My Essential Windows Apps List

banging_head[1]Installing a new PC can be tedious, what with the number of apps that you use and have to download after installing Windows. With that in mind, I have created an essential list of free applications for Windows.

*****Please be aware that the applications with stars on them are a warning that the app will want to modify, change or install unwanted apps when you are installing so take care and read each window or you could end up with Ask toolbars, your default home screen and search engine changed and other such annoyances.*****

https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html
Google Chrome Browser

http://chrome.google.com/webstore/launcher
Chrome App Launcher, have all your Google apps in one place
http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hangouts/nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd?hl=en
Google Hangouts for Chrome 
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
Java without the Ask toolbar

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html
VLC Media Player – Plays all video formats 
https://imageresizer.codeplex.com/
Image Resizer in Context Menu, just right click 
http://www.getpaint.net/
Image and Photo Editing, fast and free

http://www.7-zip.org/
7zip RAR and ZIP file handler 
http://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo
Media Info gives technical info for video and audio files *** 
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
Ccleaner, registry and file cleaner 
http://www.piriform.com/recuva
Recuva to restore deleted files 
http://www.piriform.com/speccy
Speccy to see the components of your PC 
http://www.puransoftware.com/Puran-Defrag.html
Automatic Defragment tool, not required if you only have an SSD drive. **

http://www.mediamonkey.com/
Media Monkey, organise your music collection
http://www.poikosoft.com/
Easy CD Converter Rips and converts CDs to mp3s/flac with cover art ***** 
https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2424384?hl=en‎‎
Google Drive sync

http://download.cnet.com/Media-Player-Codec-Pack/3000-13632_4-10749065.html
Play FLAC files in Windows Media Player ****** 
http://www.synaptics.com/en/drivers.php
Synaptics Driver – For Laptops to enable gesture support, two finger scrolling, two finger right click and three finger middle button/close tab.

I hope you find this useful, let me know in the comments.