28 May, 2021

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Best Free Software For Windows 10 [Update 12]

Windows 10 is a great OS. The curated list of software you must have on your computer. Most of the software doesn't need any introduction.

The download links are original authors websites. Bookmark this page to keep the list handy. All the software included are completely free.
Best Free Must Have Windows Software


  1. Windows Security  is sufficient. Windows 10 and Windows 11 comes with preinstalled Windows Security suite (previously called Windows Defender). 
  2. If you are not convinced with Windows Security, Malwarebytes is a proven security program. Even though you don't buy a full version, it's best to deep scan your system if you are suspicious about anything. It works as a perfect backup plan. The trial version is fully active without any limit on features. It runs on demand (free version) and does not conflict with your native or third-party Antivirus program. And it's great at finding threats.
  3. Sandboxie is a special tool. If you try too many stranger software, you need it. It runs the new software completely isolated from your Windows system. You can be safe from potential threats of unknown software.

    Windows Tweaking

    1. Flux will adjust your screen brightness and color temperature for your eyes.
    2. QT Tab bar adds tabs to the Windows Explorer file manager. 
    3. Clover is similar to the QTTab bar but without customization. It adds Chrome-like tabs to File Explorer. (Also read:  4 Best Free File Managers For Windows That Can Replace File Explorer)
    4. Remap your keyboard keys. You can assign any function and shortcuts to  keyboard keys. There are many good tools to do it. Please see Remapping Keyboard Key Functions.
    5. Google input tools: If you want to write in any language other, this tool from Google may help you. Supports about 22 languages all over the world.
    6. Windows Power Toys are advanced additional features to Windows from Microsoft. It includes Power Launcher, Keyboard Mapper, Power Rename, Color picker and more. 
    7. Also, read How To back up And Restore Windows Drivers Without Any Software

    Basic Tools

    1. Sumatra PDF reader, a lightweight PDF reader. Download 
      1. Archive extraction and maker is "7Zip" Download 
      2. Archive opener for special use is "Universal Extractor" Download

      Video and MP3

      1. VLC Media player Download (Also read: 5 Extremely Useful & Uncommon Uses Of VLC Media Player)
      2. Media player classic for systems with low on the configuration
      3. Audacity is a Great MP3, Wav audio editor Download 
      4. Free Video Flip and Rotate" Download
      5. MP3 Tag: a Free solution to edit everything about your MP3 collection. You can edit all tags,  album art. Compare with the online open database. Bulk editor and tagger.
      6. HandBreak a completely free all format support video converter.
      7. KDENLive completely free video editor. Very easy to use and full of features.
      8. MKVToolNix is a set of tools to create, alter and inspect MKV files. If you have large collection of HD movies, this helps you to change tags, metadata, chapter and other embedded info in the file. You can delete unwanted audio tracks and subtitles also. Works perfectly.


      1. GIMP an Adobe Photoshop alternative
        1. An open-source SVG graphics editor is Inkscape Download. A basic Corel Draw competitor.
        2. Layouts, desktop publishing, page designing here is "Scribus" Download 
        3. Paint.net is a powerful image editor. If the GIMP is too hard to use, Paint.net is a better solution for most of the users. Have great editing feature and completely free
        4. Easy Graphics converter is small Batch image format converter Download
        5. Nexus Fonts An easy to use a Font manager. The free and only option.
        6. Image Glass: The best image viewer for Windows 10. Better than the stock photo viewer windows photo. Fast, support most formats and slick. 


        1. Brave Browser Download. Brave is the most privacy oriented browser based on chromium. It helps you to earn BAT cryptocurrency while you browse the internet. Built in ad blocker and privacy feature. 
          1. FDM aka Free Download Manager. It can download torrents, YouTube videos and other web files very fast. Completely free. Download 
          2. Extensions: Must-Have extension for productive browsing detailed list here 
          3. Bookmarklets: Must have Bookmarklets detailed list here 
          4. KeePass Password Safe is the best offline password manager Download
          5. Wireless Network Watcher allows you to list and track every device connected to your wireless router. Simple and practical tool. 
          6. Cloud storage clients of your favorite cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive or OneDrive
          7. Wireshark is a free and open-source tool to monitor in-depth network activity. Every packet of data sent and received.
          8. OBS Studio : Open source screen recording and streaming software for Windows. Most popular and feature rich. You don't need anything extra. 

          Other Tools

          VeraCrypt: Encrypt your USB drive and password protect it. You can also create a mountable partition on your internal hard drive with encryption and password. Download


          1. Calibre : Ebook Library management, format conversion, reader and much more.
            1. Sigil" may also come to use for editing eBooks as you want them. Download

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            Merge, Split, Reorder pages, Rotate pages, Add header and footer, Add watermark by text, Add watermark by image, encrypt and Decrypt PDF, Convert Image to PDF, Convert PDF to Images, Scan to PDF, Crop PDF pages, Flatten PDF forms and many other features. 

            System Cleaning

            1. Unlocker: You may come across the situation when you can't delete some files in Windows. The file is in use and cant be deleted. To unlock that but, use Unlocker. Download 
            2. Revo uninstaller: Completely remove the software without keeping and trace and keep your system clean.
            3. Recuva helps you to recover deleted files. Undelete is also good.
            4. WinDirStat presents you a graphical data about the disc usage so that you can easily find and delete large-sized unnecessary files.
            5. TreeSize Free is also a disk usage monitoring tool to find junk files and delete them.

            Other Miscellaneous Utilities

            1. Bulk Rename Utility Download 
            2. Toddler Keys it can lock your keyboard, CD drive temporarily Download
            3. Notepad ++ : A developers' replacement for Windows Notepad, is useful for everyone else.
            4. Evernote: If you don't use Evernote note-taking app, you are really missing something great you are unaware of. Download Evernote and try it.

            Hardware Monitor

            Open Hardware Monitor gives you the temperature, speed and much other information about your hardware performance.
            1. CPUZ
            2. HWiNFO 

            Windows Originals

            1. Office 
              1. .net Frameworks 
              2. OS service pack Updates
              You can download all these software programs from their homepages or visit Ninite or FreeNew to get all this software in one single installer.
              I will keep this List updating and also make some changes to download links.

              Please add your suggestion in the comments.
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