7 Essential Applications after Fresh Windows Installation

After re-formatting our windows computer we get confused or many times forget to install some software applications which we need the most. Here I have complied a list of software which according to me are most widely used in our daily tasks. Although this list may change according to your use, I have listed the most widely used software.

  1. Drivers : You can install drivers from your motherboard CD or if you want latest drivers for your PC go to the official website of which the motherboard is and download the latest drivers and install them in your PC.
  2. Winrar : The most commonly used tool is Winrar. After installation of fresh copy of Windows, it is a must have tool.
  3. Anti Virus and Firewall : If you want a free antivirus product, I recommend using AVG 11 Free or Avast Home Edition. For a free firewall product, you can go with Commodo Firewall Pro.
  4. Download Manager : There are many download managers out there but one of my favorites is Free Download Manager, alternatively you can also go for Flashget.
  5. Tweaking Software : You must have a Windows tweaking application installed in your system. I use Tuneup Utilities 2009 and if you want a freeware I recommend you to use TweakNow PowerPack.
  6. Internet Browser : No doubt, Firefox still takes the first place. Although it is a personal choice when it comes to browsers. I personally like Chrome.
  7. Pdf Document Viewer : The most commonly used pdf viewer is Adobe Acrobat. If you want a light and easy to use reader than you can try Foxit.

Have I missed any application which you think should be included in the list? Please let me know through comments.

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  • http://www.securityhunk.com Satyajit

    nice post…:) keep up the good work.

    Thanks for sharing.. :)

    • http://www.aspiredtechie.com Sagar Gholap

      Satyajit, Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad that you find this article helpful :)

  • http://www.techbrij.com Brij

    I think MS-Office is missing.
    for Blogger, Windows-live-writer and some firefox add-ons are also required.

    • http://www.aspiredtechie.com Sagar Gholap

      Yes, if this post was intended for bloggers then I would have listed all the applications as well as the extensions I use for my blogging needs.

      I’ll do a next post with a list of applications for bloggers :). Thanks for an idea my next post as well as your inputs.

  • http://blogliving.org Gourav @ BlogLiving

    @ Sagar : Good work. But I would like to go with Brij’s suggestion. I also think that Office and Live Writer is missing in the list.

    • http://www.aspiredtechie.com Sagar Gholap

      @Gourav Thank you. This post was not for bloggers and it was a just for every pc user. I’m coming up with next post on Applications for bloggers. Stay tuned!

  • T-Rex

    VLC, DVD Shrink, and codecs (if drivers are number one, codecs should be number 2, imho)

    • http://www.aspiredtechie.com Sagar Gholap

      Yes that too can be added to the list. Thanks for your inputs, T-Rex.

  • http://www.shoutingwords.com Jitendra

    I think 7 Zip is a better option than WinRAR. A PDF writer like doPDF is also required these days to convert your documents to PDF.

  • http://www.aspiredtechie.com Sagar Gholap

    Yes, 7 Zip is great too. I have never used doPDF and would definitely use it and find out more about it. Thank you for the suggestions.

  • http://www.videocharacter.com Sheila

    Nice share, this is a constant reminder for people who keep on reformatting their computers. As for me, I have a list of the programs I often use and one of them is a must for me, my beloved Photoshop :)

  • Ashish Fatarphekar

    Dude u forgotted Deamon tools lite, nero, picassa, IE 8, and many other DVD encrypting softwares.
    No matter nice post keep going.

  • Ashish Fatarphekar

    I’ll suggest u the download manager. Its INTERNET DOWNLOAD MANAGER. I had used it alot and it has amazing speed in downloading. It also supports youtube videos downloading

  • Mustafa

    This is what I do.

    1-install windows and service packs (service packs are not essential unless you have a good and paid antivirus)
    2-install chipset drivers and remaining drivers of devices
    3-install chrome or firefox as web browser and never use any edition of ie because after all those years it still loads up very slow.

    and always use portable versions of any additional software including browsers as well. they don’t stay in the registery and when you don’t need them you can wholly remove them from your computer easily.

    but i never

    install norton products or java. norton makes computer working extremely slow and java has got annoying update messages and keeps all updates in hard disk and you will end up cleaning all unnecessary older versions of it.