Windows

before windows 10 driver support was painful and tedious. it hase very good usb driver support and fast video support.

windows 8 can be updated to windows 10 for free if you have neither a copy from ebay will run you 10 or 15 dollars for home or professional

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-windows-xp-for-free-and-legally-straight-from-microsoft-si/

https://www.reactos.org/ really nice free version of windows works good for virtualmachines has video hardware acceleration/drivers support so it can play windows games still iirc.

Applications

  • portable apps is very handy application for getting ahold of games and apps
  • gimp image editing
  • blender
  • libreoffice
  • codeblocks
  • qtCreator
  • vlc
  • steam is very nice addon for windows
  • hexchat
  • firefox
  • thunderbird
  • handbrake

Software to buy

  • Ableton Live
  • Fruity Loops
  • anysoft dvd
  • powerdvd – great software for copying DVD’s fit on cd-r’s with menu’s