Best Windows Software - The Best Software for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7
What are the first apps you download on a new Windows box? What's the software you just can't live without? This is the best software for XP, Vista, 7, and 8 that we know of.

Photo and Graphics

picasa

Picasa

The best photo album for Windows. Lets you share photos too.
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gimp

GIMP

Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.
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Web Browsing

firefox

Mozilla Firefox

The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world's best browser.
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Video Player, Torrents, Podcasting

miro

Miro

Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than windows media player). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.
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IM - Instant Messaging

pidgin

Pidgin

Connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, Jabber, and Google Talk. 100% free and open source.
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Video Converter- MP4, iPhone, Android

video converter

Miro Video Converter

Convert any type of video to mp4 or theora. Convert any video for use with iPhone, iPod, Android, etc. Very clean, easy to use interface.
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Download helpers

Skipscreen

SkipScreen

A Firefox extension that skips unnecessary clicks and wait times on Rapidshare, Megaupload, Mediafire, zShare, and more.
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Telephone

skype

Skype

Talk with anybody in the world for free using Skype. Buy some credits and you can call any phone number in the world, cheap.
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Backup, Sync, and Share Files

dropbox

Dropbox

Automatically backup your files and folders via the internet. Share them across your own computers or with others. 2GB free online storage, with more available.
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Email

thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need. Way better than Outlook Express.
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Widgets

yahoowidgets

Yahoo Widgets

An army of cool, tiny applications at your fingertips. Such as: weather, alarm clock, todo lists, notepads, games, dictionaries and more. Very handy
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Peer-to-Peer Filesharing

utorrent

uTorrent

A simple, fast Bittorrent client that will download your files without slowing down your computer.
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soulseek

Soulseek

The community-based filesharing client. Still one of the best ways to find rare music online.
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Video Playback

VLC

VLC

Plays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.
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CCCP

Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP)

Lets you play almost every major video format inside Windows Media Player (or many other video players). Also includes an ad-free alternative to Quicktime.
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media player classic

Real Alternative Lite

A lightweight, ad-free version of RealPlayer.
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DVD Ripping / Video Conversion

media coder

Media Coder

Great tool for ripping CDs, DVDs, etc and converting between tons of video formats.
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Word Processing / Office Suites

open office

OpenOffice.org

Big, full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with--and a free replacement for--Microsoft Office. A souped up version, Star Office, comes free with Google Pack.
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abiword

AbiWord

A word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
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Music

itunes

iTunes

The best music player for Windows. Rip and burn CDs and download podcasts too.
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abletonlive

Ableton Live

For anyone who ever wanted to make a remix, DJ a party, or play with beats. A great manual, good tutorials and a super slick interface make Live so easy to learn. Free demo (hint: use Audacity for saving).
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Audio Recording

itunes

Recordmp3

Make a live recording of anything right now, without installing any new software. It's completely free, offers good quality audio, and it's easy to use.
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RSS

feeddemon

FeedDemon

The most popular RSS reader for Windows. Everything you want from an RSS reader.
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rssowl

RSSOwl

Solid cross-platform RSS client.
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Privacy

vidalia

Vidalia

Military-grade anonymous web browsing. Vidalia (a front-end for TOR) keeps you anonymous on the web using open source software and military-grade techniques. To use with Firefox see: TorButton.
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Todo Lists

basecamp

Basecamp

Effortless todo list and project management software. This is web software, but it is hands down better than any competing desktop app.
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Maps

googleearth

Google Earth

The 3D map of the world that just gets better and better...and creepier. Total must-have.
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Sound Recording

audacity

Audacity

Simple sound recording and editing tool.
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FTP / SFTP

smartftp

SmartFTP

A popular FTP program for Windows.
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filezilla

Filezilla

Excellent FTP program. 100% free and open source.
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IRC

mirc

mIRC

The most popular Windows IRC client.
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colloquy

KVIrc

A cross-platform IRC client that's free and open source.
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More Web Browsers

opera

Opera

A fast web browser packed with great features. Some people swear by it.
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Windows Alternatives

ubuntu

Ubuntu Linux

Sick of endless spyware and viruses? If Windows is a hassle, Ubuntu may be your way out. Try it without installing anything-- just pop in the CD and restart your computer.
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