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Windows 10 best free programs

With the version change to Windows 10, the Media Center for TV and radio reception, among other things, has been thrown out. Fortunately, there are alternatives.

Radio and TV playback

One of the best solutions is Kodi, the former XBMC. This program was started as a media center hack for the Xbox and was later developed into a full media center app for PCs with Linux and Windows.

There are even versions for Android and the mini PC Raspberry Pi.

Radio and TV playback

The best thing about Kodi is that if you like the standard look and don’t like the features, customization is no problem at all thanks to a variety of designs and plug-ins. Kodi is also actively supported by the community. Kodi can be downloaded here for free in German.

DVD Playback

The best alternative to playing video DVDs is the VLC media player. It’s available for free as a universal app in the Windows Store and can be downloaded from there. VLC supports most media files as well as CDs, DVDs, devices and network streams. The app is designed for audio and video playback.

DVD Playback

In addition, a media library is built into the VLC app. When playing sound files, title information can be retrieved from the Internet. VLC supports several audio tracks as well as the display of subtitles, e.g. for foreign-language videos.

If the VLC media player does not like to be used as an app, the free desktop version can be used instead. Download it here.

Windows 10 contains virus protection

For Windows 7 and Windows Vista, Microsoft offers a free virus background guard for download. The Security Essentials are pre-installed in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. These are a replacement for Windows Defender and protection software against malware. Windows Update automatically keeps the program up to date.

However, many users would still like to use their own antivirus program. The following programs have been successfully tested on Windows 10, to name just a few: Avast Free Antivirus, AVG Antivirus Free and Avira Free Antivirus.

Avast Free Antivirus

Avast is not popular with many users for nothing. Windows 10 computers can also be protected against all kinds of malware. Avast also protects against dangerous attachments when loading emails by interfacing with the mail server as a local proxy.

With AVG, the scanner scores especially with a high detection rate of the malware. The monitoring of clicked links is also well solved. Disadvantage: the setup takes relatively long compared to the other programs.

Avira’s red umbrella is also one of the classics. Avira is to be praised for its reliable protection. The only drawback is that Avast always displays advertisements, which proves to be a bit annoying. Download at www.avira.de.

Card game Solitaire refurbished

The games that come with Windows 7, such as Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts, are removed when you upgrade to Windows 10. Still, you’re not standing in the rain. Microsoft has programmed new versions of these games, which can be loaded from the Windows Store if not pre-installed.

The card games, for example, were bundled in an app. It can be started by clicking on “Start, Microsoft Solitaire Collection”. If this tile is not attached in the tile list of the start menu, the app can be found under “All Apps”.

Just as long as the card games Solitär and Co. was also Minesweeper on board the Windows games. Like all other games, Microsoft Minesweeper can be downloaded for free as an app from the Windows Store. Just go to the website and click on “Install”.

The Mahjong version known from earlier Windows versions is not part of Windows 10, but Microsoft has reissued a similar game as an app and placed it in the Windows Store. The free Mahjong app was programmed and designed by Microsoft Studios.

The game has three different stone designs with a variety of different background images. The app is compatible with both Windows and Windows Mobile. The Xbox integration automatically compares scores with all your Microsoft devices.

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