This is a list of free software that your Windows machine should have! Whether you are a geek, gamer, or casual user, there are just some programs that everyone needs. Some of these will be alternatives to other software that quite frankly, have just become bloatware.
Notepad++ - This lightweight text editor is great for writing, reading, and editing text. Its also not to shabby for coding. The best part of it is that its free!
FoxitReader - This is one of the best pdf readers out to date. It is so much more lightweight than Adobe Reader, and also has all the features. It has a built in Add On for IE, Firefox, and Chrome.
Firefox - Firefox is probably the most used browser out. It is for good reason too. This browser has consistently been the speediest and most responsive browser. It does have some security flaws, but every browser has that.
This list continues over at Lifehacker. Although this list is 3 years old, it is still true. I use most of these programs daily and couldn't do without them!