My standard list of software – tools I install on my mum’s computer.

The purpose of this article is to save me some time. I have realized that every time I resurrect  the beloved machine of a family member, I install the list of software. Update: I have also created an Android version of this article.



In the future, if a friend or family member needs software advice, I will point them to this article. They get the correct software recommendations, and no more shifty download pages.
I will update the list from time to time.

Feel free to browse for yourself 🙂

My mum uses Windows

Remote support

  • TeamViewer *must have for every family member – real livesaver!

Video player

Music player

Image viewer

  • Irfan view *for not commercial use
  • otherwise windows built-in

Image editor

PDF viewer:

Office suite

Markdown Editor

  • Marktext *open source
  • Typora *schon geil, aber leider nicht open-source

Packaging tool

Text editor

Anti-virus software

  • use the built-in Windows Defender
  • otherwise nothing *everything else is worse then a virus. To long to rant… 


Email Client

Password manager

  • Keepass *even my wife says it is not that bad to use one. 


File Size calculator

Ftp client

  • Filezilla *usually no family member knows what to do with this

2 Comment

  1. Andrei says: Reply

    Thanks for the list, I haven’t heard about Krita before.
    I used to install Picasa too… thanks Google 🙁

    I find somewhat better than VLC.

    Just to be on the safe side in case I connect with TeamViewer I usually install Far Manager (I also don’t need FileZilla then) and Process Explorer.

    One more useless comment: s/real live saver!/real lifesaver/

    1. Mathias Hueber says: Reply

      Glad the list is helpful. I’ll check out your recommendations – thank you! Also, thank you very much for the corrections 🙂

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