LH Top 10: Free Windows Downloads


At every turn on the internet, someone's offering a free software download for your PC. But separating the wheat from the evilware-addled chaff isn't for busy users with better things to do than test applications all day long. That's where we come in.

Today we've got our top picks of free Windows software downloads that will make your PC faster, stronger, more functional and productive. This list was tough to whittle down from a huge field of candidate applications, but that means our 10 choices are that much stronger.

Read on for 10 great free Windows downloads sure to make your PC experience that much better.

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Or, get the whole list at a glance:

10. 7-Zip (file archive manager)

9. Foxit Reader (PDF reader)

8. SyncBack (backup utility)

7. Picasa (photo manager)

6. Notepad++ (text editor)

5. foobar2000 (media player)

5. foobar2000 (media player)

4. GAIM (instant messenger)

3. Paint.NET (image editor)

2. Launchy (keyboard launcher)

1. Mozilla Firefox (web browser)

Now, we wanted to list almost as many apps on this list as an honorable mention, but I'll leave that up for discussion. What would your top free Windows download list looked like? Let us know in the comments.

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