Windows 10: The ten essential free software programs you need to install

You have finally managed to install Windows 10 on your PC. You have no doubt discovered that your operating system has undoubtably improved... except for software offered by default. While some have been carried over from previous versions of Windows, some haven't and some are quite frankly, very poor, so here are some free alternatives.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a powerful media player that can play all common formats, such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX and MP3. VLC Media Player can also play DVDs and video CDs.

Category: Audio & Video
License: Free
Publisher: VideoLAN Project
File size: 23.5MB
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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Paint.NET

This free image editor (Paint.NET) was once intended as a replacement of Paint that Microsoft built into Windows. It was developed at the Washington State University and requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5. Paint.NET can edit multiple images, and opens each one in its own tab, which displays a preview image for identification. In image editing, images can be rotated, mirrored and resize. In addition, hue, saturation and brightness can be changed. The program also corrects the tonal values and you can adjust the brightness, contrast and colour.

Category: Photo & Graphic
License: Free
Publisher: Paint.NET Team
File size: 6.23 MB
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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XnView MP

XnView MP is an extended version of the image viewer XnView. The Freeware now uses multiple cores and is also available in native versions for 32 and 64-bit for Windows. XnView MP provides standard exchange formats and RAW photos both in the overview as well as in full-screen. XnView MP can also display RAW photos as a preview and in a larger view.

Category: Photo & Graphic
License: Free
Publisher: Gougelet
File size: 4.83 MB
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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PrtScr

PrtScr allows you to create screen captures of your desktop. Here the user can set whether they want to just capture a small portion, single window or the whole desktop interface with the tool.

Category: Photo & Graphic
License: Free
Publisher: Fiastarta
File size: 2.35 MB
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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Notepad++

Notepad++ program is a text editing alternative to the standard Windows Notepad. Notepad++ offers features missing in Windows notepad. Thanks to tabs, for example, you can have multiple documents open simultaneously. The program supports a variety of programming languages ​​and also has a built-in FTP.

Category: System Software
License: Free
Publisher: Don HO
File size: 3.89 MB
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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AVG AntiVirus Free Edition

AVG Anti-Virus Free provides basic protection against viruses and other threats. The virus scanner detects dangerous malware and blocks it. If you need more protection, you can purchase the paid versions that are called AVG Antivirus and AVG Internet Security.

Category: Antivirus, Anti-spyware and Firewalls
License: Free
Publisher: AVG
File size: 26.5 MB
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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7-Zip

If you need to save hard disk space you may want to compress your files, which is exactly what the program 7-Zip does. Handy too if you want to send files via email, since many files can be packed together into a single file.

Category: System Software
License: Free
Publisher: 7-Zip Software
File size: 1.09MB
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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AnyDesk

AnyDesk is a remote desktop tool for transferring the screen content and system, including data access to remote computers. This program enables remote access to your own PC which also allows online collaboration and editing of documents.

Category: System Software
License: Free
Publisher: GmbH
File size: 1.34 MB
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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CCleaner

CCleaner is a superb freeware program that helps to clean up junk files on your computer. With CCleaner you can, among other things, clean up the registry in Windows, where alot of unnecessary information is installed by programs. By cleaning the Windows registry, you will have a more stable and faster computer.

With CCleaner, you can also remove temporary files, Internet files, cache, and a lot of other kinds of junk files that take up space on your hard drive. CCleaner is easy to use and it costs nothing!

Once you download the software from the website, be sure to choose the free version without support. Otherwise you will get this paid version that require registration. One tip is to create a restore point before you run CCleaner.

Name: CCleaner
Language: English
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
Download size: 5.1 MB
Price: Free
Restrictions: No
Manufacturer/Author: Piriform
Category: System Tools

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Kodi

Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center) is an extensive, free and open source media center. In addition to a media player that can handle many different file and streaming formats, it also has a streaming server and recorder functions for recording live TV, plus many other features on board. Kodi can handle almost all popular media formats such as AAC, MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV or WMA, videos in ISO, 3D, H.264, HEVC-, WEBM-, MPEG-1/2/4, DivX or XviD files and streams or JPEG images and GIF animations.

Category: System Software
License: Free
Publisher: Team Kodi
File size: 52.9 MB
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10

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