A while back someone asked me to do a freeware guide for Windows 10 like I have for other Windows operating systems. My heart wasn’t in it. While there is excellent free software out there, in many cases you get what you pay for. I’m tired of talking about second best software I don’t use. So below is a list of the software I have installed on at least one of the 8 PC’s I have scattered across my house.
First you should know:
– OS 7 machines on Win10, 1 on Windows 7.
– I do my day-to-day web activities in an Linux Mint virtual machine.
– In that virtual machine I currently use the following browsers depending on mood and circumstance:
Chromium – Firefox – Tor
– I have a grand total of 2 passwords stored in those browsers.
– On my laptop, all passwords are stored using Bitwarden.
I have a Google account (actually several) and as an Android user I do the whole Google thing; Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive…
*** Feel free to suggest software. If you think it is better than something in my list then explain why and please add a legit source to backup your assertion.
If you don’t then I’ll delete comment because you aren’t helping anyone, including me.
For instance, someone is gonna say they use this or that browser. Then they will claim it is faster, or more secure, or whatever. Back it up.
3 kinds of licenses here: Free | Freemium or Tiered | Paid
Freemium – “basic product or service is provided free of charge, but money (a premium) is charged for additional features, services, or virtual (online) or physical (offline) goods that expand the functionality of the free version of the software.”
Tiered – “allow users to select from a small set of tiers at progressively increasing price points to receive the product or products best suited to their needs.”
3DMark – Freemium or Tiered. Graphics benchmark
7-Zip – Free. Zip utility, file encryption
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC – Free. PDF reader. Not needed in Win10.
Adobe Photoshop CS2 – Free, kinda. Image utility. IMHO unusable on high res displays.
Adobe Premiere Elements 2021 – Paid. Video Editor
Audacity – Free. Audio editor
Axialis IconWorkshop – Paid. I just use it to convert icons to other image types.
Backup and Sync from Google – Freemium or Tiered. This is Google Drive. Cloud storage
Bitwarden – Freemium or Tiered. Password manager.
CATraxx – Paid. No longer available. Music cataloging software.
CDBurnerXP – Free. CD/DVD burner. ***May try to install unwanted programs. Pay attention during install.
dBpoweramp – Paid. Music converter. CD ripper.
Dell Webcam Central – Free for dell computers. Basic webcam software.
Display Fusion – Paid. Multi-monitor software,
EMDB – Free. Video cataloging software.
ExpressVPN & TorGuard – Paid. Virtual Private Network.
FileZilla Client – Free. FTP client.
Firefox – Free. Web browser.
Firefox extensions I use: DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials, Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin, Bypass Paywalls
Google Chrome – Free. Web browser.
Chrome extensions I use: DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials, Honey, Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin, Ugly Email
Google Drive – Freemium or Tiered. Cloud storage.
Google Gmail – Free. Email
HandBrake – Free. Video converter.
IrfanView – Free. Graphic viewer. Great for batch editing.
LightScribe Software – Free. Laser CD/DVD labeler.
Logitech Capture – Free for Logitech webcams. Webcam software.
Macrium Reflect Free Edition – Free. Backup, cloning, disk imaging software
MakeMKV – Paid. Convert bluray to mkv file.
MediaMonkey – Free. Media library player/manager. I only use it for music.
Microsoft Office 365 – Paid. THE Office suite.
Mozilla Firefox – Free. Web Browser.
Mp3tag – Free. Edit metadata of audio files.
Ninite Updater – Paid. Software updater. HIGHLY recommended.
Notepad++ – Free. Opens and edits almost every kind of text / source code file.
OBS Studio – Free. Video recording and live streaming.
PCMark – Freemium or Tiered. System benchmark.
PowerToys – Free. A set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline
ProtonMail – Freemium or Tiered. Encrypted, anonymous email.
RocketDock – Free. Application launcher.
SageThumbs – Free. Adds ability to view thumbnails of multiple file types in Explorer.
Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio – Paid. Audio editing suite.
Stardock Start10 – Paid. Win10 start menu replacement.
SyncToy – Free. File backup and synchronizing software. HIGHLY recommended.
TorGuard – Paid. Virtual Private Network.
UBitMenu – Free. Put the old menus back in Microsoft office.
VirtualBox – Free. Virtual machine player / creator.
VLC media player – Free. Multimedia / DVD player. Does not do blu-ray despite claims to contrary.
VMware Player – Free. Virtual machine player / creator.
WACUP – Free. Music player. Winamp’s successor.
WinX DVD Ripper Platinum – Paid. DVD Ripper. Does not do blu-ray.
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe – Paid. Video converter. Does batches very well.
Autoruns – Free. THE startup manager.
Bleachbit – Free. Disk cleaner
Cleanmgr+ – Free. Disk cleaner.
CPU-Z – Free. Hardware info.
GPU-Z – Free. Graphics card info.
Wise Disk Cleaner – Free. Disk cleaner.
O&O ShutUp10 – Free. Win10 privacy settings tool