I prefer to use this instead of the default File Explorer because it has tabs !
A nice chromium browser with ads and trackers blocked out of the box !
Worth mentioning :
Mozilla Firefox (Check Arkenfox if you want more privacy , install uBlock Origin )
LibreWolf If you want Firefox engine with more privacy out of the box
Vivaldi (install uBlock Origin )
If like my you use multiple browsers daily this one will be useful. Set it as your browser by default and when clicking on a link it will prompt which browser you want to open.
I prefer this one over the default Microsoft Photos
The king of media player, better than Films & TV
If you read ePUB on your PC I would recommend you this one.
For manga lovers check : HakuNeko
A free PDF reader if you need advanced features ! It will probably try to install McAffe or other stuff SAY NO!!!
Worth mentioning : PDFsam Basic features on free tier
If you game on PC you know
GOG GALAXY DRM-free games so you own them for real.
Epic Games Store They gives free games every week, and 88% goes to the game editor/dev
Origin If you suck
Ubisoft Connect some games require that shit
Battle.net App Why not
itch.io BE CAREFUL TO DOWNLOAD TRUSTED GAMES BECAUSE SOME UNKNOWN SHITS ARE VIRUSES!!!
If you want to emulate retro games this one is gold when you know how to use it !
Internet have tons of tutorials so you can master it !
If you want standalone emulators :
For more check : https://alternativeto.net/list/29770/the-ultimate-emulator-list/
On PC you have too many choices for game launchers. Put all your 3rd-parties libraries (Steam, gog, Ubisoft Connect, etc...) in one single beautiful place !
GOG GALAXY can do it too !
Windows 11 wil have some android app support but if you're on 10 this might be nice if you want android games on your PC !
If your friends game on PC, they probably use this one to communicate !
If you use a dedicated GPU this tool is really nice even if you don't have an MSI graphic card. It shows video card stats (temp, GPU usage, etc...). Allows overclocking, controlling of fans, etc...
For NVidia GPU !
It let you customize your drivers and NVidia related software, so it allow you to uninstall things you don't need/want !
Worth mentioning : TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker
If you have RGB on your gaming RIG this helps you manage them for any constructor like Razer, AORUS, ASUS, MSI, etc...
To manage games backups !
Worth mentioning : Game Backup Monitor
A nice tool to manage your mods. If you like to tweak and experiment with your games this one is gold !
Worth mentioning : Vortex Peviously known as Nexus Mod Manager
If I have to do some image manipulation or photo editing ! (it's a WebApp)
If you do photography this is useful for photo editing !
Worth mentioning : Polarr
How do you use files as the default app?
I'm so happy you mentioned Obsidian, FireAlpaca, and Mod Organizer 2! I love those apps