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20 Windows Apps I always install

Linux has always been my favourite platform. But still I cannot leave Windows. I am using Windows from beginning and still have it in dual boot as my secondary OS. There always have been craze about the top 10 or top 20 applications. But everyone has different needs. So the list of top applications will vary for different people. Here are my top 20 application that I always install whenever I reinstall Windows.


1.Avast! Free Antivirus

Security is the most important thing. I've found Avast to be great in its scanning engine. It is light on resources and low rate of false positives. If you don't want to pay for your Antivirus product, Avast is a good choice.

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2.Malwarebytes Anti-malware

Only an antivirus is not enough. Malwarebytes Antimalware free version is a great tool to keep you protected from Malwares.

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3.IObit Advanced SystemCare Free!

Advanced SystemCare is a great PC maintenance tool. Though you can upgrade to the pro version, the free version also gives great results.

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4.Revo Uninstaller

Everytime you uninstall a program, it leaves a lot of junk in your system. By using Revo Uninstaller, you can uninstall applications in a better way.

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5.CCleaner

CCleaner cleans a lot of junk from my PC. And also has tools to clean registry and manage startup programs.

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6.Google Chrome

I personally like Google Chrome for its simplicity and speed and use it as my default browser. It is a strong opponent for Internet Explorer which come preinstalled with Windows. You must install it if you need to browse web.

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7.Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is still the most widely used browser. You should install it, because you can extend its capability much more with a huge number of Add Ons which really beats Chrome Extensions.

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8.Mozilla Thunderbird

If you need to use a Mail Client, Thunderbird is perfect. It also support extensions and will suit most of your needs.

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9.Orbit Downloader

Orbit Downloader is a free download manager which supports multithreaded downloads as well as pause/resume with many additional features. A must if you download a lot.

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10.VLC Media Player

Windows Media Player is not enough if I want to play my media files. VLC comes to rescue. It can play almost all types of media files and the look can be easily changed with lots of skins available.

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11.Format Factory

Format Factory supports a wide range of formats. So no need to install multiple converters to enjoy my media files. It is fast and reliable.

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12.Notepad++

I like to design web sites and write all the code with my hand. Surely Microsoft's Notepad will only make my work a headache. Notepad++ supports syntax highlighting and many other features which makes it a perfect Notepad replacement.

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13.Foxit Reader

I often come across PDF files. Foxit reader is a lightweight PDF reader and helps me open my PDF files auickly.

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14.The GIMP

Microsoft Paint gives me very less no. of utilities to edit my images. GIMP(GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open source utility to edit your images.

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15.Picasa

Picasa is a free photo management program from Google. It has many nice features and can directly upload photos to your Picasa album from Windows Explorer. It also has a nice image viewer.

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16.7-Zip Archiver

7-Zip is a free and open source file archiver with high compression ratio. It has many advanced functions and very easy to use. A must if you ever need to compress or extract files.

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17.ImgBurn

ImgBurn is a lightweight CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray burning application. It supports a wide range of formats and is absolutely free.

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18.Daemon Tools Lite

Daemon Tools Lite is a free CD/DVD emulation program. If you ever need to emulate CD/DVD images, then you should have it with you.

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19.Windows Live Writer

Windows live Writer is a great tool to post articles to your blog. It supports a many blog CMS and provides unique features. It is a part of the "Windows Live Essentials".

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20.Macrium Reflect

Macrium Reflect is a great backup tool. It can create, restore and explore drive images. It also supports to create a rescue CD.

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