In Pictures: Your new PC needs these 22 free programs

More than a mere blank slate, a new PC is a fresh opportunity—a collection of components that, with the right software installed, could accomplish anything from balancing your household budget to helping to cure cancer. Yes, stocking your PC is an intensely personal task. Even still, some programs are so helpful, so handy, so useful across the board that we heartily recommend them to everybody. These are the programs you want to install on a new PC first.

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Warm-up: A browser Before you roll up your sleeves and start slinging software around, make sure to snag your Web browser of choice. Using Windows’ default Internet Explorer when you’re accustomed to something else feels like wearing somebody else’s shoes. (Blech.)

Firefox and IE 11 are both tremendous options in their own right, but our money’s on Chrome, which won PCWorld’s browser showdown late last year. But hey, they’re all free! Try before you “buy.”

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