Basic free software after Windows reinstall

Tired of finding basic free software after every Windows reinstall? If so, here we provide some free software list to make things easier for you. It is recommended that you do Windows system update first.


Firstly you may want to install is drivers. You could try to use Windows update feature first. Ream more: Free driver installation tools.

Internet browsers

Google Chrome –  Download

Mozilla Firefox –  Download

Opera Software Opera –  Download

Internet Explorer is installed by default, but many people like to use third party internet browsers. Those above are the most popular free browsers.

Archiving tools

WinRAR 5.7 32-bit   Download

WinRAR 5.7 64-bit  Download

7-Zip 19.0 32-bit –  Download

7-Zip 19.0 64-bit –  Download

Those advanced free archiving / compression tools provides lot of possibilities comparing to Windows default tool.

PDF readers

Adobe Reader –  Download

Foxit Reader 9.4.1 –  Download

PDF (Portable Document Format) is very common format.  Pdf reader should be considered as a default software.

Office software

Must have software if you working with documents. We already covered that section in this article: How to get a free office program? Microsoft and alternatives.

Antivirus programs

Bitdefender Free – Download

Avast Free –  Download

ZoneAlarm + Firewall  Download

Some Windows versions have integrated protection, but you should install additional protection anyway. Here are some popular free antivirus and anti-malware programs.

Media players

VLC Player 3.0.6 –  Download

K-Lite Codec Pack 14.8.8 Standard  Download

Winamp 5.6 – Download

Windows have Media Player by default, but it may lack some abilities. Here are some popular media players.

Communication software

Skype – Download

Viber – Download

Communication programs are not necessarily required by everyone. But still it is most common program on every computer.

Other software

Wise Registry Cleaner 10.1.8 –  Download

There are some very good freeware and portable software to tweak / improve system performance. Also read more: Classic start menu in Windows 8 or Windows 10.

This is the most basic free software list after Windows reinstall. If you have any suggestions to the list, please leave a comment below.

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