List of 300 Most Useful Softwares for Windows

Your computer can actually become the most valuable place if you have the right tools available to make the most out of it. There are over a million software available to sort each of your purposes online or offline. So if you want to simplify your life and work efficiently without wasting any further time then here is a list of websites where you can install several useful softwares (for free). And what later follows is another compilation of almost 300 websites and pieces of software that aren’t just open source but also almost directly replaceable against many other available expensive packages.

Office

Archive managers

  • 7-Zip – compression program
  • IZArc – compression program
  • TugZIP – compression program
  • CabPack – compression program
  • Universal Extractor – extract files from any type of archive

Internet

Peer to Peer Useful Softwares

  • µTorrent – torrent client
  • Azureus – torrent client
  • BitComet – torrent client
  • ABC – torrent client
  • BitTornado – torrent client
  • eMule – p2p client
  • SoulSeek – p2p client
  • Shareaza – p2p client
  • DC++ – Direct Connect network client
  • PeerGuardian – IP blocker

Chat

Security

Network

Servers

  • FileZilla – FTP client
  • FileZilla Server – FTP server
  • EFTP – FTP client/server
  • XAMPP – integrated server package of Apache, mySQL, PHP and Perl
  • WAMP – Apache, PHP5 and MySQL server

Audio

Useful Softwares for Video

Image

3D

  • Blender3D – 3D renderer
  • 3Delight Free – 3D renderer
  • SketchUp – 3D modeling
  • Maya Learning Edition – 3D modeling

Developers

CD/ DVD

Codecs

System Utility Useful Softwares

UI Enhancements

  • RocketDock – application launcher
  • AveDesk – desktop enhancer
  • IconPhile – customize windows’s system icons
  • CursorXP Free – change mouse cursors
  • MacSound – volume control
  • LClock – Windows Longhorn clock
  • Y’z Shadow – shadow effect to the windows
  • Taskbar Shuffle – rearrange the programs on the taskbar by dragging
  • Y’z Toolbar – change the toolbar icons in Explorer and Internet Explorer
  • Visual Task Tips – thumbnail preview image for each task in the taskbar
  • Badges – put badges on any folder or file
  • Folderico – change icons of the folders
  • Folder Marker – mark your folders
  • Folder2MyPC – add favourite locations to My Computer
  • Microsoft TweakUI – system settings
  • BricoPacks – shell packs
  • ShellPacks – shell packs
  • Tango Shell Patcher – shell patcher
  • XPize – GUI enhancer
  • Vista Transformation Pack – complete visual style
  • Vista Sound Scheme – Windows Vista sound scheme
  • Royale Theme – visual style

Hardware Monitoring/ Benchmarking Useful Softwares

Free Gaming Useful Softwares

Education

Miscellaneous Free Useful Softwares

  • nLite – Build your own custom Windows disk.
  • VirtualPC – create virtual machines
  • grabMotion – webcam capture
  • iDailyDiary – simple page-for-a-day diary
  • Pivot Stickfigure Animator – create stick-figure animations
  • Wink – create presentations
  • Scribus – professional page layout
  • FreeMind – midn mapping software
  • Windows Live Writer – WYSIWYG blog authoring