Great Software for Microsoft Windows

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page lists great software for Windows that i personally use. Most are also available for Mac and Linux.

Anti-Virus Software

See: Windows: Best Anti-virus Software.


Image Viewer

Photo Collection

Google Picasa

Picasa Pains: Using Picasa Web as Backup; Sync All Folders

Image Editor


Vector Graphics Drawing


Video Player

VLC media player

Video Capture

Screen Video Capture, Screencasting, Softwares

DVD-ripper. HandBrake. Can't really rip encripted DVD. But good for converting DVD format to some video format as a file.

Video Editing

I haven't done any video editing. But here's what i heard that works fine.

For linux:

Audio and Music

Music player. Windows and Mac: iTunes

See: Audio Recorder, Synthesizers, MIDI Software.

Office (WordProcessor, Spread Sheet, etc)


Gmail, Yahoo Mail, HotMail

Windows, Mac, Linux: Mozilla Thunderbird

Windows: Windows Live Mail. [see Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Confusion Ball]

{Voice, Video} Chat

Text Chat, IRC

all-in-one chats software for your Yahoo/AIM/MSN. But these usually only support text chat, no video or voice.

These days, just use twitter

ebook file Reader

Microsoft Help File (.chm)

File Sharing, BitTorrent

Text Editor

Download Emacs for Windows, Mac, Linux

Keyboard Macros and Launchers

File Secure Deletion

See: How to Secure Delete Files, Shred Files, Wipe Drive.


see: Great Math Software

3D Modeling Software

List of 3D Modeling Software.

Unix utils

Mac: build-in. But to install extra, use Fink or MacPorts.

Windows: Cygwin. [see Installing Cygwin Tutorial]

VirtualBox. Best tool for running linux on Windows. [see How to Install Linux on VirtualBox]

For text terminal, you can use ssh in cygwin (install openssh within cygwin). Also, in cygwin, use MinTTY. Or, you can download PuTTY.

Windows Tools for Programer, Sys Admin

PowerShell. Great command line shell: [see PowerShell Tutorial]

For monitoring network, see also: tool for monitoring network traffic on Windows 7 Home At

Inno Setup. (create installers)

xah apps on windows 2012-05-08
xah apps on windows

This isn't exhaustive list of install software. Though, it contains all apps i use daily.

Just noticed a Walmart Photo Center there. lol. That's one of those bundled bloatware which somehow escaped my notice. It's going to trash now. Also, note that ComboFix.exe. It is supposed to be a rootkit detector or remover, but i haven't researched enough to be sure it's good. It is there temporarily.

For tools i use on linux, see: Xah Linux Setup.

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