Free Software for Windows 7

Category: Windows-7

I'm just getting started with Windows 7, and I'm interested in downloading some good freeware that's designed for Windows 7. Can you point me to some of the best free Windows 7 software and apps?

Download Free Windows 7 Software

There is plenty of free Windows 7 software available. Some of the best free Windows 7 programs can be downloaded directly from Microsoft. Others are gifts from the open-source software community. Still others are freeware versions of commercial programs with some advanced features restricted or omitted. Here are some of the most useful and popular free software programs for Windows 7.

World-class antivirus and anti-malware software is available for Windows 7 free of charge. Some free Windows 7 security programs that match or outperform costly commercial packages include Avast! Free Antivirus, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, and Malware Bytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).

Free Windows 7 apps for social networking are hot. For Twitter, the Seesmic Look app is optimized for Windows 7. Tweetdeck is another popular Twitter client that runs best on Windows 7.

Free Windows 7 Software

Mobile media management is a big issue with owners of desktops, laptops, media players, and smartphones. Apple's iTunes app for Windows 7 is tops for shopping at the iTunes Media Store or managing files between Apple devices. There is a version for Windows 7, too. DoubleTwist does for the Amazon MP3 Store what iTunes does for the iTunes Store, but it supports Windows 7 and earlier versions, Mac OS, and Linux.

If you need to do almost anything with audio files (MP3, WAV, WMA, and other formats), then Audacity is a free open-source tool that's gotten raves for many years. Audacity is great for recording and converting audio files, and has a wide range of editing features. Support for Windows 7 has been a while in coming, but there is now an Audacity v1.3 beta that works well with Win7.

Defraggler is a time-tested hard drive defragmenting tool than can be used to defrag your entire hard drive, or individual files. Defragmenting on a regular basis can speed up access to files on your hard drive. Some other related tools are Macrium Reflect, which can be used to create backup images, Partition Wizard, and Recuva for recovering deleted files.

Printing to paper or digital files is easy with several free Windows 7 programs. GreenPrint World works with the Windows printing utility to eliminate "ghost pages" - those wasteful blank pages that often appear in printouts of Web pages and other raw documents that were not laid out for printing. There are ads in the free version, or you can pay $29 for the ad-free edition. PrinterShare simplifies sharing a printer on a home network. Or go paperless, and use the BullZip PDF Printer Driver to convert any printable document into a PDF file.

Videos and images can be viewed and converted to other formats with free Windows 7 apps such as IrfanView. The VLC Media Player is a very capable file viewer and media player, much simpler to use and lighter on system resources than Windows Media Player.

Microsoft offers a free Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Using this tool, you can download a single ISO file containing Windows 7 installation files. The USB/DVD tool lets you create a bootable DVD or USB storage device and copy the Windows 7 installation ISO file to it. Then you have an exact duplicate of your Windows 7 installation disc in case something happens to the original. Of course, you must be a licensed and registered user of Windows 7 before you can download this tool.

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09 Feb 2011

You know what I wish? I wish MS would program Windows so that you could launch into safe mode without having to F8 before the splashscreen comes up.

Posted by:

09 Feb 2011

Just to add a bit to the list...

MS Security Essentials is another great free Anti-Virus

Revo Unistaller for completely uninstalling software

CCleaner for removing obsolete files and cleaning up the registry

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09 Feb 2011

After trying many anti-virus solutions in the past, including AVG and avast!, I've settled on Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free for individuals and small businesses, and seems to work at least as well as any other anti-virus offering. Actually MSE is more than an anti-virus solution per .

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Jack Cesana
10 Feb 2011

Unable to find the ISO file containing Windows 7 installation files in order to make a bootable USB device.
Jack Cesana

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10 Feb 2011

Have to second the votes for Avast, MBAM, Defraggler, Irfanview, and VLC Player. VLC is awesome for playing most every video format out there and it's light on resources. Also have liked Bullzip PDF Printer as the only PDF converter I had known about that *didn't* put a watermark on the output. Only thing is that it seems to be a bit cranky with Word 2010 (haven't tried the other Office apps with it yet).

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10 Feb 2011

Good article. I go to Gizmo's for hundred's of freeware with reviews:

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10 Feb 2011

defraggler is too slow. I prefer a fully automatic defragger that goes to work as soon as fragmentation takes place.

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Mister K
11 Feb 2011

Windows 7 actually has a really strong defrag built in and you can schedule it to scan on a reguler basis. I have tried some other defrag programs against it but found no reason to use them anymore

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16 Feb 2011

One free application I've been using for a while now with great results is, "Glary Utilities."
It can be downloaded from " Glarysoft". This cool little pc cleanup tool works well on Windows 7, Vista, and Xp. It cleans up registry errors, checks for spyware,startup manager,shortcut fixer etc. It fixed a registry error on Xp that was driving me crazy, and can speed up your pc. Highly Recommend it.

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16 Feb 2011

I agree with MSE and Revo Uninstaller. Would definitely add LastPass, and Evernote for Windows which synchs with other devices to keep anything from photos, recipes, lecture notes - in fact absolutely ANY info you are ever likely to want to save!

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Dwight H Simmons
16 Feb 2011

Link tor dosn't work. Thanks
Seems like a good idea

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01 Mar 2011

I agree with Brad - Gizmos site is my first port of call SourceForge is another at and I'm also finding MakeUseOf is a good source of info and links.
I'm also very happy with Microsoft Security Essentials.

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05 Oct 2013

Hey Bob: Clicked on Fishbowl and McAfee site Advisor popped up with it's big YELLOW SCREEN with the words-"WHOA! Are you sure you want to go there?"So, I didn't, bu I thought I'd let you know.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Looks like that site and the MS client for Facebook are both defunct. I've removed the links, thanks.

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