My Essential Windows App List

Here is a list of all the programs that have survived the test of time, for my needs.
Gamer-centric windows setup.

List is good for:

  • Gaming
  • Internet browsing
  • Chat
  • File Management
  • Having a good start base

Excludes:

  • Work related programs
  • Browser extensions
  • Games installed

  • Windows 10

    Commercial Windows Website

    Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems

    To encourage its adoption, Microsoft announced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10 would be made available free of charge to users of genuine copies of eligible editions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

    Windows 10 introduces what Microsoft described as a "universal" application architecture; expanding on Metro-style apps, these apps can be designed to run across multiple Microsoft product families with nearly identical code—including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens.

    Windows 10's user interface was revised to handle transitions between a mouse-oriented interface and a touchscreen-optimized interface based on available input devices—particularly on laplets; both interfaces include an updated Start menu that comprises a design similar to Windows 7 with 8's tiles.

    Windows 10 also introduces Task View, a virtual desktop system, the Microsoft Edge web browser and other new or updated applications.

    Integrated support for fingerprint and face recognition login, new security features for enterprise environments, DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.

     

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  • Driver Easy

    Freemium Windows Web Website

    It scans your computer, tells you what drivers are missing or outdated, then updates them all, in one go. All you have to do is click Update All button, and all drivers will be downloaded and installed automatically.

     

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  • TidyTabs

    Free Personal Windows PortableApps.com Website

    TidyTabs is a tool that brings tabbed browsing to all your programs. Ever wanted to have Chrome-style tabs in Windows Explorer, Microsoft Office or PuTTY? TidyTabs does just that. It integrates nicely with the OS and you will feel like the multi-tab functionality is a core part of Windows.

    TidyTabs has been designed to interoperate nicely with AquaSnap, from the same author. Tabbed groups created with TidyTabs can easily be snapped, docked and tilled thanks to AquaSnap. Both tools are in fact very complementary and can permit you to achieve a major productivity boost.

    Key features:

    • Add tabs to every windows
    • Possibility to group windows from different applications
    • Possibility to exclude applications (blacklist or whitelist)
    • Tab reordering
    • Tab renaming
    • Automatic updates

     

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  • Mozilla Firefox

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

    Mozilla Firefox (known simply as Firefox) is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.

    Firefox version 60+ (Quantum) is presently faster than Google Chrome and use less memory than Chrome. Compare to previous versions of Firefox, the Quantum version is twice as fast, promote parallelism, and has more intuitive user interface.
    • Video at https://youtu.be/n6wiRyKkmKc
    • Read more and see performance test results at https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/quantum-performance-test/

    Firefox is developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation

     

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  • 7-Zip

    Free Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ReactOS Website

    The main features of 7-Zip

    High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
    Supported formats:
    Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
    Unpacking only: AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT, GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z.
    For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
    Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
    Self-extracting capability for 7z format
    Integration with Windows Shell
    Powerful File Manager
    Powerful command line version
    Plugin for FAR Manager
    Localizations for 87 languages

    7-Zip works in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2012 / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix.

     

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  • Wox

    Free Windows Website

    Wox is a full-featured plugin-powered launcher that supports file and web searching.
    Since the local search is powered by Small Everything iconEverything you will start receiving results as you type.

     

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  • calibre

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application made by users, for users. Many languages, designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.

    Calibre can sort the books in your library by title, author, date added, date published, size, rating, or series, along with extra metadata such as tags and personal comments. You can easily search your book collection for a particular book, based on any of this information. Calibre can also go onto the internet to find online books based on existing title/author or ISBN information.

    In addition, Calibre also:
    -syncs to your ebook reader
    -downloads news from the internet and converts it into ebook form
    -offers a ebook viewer that can display all major ebook formats

    Features:

    Library Management
    E-book conversion
    Syncing to e-book reader devices
    Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
    Built-in e-book viewer
    Content server for online access to your book collection
    E-book editor for the major e-book formats

     

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  • Process Explorer

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

     

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  • Opera

    Free Mac Windows Linux Windows Mobile Android ... S60 Android Tablet BSD PortableApps.com Kindle Fire ReactOS Website

    Opera is a browser with innovative features, speed and security. Opera’s vision is to deliver the best Internet experience on any device and the company is committed to support and contribute to open standards.

    The browser delivers a highly customizable start page (Speed Dial) where you can set your top sites and bookmarks, Off-road mode for data saving and faster browsing in slow networks such as 3G/2G and public Wi-Fi, a "Discover" page for getting the best of the web's content; and in the desktop version Stash, a tool for comparing pages and "read it later".

    Resume, save and rename the media files you keep on your phone with the download manager.

    For iOS, Blackberry and other devices, Small Opera Mini iconOpera Mini is available: compared with Opera Mobile, it provides similar features and browsing experience, but its peculiar feature is that pages are compressed before being sent to your phone.
    In this way you can:

    • Save time, because pages and tabs will load faster;
    • Save data and money, because Opera Mini uses up to 90% less data from your prepaid data plan than other web browsers.

     

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  • Microsoft Office Suite

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... Windows Phone iPad Website

    Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers and services.

    The office suite includes:

    Small Microsoft Office Word iconMicrosoft Office Word
    Small Microsoft Office Excel iconMicrosoft Office Excel
    Small Microsoft Office Powerpoint iconMicrosoft Office Powerpoint
    Small Microsoft Office Access iconMicrosoft Office Access
    Small Microsoft Office Outlook iconMicrosoft Office Outlook
    Small Microsoft OneNote iconMicrosoft OneNote

    With MS Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 you can save all office Documents up to 7 GB for free on your online Small Microsoft OneDrive iconMicrosoft OneDrive , so that you have full access to your documents on any computer, wherever you are.

    Other desktop applications included in Microsoft Office suite are:

    Small Microsoft Office Publisher iconMicrosoft Office Publisher : desktop publishing app mostly used for designing brochures, labels, calendars, greeting cards, business cards, newsletters, web site, and postcards;
    Small Microsoft Project iconMicrosoft Project : project management software to keep track of events and to create network charts and Gantt charts (not bundled in any Office suite);
    Small Microsoft Office Visio iconMicrosoft Office Visio : diagram and flowcharting program (not bundled);
    Small Microsoft Lync iconMicrosoft Lync : integrated communications client for conferences and meetings in real time, rebranded as " Small Skype iconSkype for Business" in 2015.

     

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  • Total Commander

    Freemium Windows Windows Mobile Android Android Tablet Website

    Total Commander is a shareware Orthodox File Manager (OFM) for Windows.
    Some features include a built-in FTP client, file compare, archive file navigation, and a multi-rename tool with regular expression support.

    Features include:

    Two file windows side by side
    Multiple language and Unicode support
    Enhanced search function
    Compare files (now with editor) / synchronize directories
    Quick View panel with bitmap display
    ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE archive handling + plugins
    Built-in FTP client with FXP (server to server) and HTTP proxy support
    Parallel port link, multi-rename tool
    Tabbed interface, regular expressions, history+favorites buttons
    Thumbnails view, custom columns, enhanced search
    Compare editor, cursor in lister, separate trees, logging, enhanced overwrite dialog etc.
    Unicode names almost everywhere, long names (>259 characters), password manager for ftp and plugins, synchronize empty dirs, 64 bit context menu, quick file filter (Ctrl+S)
    USB port connection via special direct transfer cable, partial branch view (Ctrl+Shift+B), and many improvements to ftp, synchronizing and other functions
    And many more!

     

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  • Thunderbird

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Website

    Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail, news and instant messaging client. The project strategy is modeled after Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox.

    It supports POP (storing mail locally on your hard drive so that it can be accessed without an internet connection), and IMAP. It features excellent mail filter capabilities and management.

    Thunderbird has strong support for using multiple accounts and identities, including automated signature features.

    Chat functionality is built in, so you can enjoy real-time conversation with your contacts, right from your favorite messaging application, with multiple supported networks. Thunderbird makes it easy to search through both past conversations and received emails.

    Thunderbird can also function as an RSS/Atom feed reader, and has a large selection of add-ons that extend it with calendar support, PGP support, integration with online services and much more.

    Available also as portable app: http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/thunderbird_portable

     

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  • LastPass

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone S60 Blackberry Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer Vivaldi Browser Chrome Maxthon Opera Firefox Website

    Password Manager, Auto Form Filler, Random Password Generator & Secure Digital Wallet App.

     

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  • Foxit Reader

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Windows S Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ReactOS Website

    Foxit Reader is a free and light-weight multi-platform PDF document viewer. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7.

    Whether you're a consumer, business, government agency, or educational organization, you need to read, create, sign, and annotate (comment on) PDF documents and fill out PDF forms. Foxit Reader is a small, lightning fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, sign, and print any PDF file. Foxit Reader is the only high volume PDF reader providing a complete PDF creation solution, providing the power of PDF creation to every desktop. Foxit Reader comes equipped with comprehensive protection against security vulnerabilities, keeping your system and company safe.

     

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  • Ditto

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Windows Store Website

    Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time.

     

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  • Discord

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone BSD iPad FreeBSD Website

    All-in-one voice, video and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.

     

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  • Steam

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute a wide range of games and related media entirely over the internet, stretching from one-man independent efforts to some of the worlds most popular games. Steam is set apart from its peers in terms of functionality primarily by its residency in the system tray, and the desktop tasks that the client software performs to make use of that position.

     

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  • ESET Smart Security

    Commercial Windows Website

    A Great time online with even better technology!

    Safer online begins with our proven Antivirus and Antispyware. Inside you find a number of unique anti-malware technologies. Foiling web browser attacks is a job for Exploit Blocker. Vulnerability Shield closes common weaknesses in the network. Advanced Memory Scanner gives you extra protection from heavily-encrypted malware. Scans for threats directly in the system‘s memory.

    Identity Theft Protection
    Steer clear of websites stealing usernames or banking details - with Anti-Phishing. Put a stop to private data copying to external devices - with Device Control.

    Keep Kids Safe Online
    Show them only the safe side of the Internet. With Parental Control, block over 20 website categories or add your own.

    Enjoy Your Computer's Full Power
    Small System Footprint lets you stay connected without slowdowns. Do away with distractions with Gamer Mode as you run programs in full screen.

    Install and Forget or Tweak Away
    Enjoy top protection with default settings. Set maximum scanning depth, time and size of scanned objects - with Advanced User Settings.

     

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  • f.lux

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

    Software that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

     

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  • Reddit Enhancement Suite

    Free Mac Windows Linux Microsoft Edge Chrome ... Safari Opera Firefox Website

    Reddit Enhancement Suite (RES) provides several add-ons to enhance your Reddit browsing experience - each of which is configurable. You can enable/disable any of the modules, and most of them have their own options that can also be personalized.

    RES is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Edge.

     

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  • ShareX

    Free Windows Chrome Firefox Website

    ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It also allows uploading images, text or other types of files to over 80 supported destinations.

     

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  • CCleaner

    Freemium Mac Windows Android Android Tablet Website

    Cleaner tool for your system - protects your privacy, makes your computer faster and more secure.

     

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  • K-Lite Codec Pack

    Free Windows Website

    K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs, DirectShow filters and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even some rare formats.

     

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  • FastStone Image Viewer

    Free Personal Windows Website

    FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects and more.

     

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  • Everything

    Free Windows Website

    "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on local or removable NTFS volumes on your computer (hence the name "Everything"), and on mapped network drives with ETP server and an everything installation too. You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. 19 languages supported.

    How can "Everything" index a mapped network drive?
    To search a networked computer you will need to run Everything on both computers.
    One computer will need to Start an ETP server.
    The other computer will need to connect to that ETP server.

    To start an ETP server:

    1. In Everything, On the Tools menu, click Start ETP server.

    To connect to an ETP server:

    1. In Everything, On the Tools menu, click Connect to ETP Server....
    2. Type in the ETP server name.
    3. Type in the ETP server port.
    4. Type in the ETP server user.
    5. Type in the ETP server password.
    6. Click OK.

     

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  • Deluge

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD libtorrent ... Python Website

    Deluge is a full-featured BitTorrent client for Linux, Unix and Windows. It is written in python, uses libtorrent (rasterbar) at its core and GTK for the main user interface along with web and console interfaces for advanced client/server facility.

    Deluge features a rich plugin collection; in fact, most of Deluge's functionality is available in the form of plugins.

    Deluge was created with the intention of being lightweight and unobtrusive. It is our belief that downloading shouldn't be the primary task on your computer and therefore shouldn't monopolize system resources.

    Deluge will work just fine across many desktop environments such as GNOME, KDE, XFCE and others.

     

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  • Paint.NET

    Free Windows Windows S Website

    Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

     

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  • Virtual CloneDrive

    Free Windows Website

    Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files of various formats (.iso, .bin, etc) can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.

     

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  • Notepad++

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

     

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  • DisplayFusion

    Freemium Windows Website

    DisplayFusion will make your multi-monitor life much easier. With powerful features like Multi-Monitor Taskbars, TitleBar Buttons and fully customizable Functions, DisplayFusion will make managing your multiple monitors painless.

     

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  • Dropbox

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Blackberry Chrome OS Windows S Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire Website

    Worlds leading online storage and file sync service. You get 2GB free. Apps for all major platforms.

     

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  • Evernote

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Blackberry Windows S Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire Pebble Website

    Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.

    The app allows users to create a "note" which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note.

    Notes can also have file attachments. Notebooks can be added to a stack while notes can be sorted into a notebook, tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched, and exported as part of a notebook.

    Evernote Premium features:

    Offline notes
    Your notes are available anywhere, anytime, even without an internet connection. Perfect for flights, international travel and working on the go.

    Passcode lock
    Make sure only you can access your notes. Add a layer of security on mobile devices to protect your valuable information such as business plans, receipts, health information, and photographs.

    Business card scanning
    Leave behind your stack of cards by scanning them using Evernote's camera. Capture and store all contact information, a photo of the card and choose to automatically pull additional profile details from LinkedIn.

    Presentation mode
    Present directly from your notes in a full-screen layout for more collaborative, efficient meetings.

    PDF annotation
    When a picture’s worth a thousand words, you can avoid lengthy email dialogue. There’s no quicker way to call attention to contract edits or design changes.

    Context and Knowledge Discovery
    Context reveals notes with related content and documents, and Knowledge Discovery identifies co-workers who are experts on the topic or project you're working on.

    Faster image recognition
    Find what you’re looking for, faster. We scan your images faster, so text within them is searchable sooner. Find text in handwritten notes, Post-it® Notes, whiteboard drawings and more.

    Search in PDFs and Office docs
    Your files are easily searchable within Evernote. Quickly locate your Office and work documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and PDFs.

     

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  • CPU-Z

    Free Windows Android PortableApps.com Website

    CPU-Z is a freeware system profiler (system monitor) application for Microsoft Windows (for all versions from 95 on) that detects the central processing unit, RAM, motherboard chipset, and other hardware features of a modern personal computer, and presents the information in one window. CPU-Z is more in-depth in some areas than the features that Windows XP provides to identify various hardware components, and is thus needed to identify certain components without opening the case, especially the core revision and RAM clock rate.

     

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  • GPU-Z

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    GPU-Z is a lightweight system utility designed to provide vital information about your video card and graphics processor.

     

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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

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework. Owned by the non-profit organization VideoLAN.

     

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  • Skype

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Blackberry Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear PortableApps.com Website

    An instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services.

     

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This is my preffered and up-to-date list for my basic windows installation (non-work)



Comments on My Essential Windows App List

Ola
· Mar 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

Great list! Always nice to see what other people use :)

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ravinga7
· Aug 2018 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

nICE!

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