Essential Installs

Things I'll always install on a fresh OS.

  • Google Chrome icon

    Google Chrome

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

    Not necessarily the "best" web browser, but in my opinion, it has the best feature set/aesthetics combo while working without issue.

    I have tried many a browser but I keep coming back to Chrome.


  • 7-Zip icon


    Free Windows Linux BSD Website

    Great tool for opening archive files from the internet, or compressing your own files to save space during backups. I can't live without it.


  • Notepad++ icon


    Free Windows Website

    A much more robust notepad with a smidgen of syntax colouring if you do a bit of coding.


  • VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

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    One of the best media players around, VLC strikes a great balance between lots of features and being simply intuitive.


  • MusicBee icon


    Free Personal Windows Website

    iTunes is bloated, other choices often have a 2006-looking UI or are just glorified file browsers, opening files from explorer is laughable... where does that leave you? MusicBee. I will admit MusicBee isn't perfect, but it's darn good.


  • altdrag icon


    Free Windows Website

    Essential tool for having clean multi-window workspaces.


  • f.lux icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    Perfect for easing the eyes in dark environments and when staying up late.