Cresponian Approved list of useful PC and Gaming software

All software listed here is free.

Hardware and Monitoring

  • OCCT – hardware test (CPU, RAM, GPU and PSU) and monitoring.
  • HWMonitor – hardware information.
  • Open Hardware Monitor – hardware information.
  • CPU-Z – CPU, Mainboard and RAM information.
  • GPU-Z – GPU information.
  • Prime95 – CPU and RAM stability test (also produces maximum possible heat for CPU – can be dangerous for new processors, use with caution).
  • Linpack – CPU and RAM stability test.
  • HDDScan – HDD information.
  • CrystalDiskInfo – HDD and SSD information.
  • MSI Afterburner – hardware monitoring, GPU overclocking, fan control, video recording, fps monitoring.
  • Speedfan – Monitor Hard Drive Health and System Temps

System and Security

  • RUFUS – bootable USB creator.
  • Hiren’s BootCD – first aid kit for your computer.
  • Chocolatey – easy installation, configuration, upgrade, and uninstallation of Windows software.
  • Ninite – install and update all your programs at once.
  • Vivaldi Browser – web browser for power users.
  • Chrome, Firefox, Opera – web browsers.
  • 7-zip – archive creator and extractor.
  • QTTabBar – adds tabs to windows explorer (works on windows 10).
  • AOMEI Partition Assistant – partition editor.
  • Display Driver Uninstaller – for clean install (conflict-free) of graphics drivers.
  • SuperF4 – program to kill unresponsive game clients.
  • Vit Resistry Fix Free – clean registry and junk files, uninstall manager, startup manager.
  • SpaceSniffer – shows disk usage and folders structure.
  • WinDirStat – disk usage statistics viewer.
  • FolderSize – to find what’s taking all the space on your drives.
  • Sysinternal Process Explorer – process viewer.
  • Winaero Tweaker – an assortment of tweaks and registry edits for improving Win 10.
  • WinMTR – network diagnosis tool.
  • Voidtools Everything – Replacement for Windows Search in that it actually works and will find everything plus http and ftp server.
  • Comodo Firewall – advanced firewall and access rights monitoring.
  • Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool – system virus scanner.
  • Adware Removal Tool – adware removal scanner.
  • FileZilla – FTP server and client.
  • f.lux – it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
  • LightBulb – reduces eyestrain by adjusting gamma to the current time.
  • Everything – Replacement for Windows Search in that it actually works and will find… everything.

Gaming and Emulations

  • HilAlgo BOOST, SWITCH and CHILL – for better performance in games (newest version of CHILL is available through AMD Radeon).
  • GeDoSaTo – to play in any resolution you want.
  • Flawless Widescreen – to configure Field of View (FOV) in games that don’t allow configuring it.
  • CRU (Custom Resolution Utility) – for the games that don’t work with Gedosato (like Fallout 4 and Dark Souls 3).
  • ReshadeMe – custom shaders for d3d8, d3d9, dxdi (10-12) and opengl games.
  • MEMU – Android emulator.
  • NOX – Android emulator.
  • CEMU – Wii U emulator.
  • RPCS3 – PlayStation 3 emulator.
  • Xenia – Xbox 360 emulator.
  • PCSX2 – PlayStation 2 emulator.
  • Dolphin – Gamecube/Wii emulator.
  • Citra – 3DS emulator.
  • Retroarch – emulator for everything else.
  • LaunchBox – frontend for emulations and game collections.
  • Duranzo – is a must for older controllers, allows you to calibrate deadzones, remap any button to any other button, invert your sticks axis.
  • ArtMoney SE – program memory editor (mainly used for hacking currency or life in single player games).

Media and Playback

  • Virtual CloneDrive – mounting disk images.
  • WinCDEmu – mounting disk images.
  • Notepad++ – text editor.
  • IrfanView – image viewer.
  • STDU Viewer – TIFF, PDF, FB2, DjVU, etc viewer.
  • LibreOffice – office software.
  • Deluge – powerful torrent client.
  • qbittorent – lightweight but flexible torrent client.
  • PotPlayer – high-quality playback with built-in codecs.
  • MPC-BE – lightweight media player with built-in or external codecs.
  • MPV – lightweight and high quality media player.
  • VLC – plays everything.
  • LAV Filters – video and audio decoders.
  • MadVR – video renderer (for MPC-BE).
  • MusicBee – a modern and very customizable audio player.
  • foobar2000 – very flexible, customizable and powerful audio player.
  • Clementine Player – modern music player and library organizer.
  • TapingRadio Free – to listen radio stations online with reconnect feature.
  • Discord – voice chat.

Media Creation and Editing

  • Photofiltre Studio – image editor and optimizer.
  • Paint.net – image and photo editing software.
  • Paint Tool Sail / Krita – professional illustration and painting program.
  • GIMP – powerful image editing and creation software.
  • GraphicsGale – pixel art program.
  • Blender – open source 3d modelling, video editing, rendering and other features.
  • Piskel – lightweight pixel art editor.
  • ShareX – video and image capture software with auto-upload and copy link features, OCR and many many more.
  • Lightscreen – image capture software with upload function.
  • Lightshot – alternative to Lightscreen.
  • OBS Studio – very flexible and powerful video and audio recording/streaming software (supports AMD and Nvidia hardware encoding).
  • GeForce Experience – hardware-accelerated recording for Nvidia GPU.
  • AMD ReLive – hardware-accelerated recording for AMD GPU.
  • AMF Encoder – AMD hardware encoding plugin for OBS Studio.
  • Lagarith Lossless Codec – lossless encoding support for MSI Afterburner.
  • FFMPEG – video/audio decoding, encoding, transcoding with Nvidia hardware acceleration support.
  • As Video Converter – video/audio decoding, encoding and transcoding with AMD hardware acceleration support.
  • Audacity – audio editor.
  • MKVToolNix – mkv container joiner and extractor.
  • MP4Tools – mp4 container joiner and extractor.
  • Aegisub – subtitle editor (allows shifting time codes to match subtitle with video).

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