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Software Recommendations

Useful and suggested software solutions.

File Management

  • rClone - Rclone is a command line program to sync files and directories.

Web Browsers

  • Chrome - Google's browser, one of the most popular.
  • Firefox - Mozilla's browser, also one of the most popular.
  • Midori - Super lightweight browser with minimal memory imprint.
  • Opera - A browser with many nice graphical elements and features.
  • Chromium Edge - Microsoft's new chromium based Edge browser.

Photos and Graphics

  • PhotoShop - Adobe's popular photo manipulation software.
  • GIMP - Open source alternative to PhotoShop.
  • InkScape - Open source vector graphics editor.
  • Paint.NET - Free image editing software.
  • ImageResizer - Windows-based fast and simple image resizer.



  • Steam - The most popular gaming store and DRM platform.
  • Origin - EA's own game store and DRM platform.
  • uPlay - Ubisoft's own game store and DRM platform.
  • GOG - GoodOldGames game store and DRM-free launcher.


  • Parsec - Screen-sharing for couch co-op over an internet connection.
  • ZeroTier - Private virtual LAN over an internet connection.

Software Updates

  • PatchMyPC - Download and update essential software.
  • Ninite - Download and update essential software.
  • Chocolatey - Download software via PowerShell.
  • Scoop - A command-line installer for Windows.


  • WinAero Tweaker - Windows tweaking solution with a wide range of options.
  • Chameleon - Wallpaper changer based on time/battery/weather events.
  • MacType - Better font rendering for Windows.
  • Rainmeter -Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers.
  • RainWallpaper - RainWallpaper is a powerful customizable live wallpaper engine.
  • Sidebar Diagnostics - Windows solution for system info in a sidebar.
  • OpenShell - Previously known as ClassicShell, the goto Start Menu replacement.
  • John's Background Switcher - John’s Background Switcher puts beautiful full-screen photos and stunning montages on your desktop.


  • CPU-Z - Freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
  • DisplayDriverUninstaller - Completely remove previous GPU drivers for a clean install of new drivers.
  • Speccy - Fast, lightweight, advanced system information tool for your PC.
  • CrystalDiskInfo - Need to check your HDD/SSD stats? Look no further!
  • GPU-Z - The CPU-Z of GPUs.
  • AIDA64 - Very powerful PC stress testing software.
  • RadeonMod - Registry editor for editing AMD GPU registry keys/values.
  • MSI Afterburner - MSI OC/Fan software for GPUs and system fans.
  • OpenHardwareMonitor - FOSS PC system component monitoring


  • Notepad++ - Notepad on steroids. Supports tabs and split screen, syntax formatting, and more.
  • Visual Studio Code - Microsoft's free code editing solution. Very powerful, robust features, and very extensible.


  • Discord - Text and voice chat, made foremost for gamers.
  • Slack - Text, Voice, Video. Usually used by devs but free version is nice for small text chats.
  • Teamspeak - Voice chat for gamers, can be hosted.
  • Tox - Security and privacy oriented chat and video chat.
  • Messenger - Facebook's own messaging solution.

Security and Privacy

  • SandBoxie - Isolates programs from your OS to prevent unwanted changes, etc.
  • Tor - Your gateway to browsing privately on the internet as well as the dark web.
  • OpenVPN - Flexible VPN solutions to secure your data communications. Free and paid solutions.
  • Private Internet Access - Very good, no logging, VPN solution. Offers many different locations with fast connection speeds. P2P friendly.

System Maintenance

  • TronScript - Tron is a glorified collection of batch files that automate the process of cleaning up Windows systems.

Media Management

  • Sonarr - Automated TV Show grab/rename/moving
  • Radarr - Automated Movie grab/rename/moving
  • Lidarr - Automated Music grab/rename/moving
  • Mylar - Automated Comic grab/rename/moving
  • Jackett - Interfaces Radarr/Sonarr/Lidarr/Bazarr with TPB etc.
  • Bazarr - Subtitle handling for Sonarr/Radarr
  • Ubooquity - Comic and eBook server
  • Plex - Media server
  • Ombi - Media request handling
  • Tautulli - Plex server telemetry, etc.
  • NZBget - Usenet downloader
  • LittleWeeb - XDCC Anime Downloader


  • Wireshark - Packet capturing software. Can also be used to capture usb device data.
  • Advanced IP Scanner - A tool that can be used to scan a network for all avaliable IPs and avaliable device info.
  • Autopsy - GUI utility for The Sleuth Kit digital forensics software package.

Other Software Lists

This section may become a unique repo of lists, but we may just refer to sindresorhus/awesome.

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