<p><a href="http://www.7-zip.org/download.html">7zip</a>: Basically WinZip, but better in almost every regard. And it's still free!</p>

<p><a href="https://ninite.com/">Ninite</a>: Website that allows you to add/update most of these programs to a fresh PC. Obviously not a program, but useful given this thread's content.</p>

<p><a href="https://patchmypc.net/download">Patch My PC</a>: Pretty much the same as Ninite, will install most programs from this list.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.piriform.com/recuva">Recuva</a>: File recovery tool. The perfect thing for when you accidentally delete your report 2 hours before it's due.</p>


<p><a href="http://www.xyplorer.com/free.php">XYplorer Free</a>: Another File Explorer upgrade tool. Adds a bunch of cool features.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack">Agent Ransack</a>: Freeware with very powerful search tools (filtering, boolean expressions, etc) and a paid upgrade to FileLocator Pro.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.listary.com/">Listary</a>: Alternative to Everything for file searching. Very powerful and free.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.voidtools.com/">Everything</a>: Instant computer searching. Much better than the default Windows search.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/4g5sl1/what_application_do_you_always_install_on_your/d2f6iiy">The Three Commanders</a>: Reddit comment to take you to one of three "Commander" programs. Each program is an upgrade to the File Explorer software for Win/OSX/Linux. Bunch more features and shit.</p>

<p><a href="http://freecommander.com/en/summary/">Free Commander</a>: Like Total Commander but with more features.</p>


<p><a href="https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock#installation">UBlock Origin</a>: Available in your browser's extension store. Free, of course. It's pretty much AdBlock, but does a whole lot more. Make sure you get Origin, though.</p>

<p><a href="http://redditenhancementsuite.com/">RES</a>: Reddit Enhancement Suite. If you're using Reddit without this, you're really missing out. It adds a shitton of features and it'll ruin vanilla Reddit for you.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.peerblock.com/">PeerBlock</a>: Free software to block connections coming to/from your computer.</p>

<p>NoScript: Addon for Mozilla browsers (Firefox) that blocks scripts (like JS) from running on non-whitelisted sites. Kinda like Adblock, but for scripts.</p>

<p><a href="https://github.com/dvcrn/proxmate-chrome">ProxMate</a>: German add-on/extension to access geoblocked content (like YouTube), is pay to use.</p>


<p><a href="http://www.bitdefender.com/">Bitdefender</a>: Helps you to not get viruses.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.malwarebytes.org/">Malwarebytes</a>: Helps you to get rid of the viruses that BD missed. There is a paid version, but the free ver is pretty good.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro">Hitman Pro</a>: An antivirus software with a whole host of awesome features and a 30 day free trial. The three year license only costs $50US and it's a product from SOPHOS, so you know it's good shit.</p>


<p><a href="http://getmusicbee.com/">Musicbee</a>: Like iTunes, but you know, better. Because it's not iTunes.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html">VLC</a>: Free media player, works pretty well. Some people like it, others don't.</p>

<p><a href="https://mpc-hc.org/">Media Player Classic - Home Cinema</a>: For those who don't like VLC. I run it with the <a href="http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm">K-lite codec pack</a> and it is amazing.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.foobar2000.org/">Foobar2000</a>: Free audio player for Windows, supports a wide range of audio formats and has a lot of cool features.~~~~</p>

<p><a href="http://www.kmplayer.com/">KMPlayer</a>: Free multimedia player, stock version is better than stock MPC-HC, would recommend.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.audacityteam.org/">Audacity</a>: Audio recording software, I used it for a little bit and there's so much cool shit you can do with it! Definitely recommend it. Also, it's free!</p>

<p><a href="http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/">Exact Audio Copy</a>: Transfer files from your CDs to your PC in almost every format. Comes with some pretty nifty <a href="http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index.php/overview/features/features-of-eac/">features</a> too!</p>

<p><a href="https://kodi.tv/">Kodi</a>: Free and Open Source home theatre software.</p>


<p><a href="https://unity3d.com/">Unity</a>: Free game engine. Easy-ish to pick up and use with a shitton of tutorials.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.unrealengine.com/what-is-unreal-engine-4">Unreal Engine</a>: Another free game engine. Lots of documentation and easier to pick up, but you pay 5% royalties to Unreal when you make money from UE-based games.</p>

<p><a href="http://store.steampowered.com/">Steam</a>: Largest online video game retailer. Desktop app allows you to organise your library of games and play them at any time. But you already knew that.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.origin.com/en-au/store/">Origin</a>: Like Steam, but for <del>Satan</del> EA.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.gog.com/galaxy">GOG Galaxy</a>: Again, similar to Steam. Owned by GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games), GOG-G is a store that <del>is</del> was almost entirely dedicated to the old games. They still sell the classics but also sell more modern video games. All the games are also DRM free. Owned by CD Projekt (CDP Red is the dev team behind The Witcher series)</p>


<p><a href="https://www.teamspeak.com/teamspeak3">Teamspeak 3</a>: Voice Over IP program that allows you to set up a server (most people pay a company to host for them) for people to connect to and chat on. Used by online gamers around the world.</p>

<p><a href="https://discordapp.com/">Discord</a>: Similar to TS3, but has a browser and phone app and is entirely free to use.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.mumble.com/">Mumble</a>: Another VoIP program like TS3 with purchasable servers. Haven't used it but have heard good things about it.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.ventrilo.com/">Ventrilo</a>: Free and lightweight VoIP program, looks pretty good.</p>


<p><a href="https://www.gimp.org/">Gimp</a>: Free photoshop (Not as powerful as photoshop, but still very useful)</p>

<p><a href="http://www.getpaint.net/index.html">Paint.NET</a>: More powerful version of MSPaint</p>

<p><a href="https://inkscape.org/en/">Inkscape</a>: Free vector-based graphic design software. I haven't used it, but I have heard a lot of good things about it!</p>

<p><a href="https://www.blender.org/">Blender</a>: Free, open source 3D modelling software. It's got a lot of cool features but is a tad hard to first get into.</p>

<p><a href="https://krita.org/">Krita</a>: Free drawing software with a bunch of cool features.</p>


<p><a href="https://lastpass.com/">Lastpass</a>: Stores and designs passwords. Has a Subscription based premium mode</p>

<p><a href="https://agilebits.com/">1Password</a>: Similar to Lastpass, does require a $65US initial payment though</p>

<p><a href="http://keepass.info/">KeePass</a>: Similar to the above two, but free!</p>

<p><a href="https://autohotkey.com">Auto-hotkey</a>: Scripting engine for your computer. Make scripts that run on certain keys (eg, setting up media controls. Free, and fairly powerful.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.rainmeter.net/">Rainmeter</a>: Pretty cool desktop tool that lets you set up widgets (like the ones from vista/win7) to do all sorts of shit. Bit hard to get into (I tried it a few years ago and it was a bit complicated), but it's a definite 10/10 app. Check out <a href="/r/rainmeter">/r/rainmeter</a> for tips n shit.</p>

<p><a href="https://windirstat.info/">WinDirStat</a>: File exploring, great to look at the real use.</p>

<p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_PowerShell">Window PowerShell</a>: CMD alternative in windows</p>

<p><a href="https://www.virtualbox.org/">Virtual Box</a>: Powerful VM hosting software.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.visualstudio.com/products/visual-studio-community-vs.aspx">Visual Studio Community</a>: IDE with several supported languages and a whole heap of extensions.</p>

<p><a href="https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb545021.aspx">SysInternals</a>: Windows system tools suite. Full of useful shit.</p>

<p><a href="https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/processexplorer">Process Explorer</a>: A better (more in depth) version of task manager.</p>

<p><a href="https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb963902">Autoruns</a>: Organise <em>every</em> piece of auto-running software on your computer. <em>Very</em> useful.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.vmware.com/au">VMWare</a>: Similar to VirtualBox, but has a free/paid version with a lot more features.</p>

<p><a href="http://portableapps.com/">PortableApps</a>: Run your programs from a USB/cloud drive. 300+ compatible programs, this is a great tool or tech supporting for your family and friends!</p>

<p><a href="http://processhacker.sourceforge.net/">Process Hacker</a>: Like Process Explorer but so much better.</p>

<p><a href="http://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/">MobaXterm</a>: Best alternative to PuTTY</p>

<h1>Text Editors</h1>

<p><a href="https://notepad-plus-plus.org/">Notepad++</a>: Open source text editor (think notepad, but better) that has a shit ton of features. Not only can you have multiple tabs open with different files in each tab, but you can save your text files in almost any text-based format. There's syntax highlighting, which makes coding infinitely easier and of course, there's plugins that add new features and functionality.</p>

<p><a href="https://atom.io/">Atom</a>: Similar program to NPP with more features and customisation.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.sublimetext.com/3">Sublime Text 3</a>: Another text editor like NPP/Atom with a lot of robust features.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.openoffice.org/">OpenOffice</a>: Free, open source alternative to microsoft office.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/">LibreOffice</a>: Like OpenOffice, but with more active development.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/code-vs.aspx">VSC</a>: Visual Studio Code, another code-based text editor. Absolutely free and supports 30+ languages.</p>

<p><a href="https://eclipse.org/downloads/">Eclipse</a>: Free IDE for a bunch of different programming languages.</p>


<p><a href="http://getgreenshot.org/">Greenshot</a>: Free, open source screenshot software. Several built-in ways to edit the picture and multiple options for file exporting.</p>

<p><a href="http://puush.me/">Puu.sh</a>: Free screenshot software. Hotkeys for fullscreen, window or area captures.</p>

<p><a href="https://getsharex.com/">ShareX</a>: Free software similar to Greenshot, but with <em>so much</em> more. Just look at that <a href="https://getsharex.com/features/">feature list</a>!</p>

<p><a href="https://gyazo.com/">Gyazo</a>: Free screenshot software, auto-uploads screenshots and gives you a link.</p>


<p><a href="https://justgetflux.com/">F.Lux</a>: Changes the brightness (well, more of the "blue-ness") of your screen depending on the time of day. Very useful!</p>

<p><a href="https://telegram.org/">Telegram Messenger</a>: messaging similar to WhatsApp, but with a standalone web client and a bunch of cool features.</p>

<p><a href="https://unchecky.com/">Unchecky</a>: Software to automatically uncheck unrelated offers in installations (you know, those "I want to use Bing" offers).</p>

<p><a href="https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/">VeraCrypt</a>: Free disk encryption software, highly versatile and fairly easy to use.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.cutepdf.com/">CutePDF</a>: Convert any printable file to a PDF at the click of a button.</p>

<p><a href="http://ehiti.de/katmouse/">Katmouse</a>: Scrolls according to the position of the mouse cursor instead of the active window.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.qbittorrent.org/">qbittorent</a>: If you're still using utorrent or bittorrent or any of those, it's time to upgrade. Get qbittorrent.</p>

<p><a href="https://stefansundin.github.io/altdrag/">Alt Drag</a>: Hold down the Alt key and click+drag any window to resize it. Also a bunch of other cool shit.</p>