Windows Program Recommendations

(for after a fresh install of Windows)

  • Pre-Software Installation
    • Windows Upadate
    • Drivers
    • DirectX
    • Codecs (most programs now come with codecs rather than relying on the old windows codec manager)
  • Essential software
    • AVG (or other anti-virus)
    • Windows Defender (or other anti-malware)
    • firefox
    • winamp
    • Media Player Classic I've been converted to VLC
    • 7-zip
    • Open Office
    • Flash
    • Silverlight (for Netflix)
    • Java
    • Sumatra PDF
  • windows custimizing software
    • Neowin Multipatch
    • rkLauncher
    • Cursor XP
    • Joystick2Mouse
  • Recommended Specialized Programs
    • Gimp
    • Audacity
    • Google Desktop Discontinued (I don't really remember using it much)
    • File Zilla FTP Server
    • utorrent
    • CDBurnerXP Pro ImgBurn
    • Virtual Dub
    • Absolute FTP FireFTP
    • Songbird
    • Miro
    • dbPowerAMP
    • Google Earth
    • Picasa
    • KeePass
    • dropbox

Originally published around 2006, updated in 2013