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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    When you say "free PC software" it immediately associates me of Linux OS, not really just a single application. You get a free OS, and with it all the free to use applications you want. But we're talking Windows OS, which I install and maintain on PCs I assemble alongside Linux OS, then some of the essential apps I install and think everybody should use them are: CCleaner, Firefox ESR + Thunderbird nad Lightning if needed, XNView for viewing pictures, Media Player Classic HC [stands for "hard core" ] for viewing videos, GIMP for picture/photo editing, Wavosaur for audio recording and editing, VirtualDub for video editing, and Abiword [2.8.6 last] for making and editing RTF and DOC documents.

    Sometimes I add VLC and LibreOffice to the mix. "Stickies" free app if you need - stickies. And if that's not enough I add TreeLine PIM to the mix for notes. You don't really need more than that for your everyday usage.

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Irfanview is a nice image viewer.
    IZArc is a friendly compression/decompression utility. Not as fast as 7zip but I prefer its UI so has been using it for years.
    SoftMaker Free Office is a nice office suite. I've always found Microsoft Office and Open/Libre Office to be bloated, and I own an older version of SoftMaker Office. The free version has some limitations, but it's still lightweight, has better compatibility with Microsoft Office than LibreOffice (last I checked), Windows, Linux and Android versions, and is the only office software I'm aware of which has a desktop style interface for Android.

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    My fav freebies are:

    7zip, VLC, Libre Office, pwsafe, MP3TAG, Ant Renamer and Paint.NET. Essentials!

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Definitely got to agree with all of the folk saying 7zip, VLC, VirtualBox and Paint.NET.
    I reckon that everyone ought to give OpenTTD a go as well, just as addictive as the original Transport Tycoon from the early 90's

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    i always go with this lot:

    Avast free
    Ccleaner
    Superantispyware - find it detects more than malwarebites
    open office
    VLC
    Utorrent
    Kodi
    Teamviewer

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Just stumbled across another must have utility for all the family, neighbours and random people that have my phone number.

    Unchecky - automatically unticks/declines the optional adware bundled with software updates etc one installs
    Last edited by SUMMONER; 26-02-2016 at 01:54 PM.

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    After a fresh rebuild I use Ninite.com to install the folllowing:

    • Chrome - Browser
    • Notepad++ - Notepad replacement, I also use it for notes
    • Google Drive - Cloud Storage
    • CCCP - Media player / pack of choice
    • qBittorrent - Torrent software of choice
    • 7-Zip
    • Team Viewer - I prefer Chrome Remote Desktop but teamviewer has its uses
    • Classic Start - Better than Win10 start
    • Steam - Gamez!!


    After ninite does its thing I then have to install:
    • Origin


    Windows support wise TronScript is FANTASTIC

    To be honest since moving to ChromeOS for both personal laptop and work it's been less about what full blown apps I rely on but more what Chrome app/extensions I use:

    • ARC Welder - Run Android APK's on ChromeOS
    • Caret - Notepad++ replacement
    • Chrome Remote Desktop - For remote desktop to my Windows PC
    • Crouton Integration - Allows copy/paste from ChromeOS to Crouton
    • Enhanced Steam - If you use steampowered.com you should have this
    • Extensions Update Notifer - See changelogs when apps/extensions auto update
    • Google Docs/Slides/Sheets/Docs Offline
    • Google Dictionary - Double click any word for the definition. Used it for years
    • Google Hangouts Extension - NOT the app. The extension is so much better and sleeker than the pop out app IMO
    • Google Play Music App - App gives you a Mini player
    • JSTorrent - Paid for but best torrent app for ChromeOS
    • Magic Actions for YouTube - Just a better YT experience - cinema mode, full screen in a window, etc.
    • Polarr 3 - Lightroom type app for ChromeOS
    • Readability - Just gives you a nice looking text dump of a webpage. Great for reading long articles or when pretending that it's work related.
    • uBlock Origin - My adblock of choice
    • Videostream for Google Chromecast - Cast local media to Chromecast, control it from phone.
    • VLC - It's VLC, it's better than the built in media player

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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Everything

    search for files anywhere on your drives instantly. Great when you´ve got multiple drives with multiple failed attempts at organization, and several previous windows installs hanging around.
    Much quicker than any windows search.
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    Re: QOTW: Which free PC software should everyone be using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooms View Post

    Windows support wise TronScript is FANTASTIC
    Ohhh that looks very very useful, might save rebuilding someones machine when I get told they don't have any backups..


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