AKAscope has compiled an incredible top-ten list for Windows 7. In this list, you can find things that should work very well in your daily routine – most likely when you are operating your home computer; from anti-virus software to a free Photoshop alternative, look below at some of the must-have free softwares for those of you running Windows 7 as an operating system.

10. AVG Anti-Virus Free

The most important software you need on a computer is an Anti-Virus. While the most popular options will require a fee, there are a few great free alternatives. Our pick is AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition because it will provide great access protection from viruses and malware. Overall, the software is beginner-friendly and will automatically update; this gives you the freedom to work daily on your home PC worry-free. Again, the best feature about AVG is that it’s free and can easily replace another anti-virus program.
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9. Launchy


Launchy is a great application that will allow you to open any other software with hot-keys. Using a certain combination of keystrokes will allow you to start typing out the application you wish to open and automatically open it. The program works great this regard, and can be set to open a certain directory if you so choose to set it tis way. When you come to a file or application with similar names, Launchy will then turn to a Dropbox, and from there you can select what you were searching for without leaving a web-page or homepage.
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8. WinRAR

WinRAR is an archiving utility that will unpack several formats along with the functions of compressing to RAR or even ZIP. WinRAR is a great tool for compressing files, and will actually compress the content by up to 15% more than a .ZIP file would. While you may not find a use for the program just yet, you will come across several software, files, and applications that will most likely will be compressed in RAR. This can also be a huge coup when trying to send out larger files to your contacts.
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7. Audacity

Audacity is a free audio editor and a great choice for podcast editing. The application is very easy to use, especially when needing to work with a wide range of audio formats. This gives  you several options to add effects and offers a few select choices for analyzing. This won’t be your first choice for a professional music editing software, but if you’re just starting out and want to make a few tracks or even creating a podcast show, this is by far your number one choice to pick up.
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6. Dropbox

Cloud is a must-have when dealing with important documents or having the need to share files constantly. Think of it as a virtual flash drive. The application works very simply, you first download the client and make an account. Going with the free service will give you up to 2GB free storage – however, you can pay a fee to get even more storage. Now, when you log in, you can drop files into your Dropbox client and the file will be stored safely online. Furthermore, the service allows you and other colleagues/friends to leave files on an online ‘virtual space’. This means you can leave the house and your file will still be able to be retrieved by a friend.
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5. Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer is by far the number one choice when looking for an offline blog editor that will not only allow you to easily write posts quickly, but also without the need of an Internet connection. Bloggers that are familiar with other offline editors will feel right at home with Microsoft’s take on the software. Using a familiar interface and an editor called WYSIWIG, the program will allow you to make tasks and posts more efficiently, including pictures, videos, tagging, viewing posts in HTML, along with other handy tools that will help the final post look professionally done.
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4. EssentialPIM

While there are several software and programs that will help keep track of appointments, our number one pick is EssentialPIM! The application will give a nice outlook of all of your daily tasks, contacts, emails, notes, and passwords. PIM not only gives you several options of scheduling what time and date your appointments are, but gives you the option of color coding the appointments. If you take the time to constantly check your schedules, EsstentialPIM will even allow you to  put a reminder on the more important upcoming events and meetings so you’ll never miss a crucial appointment again!
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3. Skype

Skype is without a doubt the number one choice for an instant messenger. Not too long ago the choice to chat with a friend or family member was jumping on AIM and chat through text, and while that was a great option, today Skype lets you hop on and have the choice of video chat. Skype gives several options to communicate, so you can strictly choose between voice and video chat.  Video chat also offers the ability to add multiple webcams or voice chats in one call; here you can meet with friends and family, but it is also a great choice for work related meetings. You can also send files and documents through Skype.
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. Disk Space Fan

Disk Space Fan is an application that will show what exactly is running on your hard drive at any moment. While we can’t go too much in detail of the program, Disk Space Fan does exactly what it suppose to do: opening the program will show a graph displaying a list of what is being used and how much space is being taken up from it. Now you can find out what program is taking a little too much of your space and decide if the program is worth keeping.
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1. Gimp

You very well may have heard of a program called Photoshop and while that is a great program to edit photos, we have a wonderful free alternative called Gimp! Gimp is a photo editor that handles a lot like Photoshop; included in the program are several tools, brushes and the ability to work on layers. This isn’t a program that a beginner will easily understand, but for those who have experience in photo editing – this program is right up your alley. Gimp supplies several tools that should fill your basic needs, but the Gimp community works very hard at producing even more helpful add-ons. Online you can find custom tools and brushes to add the finishing touches to your image.
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