Essential software for any computer

Assembly of free and most necessary (required) programs for a computer with the operating system Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP (64-bit, 32-bit).

If you bought a new computer or reinstalled the operating system, then on this page of the site you will find all the necessary software and instructions for installing it. I am engaged in the installation of software, made this page for myself and constantly keep it up to date.

Installation sequence (which programs and drivers to install first). It is recommended that you first install drivers on the motherboard, video and audio cards, and then other programs. If you break this sequence, then there will be no problems, but it is better to install the drivers at the beginning.

K-Lite Codec Pack (It contains Media Player Classic)

K-Lite Codec PackThe K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even several less common formats. It contains Media Player Classic, which is an excellent player for video files.

Version: 15.5.0 (Standard)

Download K-Lite Codec Pack (for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista)

Download K-Lite Codec Pack (for Windows XP)

7-Zip and WinRAR archivers

These archivers work great. You can install all archivers (7-Zip and WinRAR) or select one of them. Personally, I use only WinRAR.

7-Zip archiver7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. 7-Zip is free software with open source. You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don’t need to register or pay for 7-Zip.

7-Zip works in Windows 10, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 7 Vista XP (32-bit / 64-bit).

Download 7-Zip (for Windows 64-bit)

Download 7-Zip (for Windows 32-bit)

WinRAR archiverWinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, open and unpack RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet, create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. This is a licensed program that, after the trial period (40 days) has expired, continues to work and only notifies you of the need to buy a license.

Download WinRAR (for Windows 64-bit)

Download WinRAR (for Windows 32-bit)

DirectX

DirectXMicrosoft DirectX is already included in Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.0, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server equivalents. This DirectX End-User Runtime does not change the version of DirectX, but does install a number of optional side-by-side technologies from the legacy DirectX SDK that are used by some older games.

DirectX Installation InstructionsDirectX Installation Instructions

This file is an archive and must be unzipped before installation. Then find the file “DXSETUP” and run it (archive size – 96.1 MB).

Download DirectX (for installation) !!! (archive size – 96.1 MB)

Download DirectX (for updating)

Microsoft .NET Framework

Microsoft .NET FrameworkMicrosoft .NET Framework – you can install all versions of this software (they complement each other). In new versions of the Windows operating system, this software may already be installed (start the installation and if such a program is already installed, then the Windows operating system will refuse to reinstall it). Without this program, installation and operation of many other programs is impossible (it is enough to install the latest version of NET Framework 4.7).

Download Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

Download Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Download Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

Download Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7 – Be sure to install this version of the software.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat ReaderThe free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, signing, and commenting on PDF documents.

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader

Video Card Drivers

Video Card DriversNVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card Drivers

AMD Radeon Graphics Card Drivers

To search for a specific driver, you can also use the search bar on the site (located in the upper right part of any page).

The best browsers (fast, convenient and reliable):

Chrome is the best browser for the average user. This browser is the fastest and most common in the world.
Mozilla Firefox is the best browser for webmasters (site developers). It has many applications that the average user does not need.
Opera – many users like this browser. On the Internet there are a lot of positive reviews about this browser. Key features of the browser: built-in turbo-loading pages (enabled when the Internet is slow) Built-in free VPN and other features.

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Additional Information. If you do not know how to connect an additional device to your computer, and you need instructions on how to connect it correctly, you can use the search bar on this website (located in the upper right part of any page) or write to us.

To use any computer device, software (driver) is required. It is recommended to use the original software that came with your computer device.

If you do not have the software, and you cannot find it on the website of the manufacturer of the computer device, then we will help you. Tell us the model of your printer, scanner, monitor or other computer device, as well as the version of the operating system (for example: Windows 10, Windows 8, etc.).

Find operating system info in Windows 10

Find operating system info in Windows

Find operating system info in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1. Read more.

Find out which macOS your Mac is using (Use About This Mac to see the version of Mac operating system installed on your Mac, and find out whether it's the latest version).

From the Apple menu in the corner of your screen, choose About This Mac. You should see the macOS name, such as macOS Mojave, followed by its version number. If you need to know the build number as well, click the version number to see it.

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Computer technologyDriver is a computer program that operates or controls a particular type of device that is attached to a computer. A driver provides a software interface to hardware devices, enabling operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac, etc.) and other computer programs to access hardware functions without needing to know precise details about the hardware being used.

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