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List of recommended Windows software
- 1 Video Players
- 2 Audio Players
- 3 PDF Readers
- 4 Image Viewer
- 5 Image Editor
- 6 Video Encoder
- 7 Audio Editor
- 8 Office Suite
- 9 Text Editor
- 10 Hex Editor
- 11 Archiving
- 12 Encryption
- 13 Disk Burning
- 14 Virtual CD/DVD Drive
- 15 Anti-Virus/Malware
- 16 Firewall
- 17 Defragmenter
- 18 Cleaner
- 19 File Recovery
- 20 Computer Specs
- 21 Virtual Machine
- 22 Virtual Desktop Manager
- 23 Terminals
- 24 Torrent Clients
- 25 FTP Clients
- 26 Misc & utils
- 27 Other Platforms
- 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.
- 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
- SumatraPDF - free and open source document reader
- 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.
- HandBrake - Very basic
- MeGUI - Supports Hi10P encoding
- StaxRip - Supports fairly advanced audio encoding, batch processing
- x265 - Pre-alpha x265 builds
- LibreOffice - After Oracle acquired OpenOffice, it asked community members to GTFO . Since everyone despises Oracle, the developers all jumped ship as well  and stared LibreOffice.
- OpenOffice - If you're an idiot, and want to use a dying and deprecated program  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.
- (g) Vim
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Virtual CloneDrive
- DAEMON Tools Lite - WARNING: contains adware and send informations about the iso you mount unless you manually disable this behaviour.
- Avira - Avira Free Antivirus
- Mircosoft Security Essentials - Designed to be bottom-of-the-barrel per Micro$hit's own admission .
- Nod32 (non-free)
- Avast - Avast Free Antivirus available
- Windows Default
- Your Router's Firewall
- Tinywall - interesting wrapper for the Windows firewall
- Comodo Firewall
- Don't use these on your SSD, you moran.
- MyDefrag - Freeware, based on the standard defragmentation API by Microsoft. Also optimizes file locations.
- CCleaner - Clears the bloat left by the apps, from cookies to uninstalleed apps remains
- CCEnhancer - CCleaner additions
- Revo Uninstaller
Virtual Desktop Manager
- VirtuaWin - Allows you to use multiple virtual desktops
- Cygwin - Terminal that gives you the feel of GNU/Linux on windows.
- 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.
- Filezilla - Free and open source, GPL v2.
Misc & utils
- AltDrag - Allows you to use Alt and drag your windows. Information and guides
- Process Explorer - A better task manager