The free Apps below will work on Apple OS, Linux and Windows computer systems.

Windows 7 has some useful things going for it, like a Start button, Microsoft Works (a working version of Office), Microsoft Paint and a handy calculator, but Windows 8 features none of those things, and also adds complications to opening normal documents.

Fortunately, the internet has some great FREE open-source applications to fill the gaps that Microsoft creates.

I use many of these Apps on a daily basis, just click into them, they will guide you through downloading and setting them up. 


  • VLC Media Player - play DVDs and videos, convert between file types, stream and record camera, watch and listen to whatever you want without filling in a questionnaire
  • Paint.NET - great replacement for MS Paint, but much much better (comparable to photo-shop)
  • Lightworks - professional video editor - free version (see the comments for more info)
  • Videopad - Easy to use video editor with plenty of features (screenshot in comments)
  • Avidemux - simple video editor with some good features
  • Ccleaner - for cleaning crap and rubbish files, and speeding up your system
  • Open Office - Brilliant replacement for Microsoft Office, open and edit DOC files, spreadsheets, graphics and more
  • Linux Mint - if your absolutely sick of Windows and want a replacement that works


some other computer using tips.....
On the Windows 8 screen (that's trying to be an iPhone), The DESKTOP button is in the bottom left.

Right-clicking on things - gives extra options including "properties", "open with...", and making desktop shortcut icons to frequent files, apps or locations.

Notepad - for writing ideas.

Watch out for scams online, people trying to get your information or details

CTRL-ALT-DEL - pressing Control, Alt and Delete simultaneously gives access to your Task Manager, and the undervalued and elusive off switch.


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Comment by Spirality on May 31, 2017 at 22:54

Another free Video Editing Software Videopad, which promises to be easy to use with plenty of features. 

Comment by Spirality on November 6, 2016 at 2:52

Torrentz is gone - the next best clone is Torrentz 2

The hash locations all still work, just insert 2 after torrentz in the link address.

To stream torrents, you need a client like utorrent

Search torrents for the media or software that you want, be aware of languages, versions and sometimes viruses.

Comment by Spirality on September 27, 2016 at 22:00

To Convert Videos and Audio files between formats, use "Any Video Converter", which also makes MP3s from video.

Comment by Spirality on September 27, 2016 at 21:58

Lots of good links to live TV on your computer from around the world.

Use this Application to Record a Radio Stream or any Audio from the internet or your computer.

Comment by Spirality on May 25, 2016 at 22:05

I see from TNS facebook link that Windows has started automatically downloading its Win 10 operating system onto win 7 and 8 computers, its doing it automatically against people's will.

Allegedly, this app can be used which prevents the download from happening, but i have not tested it

Comment by Spirality on February 3, 2016 at 5:03

If your wondering which installed software is just commercial-ware, and if you want to get rid of it, take a look at this type of site

Comment by Spirality on January 24, 2016 at 17:08

Post updated to include Malwarebytes and ImgBurn apps, and Linux Mint and Windos 7 operating systems (ISO files)

Comment by Spirality on June 29, 2015 at 11:49
Comment by Spirality on June 25, 2015 at 4:58

Found the Manual for Lightworks - its in documentation

Comment by Spirality on June 25, 2015 at 1:50

Thanks for the tip about making backups in the free version.

I'm new to Lightworks, having edited a few videos on Magix Movie Maker, which is also a top-shelf program but on Magix there is a persistent interface with all the buttons on it.

It would make a huge difference in Lightworks to have more obvious access to familiar editing tools such as cut, slice, select-from-marker, and more right click options. I expect most of them are there, but its hard to find hidden features when you don't know to look for them, I think their special keyboard would come in handy.

A couple of comparison screens ......


Magix Movie Edit Pro

The 1,2, and 3 in the picture indicate Import, Edit and Export areas

Lightworks keyboard  (hotkey list )

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