Windows 10 Essentials

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


  • Windows 10

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    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

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet BSD iPad Electron / Atom Shell FreeBSD Playstation Website

    Whether you’re part of a school club, a gaming group, a worldwide art community, or just a handful of friends that want to spend time together, Discord makes it easy to talk every day and hang out more often.
    Create an invite-only place.

    • Discord servers are organized into topic-based channels where you can collaborate, share, and just talk about your day without clogging up a group chat.

    • Voice channels make hanging out easy. Grab a seat in a voice channel when you’re free. Friends can see you’re around and pop in to talk, without having to call.

    • Reliable tech for staying close. Low latency voice and video feels like you’re in the same room.
    STAY CLOSE WITH TEXT, VOICE, AND VIDEO

    • Wave hello over video, watch friends stream their games, or gather up and have a drawing session with screen share.

    • Turn any image into your own custom emojis and share them with friends.

    • Share anything from a funny video to your latest group photos, and pin your favorites to remember later.

    FOR A FEW OR A FANDOM

    • Custom moderation tools and permission levels can group up your friends, organize your local book club, or bring together music fans from around the world.

    • Create moderators, give special members access to private channels, and much more.

     

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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 Chrome OS BSD ... Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Extensible, cross-platform text editor with a rich ecosystem of plugins and themes.

     

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  • ShareX

    Free Windows Chrome Steam 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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  • OBS Studio

    Free Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com FreeBSD Website

    Full-featured screen recording and live streaming software for Mac, Windows and Linux.

     

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  • Adobe Photoshop

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    The standard in professional image editing and compositing for creative design work.

     

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  • Adobe Audition

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    Edit, mix, record, and restore audio.
    Audition is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio content. This powerful audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows and audio finishing — and deliver a polished mix with pristine sound.

     

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  • File Management

  • Google Drive for Desktop

    Free Mac Windows Website

    App that unifies Backup and Sync, which was built primarily for consumer users, and Drive File Stream, which was built for business users.

     

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  • JDownloader

    Free Personal 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 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

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

     

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