Windows 10 Essentials

Things I like to install on all of my Windows 10 setups.


  • 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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  • Communication

  • Discord

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    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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  • X-Lite

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    Combining voice calls, video calls and Instant Messaging in a simple interface, CounterPath's X-Lite helps you seamlessly transition from a traditional phone environment into the world of Voice over IP.

    The latest release of X-Lite provides a completely redesigned interface that allows for a contact-centric or dialpad-centric user experience, or a combination of the two. It also provides you with some of the most popular features of our fully loaded Bria and eyeBeam softphones so you can take them for a test drive before you make your purchase.

    Whether you’re having a simple voice conversation, saying hello to loved ones over video or chatting with friends over IM, you’ll soon see why having a softphone on your desktop or laptop is the ultimate communications experience.

     

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  • Content Reading

  • VLC Media Player

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

     

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  • Content Creation

  • Atom

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Electron / Atom Shell Website

    A hackable text editor for the 21st Century.

    At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

     

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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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  • Adobe Photoshop

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    Photoshop is a professional image editor and the de-facto industry standard. It supports layers, non-destructive-editing, vector graphics and color management and plugins.

     

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  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

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    Edit and organize your photos with the app that’s optimized for desktop.
    Lightroom Classic CC gives you powerful one-click tools and advanced controls to make your photos look amazing. Easily organize all your photos on your desktop, and share in a variety of ways.

     

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  • Adobe Audition

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    Adobe Audition software delivers the professional tools you need to make your video and audio productions sound their best. Handle a wide range of audio production tasks efficiently, including recording, mixing, and sound restoration.

     

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  • File Management

  • Google Backup and Sync

    Free Mac Windows Website

    Backup and Sync is an app for Mac and PC that backs up files and photos safely in Small Google Drive iconGoogle Drive and Small Google Photos iconGoogle Photos , so they're no longer trapped on your computer and other devices. Just choose the folders you want to back up, and we’ll take care of the rest.

     

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  • JDownloader 2

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    JDownloader simplifies and improves the process of downloading files from sites like YouTube or Mega.
    JDownloader offers downloading in multiple parallel streams, CAPTCHA recognition, and automatic file extraction. It support CCF, RSDF and DLC files.

     

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  • qBittorrent

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

    The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to Small µTorrent iconµTorrent . Additionally, qBittorrent runs and provides the same features on all major platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD).

    qBittorrent is based on the Qt toolkit and libtorrent-rasterbar library.

    Features

    Polished µTorrent-like User Interface

    Well-integrated and extensible Search Engine
    Simultaneous search in most famous BitTorrent search sites
    Per-category-specific search requests (e.g. Books, Music, Movies)

    All Bittorrent extensions
    DHT, Peer Exchange, Full encryption, Magnet/BitComet URIs, ...

    Remote control through a Web user interface
    Nearly identical to the regular UI, all in Ajax

    Advanced control over trackers, peers and torrents
    Torrents queueing and prioritizing
    Torrent content selection and prioritizing

    Natively integrated: When Downloads Completes Options (no need for additional script or plug-in)
    Exit, Suspend, Hibernate, Shutdown

    UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding support

    Available in ~41 languages (Unicode support)

    Torrent creation tool

    Advanced RSS support with download filters (inc. regex)

    Bandwidth scheduler

    IP Filtering (eMule and PeerGuardian compatible)

    IPv6 compliant

    Sequential downloading (aka "Download in order")

    Available on most platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD

     

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  • Utility

  • Google Chrome

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    A free web browser developed by Google from the open source Small Chromium iconChromium project with a focus on speed and minimalism. Chrome offers fast start-up and web page loading, supports a minimalist user interface, automatically updates in the background, and offers syncing of browser bookmarks, extensions, passwords, and history between multiple computers by your Google account.

    Additionally, Chrome has Flash and PDF support built into the browser for better speed and security.

    Chrome Web Apps and Extensions are available on Small Chrome Web Store iconChrome Web Store .

    Available in more than 50 languages.

     

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  • XMeters

    Freemium Windows Website

    XMeters taskbar system monitoring for Windows.

    Displays customizable stats:

    • Available RAM
    • Disk usage
    • CPU usage
    • Network usage

    Free version refreshes the stats every 3 seconds, paid version can be set to be faster.

     

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  • Hyper

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Hyper™ is a beautiful and extensible, cross-platform terminal built on open web standards. It provides an elegant command-line experience that is consistent across all supported platforms which includes macOS, Windows and various Linux distributions like Fedora and Debian.

    For developers, extensions are universal Node.js modules loaded by both Electron and the renderer process.

     

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  • KeeWeb

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Website

    Web and desktop password manager compatible with KeePass. Works online in any modern browser or as a desktop app for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

     

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  • Private Internet Access

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... iPad Tomato pfSense OpenVPN DD-WRT Website

    VPN Service encrypts your connection and provides you with an anonymous IP to protect your privacy.

     

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