Framework and Runtime Environments
Microsoft .NET Framework
Most of the software are developed using some kind of Frameworks or libraries. .NET is Microsoft’s own framework and most of the windows software are build with .NET Framework.
Java Runtime Environment
Just like .NET Framework, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is build by Sun Microsystem for rapid software development. The reason developers prefer JDK over .NET is the ability of software to work cross platform with no or little change. Many popular software are build with Java, so installing this framework will help them run smoothly.
Must Have Free Security Software
Avast! Free Antivirus
While there are myths and misconceptions about viruses and security applications, but it doesn’t mean paid security software are better than free. Avast is such a good anti-virus application that have lots and lots of fans all over the world.
Comodo Internet Security
Internet and Intranet are the major source of major computer security problems. Having a good Firewall like Comodo Internet Security helps you getting notifications and blocking of such attacks. If you are a regular internet user, this is one of the must have free desktop software for security purpose.
Spybot Search and Destroy
There are different kinds of security problems in Windows that are categorized according to the type of harm they create. Spywares are such problem widely found on Windows and mostly are undetected by most of the anti-virus applications. Having Sypbot Search and Destroy application on your computer keeps you secure from spywares.
Must have Free Multimedia Software
VLC Media Player
Different kinds of media (.wma, mp3, mp4, etc) requires different codecs. Codecs are nothing but the ways of recognizing and playing media types. VLC Media Player is a popular application that requires no external codecs to play most of the common media files.
Winamp music player for Windows and Android is noted for its graphical sound visualization, playlist, and media library features. It supports popular playback types, viz., AAC, M4A, MP3, MIDI, MOD, MPEG-1, FLAC, WMA and WAV.
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
If you use multiple media types and one or two media player are not able to play your file, you may try installing K-Lite Mega Codec Pack. This is a big free collection of media codecs. It can install media player classic with the codec or you may choose Windows Media Player to play all media files.
For day to day needs of taking screenshot, changing image sizes, cutting, adding text, changing colors and more common image editing task, you don’t need to purchase big software. IrfanView is a free lightweight Image editing software that can do most of your common work.
InfraRecorder is one of the best free CD/DVD burning tool available. It is very easy to install and download this application and also it’s size is smaller compared to most of other software in this category. It has all the features that a regular computer user needs.
Must Have Free Internet Software
Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
I leave the choice on you. The reason I mentioned two browsers is that Mozilla Firefox has been the most preferred, well known for security free browser available. It is the most used browser till date. But with the entry and the constant growth of Google Chrome is worth noticing. So the choice is tough but clearly both are better than Internet Explorer.
Free Download Manager
Free Download Manager is one of the best download manager available. It not only improves the download speed but also helps you pause and re-download multiple things simultaneously.
Torrents are preferred for large download and uTorrent is a very popular choice for downloading the .torrent files. It is a small and feature rich application that helps you download torrents.
Must Have Free Miscellaneous Software
I became fan of Foxit Reader when I compared the features provided by this software with other popular PDF readers. Foxit reader is a lightweight PDF reader which is not short of features. It is surprising to see how it gives you ability to leave and share comments on pdf file. You can also edit PDF files with limited permissions.
Glary Utilities is a system optimizer which finds problems in system registry, search and removes temp files and does other feature. It has minimalistic user interface and is very easy to use.
TeraCopy is a file tranfer application that not only improves the file transfer speed but also gives you ability to pause and resume file transfers.