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    Default Best Free Software for Windows

    Best Free Software for Windows
    By: Calvin

    SPECIAL EVENT: FIREFOX 3 HAS BEEN RELEASED! IF YOU DON'T USE FIREFOX OR DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, THEN PLEASE DOWNLOAD FIREFOX 3 AND TRY IT OUT TODAY.

    Important information:

    I take no responsibility for any damage caused by following this guide, proceed at your own risk
    Everything is in this post, you don't need to search the entire thread
    It is recommended that you ask here for software recommendations
    This list contains software with no trials, that are at least compatible with Windows XP and Vista 32bit
    New software will be in bold with an asterisk next to it
    Vista users should also have a look at the NBR Vista Tips and Tweaks Guide

    Guidelines for Contribution:
    • Only free software
    • No illegal software
    • Check if it's already listed
    • No promotional software
    • Provide a description
    • Provide a safe download

    Software Index:
    Internet
    Media
    Safety
    System Tools
    Productivity









    Internet

    Web Browsers:
    Firefox
    Maxthon
    Opera

    Bittorent Clients:
    uTorrent
    Deluge

    Communication:
    digsby
    Trillian
    aMSN
    Skype
    X-Chat
    Ventrilo
    TeamSpeak
    ThunderBird
    Pidgin
    Miranda IM
    Gizmo5
    ooVoo

    RSS Feeds:
    FeedDemon
    RSSOwl


    Media

    Music Players:
    Foobar2000
    Media Monkey
    Winamp

    Video Players:
    Media Player Classic
    SMPlayer
    VLC Media Player
    Zoomplayer

    Media Codec Packs:
    CCCP-Project
    K-Lite Codec Pack
    Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack


    Safety

    Virus/Firewall/Spyware Protection:
    The best free virus protection/firewall/spyware protection programs

    Password Management:
    KeePass

    Encryption:
    TrueCrypt
    AxCrypt
    Cryptainer LE


    System Tools

    File Managers:
    xplorer˛
    FreeCommander

    De-Fragmentation:
    JK Defrag GUI
    Auslogics disk defrag

    Software Update Notification:
    SUMo
    FileHippo Update Checker

    Screen Capture/Recording:
    Debut
    Screenshot Captor
    CamStudio
    Jing
    Fraps

    Application Launchers:
    Executor
    Colibri
    Launchy
    Google Desktop

    Application Docks:
    ObjectDock
    RocketDock

    Theming/Widgets:
    VistaGlazz
    Flyakite OS X
    Vista OS X
    Yahoo! Widget Engine
    Caledos Wallpaper Changer
    AveDesk
    CursorFX
    Logon Studio

    Virtual Desktop Managers:
    Virtual Dimension
    Dexpot
    VirtuaWin

    File Compression/Copying:
    7-Zip
    TeraCopy
    ALZip
    IZArc

    Disk/Image Ripping/Burning:
    DAEMON Tools
    DVD Identifier
    InfraRecorder
    DVDFab HD Decrypter
    DVD Shrink
    ImgBurn
    CDBurnerXP
    ISO Recorder
    BurnCDCC

    Tweaking:
    WinBubble
    RegToy
    CCleaner
    RivaTuner
    Revo Uninstaller
    PC Decrapifier
    WinSecret Professional

    Image Viewers:
    IrfanView
    Picasa
    FastStone Image viewer
    XnView
    FastStone Max View

    Resource Monitors:
    ATTO
    CPU-Z
    HWMonitor
    Notebook Hardware Control
    GPU-Z
    Samurize
    Rainmeter
    WinDirStat
    Everest
    Hd Tach
    PC Wizard
    HD Tune
    SpeedFan

    Data Backup/Recovery:
    Recuva
    Syncback
    DriverMax
    Karen's Replicator
    MozBackup
    Prompt Drivers Backup
    SyncToy v2.0
    Test Disk
    DriveImageXML

    Download Managers:
    Free Download Manager
    Flashget

    Misc. Utilities:
    Convert
    WinMerge
    WordWeb
    WinGuggle
    Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
    XVI32
    nLite&vLite
    Unlocker
    DOSBox
    DBAN
    Portable Apps
    Memtest86+
    Dead Pixel Buddy
    DisplayFusion


    Productivity

    Office:
    Open Office
    AbiWord
    Scribus

    PDF Tools:
    Foxit Reader
    Adobe Reader Lite
    CutePDF
    doPDF
    PDF-XCHANGE Viewer
    PrimoPDF

    Blog Management:
    Windows Live Writer
    w.bloggar

    Image Editors:
    Paint.NET
    GIMP
    Inkscape

    Video Editing:
    VirtualDub

    Audio/Video Encoding/Converting:
    dBpoweramp
    Super
    HandBrake
    SQUARED 5
    Exact Audio Copy
    Audacity
    PocketDivXEncoder
    Riva FLV Encoder

    Virtualization:
    VirtualBox
    Sandboxie
    andLinux
    Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

    Virtual Network Computing:
    Hamachi
    TeamViewer
    UltraVNC

    Text/Code Editors:
    KompoZer
    Vim
    Emacs
    Notepad2
    Programmer’s Notepad
    Editpad Lite
    Notepad++

    Calendars:
    Rainlendar
    Sunbird

    Last edited by Pitabred; 23rd June 2013 at 09:51 PM. Reason: Privacy tweak

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    Default Re: Best Free Software for Windows

    ImgBurn v2.3 for ISO's/images

    vista compatible 32/64bit


    ImgBurn supports a wide range of image file formats - including ISO, BIN, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, MDS, NRG and PDI.

    It supports Unicode folder/file names, so you shouldn't run in to any problems if you're using an international character set.

    ImgBurn supports all the Windows OS's - Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista (including all the 64-bit versions). If you use Wine, it should also run on Linux and other x86-based Unixes.

    It's a very flexible application with several advanced features that are often lacking in other tools, especially when it comes to burning DVD Video discs(excellent w/ Double Layer). It supports all the latest drives without the need for updates (including booktype / bitsetting / advanced settings on many of the major ones - i.e. BenQ, LiteOn, LG, NEC, Plextor, Samsung, Sony).

    Brought to you by the developers of DVD Decrypter

    DownLoad HERE!!

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    Default Re: Best Free Software for Windows

    Nice one Calvin. Consider Adding CCCP and VirtualDub. And change it to Works with vista 32-bit unless you've tested with both 32-bit and 64-bit.

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    Default Re: Best Free Software for Windows

    I changed it like you said fab, and also added that if you're gonna contribute, you have to have used the program and you need to include a description, along with a safe download link.

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    Awesome work!
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    Default Re: Best Free Software for Windows

    AH.
    CCCP. Likely the best filter/mediaplayer package. Includes Mediaplayer Classic, Zoomplayer, FFdshow, Haalis mediasplitter and a whole bunch of other filters allowing you to play just about any video-file. I've used it on both vista and XP.

    Virtualdub v1.77. A video editing tool. Quite advanced. Lots of features. Very good, IMO. Works with vista and XP. Is avaialable in a 64-bit version.
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    Default Re: Best Free Software for Windows

    Also consider adding -

    Google Talk - IM Client
    Windows Live Writer - Desktop Blog publishing software
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    Default Re: Best Free Software for Windows

    isnt WinRAR technically a trial?

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    Default Re: Best Free Software for Windows

    Is it really necessary to repeat a thread like this?

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=32000&highlight=free

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    Default Re: Best Free Software for Windows

    Shouldn't "Instant Messaging" be under "Internet"?

    BTW Great list! Should defiantly update that old sticky.
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