So here’s my attempt at such a list.
A simpler defragmenting tool that also allows defragmentation of individual files. Piriform has other useful programs besides this (which would be making an appearance later on).
Auslogics Disk Defrag
Another alternate choice for disk defragmenting needs.
Another program from Piriform, arguably the primary disk cleanup program of many.
A file recovery program from Piriform.
Is a “fast and easy to use application for finding and removing duplicate files.”
Rename multiple files quickly with this program.
A free open-source disk encryption software.
Copying files made faster and easier through this application.
Know which file occupies how much space where with this program.
Scan directory sizes and spot space hogs quickly with this application.
Usually comes first to mind when thinking about such programs.
From the creators of CPU-Z, focusing more on temperatures, voltages and fan speeds.
Foremost choice for information on your GPU(s).
A “temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors.”
A CPU temperature monitoring program alternative.
A system information program from Piriform.
Blue Screen View
View BSOD information in your system’s dump files.
Versatile program which also allows fan control.
My first choice for file compression/decompression.
Congraturation, you are WinRAR.
And here’s another one.
Media Players and Codecs
Audio and video player. I usually restrict its use to audio files however.
The codecs pack that will choose you. In Soviet Russia, it is not you who choose the codecs, for the codecs choose you!
Media Player Classic – Home Cinema is included, the best media player out there today.
VLC media player
An alternative…alternative media player.
Another one, also a popular choice.
Media Files Conversion, Creation and Editing
A program with a comprehensive list of files to convert to and from.
Included here to add variety.
It’s free. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to use and quick to get the hang of it though.
Video Card Utilities
Now the primary option for video card tweaking. And yes, it works even with non-MSI cards.
The program which forms the basis for Afterburner.
Internet Explorer 9
IE9 is included as I’m under the assumption that you haven’t updated IE yet and you have either Vista or 7.
Can be either easy to set-up or a nightmare to use, depending on the amount of time you have free. Does not measure the amount of rainfall in your area.
A dock for your shortcuts in your desktop.
Another useful dock program.
Create PDF files and make them cute.
An alternative PDF reader.
A free alternative to Adobe’s Photoshop.
Another free image editor.
Alternative vector graphics editor.
Image Resizer for Windows
Exactly what it says in the title.
Microsoft Security Essentials
DAEMON Tools Lite
Disc emulation and burning tool.
A free virtual drive software.
A lightweight burning application.
Another program for your burning desires.
A network protocol analyzer.
Networking management and monitoring software.
Instant Messaging/Voice Chat
A free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client.
“Soluto Beta allows you to understand your boot, discover which applications are slowing it down (and keep running later in the background, affecting your ongoing experience), and allows you to significantly improve it. While Soluto Beta focuses on the boot, it already researches for frustrations and helps map the PC Genome, allowing you to share your wisdom with others.” Yes, it’s still in Beta.
Tired with using Notepad? Use Notepad++ then.
A free content management system for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets.
An all-in-one internet application suite.