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Freeware, Software for Windows
 Here's a list of useful software for a Windows PC (Vista 64bit compatible). All freeware unless noted otherwise.

System, Security, Desktop
Web & Internet related
Documents, Data, Files
Photos, Images
Video
Audio
Ripping Burning CD/DVD
Gaming

*** SYSTEM, SECURITY, and DESKTOP ***


--- AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition ---
Anti-Virus & spyware program
* also acts as spyware protection alternative to Windows Defender *

--- Zone Alarm Free ---
Basic FireWall Protection
* not really needed, Windows already has Firewall *

--- startup tweak ---
configure start up programs


*** WEB BROWSING, INTERNET RELATED ***


--- FireFox ---



--- Firefox Common Web Plugins ---
needed for flash, java, mediaplayer, realplayer, shockwave, quicktime, etc...


--- Microsoft Silverlight ---
web application for web interactivity


--- Gears ---
google application to improve web browsing (primarily youtube)
* doesn't seem completely compatible with firefox *


--- Thunderbird ---
e-mail client
* alternative to usual windows default e-mail client *


--- Trillian ---
Instant Messenger Client for ICQ, AIM, YAHOO, MSN


--- Skype ---
Free Voice and Video chat (see also stickam.com )
SkypeCap - capture skype audio/video stream

--- uTorrent ---
bittorrent client


--- Orbit Downloader ---
Records streaming video


--- Seamonkey project ---
web browser, e-mail, newsgroup, IRC, chat, html editor
* I use this specifically as a WYSIWYG Web editor *


*** DOCUMENTS, DATA, FILE MANAGING ***


--- 7-Zip ---
extract and compress software


--- OpenOffice ---
Word/Data Processing suite


--- stickies ---
useful desktop quick notes / reminder software
* alternative to Windows' "/Accessories/TablePC/StickyNotes" *


--- talking alarmclock ---
alarm clock program (AlarmClock.msi)

ms-agent - enables voices and character types (MSagent.exe, tv_enua.exe, spchapi.exe)


--- AceMoney Lite ---
electronic check book
--- PicoZip Recovery Tool ---
recover passwords from protected zip files


*** PHOTOS, IMAGES ***


--- irfan view ---
good picture viewer


--- GIMP ---
Image editor/manipulator program


--- PLiska Image Resizer ---
quick efficient way of resizing images


--- UnFREEz ---
animated GIFs maker


--- UnFREEz ---
animated GIFs maker


--- Mov2Gif ---
make mov video into animated GIFs


--- ImageShack Quick Shot ---
Capture what's on your PC screen


*** VIDEO ***


--- K-Lite Codec Pack ---
lots of media codecs that you might need + Media Player Classic


--- VLC Media Player ---
good alternative to windows media player


--- Format Factory ---
converting video and audio


--- VirtualDub ---
avi video editor


--- VideoSpin ---
video editing software


*** AUDIO ***


--- Format Factory ---
converting audio and video


--- Playlist Creator 3 ---
create playlists for your music


--- Pazera Free Audio Extractor ---
rip audio from DVD


--- Power Sound Editor ---
edit music, record music (mic or internet)


*** RIPPING AND BURNING CD/DVD ***


--- Ashampoo Burning Studio Free ---
burning software


--- DVD Shrink ---
rip DVDs to your PC


--- DVDFab HD ---
rip DVDs to your PC


--- RipIt4Me ---
rip DVDs to your PC


--- DVDDecrypter ---
rip DVDs to your PC


--- FixVTS ---
fixes problems with DVD files


*** GAMING ***

--- Nestopia ---

NES Emulator to play NES ROMS
    http://www.emulator-zone.com/doc.php/nes/nestopia.html


updated : April 20, 2009