Top 10 Free Software To Install On Your New Windows PC

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A new Windows computer needs good software if the user wants to make the most out of his machine. Windows 7 does come bundled with useful tools, but that isn’t enough. The millions of consumer software vendors around the world would have gone out of business if that were the case.

This post will talk about top 10 free software that one must install on his new Windows computer. I’ve tried to limit the article to only those tools which, in my opinion, should be the first 10 tools one should install and use on a new PC. If you have other opinions and suggestions for tools, which I am sure a lot of you would, I urge you to share them in the comments so that all our readers can take a look at them.

So, lets begin with the list.

1. EASEUS Partition Master

easeus partition manager

EASEUS partition manager is a nifty tool to create and manage disk partitions on Windows systems. Even if you created partitions during the setup process, and know how to use the disk management console to create partitions, I’d recommend you download and keep this tool. That’s because it offers some amazing features like resize, merge or split partitions, convert FAT to NTFS, convert primary partition to logical and vice versa, and much more.

The personal edition of the tool is free. It has professional and business editions too.

2. PC Decrapifier

pc decrapifier

Most of the branded laptops and desktops come bloated with proprietary (and useless) software which you should get rid of if you want your computer to function properly in the long run. Hence the old and trusted PC Decrapifier becomes a must-install software for new Windows computer owners to weed out junk software and make space for better stuff. Here’s our guide on cleaning up a new PC with PC Decrapifier.

3. Macrium Reflect or Windows Backup and Restore

macrium reflect

We have previously talked about the importance of creating a system image and how to create it using the built-in Windows backup and restore center (you should also create a system repair disc). Now, this might not be available in all editions of Windows so I’d suggest a worthy, and more powerful alternative called Macrium Reflect. Use it to create an initial system image, and for other such tasks as you start using the computer.

4. Ninite

ninite

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Ninite will cover the “how to install” part when installing new stuff on your PC. This all-in-one installer lets you pick software and install them at one go. And the choices of course are very diverse. Check out our previous guide on batch installing programs with Ninite.

5. Revo Uninstaller

revo uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller remains my tool of choice to clean uninstall applications and programs from my Windows PC. It’s far better than the default Add/Remove programs tool. A must-have software for sure. Check out our guide on using Revo Uninstaller to uninstall programs.

6. CCleaner

ccleaner

You didn’t think I’d give a miss to CCleaner in this list, did you? I am yet to find a better tool to perform a routine PC maintenance and get rid of temporary files and data. The tool is as amazing as it ever was. In fact, better, as it continues to be regularly updated. And as you’d have guessed, we wrote a guide on using CCleaner too.

7. Microsoft Security Essentials

ms security essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials might go down in history as one of the best free software released by this tech giant. This tool has given a number of antivirus vendors, especially those who provide full-fledged free versions, a run for their money. It can protect your PC from viruses, spyware and malware.

8. Dropbox or Syncback SE

dropbox

The thing about data backup is that people tend to procrastinate on it, which ultimately ends up in a crisis situation when they have lost important data, and had no backup whatsoever. Hence an online backup tool like Dropbox, and an offline sync and backup tool like Syncback SE is included in this list of immediate installations for a new PC. Get either, or both of them. I use both – Dropbox for online backup and Syncback to keep my data synchronized with an external hard drive.

9. Recuva

recuva

Recuva is an excellent (and free) software to recover deleted files. But why do we need it now? That’s because there’s a lot of deleting and uninstalling happening with CCleaner, Revo Uninstaller, PC Decrapifier and all. If you suddenly delete something that you shouldn’t, and then want to recover it, you would have this tool to fall back on. Our tutorial on using Recuva will provide more information on using this tool.

10. VLC and Chrome / Firefox

Lastly, but by no means the leastly (or least, whatever), we have our usual suspects – VLC media player and Chrome and / or Firefox, which I am clubbing together in the same point. Oh, and you don’t need to install these separately because Ninite will take care of that. Just make sure that you tick their names in Ninite before you start off with the installation. And while you are at it, check out our posts on Chrome and Firefox.

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  • http://www.pcgeekblog.com/ Gouthaman Karunakaran

    Nice. I guess the software mentioned after Ninite can be installed via Ninite itself! I would also add Windows Live Essentials to the list. :)

    • Abhijeet

      Windows Live Essentials could be a good addition. Thanks.

  • http://savemoneyoncomputer.blogspot.com Bill

    Thanks for the list! I use CCleaner all the time.

    • Abhijeet

      Glad you liked it Bill.

  • crystallinebeat

    strange, I found that I’m not using 90% of those programs (other than the chrome / firefox stuff). are those programs really important? if I can live without them all this time, I don’t see the importance of them, at last for me. hehe. thanks for the articles. open up my mind for some new programs in the jungle.

    • Abhijeet

      As I mentioned, these are important for people just getting started with their new PCs. :)

    • John Dillinger

      it’s better to have these programs if you needed them than to not have them when you did need them.. I fix PC’s so I have lots a programs I use for all kinds of tasks

    • VED V KRISHNA

      exploring the new software is the hobby of real computer savvy .those who live with the same software are not so intelligent

  • http://www.computertechtips.net Xps

    I love seeing Revo, CCleaner, Recuva, VLC, and Firefox (Chrome is alright, too) on the list. For a new computer, PC Decrapifier is great, too, but won’t have much use after the initial run.

    Uninstalling programs with Revo and cleaning up temporary files in CCleaner is an awesome combo. Be careful with the registry cleaners of these applications. Not only does cleaning your registry typically provide a negligible performance increase, but can lead you down the path to reinstalling Windows or reverting to a backup image. My advice: If you don’t know exactly how that key is used by your computer, don’t even touch it. It’s not worth the risk and registry backups are not a full-proof backup plan.

    I’m not a fan of Microsoft Security Essentials. AV-Test.org (http://www.av-test.org/certifications) gives it mediocre scores in protection and repair. AV-Comparatives.org (http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/summary-reports) is a bit more generous. With it’s limited options, slick design, and incorporation into Microsoft Update (an excellent idea, Msft!), I suggest it for less than tech-savvy users. For those looking for better malware protection and repair along with a slew of options, I strongly suggest Avira (free) or F-Secure (paid). Both scored well or awesome by those independent testing agencies.

    I’ll be taking a closer look at Macrium Reflect.

  • http://www.seoforpeople.ru Sergey

    CC Cleaner nice software. I am using it very often.

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  • JeeDee

    FREE and its REAL!

    BitTorrent (you can download movies, mp3, software, ebooks for FREE! http://www.torrentz.eu / btjunkie.com /torrenthound.com)

    Internet Downloader Manager IDM (for fast downloading)
    TuneUp Utilities Pro (PC booster)
    Advance System Care Pro (PC booster)
    CCleaner
    K-Lite Codec 7 (media file extension player)
    AVG/Norton (Antivirus)
    Mozilla Firefox 4 (best choice)
    Windows Operating System (I prefer you to use Ultimate Edition for Seven and Vista)
    Windows XP SP3 (Professional)
    Power ISO 4.7 (Burning Data, Mp3, Movies files)

    Best recommendation:
    Buy for a licensed software.
    Use professional software for best performance.
    Have time for system maintenance.

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  • picus

    recuva is useless,never recover any deleted file what Im looking for but another programs find that file…

  • http://downloadsfree4u.blogspot.com/ Free Software To Download

    I recently use asus partition recovery software, it was great. I am going to try this also.

  • Ejboy_19

    does recuva is a good software?

    • Himanshupal1997

      tell me site for download sowtware in laptop window 7

  • Wmhoffman144

    I have experimented with most all the free utility stuff Ccleaner works great but don’T!!!!! USE the registry cleaner after new program install you may kill your computer, only use it again after restart. Auslogic defrag is the very best fastest free defrag you can find: I love it for its siplisity and speed.

  • ashish pareek

    bekar

    • ashish mother fucker!!!!

      suck

  • UZMA_18

    I WANT TO SPENT MY LIFE FOR COMPUTER AND LEARN A LOT OF THINGS FROM OTHER PERSONS

    • erik deriso

      wtf?

      • john pillayar kasab

        ur mother fck…!!

  • Mohitjainthebest

    not bad too good

  • Yoh Pham

    Are u sure that Revo Uninstaller is a good Application ?
    Sometime It did not work, in my Laptop..

  • Meetmeiwill

    All these softwares makes ma lap to become smart:):):):)

  • Wwfondren

    my windows live says i need to upgrade my driver sofware,my windows live worked fine last year before they serviced my unit R530 windows 7,all new software and hard drive,,it should have better quality of pix,

  • Tosifansari786

    nice software c c cleaner

  • sanyam

    ninite is d best over here its jst amazin

  • Ibrahimips

    please tell about cc clear.

  • Saditya Smile

    really good

  • steve jobs

    i love all softawre

    • john pillayar kasab

      then fck it..1!!

  • Manjusharma

    Why TuneUp Utilities 2012 is not in the list, i think it’s very useful. MS Security Essential is good but avast 7 is better choice. . .
    CCleaner, Firefox, Recuva are deserve to be in the list.

    • john pillayar kasab

      node only better choice small girl…! not avast..!!!

  • Asif suhaib

    i like all softwares

  • NIRMAL

    NIRMAL SINGH

    • VED V KRISHNA

      what did you mean

  • Lin

    CCleaner and Recuva are not free. They both cost $24.95.

    • uncle bill

      CCleaner and Recuva are definitely free for the basic version which are more than enough for personal use.

      • satyam

        on torrent sites u will get cracks and patches for ccleaner and loads of other softwares, so my friend dont worry, chill

    • sergio666

      you can download on downloadsite`s i got it from there pro or bus edit. i can not say it its illegaal sorry. search…… sergio

    • http://www.guidingtech.com Abhijeet Mukherjee

      Free download of CCleaner – http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard

      Free download of Recuva – http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/standard

      Both the above are official links.

      • Anandaraj

        thanks abhijeet…:) it’s working

    • Tomm

      Cccleaner is free …they have a free edition at piriform

    • Dick

      i think you need to be quiet because you dont know what your talking about. The only time those programs are not free is when they are used for business use! And there in lies the problem with the internet, too many retarded people giving out stupid advice and retarded info.

  • rasta swagg

    im some of these softwares will help computers to be more advanced

  • ltdanno

    i have aloT of these ccleaner revo uninstaller PRO dropbox also i use MIni partion wizard
    [ witch has a bootable cd option ! to wipe EVERYTHING OFF ALL hard drives in the pc or just make a partion it also has resorces to fix boot.ini files if they get borked from dual booting or a virius

  • Snehil

    You should include Advanced SystemCare in the list

  • abbas

    Great list downloaded em all!!! :)

  • abbas

    @7ef18b38b551400bb7974583861ece7d:disqus Seems like u don’t know to download full version with crack go ahead and download the free full version with serial key its free and effective juss goto google and type “Recuva Free full version download” and download Enjoy!!!!

  • snoepi

    nice work! thanks for the effort!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rock.halliday Rock Halliday

    Chrome, Firefox, VLC and CCleaner are the only useful programs on this list

  • hgf

    im only using ccleaner on your list

  • http://www.facebook.com/simon.whitehurst2 Simon Whitehurst

    Microsoft Security Essentials hahaha! Anyone installing that software has a deathwish for virus’s and spyware, honestly its shocking, this guy who put it in the top 10 is obviously not knowlageable in security software! There are plenty of free ant-virus and spyware protection out there which protect your computer more than Microsoft Security Essentials. All honestly if you want the best protection your better off paying for it, do your research! he’s a site that idependently tests all the popular security programs and as you can see Microsoft Security Essentials does’nt fair well!

    http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-7/sepoct-2012/

  • Naomie Das

    adwcleaner is very good too, it cans erased the bad search bar that usually takes over our search engine. Specially when you install a new software from the internet, you often find a box to tick that says make(what ever the name is) your default search engine, but most people don`t pay attention to to it, and end up with a new search bar that can be difficult to erase (like my search bar)

  • VED V KRISHNA

    how aver these softwares were good enough for new pc

  • VED V KRISHNA

    IT WAS BAD THAT U DIDN’T MENTION SLIMDRIVERS DRIVER UPDATER

  • VED V KRISHNA

    INTER NET DOWNLOAD MANAGER (IDM )IS REALLY A GOOD SOFTWARE

  • binay saria

    it was really a very good knowledge that i gained through this page.

    I have downloaded many options as you said and am sure it would be vry useful.

    thanks

  • tightpoledotcom

    I think you don’t need a lot of these http://www.tightpole.com has about 7 which 90% of people will actually use , the ones you’ve highlighted are for specific tasks and general day to day use unless your fixing your computer or repairing registrys or cleaning them

  • Jill

    Hi Abheejeet,

    These 10 software should be installed in every PC. I found Dropbox very useful on the list of your softwares. I’m sharing the link from where I downloaded it

    http://mysoftshop.com/dropbox-2-0-10/

    Thanks

    • shivam kumar

      thankz for the link

  • nash

    On early days, I do not install but relying on built in software which preinstalled inside the PC, later on after a decade , find out, those freeware help me troubleshoot my PC TO A PEAK performance, esp – ccleaner where you will not built up any remaining temp files. Duting the era of Windows Xp, I do manually emptying the prefetch folder.
    …. useful if you use many software that use RAM

  • Bill

    youre awesome

  • dudut

    fuck you

  • Alex

    Hmm….you should choose a better one for utilities. e.g. http://www.filesgang.com/software/tuneup.utilities.2014