25 Free Basic Software Programs Every Windows User Must Have

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As we all know, Windows is one of the most widely used operating systems. So today, I am presenting to you an exclusive list of 25+ basic programs for Windows users. Let’s assume you just bought a new system or formatted your computer and if you don’t have any idea which software programs you should install on your computer, then this post is going to be a boon for you.

Don’t worry, leave the job to me. I collected a huge list of programs which are sufficient for 95% of Windows users. It took me several hours to collect them and present them to you. Hope you like it and let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions.

25 Useful Software Programs  for Windows Users:

1.Good Antivirus:-

A good antivirus software is a must for PCs to safeguard them from harmful threats, trojans, malware, spyware etc.

Below I listed some of the best antivirus  programs.

Alternately, you can also use Microsoft Security Essentials that comes as a inbuilt security program for Windows.

2.Vlc Media Player

Listening to songs and watching movies is one of the most important thing we do in our PC. So we need a good media player which can play almost all formats of audio and video files. So VLC Media Player comes 2nd in the list.

3. Registry Cleaners/Tune up Utilities:-

You need an all-in-one software which cleans registry errors and junk files from your PC and makes your PC run smooth and fast. For this I would recommend Tuneup Utilities, Uniblue Power Suite or Ccleaner.

I suggest you get one of those three programs and run them when you start using your PC. I guarantee you that your PC will run like a dream using these utilities.

4. Image Burner(Nero):-

Nero is the best software if you want to burn any type of CD or DVD, but Nero is not free so I recommend Img Burner which is very much similar to Nero but you can get it for free.

5. Firefox and Google Chrome:-

These are the two leading browsers right now that I recommend you get.

Mozilla Firefox is the best browser ever made for its multi-functional use. Google Chrome is the fastest and safest browser. It’s a good idea to have at least 2 browsers installed, in case something doesn’t work or display right with one browser, you can test it using the other one.

6. MS Office / Open Office:-

We can’t imagine a business without MS Office. Right from student to a business man, it’s a must have software, but it’s not for free so I recommend you use Open Office which is very much similar to MS office with the added bonus that it is free.

7. Adobe Reader

If you want to read ebooks and pdf documents then its a must software for you.

8. 7 Zip

Open source Windows utility for manipulating archives. Formats 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR are supported fully, other formats can be unpacked. It has the highest compression ratio ever.

9. Internet Download Manager

IDM is a must have software for PC as it increases our overall download speed by 5 times.

10. Utorrent

Utorrent is a light weight and very efficient torrent client.

11.Adobe Photoshop/GIMP:-

Adobe Photoshop is a great software for editing photos, but it’s sadly not for free, I have an alternative for this called GIMP, which is free and very similar to Adobe Photoshop. It can also be sued to make gifs for whoever is interested.

12. Revo Uninstaller:-

Revo Uninstaller is a freeware innovative uninstall utility much faster than Windows Add/Remove applet. With its advanced and fast algorithm, Revo Uninstaller performs a scan before and after you uninstall an application.

13. Adobe Flash Player

This is a must software if you want to watch flash videos on your computer.

14. Malware Bytes

Malware Bytes is a tool that quarantines and removes malicious and infected files on your PC and it can optimize your PC’s performance.

15. Zone Alarm Firewall

Zone Alarm is a cutting edge firewall security option which blocks dangerous sites and downloads. Zone Alarm comes with a ‘Two way firewall’ which keeps track of all incoming and outgoing traffic protecting you from hackers and other intruders.

16. Team Viewer

Team Viewer is the best software for remote desktop viewing .You can share your desktop from anywhere in this world with this software.

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17. Notepad++

Notepad++ is a free source and one of the best text editors for several programming languages under the Windows environment.

18. Folder Lock

Folder locker allows you to store all you files with a protected password.

19. Sandboxie

This is a must have software for virus testers. If you download any application from internet just run it in Sandboxie to check whether it’s infected or not.

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20. Keyscrambler

In this world of the internet, you can’t always know when a keylogger gets installed on your PC and makes you lose your confidential passwords. Keyscrambler software scrambles your keys and helps to stay safe even if a keylogger gets installed somehow.

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21. 7ZIP

7ZIP is a zip file manager to compress and uncompress files. Most of times when you download a file or when you try to send a file to your friend. The file would be in the form of zip most of the time. In such case a ZIP manager is must.

22. File Opener

File Opener is a software which can open different formats of files. This software can fulfil the need of 10 other programs for opening files.

23. VMWARE WORKSTATION:-

Vmware helps us in installing multiple Operating Systems over one single Operating System. Puzzled? Well, to simplify things,  Vmware allows us to run multiple Operating Systems (called slaves) on our computer. Say you are having Windows 7 installed on your computer as the main Operating System. Vmware runs as an application on Windows 7 and allows us to install other Operating Systems like Windows XP, Linux and 20 other types of Operating Systems. So, you don’t need to boot your computer to change your OS. One Vmware Workstation can accommodate 20 such OSes.

Vmware helps us in installing multiple Operating Systems over one single Operating System. Puzzled? Well, to simplify things,  Vmware allows us to run multiple Operating Systems (called slaves) on our computer. Say you are having Windows 7 installed on your computer as the main Operating System. Vmware runs as an application on Windows 7 and allows us to install other Operating Systems like Windows XP, Linux and 20 other types of Operating Systems. So, you don’t need to boot your computer to change your OS. One Vmware Workstation can accommodate 20 such OSes.

24. DEEP FREEZE

Sometimes, you might run any suspicious software program or might use a pendrive which has some auto run executable trojans. In such cases you can use Deep Freeze and restart the PC once you have restarted the PC.

25. CYBERGHOST VPN

Are you banned from any forum? Try out this software. If you want to surf anonymously on the web without displaying your real IP address, you use this VPN – CyberGhost VPN. There are many other proxy software programs on web. But none of them gives total protection for your computer. Also most of them are restricted to only browser activities.

It took 3 hours for me to collect these software programs and test them, hope that you liked this article .

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44 COMMENTS

  1. Howdy,
    Yeh thats what I love about this blog, its the simplest way of telling great idea. The post looks so simple but has a great importance for our safe , secure and most importantly joyful computing experience.
    Thanx Rishi.
    Thanx all tech buzz team .
    Loved this post very much.

  2. I was searching a program in online from many days but did not download it.Here i found that windows program. Thanks for sharing the list buddy.

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  4. It has made my day, I will surely read and follow them all…
    Thanks, for sharing another wonderful post.

  5. Very very useful software listed here . Thanks to Mr. Imran & his team for sharing this important info.

  6. Oh you PC users, how sorry I feel for you.
    On my Mac I can leave away have of this list, because most of it is Antivirus and Firewalls.
    It’s actually sad to see how many security software, firewall,malware antiviruses you PC users need to install.

    No need for AntiVirus
    No need for Registry cleaner
    No need for TuneUp
    No need for Revo Uninstaller
    No need for MalwareBytes
    No need for Firewall
    No need for Folder Lock
    No need for Sandboxie

    • If you believe that macs can’t be infected with malicious software, you are very wrong. Not many hackers target Mac OS (but as it rises in popularity, more and more will do it), but it is very possible to get infected while on a Mac.

      Also, please don’t say that a Mac is not a personal computer, because it is. The only difference between my PC and your PC is that yours was built by Apple and has Mac OS installed, while I built mine myself and installed Windows.

  7. Thanks Imran . Your site is simple, clean and nice information’s and very well presented . . You have repeated 20/21 with same information , and 23/24 also the same . No explanation for Deep freeze . Pls check And pls Inform whether a software is free Or paid . Preferably Give / help with Free software alternatives . Definitely for your Caliber you can give many more like these to help Non Techie’s , which will be of great help . Can you pls let me know if there are any alternatives to windows OS other than Linux . Though i tried Linux Mint , many usages/ functions are not explained on how to use it . Is there a user manual ? . I would like to try it as it is virus free . Did not find it as easy as Windows !! . Can you Get me Windows 7 And 8.1 OS full set (32bit /64bit ) with fullserial key / activator without any viruses .? and i should be able to update it also . Its purely for Personal Home use Only . I swear on God .God be with you .Keep helping And sharing informations .VM WareWorkstation looks to be interesting . sit it free or paid software .

  8. You should use ‘Free File Viewer’ instead of ‘File Opener’ because File Opener only opens 10 types of File formats whereas Free File Viewer opens 200 types of extensions.

  9. Your list is perfectly beneficial for a new user of windows. I really appreciate it . Al tough with the availability of new windows version any user might not have to install all these programs. Really a great & informative article…

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