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Tom's Guide: 22 Free Apps for New Windows Users

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Check out Tom's Guide's list of free apps for new Windows users.

With the holiday season and subsequent sales well and truly behind us, it's likely a few of you have acquired new computers in the last couple of month. If you're new to Windows, it can be a bit daunting trying to figure out how to make your computer feels like home. The Tom's Guide team recently put together a round-up of some of the great free apps available for new Windows users. Be sure to check out '22 Free Apps for New Windows Users' to ensure your new computer doesn't go without. 


While smartphones and tablets may have the edge on portability, there's still nothing (yet) that beats the raw power, configurability, and wealth of options available to a desktop user. Still, taking advantage of all the power that a desktop can bring takes some learning, a little patience, and a good helping of the right apps to make the most out of your desktop machine. You supply the patience, and we'll help out with a list of apps for new users.

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    aminebouhafs , February 3, 2013 12:30 PM
    When is the new one available?
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    halcyon , February 3, 2013 12:37 PM
    "New Windows users"...that's cute.
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    susyque747 , February 3, 2013 1:00 PM
    Be smart stay away from tiles, I mean the unofficial US Government but partially written by Windows. Don't believe look up NSA works with MS on Vista which is basically the same back door kernel as 7 and 8. Ubuntu or OS X both based off UNIX is better.
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    jhansonxi , February 3, 2013 3:15 PM
    Many of these apps are cross-platform and work on Linux and OS X also.
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    Marcus52 , February 3, 2013 5:38 PM
    I thought this was going to be a smart phone app thing. I've seen little suggestion guides on Tomshardware for iPhone and Android, but why not Win 8 phones? (not trying to make you look like bad guys, just wondering.)

    While I may not agree with your particular list for Windows here, I do think it's a good idea to think in terms of new users, and helping them out. Many of us have lived with Windows for the better part of the last generation and so could easily be very out-of-touch with the new guy.
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    back_by_demand , February 3, 2013 9:11 PM
    App madness, I can understand if these were Metro apps from the store, but these are not
    They are desktop PROGRAMS, if you want to play hip with the kids fine, dumb-down word for a dumb-down audience but treat us with a bit more respect
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    killerclick , February 4, 2013 7:08 PM
    Marcus52but why not Win 8 phones?

    Because Windows Phone is a niche at the moment, there would be more sense to include Blackberry.