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List of recommended Windows software

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Video Players

What you can expect from playback using VLC (animated)
  • MPC-HC - open-source; with the madVR renderer for GPU rendering and more features (Download here)
  • mpv - open-source, supports H.265 playback. A fork of mplayer(2). (Download here)
  • VLC - VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. (Download here) However, you can expect your playback to look something like this -->
  • PotPlayer - Freeware piece of shit written by koreans that violates the GPL, Use MPC-HC or mpv instead you hipster faggot.

Audio Players

  • foobar2000 - freeware; lightweight and customizable
  • MusicBee - freeware; less customizable than foobar2000, but still powerful and better out-of-the-box
  • MediaMonkey - freemium; powerful media player with a great database
  • AIMP - Freeware, considered successor to WinAmp

PDF Readers

Image Viewer

Image Editor

  • GIMP - A popular Photoshop alternative. Is good if you know how to use it correctly.
  • Paint.NET - Started as a MS Paint alternative, now integrates plenty of features such as layers and effects
  • InkScape - Vector graphic editor. FOSS.

Video Encoder


  • HandBrake - Very basic
  • MeGUI - Supports Hi10P encoding
  • StaxRip - Supports fairly advanced audio encoding, batch processing


  • x265 - Pre-alpha x265 builds

Audio Editor

Office Suite

  • LibreOffice - After Oracle acquired OpenOffice, it asked community members to GTFO [1]. Since everyone despises Oracle, the developers all jumped ship as well [2] and stared LibreOffice.
  • OpenOffice - If you're an idiot, and want to use a dying and deprecated program [3] for some for some bizarre reason. Oddly, things didn't work out for Oracle, so they gave the license to the Apache Foundation who released it under their own license.

Text Editor

  • Notepad++
  • (g) Vim
  • Emacs
  • Sublime Text - Not free (officially) but beautiful out of the box and tons of features. The 'evaluation' can be used forever like WinRAR but each time you open it and save a few times it nags you (once) to buy it and makes you feel bad.

Hex Editor


  • 7-Zip - LGPL, handles every compression format you are likely to encounter, and a bunch you aren't unless you're a time traveler from a BBS circa 1991.
  • WinRAR - WinRAR is also a Archiving software just like 7-Zip, does the same thing. Proprietary commercial software that doesn't respect your freedom, and doesn't handle the same number of compression formats. Basically, use if you're an idiot.


Disk Burning

  • ImgBurn - Make sure to uncheck any of the 'freebies' (Conduit Toolbars) and you'll be fine.
  • BurnAware - free and non-free version
  • CDBurnerXP - free, download the version without botnet (OpenCandy) here

Virtual CD/DVD Drive




Don't use these on your SSD, you moran.
  • Defraggler
  • MyDefrag - Freeware, based on the standard defragmentation API by Microsoft. Also optimizes file locations.


File Recovery

Computer Specs

Virtual Machine

Virtual Desktop Manager

  • VirtuaWin - Allows you to use multiple virtual desktops


  • Cygwin - Terminal that gives you the feel of GNU/Linux on windows.

Torrent Clients

Official /g/ Torrent Guide v1.1
  • qBittorrent - Free and open source. Extendable, lots of features. The uTorrent of the FOSS world.
  • BareTorrent - Also free and open source. Very minimal and lightweight - downloads Torrents and pretty much nothing else.
  • Deluge - Free and open source, GPL v3. Very extendable and lots of features, but can be sluggish and hogs resources.

FTP Clients

Misc & utils

Other Platforms