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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Recuva But wait, again! What if you accidentally deleted a program or file that you desperately need to get back? Don’t curl up into a ball and start sobbing uncontrollably. Recuva’s deleted-file recovery skills can usually save your bacon as long as you wiped your data using standard means rather than a “file shredder”-style tool.

Piriform’s Recuva is one of those programs you hope never to use, but you’ll be really, really happy to have it in your back pocket, just in case.

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