My top 20 non-developer apps

I recently got a new laptop (Vista Ultimate x64) and was wondering what apps I would load, so here’s my top 20… 

  1. Firefox (no brainer)
  2. AVG or Avast! (anti-virus software)
  3. Adobe Reader (unfortunately can’t do without)
  4. Notepad++ (Replace the old but trusty Notepad)
  5. µTorrent (very lightweight Bittorrent client)
  6. Picasa (photo view and share)
  7. VLC (play any media file)
  8. CCleaner (system cleaning tool)
  9. Mozy (free 2GB auto backups!)
  10. KeePass (manage your online passwords) 
  11. WinZip or WinRAR (compression tools)
  12. Net Nanny (Internet Filter)
  13. Spybot Search & Destory (rid your PC of spyware)
  14. Windows Live SkyDrive (25GB free online storage)
  15. Dropbox (sync files across computers)
  16. Paint .NET (replace the aging MS Paint)
  17. Digsby (for all your IM needs)
  18. Skype (phone calls for free)
  19. Quick Media Converter (for my iPhone needs)
  20. WinDirStat (folder sizes)

(For developer apps and tools take a look at Scott Hanselman’s list).


About soumya chattopadhyay
I live and work in Seattle, WA. I work with Microsoft technologies, and I'm especially interested in C#.

One Response to My top 20 non-developer apps

  1. brajpanda says:

    Such a great list. Totally agree with you until I saw Winzip. Noooooooo…7zip please.

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