Download Operating System - Best Software & Apps

  • Windows 10

    License
    try Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Windows 10 is here to change the game

    7
    6558 votes
    • PROS: Free to upgrade, Consistent across devices , A more natural, customizable experience , Spartan and Cortana allow for more natural browsing and searches
    • CONS: If your only using one device, many features will be lost on you
  • Windows 8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Good for tablets: touchscreen operation, new apps and easier on the battery

    7
    4115 votes
    • PROS: Sleek, modern design, Very stable, Snappy interface, Includes new native Metro Apps, Support for traditional desktop apps
    • CONS: Metro interface takes some getting used to, Works better on touch screen devices
  • Internet Explorer 9 64-bit

    Windows 7 64-bit 9.0.8112.16421

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The latest edition of the web's most popular browser

    6
    325 votes
    • PROS: Faster multicore JavaScript engine, Support for HTML5 and CSS3, Very well integrated with the operating system, Sleek interface
    • CONS: Basic HTML5 support
  • Ubuntu

    (Xenial Xerus) 16.04

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The best free operating system out there

    7
    507 votes
    • PROS: Completely free operating system, Very quick and easy to use, Easy Windows installer, Ubuntu One syncs with mobile devices
    • CONS: Can be difficult to install external components, Tricky to get used to after using Windows
  • Remix OS Player

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Play Android games on your PC

    7
    5 votes
    • PROS: Run Android games on the latest version of Android OS, on your PC, Map unlimited buttons to controls in the game
    • CONS: May not run with all games out of box
  • EasyBCD

    2.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A free duel-booting tool for your Windows PC

    7
    88 votes
    • PROS: May be used as part of your disaster recovery process, Great for backing up and repairing your bootloader,
    • CONS: It offers solutions to problems that already have solutions, The free version has no instruction manual
  • Free PC Cleaner

    4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free and Effective PC Registry Cleaner

    6
    512 votes
    • PROS: This free PC cleaner works within minutes., Scans can be initiated with a single click., Constant monitoring helps to actively protect the operating system.,
    • CONS: As this is a free download it may not be as effective as a paid application., There can be times when a system is slowed down by this software,
  • DOSBox

    0.74

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Run MS-DOS classics without hassle

    6
    281 votes
    • PROS: Lots of games available, Can run any DOS application
    • CONS: Need to be familiar with DOS
  • Google Chromium OS

    (32516) 4.0.253.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Web-based operating system developed by Google

    7
    536 votes
    • PROS: Completely different from other OS, No learning curve: it's all a web browser, Takes seconds to boot, Perfect OS for netbooks
    • CONS: Only available as source code at the moment, Very early stage of development
  • VMware Player

    12.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Run a totally independent virtual PC in your computer

    7
    234 votes
    • PROS: Test a new OS and new software without risks, Easy to set up and run, Can easily share data with the host system, Lets you create virtual machines
    • CONS: High system requirements
  • Vysor Android Control on PC

    1.7.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    Put your Android operating system on Windows

    -
    No votes yet
    • PROS: You may use a keyboard to interact with your phone, Point and click on your phone using this app
    • CONS: You have to give this app a lot of permissions, Users have to pay a subscription
  • Windows 7

    Home Premium 64-Bit Build 7601

    License
    try Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Another Strong Entry In A Venerable Operating System Legacy

    7
    6404 votes
    • PROS: High software compatibility, High speed, Secure and supported minimum interruptions,
    • CONS: May take some learning,
  •  Intel® XDK

    1816

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create Smartphone and Tablet Apps Using JavaScript and HTML5

    6
    48 votes
    • PROS: One-step solution, Support for multiple operating systems , In-cloud build system,
    • CONS: Finding documentation can be difficult, Performance isn’t the best
  • ZoomIt

    4.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone

    Zoom in your deskop and draw right on it

    7
    82 votes
    • PROS: Easy to setup and use, Allows hotkey configurations
    • CONS: Doesn't offer many colours or marker sizes
  • WinToUSB

    3.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Clone your Windows operating system to a USB drive

    9
    6 votes
    • PROS: You may clone your operating system in just three simple steps, Add your operating system to a USB flash drive
    • CONS: Installing on another computer still requires Microsoft registration, The cloned operating system will be missing a few features
  • Linux Mint

    Gloria 7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free user friendly Linux distribution

    8
    111 votes
    • PROS: Free download , Simpler than standard Linux ,
    • CONS: Requires some reading , Not for everyone
  • Free MP3 Player

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    MP3 Player for personal computers

    5
    2 votes
    • PROS: This software is completely free to download and install within a Windows operating system., Basic customisation options are available at the click of a button.,
    • CONS: There is little contact information if a problem occurs., Newer Windows operating systems are not likely to be supported.
  • Windows 7

    Home Premium 32 bit

    License
    try Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Another Strong Entry In A Venerable Operating System Legacy

    7
    11062 votes
    • PROS: High software compatibility, High speed, Secure and supported minimum interruptions,
    • CONS: May take some learning,
  • RamBooster

    2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free software to free up extra RAM within an operating system

    7
    150 votes
    • PROS: Users will not have to pay to download this software package., A user-friendly display will keep track of memory allocation at all times.,
    • CONS: RamBooster will not detect any viruses that may be present within a system., Not as effective as some professional disk cleanup programs.
  • Windows Reader for Windows 10

    6.2.8232.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A simple, built in PDF reader for Windows 8

    2
    215 votes
    • PROS: Baked into the operating system, Snappy and responsibe interface, Ability to take notes, highlight, rotate and bookmark, Search is very useful
    • CONS: Zooming with a PC could be more intuitive, Doesn't open anything but PDFs
Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
#NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
1Home Premium 32 bit110627.3Windows
241156.9Windows
365586.7Windows
4(32516) 4.0.253.05366.6Windows, Mac
5Home Premium 64-Bit Build 760164046.6Windows