page is pretty much outdated, so the advice is too. But I'm going to leave it here for now, until I get a chance to update
I consider the software below the Minimum you need to add to Windows to safely enjoy using a computer.
Acrobat Reader- With
free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® software, you can view and print Adobe PDF files across a broad range of hardware and operating
is a free multi-spyware removal tool that detects and safely removes components of advertising parasites from your system.
AVG- With AVG, you will get
the high-end software solution for reliable protection against the threat of computer viruses. Unlimited free license for
Easy Cleaner- EasyCleaner is a small freeware program which searches Windows' registry for entries that are pointing nowhere.
Deleting these entries will speed your computer up. And more.
EndItAll2- EndItAll2 is Freeware that lets you terminate all non-essential
programs for the purpose of installing new software, running finicky games, or writing to CD-Rs that need a big buffer.
is a very fast FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) 32-Bit graphic viewer for Windoze 9x, Windoze ME, Windows NT and Windows
Not only zip and unzip but also scanner, email, web, ftp, safety, data protection, backup, mp3, multimedia.
is a small and very handy little freeware utility that loads and scans your registry for errors and other superfluous
is a free computer firewall that is compatible with Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000.
NOTE: The "Other Software" list was compiled from a thread
posted at the pcnineoneone- forum.
ACT! 2000- Contact Manager.Make contact. Build Relationships.Get results.
Adaptec Easy cd Creator - CD
recording software for Windows.
Adobe eBook- eBook reading software.
Adobe Photoshop- Image Editor.
BeOS- Free alternate Operating System.
Cakewalk Home Studio 9- Records, mixes and delivers music with your PC!
Freeware that extracts audio tracks from
a CD-ROM and saves them to disk as WAV file or MP3 files.
CdMax- Freeware audio player that retrieves the data about your CD from
the web and stores it in a library on your computer.
CloneCD- CD copier.
Copernic 2001- Freeware multi search engine desktop search tool.
Corel Draw 10- Vector illustration, layout, bitmap creation, image-editing, painting and animation
Corel Print Office 2000- Photo-editing, images, ready-to-use templates, and support for digital cameras and scanners.
Architect- Freeware theme management software
for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000.
Diskeeper- Automatic disk defragmenter.
Download Accelerator Plus-
Download acceleration program.
General-purpose text editor.
Enzip 3.00- Freeware Windows
Evidence Eliminator- Computer file cleaner.
Evrsoft 1st Page 2000- Freeware HTML page production tool.
Exact Audio Copy- Audio grabber for CD-ROM drives
FavOrg- Freeware Favicon manager and Favorites checker.
2.01- Freeware Internet Privacy Suite.
Drive or partition imager.
Plus- Download manager.
Tracer 1.2- Trace hackers to their source.
Logos- Internet Explorer Logos changer
Office XP- Microsoft XP Office Suite.
Modplug Tracker- Music
Motherboard Monitor- Motherboard
NetMeeting- Windows real-time collaboration and conferencing client
SystemWorks- Computer maintenance and problem-solving
NotePadPro- Text editor and HTML coding tool.
OleClean- Ole Registry Cleaner.
Omnipage pro 11- Makes Paper Digital.
Opera- Internet Browser.
Paint Shop Pro- Photo Editor and Web projects.
Partition Magic- Create,resize, and move partitions without losing data.
Powerchute- APC UPS monitor and control software.
Powerdesk- Freeware file manager.
Powerstrip for Windows- Advanced, multi-monitor API support with extensive programmable
QuickView Plus- File Viewer.
Rain- Software CPU Cooler.
Rambooster- Freeware Rambooster.
SiSoft Sandra- System diagnostic, benchmarking, tune-up utility.
Spinner- Internet Radio.
StarOffice- Freeware office suite.
Tiny Firewall- Freeware firewall.
Wallmaster- Freeware wallpaper changing utility.
Webwasher- Freeware Internet Filter. Ex: Popups
WebWolf- Desktop based Web Page Crawler.
Winamp- Freeware music player.
WindowBlinds- Use skins to control and change your gui.
Commander- File manager for Windows® 95/98/ME/NT/2000,
and Windows® 3.1.
Winfax Pro 10- Send,receive,manage Faxes.
WinImage- Floppy disk image program.
Winzip- Windows archive program.
WordWeb- Freeware thesaurus/dictionary.
X-Teq X-Setup- Freeware Windows tweak program.