use this info to target you personally
    with ads based on the type of sites you visit.

    Stop using google chrome.

    try using
    comodo dragon >
    it is a chrome browser without the (legal) google spyware.

    Google chrome has far too many other issues to go in to here.
    if you got sucked in to using it
    you must just love commercial crapware.


    • Sailor Jo
      May 5, 2018 at 1:33 am

      Google may be the biggest data thief there is and I despise their products. The only reason I recently installed Chrome is that is makes certain translations easier. I can, for instance, look at a German web site and it all translated into English. There were very few errors in what I was looking at.
      For searches I use DuckDuckGo

    • Sailor Jo
      May 5, 2018 at 1:40 am

      One very important program for me is a VPN. I decided to license a European program as I trust the Europeans more when it comes to privacy. I licensed a TV viewer (also from Europe) that needs a VPN so that I have a virtual presence in Europe when watching programs that are licensed for Europe only.

  39. Purshotham M
    July 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Hello i have bought a new windows 8 pc, I also purchased bitdedender antivirus plus new edition and installed it. So is that enough to secure m pc, do i really need a antimalware software along with this? If so which is the best?

    • Glump
      January 23, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Bit defender is an antimalware software.

  40. Matthew Unwin
    June 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Only ones I find essential are
    There are many programs that are useful but it depends on what you do. e.g. gamers will get steam

  41. anomoumous
    June 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I do not agree with the first few ones
    Chrome is to intrusive

    Spottify exposes ourselves
    All clouds are exposing , dangerous, slow
    and better by a few 2 tera drives and be more safe

    And the first one I ALWAYS install the first second is

    Evernote on my phone is a horror
    they send me multiple mssgs about 'insription' what I dont want

    ( what is the most simple notepad for phones today ? )

    it s preventing over 1000 intruders to place their marks

    VLC is great for Slow Motion but their Zoom is lousy
    BSPLAYER WAS so much GREATER but no more

    Malware is probably OK

    What I miss is a good program
    which existed under DOS 3 already

    It made a kind of catalog
    of every stocking device you had

    so that I could find easily
    on my many DVD's and memory sticks
    where my stuff is

    • Glump
      January 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Use "Cathy" for cataloging your DVDs, CDs, Thumb drives, &'s free..

  42. Teodoro V
    June 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

    How about downloaders? I would recommend iWisoft free video downloader if you visit non-you tube sites.

    • laszlo
      October 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      i prefer internet download manager, it has frequent updates and works every time, fast download speeds, as for youtube, i watch e-sports from pot player, just drag the link into it, prebuffers video and is nice quality

  43. Muhammad Ahmad0
    June 23, 2013 at 4:00 am

    and definitely a skype and pdf viewer like adobe pdf.

    • Mthoko
      April 30, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      I'm surprised adobe reader or flash is not included in the good article like this.

      • Ben Stegner
        May 1, 2018 at 9:27 pm

        I wanted to keep this to programs that nearly everyone can benefit from. Modern browsers can open PDFs now, which is sufficient for casual users. And Flash is integrated into Chrome and will be phased out in 2020. Combined with its security issues, I didn't find either of those to be essential programs.

        Thank you for weighing in, though!

  44. Nahum Larios
    June 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Great advise, I have not tried steam but I will give it a try.

  45. Todd New
    June 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Evernote is my GoTo app ... everything from Windows to iOS helps me keep info indexed AND instantly available - where & when I need it.

  46. Emmanuel Asuncion
    June 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Good write-up, learned a lot especially with programs posted here that I've never heard about.

  47. etnguyen03
    June 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I prefer Firefox instead of Chrome.

    I completely agree with Malwarebytes and 7zip.

    An alternative for Dropbox is Skydrive (from Microsoft). It gives you 7 GB of storage and you can make office documents from your browser!

  48. Mitzumi Kare
    June 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    My list is a little different since I only had to do this once. A big thing to note is that I prefer portable apps over anything else so I dump portable apps into dropbox and the install packages into dropbox for the non portable ones as well.

    I had a long list of things and explanation but I am going to shorten it. n order:
    FireAlpaca [so I can draw though I have Sai and Photoshop on portable though]
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    ExtractNow [a lovely small universal file extractor that is really speedy]
    Picasa [simple image editing and viewing]
    Notepad++ [editing theme code for tumblr]
    Skype [I use the portable version since I am far to lazy to fully install it]
    Winamp [I prefer foobar2k when on the move but this lets my wirelessly put music on my android phone so that's that]
    VLC/Media Player Classic [depends on if I am going to watch anime first]

    Anything else like drivers, photoshop brushes, fonts, specialized programs I use come later but those are the ones I MUST have on the computers I work on. I agree and disagree with evernote being on the list: I do use it but I am more partial to the mobile version and in a pinch, the web version before I even think of installing it.

    I don't need a office suite [but I do have MS Office 2010 on portable backup just in case] since I use Google Drive but if I need to type something out, I rather use Windows Live Writer or the Microsoft Works suite instead of Open/Libre Office since I have no experience with the latter.

    As much as I want to agree with CCleaner, I think a compuination of WinDirStat and iOBitUninstaller does the job a lot better.

    Nice post though. It certainly got me thinking and now I am off to clean out my dropbox folder.

    • rk
      January 23, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      May I ask how you have Photoshop on portable? Unless you mean portable to be an external HD?

    • laszlo
      October 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      iobit is malware/spyware, annoying sometimes
      geek uninstaller works best, simple, free and fast, as for speedup i liked system mechanic, the older versions

  49. Roberto Beseler
    June 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Spotify is not available all over the world. Only 35 countries. Non of them in Southamerika. Please notify if the software is available all over the world or not.

  50. Ehab Mohamed Nasr
    June 21, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Wht is the difference between malware bytes and any anti-virus ?

    • Moses Masangiri
      June 3, 2019 at 7:53 am

      just install both of them and you shall never have to figure out the difference.. a virus is a virus, doesn't matter how it looks like.

  51. Christian Ampoloquio
    June 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Among the lists only Google Chrome, 7Zip, CCleaner and VLC are the ones i always download whenever i reformat. :) But great suggestion for others. Noted! :)

  52. Hisham Sliman
    June 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Is ccleaner better than advanced system care or ashampoo-winoptimizer???????????????

    • laszlo
      October 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      its free, but this kinds of programs should have a database of safe to delete things, not just based on file format, cause if you use programs which write into appdata temp files, you need to set them up again and again or check what ccleaner wants to delete

  53. Vlado
    June 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Dopbox, VLC, 7-Zip - I Agree brilliant apps.
    Browser - Firefox!!! (I love it. Much better than Chrome. My personal opinion)
    Office - LibreOffice
    Batch processing of images - Digital Photo Professional (DPP by Canon)
    Image editor - GIMP (No better free softare)
    Good resident scanner - Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
    And so on...

  54. bpcan
    June 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I also recommend Avast and always utilize the password feature. I like to couple it with MalwareBytes for a second opinion if I need to hunt for malware, but on a new machine, it should not be necessary.
    I prefer Peazip over 7-Zip because of the UI.
    PotPlayer has now become my first choice, otherwise I use VLC with a skin.
    I also endorse TeamViewer. It is getting better and is free for private use.
    My 1st choice browser is IceDragon (Comodo's version of Firefox) - Like it a lot.

  55. TalkingBee
    June 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Spotify is very limited (~10 hours cap a month) outside of the USA.

    I would also suggest Cloud Antivirus as a free cloud-based virus scanner or if one has money then Webroot.

    • laszlo
      October 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      sadly, only thing which works with if im not mistaken, lastvj was a great online app which let to play my reccomendations

  56. Onaje Asheber
    June 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Great Apps!

  57. Eli Miron
    June 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    1. Add Avast free
    2. Add Win Patrol free - ESSENTIAL
    3. I prefer SugarSync to Dropbox (more free space, more convenient)
    4. I prefer Xnview to Irfan view (a matter of habit or taste)

  58. Andrew B
    June 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Besides Chrome Browser I prefer Comodo Dragon Browser.

  59. likefunbutnot
    June 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    1. Browsers: I install both Firefox and Chrome.
    Firefox is better for users who like to keep lots of tabs open and has the incredibly compelling argument of Chrome's process model is better for small numbers of tabs, but I continually find that its plugin selection is limited at best.

    1a. Adblock Plus with Easylist and Fanboy's List goes on every browser. IE 9/10 can use tracking list protection to get the same up to date ad blocking lists. (Google "IE TPL Gallery" and go take a look).

    1b. Head over to the Mycroft Project to pick up a selection of searches to add. I like making sure all my browsers can search Google, Google Images, Google Shopping, Wikipedia, Amazon and Ebay.

    2. I generally do cloud storage with Google Drive and/or Skydrive even though I technically have some ungodly amount of Dropbox space (150GB?), simply because a lot of that space was promotional pricing due to some product I bought. But Skydrive is built in to Windows 8 and Google Drive integrates so well with all of Google's other offerings that I feel they're both much better choices.

    3. Spotify? Whatever. Don't care. Music is something everyone has to discover on their own. I do prefer WinAmp for music playback on Windows because it's very lightweight compared to Media Player or most of the other usual suspects.

    4. Evernote? Again, don't care. If I wasn't able to assume that every system I build, support or sell will wind up with Microsoft Office I might care. Or I might just make links to the relevant portions of Google Docs. I'd probably lead people away from it just because it's one more thing they have to sign up for.

    5. Openoffice? Nope. No way. Google Docs. MAYBE LibreOffice. There are way too many ways to get Microsoft Office on a computer. Some of them are even legal. Office 2010 Starter (basically Word and Excel with some small UI mods and none of the document sharing features) was available free of charge off Microsoft's web site for a couple years for example.

    6. 7zip. Finally. We agree on something.

    7. Malwarebytes is a malware removal tool. It works very well, but it needs to be paired with both an antivirus applications (I suggest Avast's Free option) and a good set of immunization tools such as Spywareblaster and Spybot's Immunize function.

    8. Irfanview. I like XnView better, but I think Picasa is probably a better overall picture management application for most people and that's what I choose to install.

    9. Ccleaner. I install it. I don't necessarily tell end users it's there.

    10. Steam. Personally, I don't like Steam and won't use it but moreover it wants to autostart with Windows and relatively few people play those sorts of PC games. This is an actively bad idea.

    11. VLC. Fine. Personally I like Media Player Classic better but I don't have strong feelings either way.

    12. Paint.Net. Few people need it or would know how to use it. I don't think it belongs on every computer. I do think it's incredibly useful otherwise.

    What's missing:

    Hijack This. Just put it on the computer.
    Crossloop. Something for remote support. Teamviewer also works. Whatever.
    SpaceMonger/WinDirStat. Something for examining drive space.
    An updated HOSTS file. For more ad blocking. Windows 8 users remember to disable the Windows Defender service to make Windows actually use the Hosts file.
    PDF Reader. Firefox and Chrome both have one built in, but Foxit or NitroPDF are both good choices for people who want a stand alone program.
    Calibre: Free Ebook management. I don't think this is all that important, but it's straightforward install and it does something that I get asked about often enough that I install it on home machines by default.
    FormatFactory: Free media conversion. Supports batch operations.
    Handbrake: Tiny app for DVD ripping.

  60. Rickey Shortt
    June 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I'm sure this won't work for a lot of people, and I myself disregarded it for the longest time - but I'm finding more and more that between Evernote and Google Docs (which is accessible offline in Chrome), I really have little or no use for either Open Office or Libre Office. I'm not yet comfortable with uninstalling the latter, but at some point I may decide to do so, and only retain a portable version for the increasingly rare instances I need it. I just haven't decided if that should be in a local "portable apps" folder, in a Dropbox folder, or on a thumb drive. I have noticed with certain portable apps installed on a thumb drive, that there is some noticeable slowness, probably related to using cheap thumb drives.

  61. MikeVertx
    June 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    good post, covered the basic installs for every new pc spot on

  62. Steve K
    June 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I'm surprised that Decrapifier was not on the list it will, uninstall many of the common trialware and annoyances found on many of the PCs from big name OEMs. You get to see the list of items it detects and then choose what will be removed automatically.

  63. macwitty
    June 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    What I miss is a password manager - otherwise a very good list to start from

  64. Olivertwist
    June 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    As for chrome - it may be powerful/fast but why rush into things when security is more important!
    1. Firefox - Addons are powerful

    Security and Privacy Essentials:
    ADP (AdBlock Plus) - Blocks: Popups, Webpage Banners/ads - This is 1 powerful and gamechanging addon
    Ghostery - Tracker and cross-site scripts control.
    No Script - Javascript/flash media control.

    Other essential utilities:
    Ant Video Downloader - convert streaming media to your HDD for future viewing.
    Session Manager - Save your Current Browser session for future viewing! (saves much time and hassle)
    Chatzilla - MIRC Chatroom emulation
    Epub Reader - Drag E-books into your browser - very useful.
    Spellchecker - Probably my most utilised add-on but least thought about.

    2. Dropbox - Does the job.

    3. Pandora - Streaming music, learns what you like and dislike. Randomly selects music depending on what you liked/disliked previously. Very good for finding new music!

    4. Sticky-notes - Comes with Windows 7.

    5. MS Office - Unfortunately this is not free but is the best in this category.

    6. 7-zip is good - free and less annoying than winrar.

    7. Malwarebytes is good. My main anti-malware utility is Superantispyware: Many useful utilities for system recovery & malwarebytes for alternative scanner.

    8. CCleaner is fine.

    9. Steam - Has it's technical problems but is still quite useful as a gamer platform.

    10. VLC - a cornerstone of modern PCs.

    11. - awesome for a free image editor.

    Other game changers: - quick installer of popular ulities. Downloads and automatic install with default settings all at once.


  65. Guy McDowell
    June 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I totally agree with all of your recommendations. Chrome only became my browser of choice in the last 6 months or so - love it. Except on my older laptop. It's a resource hog there for some reason.

    Gotta try Spotify and Steam though. Haven't yet. I've been told many times to check them out though. Thanks!

  66. Neil
    June 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Before any of them, I install Keepass 2. How else can I remember all my passwords? Otherwise, Spotify is not too good if you live in a rural area; OpenOffice is too bloated and slow; still use Firefox as my main browser as Chrome doesn't have all the add-ons I use.

  67. zoniweb
    June 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

    IrfanView? Better is XnView.

    CCleaner? Agree!

    • laszlo
      October 3, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      check honeyview , also qttabbar thumbnails are great

  68. zoniweb
    June 18, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Chrome? No, Firefox is still better choice.

    Dropbox? I use it just as web-app, I don't need it installed on my PC.

    Spotify? Never tried. I used to use Grooveshark, but in last year or so I use only Foobar2000 with small playlist of favorite online radio stations.

    Evernote? Never tried.

    OpenOffice? I would prefer LibreOffice + free MS Office Readers.

    7-Zip? Agree!

    Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware? I prefer SuperAntiSpyware "portable".

    Steam? Never tried, but I like small portable games from time to time.

    VLC Media Player? Well, not bad, but my choice is PotPlayer (or MPC-HC).

    Paint.NET? Agree!

  69. Charlie Brown
    June 18, 2013 at 6:40 am

    To Craig,
    I mean this only in the most constructive way. Make Use of is a place I turn to, when I'm interested in learning something new. Yet your list is plain vanilla (I had to double check the date written). Not that each program listed isn't good, they are (I've used all but Steam). I guess MUO has set the bar high & I expected at least something fresh. I learned much more from the posted comment by ANKUR T's despite it's lack of tact. I mean this due to the 'all caps', not due to imperfect writing. If I had to guess I'd say English is not this person's native tongue and I applaud Ankur for being confident enough to open himself up to criticism while bringing some fresh ideas to the table. If one has a new PC I'd think they would want to install the best, lightest and most secure available to date - not the status quo. Also with the NSA's PRISM making headline news, I would think more folks would be interested in alternatives to Chrome, Dropbox & any other program that may be involved; I know I am. Just because I don't have anything to hide in my laundry basket doesn't mean I am OK with the anyone rooting through my dirty laundry. Lastly, although improved, an alternative to Adobe Acrobat is essential for this list. It is just too cumbersome compared to some very good, light and nimble alternatives that exist. Good list for my parent's but they wouldn't be on MUO's site in the first place. Again, no disrespect I just had greater expectations.

  70. IceWolf
    June 18, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I agree with most of the applications on this list, but I chose Daum Pot Player instead of VLC. VLC used to be a lightweight media player but lately its getting bigger and bigger (and i receive some errors in the latest version I've tried). Also, Pot Player has a native 64bit version. I agree with Dave here - Teamviewer should be on this list. And, although I use Dropbox with my phone camera upload (very useful) I noticed the new player on this field - - it's give you 5GB online space for each referral (I have 128GB now).

  71. ??????
    June 18, 2013 at 4:35 am

    I honestly wouldnt pick most of these.

    1/ Dropbox... with the space/price lowering every year and the big e-mail providers I'd rather use quality encrypting software to send files over net. 8-15 megs are quite enough for the most things I'd not take on flash drive.
    2/ Evernote... nope - requires constant I-net connection and I don't like that!
    3/ Open office... Microsoft have released a viewer for most of their apps, so I wont really bother instaling it. If I absolutely have to work at home I prefer Remote Desktop over VPN.
    4/ 7Zip... nope... really bugy and user unfriendly, and WinRAR is shareware, but it doesnt stop to function after the trial period is over. There is alot of really good freeware archivers out there - like IZarch for instance.
    5/ Malaware bytes... I have nothing against that software. It's just I don't need it as I think the best protection from viruses is personal awareness. Be smart about it and you will never have problems.
    6/ CCcleaner... I really don't like that. It doesnt clean most problems, but it does clean most personal preferences on "non-standart" applications. Yes, thats mostly the apps fault, but the resoult is the same...
    7/ STEAM... same as Skype. It's so heavy that adds typicaly like 3-8 seconds loging time on system startup on old PC's. Not my favourite...

    • Rick
      June 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Evernote doesn't require a constant internet connection - at least not in the sense that you need it to access your notes. They are all stored locally on your PC and always accessible. The connection is only needed for synching to the cloud - a very useful feature of course! But you can have all the local, unsynched notebooks and notes you like.

  72. Paul Prakash J
    June 18, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I still stick with Firefox instead of Chrome. 7-Zip, CCleaner, Dropbox/Google Drive are few others I installed first.

  73. PseudoCC
    June 18, 2013 at 2:54 am

    A couple things

    1. OO (it's okay, MS Office Suites are superior)
    2. Spotify (I think they still use 128kbps.. it's not a great service)
    3. 7-Zip (When was the last time you saw a .7zip archive? WinRAR is best)
    4. Evernote (I tried to get into this multiple times, but the GUI and compatibility is just lackluster or tries to do too much. I get by with Pocket/Google Keep/other apps.

    I agree with everything else though, and would probably ad a few more.

  74. Daniel J. Karas
    June 18, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I'm going to have to try out Irfanview. It's annoying to me to be browsing a folder of media files in different formats, and having to use a variety of helper apps to figure out just what they are (or if I want to keep them handy and not in backup)

  75. Adly Asraf
    June 18, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Nice collection.

  76. On Wong
    June 18, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Kingsoft Office, IrfanView, 7-zip, Dropbox, VLC, Avast!, Foxit, Teamviewer, Chrome.

    • ReadandShare
      June 18, 2013 at 3:43 am

      +1 on Kingsoft Office (if like most people you don't use database).

      Compared to the behemoth that is Libreoffice -- which opens up even slower than the beast that is Microsoft Office -- KO is smaller, much faster, and more renders more faithfully to MS formats than Libreoffice. I switched to KO after more than a year of using LO exclusively.

      For those with 'modest' word / spreadsheet needs, I really believe KO is the best free alternative out there presently. The FREE Android version is also tops!

  77. Cynthia Sebring
    June 18, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Avast Antivirus! Curious as to why you didn't include an antivirus in this list.

  78. ReadandShare
    June 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Yes, Chrome, but don't install it naked! Make sure to add:

    1. Adblock -- to block annoying ads, banners and popup's.

    2. ClicknClean -- allows you to designate which cookies to keep and which ones to delete when closing your browser.

    3. Ghostery - blocks a ton of tracking cookies -- but allowing you to whitelist as well.

    • Rick
      June 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Ghostery is good, but Disconnect is even better.

    • null
      June 25, 2013 at 2:24 am

      Adblock? You should thank MakeUseOf by not using it.

    • laszlo
      October 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      ublock origin is the fastest and doesnt have annoying popups

  79. Matthew
    June 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    HoneyViewer3 > IrfranView

  80. Danny
    June 17, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    VLC Player? Oh please... It is nice, but so minimally boring.

    Alternative: JetAudio by Cowon.
    It has all the codecs you'll ever need, and it has a beautiful interface unlike VLC Player's Windows 95-era UI.

    • PseudoCC
      June 18, 2013 at 2:57 am

      GUI isn't important in full-screen. They've also improved features/options a lot recently. Being able to record and save sections of a video or other media file is one of the most useful new features in VLC.

  81. Dan
    June 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    * SkyDrive over Dropbox. More free space. Better syncing (but slower to upload).
    * Softmaker FreeOffice over OOo or LO. Faster and better than any open source office suite. Way better MSOffice file format support. And less bloat.
    * Avast over Malwarebytes. Sorry, but real-time scanning is still better.
    * Media Player Classic Home Cinema over VLC. Better playback, more functional seek bar, faster to load and play, can play damaged files that VLC can't.
    * Spotify, Evernote, and Steam are not "must have".
    * The rest are ok.

  82. David C
    June 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    LibreOffice FTW!

  83. GreatPhones
    June 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    No on everything except VLC and possibly steam.

  84. Henk van Setten
    June 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I use most of the software listed here myself, so (unsurprisingly) can agree with the list. I'm especially happy with your mention of, as I find that the great potential of is often underestimated by Gimp users. With some of its easy-to-install plugins, can do nearly everything Gimp does, with a much easier, less confusing interface!
    A few remarks on the list:
    (1) Instead of Chrome, I would recommend SRWare Iron. This is a Chrome clone with exactly the same interface and the same core engine, and accepting all the Chrome extensions from the Google store. It's really just Chrome - except that Iron doesn't have the rather unpleasant phone-home privacy issues that are built into Chrome. SRWare is kept current with the latest Chrome updates, too.
    (2) Instead of OpenOffice, I would recommend LibreOffice. This is a branch of LibreOffice that in the last two years has surpassed the original, and it gets relevant updates both more often and sooner.
    (3) IrfanView is certainly OK for an all-purpose image manager, but if you use it mainly as a viewer, then I myself would prefer XnView which is just a little better tweakable.
    Well, I intentionally wrote this comment before reading what others had to say, which is what I'll be going to do now...

    • Rick
      June 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Picasa is another great candidate for a photo viewer/editor, especially if you like to upload photos to Picasa Web Albums or Google+ Albums. And it's built in viewer is very fast and minimalistic if you use it as your default.

  85. wale
    June 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    great write up

  86. wale
    June 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Great write up . they are useful , just what i need

  87. GF
    June 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    In my PC I would install even a program (or more programs) to copy the registry of Windows.

  88. Mihai Triboi
    June 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Heh... Now who I am if I don't install any of these after the clean install? :D

  89. John Ludlow
    June 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    The SysInternals suite should be on the list - particularly Process Explorer

    • G Thompson
      June 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

      If your going down the route of Sysinternals the Nirsoft utils should also be installed. Even better place them all in one complete menu'd package by using the free WSCC

      • John Ludlow
        June 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

        Agreed, the Nirsoft tools are pretty good, and worth a look.

        The WSCC package is something I've looked at in the past but it was flagged as a security risk by our AV package (I think some of the tools it packages have been flagged somewhere) so I removed it.

  90. Nez
    June 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Very nice list, close to exactly what I use, with a few differences. I'm still a big user of Firefox, I'd switch to Chrome if it wasn't for the way it handles tabs/addons etc. Just too big of a system resource hog for me.(Personal preference). I think I'll give a shot again(been quite a while), I typically use GIMP.

  91. J Enrique F
    June 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    first things I install:

    chrome... you can sync all your apps, bookmarks, and themes in windows, android, and ubuntu... idk about mac.

    dropbox... love dropbox because i can access it on the go on my android.

    foxit reader... small program that is better than acrobat reader and opens fast.

    microsoft office... still the best

    7-zip... the best

    starcraft :D... because I like playing sc2 after installing all these programs...

    • J Enrique F
      June 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      teracopy... it's fast!

  92. AriesWarlock
    June 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Libre Office is a better option than Open Office at this point.

  93. Juan
    June 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I like to install Fox It for PDF files, and avoid Adobe Reader.

    Also to keep an eye on my PC, I like to install CPUID HW Monitor and CPU- Z. When I have a fresh system to play with.

  94. Brian Curtis
    June 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I do a lot of moving files around and I found xplorer2 from zabkat to be excellent. It is a dual pane "Explorer" which make the job of moving and copy & paste much easier. Also it is well worth the money.

  95. casey
    June 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm


    The rest are CRAP!

    • Luis
      September 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

      How do you browse the web? You didn't mention a web browser that isn't crap for you.

    • Casey
      September 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

      True - but all they mention is Chrome, which is nasty.

      FFox/Opera are the way to go.

      I didn't say a browser because people tend to be very polarised over browsers.
      I've seen Opera choke on a site that FFox breezes into, and the reverse also.

      I was wrong about my "crap" designation though - malwarebytes is good, is rubbish, Steam is not at all essential if you don't play their games.

      Mpc-HC is a lot better than VLC (VLC used to be good, but they buffered it up with bloatynesss and just stupid decisions over "features".

      I suppose what my "crap" was really saying was that 1/2 of those are so far from "must have"...
      7Zip, irfanview, CCleaner, etc are pretty much essential - everyone needs an archiver program, we all look at photos, we could all do with "CCleaning" our systems every so often.

      But the rest are only "must have" if you actually use/need them - must have for you, not for everyone.

    • Kimble
      February 28, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      steam is THE most reliable gaming server next to AMD gaming evolved and there are plenty more on this list that are fantastic, it is a great list and has provided me with a line up of resources for my PC well done. i would have also mentioned a gaming engine for creating games although that isn't a necessary feature for everyone :/

    • Kimble
      February 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      aaaaannd is brilliant in coherence to a graphics pad or a bamboo pad and is an alright program for picture editing, although i use the full version of adobe Creative cloud and therefore use Photoshop and illustrator as well as other applications so i realise that doesn't fall under the category of a top line image editor it is pretty damn good, i also pay $600 dollars a year for adobe creative cloud and is free so it isn't exactly the worst choice.

  96. MK
    June 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    This is a good list.

    I would add that the Adobe pdf reader is bloatware and should be replaced with Foxit.

  97. Luis Flores
    June 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm


  98. ANKUR T
    June 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm


    • Sebastian Hadinata
      June 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Whoa.. all caps comment, you need to chill down (if you know what I'm saying) :D

      • Nahum Larios
        June 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        I would like an aknowledgement from Craig

    • Sebastian Hadinata
      June 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      My personal favorite: Libre Office, Avast, and Pea-zip, also Thunderbird for email client and Wunderlist for to-do list.

    • andrewchay
      July 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      I have to say, the best pdf reader is xchange-viewer if you are using Windows platform. It's simply too powerful and too fast loading. The only time I use other pdf viewer is when I load pdf files from internet, I set the default pdf viewer in chrome as adobe.

    • Luis
      September 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

      @Ankur T, relax, don't shout LIKE THIS.

  99. vineed g
    June 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    great softwares ,,,i have been using all of them for a long time.they all perform best as per their service

  100. Rudi Niemand
    June 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    For me one of the first to be installed on a new computer it MagicDisc - for mounting iso files to install everything else I have, saves having to swap out discs between installations. Another couple to add alongside Dropbox for me is GDrive and SkyDrive, I use these a lot more than the likes of Dropbox, Box, etc. And maybe BitTorrent sync?

    • Jayden
      June 18, 2013 at 5:43 am

      Windows 8 does virtual iso loading out of the box. Just double click, and you're plenty set without an extra program.

      • Rudi Niemand
        June 18, 2013 at 8:10 am

        Note: this reply has turned into an essay, I apologise.

        That's good to know - but I'll still be using Windows 7 until its support runs out, as Windows 8 is still a bit too buggy for gaming's sake. Especially considering that I still play some Windows 98, early XP-era games that are buggy enough under 7. I'll give gaming a try on Windows 8 once I know that there are some sure-fire drivers available for my systems for it to work as well as it does on 7, because at the moment some of the bits are still in beta I think (Both Gigabyte and AMD state that their respective components that I use are "Windows 8 Ready" - that to me says they're still trying it out before fully supporting it). For that same reason I only switched to Windows 7 (first 32-bit, now on 64-bit) for gaming a little under 2 years ago (trying out Ubuntu inbetween). Some argue that you should just keep your hardware up-to-date, but with only a handful of money spare every month it's not something I can easily do - I always build a computer once every 5 years or so to last and be fast for at least 2 years, then once it becomes slow compared to the market I start overclocking to keep up. It's worked for me since 2001, and I'm only just on my 3rd PC.

        For what it's worth, I prefer the Windows 8 start screen as I use my computer on my main television, and at 40" it would look a hell of a lot better than just a plain old desktop.

  101. Dave
    June 17, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    You should install or teamviewer, too. It makes remote access much easier if there's a shortcut on the desktop!

    • Nahum Larios
      June 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      there is also VNC as an application of Chrome and its very neat.

  102. willrun4fun
    June 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I prefer Libre Office.

    I have no idea what Steam is LOL. Not a gamer.

    Add a virus scanner like Avast on with Malwarebytes.

    Complete agreement on 7zip, that software is just a regular Swiss army knife. Opens anything!

    • the0therMike62 .
      June 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

      i was a fan of libre office until kingsoft's newest updated version came out.