Windows Vista Free Utilities And Resource Guide

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This thread is intended as a list of all of the best freeware utilities and applications on the internet, as well as a thread to help you get started with your new pre or self built PC and the applications that will get the most out of it.

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The items marked with an asterisk (*) have both paid and free versions. Otherwise these programs are free of charge and open source. This is not a complete list. If you have suggestions of programs to add please do not hesitate to contact myself or one of the other moderators through PM and we will evaluate and add to the list. As per the terms of service of Tom's Hardware and Best Of Media, LLC, we have a strict policy on piracy, therefore torrent sharing utilities will be immediately excluded from suggestions so don't ask.

Web Browsers** :

- Fire Fox (current version 26.0.5):
- Opera (current version 20.0.1) :
- Internet Explorer (current version 10.0):
- Google Chrome (current version 33.0.17) :

*NOTE*: Apple no longer supports Safari for Windows. Existing installations will still work fine but Apple is currently offering no new downloads or updates at this time.

Media Players:

- iTunes (current version 11.0.1) :
- Windows Media Player (no link - already pre installed on most PCs)
- Winamp (current version 5.6.6 ) :
- Quicktime (current version 7.7.5) :

Run Time Applications (Required for most online streaming and video playback sites) :

- Microsoft Silverlight IE Plugin -
- Spotify:
- Microsoft .NET Framework (current version 4.5) :
- Adobe Flash Player:
- Adobe Shockwave:
- Pandora:

Compression Tools:

- 7 Zip:
- Pea Zip:
- Win Zip*:

Benchmarking & System Information Software:

- CPU-Z:
- Prime 95:
- 3D Mark*:
- Belarc Advisor:

Instant Messaging, E-Mail, And Video Chat:

- Skype:
- AOL Instant Messenger:
- Yahoo Instant Messenger:
- Mozilla Thunderbird:

Office Suites & Document Utilities:

- Microsoft Office 365*:
- Apache Open Office:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader:
- CutePDF:


- AVG Free*:
- Ad Block Plus:
- Malwarebytes:
- Ad Aware:

Online Storage:

- Dropbox:
- CuteFTP:
- Google Drive:

Image Uploading, Management, Presentation, and Editing:

- Paint.NET:
- Google Picasa:
- FotoFlexer:
- Prezi*:

Game Streaming:

- Steam:
- EA Origin:

Other Useful Applications & Utilities

- Google Earth:

Cell Phone Sync Managers:

- Samsung Kies (for Galaxy Smart Phones And Tablets older Than Version 3):
- Samsung Kies Air (for newer Galaxy Smart Phones And Tablets) :
- HTC Sync Manager:

** - For further information on the differences between the various web browsers available this article is a helpful guide to choosing the browser that best suits your needs:,3534.html
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