Recommended Software
Adobe Acrobat Reader 2020
You really need to install this . A lot of online manuals are now distributed as pdf files.
Adobe flash uninstaller
Let's you uninstall Adobe Flash player. Note: Adobe Flash will no longer be supported after Dec 31, 2020
Open source scripting program. Can be used to automate many Windows functions. Can remap keys to other keys. Can convert keys to mouse presses, etc. Read the documentation from the home page to get an understanding of this program.
Autoruns 14.01
This program originally from sysinternals let you see what programs are running on start up and various other things that happen at start up.
Blender 2.93.1 64bit
Allows you to create complex 3d scenes and is open source.

Note: Windows 7 is no longer supported
Cakewalk By Bandlab 2021.6 Build 58
A fully functional Digital Audio Workstation based on what used to be the core Sonar Platinum product. Completely free. Note: This will install on Windows 7, but is not officially supported. Windows 10 64bit is recommended and is a supported operating system.
CPU-Z 1.97
Tells you about your CPU.
CrystalDiskInfo 8.12.7
Allows you to query information about your installed hard drives. Includes S.M.A.R.T. Information as well as temperature, etc.
CrystalDiskMark 8.0.4
This is benchmarking software that measures the transfer speed of various storage devices.
CuteFTP 9.3.03
Cool FTP Client. Many features. The pro version allows the creation of vbs scripts to perform many FTP functions.
Designer Pro X18.5
Quickly create graphics, animation, menus, navigation bars for web sites and logos , etc. Supports pantone colour selection, colour separations, crop and reg marks, etc. Extremely fast and supports multicore cpus. 30 Day trial available.

Note: Requires 64bit operating system.
EaseUS Data Recovery Pro 14.2.1
Allows you to recover lost files back from PC/laptop/Server or other storage media.
EaseUS Partition Master 16.0
Allows you to repartition, recover your hard drive.
FileLocator 8.5 - Build 2951
A free file search tool for finding files on your PC or network drives. It has a Lite mode, which is FREE for both personal and commercial use. Available as a paid Pro version as well.
Firefox 92.0 64bit
Free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation.

For those still on a 32bit system, a 32bit version can be downloaded from here:
Free Download Manager 6.15
This download manager can speed up downloads when your browser downloads slowly. Creates multiple connections to achieve higher downloads sppeds. Also handles torrent files.
Goldwave 6.55
Sample editor and analyser.

Note: Requires 64bit operating system.
Google Earth Pro 64bit
Check out any point on the planet.
GPU-Z 2.41.0
Tells you a plethora amount of information regarding your graphics card GPU
Greenfish Icon Editor Pro 3.6
Greenfish Icon Editor Pro is an open source image editor, especially suitable for creating icons, cursors, animations and icon libraries.
iLok License Manager
Allows you to manage youe iLok licences.
Inkscape 1.1 64bit
Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for windows. It's free and open source.

Other versions can be downloaded from here:
K-Lite Codec Pack 1646
This codec pack provides everything that you need to play all your audio and video files. Additionally, it also contains some ACM/VFW codecs that can be used by video encoding/editing applications.
LatencyMon 7.00
Checks to make sure a system running Windows can processing real-time audio and other tasks without dropouts
Magic Music Visuals 2.31 64bit
Create fully-customizable and highly responsive visuals for live and recorded music.
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2021 Premium
Produce excellent quality movies with this package. Heaps of features for the price.

Note: Requires 64bit operating system.
Malwarebytes Premium
Detects and removes many different types of malware, viruses, keyloggers and rootkits. Version 3 and above is designed to replace your current antivirus solution.

Note: If you ever purchased a lifetime licence for version 2, that lifetime licence will be valid for this version as well.
Malwarebytes Support Tools
Allows you to do a complete uninstall and reinstall of Malwarebytes software. Also provides functionality to backup the license ID/Key and automate both reinstallation and reactivation of Malwarebytes Premium.
MeldaProduction software 14.16
These guys produce what is arguably some of the best VST effect plugins on the planet. Pretty much any parameter can be modulated. 64bit, 32bit, VST3 and VST2 versions available. If you make the purchase, then the updates are for life.
Microsoft Sysinternals August 18, 2021
This is a suite of handy utilities that make administering windows server so much easier.
MyPhoneExplorer 1.8.15
Allow you to sync your Android phone to your PC and optionally, MS Outlook. Connects to android device via bluetooth, USB or wifi.
N2Kedit 3.42
This is a program for users of microsoft outlook. This lets you edit the list of email addresses that outlook remembers.
Network Scanner 4.4
Used for scanning both large corporate networks that have hundred thousands of computers along with small home networks with several computers.
Norton Removal Tool 2011.0.0.15
Uninstalls all norton 2003+ products, norton 360 and norton systemworks 12.0 . If you use act! Or winfax, back up those databases first.
Novabackup 19.7
Lets you perform backups to various media, including tapes and ftp servers. Also allows the backing up of the system state and registry. Much better and easier to use than the stock backup solution that Microsoft provides with their operating systems. Now comes with both 32bit and 64bit versions in the single install package
O&O AppBuster 1.1.1339
Allows you to easily remove unwanted Microsoft supplied apps that get installed when you install Windows 10.
O&O Defrag 24 64bit
Performs a fully automated defragmentation of your hard drives. Can defrag on a schedule as well. Performs a more efficient defrag than windows defrag.
O&O DiskImage 16 Professional
Lets you back up an entire computer or single files whenever you want.
O&O DiskRecovery 14
This software attempts recovery of lost files. Even when files systems are formatted or destroyed, it may be possible to reconstruct once deleted data.
O&O ShutUp 1.8.1423
Change privacy and telemetry settings (many of them hidden) for WIndows 10
OBS Studio 27.0.1
Open source screen recorder and streaming allows professional screen recordings and streaming. Can use Nvidia’s NVENC for GPU encoding. A little high learning curve, but there are tutorials avaialble on YouTube. 64bit WIndows required.
OBS Studio ASIO Plugin 3.10b
This is a plugin for OBS Studio 27.x (no other version) that allows an ASIO device to be used for recording the audio. Note: Using this with any version, other than 27.x, of OBS Studio will result in a crash and catagorically will not work.
Open Shell 4.4.169
This is a classic shell for Windows Vista to Windows 10. Brings back the classic Windows XP start menu and various other Windows XP dialogs.
Allows for the configure Core Parking of Windows power plans
PowerISO 8.0 64bit
Handles cd images of all types. The trial version allows saving of image files of no greater than 300 mb.

A 32bit version is available from here:
Remote Process Explorer 21.04
Let's you explore processes remotely over the network. Free for personal use.
Shadermap 4.3.6
Allows you to create vaious maps from a source image. Creates Normal Map, Displacement Map, Ambient Occlusion map , Specular Map.
SIW 2011 (build 1029)
System information for windows: Gathers a lot of parameters regarding your windows system. Will also gather product key, passwords, etc.
SpeedyFox 2.0.30
Optimises the speed of Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Skype, Thunderbird and other applications with just one click.
Teamviewer 15.21.6
Allows you to remote into other pc's for support. Free for personal use. There is also an android or iphone version that you run on the smartphone that enables you to remote into it.
Teamviewer Quick support 15.21.6
You can quickly allow a trusted friend to remote into your pc for support. Free for personal use.
Textpad 8.8.1 64bit
One of the best text editors I have ever seen.

A 32bit version can be downloaded from here:
Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.8
Adds several new tweaks for Windows 10.
UltraVNC v1.3.4 64bit
This free product allows you to remotely control any machine. Supports file transfer, 128 bit encryption , etc. There is also a 32bit version available from
VanBasco’s Karaoke Player 2.53
Cool MIDI file player. This one uses its internal player routines so it will play MIDI files correctly - sysex info and all!. This also let’s you use a playlist with random order, etc. This is not just another nandy-pandy Windows MCI MIDI player front end. And what’s more, this one’s now a freebie!
VideoInspector 2.15.6
This opens a video file and tells you what codec is required to view it or why the file may not be playing properly.
VideoProc 4.2
Enables you to convert between all mainstream video formats, Audio formats. Also allows download from most common video hosting sites (including Youtube and facebook). Also allows converting Youtube to MP3
Visual C++ Redistributable Runtimes AIO Repack v53
This installer contains the latest versions all VCRedist Visual Studio C++ runtimes (as of October 2020).
VLC media player 3.0.16 64bit
Completely open source media player. Plays mpgs, dvd's, etc. This is the Windows 64bit version

A 32bit version can be downloaded from here:
VueScan 9.7.65 64bit
This lets you use your scanner if you have upgraded to windows 7 or above and it is not officially supported by your operating system. Comes in a standard version or professional version.

A 32bit version is available from here:
Wildedit 2.4 64bit
Allow you to make wholesale changes to more than one text file. demo version limits you to files less than 10K.

A 32bit version can be downloaded from here:
Winaero Tweaker
Allows you to tweak many Windows settings that are usually hidden. Supports Windows 10 Creators Update.
Winx DVD Author 6.3.6
Creates home video DVD from video files, camcorder, webcam, Youtube
WinX DVD Copy Pro V3.9.6
Makes backups of dvds without any quality loss - dvd to dvd copy dvd to iso image clone.
WinX DVD Ripper Platinum V8.20.8
Rips all copy protected dvds to avi, mp4, mpeg, wmv, iphone, ipad, etc. Backup dvd to hard drive & usb, dvd to iso image for backup purposes. .
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe 5.16.5
GPU-accelerated 4K Video Converter - Convert, Resize, Cut & Download Videos.
WinZip Self-Extractor 4.00
Allows you to convert your ZIP files into executable and distributable files for easy installation.
Wordweb pro 9.0.5
A dictionary program - includes template for Microsoft word.
WYSIWYG Web Builder 16.4.0 64bit
Lets you create full web site without knowledge of complex html or javascript code. Can be evaluated for 30 days.
Xara 3D Maker 7
Allows the creation of 3d text and animation. Exports as jpg, gif, or flash.