A newly built PC or a newly purchased laptop can be used, but there are usually no essential applications or software to ensure the smooth running of work and entertainment activities.
Windows operating system usually has built-in applications but it does not come with the necessary applications such as browsers, file managers, media players, document processors, etc.
What essential Windows 10 apps should be installed on a new PC or laptop?
Apps must be installed on Windows
1. Browser: Google Chrome
This recommendation is definitely something that any new PC or laptop user should definitely do. For some reason, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge browsers are considered lost for Windows users, as many people download Google Chrome from the first day they turn on a new PC or laptop.
2. Internet browser: Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s Internet browser, is not very popular because it is heavy and uses a lot of memory. Therefore, these applications are usually removed immediately after being used to download other browsers.
Interestingly, Microsoft Edge has much better quality, we can even say that it is one of the best browsers currently available. It’s easy to use, doesn’t take up a lot of storage space, and certainly doesn’t drain much of the laptop’s battery.
In addition, Microsoft Edge has a variety of exciting additional features. One of them allows the browser to run the Dolby Vision function. This feature is not available in Google Chrome.
So don’t delete Microsoft Edge browser!
3. File manager: WinRAR
.rar files are one of the most popular compressed files after .zip, .7z and others. Without a file manager like WinRAR, you cannot open .rar, .zip, .7z and other compressed files. That is why WinRAR is included in the list of upcoming must-install applications on Windows.
4. Online meeting: Zoom
One of the most widely used distance learning and online meeting apps during the pandemic is Zoom. Even after many people have returned to work and school, this app is still widely used.
It has many great features like HD quality audio and video that can be used across different platforms to schedule meetings.
5. Video player: VLC media player
Although Windows 10 already has a built-in video player app, you need a third-party video player that offers more features. One of the video players we recommend is VLC Media Player, which is an open source video player software that supports many video and subtitle formats and is completely free.
6. Download Manager: Internet Download Manager (IDM)
Internet Download Manager (IDM) is the most sought after application for those who want to know how to increase the speed of downloading files from the Internet. IDM can increase download speed up to 5 times with additional features to make your downloading activities easier.
Do you want to hide your IP address, location and identity while browsing? You can use a VPN app. Well, one of the best VPN apps that you can use is NordVPN. It is one of the most important programs that you need to install.
NordVPN does not track, collect, or share any data. It also does not store any information, IP addresses, traffic and sessions. Internet speed is also fast even when this VPN is running.
8. Document Processor: Office WPS
Windows 10 users are generally familiar with Microsoft Office document processing packages including Microsoft Word, Excel, and others. However, Microsoft Office packages are not free, so you need a free alternative that can temporarily replace Microsoft Office features. Our recommendation is WPS Office, which provides a variety of document processors like .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, etc.
9. Audio Entertainment: Spotify Music
Some people can access the music collection in their Spotify account through Spotify Web Player. This is not practical if you want a smoother experience on Windows 10. Instead of increasing RAM load on your computer or laptop through a browser with dozens of tabs, just use Spotify Music for Windows 10.
Spotify Music for Windows 10 generally offers standard Spotify features, with the main difference being Back, Play/Pause, and Next keyboard shortcuts, which you can access from the Windows 10 taskbar.
10. PDF Reader: Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
PDF files have become very popular lately as they provide consistency in the formatting and graphic quality of documents, especially in e-books and e-zines. To open PDF files you need an application such as Adobe Reader DC.
11. Gaming Enhancer: Razer Cortex
Razer Cortex is a game booster app with features to improve operating system performance while gaming. Designed for the entire PC component ecosystem, not exclusive to Intel or AMD. One of the main functions of the Razer Cortex as a game enhancer is to clean up the processing system that has been cached or stored in the system.
Razer Cortex also has a feature to increase FPS by dedicating system processing to the running game.
12. Smartphone integration: your phone
Your Phone is an app developed by Microsoft to create synergies between the Android and Windows 10 PC ecosystems. All you have to do is download the Your Phone app from the Google Play Store. If you’re already using Windows 10 version 1803 (April 10, 2018 Update), you can already use this feature.
13. Video Compressor App – Video Compressor & Trimmer
The next top Windows 10 app is Video Compressor & Trimmer, which as the name suggests has a feature to reduce video size in both resolution and file size. This app, which you can download from the Microsoft Store, has a ‘unified’ modern Metro UI design with a Windows 10 interface.
14. Cloud-based storage: Google Drive
Almost all users must have a Gmail account. This means that you can use Google’s cloud-based storage service, namely Google Drive. Yes, just use a Gmail or Google account, you can access these services for free.
Interestingly, Google Drive comes with several apps that can be found on all popular platforms. Therefore, you can access the data stored in the cloud storage from almost anywhere, as long as the device is connected to the Internet.
The capacity received for free is 15 GB and is shared between different Google accounts such as Gmail and Photos. For example, if your Gmail account is already using 1 GB, that means you have 14 GB of space left on Google Drive. You can subscribe to get more capacity.
15. Screenshot: ShareX
It is not difficult to capture screen or screenshot in Windows 10. You can use the default Snipping Tool app for this need. Unfortunately, how it works is pretty simple.
If you want a free screenshot app with more complete features, you can install ShareX. The application is equipped with several ways to capture the screen, a built-in editor, automatic functions that can be configured after taking a screenshot, a tool to “choose” the color.
With the above 15 applications, you can now fully enjoy your new PC and/or laptop.