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Recommended good softwares for Windows users

November 30th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

If you do a search on internet, you will find many articles about “recommended good softwares”. However I really want to offer my list here as a positive contribution to the internet-based knowledge.

I am a loyal Windows home user, from Windows 98 till… XP. You may say that I miss out Vista and Windows 7, in fact I dislike Vista and am looking forward to exploring Windows 7.

When I mean a software is good, I mean the followings:

  • features are sufficient for users of low-to-average demand
  • stable functioning, good output performance
  • GUI operation is not too difficult to understand

When I mean a software is recommended, I mean the followings:

  • it is free :D
  • it is commercial but not expensive and worth buying for the good values it brings on
  • I know many people are also using it including my colleagues. Or it has high user download stats on well-known software review sites like CNET download

And here is my list in no order:

Audacity

A free sound editor. If you can’t buy SoundForge, use Audacity instead.

Alive Video Converter

A commercial video converter. Its dominant feature is ability to provide smooth conversion among most well-known industry video formats.

Firefox

If you’ve been browsing Internet for years, you should have known this famous name ;) . A good browser, free and has so many plugins.

Thunderbird

Again, if you don’t like MS Outlook or Outlook Express because they’re MS products and not free, this is the only outstanding candidate for you. It’s a good stable email client. I believe I never run into mail crash problem like it does with MS Outlook.

Winamp

A good free music player, it can even play video file. I recommend you use latest version, however I’m still using Winamp 2.9.1 due to its light body for years.

K-lite Codec Pack

It contains most of the audio and video codes in the industry. Once you install this, you’re empowered the ability to play any multimedia files. However, you still need a good stable player, read next below.

Media Player Classic

A tiny powerful multimedia player. It can play many audio/video format itself without codec. It is in fact faster, better than Windows Media Player or VLC player.

Comodo Firewall

A very stable and good firewall, it can protect ARP cache of your computer too.

AVG Antivirus

A good antivirus  comparable to Kaspersky or BitDefender

Unlocker

Stops and quits process that is stuck, no responding

Foxit Reader

PDF reader, better than Adobe Reader.

WinRAR

Better than WinZip.

Free Download Manager

Better than Internet Download Manager.

Notepadd++

Way more excellent than Notepad.

Google Picasa

A cool gallery manager, supports uploading to Google Picasa web.

ImgBurn

A good CD/DVD burner, supports creating image file (ISO/CUE).

Unikey

Lets you type Vietnamese characters pretty well :D .

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