Operating Systems Software Essentials

Operating systems essentials, required to allow software to operate.
Please keep up to date and do not remove.

Operating Systems Essentials

Software run-time systems, allows software programed in a given programming platform to operate. Run-times should be kept up to date and should not be removed.

Software Environments

Adobe AIR


Platforms: Apple, Linux, WindowsWebsite

Mono Framework


Platforms: Apple, Linux, WindowsWebsite

Java Runtime Environment


Platforms: Apple, Linux, WindowsWebsite

Microsoft .NET Framework

Windows XP
+Versions: 1.1, 2.0, 3.5

Windows Vista
Versions Included: 3.0
+Versions: 4.5, .NET 2015

Windows 7
Versions Included: 3.5
+Versions: 4.5, .NET 2015

Windows 8
Versions Included: 4.5
+Versions: .NET 2015

Windows 10
Versions Included: 4.5
+Versions: .NET 2015


Platforms: WindowsWebsite

Microsoft Visual C++

Recommend Versions:

2005 x86
2008 x86 and 2008 x64
2010 x86 and 2010 x64
2012 x86 and 2012 x64
2013 x86 and 2013 x64

Note: Most software will install their own version of Visual C++, resulting in a long list of installed versions.


Platforms: Windows

Redistributable Packages (x86) Website
Redistributable Packages (x64) Website

Extended Operating Systems Essentials

Software interpreters and libraries, are a suite of small programs to allow third-party software access to enhanced features.

Compatibility layers, are a layer of software that acts as an interface between software and another system layer such as the shell, kernel or hardware layer.

Extended essentials are opitional.

Extended Essentials

Ghostscript

PostScript language interpreter used for creating PDF documents.


Platforms: Linux, WindowsWebsite

WINE

Wine Is Not an Emulator (WINE), allows Windows software to run on a Mac or Linux operating system with limited compatibility.


Platforms: Apple, LinuxWebsite

FUSE for OS X

Extends OS X’s native file handling capabilities to read and write to third-party file systems such as Windows formatted external hard drives.


Platforms: AppleWebsite

Audio and Video Codecs

Codec, stands for coder-decoder, allows for audio or video to be played without special software.

Attention! Apple and Linux users we recommend using the VLC Media Player.

Audio and Video Codecs

K-Lite Codec Mega Pack

All-In-One collection of audio and video formats for Windows.


Platforms: WindowsWebsite

Perian

QuickTime/iTunes Components for playing a wide range of audio and video formats for Apple computers.


Platforms: AppleWebsite

Flip4Mac

QuickTime/iTunes Components for playing Windows Media audio and video formats for Apple computers.


Platforms: AppleWebsite

XiphQT

QuickTime/iTunes Components for playing audio and video formats by Xiph for Apple computers.


Platforms: AppleWebsite

Web Browsing Essentials

Essential software to run embedded content on all installed Web browsers. Allows Websites to run content such as Web Cams, Video Chat, Games and Applications to extend the Web browser’s functionality or to provide features not in the Web Standards.

Web Browsing Essentials

Adobe Flash Player

The must popular way to play videos online, Adobe Flash is an interactive multimedia platform commonly used to play videos, video chat, animation, small games and applications.


Platforms: Apple, Linux, WindowsWebsite

Adobe Shockwave Player

Adobe Shockwave is an interactive multimedia platform commonly used for games.


Platforms: Apple, WindowsWebsite

Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight is an interactive multimedia platform commonly used for videos and applications, Silverlight provide similar features to Adobe Flash.


Platforms: Apple, WindowsWebsite

Unity Web Player

Unity Web Player is Web player for amazing 3D games and interactive applications in the Web browser. Unity engine is used to create amazing games for computers, devices and game consoles.


Platforms: Apple, WindowsWebsite

Windows Media Player Plugin

Enabled Windows Media Player to run within a non Internet Explorer Web browser.


Platforms: WindowsWebsite