Essential Windows Software List After Fresh Install with Download Link

Which Windows Software do you install after a fresh Windows installation? Let me ask this question. After every fresh windows setup, we have to go through some vital installation and update. I am having some problem with my Windows and thought to start over with new Windows setup. After that I will need to install all those thing again. Its better to have a list, so that nothing gone missing. I have to help people with Windows setup and preparing the computer for use. Now I can go through this list and will never miss anything. I have made some category and list the popular Windows Software with their download link. You can choose whatever you want. Just bookmark this page and visit after every Fresh Windows setup. Cool huh   :mrgreen:

There are some must to install software and some for recreation. Also different category people needs different types of software. For example ordinary people don’t need Developer software like notepad or VMware player. On the other hand I must need to install Notepad. Also there are some alternatives to Notepad. used by my friends that I have seen.

Well for myself I need a lot of software. After a fresh install use Antivirus first. If your PC was virus affected, I will recommend to install Avast and update. Then do a boot time scan. Delete all suspicious material. then Install essential driver for your Windows. It is usually given in a CD. then head for the below listed software.

Essential Windows Software List After Fresh Install with Download Link

Essential Windows Software List After Fresh Install with Download Link

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Essential Windows Software List After Fresh Install:


1. Avast free antivirus [I use this]

2. Avira Free Antivirus

3. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

4. Microsoft Security Essentials


1. WinPatrol

2. SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition

3. Spybot Search & Destroy

Audio Player and Tools

1. AIMP Audio player [I use this]

2. Foobar 2000 player

3. Winamp

4. Audacity

Video Player

I have tested apparently all video player that I have found in my life but yet not satisfied. I change it frequently. Currently using QQ Player.

1. KMPlayer [I use this]

2. Media Player Classic

3. VLC Media Player

4. QQ Player [I use this]

5. Pot Player

Office Software

1. Microsoft Office 2013 [I use this]

2. Kingsoft Office Suite

3. LibreOffice

PDF Tools

1. Foxit Reader [I use this]

2. Adobe Reader [See here offline download link]

3. CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer)

4. PDF-XChange Viewer [I use this]

Photos and Image Software

1. Picasa for viewer

2. Photoscape

3. The GIMP [Photoshop alternative]

4. Inkscape [Illustrator alternative]

5. Fotor [Photoshop alternative]


I have to use a lot of browser. I have installed Firefox, Google chrome and opera and use the portable versions of other browsers. I have more than 15 portable browsers in my PC.

1. Firefox

2. Google Chrome

3. Opera browser

Messaging and Chat Downloads

1. Skype

2. Trillian

3. Pidgin

4. Yahoo! Messenger

5. Thunderbird

System Optimizer

1. CCleaner [I use this]

2. Ultra defrag

3. Defraggler

Above are the major software that has a good alternatives. Choice is yours. Below are the list of essential software in “Other” category.

I am just writing these name without considering the importance. I use them all

1. Adobe Flash Player ; Adobe Air ; and Shockwave Player ;

2. Revo Uninstaller [paid] or IObit Uninstaller [free]

3.  7 Zip

4. Java Runtime Environment

5. K-Lite Codec Pack

6. HandBrake

7. Internet Download Manager

8. Torrent client: µTorrent and BitTorrent

9.CD and DVD Tools Power ISO and DAEMON Tools

10. Pix resizer

11. FileZilla

12. Notepad++

13. Google Earth

14. Microsoft Indic Language tool [For Indian language]

15. Every thing  [Locate files and folders by name instantly]

16. DU Meter [Paid] or NetSpeedMonitor [Free]

17. Tree size [TreeSize Free tells you where precious disk space has gone.]

18. Xilisoft Video Editor

19. Tera copy

20. Drop box

21. Fast Stone Capture

22. Feed demon

23. File Renamer Turbo

24. Rain meter [displays customizable skins]

25. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 Offline Installer

OK, Thats all now. Am i missing anything. let me know in the comment.

Which software do you install after a fresh Windows installation?

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