Best of Windows
These are the best tools for the job. I don't necessarily recommend all of them. I simply find them better than their alternatives.
Includes both FOSS and Proprietary applications. The former are usually preferred.
OS. Disable animations.
First and Foremost
These are installed on my PC before everything else. They make Windows usable from the get-go.
Package manager. Use it to install other programs.
Start Menu replacement (for me). Abandonware, unfortunately.
Keyboard shortcuts, but that would be an understatement.
Windows debloating, without dumb registry hacks.
Essentials & Utilities
Your typical stuff. Browser, image viewer, etc. These are the best of their category, and they're all pretty good.
Browser. Not Ungoogled.
File hashes and VirusTotal scans.
Quick image edits, conversions, and more.
Image screenshotter & uploader. Way better editor than ShareX.
Fix for missing thumbnails.
PDF Viewer & Editor. My replacement for both Sumatra and Acrobat.
Code editor. Almost an IDE. Electron-based, yet surprisingly good.
SSH, FTP, etc. All in one.
Screen recorder & Virtual Webcam.
Quick video edits, and more.
Window tiling. Abandonware.
Could be better
These are better than their alternatives. They just aren't that good.
Image editor. Wish it had more features. This is closer to MS Paint than it is to Photoshop. Greenshot's editor often replaces it. Haven't looked into Affinity yet.
Video editor. Has its quirks. Haven't looked into Resolve yet.
Calculator. Slow to open. History and User-defined variables are worse than SpeedCrunch.
Virtual Desktop indicator & hotkeys. You can probably replace it with an AH script.