Sunday, July 15, 2012

List of Windows Softwares - Must Haves on Your PC

This blog post is basically made after I find many people fails to understand what to install and what not to install on a Windows PC/laptop. So I listed the softwares which I find essentials and the suggested ones.

After installing Windows 7 Ultimate (without key) Windows keeps Automatic Update enabled by default. So disable it, and stop Action Center to stop showing alerts regarding this. If you are not geek, please keep ignoring these messages from Action Center.


Essential Programs
Must-haves: Flash Player (for IE and non-IE), Java, Dot NET framework - all versions v1.1, v2.0, v3.0 and v4.0

Suggested: Adobe AIR, Microsoft Silverlight, Shockwave Player, Visual C++, DirectX

Office suite:
Microsoft Office 2007
Free option - Open Office.org/Libre Office

Browser
Recommended - Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox
For Experts - Opera/Maxthon

* If you are using more than one computer, it is better to use Opera Portable where all of your browsing data will be saved and moved from one PC to another just via usb drive. And yes you can run it from the pen drive also.

Download Managers
Best - Internet Download Manager (IDM)
Freeware Best - Free Download Manager
For filehosting downloads - JDownloader

Torrent Client
One & Only - uTorrent

Image Editing
Simple & Easy - Irfanview
for power users - Adobe Photoshop / freeware option - GIMP
Panoroma - Microsoft ICE

Utilities
Archiever - 7Zip [no more WinZip or WinRAR]
Tweaker - CCleaner
Copy - TeraCopy
PDF Reader - Foxit Reader (Adobe Reader is a bloatware)
PDF Editing - Nitro PDF
CD/DVD Burner - Cyberlink Power2Go
NFO Reader - NFO Viewer
DJVU Reader - WinDJVU
Screen Capture - FastStone Capture
Bengali - Avro Keyboard + Open Type Bangla Font
Dictionary - The Sage
Anything to PDF Converter - DoPDF   |  More powerful option - Able2Extract or try NitroPDF
Various - Unlocker, Defraggler, Speccy, Connectify, NetWorx, Cleanse Uninstaller/Revo Uninstaller, Team Viewer

Multimedia
for Audio playback - JetAudio/Foobar2000
for Video playback - Daum PotPlayer (new KMPlayer is shitty one)
File Converter - Xillisoft/Total Video Converter
MP3 Cut - MP3Cutter
Tag Edit - Tag & Rename
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