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Free Software Alternatives for Windows

Probably the biggest complaint about a PC is that, out of the box, the applications are weak or non-existent. I recently had to redo my machine so I delved into finding as much free software as I could. $300 for Office, $30 for AV, $30 for anti-spyware, $60 for CD/DVD burning, etc. Not to mention the annual subscriptions for updates. I just want to pay for hardware and games (I'm looking into free games). Click on a heading to find out more.

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Office Productivity

  • OpenOffice
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Adobe or Foxit Reader
  • KompoZer
  • Programmers Notepad
  • WinSCP
  • Putty
  • Gimp
  • Picasa


  • Foobar2000
  • VideoLAN
  • Media Player Classic
  • Audacity

CD/DVD Burning

  • InfraRecorder
  • CDBurnerXP
  • ImgBurn


  • SyncBack Pro
  • DriveImage XML
  • dd

Data Security



  • Pidgin
  • VCD