Which software to use/download?

Hi Everyone
I have just had a major computer crash and lost all my downloaded software on my computer. I have started putting all the software back on from the original discs but I would like to know if there are any other programs I can download. I have just installed WinZip and its asking for a payment as its not free and I know my Nero 6 program will only last a couple of months as its just a demo.

Are there programs out there that are free and just as good as WinZip and Nero 6. I also have to download new Codec’s but before I seem to just search for the one I needed then so I had 3-4 different programs. I know windows do a Codec pack which I can just download but is there a better all in one program.

Cheers
Alan

either use vlc player for codecs or install Codec Pack All in 1

As for archiver I use winrar since it also can make zip or unzip

Thanks mate I will have a look at these programs and try and find which are the easiest to use. I’m not very bright when it comes to computer programs/software I don’t even know what WinZip dose but that is for another time. If anyone has any other suggestions please let me know.

Cheers
Alan

This thread may be of help (I am sure you have read all through it already, but I mention it anyway):
Free downloads

Thanks mate I’m going cross eyed looking at all that free software and your help’s and tips are defiantly going to be a big help. But amongst all that software there must be some that work a lot better then others. Which are the best ones to down load please.

Cheers
Alan

Just a couple of recommendations from me also :

Media Player Classic : http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=82303&package_id=84358&release_id=403110

ffdshow : http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=53761&package_id=59355&release_id=274595

Exact Audio Copy : http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

Burrrn : http://www.burrrn.net/?page_id=4

foobar2000 : www.foobar2000.org

ImgBurn : www.imgburn.com

7-Zip : http://www.7-zip.org/