Free Windows software

Web browsers

FireFox

FireFox

One the world's most popular web browsers known for its speed, security and easy to use features.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Googles web browser that allows you to view web pages faster, safer, and easier.

Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations

OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org

Free open source office suite.

Video players

VLC

VLC

Free open source media player. Supports many file formats and streaming.

Anti-virus

AVG

AVG

One of the best free antivirus and antispyware packages. (choose 'Free Edition' when prompted)

Communications

Skype

Skype

Free instant messaging, VoIP and video calls.

Photos

Picasa

Picasa

Helps you organize, edit, and share photos. Free, and easy to use.

Maps

Google Earth

Google Earth

Free and powerful mapping tool.

PDF Creation

PDFCreator

PDFCreator

Create PDFs via the file > print menu. (best not to install the search toolbar during the setup process).

Audio editing

Audacity

Audacity

Free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.

FTP

Filezilla

Filezilla

Free open source FTP client. Very fast and reliable.

Web development

XAMPP

XAMPP

An all in one Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl.

Encryption

TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt

An extremely popular free open source encryption tool.

3D modeling

Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp

A free and powerful graphical 3D modeling program used by many architects, civil engineers, filmmakers and game developers.

Operating system

SynergyKM

SynergyKM

Use the one mouse cursor and keyboard between 2 side by side computers - Even works between operating systems!