Essential Installs

Things I'll always install on a fresh OS.


  • Mozilla Firefox

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

    Every computer needs a web browser, and Firefox is the best one around in 2019.

     

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  • 7-Zip

    Free Windows BSD PortableApps.com ReactOS 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.

     

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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 Apple Watch Apple TV PortableApps.com Kindle Fire Haiku Xbox 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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  • 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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  • altdrag

    Free Windows Website

    Essential tool for having clean multi-window workspaces.

     

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  • f.lux

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

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

     

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