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
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lupuleasaiList by lupuleasai, last updated 2020-06-30
  1. Windows 10 icon

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

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    Windows 10 screenshot 1
  2. Driver Easy icon

    It scans your computer, tells you what drivers are missing or outdated, then updates them all, in one go.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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    Driver Easy screenshot 1
  3. TidyTabs icon

    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...

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    Tabbify everything
  4. Wox icon

    Wox is a full-featured plugin-powered launcher that supports file and web searching.

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    Wox screenshot 1
  5. 7-Zip icon

    File archiver with a high compression ratio.

    • File Archiver
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS
    • ...
    Main Window
  6. calibre icon

    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.

    • Ebook Reader
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Homebrew
    • ...
    calibre screenshot 1
  7. Process Explorer icon

    Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. The display consists of two sub-windows. The top always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information...

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    Process Explorer screenshot 1
  8. Mozilla Firefox icon

    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.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
    • ...
    Landing page
  9. HEY Email icon

    Hey is a new hosted email service launched by the makers of Basecamp , which aims to organize your email inbox. Since they don’t sell ads, or invade your privacy, they charge $99/year for HEY

    • Email Client
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Snapcraft
    • ...
    HEY Email screenshot 1
    HEY Email screenshot 2
    HEY Email screenshot 3
  10. Opera icon

    Opera is an innovative browser that focus on implementing new technologies without dropping simplicity and ease of use, speed, and security; supporting and contributing to open web standards.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Kindle Fire
    • Flatpak
    • ...
    Opera screenshot 1
  11. Microsoft 365 (Office)  icon

    Microsoft 365 is a suite of productivity software, collaboration tools, and cloud services owned by Microsoft. It includes online platforms like Outlook.com , .

    • Office Suite
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • HUAWEI AppGallery
    • iPad
    • Online
    • ...
    Microsoft 365 (Office)  screenshot 1
  12. Total Commander icon

    Total Commander is a Shareware file manager for Windows.

    • File Manager
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • ...
    Total Commander screenshot 1
  13. Thunderbird icon

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

    • Email Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    Thunderbird screenshot 1
  14. LastPass icon

    LastPass is a secure, browser-based password manager that supports Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari.

    • Password Manager
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Symbian S60
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Internet Explorer
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Maxthon
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • ...
    LastPass screenshot 1
  15. Foxit PDF Reader icon

    Foxit Reader is a free, light-weight PDF viewer available on multiple platforms. It allows users to view, annotate, form-fill, and sign PDF documents. The software supports standard PDF and XFA form filling and integrates with cloud storage services and enterprise Content...

    • PDF Reader
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • ReactOS
    • ...
    Foxit PDF Reader screenshot 1
  16. Ditto icon

    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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    Ditto allows you to easily view and search past entries
  17. Discord icon

    Discord is a versatile communication platform that supports text, voice, and video interactions, offering organized servers for topic-focused discussions, customizable moderation tools, and low latency technology for smooth conversation and content sharing.

    • Group Chat App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Epic Games Store
    • Flathub
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • Playstation
    • Xbox
    • Snapcraft
    • ...
    Discord screenshot 1
  18. Steam icon

    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...

    • Game Store
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • SteamOS
    • ...
    Steam Store
  19. ESET Smart Security icon

    product discontinued. Use ESET Internet Security instead.

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    ESET Smart Security screenshot 1
  20. f.lux icon

    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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    Main Window
  21. Reddit Enhancement Suite icon

    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.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Reddit Enhancement Suite screenshot 1
  22. OBS Studio icon

    OBS Studio (also known as Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS) is a screen-casting and live-streaming software available across multiple platforms including macOS, Windows and Linux. Boasting features typically only found in commercial screen recording apps, OBS also provides one...

    • Screen Recorder
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • FreeBSD
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • ...
    OBS Studio screenshot 1
  23. ShareX icon

    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 many supported destinations you can choose from.

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    Main window
  24. CCleaner icon

    CCleaner is a system optimization/cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system, allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It can also clear your internet history and act as a fully featured registry cleaner.

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    General Cleaner
  25. K-Lite Codec Pack icon

    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.

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    Select Components
  26. FastStone Image Viewer icon

    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.

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    A Screenshot of the whole program interface
  27. Everything icon

    "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...

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    Locate files and folders by name instantly.
  28. Deluge icon

    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...

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    Main UI
  29. Paint.NET icon

    Paint.net is a free and very capable image editing software for Windows. Great alternative to Photoshop for people that do not need all the stuff PS offers.

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    Paint.NET screenshot 1
  30. Virtual CloneDrive icon

    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...

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    Settings Dialog
  31. Notepad++ icon

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

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    Notepad++ screenshot 1
  32. DisplayFusion icon

    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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    Wallpaper Settings
  33. Dropbox icon

    Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they'll be instantly available on any of your other computers that also have Dropbox installed. Because copies of your files are stored on Dropbox's secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile...

    • Cloud Storage Service
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • Android Tablet
    • ...
    Dropbox screenshot 1
  34. Evernote icon

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

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    • Kindle Fire
    • ...
    Evernote screenshot 1
  35. CPU-Z icon

    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...

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    CPU-Z screenshot 1
  36. GPU-Z icon

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

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    GPU-Z screenshot 1
    GPU-Z screenshot 2
    GPU-Z screenshot 3
  37. VLC Media Player icon

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

    • Media Player
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Apple Watch
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Apple TV
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Haiku
    • Android TV
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    VLC Media Player screenshot 1
  38. Skype icon

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.

    • Group Chat App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Android Wear
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    Skype screenshot 1

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


This list was created by lupuleasai Dec 7, 2017 and was last updated Jun 30, 2020. The list has 38 apps.

You can create your own lists from our large database of apps either for your own sake or if you want to share some great apps with other people.


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Ola Johansson
CommentMar 21, 2018

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

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