Windows 10Note: many important utilities (like antivirus/malware, firewall, cloud storage, etc) have been added to windows in the years since this list was originally created and they generally work quite well. Of course a little extra never hurts either
free to download the .iso or media creation tool. but it can still be activated for free as along as you have a valid windows 7 or 8 key https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/softwar ... /windows10
this site lets you bundle all your favorite apps into a single installer. great if you are installing/re-installing windows or just setting up a new pc. much of the software listed in this post (and more) is available on ninite to be bundled into an installer.
free alternative to MS Office
Video/web conferencing app, widely used thanks to the pandemic https://zoom.us/
free cloud storage https://www.dropbox.com/
A very robust version of a notepad with line numbers, word wraps, support for highlighting syntax words for a variety of programming languages (and many other useful programming features), plugin compatible (there's a spellchecker plugin too), multiple file tabbed editing, different editing options etc. etc. etc. Much better than window's notepad, easy to use, not a resource hog despite what it may seem like, NOT bloatware.
a free lightweight .pdf reader. a good alternative to adobe's acrobat
Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows 10 experience for greater productivity.
multi platform media player
utility for manipulating ZIP archives. Supported formats: ZIP, CAB, RAR, GZIP and TAR.
Get it here http://www.7-zip.org
the free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available
Game Clients/digital distrobution
GoG Galaxy: Client for gog.com games, since gog is drm free, it is not required to play any games purchased from gog. also has the ability to connect to most other game clients to allow you to run all your games across all clients through galaxy for ease of use and management https://www.gog.com/galaxy
Origin: EA's client, required for EA games https://www.origin.com/can/en-us/store/download
Epic Games: Epic's client: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/
Battle.net: Activision Blizzards client https://www.blizzard.com/en-us/apps/battle.net/desktop
Uplay: Ubisoft's client https://ubisoftconnect.com/en-US/
Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome
Microsoft Edge: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge
AVG Anti-Virus : https://www.avg.com/en-ca/free-antivirus-download
Avira : https://www.avira.com/en/free-antivirus-windows
Avast : https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#pc
Paint.NET:The closest you will get to having photoshop without paying for it. https://www.getpaint.net/download.html
GIMP: Open source image editor http://www.gimp.org/
Adobe Bridge : Adobe Bridge is a powerful creative asset manager that lets you preview, organize, edit, and publish multiple creative assets quickly and easily. https://www.adobe.com/products/bridge.html
XnView MP : XnView MP is a versatile and powerful photo viewer, image management, image resizer. XnView is one of the most stable, easy-to-use, and comprehensive photo editors. All common picture and graphics formats are supported. https://www.xnview.com/en/
Comodo Free Firewall : http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com
Anti Spyware tools:
SuperAntispyware : http://www.superantispyware.com
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: another useful app in the war against spyware/malware
http://www.winamp.com (yep, its still around)
Thunderbird: Mozilla's own e-mail app, http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/
EM Client: https://www.emclient.com/
Discord: probably the most popular messaging/chat/voice client for gaming communities these days https://discord.com/
Pidgin: Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log into accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. http://www.pidgin.im/
Adium: the mac version of pidgin http://adium.im/
feel free to contribute to this thread if you know any good FREE software.