Getting a new laptop is exciting, no doubt. However, downloading all the required applications and transferring data to make it ready for use is quite a tedious process. New laptops, which may come with a new OS, may or may not have certain apps pre-installed in them that you may be accustomed to using. And in case you lose track of some of them during the setting up process, we are here to assist you with the same. Here are the top 10 essential apps we recommend you to install first on your new Windows laptop, for its smooth and efficient functioning.
The first one to be on top of our list of the 10 essential apps to install first on your new windows laptop had to be Google Chrome. Windows OS does not come pre-installed with Google Chrome in it. Even the latest Windows 10 and 11 come with Microsoft Edge as their default browser. Considering its efficiency, speed, vast network and features like cross-platform syncing across all your devices, Chrome still is the number one choice of most web users.
Why should listening to music be limited to only smartphone devices? Spotify’s desktop version is the perfect music application for you if you are a music enthusiast and often work on your laptop while listening to music. Spotify’s intelligent algorithms identify your taste in music according to your listening preferences, frequency and more factors, and in turn provide a range of services based upon the same, such as customised playlists, albums, podcasts, and much more. Moreover, Spotify’s desktop app is considered better than its web player. So why not give it a try?
Coming third in our list of the top 10 essential apps to install first on your new windows laptop is Adobe Lightroom. One of the best apps for photo editing, Adobe Lightroom is not just for professionals but is also beginner-friendly. One can easily arrange and enhance their images by editing in lightroom. It allows you to control everything from the basic photo correction to advanced colour grading needed in your captures via the various tools and features it provides.
We’re sure this one also everybody will agree on. A zip file extractor is a must on every system! Windows is not said to natively support zip files, and Winrar can only do so much without a full subscription. However, 7zip is a free open source software that is even better for accessing RAR files and works just like Winrar.
The fifth on our list of the top 10 essential items to install first on your new windows laptop is an antivirus package. Just like humans need doctors for their health checkups, laptops need antivirus programs to keep their health in line, i.e., keep the system free from any kind of virus or malware attacks so that it runs efficiently. There are many antiviruses available in the market, like McAfee, Kaspersky, etc.
VLC Media Player
VLC is a popular media player application, that supports a wide range of file formats and offers many plugins to further customise it, therefore making for an ideal application recommendation. Moreover, it is completely free to use and is totally ad-free.
IObit Driver Booster
Up-to-date drivers are key to the smooth functioning of your system. Outdated drivers can cause a lot of trouble and affect the performance of your laptop, as a result of which you have to then take out time and figure out the issue behind the problem, which actually is all because of the device drivers acting up. Hence, for checking whether your system has the latest drivers, driver booster softwares like IObit are available.
GeekBench 5 Benchmarking
Next on our list of the top 10 essential apps to install first on your new Windows laptop is this one. In order to thoroughly test the performance of your system, Geekbench 5 is one of the best benchmarking apps and can be used not only for Windows but also on macOS, iOS, Android and Linux. It provides a CPU Benchmark module, which tests your CPU’s single-core and multi-core performance. Its Compute Benchmark module helps test your GPU’s performance, thus determining your system’s gaming, image processing and video potential. Not only that, but it also is able to compare the performance of your device to the newest devices on the market.
Video Calling Apps
Needless to say, video calling apps have become one of the most essential to have in your pocket, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. With offices now having happily adopted the work from home culture, video conferences have become crucial for keeping a touch base. Hence, apps like GoogleDuo and Zoom become permanent members of your Windows family of apps.
Flashback Express Screen Recorder
The final item on our list of the top 10 essential items to install first on your new windows laptop comes right in the support of video calling apps that we suggested. Now, suppose you’re on an official video conference and are required to record your meeting for future reference. What will you do? Yes, that’s exactly where screen recording apps like Flashback Express come in handy. It allows you to record your partial or entire screen, trim your recording, and add captions, commentary and images. You can save your recording as an MP4, AVI or WMV file. Moreover, the Express edition of Flashback is completely free to use.
So those were our top picks for the 10 most essential apps to install first on your new windows laptop. In case your essentials are different from the ones mentioned above, we would love to hear about them in the comments section below.
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