A year and a half ago lifehacker made an excellent post regarding alternatives to popular (and crappy) windows software. The post is still relevant but I wish to highlight a few that I've had good experiences with and add some other ones.
- Internet Explorer: Firefox. Or Chrome. Does this need explanation? GetFirefox.com please! Or if you need a light, fast browser go for Chrome. I use it for my NetBook and it works wonders when I just need a quick browsing session. But remember, Chrome hasn't got addons!
- Adobe Reader: Foxit. Faster, firefox support, light. Did I say faster?
- Quicktime: Quicktime Alternative. Although none would be better, Quicktime is a necessary for some programs.
- RealPlayer: RealPlayer Alternative. If you need to play those RealPlayer-files.
- WinZip: 7-Zip. Excellent free-ware alternative!
- Windows Media Player: iTunes, Songbird. To be honest, I do like some aspects of WMP in Windows 7. But overall, it's terrible for managing larger libraries. Try iTunes if you have an iPod. If not, get Songbird! It's an awesome piece of software built on FireFox. Yes, you read that right! You get a browser IN your media player. Quite cool, aight?
- iTunes: doubleTwist. Okay, so first I recommend iTunes and now reject it? Let me explain. For those of you with iPods; doubleTwist will let you sync and put music onto your iPod. Using doubleTwist you can now as an iPod owner get rid of iTunes if it isn't your thing. Also, the author is none other than DVD-Jon!
- Tune-Up Utilities: Glary Utilities. I've used Tune-Up Utilities for quite a while. It's a wonderful application that easily takes care of your computer. However, because they haven't made it compatible with Windows 7 I was forced to find an alternative. And so I did! Glary Utilities even adds some good functions such as searching for duplicates. Get it while it's hot - and free!
- Nero Suite: infraRecorder. Nero has never been my thing. Too much application for such a small task. Get infraRecorder. It's free and easy to use.
- Daemon Tools: UltraISO. Although D-Tools always has been my mounting program of choice, the incompatibility with Windows 7 let me look elsewhere. I did so and found UltraISO. Very handy program, which easily let's you browse and mount images. It also does a whole bunch of other stuff, but I haven't really used those features.