Useful Windows freeware list
Last update: 8/03/13
- LibreOffice - a Full-bodied total
replacement for all of the Microsoft Office apps. Reads and writes all
Microsoft file formats including Excel's .xls and Word's .docs.
- Context - Notepad replacement
and/or programmer text editor - as good as anything else out there,
includes features such as syntax highlighting and many other things - very
- Excellent freeware (lite version) dual-pane Windows Explorer replacement
- highly recommended. Simpler than anything else out there- that I've
- Firefox - The little
browser that could. Avoid the security and bug problems Microsoft's browsers
exhibit over and over again.
- Thunderbird -
Email program. Small memory footprint, nicer looking than the others, more secure than windows mail/outlook/etc. Great
heuristic junkmail filtering.
- Free download manager -
if you do heavy downloading, this free app is for you - supports
multi-source downloads and resuming, scheduling, a whole bunch of other
- Lame MP3 encoder - better quality
than -anything else- out there.
- Wavosaur - Best freeware straight
audio editor around. Not quite as good as something like Goldwave, but
- Audacity - Full-bodied
open-source audio editor/multitracker. I don't use it personally but on a budget it's a good choice.
- Wavpack - Lossless
free open source audio compression standard. Better than flac, faster, and
free. Support is widespread, though not as much as Flac. Good for backing up
audio project materials (typically a 50% decrease in filesize without
losing any quality).
Classic - Ahh, Winamp. This is an excellent, and light,
replacement for Windows Media player (for playing music anyway). Use
- Artweaver - Great photoshop/mspaint replacement. Better than anything else
out there in the freeware world.
- Media Player Classic HC - A great, lightweight, media player.
- VirtualDub - Linear video
decompressor/recompressor/editor. Faster, slicker and of greater visual
quality and control than most payware when it comes to raw processing of
digital video footage (note: does not replace something like premiere in
terms of non-linear editing).
- Recuva -
Free file/data recovery software for windows.
- CCleaner Portable - The
famous 'crapcleaner', but without the added toolbar or dodgy persistent system tray icon.
See my top ten list here.
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