The Complete Suite of Programs Needed After New Windows Installation [V2.0: Advanced]

My favorite, must-have apps and tools after every fresh Windows installation for both inexperienced and expert users.


  • Essential Software

    Let's start off with "Everyday Apps" and tools that most users need.

  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad PortableApps.com Haiku Fire TV Website

    The best all-around browser.
    In case, you don't like some of Mozilla's practices, you may give Small Waterfox iconWaterfox a try.
    And to tweak it for the optimal privacy settings, I apply a bunch of the settings recommended by Small privacytools.io iconprivacytools.io.
    I picked up the best rules of them and posted them here:
    https://telegra.ph/My-favorite-privacy-tweaks-to-Firefoxs-configurations-07-11 .

    Extensions I always install:
    Small uBlock Origin iconuBlock Origin.
    Small Facebook Container iconFacebook Container.

     

    Mozilla Firefox icon
  • Google Chrome

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet BSD iPad PortableApps.com Website

    I use Chrome as a secondary browser which despite of its privacy comprises, it's got a robust security and stability . To minimize its privacy problems I use the following add-ons to make it a bit better:
    Small uBlock Origin iconuBlock Origin.
    Small Disconnect iconDisconnect.
    Small Privacy Badger iconPrivacy Badger.

     

    Google Chrome icon
  • EagleGet

    Free Windows Internet Explorer Chrome Firefox Website

    It's not perfect, but an okay download manager which will integrate to most browsers without problems, it lets the user decide whether to allow ads to appear inside the app (actually not intrusive ads, which is a good thing) or use it ad-free but limits the bandwidth in return.

    These are some open-source alternatives, that got positive reviews, although in my use case they didn't really deliver the good usabilitiy offered by EagleGet, so you might test them for yourself and see what fit you best:
    Small Xtreme Download Manager iconXtreme Download Manager.
    Small Persepolis Download Manager iconPersepolis Download Manager.

     

    EagleGet icon
  • qBittorrent

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Website

    You might encounter torrent files in every once in a while, so here's an excellent open-source bittorrent client.

     

    qBittorrent icon
  • PeaZip

    Free Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Website

    Simply the greatest archive manager supporting all compressed files formats, with an appealing Graphical Interface.

    If you prefer something ultra-minimal, you should be looking at: Small 7-Zip icon7-Zip.

     

    PeaZip icon
  • HoneyView

    Free Windows Website

    Now let's get rid of Microsoft's awkwardly slow and useless image viewer with this fast, clean, light-weight image viewer.

    If you want even more feature-packed, open-source alternative, you may consider: Small nomacs iconnomacs.

     

    HoneyView icon
  • SMPlayer

    Free Windows Linux BSD mpv PortableApps.com ... Haiku MPlayer Website

    Now let's replace Microsoft's default video player with this much better and functional media player: SMPlayer. While it doesn't have the best looking interface out of the box, you can use custom skins though, and customize it the way you like after spending a bit of time.

    Other recommended alternatives:
    Small VLC Media Player iconVLC Media Player.
    Small PotPlayer iconPotPlayer (my favorite one).
    Small Kioo Media Player iconKioo Media Player (minimal in design and features, definitely not for power users).

     

    SMPlayer icon
  • Gaaiho PDF Reader

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    I found it to be the best PDF reader with fast loading time, reasonable amount of feature, and a convenient UI.

    Other good options:
    Small Xodo iconXodo (it's excellent on Android too).
    Small Sumatra PDF iconSumatra PDF.
    Small Okular iconOkular (Stable releases are available on Microsoft Store, I like it better on Linux as it's undoubtedly the best there, on Windows it's not that optimized).
    Small Lector - PDF Reader iconLector - PDF Reader.

     

    Gaaiho PDF Reader icon
  • PDFsam

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    And as the PDF files format is so common, from time to time you'll need to edit or manipulate them.. And in that arena PDFsam gets you most of the tools usually needed in a practical, easy-to-use interface.

    Other Options:
    Small PDFTK Builder iconPDFTK Builder (Lighter in weight, more minimal design).
    Small AlterPDF iconAlterPDF (Proprietary, freemuim software. The free version is more than enough)

     

    PDFsam icon
  • CopyQ

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Lightweight clipboard manager with searchable and editable history.

     

    CopyQ icon
  • File Converter

    Free Windows Windows Explorer Website

    The best file conversion utility out there, with lots of media formats support.

     

    File Converter icon
  • SyncToy

    Free Windows Website

    SyncToy, although it's a discontinued product, but it is one of the simplest synchronizing tool ever exist. I still use it to echo my backup hard drives in a speedy manner.

     

    SyncToy icon
  • Audacity

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... LAME Website

    Editing sound files the professional way.

    For easier (less features) and more enhanced UI: Small Ocenaudio iconOcenaudio is a good option too.

     

    Audacity icon
  • youtube-dl

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PC-BSD Website

    Youtube-dl is the ultimate best script for downloading videos.
    For better conversion processes, it's recommended to have Small FFmpeg iconFFmpeg alongside it.

    A graphical, freemuim (free with limited features) option: Small 4k Video Downloader icon4k Video Downloader

     

    youtube-dl icon
  • SpeedCrunch

    Free Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

    Because Microsoft Calculator is just stupid.
    SpeedCrunch is an advanced scientific calculator.

     

    SpeedCrunch icon
  • VueMinder Calendar

    Freemium Windows Website

    Productivity Apps
    Now we live in an age where computers have taken over most of our lifetime. So in order to make your life more organized, it is good to have a calendar that pops up on your desktop to remind you of important events.
    There are hundreds of tools that do that, but the majority are either cloud-based or email-synced apps. I personally do not like to sync or keep my data on the internet, so after a bit of searching I eventually stumbled upon some offline desktop apps and found VueMinder to be the best even in its free lite version, I believe it does the trick without paying for most of the people.

    Other Similar Productive Calendars:
    Small UKs Kalender iconUKs Kalender.
    Small Rainlendar iconRainlendar.

     

    VueMinder Calendar icon
  • Development Tools

    Plus other OS testing tools, and widely common frameworks/runtimes on Windows.

  • PyCharm

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    One of the best IDEs for Python.

    You might also like this classical-looking, beginner-friendly IDE: Small Thonny iconThonny.

     

    PyCharm icon
  • Atom

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS BSD ... Electron / Atom Shell Website

    An Excellent cross-platform text editor.

     

    Atom icon
  • MultiBootUSB

    Free Windows Linux Website

    My favorite bootable drive creation tool for multiple Linux distros, it has Small QEMU iconQEMU built-in, which will allow you to live-test the distro in a separate window, without rebooting!

     

    MultiBootUSB icon
  • Tweaking Windows

    • Enhancing privacy by blocking Microsoft's spying methods/functions.
    • Boosting performance by getting rid of the pre-installed bloatware.

  • ShutUp10

    Free Windows Website

    Free Anti-Spy tool for Windows 10.
    Just tick some check-boxes and you should be ready to go!

     

    ShutUp10 icon
  • Windows10Debloater

    Free Windows Website

    A handy script (PowerShell Script) that will save your time uninstalling pre-installed apps and deactivating unnecessary resource-consuming services.

     

    Windows10Debloater icon
  • WindowsSpyBlocker

    Free Windows Website

    Just one executable, with only few keystrokes, it will add a pile of firewall rules to block Microsoft's outbound telemetry domains. (A downside for some people, that it will even block Outlook/Hotmail's email websites).

     

    WindowsSpyBlocker icon

This is a subjective list of software that I always need to have on my desktop; many of which are pretty useful for getting the most out of Windows 10 using experience for both regular and advanced users.

I hope you like it and does a bit of help for you all.
Thank you for spending your time reading all the way up to here.
#MZ
Edited by: Malaz Yakti



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