10 Incredibly Useful Programs For Windows 10 Users

Hello readers,

I’ve been using Windows 10 alongside Linux Mint 17.3 and I discovered a few things you might want to do to get more functionality out of your Windows 10 Experience. *These are all “downloads” rather than apps in the Windows store, just so there is no confusion.

  • VLC
  • LibreOffice
  • Gimp
  • Skype
  • Steam
  • Greenshot
  • Virtualbox
  • Thunderbird
  • GoogleChrome
  • Kodi

VLC media player (not the one in the app store) 

Chances are you have attempted to watch a dvd or a downloaded video file only to find the options for playing that video sorely lacking. VLC supports a huge array of video and audio codecs and is completely free. (The version in the app store seems lacking in features.)


While Windows 10 comes with the free word program it would benefit from the full office suite available from LibreOffice. Among the more notable features, exporting pdf documents, presentation software, and support for most document types. It’s free and it has plugins to extend the functionality to whatever you need.


If you ever use Photoshop or even just Microsoft paint you’ll love the GNU Image Manipulation System. It has every conceivable tool for photo editing or image creation, it’s free, and it also enjoys a huge library of plugins that even allow it to function as animation or video editing software.


Obviously many of you are using the version of skype that came with Windows 10 (depending on the build) but the desktop download version has a bit more functionality than the default Windows 10 version. (For example the screen sharing functionality.) Just be sure to set it to not start when windows does or it will drag down your load times.


Easily the best gaming client on Windows 10, but also a great way to segregate your games from the normal desktop space. Steam even checks your video drivers and still features hundreds (possibly more) of free games.


Rather than clicking print screen and pasting the shot into a video editor, greenshot is a lightweight screenshot utility that allows a variety of screen capture types. Useful for business, useful for social media, and certainly worth the lightweight installation.


While many users will debate which virtualization software is the best, most of them will agree that virtualbox is the most useful. Allowing users to run an entirely separate operating system in a virtual environment can solve many problems for developers and casual users will appreciate the simplicity of use. It works great on Windows 10 and it’s free.

Mozilla Thunderbird

If you like outlook style programs but aren’t entirely impressed with the Windows 10 built in mail system, you could install outlook again… or give Mozilla Thunderbird a shot. It’s free, it works, and it actually can be configured to use your old contact lists etc.

Google Chrome

While I could just as easily say Mozilla Firefox, or even Opera, I am amazed at how well the Google Chrome browser handles streaming media these days. Easy to use and configure. I use Firefox for many of my day to day tasks and now I use Chrome for most of my movie watching whenever possible.


On Linux I used XBMC (now Kodi) for most of my media library needs, but on Windows it serves as a media center that absolutely deserves a nod. One of the quickest ways to incorporate streaming libraries and internet radio into an easy to find interface, it works great and looks nice.



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11 thoughts on “10 Incredibly Useful Programs For Windows 10 Users”

  1. Thanks for posting this article as I was just looking up information on using Thunderbird and gimp on my windows 10 install!
    Now I have some other programs to try!


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