Have you just purchased a Windows desktop or laptop PC and you want to know which software you need to install first ? This article is here to help!

There are currently several million pieces of software available for Windows. Difficult to navigate and know which software to install .

Let me guide you and give you the software to install on a new PC or after formatting .

Tip

Install all your programs at once using the package manager Chocolatey . For example :

choco install firefox vlc libreoffice 7zip sumatrapdf

You can also use Ninite which – although less complete than Chocolatey – allows you to install several software at the same time .

CategoryFreePaying
Anti-virusAvast Antivirus ⭐
Avira Free Antivirus
Kaspersky Anti-Virus (€ 29.99)
FirewallZoneAlarm Firewall
Comodo Firewall
Security suite
(antivirus + firewall)
Bitdefender Internet Security (34,99 €) ⭐
McAfee Internet Security (39,97 €)
Kaspersky Internet Security (49,99 €)
Video playerVLC ⭐
MPC-HC
Audio playerMusicBee ⭐
foobar2000
AIMP
Spotify (€ 9.99 / month)
Deezer (€ 9.99 / month)
Web browserMozilla Firefox ⭐
Chromium
Image viewerIrfanView ⭐
XnView
Office suiteLibreOffice ⭐Microsoft Office 365 Personal (7 € / month) or family (10 € / month) ⭐
Engravingcdrtfe ⭐
ImgBurn ⭐
CDBurnerXP
Instant messaging + audio / video callsSignal 
Telegram
NotepadStandard Notes 
Joplin
Turtl
PDF readerSumatra PDF
Foxit Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
Image editing and retouchingPaint.NET ⭐
GIMP 
Crete
Adobe Photoshop CC (€ 23.99 / month) ⭐
BackupClonezilla ⭐
SyncBack Free ⭐
Redo Backup and Recovery
EaseUS ToDo BackUp
Acronis True Image (49,99 €)
Password managerBitwarden ⭐
KeePass
LastPass
BitTorrent clientqBittorrent ⭐ Deluge 
Transmission
Online storageSeafile ⭐
Nextcloud 
Microsoft OneDrive (1TB with Office 365: € 7 / month)
Dropbox Plus (1TB: € 9.99 / month)
Google Drive (1TB: € 9.99 / month)
Archiving and compressing files7-Zip ⭐
PeaZip
Cleaning utilityBleachBit ⭐
CCleaner
Bootable USB flash drive creation utilityRufus ⭐
UNetbootin
Partition management utilityEaseUS Partition Master Free ⭐
GParted
Disk Monitoring and Diagnostic UtilityCrystalDiskInfoHD Sentinel Professional (33,60 €) ⭐
Screen capture toolGreenshot ⭐
ShareX 
Data recoveryRecuva 
Test Disk
Ontrack EasyRecovery Home (89 €)
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro (66,69 €)
And also…Eye protection: f.lux ⭐
Uninstaller: BCUninstaller ⭐ Malware removal
Malwarebytes ⭐
System info: Speccy
Hardware monitoring: Open Hardware Monitor
CD / DVD / BD emulator : WinCDEmu
Remote maintenance : TeamViewer
Media player: Kodi
Locked files / folders unblocker: LockHunter

These basic software will allow you to use your new computer serenely! ????

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