Software Links - Free stuff
Windows 8 Start menu..
Classic Shell is an open source Start Menu which brings back the more traditional menu to the Windows 8 desktop.
Pokki is a hybrid Start Menu which introduces it's own apps as well as showing the a more traditional view of what is installed.
XnView is an image/picture viewer which will allow the Microsoft Picture-It format to be converted to a standard format like .jpg.
Paint.net is an open source application with lots of features and is an excellent replacement for the long defunct Microsoft Picture-It.
Microsoft Security Essentials. This replaces Microsoft OneCare, and is an excellent anti-virus and spyware solution.
Anti-virus - Bitdefender Free. A small footprint solution that will not slow your computer down.
Foxit reader is small, fast and reads pdf files. Replace Adobe Reader with this for a faster load.
PDF creator - PrimoPDF will enable you to create your own professional looking pdf documents.
Treesize will give you a smart, pictorial insight into what is using your hard disk space. Also available: SmartBackup, SmartSerial Mail, SpaceObServer, and Exchange Server software.
Auslogics - Watch Windows defrag for free with this excellent utility. It defaults to doing all disks at one time, and is fast.
Aomei produce a partition manager and back up program, both simple to use..
Two here. Open Office and Libre Office (based upon Open Office) are full office productivity suites featuring a full set of applications.
SpeedFan - A very useful hardware monitor which shows internal temperatures on the fly. To make the most of fan control, it does require setting up, but is a must have for all desktop users..