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2012 was a great year for tech as a whole, but there was something extra special for us Windows aficionados. That’s right, the long awaited Windows 8 launch, which resulted in a huge influx of applications for the platform. We covered a plethora of Windows applications in 2012, but if you didn’t get the time to go through them all, let us present you with a list of the top 150 free applications that we have cherry-picked from the countless we covered through the entire year. Read on!

Spotflux (Cross-platform VPN client that lets you encrypt internet traffic, access blocked websites and remove ads)


Google Drive (The official Windows client of Google’s cloud storage and document management service)


Asus Multiframe Utility (Arrange and snap windows to 9 screen regions per monitor)


OnlineVNC (Connect to a remote PC via TCP/IP protocol and control it using virtual network computing)

OnlineVNC 1

Blacksmith (Get Mac desktop spaces, launchpad and mission control in Windows)


Moborobo (One of the most comprehensive Android and iOS device management tools yet)


Clover (Get Google Chrome-like tabbed interface in Windows’ native File Explorer)


Freemore Audio Video Suite (An awesome audio and video suite that amalgamates several handy editing and conversion utilities)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

CrashPlan (Create scheduled data backups to local and remote PCs)

CrashPlan Backup

Multiplicity (Control up to 9 different computers with a single keyboard and mouse)

Stardock Multiplicity 2 2

Mission Control / Expose Clone W7 (Control opened windows the Mac OS X way)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Desktop Slider (Create multiple workspaces and slide windows across the screen)

desktop slider options

KeyRocket (Suggests keyboard shortcuts that you can use for certain actions while you are working)


Cloudfogger (Drag and drop files to auto-encrypt & upload to Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive and others)

Cloudfogger Drive X

Stoffi (If Windows Media Player and Windows Explorer were to marry, you’d probably get Stoffi)


Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition (Fast, robust, beautiful and reliable, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition was the best antivirus app that came across our way in 2012)

Bitdefender Antivirus

Microsoft Research Cliplets (Create half-image, half-video animations called ‘cinegraphs’ and save them as GIF, MP4 and WMV)


Clickberry Interactive Creator (Add clickable/interactive elements to your videos and share them over Facebook)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Cubby (Multi-platform cloud storage with a Windows client that lets you drag and drop folders to sync them between devices)


BufferZone Pro (A Sandboxie-like software that lets you launch your favorite applications in a virtual environment)


Dropboxifier (Use your Dropbox account to sync game data between different PCs)


DDownloads (Looking for an alternative to the ever-popular Ninite? Try DDownloads!)


Save.Me (Probably the best clipboard manager for Windows this year)

Save.me 2.0.0

OPSWAT’s Security Score (A great Windows app that analyzes your system against security loopholes)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

RecImgManager (Lets you backup and restore user applications and settings in Windows 8)


GOM Audio (An app for audiophiles from the team behind one of the most popular media players out there)


Paragon Go Virtual (Convert your PC into a guest virtual machine configured to run with VMware, Virtual Box, or Virtual PC)

paragon 1

Reboot-To (A free alternative to iReboot; lets you select what Windows installation your system will boot into next)


KuaiZip (An file archiver and compressor that has the potential to dethrone 7-Zip)


Norton Zone Cloud Sharing (Backup, share & sync data securely across Windows, Mac, Android, iOS & the web)


7Conifier (Apply custom application icon packs with a single click)


Free Viewer (A file editor and viewer that works with about 100 different file formats)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

CloudDeck (Fully functional, unofficial desktop client for SoundCloud)


Wondershare vDownloader (Download Full HD 1080p videos from all the popular video streaming websites)

Wondershare vDownloader

InstallGuard (Not sure who’s filling up your precious HD space with unwanted apps? It’s time to block unauthorized software installations with InstallGuard.)


Ribbon Disabler (Disable the new Ribbon UI in Windows 8′s File Explorer and get the old interface back)

Ribbon Disabler

NetSpeedMonitor (Monitor upstream and downstream rate from the taskbar and maintain data transfer reports)


Bitcasa (Offers 10GB free cloud storage space, and an unlimited plan for $10 a month)


Amazon Cloud Drive (The Official Amazon desktop client for Windows & Mac)


Espera (A beautiful Modern UI-inspired music player with a ‘Party Mode’)


Sys Information (Don’t like Speccy all that much? Here’s another great system information tool that you can try.)

SysInformation dashboard

WiFi Protector (Protect your wireless internet connection with 256-bit encryption and hide your real IP address)


Syncbox (Host your own personal cloud storage space using your local hard drive)

Syncbox server_control panel

EaseUS CleanGeniu (Elegant system optimizer from EaseUS that analyzes your PC’s health, finds duplicate files, cleans the registry and more)


Fake Antivirus (Beware of cheap and fake antiviruses. Quickly detect them with this tool before you hurt your wallet.)


Pokki For Windows 8 (Our favorite web apps aggregator comes to Windows 8; also restores the Start Orb.)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

SnapPea (An Airdroid-like Android management application boasting an attractive design)


Voxeet (Conference calling app with a unique natural 3D perception feature that makes you feel like your sitting next to your contacts)

Voxeet conference

Smart PC Locker Pro (Automatically powers off your PC after invalid login attempts)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Kuvva (Automatically changes desktop and Twitter backgrounds on a daily basis)


Folder Lock (Easily password-protect or hide files and folders through drag & drop)

Folder Lock Free

Feewhee (Use mouse scroll to resize windows and adjust their transparency)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

DestroyFlickr (Manage your Flickr account from your PC with this Adobe AIR-based desktop app)

DestroyFlickr Fullscreen

Network Sorcerer (Comprehensive client control utility for small networks)

network sorcer main

Perfect Effects 3 (Apply Instagram-like photo filters in layers on an entire image or specific parts of it)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

WinPlusX (Get Windows 8 Win+X menu in Windows 7 and Vista)


QuickPlay (Borderless HD video player with support for up to 4K resolution)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

AntiScreensaver (Automatically disable screensaver while specific programs are running)

Cyber-D's AntiScreensaver 2.01

Juicebox (Create HTML based photo galleries and share them among your friends)


SearchMyFiles (Search files and folders using extended filters)

Search Options

MetroTextual (Minimalistic text editor with syntax highlighting)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Send to Kindle (Send documents to Kindle from Windows context menu)

Send to Kindle

FavBackup (Create user style backup for Firefox and other browsers)

FavBackup 2.1.2

Visions (3D image viewer with customizable layouts and built-in editor)


Familiar (Real-time photo sharing and syncing across PC, Mac, Android & iOS)


VarieDrop (Create resolution and size-based profiles for quickly resizing images)


SubtitleDownloader (Auto-fetch subtitles on video file name basis)

Subtitles Downloaded

SmoothDraw (Digital painter with Adobe Photoshop-like layer support)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Quick PDF Tools (Merge, extract, convert & encrypt PDF file from Windows context menu)

QUick PDF Tools Main

Icon Generator Pro (Create HTML5/CS5 icons, logos and star badges)

Icon Generator Pro

myManga (Automatically downloads episodes for your favorite Manga series)

myManga.png Library

O&O AutoBackup (Automatically backup files to USB drive when plugged in)

O&O AutoBackup

Elpis (Desktop client to manage and listen to Pandora radio)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

PDFzen (Manipulate PDF documents in a collaborative manner)


Name My TV Series (Cross-Platform tool to easily rename TV series episodes)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

USB-AV (Allows you to keep a check on all the connected USB drives)

USB AV for Windows Status

WinMend Folder Hidden (Set password to hide and unhide files and folders completely)

WinMend Folder Hidden

PlayClaw (Take screenshots and record in-game video in user-specified frames per second)


Midi Sheet Music (Convert music samples to sheet music)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

SFunKey (Map Function keys to perform additional operations)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Lost Photos (Find images saved in your email inbox and directly share them with your friends over Facebook and Twitter)

Lost Photos Share

cacheCopy (Copy images based on their age, size and resolution)


Autodelete (Set name and date filters to delete files and folders)

Cyber-D's Autodelete 3.03

Care4Teen (Parental control tool that creates screencasts upon detection of inappropriate content)

Care4Teen Dashboard

Shadow Explorer (Access and export Windows shadow copies according to time filters)


Z-VSSCopy (Create, access, delete and mount shadow copies on any Windows versions)

Z-VSScopy - Setup

ShiftN (Automatically adjust vertical line distortion in photographs of landscapes and buildings)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Free Screenshot Capture (This screenshot tool is jam-packed with an umpteen number of additional features)

Free Screenshot Capture

Mp3 Rename (Powerful, File Rename Rule-based music collection organization)

mp3 rename

gExplorer (Manage Google Docs from Windows)


MediaPortal (HTPC app to play music, stream radio and record live TV)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

HotKey Resolution Changer (Change monitor resolution using hotkeys)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

ClipboardZanager (Retain clipboard items after system reboot)


Hulbee Desktop (Hard drive and internet search with word cloud support)

Hulbee Desktop

Sunrise Seven (Comprehensive Windows 7 tweaking and customization tool)

Version 1.2 build 60

Holdkey (Type accented characters in any text field and program)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

SymMover (Move installed programs to other folders and disks without reinstalling)


Order In My Folder (Sort files using 8 different criteria)

Order in my Folder GUI  1.3

TweakNow PowerPack 2012 (An all-in-one PC maintenance suite)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Image Resize Guide Lite (Resize images without altering the main subject with its unique Smart Resize Technology)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Close All (Quickly shutdown all running Windows applications with a hotkey)


ProxySwap (Quickly switch between proxy servers)


Snappy (Capture screenshots on time, mouse and keyboard events)

Snappy 1.5.4

Seam Carving GUI (Content aware image resizing with removal of unwanted areas)


IntelliAdmin (Enable Windows 7 Auto Login feature for a user-specified number of times)


MComix (Drag & drop to read comics and view plain images with MComix)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Jester (Text editor for comparing documents and creating songs parodies)


Free Video to GIF Converter (Create GIFs from frames of videos)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

PasteBin (Create, sort and manage text snippets)

PasteBin (64-bit)

Photo Basic 3 (Comprehensive image editing & archiving tool)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Textaizer Pro (Text mosaic and ASCII art creator)

Textaizer Pro 4

Tiggit (Open source indie game downloader and launcher)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Geek Uninstaller (Portable uninstaller to completely wipe off all traces of an application from the computer)

Geek Uninstaller 1.0

Windows Tweaker (100+ tweaks for system utilities and UI components)

Windows Tweaker 4.0

Panorama Perfect (Panoramic photo creator)


Media Preview (Enable thumbnail previews of unsupported video formats)

Media Preview Configuration

SyncWrite (Portable syntax editor with tree structure)

SynWrite Windows

Rumshot (Take screenshots and create themed previews with them)


AutoUP (Missed a major important update of your favorite app? Fret not! You won’t anymore)


Eassos Recovery (A powerful file recovery software that can recover even lost partitions)

Eassos Recovery

Firewall App Blocker (Lets you add applications to the Windows Firewall block list via simple drag and drop operation)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

WinLock (Lock any application window and minimize it to system tray)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

RawTherapee (A powerful and feature-rich RAW image processing software)


MultiWall (Set different wallpapers on your multi monitor luxury, or span one across all of them)



sRemote (Allows you to remotely execute commands and control your PC via Gmail account)


DXPurge (You won’t be bothered by those .DS_Store files while moving files from Mac OSX to Windows)


WinMend File Splitter (A powerful file splitter that can also merge files without requiring the application itself)

WinMend File Splitter

WinOwnership (Gain full control of over system files with this highly useful piece of software)


Inesoft Cash Organizer (A superb financial management software with cloud support)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

File Secure Free (A handsome security tool with an extra topping of file backup, shredding and encryption features)


Advanced PDF Utilities (Seldom it happens that you find such a large collection of PDF tools within one package)

Advanced PDF Utilities Free

Toolwiz BSafe (A powerful data encryption tool that lets you create encrypted file containers and mount them as virtual drives.)

Toolwiz BSafe

John’s Background Switcher (Arguably one of the most comprehensive wallpaper customization tools for Windows)

John's Background Switcher

PicBackMan (One of the best software to backup images from multiple social networks to a number of cloud folders including Dropbox and SkyDrive)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

Desktop Modify (Rearrange desktop icons into a wide-array of presets and shapes)


Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner (Tweak taskbar thumbnails in of opened applications in Windows 8)

150 Best Windows Apps Of Year 2012

AnyMenu (Add custom shortcuts for files and applications, and access them with middle mouse button)


Mosaizer Pro (Love mosaic photography? This app is probably for you then)


Windows + R Alias Manager (Create custom aliases of your frequently used applications and files)

Win R Alias Manager Edited

Crystal Anti-Exploit Protection (Protect your system against unintended downloads)

Crystal AEP Main

DesktopSaver (An open source application that allows users to save the location of desktop icons)

DesktopSaver Options

SyncLib (Easily synchronize and share photos, music and videos across different platforms)


Instagrille (Pokki app that lets you browse and download Instagram photos on your desktop)


NexusFont (There’s no arguing here, it was the best font app this year)


Wise Program Uninstaller (Robust application uninstaller that’s tenfold better than the native Add/Remove program)

wise 1

CarotDAV (Manage multiple cloud services from one application window)

CarotDAV - Waqas - Dropbox

RunAlyzer (System startup manager designed to collect all the programs and their registry keys under one hood)

RunAlyzer Main

Rainlendar (A light, well-designed to-do list manager and calendar app for Windows)


Toolbar Cleaner (Remove unwanted toolbars from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome)


NexusFile (Dual pane file manager with FTP & archive extraction support)


That’s it for our 2012 compilation of best Windows applications. Did you find any new apps here that you liked? We’d love it if you mentioned your favorite ones in the comments section below.

Don’t forget to share this post with your friends, and do stick around; we have compilations for other platforms coming up next. Happy New Year!

Fawad Mir and Waqas Ahmed contributed to this post

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