Make Windows Run Faster This post is part of the 17 Tips Series on How to Make Windows Run Faster.

Windows users generally use a lot of heavy-weight programs, which are a drain on your PC resources. You will be surprised to know, that there are lot of other light-weight software available on the Internet, which can do most of the task performed by these heavy-weight software. For an average user, these light weight programs are highly beneficial because of two reasons.

  • They are open source, so FREE.
  • They are light-wight and hence make your Windows run fast.

Here we are giving you a list of 50 light weight open source software, which can easily replace some of the most popular software on your PC. They not only can save you thousands of $$$ but also speed up your Windows to make Windows run faster.

Basics Software

Windows Vista can be replaced by Ubuntu OS
Internet Explorer can be replaced by Firefox

Office Suites

Microsoft Office can be replaced by OpenOffice
Mactopia can be replaced by NeoOffice

Office Tools

MathWorks MATLAB can be replaced by Scilab
Microsoft Access can be replaced by Kexi
Microsoft Word can be replaced by OpenOffice Writer
Microsoft Excel can be replaced by OpenOffice Calc
Microsoft Visio can be replaced by Dia

Productivity Tools

Blackboard can be replaced by Moodle
Box can be replaced by Cabos
Microsoft Project can be replaced by Open Workbench
Mindjet can be replaced by FreeMind

Graphic Programs

Adobe Illustrator can be replaced by Inkscape
Adobe PhotoShop can be replaced by GIMP
Adobe Premiere can be replaced by Avidemux
AutoCAD can be replaced by Archimedes
Microsoft PowerPoint can be replaced by OpenOffice Impress
Microsoft Paint can be replaced by Tux Paint

Web Editors

TruSpace can be replaced by Blender
Adobe GoLive CS2 can be replaced by Mozilla SeaMonkey
Adobe Dreamweaver can be replaced by NVU
Macromedia Flash Professional can be replaced by OpenLaszlo
Microsoft FrontPage can be replaced by Bluefish

Publishing Tools

Windows Notepad can be replaced by ConTEXT
Altova XMLSpy can be replaced by XML Copy Editor
Adobe Acrobat can be replaced by PDFCreator
Adobe Framemaker can be replaced by DocBook
Microsoft Publisher can be replaced by Scribus

Communication Tools

AIM can be replaced by Pidgin
FeedDemon can be replaced by RSS Bandit:
Microsoft MSN Messenger can be replaced by aMSN
Microsoft Outlook can be replaced by Thunderbird
Skype can be replaced by Wengophone

Media

iTunes can be replaced by Songbird
Nero Burning Rom can be replaced by K3b
Quicktime can be replaced by Darwin Streaming Server
TiVo Desktop can be replaced by Galleon.tv:
Windows Media Player can be replaced by Miro

Utilities

CuteFTP can be replaced by Filezilla
iBackup can be replaced by ZManda
Norton Ghost can be replaced by Partition Image
Rational Purify can be replaced by Valgrind
WinZip can be replaced by 7-Zip

Security Tools

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal can be replaced by Winpooch
McAfee VirusScan can be replaced by ClamWin
Norton Personal Firewall can be replaced by WIPFW
Authorize.net can be replaced by OpenSSL

Financial Tools

Microsoft Money (Plus) can be replaced by TurboCash
Quickbooks can be replaced by Compiere

See also the other 16 tips to How to Make Windows Run Faster.