December 5, 2009

The Short List – Must-have Software for Windows…

Information Level: Basic

All good, all free. Everyone running Windows should try out this software. Period.

Keep Secure:

Stay Tuned up:

  • Advanced SystemCare Free – Best allround tune up (be sure to un-check “start with windows” in the options after you install it).
  • Revo Uninstaller – For completely removing software you don’t want.
  • Defraggler – Defragment your hard drive every month, and use this.

Now get stuff done:

  • Firefox – Faster and more secure web browser than Internet Explorer
  • Thunderbird – Faster and more secure email client than Outlook/Outlook Express
  • OpenOffice.org – A full office suite for starving students and frugal businesses alike
  • Paint.NET – Great image editor, for all your picture-cropping-and-red-eye-removing needs.
  • Google Earth – See Earth from above (not to mention the Moon and Mars)!
  • VLC media player – Not flashy, but it can play almost anything… even corrupted or incomplete media files.
  • Sumatra PDF or Foxit Reader – Both are way faster and, again, more secure than the standard Adobe Reader.
  • CDBurnerXP – Great free CD and DVD burner.
  • 7-Zip – Open pretty much any compressed file you come across online.

There is, of course, lot more great free software out there, but I would call this a good baseline selection.

What must-have free software do you use?