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10+ essential (and free) Windows applications

George Ou just put together a list of free Windows apps in his Real World IT blog — the ones he installs on every new Windows computer he builds. Along with their essential functionality, he says they're "well-behaved installers and uninstallers" — no crashing your computer of gunking things up. Here are the apps on his list. You can download the complete info as a PDF or check out this photo gallery for a look at each product.

  1. uTorrent
  2. Skype
  3. Paint.NET
  4. Infra recorder
  5. Dr. Divx
  6. FastStone Photo Resizer
  7. K-Lite Mega Codec pack
  8. IZArc
  9. CCleaner
  10. Autoruns
  11. Process Explorer
  12. AVG Antivirus Free Edition


What favorite free apps would you add to this list? Is there anything here you wouldn't include?

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Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.

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