Whenever I set up a new machine there are certain programs I wouldn’t want to miss. Here are my top must-have programs for the latest Windows 10
Program #1: VLC – To Play Movies, Music, MKV, Media Files
VLC is one of the most popular programs of all time and for good reason. It’s a simple, liteweight, reliable tool for all sorts of use cases. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html
Program #2: Roboform By SiberSystems – Password Manager For Windows 10
Passwords are everywhere. Every service, every websites requires one. As you may know, it’s a very, very bad idea to use easy passwords. Another more common error is to use the same password for all sites and services. Whenever one database gets compromised due to data leaks, immediately all of your accounts are in danger. Instead, play it safe and install Roboform.
Program #3: Autohotkey – Productivity Hacking For Windows 10 Simplified
Autohotkey is the ultimate scripting language. You can learn this language in one weekend (even if you have never programmed before) and start scripting incredibly awesome hacks that will make your life easier. It’s a tool I literally depend on and it’s always one of the first programs I install on Windows.
Program #4: Authy – 2-Factor Auth on Windows, iOS, Android, Linux Devices
Authy is a cross-platform tool to securely manage your 2-factor logins. 2-factor is an industry standard to better secure logins. Roboform is great but passwords are relatively easy to crack or obtain. Requiring a special code to login gives you redundant security. Authy has established itself as the go-to 2-factor app.
Program #5: GPU-Z – Monitor Your GPU Temperature, Voltage, Stability
Whether you’re a gamer, cryptocurrency-addict or just obsessed with overclocking, one tool we couldn’t live without is GPU-Z: A great program to monitor the temperature and stability of your graphic cards.
Program #6: Filezilla – FTP Tool For Windows 10
FTP is a popular protocol for file-sharing, file-hosting and is used by millions every day. FTP servers are some of the most common servers connected to the internet and anyone with a hard drive and access to the internet can host or connect to one thanks to tools like FileZilla.
Program #7: 7-Zip: The Superior Zipping Tool For Windows 10
The built-in zipping tool is easy to use but tools like 7-zip provide superior compression and allow you to open even obscure and rare packages. Incredibly handy and powerful!
Program #8: iTunes – The Media Program
The Xbox marketplace is great, but if you already own an iPad, there’s no way around iTunes on Windows.
Program #9: Steam – The Game Library
Games are no longer solely managed by your programs folder. Since 2001, Valve’s Steam has become the go-to game library and marketplace.
Program #10: Notepad++ – The Notepad Alternative
The built-in Windows 10 notepad is ok for tiny notes, but notepad++ is capable of even replacing far superior, full-scale IDE’s and programming environments. Notepad++ is extremely complex, comes with regex support and all sorts of cool plugins to replace and modify text.