Windows 7 has hit RTM finally. Some users will start getting their greedy hands on the RTM ( some already have! ) soon, including yours truly, as soon as it hits MSDN and TechNet on 6th of August. This means that a lot of users will be (preferably) doing a clean install of Windows 7. I decided to create a list of some must have applications for Windows 7. They match most of what you had for Windows Vista and XP, but I’ve thrown incompatible drivers and antivirus software for good measure.
Adobe Reader 9 Download
View and print PDF files with the free Adobe Reader 9
Any Video Converter Download
Convert video between a huge number of formats for free using Any Video Converter.
CCleaner helps you clean your internet history, remove unused files and clean up the registry.
DAEMON Tools Downloads
Your one-stop solution to create virtual drives and mount images.
The best, free and open source FTP client for Windows.
Foxit Reader 3.0 Download
A good, fast PDF viewer. Can be used as an alternative to Adobe Reader 9.
Gmail Notifier Plus Download
An excellent notifier for Gmail made specifically for Windows 7. It has support for thumbnail previews and jump lists. Must have if you use Gmail. Read our review here.
HandBrake is a free and open-source, multithreaded video transcoder,
Java Runtime Environment Download
Java lets you run Java applets inside your browser as well as desktop applications.
New York Times Reader Download
A news reader by New York times with a clean UI and great typography. Read our review here.
A great free image editing tool. Must have for anyone who plays around with images.
Make free and cheap calls over the Internet to anywhere in the world.
One of the best BitTorrent clients in the world.
Virtual Box Download
Virtual Box is a very powerful, free and open source virtualization software. Great for development as well as enterprise use.
Virtual CloneDrive Download
Create virtual drives and mount images from your hard disk or network drive to use like a normal physical CD/DVD drive.
Windows Live Essentials Download – Offline Installer
Windows Live Essentials – contains Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Live Mail, Writer, Movie Maker and more.
Windows Movie Maker 2.6 Download
The old Movie Maker works with Windows 7. A must have until the new Windows Live Movie Maker gains more features.
iTunes 8.2.1 Download
iTunes lets you play and manage our audio and video files as well as sync your content to your iPod or iPhone.
QuickTime 7 Download
QuickTime plays back a huge variety of video and audio files including .mov and H.264
VLC Media Player Download
VLC Media Player is an open source media player and supports virtually every audio and video file format you can throw at it.
Google’s browser – one of the fastest and most light-weight browsers to surf the Internet.
Firefox 3.5 Download
The popular browser by Mozilla. Can be customized to your heart’s likings with themes and extensions.
Safari 4 Download
Safari 4 is one of the world’s fastest browsers with a clean UI and uses cover flow for history.
AVG Free Anti-Virus Download
Award winning, free anti-virus solution with LinkScanner technology to protect you while browsing the Internet.
Avast Home Edition Download
Avast Home Edition is a free antivirus for personal use with anti-spyware, anti-rootkit and web shield technologies to protect you.
Microsoft Security Essentials Download
Free solid antivirus + anti-malware solution by Microsoft – Read our review.
Vista Notes Sidebar Gadget Download
The useful desktop gadget from Vista for use in Windows 7.
Network Utilization Gadget Download
Desktop Gadget to track your Network download and upload speeds.
Windows Live Desktop Gadget Download
Stay up to date with your Windows Live contacts and their activities with this gadget.
The Search Bar Download
This gadget lets you search Amazon, AOL, Ask.com, Bing, Google, Wikipedia or Yahoo right from your desktop. Each search engine has a customized search bar.
ATI Catalyst Graphics Drivers 9.7 32 bit | 64 bit
WHQL certified drivers for AMD Graphics Cards.
GeForce Driver Release 190 Download
WHQL-Certified driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION GPUs.
A beautiful Twitter Client made using WPF. Read our review here.
Silverlight 3 based Twitter client / Real Time search application. Read our review here.
The list doesn’t have many applications right now. I’ll keep adding more and more applications as I find them. If you think there should be any application/utility/driver on this list, don’t forget to tell me using the comments below.
Update 1: Virtual Box added.
Update 2: iTunes, Quicktime, Safari 4 and Handbrake added.
Update 3: The Search Bar added.
Update 4: Foxit, New York Times Reader, Paint.NET, uTorrent, Virtual CloneDrive, VLC Media Player, Windows Movie Maker 2.6, AVG Free AV, Avast Home Edition, Blu and Sobees added.