Windows 10 is the most advanced operating system of the Windows family. Continuing the well-known legacy of the US-based tech giant Microsoft, Windows has been the most popular OS, both for personal as well as commercial use. Windows 10 brings a multitude of features that altogether offer a great user experience. It has onboard image viewer, media player, text editor and what not.
Having said that and considering the large scale variation in user’s demand, no operating system can quench everything. Furthermore, to address this issue, a company also can’t employ arbitrary features that may also result as bloatware for many users. What it can do is offer API so that developers from any corner of this planet make apps and tools compatible on the system. Windows has the same and is called WinAPI.
This integration had borne fruits and we are here with a titanic of softwares of every kind. The items of this unending list range from tools for system optimisation to software for source code editing. Moving forward in the same line, it is equally important to know your requirements and subsequently have knowledge about the type of software that meets your need.
Don’t worry, here is a list of 26 must have softwares for Windows 10.
If you want a computer system optimizer along with a file cleaner, BleachBit is here for you. The software can delete cookies, free up cache, clear internet history, and many more. Apart from that, it can also wipe free disk space and vacuum Firefox to make it faster.
7zip is an open source decompressor/ file archiver software under the GNU LGPL license. Although it uses its native 7zip format to compress files, it can read and write other formats as well.
QTTabBar is an extension for Windows Explorer. The software is a great add-on to get tabbed browsing feature. It also has a few keyboard shortcuts to clone, close, switch tabs, and many more.
Notepad++ is a free source code editor and a better version of Notepad. Tabbed editing is supported in this software, meaning you can work with multiple files in a single window.
uBlock Origin is an open source software and free browser extension that blocks ads. The software is available on several platforms such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. uBlock Origin can also create as well as read files from host files.
f.lux is a screen dimmer. It makes your PC’s display colour adaptive to the time of the day. By doing this, it reduces your eye strain and helps you to have a better sleep.
VLC Media Player is a free and open source media player. It is a cross-platform streaming media server and media player. It supports a wide array of media formats so that you won’t miss out playing any media.
Paint.net is a photo and image editing software. It has an intuitive and innovative user interface (UI). The software has several different features such as Special Effects, Layers, Unlimited undo, and much more.
If you can not afford Spotify Premium and the ads are irking you enough, EZBlocker is there for you to make your Spotify experience better. The software blocks Spotify desktop ads from loading. Even if the ad loads, EZBlocker mutes Spotify till the ad ends.
‘Everything’ Search Utility is a search engine for locating files and folders by their filenames. It usually takes less time to search files than a typical Windows search box.
11. Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser. It is available for almost all major operating systems such as Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. Alongside all common browsing features, it also has other useful builtin modules like private browsing and spell-checker.
Revo Portable Uninstaller is a software that uninstalls programs without leaving any trace. You can carry the software on any USB flash drive as well. Along with that, the software can be launched on any host.
LastPass is a secure password manager that stores all your passwords online. The software offers a web interface along with plugins for different web browsers. It also has a two-factor authentication feature, providing added security to your LastPass account.
14. KeePass 2
KeePass 2 is an open source, secure password manager. It keeps all your passwords in a single database and locks it with a single master key or a key file. Therefore, all you need to do is to remember a single master password or select the key file for unlocking all your passwords.
15. DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve is an efficient colour grading and video editing software. You can use it for correcting and enhancing the colours in a video or film. The software has been used in feature films as well as in TV. It is considered a benchmark software to evaluate software of the same kind.
Launched in September 2003, Steam is a video game digital distribution platform. It has nearly 30,000 games available. In addition to that, you can also release your games on the platform in case you are a game developer.
Malwarebytes is an anti-malware software. It primarily removes adware, spyware, and rogue security software. The software scans files and folders in batch mode instead of opening each file separately. Malwarebytes is available in both free and premium versions.
AdwCleaner is an adware removal software. It targets adware, browser hijackers, spyware, and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP) and obliterates them in one go. You can also remove browser toolbars that you do not want.
Discord is a text/voice chat program. It is designed primarily for the video gaming community. Launched on May 13, 2015, Discord enables users to have a unique four-digit Personal Identification Number assigned to them along with a # after their username.
Ninite is a package management system software. It can download several important programs at once. This is especially useful if you have bought a new PC. All you need to is simply select applications from the list and Ninite will do the rest.
21. PC Decrapifier
PC Decrapifier is a software that removes programs and bloatware from your desktop/laptop. With the help of this software, you can speed up your computer by removing all the junk files.
WizTree is a free antibody software. With this, you can find out which files and folders are taking up the most space in your hard drive so that you can manage them according to your needs. It sorts all the content according to their folder size and enables their deletion if needed.
When installing new software, quite often many unwanted programs also get installed. Unchecky saves you from that hazard. It unchecks any boxes that install unwanted toolbars and pop-ups while the program is installing. Along with that, it also warns the user against any potentially unwanted installation offer.
Foxit is a PDF viewer software. You can edit and modify files quite easily with this software. You can also scan and compress your PDFs to save space.
Sumatra PDF is a free PDF reader. Besides PDFs, you can also read ePub, Mobi, XPS, DjVu, CHM, CBZ and CBR files as well. It is built on an open source platform, making it available for customisations.
Magnet is a simulation software. Engineers and scientists all over the world use it for designing sensors, transformers, motors, actuators, solenoids, or any component with permanent magnet or coils.