1. Edvin Močibob
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Overview

Windows essential / recommended programs

Last edited: 2016-04-25

Note: also see https://ninite.com/


Drivers

  • Motherboard
  • Graphics card (GPU)
  • Audio
  • Wi-Fi
  • BIOS
  • Webcam

Maintenance

  • Microsoft Security Essentials - antivirus
  • CCleaner - cleaning tool (removes unused files, traces of online activity, registry cleaner)
  • ??? Defraggler - defragmentation tool
  • Double Driver - backup, restore, save and print all installed drivers
  • Autoruns for Windows - find/disable/delete anything that starts up automatically

Internet

  • Mozilla Firefox - web browser
  • Google Chrome - web browser
  • Thunderbird - email client
  • ??? Pidgin - IRC client
  • PuTTY - ssh client

Multimedia

  • Java
  • ??? Adobe Flash Player
  • ??? Adobe AIR

Audio / Music

  • foobar2000 - music player
  • Audacity - audio editor and recorder
  • Mp3tag - track/album tagging

Video

  • MPC-HC - video player
  • VLC - video player
  • HandBrake - video transcoder (converting between video formats)

Torrents

  • Deluge - BitTorrent client
  • ??? qBittorent - BitTorrent client

Document viewing & creation

  • Sumatra PDF - PDF reader
  • Foxit Reader - PDF reader and creator
  • MS Office - Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc.
  • LibreOffice - free alternative to MS Office
  • Notepad++ - Notepad replacement and source code editor
  • CDisplay Ex - reads all comic book formats (.cbr, .cbz, .pdf, etc.)
  • MiKTeX - TeX/LaTeX distribution
  • TeXstudio - LaTeX editor
  • Texmaker - LaTeX editor
  • Zotero - easy-to-use tool to collect, organize, cite and share bibliographies/citations

Image viewing & manipulation

  • Adobe Photoshop - graphics editing program
  • Paint.NET - free alternative to Photoshop
  • Photoscape - view, optimize, edit, print photos
  • Inkscape - vector graphics editor

CD / DVD / ISO

  • ImgBurn - lightweight CD/DVD burning software
  • Ashampoo Burning Studio - CD/DVD burning software
  • DAEMON Tools Lite - making disc image files, emulating virtual CD/DVD drives (.iso)
  • Rufus - create bootable USB drives

Programming & web development

  • Visual Studio Code - IDE
  • Eclipse - IDE
  • NetBeans - IDE
  • Brackets - text editor (primarily for web design)
  • Git - distributed version control system
  • FileZilla - FTP client
  • XAMPP - installs Apache, PHP, MySQL and Perl on your PC
  • Gow - lightweight alternative to Cygwin
  • PyCharm - Python IDE
  • Anaconda - Python distribution with IDE, includes popular (scientific) Python packages
  • Code::Blocks - lightweight C, C++ and Fortran IDE (some download versions also include a compiler)

Other

  • 7-Zip - utility for manipulating archives (.rar, .zip etc.)
  • f.lux - makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day
  • Dropbox - online storage/backup
  • TeamViewer - remote access and control
  • Bulk Rename Utility - easily rename files/folders based upon extremely flexible criteria
  • WinMerge - differencing and merging tool, compares both folders and files
  • LICEcap - simple animated (.gif) screen captures
  • WebcamViewer - view/test your webcam offline
  • ShareX - takes screenshots/screencasts, can directly upload images online