Must-have Apps After Fresh Windows install

Here is a list of free software I always install on new machines or after clean Windows 10 installation, these softwares are a must-have/essential apps for every user in order to make the most out of their Windows experience.
This list is more like a guide for new / inexperienced users to the tools they need after a fresh Windows installation.

  • Mozilla Firefox

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

    Since the first thing we do after installing Windows, is to connect to the internet and check for drivers and stuff, I prefer using Firefox over the default Edge browser for noticeably better browsing.
    Firefox is just the best all-around browser so far.


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  • uBlock Origin

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Microsoft Edge ... Vivaldi Browser Chrome Safari Pale Moon Opera Chromium Firefox Website

    And since we have lots of work to be done in the browser, we better off getting rid of annoying ads and popups; And uBlock Origin is up to the task.

    *Just remember to whitelist your favorite websites to support them.


    uBlock Origin icon
  • EagleGet

    Free Windows Internet Explorer Chrome Firefox Website

    When it comes to the downloads part, we have to have the best download manager that will help us manage and speed up the downloads. For this, EagleGet got you covered! Free, simple, integrates with Firefox and Chrome, and lightening fast!


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  • qBittorrent

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku Website

    Speaking of downloads, we should have a dedicated client for the growing file format: Torrent. qBittorenet is literally all you need: safe, open-source, easy-to-use and fast with minimal design.


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  • PeaZip

    Free Windows Linux BSD Website

    Unzipping, compressing, or extracting archived files of various format is almost a daily action for any computer user. The free open-source PeaZip will do the trick just perfectly.

    ( Small 7-Zip icon7-Zip might be better option for some people, but I opted for PeaZip for its GUI which makes it easier for inexperienced users)


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  • PotPlayer

    Free Windows Website

    Now we should replace some of the boring and slow Microsoft's programs. For all in one media player solution, I picked up PotPlayer: The greatest video player on Windows (Full Stop)!


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  • HoneyView

    Free Windows Website

    in my opinion, the best image viewer that will definitely blow Microsoft's Windows Photo Viewer.
    You could also consider, the open-source, cross-platform, elegant viewer: Small nomacs iconnomacs


    HoneyView icon
  • Sumatra PDF

    Free Windows Website

    E-documents/E-books or PDFs are very common formats too. Viewing them on Windows is way better with Sumatra PDF.
    You could also consider the free, more feature-packed PDF reader: Small Xodo iconXodo


    Sumatra PDF icon
  • Microsoft Office Suite

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

    For productivity we all need an office suite, Microsoft Office seems to the best functional, most mature, modern, advanced one out there.

    MS office offers free license for 4 years for students, and that's why I've included in this list which is intended to offer only free packages.


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  • LibreOffice

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... BSD Website

    LibreOffice seems to be the best MS office alternative right now. it's got big community and a relatively rapid development going on.


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  • Avast! Free Antivirus

    Free Personal Mac Windows Android iPhone Website

    If you're worried about viruses and malware, the free version of Avast will take care of your PC's security fairly enough.
    Be warned that using an AntiVirus can eat up much of resources in background. You DON'T NEED an AntiVirus if you know and understand what you're doing with your machine.


    Avast! Free Antivirus icon
  • ShutUp10

    Free Windows Website

    Microsoft is often accused of violating privacy issues, ShutUp10 is a tool that helps you turn off the possible ways/features that Windows 10 uses to spy on users.


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