Essential Installs

Things I'll always install on a fresh OS.


  • Mozilla Firefox

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

    Every computer needs a web browser, and Firefox is the best one around at the moment.

     

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  • 7-Zip

    Free Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ReactOS Website

    Great tool for opening archive files from the internet, or compressing your own files to save space during backups. Much more space-efficient than Windows built-in zip tools.

     

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  • Notepad++

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    A much more robust notepad with a smidgen of syntax colouring if you do some casual coding or config editing.

     

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  • VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Apple Watch Apple TV Kindle Fire Haiku Website

    One of the best media players around, VLC strikes a great balance between having lots of features while remaining simple and intuitive.

     

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  • MPC-HC

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Whlie not as user-friendly as VLC, sometimes you need something different. Whenever a file doesn't play nicely with VLC, I've found MPC-HC absolutely knocks it out of the park.

     

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  • MusicBee

    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.

     

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  • youtube-dl

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Python ... PC-BSD Website

    Download almost any video from almost every website you can think of (yes, even that one). I get so much use out of this it's unbelievable.

     

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  • ShareX

    Free Windows Chrome Steam Firefox Website

    Fully-featured screenshot tool, allows capture of your entire screen, a small region, GIF/video capture, all with quick editing and automatic upload. Extremely useful for quickly sharing ideas on messaging apps or forums.

     

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