7zip: Basically WinZip, but better in almost every regard. And it’s still free!
Ninite: Website that allows you to add/update most of these programs to a fresh PC. Obviously not a program, but useful given this thread’s content.
Patch My PC: Pretty much the same as Ninite, will install most programs from this list.
Recuva: File recovery tool. The perfect thing for when you accidentally delete your report 2 hours before it’s due.
QTTabbar: I have been informed that Clover is unstable on Win10 and can trigger antivirus software. This is the recommended alternative.
XYplorer Free: Another File Explorer upgrade tool. Adds a bunch of cool features.
Agent Ransack: Freeware with very powerful search tools (filtering, boolean expressions, etc) and a paid upgrade to FileLocator Pro.
Listary: Alternative to Everything for file searching. Very powerful and free.
Everything: Instant computer searching. Much better than the default Windows search.
Free Commander: Like Total Commander but with more features.
UBlock Origin: Available in your browser’s extension store. Free, of course. It’s pretty much AdBlock, but does a whole lot more. Make sure you get Origin, though.
MUSIC / VIDEO
Musicbee: Like iTunes, but you know, better. Because it’s not iTunes.
VLC: Free media player, works pretty well. Some people like it, others don’t.
Media Player Classic – Home Cinema: For those who don’t like VLC. I run it with the K-lite codec pack and it is amazing.
Foobar2000: Free audio player for Windows, supports a wide range of audio formats and has a lot of cool features.~~~~
KMPlayer: Free multimedia player, stock version is better than stock MPC-HC, would recommend.
Audacity: Audio recording software, I used it for a little bit and there’s so much cool shit you can do with it! Definitely recommend it. Also, it’s free!
Exact Audio Copy: Transfer files from your CDs to your PC in almost every format. Comes with some pretty nifty features too!
Kodi: Free and Open Source home theatre software.
CCCP: Codec pack. Last update was in 2015 but it works great. Uses Media Player Classic – Home Cinema.
Teamspeak 3: Voice Over IP program that allows you to set up a server (most people pay a company to host for them) for people to connect to and chat on. Used by online gamers around the world.
Discord: Similar to TS3, but has a browser and phone app and is entirely free to use.
Mumble: Another VoIP program like TS3 with purchasable servers. Haven’t used it but have heard good things about it.
Ventrilo: Free and lightweight VoIP program, looks pretty good.
Gimp: Free photoshop (Not as powerful as photoshop, but still very useful)
Paint.NET: More powerful version of MSPaint
Inkscape: Free vector-based graphic design software. I haven’t used it, but I have heard a lot of good things about it!
Blender: Free, open source 3D modelling software. It’s got a lot of cool features but is a tad hard to first get into.
Krita: Free drawing software with a bunch of cool features.
Lastpass: Stores and designs passwords. Has a Subscription based premium mode
KeePass: Similar to the above!
Auto-hotkey: Scripting engine for your computer. Make scripts that run on certain keys (eg, setting up media controls. Free, and fairly powerful.
Rainmeter: Pretty cool desktop tool that lets you set up widgets (like the ones from vista/win7) to do all sorts of shit. Bit hard to get into (I tried it a few years ago and it was a bit complicated), but it’s a definite 10/10 app. Check out /r/rainmeter for tips n shit.
WinDirStat: File exploring, great to look at the real use.
Window PowerShell: CMD alternative in windows
Virtual Box: Powerful VM hosting software.
Visual Studio Community: IDE with several supported languages and a whole heap of extensions.
SysInternals: Windows system tools suite. Full of useful shit.
Process Explorer: A better (more in depth) version of task manager.
Autoruns: Organise every piece of auto-running software on your computer. Very useful.
VMWare: Similar to VirtualBox, but has a free/paid version with a lot more features.
PortableApps: Run your programs from a USB/cloud drive. 300+ compatible programs, this is a great tool or tech supporting for your family and friends!
Process Hacker: Like Process Explorer but so much better.
MobaXterm: Best alternative to PuTTY
Notepad++: Open source text editor (think notepad, but better) that has a shit ton of features. Not only can you have multiple tabs open with different files in each tab, but you can save your text files in almost any text-based format. There’s syntax highlighting, which makes coding infinitely easier and of course, there’s plugins that add new features and functionality.
Atom: Similar program to NPP with more features and customisation.
Sublime Text 3: Another text editor like NPP/Atom with a lot of robust features.
OpenOffice: Free, open source alternative to microsoft office.
LibreOffice: Like OpenOffice, but with more active development.
VSC: Visual Studio Code, another code-based text editor. Absolutely free and supports 30+ languages.
Eclipse: Free IDE for a bunch of different programming languages.
Greenshot: Free, open source screenshot software. Several built-in ways to edit the picture and multiple options for file exporting.
Puu.sh: Free screenshot software. Hotkeys for fullscreen, window or area captures.
ShareX: Free software similar to Greenshot, but with so much more. Just look at that feature list!
Gyazo: Free screenshot software, auto-uploads screenshots and gives you a link.
F.Lux: Changes the brightness (well, more of the “blue-ness”) of your screen depending on the time of day. Very useful!
Telegram Messenger: messaging similar to WhatsApp, but with a standalone web client and a bunch of cool features.
Unchecky: Software to automatically uncheck unrelated offers in installations (you know, those “I want to use Bing” offers).
VeraCrypt: Free disk encryption software, highly versatile and fairly easy to use.
CutePDF: Convert any printable file to a PDF at the click of a button.
Katmouse: Scrolls according to the position of the mouse cursor instead of the active window.
qbittorent: If you’re still using utorrent or bittorrent or any of those, it’s time to upgrade. Get qbittorrent.
Alt Drag: Hold down the Alt key and click+drag any window to resize it. Also a bunch of other cool shit.
DisplayFusion: Multiple monitors made easy! Freemium software.