Windows (XP) Killer Apps - The Best Windows Software

As a long time Windows user, I have through the years found a wide variety of software that is just impossible to live without. With no exception I prefer freeware and open source software so most programs here you can download for free. Still today I find great software, so this post will be updated from time to time.

The programs are listed in Alphabetical order. Last updated the 7 of August, 2010.

NOTE: I am a little schizo so this article is partly in English, partly in Swedish. I am working on translations...

 

7-zip

SYSTEM. An open source file archiver that supports a wide range of formats.
http://www.7-zip.org

AutoHotkey *

Free keyboard macro program. Supports hotkeys for keyboard, mouse, and joystick. Can expand abbreviations as you type them (AutoText), etc. etc.
www.autohotkey.com

Avast! Antivirus

SECURITY. A good free anti virus solution.
www.avast.com

Avira AntiVir Personal

SECURITY. Another great free Anti-virus program. It seems Avira takes less resources than Avast, but in return it will show you an ad after each program update.
www.free-av.com/.../avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html

CDex

AUDIO. Rip CD's and convert audio files.
http://cdexos.sourceforge.net

FileBox eXtender

SYSTEM. Gives you some great window functionality, always on top, recent menu, and custom shortcuts menu. I am looking for a replacement for this program. Still to this date I have not found one, and trust me, i have been looking.
http://www.hyperionics.com

FileZilla *

The one and only FTP client. Now with multiple connections in a tab-style interface.
http://www.filezilla-project.org

Firefox

Doesn't really need any further explanation. (if you really don't know.. it's the best browser ever made.)
http://www.mozilla.com

Foobar2000

Audio. Throw out Winamp or whatever you currently use. This is simply the best audio player to date. Simple interface, great functionality, and incredible good sound you can adjust with 10-band EQ. Additional functionality like OSD can be added by downloading a component.
www.foobar2000.org

K-Melon

WEBB. One of the fastest browsers on the market. A nice complement to Firefox or replacement for IE.
http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net

KeePass Password Safe *

Keep all your passwords safe.
http://www.keepass.info

Komodo Edit

A professional editor for when you want to code like a pro.
http://www.activestate.com/komodo_edit

Notepad2 *

Through out notepad and use Notepad2 instead.
http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html

OpenOffice.org

MS Office replacement. (Yes, there are other office software).
http://www.openoffice.org

Process Explorer *

SYSTEM. A much better task manager. Also check out the other Sysinternals programs.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

PStart *

SYSTEM. Efficient program launcher.
http://pegtop.net/start/

ReNamer

ReNamer is a very powerful and flexible file renaming tool.
http://www.den4b.com/projects.php

Royale Remixed Theme

Give Windows a new darker look.
http://oddbasket.deviantart.com/art/Royale-Remixed-44294818

Samurize

Make your own widgets and screensavers. Extremely useful.
http://www.samurize.com

Simple Search/Replace *

SYSTEM. Very easy to use and fast file search and text replace.
http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/search

Spamihilator

The best spam protection I have found.
http://www.spamihilator.com

Spybot - Search & Destroy

SYSTEM. Find and remove spyware.
http://www.safer-networking.org/

Thunderbird *

The one and only mail client.
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird

UltraExplorer

A great file manager with a lot of functionality. Have a tendency to crash once in a while, but still better than Windows Explorer.
http://www.mustangpeak.net/subdomains/ultraexplorer

uTorrent *

The one and only bittorrent client.
http://www.utorrent.com

VirtualBox

Run multiple OS's inside your current one.
http://www.virtualbox.org

VirtuaWin

Add a few more desktops with this program. Almost as in Linux.
http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net

VLC Media Player

The best video player. Plays everything you through at it.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Win2Vnc

Access remote computers.
http://fredrik.hubbe.net/win2vnc.html

WinSplit Revolution

SYSTEM. WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning them to make the best use of your desktop real estate. Even in a better way than in Windows 7.
http://winsplit-revolution.com

XAMPP (light) *

WEB. If you are a web developer this one is a must. A package with Apache, MySql, PHP, etc. Also check out the launcher DTX Control.
xampp: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html
launcher: http://zedfiles.com/DTX/

XMPlay *

If you need a quick, easy, and portable media player, then this one is for you.
http://support.xmplay.com

Xplorer2 (light)

SYSTEM. Explorer replacement. Much faster with more functions like dual panes with multiple tabs.
http://www.zabkat.com/x2lite.htm

 

Under evaluation

Programs that I am not sure make my life easier...

FreeRam XP Pro

Det här programmet har jag använt sedan urminnes tider, men jag har aldrig riktigt lyckas klura ut om det gör från eller till, men i vilket fall så  gör det vad det ska, frigöra ramminne, vilket det gör mycket bra.

SlickRun

Gillar man att avnända tangentbordet ska man verkligen testa SlickRun. Win+Q, skriv "firefox", tryck enter och Firefox startas. Bara ett exempel, programmet har långt fler funktioner är så.
http://www.bayden.com/slickrun/

 

Removed from list

These program was previously on the list but has been removed either because I have found a better option, the program has become proprietary, has become bloated, etc.

Foxit Reader

Previously a really good PDF reader which became crapware.
http://www.foxitsoftware.com

NetRadio

AUDIO. Ett lite enkelt program som låter dig skapa en lista med radiostationer som du sedan kan lyssna på via mediaspelaren. Kräver .net 3.0.
www.c-digital-art.co.uk

PSPad Editor *

EDITOR. Code editor I used before I found Komodo Edit.
http://www.pspad.com/en

Rename Master

SYSTEM. A file renaming tool.
http://www.joejoesoft.com/cms/showpage.php?cid=108

TeakWindow

Another small app that does just what you want and need. The program allows you to manipulate floating windows in a way similar to many X11 window managers. Hold a predefined key and rezise/move windows with the right mouse button.
http://taekwindow.sf.net

Necessary Evil

Software that you are forced to use.

Skype

I don't like this program for a number of reasons, but there are no obvious options.

Windows ?


* Indicates that the program exists, or can be used, in a portable format. Some can be downloaded from www.portableapps.com.

** Suport for multiple platforms.

*** Indicates that the program is commercial, e.g. not free.

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