Maximum PC has a site that recommends the 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Apps for Every New PC. This list, covering 7 pages, spans the full gamut from Utilities, to general Applications. Windows Appstore, while having fewer apps, lists the Top 20 Free Apps for your new PC. While this list is smaller, and has some of the same apps as Maximum PC, it lists them all on a single, page, and provides a large screenshot of each app, so you have an idea of what they’ll look like on your PC.
Another good site is Guiding Tech’s Top 10 Free Software Apps to Install on Your New PC. This list includes CCleaner (Crap Cleaner), which is great for removing tempory and other junk files off your PC. Running CCleaner frequently can help keep your PC from slowing down.
Keep in mind that these lists continue to change. It’s also important to update apps on a regular basis, because as time goes on, updates are released to address bugs and security concerns. Always use Windows Update to make sure your PC has the latest security patches.
So, you’ve just bought a new PC. Now what ? Here are the 5 best applications to help you use your PC:
1. PCDecrapifier.com – This site allows you to download and install the PC Decrapifier, which gets rid of the bloatware and unwanted applications that PC makers install on new PC’s. This will help speed up your new PC, give you more hard drive space, and get rid of the clutter you may never use anyway.
2. Ninite.com – This site is a one-stop-shop for the applications you need to install on a new PC. Categories include Browsers, messaging, media, utilities, and other tools that can be selected an installed from a single interface. This is the quickest and fastest way to install applications on your PC, and it’s a nice place to see what alternatives you have for each category.
3. Microsoft Security Essentials – One of the best free, fast, and reliable Antivirus/Antispyware applications (Also installable via Ninite.)
4. Open DNS – Change your DNS (Domain Name Service) entries to speed up your Internet Connection. This will allow you to
5. Microsoft Fishbowl HTML 5 Graphics Benchmark – This will allow you to find out how truly fast your new PC is. Set it to “Auto” and run it on your old PC.