11 Free Apps to Install on a New PC

Building a new PC or just getting yourself a new rig is a wonderful experience. Its a fresh new start,you boot it on, you install windows. But then you suddenly realize that you don’t have any programs installed which will help you complete your day-to-day tasks. Is new pc what to install is your first question after getting a new rig? Don’t worry we have got your back, here is a list of 11 apps that we have prepared to get you started on your new PC.


1. Ccleaner

Ccleaner, a wonderful app made by Piriform, it does exactly what it sounds like. It is a cleaner app for your computer which does quite a good job at finding junk files, unused/ junk registry items, uninstalling programs , managing apps which start up with your PC, managing cookies from different browsers and much more. It comes in two versions, paid and free. The major difference between free and paid version is that the paid version has more feature like automated monitoring, scheduling tasks, ability to create different profiles within the program etc. But for basic day-to-day use the features on the free version will be more than enough. Get CCleaner from here.  


2. Chrome or Firefox

Edge, the browser which windows 10 come preinstalled with is getting better & better with the addition of features like Extension support but is still way behind from Chrome and Firefox.  


Google Chrome

Currently the most popular browser available on windows, it is first choice of many people when they think new pc what to install or use instead of edge or internet explorer. Chrome is a featured packed browser by Google Inc, currently controlling over 60% of the desktop market share. Chrome is known for its speed, reliability & availability of many different extensions (plugins). If you are a average computer user and are looking for a web browser that is very compatible with google services & is fast and secure, then chrome is the way to go for you. Get it here.


Mozilla Firefox

Another alternative to Edge is the Firefox browser by Mozilla, unlike google chrome, Firefox is run by Mozilla Corp. which is a non-profit organization. Firefox uses 30% less resources than chrome & its private browsing mode is equipped with tracking protection. It does not have as many add-ons (plugins) as chrome but most of the plugins that you need will be there. Previous versions of Firefox used to lag a lot and were sluggish to use but are the release of firefox quantum things have really changed, browsing on Firefox feels much snappier and easy. I have been using Firefox for as long as i can remember and in recent months it has become more responsive and fast. Click here to download Firefox.  


3. VlC

VLC, according to me is a must have software for windows 10. It supports most of media codecs, music files and also almost all types of video file formats. VLC by VideoLAN is free & opensource, it supports standard music player options like equalizer, subtitles, audio/video synchronization. It also supports audio/video streaming from different sources like YouTube or simply by entering the url of the media source online. Get VLC from here.  


4. Gimp2

GIMP is a free image editing program which is is available on many different platforms. It can be used for basic editing of images, cropping things out, adjusting brightness, sharpness & supports some advanced options like layers etc. It is opensource and is very lightweight (200mb ‘ish). When you first open GIMP, its UI may look like Photoshop and it even has some similar tools but it is a little difficult to use and operate at first, so for professional grade photo editing Photoshop is best, but for a normal user it is probably more that what you need and is definitely a better alternative to MS Paint. Get GIMP from here.


5. F.lux

When you are looking for new pc software to install on a newly built machine then flux is the one that you should install first. f.lux or flux however you want to pronounce it, is a free app which can set color of screen according to the time of the day. It helps in reducing strain from your eyes by turning the cool blue color of your display to warm orange-ish color. Blue light is said to be bad for your eyes if used for prolonged periods & can also affect your sleeping pattern. Your screen will look a little different, but you will get used to it over time. It turns it self off when it detects full-screen apps and you can also disable it for certain apps if you need to do some color sensitive work like photo/video editing, gaming etc. For best results set you location on flux and it will change the colors automatically. Get f.lux from here.


6. Steam

Steam is a very popular platform by Valve Corporation which provide digital copies of games. From its launch in 2003 it has become one stop destination for most of the gamers as it offers almost all of the mainstream game titles. It has a very clean interface and comes with its inbuilt chat service named ‘Steam Chat’. Steam chat is a upgrade from their old chat system, it is now standalone and loads separately with new functions like showing which game mode your friends are playing in a particular game, their score etc. Steam is not the only way to get games on PC platform but it is the one with wide variety of games, easy purchases, returns & most importantly a very large user base. Download Steam from here.


7. 7zip

7zip is one of the best pc programs to use as a file archiving utility, the big advantage that is has over over file archivers or zip utilities like winrar is that it is opensource and free to use. The setup is only 2mb in size and the installed product has very minimal UI and simple options. For packing file in archives it supports 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM formats & for unpacking CAB, EXT, FAT, ISO, MSI, NTFS, RAR, UDF, UEFI, WIM, XAR and many more formats are supported. It can also perform certain CRC & SHA check-sums to verity the integrity of archived files. Get 7Zip utility from here.


8. LibreOffice

If you are thinking of buying Microsoft Office suit, just check of LibreOffice before you do so. LibreOffice is a free and opensource alternative to Microsoft office. It is available for mac, Linux and windows. It is based on openoffice.org, a long discontinued open source office suite. All the basic file formats that you will need like xml, html, xlsx, pptx, docx etc are supported and it comes with over 100+ language support. It can do most of the tasks that MS Office can perform and also supports extensions(plugins) which can further enhance its functionality & usability. Get LibreOffice from here.


9. Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader is a free PDF reader app and an alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. It has similar functions and UI when compared to Acrobat DC, but it is free to use and does not tricks you to install 3rd party software that you don’t need. It also offers a service called Foxit Drive which can be used to save your documents and sync them across your devices. You can also add notes & highlight certain things on your PDF files. It does support read mode which removes unnecessary menus and options from the screen and the you reading experience becomes clutter free. It also has support for plugins which can make it read PDF’s directly from Google Drive, Dropbox or your Web Browser. Download Foxit Reader from here


10. Google Backup and Sync

A backup or cloud app is very useful if you need to store some of your important stuff online, one app that i really like is google backup & sync, a very small app which can be used to backup certain files from your PC to cloud storage. You can also set it to backup contents of a specific folder from your PC. It will create a copy of the folder inside your google drive account and will sync your data as you make changes to the content of the folder. If you don’t like this app you can also try OneDrive which comes pre-installed in windows 10 or Dropbox is also a good one. Get it here.


11. Notepad ++

Last but not the least is the notepad++ app, this app can do much more than the standard notepad app that comes with your OS.Most of the features & options are mainly for coders and app-developers. It can record Macros, supports tons of encoding options and has support for plugins. For normal every-day usage it does have some handy features like multiple tabs, it restores your session when you close the app. For example you have not saved a document and you decide to close the app, the text document will remain their the next time you open the app. Get Notepad++ from here.



So this concludes my post. Now it is very possible that you guys know some of the programs listed here or you have used some of them and didn’t find them working for you and you know a alternative, you are welcome to leave your recommendations & alternatives in comments below.

The app that i was struggling ‘to list’ or ‘not to list’ was GIMP. I was thinking of adding paint.net here but then decided to go with gimp because it can do basic editing very well and has options which make it capable of doing semi-pro level editing. Thanks for reading and have a great day ☺.

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