Software is the backbone of any computer installation. Whether you’ve just purchased a new PC or reinstalled Windows, the first thing you’ll do is likely install all sorts of useful programs.

Let’s step through ten Windows apps everyone should install right away, along with alternatives for each category.

Internet Browser: Google Chrome 

The first thing you wanna do when you install a new window is to get an internet browser, so that you can download and install all the other essentials softwares into your PC. Google Chrome is the preferable choice for this purpose.

It includes cross-platform syncing that lets you open your desktop tabs on your phone and vice-versa. It is super-speedy and easier to use.

Other than that, you can install Mozilla Firefox, highly underrated Opera (which has introduced a latest version, Opera Neon) or you can stick with Microsoft Edge as well, but that’s not worth your default browser.

Security: Avast or Panda Anti-virus 

When you install the latest Windows 10, it comes with its own Security Tool – Microsoft Security Essentials, which is excellent for your PC security. Other than that, we recommend you installing Avast or Panda Anti-virus.

Both are great tools that ensure your PC security, as well as the internet security. Besides both softwares, you can check out the Avira Free Antivirus or 360 Total Security.

Here are the few security basics every person should know.

Cloud Storage: Dropbox 

Your system’s memory space can get corrupted anytime or you might lose all the important data because of any other mistake. Cloud storage is the best solution to this problem. Dropbox is the cloud app you should install.

It’s super easy to share files with others using Dropbox, and the service sports a great interface on the web and desktop. Whether you use it for backup, as a cloud flash drive, or for setting up shared folders with others, you can’t go wrong with Dropbox.

Few great alternatives are Google Drive and OneDrive, which is Microsoft’s cloud software. One Drive is auto-installed in the PC whenever you get Windows 8 or 10.

Office Suite: Microsoft Office 

For the office suit, whether you are creating a presentation or making a sheet, Microsoft Office is the best solution. We recommend using it because you won’t face a problem while trying to access the files on any other platform and almost every user have it in their PC.

Best alternatives to the Microsoft Office are the LibreOffice and Office 365, which also includes a terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage.

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Image Editor: Paint.NET 

Although, when you hear the word image editing, first thing comes in your mind in Adobe Photoshop. But there are many other great tools that can be used as alternatives. Paint.NET is one of them.

Paint.NET is far more powerful than Microsoft Paint, but doesn’t overwhelm you with all sorts of confusing icons and choices. You can easily blur out parts of an image, auto-level photos to make them look better, and add text and shapes to your pictures in just a few clicks.

Media Player: VLC or KMPlayer 

Windows has its own player, but the problem is it doesn’t support every kind of video file. So for that purpose, either VLC or KMPlayer kis recommended.

Both players almost support every kind of media format. They also support different languages, subtitles to the video files and are super easy to use. Both get the job done and both are efficient.

Other than these two, there are many other players but none as good as VLC or KMP. So we recommend using either of these two must-have audio/video players.

PC Cleaning / Management: CCleaner 

With time, Windows builds up cruft and useless files that take up space. There’s only one tool you need in this category to keep your system lean and clean. CCleaner is the best disk cleaner, and it packs so many more useful features inside its toolkit.

Aside from cleaning the caches of all kinds of software, CCleaner lets you easily disable startup programs, find which files are taking up the most space, clean up your messy context menu, and create a quick text file of all installed programs.

Backup: CrashPlan 

Windows own backup plan isn’t much great and useful, so we recommend using another backup software to make sure you never lose your important data.

To save the data, money is worth it. But if you want to use a free software, then CrashPlan is recommended. It lets you back up your computer to an external drive, another computer on your network, or a friend’s computer over the internet for free.

For the alternative, Backblaze is a great if you don’t mind paying; it backs up everything so you don’t have to pick individual folders.

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File Compression & Extraction: WinRAR 

Windows includes support for some zipped files, but anything beyond the basics requires a more powerful tool. WinRAR is the great choice for your compression and extraction needs.

WinRAR can be used to compress files and even email them. It is a powerful and most widely used tool. It supports all kinds of compressed files.

Messaging: Franz 

Every windows must have a messaging tool to make users stay in touch with friends and family. And Franz is the pick for best messaging app on Windows.

Franz lets you add accounts from dozens of popular messaging services, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Telegram, GroupMe, Hangouts, Discord, and many more.

It simply adds a new tab for every service you use, letting you keep up with every group in one window. It’s easier on battery than using browser windows for these apps, and you can close it when it’s time to focus.

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