5 Essential Free Apps for your New Windows 7 PC

Got a new Windows 7 PC? Here are our top five free applications that no self respecting PC user should be without!

VLC: If you want to play a video file, this killer application can take almost any format you care to throw at it. As well as being flexible, it’s surprisingly powerful, allowing you to use subtitles, re-sync audio tracks and more. If that wasn’t enough, VLC is also incredibly lightweight when compared to Windows Media Player or iTunes. Check out our full review here.

Photoscape: Digital photo editing and polishing needn’t be as complex as Adobe Photoshop. As Elena says in her review, Photoscape is a really excellent photo editing tool that includes just about everything you need to view, optimize, edit, print and have fun with your photos, all for free. It’s a great way to get started with digital image editing.

Chrome: Are you reading this from Internet Explorer? Stop right there and download Google’s Chrome. Cleaner, faster, more lightweight and modern, Chrome has become the best all-round browser out there. As it’s open source, there are also some great Chrome-based browsers out there, like my personal favorite Rockmelt.

OpenOffice: If you’re looking for a free alternative to Microsoft Office, this is it. You’ll be able to edit and save files in Microsoft-compatible formats, so there is no need to worry about not being able to open or use documents. With everything you’ll need from spreadsheets to word processing, it’s one of the most impressive free downloads you’ll find.

CCleaner: There’s no escaping chores, even on PCs in 2011! Luckily, tiny toolbox CCleaner can make the experience pretty painless. With little set up, you’ll be able to clean your browser history, space wasting temporary files and lots of recent file lists.

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