Once you've got Windows installed on your new machine, you'll no doubt still have a few things to tweak and change before your computer starts to feel like home (like installing your browser of choice, for example). There are tons of great applications out there that can improve your PC experience and a huge amount of them are free. The Tom's Guide team has managed to narrow their favorite free apps down to under 50 in today's '45 Free and Useful Windows Applications.'
For many software developers and publishers, nothing is better than a paying customer. Money is always a great reward, and some of the most widely used software today was the end result of significant time and capital investment.
However, there are hundreds of software developers and publishers who willingly make their work available for free. Some of them are complimentary programs offered with paid products or services. Others are reincarnated free versions of formerly commercial software. In many cases, freeware providers just want to make a meaningful contribution, without any expectation of compensation or financial reward.
Here are 45 different free applications, programs, and utilities for Windows. We hope you find them as useful as we do!