While I was setting up a new computer the other day, I thought about the apps I install during the process that I need and use everyday – the ones I can’t live without. That got me thinking about what types of apps you guys use on a regular basis and can’t live without on your Windows system.
Whether it’s a simple utility, favorite media player, browser addons, games, or expensive programs like Photoshop, everyone has favorite applications that they can’t live without.
Here’s a list of five programs that must be installed on all of my computers, in no particular order. Of course there are several more, but these are the first five that popped in my head right away.
Also, when you are about to install your favorite free and open source programs, use Ninite. It’s the fastest way to install multiple apps at once, and it installs them cleanly, i.e, no toolbars or extra crapware some programs try to sneak in.
If you want to install your programs separately for some reason, that’s fine, but remember to go directly to the developer’s site to download them. And please, avoid software download sites like CNET’s download.com. That one in particular is riddled with crapware to the Nth degree.
On a side note, I doubt any of you will pick iTunes, since we continually get feedback that it’s the worst software program ever. Especially the latest version, iTunes 12, I don’t think we have ever received such an enormous amount of negative comments about an iTunes version before.
But I digress, I don’t want to make this an iTunes bashing session.
So, what’s your list of must have Windows programs? Let us know in the comment section below!