As the list of my favoriteprograms for Linux I have made a similar one for Windows. The list is a bit longer, but this is mostly due to Windows not providing any useful tools from the beginning. This list is also very useful when debugging virus infected/mysteriously slow computer: Startup Applications List
Open source software
- TightVNC [Open Source]
A opensource VNC viewer.
- Create Synchronicity [Open Source]
Create Synchronicity is a powerful and lightweight open source backup and synchronization tool, available in many languages.
- Putty [Open Source]
Since Windows doesn’t provide a decent shell or SSH client for that matter – this is the best SSH client I know.
- Xming [Open Source]
Free X-server for Windows.
- VLC [Open Source]
Free and awesome media player.
- Firefox [Open Source]
Firefox. Enough said.
- 7-zip [Open Source]
Instead of wasting money on Winrar or Winzip this is a free and excellent alternative.
- Gimp [Open Source]
Covers all my photo editing needs –
I stedet for at bruge mange penge på Photoshop kan langt det meste klares med dette gratis program. Siden meetthegimp.org indeholder videoer om hvordan man udfører forskellige opgaver i Gimp.
- InfraRecorder [Open Source]
Free CD/DVD burner tool. Replaces Nero.
- gkrellm [Open Source]
The classic monitoring tool from Linux compiled for Windows.
- UltraDefrag [Open Source] open source licensed defragmentation tool for windows.
- LightScreen [Open Source] A small and good open source screen capture program.
- WinDirStat [Open Source]
Visual representation of the hard disk usage. Very useful for finding a space hogger.
- KeePass [Open Source]
- DBAN [Open Source]
Secure wiping of hard drives.
- Vim for Windows [Open Source]
The one and only editor.
- VirtualBox [Open Source]
Great visualization software. Great for trying out new distros
- Cygwin [Open Source]
Make Windows somewhat useful by adding a shell with bash support.
A software squeezebox client for Linux, OS X and Windows. For Windows 7, see how-to-fix-missing-msvcr71dll-problem-in-windows
Console is a Windows console window enhancement. Console features include: multiple tabs, text editor-like text selection, different background types, alpha and color-key transparency, configurable font, different window styles.
Closed sourced software
Automated installer of all my favorite programs
- Secunia Personal Software Inspector A small program to check if all the common programs are updated and patched.
- Microsoft security essentials
Surprisingly lightweight and non-intrusive free virus/firewall tool from Microsoft.
TeamViewer is a solution for remote control, desktop sharing and file transfer that works behind firewalls and NAT proxy.