These are completely FREE programs for Windows 7. I have tested all of these programs below without any problems in the 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 versions. The list is in alphabetical order using the program’s name.
I will add more as I run across them, so be sure to check the list every so often and feel free to post your suggestion of a great free program.
Here’s the Ever Growing List:
abcAVI Tag Editor is little stand alone utility for viewing/editing tags in AVI files. In short it allows you to get information on movie from Internet Movie Database or type it by yourself and save that info inside AVI file. Supports RIFF INFO tags, MovieID tags, IDivX tags. Allows editing more than 40 tags, not only “Title”, “Subject” and “Copyright”. Support of RIFF INFO tags ensures backward compatibility with standard Windows players like MS Media Player.
AbiWord is a free multi-platform word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.
Absolute Uninstaller is similar to standard Windows Add/Remove program but more powerful. The standard Add/Remove program can’t uninstall applications completely which often leaves broken registry keys, unnecessary files on the hard disk. The more junk files your computer have, the slower it runs. Uninstall Manager can wipe off all the junk files clearly in seconds. It offers a more user-friendly way to remove unneeded applications and to improve your computer efficiency.
Acid View is is a multimedia viewer for Windows. Supports a variety of textmode and bitmap graphic formats such as ANSI/ASCII, XBIN, GIF, JPEG and PNG. Additional features include a modem-speed simulator, VGA previewing and more!
Especially good to view your .nfo files and see the ASCI art as it was intended. Will even scroll your text.
Active ISO Burner is a application that will allow you to burn an ISO image file to CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R, CD-RW, DVD-RW, DL DVD+RW, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
Ad_Aware Free – Anniversary Edition helps give you real-time protection against spyware, trojans, rootkits, hijackers, keyloggers, and more with real-time monitoring, threat alerts, and automatic updates.
A browser add-on that allows you to watch flash videos online in your web browser.
A PDF file viewer that also installs a add-on for your web browser.
Advanced Renamer is a free batch rename program for renaming multiple files and folders at once. By configuring renaming methods the names can be manipulated in various ways.
File Searching Utility.
AIMP is a full-featured free music player designed with sound quality and wide,
customizable functionality in mind. Over twenty audio formats are supported.
Audio is processed in 32-bit for crystal-clear sound. The player features a 18-band
graphics equalizer with extra built-in sound effects. You can extend the existing
functionality adding Input, DSP and Gen plug-ins from Winamp. All local and global
hotkeys are customizable. Full Unicode support. You can convert AudioCD to MP3,
OGG, WAV or WMA. Similarly, you can grab sound from any audio device on your
PC to MP3, OGG, WAV or WMA formats.
This is a tool to convert especially ogm and mkv files to avi, with subtitle and audio track selection,video resizing, bitrate selection and codec selection. It is centered around mencoder, with a commandline tool as well as a GUI for Windows.
AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in IE/FF/Opera/Chrome browsers bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks
Analyze Reboot Delete is as the name suggests a tool specially designed to help you delete a file on the next reboot. This is usefull to delete malware protected by process or because is already running.
A replacement for the Windows 7 Task Manager that provides more detailed information about the processes running on your PC with an advanced startup manager.
Any Video Converter Free is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! This free version supports DVD NTSC, DVD PAL, MPEG-I, MPEG-II, MPEG-4 and Flash FLV video profiles.
AquaSnap is a free software that greatly enhances the way you can arrange windows on your Desktop. It gives you the possibility to snap windows to the edges or to the corners of the desktop simply by dragging and dropping them where you want. Drag a window to the border of your desktop, and this window will be snapped and resized to fit one half of the screen. Drag this window to a corner, it will be snapped to fit one quarter.
Shake a window, and this window will stay always on top. This even works with multiple monitors!
This program helps to remove infections of Trojans, Spyware, Adware, Worms, Keyloggers, Rootkits, Dialers and other malicious programs.
NOTE: It’s free, but requires you to register before downloading.
Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage.
Attribute Changer is a power user tool to change all kind of file and folder attributes, date, time and even NTFS compression. Exif date and time information stored in digital images are easily altered with Attribute Changer. Basic features include changing file and folder attributes within en masse. More advanced features include relative and partial date/time stamp modifications. Realtime monitoring and reporting is also available. File and folder filters are available to include/exclude filesystem objects based on various criteria.
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
Defrags your hard drive. It has a progress graph so you can see what is going on. Also gives you a full detail report with a percentage of performace increase.
AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:
- Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
- Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
- Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing “btw” can automatically produce “by the way”.
- Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
- Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
- Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
- Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
- Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don’t have AutoHotkey installed.
NOTE: You will need to right click on the autoruns.exe file and click Run as administrator for the program to run properly.
This utility shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond MSConfig.
NOTE: You must register this program even though it’s free. The registration will be good for a year. After that, you must re-register. It is still completely free though.
A great antivirus program that auto updates the definitions and optionally the program itself. Has a VRDB (Virus Recovery Database) that you set to help in recovering from a virus if infected. It also includes anti-spyware and anti-rootkit protections. Full of other features.
Another great antivirus program that provides basic antivirus and antispyware protection.
A antivirus program that helps protect your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans and costly dialers.
Batchrun is a nice little software to help making batch files easier.
BatteryBar is a simple, straight-forward, battery meter that monitors the status of your battery and displays your battery’s status in the taskbar. BatteryBar constantly monitors the status of your battery as you use your laptop. As it monitors your battery, it keeps historical data on your battery and provide you with a very accurate estimate of how much time is remaining on your battery.
BatterCare is a software created to optimize the usage and performance of the modern laptop’s battery. It monitors the battery’s discharge cycles and helps increasing it’s autonomy and improving it’s lifetime.
The Beep Codes Viewer is a simple portable tool that will explain the BIOS error beep codes for all the main PC BIOS manufacturers (AMI, AWARD, Phoenix, IBM).
Builds a very detailed profile of your hardware and software with serial numbers and product keynumbers. Very informative.
BIMP Lite is a small and simple batch processor for image files, that allows you to perform various functions on multiple images. It can be used to create thumbnail images from your pictures, add a prefix/postfix (with meta variables), rename using a sequential number, change the case of filenames, replace/remove spaces & underscores, flip or rotate images and also apply anti-aliasing, inverse, greyscale and bevel effects. The thumbnail resizing allows you to force a specified width or height and keep the proportions, or define fixed image dimensions. Images can have text overlayed on them at any corner or side, as well as the center of the image. This text can include meta variables such as image height, width, number of colours etc. In addition, the program can also convert the file format to GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, MIFF, TIFF, PCX or TGA. All of the actions can be performed individually, or combined. BIMP now also includes an FTP client, so you can automatically output images to a remote server via the File Transfer Protocol.
BitKinex is a handy network client supporting multiple transfer protocols (FTP, FTP(S), SFTP, HTTP(S) and WebDAV). In contrast to other clients BitKinex uses multiple connections not only for file transfers but for browsing remote directories as well.
BitPim is a program that allows you to view and manipulate data on many CDMA (Code division multiple access) phones from LG, Samsung, Sanyo and other manufacturers. This includes the PhoneBook, Calendar, WallPapers, RingTones (functionality varies by phone) and the Filesystem for most Qualcomm CDMA chipset based phones. To see when phones will be supported, which ones are already supported and which features are supported, see online help.
BitTorrent is a free torrent client program used for file sharing.
Blender is a free open source 3D content creation suite.
BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during ‘blue screen of death’ crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen (Bug Check Code and 4 parameters), and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash (filename, product name, file description, and file version). For each crash displayed in the upper pane, you can view the details of the device drivers loaded during the crash in the lower pane. BlueScreenView also mark the drivers that their addresses found in the crash stack, so you can easily locate the suspected drivers that possibly caused the crash.
With Boot Snooze you can shut down your computer, performing a full reboot, and then Boot Snooze puts it back into hibernation or standby mode. So you gain the benefits of a reboot and still start quickly out of hibernation. You can also add your favourite morning apps to run at Startup.
Bulk Rename Utility is a file renaming software for Windows. Bulk Rename Utility allows you to easily rename files and entire folders based upon extremely flexible criteria. Add date/time stamps, replace numbers, insert text, convert case, add auto-numbers, process folders and sub-folders….plus a whole lot more!
BurnAware Free is a free CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc burning software. It is ideal for users with basic disc burning needs as backup, creating data, audio, MP3 music, DVD-Video discs and burning disc images. Free, easy to set up, it enables you to save your files to disc quickly and provides clean, flexible interface to help you complete your burning tasks much faster
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).
You can use the program Carroll to set a different screen resolution for every user on the computer. After logon the screen resolution will be changed to the stored setting.
CCAuto updater is a free tool to automatically update CCleaner, Recuva, Defraggler and Speccy. With this tool you never have to download and install the new versions, CCAuto updater will do it for you. You can either run it manually, on schedule, or on start up. After CCAuto Updater has updated CCleaner it will let you know with a small balloontip message or prompt. CCAuto Updater also has the option to run CCleaner scheduled without any UAC (User account control) prompts. Another advantage of using CCAuto Updater is that the “Yahoo! Toolbar” won’t be installed in the updating process. CCAuto Updater is compatible with every CCleaner, Recuva, Defraggler and Speccy build except the U3 Portable editions.
CCEnhancer is a small tool which adds support for over 270 new programs into the popular programCCleaner. The tool uses the WinApp2.ini system built into CCleaner to easily add new rules and definitions for programs.
WARNING: Be sure to verify the scan results in the registry cleaner feature before allowing them to be deleted. Otherwise you could delete important registry entries that could hose your Windows 7 installation.
CCleaner cleans junk and temp files for Windows and most other programs installed in Windows. It also includes a registry cleaner, cookie manager, program uninstall manager, and a startup program manager feature. An all in one utility program basically.
CDBurnerXP is a application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface.
Chasys Draw IES is a suite of applications including a layer-based image editor with animation, icon editing support and super-resolution via image stacking (Chasys Draw IES Artist), a multi-threaded image file converter (Chasys Draw IES Converter), a fast image viewer (Chasys Draw IES Viewer) and a RAW camera file processor (Chasys Draw IES raw-Photo). The whole suite is UAC aware and is designed to take advantage of multi-core processors, touch-screens and pen-input devices.
Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but not anymore. It brings back the classic start menu that Windows 7 doesn’t support, adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer in Vista and Windows 7 like the one in Windows XP and adds couple more smaller features.
ClipCube is a tiny clipboard history tool under development for Windows: it sits in the system tray, recording copied text for later use. Allows viewing saved items and re-copying them to the clipboard. It has an easy interface, and fits in a pocket: a self-contained program that does not need installation.
Cobian Backup is a multi-threaded program that can be used to schedule and backup your files and directories from their original location to other directories/drives in the same computer or other computer in your network. FTP backup is also supported in both directions (download and upload).
CodySafe Free is simply the best Portable Applications Launcher. This portable tool turns any flash drive from a simple data carrier to a computer-on-stick. Carry your computer programs with you, manage your Portable Applications, launch them on any PC, and leave no footprint behind. Manage your documents, multimedia files and pictures on your removable drive. Detect and prevent virus infection with ViruSense.
Comodo Firewall is one of the best free firewall programs that you can use.
- Easily understood and informative alerts
- No complex configuration issues—perfect for amateur users
- Lots of configuration options let techies configure things just as they like
- DDP-based security keeps you informed and PCs safe
- Quickly learns user behavior to deliver personalized protection
- User-friendly, attractive graphical interface
Coolbarz provides you with desktop toolbars for quick and easy access to your most commonly used programs. This feature used to be fully implemented within Vista allowing you to create and dock your own custom toolbars on the desktop, but has been removed in Windows 7. Coolbarz allows you to continue using desktop toolbars. While Coolbarz was created for Windows 7, it works great on previous versions of Windows as well.
The copy changed files tool is a free program that lets you copy changed files from one directory tree to another. The program only copies changed files, leaving all other files behind.
Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature. It shows the temperature of each individual core in each processor in your system. You can see in real time how the CPU temperature varies when you load your CPU. It’s also completely motherboard independent.
CPU Speed measures the REAL speed of your Intel or AMD central processing unit (CPU).
NOTE: Click on the version number towards the bottom to download. This is a standalone EXE program.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers and displays information for you on some of the main devices of your system. EX: CPU, Mainboard, Memory, and System. See the link for full details on what is does.
CrystalDiskInfo – (portable edition)
NOTE: If the application starts up in the Japanese language. To change it to English, goto the rightmost toolbar option where it says (Language), then choose A-N, then English.
Open source hard disk monitoring -HDD/SSD utility software which supports S.M.A.R.T. Supports 7, available as a portable (no install or as an installer). Excellent, straightforward SMART data on your Hard Disk or SSD’s health.
CSMenu is a little application which acts like the classic start menu. It’s designed for Windows 7, which doesn’t have a classic start menu.
NOTE: You may need to use Run as administrator with this program for it to run properly.
An advanced application for Microsoft Windows which provides optical media emulation. DAEMON Tools enables you to convert your physical CD/DVD discs into “virtual discs” so called “images”. It also emulated up to 4 virtual CD/DVD drives, so you can mount (insert) and unmount (eject) images.
Daphne is a small (system tray) application for killing, controlling and debugging Windows’ processes. It was born to kill a windows process and became almost a task manager replacement. You can kill a process by dragging the mouse over the windows, by right-clicking the process in the main process list, or by typing its name with the “Kill all by name” command. You can set a any window to be always on top, to be transparent, to be enable, et cetera. Although Daphne was born just to kill windows process. You can think of Daphne as a task manager replacement. The main window displays a list of currently running process with detailed information about: CPU usage, Process ID, Process name, Full path (and arguments), Priority, Class (Process / Service), Current memory usage, Peek memory usage, Current swap usage, Peek swap usage and Number of threads
Darik’s Boot and Nuke (“DBAN”) is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.
DAZ Studio is a free, feature rich 3D figure design and 3D animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital imagery. This is the perfect tool to design unique digital art and animation using virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories, environments and more. Simply select your subject and/or setting, arrange accessories, setup lighting, and begin creating beautiful artwork.
Default Programs Editor is a powerful file association utility for Windows. It is a context menu editor, an autoplay editor, and default programs association editor; essentially, the settings in the “Default Programs” Control Panel page. It’s a replacement for the “File Types” dialog in Windows XP, and brings some key features of TweakUI to Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Piriform, the makers of CCleaner, Defraggler differs from other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to only process the whole drive unless you want to. Simply run it, select the file defragment in seconds. You can also set Defraggler to run on a schedule.
Desk Drive solves a really annoying problem. You pop a USB thumb drive or DVD into your computer and then you have to open Window’s Explorer and find the mapped drive or folder. Desk Drive adds a desktop icon pointing to the drive automatically. Remove the media and the shortcut goes away. Brilliantly simple and effective.
DeskPins can be used to make any application topmost, that is, to keep it above all other windows. Just grab a pin from the DeskPins icon in the system notification area (a.k.a. taskbar tray) and click on any window. This functionality is identical to the “Always on Top” setting found in some programs. With DeskPins you can add this feature to any program!
In Windows, when screen resolution changes, the order of the desktop icons very often gets mixed up. With DeskSave you can easily recover a previously saved icon layout either manually or automatically.
Save and restore the positions of icons for each screen resolution. Each user can then have their own arrangement.
Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys.
Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program ‘Visio,’ though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape. It can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format (gzipped by default, to save space), can export diagrams to a number of formats, including EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG, and can print diagrams (including ones that span multiple pages).
DiffMerge is an application to visually compare and merge files and folders on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
- Diff: Graphically shows the changes between two files. Includes intra-line highlighting and full support for editing.
- Merge: Graphically shows the changes between 3 files. Allows automatic merging (when safe to do so) and full control over editing the resulting file.
- Folder Diff: Performs a side-by-side comparison of 2 folders, showing which files are only present in one file or the other, as well as file pairs which are identical, equivalent or different.
- Windows Explorer/Shell Integration: Right-click on any two files or folders in Windows Explorer to diff them immediately.
- Configurable: Rulesets and options provide for customized appearance and behavior.
- International: DiffMerge is a UNICODE-based application and can import files in a wide range of character encodings.
- Cross-platform: Identical feature set on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
- Portable or Installer
PassMark DiskCheckup™ allows the user to monitor the SMART attributes of a particular hard disk drive. SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a feature on a computer’s hard disk for providing various monitoring indicators of disk reliability. If SMART is enabled on a hard disk, the system administrator can receive analytical information from the hard drive to determine a possible future failure of the hard drive. SMART monitors elements of possible long term drive failure, such as ‘Spin Up Time’, the number of start/stops, the number of hours powered on and the hard disk temperature.
DiskDigger can recover files from any type of media that your computer can read. This includes USB flash drives, memory cards (SD, CompactFlash, Memory Stick, etc), and of course your hard drive. The types of files that it recovers include photos, videos, music, documents, and many other formats. DiskDigger can even scan reformatted or badly formatted disks (disks to which Windows can’t assign a drive letter), and even disks with bad sectors. It bypasses the Windows file system drivers and scans your disk directly. It has its own built-in support for the following file systems: FAT12 (floppy disks), FAT16 (older memory cards), FAT32 (newer memory cards and hard disks), NTFS (newer hard disks), and exFAT (Microsoft’s new successor to FAT32).
Disk Space Fan (free version) is a disk space analysis tool for Windows. It helps you to free up disk space by quickly finding and deleting big, useless files. It displays disk space usage with a nice chart. You can navigate the folders easily with the chart. It is also intergrated with Windows Explorer to open, delete and browse files or folders.
Disk2vhd is a “Windows Sysinternals” utility program that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).
DisplayFusion (Free version)-
DisplayFusion will make your dual monitor (or triple monitor or more) experience smooth and painless. With DisplayFusion you can take advantage of advanced multi-monitor wallpaper support, Flickr integration for image searching and window management hotkeys. These are just a few of the many things that DisplayFusion (free version) can do.
Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, custom formats, …..
The DPC Latency Checker tool determines the maximum Deferred Procedure Call (DPC) latency that occurs on your Windows system and thus enables you to check the real-time capabilities of your computer. DPC Latency Checker works independent of any external hardware.
Driver Sweeper –
Driver Sweeper keeps your PC stable and fast with advanced driver removal that ensures the maximal performance of your PC. Driver Sweeper avoids driver conflicts and system failures by removing all previous driver entries. Combined with additional features such as backups and a desktop icon manager, Driver Sweeper offers a complete solution to all your driver needs.
DriverView utility displays the list of all device drivers currently loaded on your system. For each driver in the list, additional useful information is displayed: load address of the driver, description, version, product name, company that created the driver, and more.
A tiny, flexible, hard-working tool to automate sorting and filing data-files and folders.
When you need to organize files, DropIt can eliminate much of the drudgery of searching and manually opening folders and moving files around. You can configure DropIt to move, copy or compress your files and folders to specified destinations, based on file-names and/or file-types. You can even save sets of parameters in multiple Profiles for different purposes, projects, drives or computers. Drop a group of assorted files and/or folders on the floating DropIt image and it sorts them and sends them off to the folders you assigned. You should go do something enjoyable with the time you saved.
Duplicate Cleaner is a program to help you organize the contents of your home hard drive or corporate network. Duplicate Cleaner will deep scan for all types of files – photos, music, films/video, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, text files – you name it, if it appears twice on your computer then Duplicate Cleaner will find it. Once these files are found you are provided with helper tools to enable you to select which copies to delete or move.These files can be deleted to the recycle bin, moved into an archive elsewhere, or replaced with hardlinks.
Duplicate & Same Files Searcher (Duplicate Searcher) is an application for searching duplicate files (clones) and NTFS hard links to the same file. It searches duplicate file contents regardless of file name (true byte-to-byte comparison is used). This application allows not only to delete duplicate files or to move them to another location, but to replace duplicates with NTFS hard links as well.
DVD Flick is a multithreaded free GPL open-source DVD Authoring tool for making dvd’s from avi, mpg, mkv etc. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.
For a lot if not most of your media needs. Downloaders, converts, editors, music files, video files, and way more. Very good and handy little programs. Get the all in one version called FreeStudio download. of if you want can just get them singly per your needs
EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition is a FREE disk partitioning utility for extending system partition, better disk space management, settling low disk space problem.
NOTE: Only the “Older Versions” of EasyBCD on the right side are still free.
EasyBCD, by NeoSmart Technologies, is used to tweak the Windows Vista bootloader. You can use it to setup and configure Windows boot entries, and to quickly boot right into Linux, Mac OS X, or BSD straight from the Windows Vista bootloader. You can also add an entry to your old XP partition or create a duplicate for testing purposes, debug the Windows Kernel, or setup multi-booting to have mulitple operating systems.
Easy File Locker is a light-weight and easy-to-use file lock software product for Windows. You can hide your private files and folders, to make them completely invisible to users and programs. Once you set a password, no one can launch the application or uninstall the software without the correct password. The locked files/folders are protected from accessing, users can not open, read, modify, move, delete, copy, rename the protected files/folders. Files and sub-folders in a locked folder are also protected.
The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system.
Software vulnerabilities and exploits have become an everyday part of life. Virtually every product has to deal with them and consequently, users are faced with a stream of security updates. For users who get attacked before the latest updates have been applied or who get attacked before an update is even available, the results can be devastating: malware, loss of PII, etc.
Security mitigation technologies are designed to make it more difficult for an attacker to exploit vulnerabilities in a given piece of software. EMET allows users to manage these technologies on their system and provides several unique benefits:
1. No source code needed: Until now, several of the available mitigations (such as Data Execution Prevention) have required for an application to be manually opted in and recompiled. EMET changes this by allowing a user to opt in applications without recompilation. This is especially handy for deploying mitigations on software that was written before the mitigations were available and when source code is not available.
2. Highly configurable: EMET provides a higher degree of granularity by allowing mitigations to be individually applied on a per process basis. There is no need to enable an entire product or suite of applications. This is helpful in situations where a process is not compatible with a particular mitigation technology. When that happens, a user can simply turn that mitigation off for that process.
3. Helps harden legacy applications: It’s not uncommon to have a hard dependency on old legacy software that cannot easily be rewritten and needs to be phased out slowly. Unfortunately, this can easily pose a security risk as legacy software is notorious for having security vulnerabilities. While the real solution to this is migrating away from the legacy software, EMET can help manage the risk while this is occurring by making it harder to hackers to exploit vulnerabilities in the legacy software.
4. Ease of use: The policy for system wide mitigations can be seen and configured with EMET’s graphical user interface. There is no need to locate up and decipher registry keys or run platform dependent utilities. With EMET you can adjust setting with a single consistent interface regardless of the underlying platform.
5. Ongoing improvement: EMET is a living tool designed to be updated as new mitigation technologies become available. This provides a chance for users to try out and benefit from cutting edge mitigations. The release cycle for EMET is also not tied to any product. EMET updates can be made dynamically as soon as new mitigations are ready
The toolkit includes several pseudo mitigation technologies aimed at disrupting current exploit techniques. These pseudo mitigations are not robust enough to stop future exploit techniques, but can help prevent users from being compromised by many of the exploits currently in use. The mitigations are also designed so that they can be easily updated as attackers start using new exploit techniques.
Eraser is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
NOTE: This is a standalone running EXE file that does not install on your computer.
ESET SysInspector is a diagnostic tool for Windows systems. It peers into your operating system and captures details such as running processes, registry content, startup items and network connections. Once a snapshot of the system is made, ESET SysInspector applies heuristics to assign a risk level for each object logged. Its intuitive graphical user interface enables the user to easily slice through the large volume of data using a slider to select objects of a particular color coded risk level for closer examination. ESET SysInspector is a convenient utility for the tool box of every IT expert and first responder
Everything is a search engine program used to locate files and folders by name instantly on your computer.
“EvJO Wallpaper Changer” is a wallpaper manager that can change your background images at every startup, once a day or at regular time intervals. It features JPEG, PNG, GIF and BMP support. This program consists of several options, including an ability to change your images in random order.
This is a multi purpose launcher and a more advanced and customizable version of Windows run.
Explorer++ is a free multi-tab file manager for Windows. It features the same familiar interface as Windows Explorer, while introducing several enhancements and improvements for a much richer file browsing experience.
- With the option to save to the registry or a configuration file, Explorer++ is completely portable.
- Tabbed browsing for easy management of multiple folders.
- Display window shows previews of files as they are selected.
- Easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation.
- Customizable user interface.
- Full drag-and-drop support with other applications, including Windows Explorer.
- Advanced file operations such as merging and splitting supported
ExtractNow is a simple utility that allows you to extract multiple archives quickly and easily. ExtractNow is not a complete archival solution. It’s main purpose it to allow the user to extract multiple archives easily.
Fast Duplicate File Finder FREEWARE will help you find fast all duplicate files in a folder and its sub folders. The application will compare the content of your files so it will find duplicates even if they are using different file names. The Professional version can even find similar files regardless of their file types. It will analyze the content of the files in order to find similar files and not just file attributes like name and size as the standard duplicate file finders do.
An image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more.
Fences, by Stardock, is a program that helps you organize your desktop, and can hide your icons when they’re not in use. It allows you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable & resizable containers for your desktop icons. These groups can help bring organization and consistency to your computer’s desktop, solving the “constant mess” problem that has plagued the desktop since its inception.
Malwarebytes FileASSASSIN can eradicate any type of locked files from your computer. If you use a computer, you’ve probably come across at least one of the following messages:
- Cannot delete file: Access is denied.
- Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
- The source or destination file may be in use.
- The file is in use by another program or user.
This simple tool will allow you to compute the MD5 and SHA1 hash of any file. It also allows you to check the computed hash against a database of known MD5 and SHA1.
FileBox enhances Windows by adding several advanced functions to the standard Open File and Save File dialog boxes. (Note that if a program uses its own “private” dialog boxes for these functions, you won’t see the FileBox buttons.)
This program by LopeSoft lets you customize the right click context menu of Windows Explorer. It configures the following aspects:
- Add some build-in utilities in order to do operations over files and folders.
- Add customized commands which let run external applications, copy/move to a specific folder or delete specific file types.
- Configure the “Send to…” submenu.
- Enable/disable the commands which are added by other applications to the context menu
FileNote is a little shell extension that will allow you to add textual descriptions to your files. It adds one command to the shell context menu of a file object. This command lets you easily edit or create a text file that has the same name as the initial file, but with the extension TXT.
File Name Tag Explorer lets you:
- Organize your files with tags.
- Search or Browser files with tag filter. Find files which match all or any selected tags
- DO NOT need to spend any time editing tag information for files. File Name Tag Explorer can automatically extract tags from files’ name.
Have you ever needed to find a file buried somewhere in your computer? Have you ever needed to find a specific string of text inside a file? FileSeek can do that, and more. FileSeek is a fast, small and easy to use. It can even be integrated right into the Windows Explorer right-click menu to provide quick and easy access. FileSeek doesn’t use background indexing, so when FileSeek is closed your computer’s performance won’t be affected.
NOTE: This is a standalone EXE file, and does not install. Be sure to download the correct version for your 32 bit or 64 bit Windows.
FileTypesMan is an alternative to the File Types tab in the Folder Options of Windows XP. It displays the list of all file extensions and types registered on your computer. For each file type, the following information is displayed: Type Name, Description, MIME Type, Perceived Type, In New Menu, Excluded, Flags, Browser Flags, Default Icon, and more. FileTypesMan also allows you to easily edit the properties and flags of each file type, as well as it allows you to add, edit, and remove actions in a file type.
NOTE: You can get the Beta Firefox version if one is available.
This is an alternative web browser other than Internet Explorer that you can use instead, or with Internet Explorer.
FlashGet is a download manager that uses a MHT (Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation) technique, supports various protocols and has document management features.
Flip 2D –
The Flip 2D program will act as a shortcut that will open “Switch Between Windows” as if you had pressed the CTRL+ALT+TAB keys in Windows 7 or Vista.
Folder Axe helps you split up your folders into multiple smaller ones.
Folder Menu is a folder switching tool. You can quickly jump to your favorite folders in explorer, open/save dialog or command prompt…and more. You can also launch your favorite folders, files or urls.
Folder Size will analyze your hard drives and display the file and folder sizes so that you can easily check the distribution of your disk space. The application will display the sizes of the folders and files and also the percentage of the total disk size that they occupy. The neat report can be sorted in order to identify the largest folders and the largest files. You can easily figure out which files or folders have filled up your drive space as Folder Size will also scan the sizes of all the subfolders. The application can scan your entire hard drive in minutes due to its optimized scan algorithms. The progressive scan will let you continue the scan from the point of interruption. Besides scanning an entire hard drive Folder Size can also scan a single folder in order to save time.
foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter.
Provides functions below:
All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF.
All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV.
All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA.
Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file.
MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.
Supports RMVB,Watermark, AV Mux.
Fotosizer is a freeware batch image resizer tool. It resizes your photos in just 3 easy steps – 1. Photo selection, 2. select resize settings, then 3. Start the resize.
A PDF file viewer and browser add-on like Adobe Reader.
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks such as benchmarking, screen capture, and video capture.
Edit audio files visually; Record audio from a microphone or any other available input device; Apply various effects; Burn audio CDs from MP3, WMA, WAV, and OGG; All in one program, simple and intuitive – FAE (free audio editor).
FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take FreeCommander anywhere – just copy the installation directory on a CD or USB-Stick – and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer.
Disk Usage Analyzer helps you organize your files and manage disk space by locating the largest files on your disk. You can quickly find where are your largest files, such as videos, photos and archives, and move them elsewhere, possibly to a backup drive. You may also decide to simply delete unneeded files. Disk Analyzer is fast and easy to use, summarizing your disk usage in a friendly format with visual graphs. Disk Analyzer is integrated with Windows so that you can view, open or delete files in the same way as in Windows Explorer.
Free Download Manager is a download accelerator and manager program. In addition, it allows you to: adjust traffic usage; to organize and schedule downloads; download video from video sites; download whole web sites with HTML Spider; operate the program remotely, via the internet, and more.
Free Opener allows you to not have to install specialty software to view your files. It supports viewing many file types.
This is a program used to compact and defragment your registry by removing gaps and wasted space, to help improve the whole system performance.
Free Studio is an all-in-one package bundling all free multimedia applications developed by DVDVideoSoft. Free Studio Manager has 8 sections for easy access to any application: YouTube programs; MP3 and Audio; CD, DVD and BD; DVD and Video; Photo and Images; Mobiles; Apple Devices; and 3D programs.With this free software you can easily:
- convert video and audio files between different formats as well as iPod, PSP, iPhone, BlackBerry and all other popular mobile phones and devices;
- burn and rip DVDs and audio CDs;
- upload and download YouTube videos and music to your computer, iPod, PSP, iPhone or BlackBerry;
- perform basic editing of audio and video files;
- record videos and make snapshots;
- create 3D videos and images.
Convert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, SWF, 3GP, DVD, MPEG, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, rip & burn DVD, convert online videos directly from 40+ sites, burn Blu-ray, and upload to YouTube with our free video converter!
Download videos from YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, MTV, ComedyCentral, Vimeo and 40+ sites, extract lossless audio, convert online videos to AVI, MKV, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android with our free video downloader!
Geosetter is a freeware Geotagging, exif, and metadata editor for images, you can add the location and other information to your images using Google maps, and adjust the standard information that all modern cameras add to the images they take. this is useful for uploading to Flickr and the like.
GFI Backup is an easy-to-use backup and recovery software solution that allows users to backup all their important files and, whenneeded, recover the data within minutes using the product’s wizard-driven interface. GFI Backup does not use a proprietary format; all data is saved to common ZIP files. This makes it easy to restore data to a computer that may not have GFI Backup installed on it.
GiF Resizer helps you resize your gif animated image files.
GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package program. This page should help you get a taste of what GIMP is capable of.
Glary Utilities is a freeware with registry and disk cleaning, privacy protection, performance accelerator and amazing multifunctional tools. It can fix dogged registry errors, wipe off clutters, optimize internet speed, safeguard confidential files and maintain maximum performance.
A media player program that has a lot of features.
Google Chrome is a fast, simple browser that lets you make the most of the modern web.
The GParted application is the GNOME partition editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions.The GParted application enables you to change the partition organization on a disk device while preserving the contents of the partitions. With GParted you can accomplish the following tasks:
- Create a partition table on a disk device.
- Enable and disable partition flags such as boot and hidden.
- Perform actions with partitions such as:
- create or delete
- resize or move
- copy and paste
NOTE: No installation required, this is a standalone EXE program.
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit).
HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder
Handy Start Menu groups all programs into popular well-known categories. Instead of browsing a large pile of random folders and applications, this organized approach makes it much easier to find a certain application.
The HashCheck Shell Extension makes it easy for anyone to calculate and verify checksums and hashed from Windows Explorer. In addition to integrating file checksumming functionality into Windows, HashCheck can also create and verify SFV files (and other forms of checksum files, such as .md5 files).
HashTab is a Windows shell extension which adds a tab called “File Hashes” to the Windows Explorer file properties. The tab contains the MD5, SHA1 and CRC-32 file hashes. These are common hashes that are used to verify the integrity and authenticity of files. Many download sites list the MD5 hash along with the download link. The HashTab makes it very simple for Windows users to check these hashes on any file on the system without using external tools.
HDGraph is a tool allowing to graphically display the hard disk space usage. It shows all the directories and subdirectories of the hard drive on a single graph, allowing to see the largest directories at a glance. It is compatible with all storage visible in the Windows explorer : folder of hard disk drive, USB key, network folder, CD, DVD, etc…
HD Tune (personal) –
HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:
- Benchmark: measures the performance
- Info: shows detailed information
- Health: checks the health status by using SMART
- Error Scan: scans the surface for errors
- Temperature display
HJSplit is a freeware program to split and recombine files. The program is available on Windows, Linux, and a variety of other platforms. All HJSplit editions are compatible with each other and allow you to exchange files between different operating systems. E.g. a file split on Linux can be joined on Windows 7 and vice versa.
HostsMan is a freeware application that lets you manage your Hosts file with ease.
Hotkey CD Eject is a small and simple utility that allows you to eject your CD tray with your keyboard or from a tray icon. You can specify the CD drive (if you have more than one) and the program can auto-start with Windows.
HWM BlackBox (Hardwaremania BlackBox) –
HWM BlackBox is a utility designed to deliver precise details on the core components of your computer to the maximum. As well as providing you with you with in-depth information about hardware such as the processor, memory modules, mainboard, hard drives and video card, it also offers the opportunity to assess critical parameters such as clock speeds and temperatures.
CPUID Hardware Monitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed. The program handles the most common sensor chips, like ITE® IT87 series, most Winbond® ICs, and others. In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature. Special hardware monitors such as abit® uGuru and Gigabyte® ODIN™ power supplies serie are supported too.
Application for browsing, searching, extracting, and managing icons in/from files and libraries. This tool allows to manage icon libraries, standalone icons and executable that contains icons as resources. 32-bit icons and 256×256 sized icons are supported. It has a searching tool that searches specified path with directory recursion and examines any file if it contains any icon and then extracts it. Icons can be saved as icons, individual icon images, or bitmaps.
The IconsExtract utility scans the files and folders on your computer, and extract the icons and cursors stored in EXE, DLL, OCX, CPL, and in other file types. You can save the extracted icons to ICO files (or CUR files for cursors), or copy the image of a single icon into the clipboard.
If you also install the free program IconViewer with this one to add a “Icons” tab to the properties page of files, then you will then also be able to right click on a found icon in IconsExtract, right click on it, and click on “File Properties” to see the new “Icons” tab to easily be able to have more options of how to save the icon as a ICO , BMP, or PNG file.
NOTE: You may want to create a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut to use instead though.
A freeware tool for geting rid of ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ icon.
IconViewer is a Windows Explorer extension that lets you easily view, copy, and save icons contained within .EXE programs and .DLL libraries as ICO , BMP, or PNG files. Open a file’s Properties box, select the “Icons” tab, and view the icons contained in the file. This program is real handy to have for getting these ICO and PNG files.
This program will automatically maximize new Internet Explorer and Outlook Express windows for you. It includes a function for hiding/closing all IE windows with a userdefined hotkey. It’s also possible to open new IE windows and automatically have them sent to the background. The program is also capable of closing popup windows
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application. It supports a wide range of image file formats to burn or create – including BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI. It can burn Audio CD’s from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM – including AAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA and WV.
Search Files for Windows with Advanced Features using Index Files.
InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows much like Nere. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.
Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar toIllustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard ScalableVector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alphablending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlinedinterface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex pathoperations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain athriving user and developer community by using open, community-orienteddevelopment.
Input Director is a Windows application that lets you control multiple Windows systems using the keyboard/mouse attached to one computer. It is designed for folks who have two (or more) computers set up at home and find themselves regularly sliding from one system to the other. With Input Director, you can share a single keyboard/mouse across a set of systems. You switch which system receives the input either by hotkey or by moving the cursor so that it transitions from one screen to the other (in a very similar fashion to a multi-monitor setup). The idea being that you can position the monitors from two or more systems in a row and use a shared keyboard/mouse to control all of them. Input Director also supports a “shared” clipboard, in which you can copy data onto the clipboard on one system, transition across to another and paste.
iReboot is NeoSmart Technologies’ simple yet effective reboot helper tool. iReboot sits in your taskbar at startup (only taking up 400KB of memory!) and lets you choose which operating system you want to reboot into. Instead of pressing restart, waiting for Windows to shut down, waiting for your BIOS to post, then selecting the operating system you want to boot into (within the bootloader time-limit!); you just select that entry from iReboot and let it do the rest!
A great graphic viewer and editor like Paint, but a whole lot better. It has a ton of options and is fully customizable with plug-ins and skins. You can use transparency to for thumbnails, etc…
IrfanView Portable is a fast, compact and innovative graphic viewer for Windows supporting pictures, vector graphics, animated images, movies, icon files and much more. It is freeware for personal and educational use.
iRotate is a free screen rotation utility, providing administrators, end-users and manufacturers of pivoting monitors with a standardized, simple mechanism to control screen orientation across multiple monitors, operating systems and graphics cards.
ISODisk is a ISO disk image file tool, allows you to create virtual CD/DVD drives up to 20 drives, mount an .ISO disk image and access the files on it as if it were burned to CD or DVD. This free program can quickly create ISO image file from CD/DVD-ROM, with ISODisk, you don’t need to install any other virtual drive software. Once you map the archive to a virtual drive, you are able to view the contents in Windows Explorer.
This program will allow you to record and burn ISO images to a CD/DVD, copy disks, make images of the existing data CDs and DVDs, and create ISO images from a content of a disk folder.
iWisoft Free Video Converter can fast convert videos between all popular formats like AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, XviD, MP4, H.264/AVC, AVCHD, FLV, MKV, RM, MOV, 3GP, and audio MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG. Directly convert video for playback on your PSP, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PS3, Xbox, Zune, Creative Zen, Archos and other digital multimedia devices. The video converter also has powerful video editing functions including crop, trim, merge, adding watermark and special effects.
IZArc is is a archive utility supporting many archive formats like:7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO. With a modern easy-to-use interface, IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools.It allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, creating self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, converting from one archive type to another, view and write comments and many more. IZArc has also build-in multilanguage support.
A easy to use RSS reader, NNTP news reader, and web bookmark manager. It’s fast, it aggregates, and it keeps you organized. Check out the additional features: lightning-fast desktop search, flexible information organizer, contextual access, and quick extensibility for developers who want more.
The always-ready program that allows you to instantly capture images and record video on your computer—then share them with anyone. Jing is a great tool for adding basic visual elements to all of your online conversations.
JumpControl is a simple freeware and portable utility which adds shutdown, restart, sleep, log off, lock and switch user to Windows 7 taskbar. You can easily pin it to your taskbar to use, and open the app to bring up the configuration window. You can configure the options which you need to be available in the taskbar. Once pinned you can easily shutdown or reboot Windows 7 from the taskbar.
Jumplist Extender is an easy-to-use program that lets you add custom jump lists to any of your programs on Windows 7.
Automatically backup files, directories, even entire drives! Karen’s Replicator copies selected files from one drive/folder to another. Source and Destination folders can reside anywhere on your network.
A Password manager that helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. You can also use the Portable version to allow you to store your passwords securely on your USB thumb drive.
A browser add-on, protects all your inputs against known and unknown keyloggers in IE, Firefox, and Flock: your login credentials, credit card numbers, passwords, search terms, Java, Flash, PDF Forms, web email, and more.
KeyTweak is a free keyboard remapper for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/Win 7. It makes use of Microsoft’s Scancode Map registry key to remap your keyboard.
Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is an office suite that offers a number of features for creating, viewing and editing personal and business documents. Kingsoft Office 2012 includes Kingsoft Writer, Kingsoft Presentation and Kingsoft Spreadsheet. These three reliable and versatile programs are perfect for both personal use at home and for professional businesses. They offer outstanding value at their listed cost compared to competing office programs. Kingsoft Office 2012 is compatible with all of the latest Microsoft Office file formats. It will easily open, read and write documents created with Microsoft Office as well as a wide variety of other formats. Microsoft Office can also open Kingsoft files without having Kingsoft Office installed on the same computer.
KLS Mail Backup is an easy to use backup program that allows you to back up and restore your Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, Firefox profile files.
KMPlayer is a video and audio media player which can play a large amount of formats such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime among others. It handles subtitles and allows you to capture screenshots. You can set audio and video effects, slow down or increase playback speed, select parts of a video as favorites, and many more. KMPlayer is completely customizable with a wide selection of skins and color schemes, and the configuration options are extensive.
LAN Speed Test is a free portable utility designed to accurately measure LAN speeds. It does this by writing a file (you choose the size) to a folder (again you choose), clears windows file cache (otherwise read times would be skewed with results way too high), reads the file back, clears the cache again, deletes the file, and displays the results.
Launchy is a free windows and linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!
LiberKey groups a lot of free software. True “swiss army knife”, it offers local and/or portable use.
- Local use (directly installed in a hard disk directory)
- Portable use (installed on USB key, external hard drive, music player such as iPod, …)
LibreOffice is a free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.
It is a free tool to delete files blocked by something you do not know. LockHunter is useful for fighting against malware, and other programs that are blocking files without a reason. Unlike other similar tools it deletes files into the recycle bin so you may restore them if deleted by mistake.
Logon Screen Rotator is a free application that will change the logon background image to an image of your choosing and at a time of your choosing on Windows 7.
LogonStudio is a free program that allows users to change their Windows 7, Vista, and XP logon screens. It comes with several logon screens to choose from, along with thousands that are available online.
LookInMyPC generates a complete, comprehensive system profile that includes information on all installed hardware and software. Additionally it provides system diagnostic information such as details on running processes, installed services, startup programs, Windows updates and hot fixes, active network and Internet connections, TCP/IP port usage, event log detail, and much more. All this is provided in an easy to read, formatted report that you can view and print using your web browser.
Macrium Reflect (Free Edition)-
Macrium Reflect Free Edition will let you to easily make an accurate and reliable image of your HDD or individual partitions. Using this image you can restore the entire disk, partition or individual files and folders in the event of a partial or complete system loss.
Magic Folder Icon allows you to change an icon for all your folders on your computer, making every folder different. The simple interface makes it easy to change the look of an individual folder. You can change icons of all your folders quickly and freely. Also you can extract an icon from any type of resource files like .exe files.
The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware open source utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install Windows from your registry. It allows you to print or save your keys for safekeeping.
This is anti-malware program that scans your computer to help keep your computer from becoming infected with viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and malware.
Portable file checksum verifier that allows you to calculate many file checksums (hashes) and compare them with original one. Thanks to its simplicity and portability, it aims to be a portable, versatile and “must have” tool for dealing with single files and their checksums – to calculate, compare and verify them.
A nice web browser that shares Internet Explorer’s rendering engine and a few other things like internet options. It can also save your Favorites online. It has many other features as well.
MBR Backup helps you create a backup of your Master Boot Record. If you ever need to restore it you know you will have a valid copy available. MBR Backup gives you two ways of backing up your MBR – to a file or by printing it.
Media Center Studio is a free application for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that enables you to customise Windows Media Center.
MediaCoder is a free universal media transcoder since 2005. It integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools in an elegant and transparent manner into an all-in-one transcoding solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, latest codecs and tools are updated added in constantly. MediaCoder intends to be the swiss army knife for media transcoding in all time.
MediaMonkey is a music manager and player with a lot of features.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a free audio and video player for Windows.
Memtest86+ is a comprehensive stand-alone memory diagnostic program that you boot from at startup to test your RAM. You can download a ISO file to burn to DVD to boot with, or a floppy disk package installable from Windows to a USB flash drive or floppy disk to boot with.
metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all of Notepad’s features and much, much more.
From basic math to precalculus, Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 can help you visualize and see mathematical concepts as you’ve never seen them before. This free downloadable tool includes step-by-step instructions and explains fundamental concepts. The wide range of tools to help students with complex mathematics includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a hand-held calculator and ink handwriting support to recognize hand-written problems.
The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free portable downloadable standalone EXE security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. Since it’s portable, it’s also makes a great program to throw on a USB stick and run in a command prompt at boot to scan a computer at boot as well.
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Miranda IM is the smaller, faster, easier instant messenger with support for multiple protocols. Designed from the ground-up to be resource efficient while still providing a rich feature set, Miranda includes support for AIM, Jabber, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu and more.
MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles. It allows you to backup and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache etc.
MP3Gain automatically adjusts mp3s so that they all have the same volume
Edit MP3 tags, find album tags and cover online, rename files faster.
MyDefrag is a disk defragmenter and optimizer (a maintenance utility to make your harddisk faster) for Windows. Fast, low overhead, with many optimization strategies, can handle floppies, USB disks, memory sticks, and anything else that looks like a disk to Windows. Included are a set of easy to use scripts for endusers, a scripting engine for demanding users, a screensaver, and a combined Windows plus commandline version that can be scheduled by the Windows task scheduler or for use from administrator scripts.
My Drive Icon, is a quick and easy way to customize drive icons in Windows.
MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it
NetSpeedMonitor is a lightweight Network Monitoring Toolbar for your Windows Taskbar. With NetSpeedMonitor you can monitor the current speed (up- and downstream) of your Network Interfaces and the amount of data transferred. In addition to the Connection Table with all TCP/UDP endpoints and the Toolbar Tooltip with a quick and short traffic overview, you can also see detailed daily and monthly Traffic Statistics.
NetStat Live (NSL) is a small, easy to use TCP/IP protocol monitor which can be used to see your exact throughput on both incoming and outgoing data – whether you’re using a modem, cable modem, DSL, or even local network. NSL lets you see how quickly your data goes from your computer to another computer on the internet; it will tell you how many other computers your data must go through to get there. NSL also graphs your CPU usage of your system. This can be useful in identifying if your computer is what’s slowing things down, or if it’s your internet connection.
Network Activity Indicator displays the old ‘two monitors’ icon in Windows 7 that flashed blue to show network activity on the System Tray.
Microsoft Network Monitor is a protocol analyzer. It allows you to capture network traffic, view and analyze it.
You can use NetWorx to collect bandwidth usage data and measure the speed of your Internet or any other network connection. NetWorx can help you identify possible sources of network problems, ensure that you do not exceed the bandwidth limits specified by your ISP, or track down suspicious network activity characteristic of Trojan horses and hacker attacks. The program allows you to monitor all your network connections or a specific network connection (such as Ethernet or PPP) only. The software also features customizable visual and sound alerts. You can set it up to alert you when the network connection is down or when some suspicious activity, such as unusually heavy data flow, occurs. It can also automatically disconnect all dialup connections and shut down the system. The incoming and outgoing traffic is represented on a line chart and logged to a file, so that you can always view statistics about your daily, weekly and monthly bandwidth usage and dialup duration. The reports can be exported to a variety of formats, such as HTML, MS Word and Excel, for further analysis.
Create PDF files from over 300 different formats. Comment, review, and collaborate. Fill and save PDF forms. Extract text and images. Type text directly onto the page. It offers a full suite of collaboration tools, extraction and conversion capabilities, and the ability to save PDF forms, stamp your handwritten signature, and type text directly onto the page.
Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. From HTML to Java and over 40 other languages, Notepad++ makes parsing code easy with clear syntax highlighting and auto-completion intelligence.
Notepad2 is a free, open-source text editor. It has features such as auto-indent, brace matching, syntax highlighting, and code folding.
OpenOffice is a open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages.
OpenWithView is a small utility that displays the list of all available applications in the ‘Open With’ dialog-box of Windows, and allows you to easily disable/enable the applications in the list. When application is disabled, it won’t be displayed in the ‘Other Programs’ section of the ‘Open With’ dialog-box. This utility can be useful if your ‘Open With’ window displays too much applications, and you want to remove the applications that you don’t use frequently.
A web browser that comes with a lot of features.
NOTE: You will need to install Outpost Firewall Free using Compatibility Mode with Vista SP1selected.
Agnitum’s Outpost Firewall Free gives you firewall protection with standard packet and application filtering to safeguard your data against unauthorized third parties. Plus, you get advanced protection against illegal program activity that will help stymie unknown threats.
NOTE: This runs in both the 32 bit and 64 bit Vista, but in 64 bit Vista it runs as a full native 64-bit program.
Paint.NET is a image editing and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
Free antimalware to block malware spreading through USB drives.
A great backup and recovery program full of features.
Partition Wizard Home Edition is a free partition manager designed by MT Solution Ltd. Home users can perform complicated partition operations by using this powerful but free partition manager to manage their hard disk partition such as Resizing partitions, Copying partitions, Create partition, Delete partition, Format partition, Convert partition, Explore partition, Hide partition, Change drive letter, Set active partition and Partition Recovery.
Password Safe allows you to safely and easily create a secured and encrypted user name/password list. With Password Safe all you have to do is create and remember a single “Master Password” of your choice in order to unlock and access your entire user name/password list.
AnalogX PCalc allows you to enter any equation in the EXACT same format as C/C++, and it will process it with the same precedence, giving you the results in a variety of formats! PCalc also supports the use of user-defined variables, and also has most of the common constants used already defined.
The PC Decrapifier is a program designed to remove or uninstall a specific list of unwanted software in an unattended fashion. It can be used to clean off most of the annoying software that is typically shipped with new PCs.
PC Tools Firewall Plus is a free personal firewall for Windows that protects your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network. By monitoring applications that connect to the network Firewall Plus can stop Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers and other malware from damaging your computer and stealing your private information.
NOTE: For this program to work properly in Windows 7, you must check Run this program as an administrator in Compatibility Mode for this program’s shortcut after it is installed.
PC WIZARD is also an utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, MP3 compression performance.
PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application.
A PDF file reader that is an alternative to Adobe Reader.
PeerBlock lets you control who your computer “talks to” on the Internet. By selecting appropriate lists of “known bad” computers, you can block communication with advertising or spyware oriented servers, computers monitoring your p2p activities, computers which have been “hacked”, even entire countries! They can’t get in to your computer, and your computer won’t try to send them anything either.
Perfect Automation provides the best choice in work automation and great time saving features. This software will help you to increase your productivity, save you time and money. You can use Perfect Automation as a launcher, a scheduler, a mouse & keyboard recorder and a powerful script editor. You do not need to install and use four different applications. All modules are combined into one single program. You will have just one icon in the system tray or the task bar even if you use all components!
PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media’s file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.
Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. Key Features:
- Viewer: View photos in your folder, create a slideshow
- Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming
- Batch editor: Batch edit multiple photos
- Page: Merge multiple photos on the page frame to create one final photo
- Combine: Attach multiple photos vertically or horizontally to create one final photo
- Animated GIF: Use multiple photos to create a final animated photo
- Print: Print portrait shots, carte de visites(CDV), passport photos
- Splitter: Slice a photo into several pieces
- Screen Capture: Capture your screenshot and save it
- Color Picker: Zoom in on images, search and pick a color
- Rename: Change photo file names in batch mode
- Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG
- Paper Print: Print lined, graph, music and calendar paper
- Face Search: Find similar faces on the Internet
NOTE: You will need to right click on the installation program and click on Run as administrator for this to install.
This is a program that will allow you to add a watermark to any image. The watermark’s transparency can be fully adjusted to what you want.
Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.
This program will add Always On Top, Transparency, and Minimize To Tray menu items to the title bar right click menu of open windows.
Create PDF files faster with the only free PDF creator to support one-click, drag-and-drop PDF creation. Convert to PDF from any file you can print, including Microsoft® Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint® formats. Installs as a printer on your system. You can choose the PrimoPDF printer from any program and print from the Print menu like any other printer on your system.
Privatefirewall is a multi-layered endpoint security software that protects Windows desktops and servers from malware and unauthorized use. Personal firewall, packet inspection, URL filtering, process monitor, and application/system behavior modeling and anomaly detection components stop hackers, spyware, viruses and other forms of malware before they can cause damage.
ProcDump is a command-line utility whose primary purpose is monitoring an application for CPU spikes and generating crash dumps during a spike that an administrator or developer can use to determine the cause of the spike. ProcDump also includes hung window monitoring (using the same definition of a window hang that Windows and Task Manager use), unhandled exception monitoring and can generate dumps based on the values of system performance counters. It also can serve as a general process dump utility that you can embed in other scripts.
NOTE: This program does not install. It is a stand alone EXE file with a help file.
Process Explorer is an advanced process management utility that picks up where Task Manager leaves off. It will show you detailed information about a process including its icon, command-line, full image path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes, and more. When you zoom in on a particular process you can list the DLLs it has loaded or the operating system resource handles it has open. A search capability enables you to track down a process that has a resource opened, such as a file, directory or Registry key, or to view the list of processes that have a DLL loaded.
NOTE: This program does not install. It is a stand alone EXE file with a help file.
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry, and process/thread activity. It is way more advanced than the Resource Monitor that comes with Vista.
Process Tamer is a tiny (140k) and super efficient utility for Microsoft Windows XP/2K/NT/Vista/Windows 7 that runs in your system tray and constantly monitors the cpu usage of other processes. When it sees a process that is overloading your cpu, it reduces the priority of that process temporarily, until its cpu usage returns to a reasonable level. Of course there are times when you probably won’t want Process Tamer to change process priorities, such as when playing games or if you are burning a cd/dvd on a slow computer; just double click its icon to toggle it on and off. Or you can also specify override rules for specific applications in order to tell the program to ignore them, force them to high or low priorities, or even to kill them as soon as they are found running.
ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office, Windows (Including Windows 7 and Windows Vista), Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer – by using command-line options. This utility can be useful if you lost the product key of your Windows/Office, and you want to reinstall it on your computer.
A free open-source text editor packed with useful features, including tabbed documents, explorer browser, extensive syntax highlighting, powerful search/replace features and lots more cool stuff.
Puran Defrag is a very simple disk defragmenter which will defrag the files and optimize your system, collecting all the fragments of a file and putting them together, as well as moving some frequently used files and all directories to faster disk areas.
Q-Dir makes your files and folder easy to manage. Fast and easy access to your hard disks, network folders, USB-Sticks, floppy disks and other storage devices. Q-Dir is a file manager with a Quadro-View technique. You don’t have to renounce the usual, Drag and Drop, all Views, and other functions of your system. Q-Dir does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop, and can be carried on a small usb-stick or other memory device.
QTTabBar is extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft’s file browser, along with a host of other great features.
Quick AVI Creator (QAC) is a FREEWARE, easy to use front-end, which uses several GNU licensed applications to convert video from DVD / MPEG / AVI / DIVX / MKV / MP4 / FLV / F4V / ASF / WMV sources, to AVI / MKV / MP4 containers by using either XviD or x264 video encoders.
Radian is an application launcher that aims to help you get things done quicker. Now instead of having to dig through folders, or even click on menus, all you need to do is to right click on your screen. No matter where your mouse is on your screen, you’ve now got access to your Radian menu. Set it up with your most important or most used applications, and see whether your efficiency improves. It’s designed in such a way that it shouldn’t interfere with your other right-click commands, so you’re not really sacrificing functionality that you’re familiar with for this new tool.
NOTE: This program does not support displaying large folder icons. Click on Rainbow Folders in the left pane under Utilities for the download link at the bottom of the page.
Rainbow Folders allows you to change the color of any folder. After you change the color of a folder, you will no longer have thumbnail previews of it afterwards.
Rainmeter is a Windows customization application. Empower your desktop with an expandable library of useful tools – handy notes and application launchers, weather and feeds from the web, system status and more. Then, rearrange and modify them to suit your personal style.
RAMMap is an advanced physical memory usage analysis utility for Windows. You can use RAMMap to gain understanding of the way Windows manages memory, to analyze application memory usage, or to answer specific questions about how RAM is being allocated. RAMMap’s refresh feature enables you to update the display and it includes support for saving and loading memory snapshots.
NOTE: You may need to rename the downloaded file so that it will have an .exe file extension on it before it will install for you.
Real Desktop gives your ordinary desktop new life and turns it into a 3D Real Desktop. Enjoy the fascinating dynamics with revolutionary graphic rendition on your desktop. Get any designs from their website or create your own personal style.
Real Temp is a temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors.
Allows you to make new windows mouse cursors, including animated ones. It can also be used to make transparent BMPs for windows start buttons instead of relying on Photoshop layers. Open the picture, draw alpha on it, save as a BMP.
Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!
RecycleBinEx is a powerful and easy to use recycle bin manager for Windows Operating System. It extends and enhances the Windows recycle bin, and let you use many extra features in it. With RecycleBinEx, you can sort the items in recycle bin; group them according to the deleted time, the logical disk, etc. You can select and remove the deleted items which were deleted one day ago, two days ago, 7 days ago, …, 3 months ago by just one click. Or remove the deleted items of such as C disk only by one click, too
Remote Desktop Manageris a small application used to manage all your remote connections and virtual machines. Add, edit, delete, shared, organize and find your remote connection quickly.
Remote Potato is the missing part of Windows 7 Media Center. You can now schedule and manage your recordings over the Internet. Record shows, record series, cancel recordings, view upcoming recordings.
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003, from a remote computer running
Revo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer even if you have problems uninstalling and cannot uninstall them from the Windows 7Programs and Features control panel applet.
RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters. The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and realtime hardware monitoring features and exclusive power user oriented tools like built-in registry editor and patch script engine make RivaTuner’s feature set absolutely unmatched.
RivaTuner supports all NVIDIA display adapters starting from Riva TNT family up to the latest GeForce 7 series and widest range of NVIDIA drivers starting from the oldest Detonator 2.08 up to the newest ForceWare drivers family.
RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher dock station for your desktop. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock. Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock.
7capture is a screen capture program that automatically handles complicated transparency problems such as rounded corners and Aero semi-transparent windows backgrounds. No matter what Windows version you are using, 7capture will do its magic: clean rounded corners on Windows XP, alpha transparency in Windows Vista and Windows 7. 7capture will even capture your theme’s color for even better looking screenshots.
7CONIFIER is a tool is capable of changing all your taskbar and start menu icons in a single click (and key press)! All you need to do is select the package you would like to use and hit “Apply”.
7 Sidebar emulates the sidebar of Vista in Windows 7. No setup is required. Just start the gadget and you have a sidebar! The sidebar holds any gadgets and stays always visible, even if a window is maximized. It can be configured to hide automatically, and more….
7stacks lets Windows 7 (and Vista and XP) users have “stacks” of icons in their Taskbar (in 7) or QuickLaunch Toolbar (in Vista and XP). By using stacks, users can reduce icon clutter, and combine a group of related icons into a single icon.
This programs enables you to tweak your Windows 7 taskbar. Features:
- Show standard window menu on right click instead of jump list.
- Close or focus a window on middle click instead of running a new instance.
- Disable grouping of windows by file path or application id.
- Cycle through windows of a grouped button on left click instead of showing a thumbnails preview.
- Open with while dropping a file on a taskbar button instead of pinning.
- Disable thumbnail previews.
7plus is a project which tries to make working with Windows much more comfortable by adding features to explorer, window handling, and lots of other small tweaks.
NOTE: After installing, use compatibility mode and select the Run this program as an administrator option. You will then need to go into the Tools and Options menu to select the file associations you want 7-Zip to be associated to open with.
A Zip utility program used to open 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS files. Fully customizable for which file type you want associated to 7-Zip.
Many users of the excellent file archiver 7-Zip (above) criticized its nostalgic appearance. 7-Zip Theme Manager, in short “7zTM”, comes in and offers the following features:
- Toolbar Themes – change the look of the toolbar of 7-Zip
- Filetype Themes – change the look of archived files, for instance in Explorer
- 90 Toolbar Themes and 22 Filetype Themes integrated
- changing the SFX-icon (self-extracting archive) is now possible – see FAQ #5
- automatic or manual search of the 7-Zip installation folder
- convenient activation of the Themes with just a click
- Themes previews integrated directly into the program
- multi-lingual user interface
- online update for up to date Themes and features – see FAQ #6
- possibility to create your own Themes
- supports 7-Zip 32-Bit and 64-Bit
7 Sticky Notes is a good 100% free desktop notes software that creates Sticky Notes directly on your Desktop. It has a really good-looking realistic sticky note appearance for ultimate user experience and it offers amazing and cool features that makes 7 Sticky Notes at the same time powerful, simple to use, reliable, and light!
NOTE: To install, you will need to use Compatibility Mode on the installation file with Vista and Run this program as an administrator checked.
Samurize is an advanced system monitoring and desktop enhancement engine for Windows. IT professionals, overclockers, gamers and desktop modders alike can use Samurize for system information, weather reports, news headlines and much much more.
Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
Screenrecorder is a very easy-to-use screen-to-video capture program, developed on top of Windows Media Encoder, that lets you easily capture what is going on to a small video file, which you can then send via e-mail to the appropriate person. That person can then watch the video just as if he is sitting next to you and you are showing him what’s is happening on the screen.
A free 3D modeling software.
Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing made simple — all your Internet needs in one application.
The Secunia PSI is a free security tool designed with the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer against vulnerabilities in programs by checking your PC for insecure programs exposing you to security threats.
Selector is a hotkey program written by our member MilesAhead to open other programs with Selected Text or Clipboard Text as parameter. Add all your browsers to Selector instead of installing a plugin for each browser.
ShadowExplorer is an alternative program for the Previous Versions feature available in all editions of Windows 7.
SharpKeys is a keyboard key remapping program that is used to make certain keys on a keyboard act like other keys. For example, if you accidentally hit Caps Lock often, you could use this utility to map Caps Lock as a Shift key instead or even turn it off completely.
NOTE:This is a stand alone exe file, and does not install.
This is an excellent tool to view and manage all installed shell extensions. If available, it displays the description, as well as version details, company information, location, file name and more. You can optionally disable or enable any item. This can be very useful to disable an extension that you do not need or that has been left behind in your right click context menu from a previous software install.
This is an app written by our member Tweaker to make Windows 7 explorer folder windows remember their size and position.
ShellMenuNew is a small utility that displays the list of all menu items in the ‘New’ submenu of Windows Explorer. It allows you to easily disable unwanted menu items, so this ‘New’ submenu will display only the items that you need.
ShellMenuView is a small utility that display the list of static menu items that appeared in the context menu when you right-click a file/folder on Windows Explorer, and allows you to easily disable unwanted menu items.
If you’ve ever gotten a new PC and it came loaded with promotional programs, toolbars, links to advertising or trial offers, then you know how frustrating these things can be. Community-powered feedback is the key to SlimComputer’s state-of-the-art cleaning. In real time, SlimComputer assesses your new PC to identify programs, toolbars, and startup entries that users vote “optional”. You can then use this data to decide what you want to keep on your computer.
Shotty is an application to take screenshots of your computer’s screen or of one application only. Unlike other applications that does this Shotty provides various other features that are useful to modify the taken screenshot. Shotty takes a screenshot including aero glass frame transparency and shadow (only if running on Windows Vista or above). It also can change your Aero Glass color automatically during screenshot, for example to get consistent screenshots that does not dependent on your system settings. Shotty takes real screenshots. There are no other tasks required to let the screenshot looks like the original (redraw the shadow for example) like many other application does.
Shortcut Key Explorer helps you to manage the list of shortcut keys you have loaded on your computer. Simply run Shortcut Key Explorer and it will automatically load the existing shortcut keys and display them in an easy to read list. From this list you can double-click on any item and edit the properties of the Windows shortcut. This is great for troubleshooting duplicate shortcut keys or shortcut keys you did not even know existed.
Sigcheck is an “old-school” (command-line) utility designed to sniff out file and digital signature information for programs and drivers. If you’re having problems with particular programs or hardware, use Sigcheck to find out if you have outdated versions or unsigned drivers.
SIV (System Information Viewer) is a general Windows utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info – CPU info, PCI info, PCMCIA info, USB info, Machine Info, Hardware Sensors, Networked computers, Operating System Information and more.
SIW is an advanced System Information for Windows tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings and displays it in an extremely comprehensible manner. Thesystem information is divided into a few major categories:
- Software: Operating System, Installed Software and Hotfixes, Processes, Services, Users, Open Files, System Uptime, Installed Codecs, Software Licenses (Product Keys / Serial Numbers / CD Key), Secrets (Password Recovery).
- Hardware: Motherboard, Sensors, BIOS, CPU, chipset, PCI/AGP, USB and ISA/PnP Devices, Memory, Video Card, Monitor, Disk Drives, CD/DVD Devices, SCSI Devices, S.M.A.R.T., Ports, Printers.
- Network: Network Cards, Network Shares, currently active Network Connections, Open Ports.
- Tools: Eureka! (Reveal lost passwords hidden behind asterisks), MAC Address Changer, Monitor Test, Shutdown / Restart.
- Real-time monitors: CPU, Memory, Page File usage and Network Traffic.
SliderDock is an application launcher that will allow you to easily drag and drop icons
to access them later on by double clicking on them. It is a unique dock where you won’t have to chase behind you icons to run an application. Just rotate your mouse wheel and let the icons come to you. It will be a nice customization that will add some life to your desktop.
A good hard disk defragmenter by Iobit.
SmillaEnlarger is an app that helps you make small pictures big. While there are lots of tools you can use to accomplish this task, generally the quality of your images takes such a hit that you’d be better served to just squint and try to do with best you can with the original. This app employs some technical sleight-of-hand to render your enlargements much clearer than you might expect.
NOTE: You will see it listed towards the bottom.
Small utility for programmers to snap up selected source code or text to a file via hotkey. There are 2 save methods. A save to a new file, and an append to the snap file(add snippet.) In addition, you will have the possibility to customize the hotkeys according to your preferences.
SpaceSniffer is a portable disk scanning tool application that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks. By using a Treemap visualization layout, you have immediate perception of where big folders and files are placed on your devices.
Speccy by Piriform (CCleaner) is an advanced System Information tool for your PC.
Windows operating system have dozens of special folders that are used for storing application settings and files, storing Internet files, saving temporary files, storing shortcuts to other files, and so on. This utility displays the list of all special folders in your system, and allows you to easily jump to the right folder simply by double-clicking the folder item. You can also save the list of all folder paths into text/html/xml file
NOTE: You will need to use Compatibility Mode and select the Run this program as an administrator option.
This is a great spyware protection program. You can use this program along with Windows Defender and other anti-spyware/adware programs for added protection.
NOTE: You will need to use Compatibility Mode and select the Run this program as an administrator option.
SpywareBlaster, by Javacool Software, helps prevent the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software.
A real-time antispyware protection program with alerts that help prevent you from entering potentially dangerous websites.
Allows you to create a toolbar that displays the shortcuts inside as stacked icons when you open the toolbar.
Start Killer removes the Start button from your taskbar. When you run Start Killer it removes the Start button from the taskbar to give you additional space on the taskbar, and when you close Start Killer the Start button shows again.
The Start Menu program acts as a shortcut that will open the Start Menu just as if you had pressed the Windows Key in Windows 7 or Vista.
Start Menu 7 (non Pro version) –
From the makers of Vista Start Menu. Start Menu 7 replaces the standard Windows Start Menu.
- The list of menu items is alphabetically sorted, so you can easily find any program or command by its name.
- Open any location on your PC with a single click.
- You can create, modify, and reorder items in Start Menu 7. So it’s easy to create a list of the most used locations, popular directories, and virtual folders to access them with a single click.
- There is a special Run button to access seldom used locations without adding them into menu.
- Start Menu 7 has a customizable Power Buttons panel.
With Power Timer feature you can delay any of power management operations.
STDU Explorer is a piece of software that offers you the opportunity to work with image files (support psd, bmp, png, gif, jpeg, wmf formats) and e-books in DjVu and PDF formats. This application helps you quickly view and find books or image files. It supports standard operations such as moving, copying, pasting, renamming, deleting, etc. But its possibilities are much wider.
- Extended representation of files list, with adjustable thumbnails size.
- Fast preview any page of multipage documents.
- Fast access to a tree of bookmarks in PDF or DjVu files.
STDU Viewer is a document viewer for multiple file formats. The goal of this software is to replace the multiple document viewers with a single simple application. STDU Viewer supports TXT, TIFF, PDF, DjVu, Comic Book Archive (CBR or CBZ), XPS documents format.
Adds a toolbar to Windows Explorer where advanced users can add and program additional custom buttons that can also be assigned hotkeys.
Stickies is a sticky note application to post notes on your desktop. Features include:
- Once on screen, stickies will remain where placed until closed, even through reboots
- Stickies appearance can be customised; fonts, colours and buttons may be changed, and styles saved. Stickies can be resized.
- Stickies can snap to each other and to the sides of the screen to keep them neatly lined up
- Stickies can be attached to a web site, document or folder so they only show when it’s on screen<LI sizcache=”6136″ sizset=”0″>Stickies can be transferred from one machine to another either over a TCP/IP network connection, or by using an SMTP mail server or MAPI client:
- Hierarchical friends list, which may be automatically transferred from other friends
- Play a sound file on receive
- Signature for transmitted or emailed stickies
- Favourite friends, and custom lists can be made
- Stickies can be hidden for a certain period, until a specified date and time, or to wake every day, week or month, to act as reminders.
- Stickies can have alarms set to ensure you notice them at a point you choose
- Stickies can be transferred to and from your Palm or PPC PDA.
- International language and RTL text support
- Stickies works with Windows Vista
- Stickies is small and simple, it writes to a single text file, and does not alter the registry
- AD network administrators can use Group Policy to control settings
- API to allow integration with other applications
StickyPad is an easy-to-use tool that lets you place sticky notes on your desktop. Your notes can be printed, pasted into other applications, or emailed. You can use shortcut keys with your notes, make notes transparent, etc…. When you log off, StickyPad remembers all of your notes, and when you log back on, your notes are still there.
StreamTransport is a easy-to use free tool to download Youtube and other videos from the net.
Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows.
Super is a tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file. A GUI to FFmpeg, MEncoder, MPlayer, x264, ffmpeg2theora, MusePack, Monkey’s audio, Shorten audio, TAK audio, True audio, WavPack, the libavcodec library & the theora/vorbis RealProducer’s plugIn.
This is another great spyware protection program. You can use this program along with Windows Defender and other anti-spyware/adware programs for added protection.
SuperCopier replaces Windows explorer file copy and adds many features:
- Transfer resuming
- Copy speed control
- No bugs if You copy more than 2GB at once
- Copy speed computation
- Better copy progress display
- A little faster
- Copy list editable while copying
- Error log
- Copy list saving/loading
Powerful replacement for Windows built-in search.
Search files, folders and other data efficiently and easily.
NOTE: For more details on this program, see: Switcher Overview
Switcher is a Flip3D replacement that puts you in control of your windows. See all your windows on one screen, quickly search through them, even decorate them with your favorite colors and fonts.
Switch Off is a lightweight easy-to-use tray-based system utility that could automatically shutdown, suspend or hibernate your system. It can also disconnect dial-up and VPN connections.
SyncToy is a free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations. Typical uses include sharing files, such as photos, with other computers and creating backup copies of files and folders.
Synkron is an application for folder synchronisation that allows you to configure your synchronisations in detail. Despite having many features, the user interface of Synkron is very user-friendly and easy to use. Synkron is able to synchronise multiple folders at once, analyse folders before sync, restore overwritten or deleted files, plan synchronisations and much more.
The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools.
System Explorer is software for exploration and management of System Internals. This small software includes many usefull tools which help you Keep Your System Under Control. With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats. System Explorer is translated into 21 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version.
- Detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files.
- Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotal, Jotti service or our File Database.
- Easy monitoring of processes activities and System changes.
- Usage graphs of important System resources.
- Tray Hint with detailed System and Battery status
- WMI Browser and System Additional Info
- Multilanguage Support
System file replacer is a free portable tool 628KB made by Damian666 that replaces any system file from Windows Xp, Vista or Windows 7. Its very easy to use just choose the Original File then the New File and press ok, reboot and the file will be replaced while rebooting, i have used it hundreds of times and it never had any errors or anything it just replaces the file like explorer.exe, imageres.dll any system file u like xD.
‘System Information Viewer’ is a general Windows utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info – CPU info, PCI info, PCMCIA info, USB info SMBus info, SPD info, ACPI methods, Machine info, Hardware Sensors, Networked computers, Operating System Information and more.
A tool for viewing, editing and managing system resources & settings, consolidating functionality that normally requires numerous tools into a single interface designed to make these tasks easier than ever. An emphasis has been placed on batch processing, filtering, and easy visual identification of items using distinctive icons. Want to stop 2 processes at once? You can do that. Need to uninstall 5 applications? You can do that too. Want to view the process information for a running service, generate a detailed audit of a machine’s hardware, software & settings, optimize network performance, and disable those annoying programs that start every time you login, all from one tool? With System Nucleus, you can do all of that and much, much more.
System Restore Explorer is a tool which allows you to browse system restore points on your computer and select individual ones for deletion should you wish to free up some disk space. It also allows you to mount the contents of a restore point into a folder so that you can browse and copy individual files, without the need to perform a full system restore.
System Silencer will help you control what can be seen and heard from your computer when you’re away / idle. Run System Silencer and when you’re away your computer’s monitor can turn itself off, the sound will be muted and you can even choose to hide your taskbar and desktop icons! Of course, you can skip all the hiding and just configure System Silencer to lock your computer while you’re away. Additional options allow you to kill a process and run a program or file, if you have anything specific you’d like to hide or show while you’re “afk”.
Two separate meters that are pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar and shows CPU and memory utilization. It also gives you quick access to Task Manager and the Resource Monitor to determine what’s slowing down your computer.
NOTE: After you install this program, right click on a opened windows’s minimize bar to use this program with it.
T3Desk lets you manage your applications more easily in a 3D desktop adding the third dimension to your Windows screen. 3D minimized windows will appear in three dimensions and transparent on your screen and have the ability to be flipped, zoomed, moved, swiveled in almost anyway you want. T3Desk is lightweight on your resources, unlike most applications of its kind. T3Desk lets you set the options regarding display, zooming, hot keys and sounds. You can configure your 3D window animation, transparency effect, the 3D initial angle and distance, the transition effects and more.
TeamViewer establishes connections to any PC or server all around the world within just a few seconds. You can remote control your partner’s PC as if you were sitting right in front of it.
TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing the user with a lot of features:
- Copy files faster. TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives.
- Pause and resume file transfers. Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.
- Error recovery. In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skip the file, not terminating the entire transfer.
- Interactive file list. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.
- Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.
Texter is text replacement keyboard macro tool. It lets you define text substitution hotstrings that, when triggered, will replace hotstring with a larger piece of text. By entering your most commonly typed snippets of text into Texter, you can save countless keystrokes
The Sage –
TheSage’s English Dictionary and Thesaurus is a professional software package that integrates a complete dictionary and multifaceted thesaurus of the English language into a single and powerful language reference system. TheSage can look up words directly from almost any program (IE, Word, Firefox, Outlook, Thunderbird,… ) and is 100% portable.
The Windows Vista Flip 3D Activator is a tiny utility for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that greatly enhances the Flip 3D feature by allowing you to control it with your mouse. It allows you to choose one or more corners (“Hotspots”) of your desktop, any mouse button, or both, to activate Windows Flip 3D. Once activated, you can use the mouse to select a window.
PC Tools ThreatFire is a signature based anti-spyware program that alerts you to what it thinks is acting suspicious. It includes a rootkit scanner and much much more.
Mozilla Thunderbird is a good email client program.
NOTE: This was written by our member MilesAhead.
Topmost Toggle toggles the “Always On Top” attribute of the active window on or off using Control+Right Click.
Technically, Total Commander is a shareware, but aside from the initial screen, it is nag-free. It is a replacement for the Windows file manager system, search tool, multi-rename tool, with a built in FTP client, and has built-in support for creating and using archives (ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE), etc…
Traders of lossless compressed audio files (e.g. ape, flac, mkw, or shn files) have to handle a lot of different applications to decode, encode, create/verify checksums, fix sector boundary errors, or create torrent files. Moreover most of the tools used are command-line programs requiring a deeper knowledge of how to use various parameters. Trader’s Little Helper bundles the most important features of those applications in one single easy-to-use frontend.
Transparent TaskBar is a free tool that lets you to easily adjust the transparency of your taskbar even if your Windows 7 edition does not have the Aero feature. Transparent TaskBar can even be set to remember your transparency settings, and reapply them automatically every time you startup your PC.
TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize Free can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working. The space, which is wasted by the file system, can be displayed and the results can be printed in a report.
TrueCrypt is an open source app which lets you create and mount an encrypted virtual drive. You can store whatever you want in this drive, and it will be completely inaccessible and invisible to anyone who doesn’t have the passphrase.
TunerFreeMCE is a Windows Media Center add-in for watching streaming internet TV programs on your PC and Media Center Extender. For UK users, it has support for live TV and catch up programs from the UK’s main TV providers (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five), as well as all of the BBC Radio stations. It also has support for the recently launched MSN Video Player in the UK. For US users, it has support for the full Hulu catalogue of TV programs, all through an easy to use Media Center interface.
TweetDeck (TD) is an app that consolidates your Social Networking accounts into 1 simple display.
Types is a free and lightweight utility for Windows that allows you to edit program associations, icons, context menus and other properties of various file types displayed in Explorer.
This program helps you organizing your dates and tasks and reminds you of upcoming events.
Ultimate Windows Tweaker v 2.0 is a freeware Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows 7 & Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application to customize your Windows to meet your requirements. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, more stable, and more secure with just a few mouse clicks. The tweaker detects whether you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista installed and accordingly offers you the relevant tweaks only.
UltraDefrag is a powerful Open Source Defragmentation tool for the Windows Platform. It can defragment any system files including registry hives and paging file. Also one of the main goals of UltraDefrag is doing the job as fast and reliable as possible.
UltraExplorer is designed to be the ultimate File Manager for Microsoft Windows. The user interface is completely customizable. You can hide or show as many of the featured windows, dock them in other places or let them float as free standing windows. The same is true for the tool bars as well. You can even move buttons from toolbars to other toolbars and assign your own short cuts keys.
UltraVNC is a powerful easy to use program that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a remote computer, as if you were sitting in front of it, right from your current location. If you provide computer support, you can quickly access your customer’s computers from anywhere in the world and resolve helpdesk issues remotely! With addons like SingleClick your customers don’t even have to pre-install software or execute complex procedures to get remote helpdesk support.
Unlocker is a utility program used to help you delete a file that you get one of these errror messages on:
- Cannot delete file: Access is denied
- There has been a sharing violation.
- The source or destination file may be in use.
- The file is in use by another program or user.
- Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
Utorrent is a free torrent client program used for file sharing.
This is small tool that adds Attach and Detach option to the context (aka right-click) menu of Virtual disk (vhd) files. This enables those operations to be done without having to do so in Disk Management. The Detach option is also available on hard drives context menu (if selected in options).
After watching a video in a Web site, you may want to save the video file into your local disk for playing it offline in the future. If the video file is stored in your browser’s cache, this utility can help you to extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future. It automatically scans the entire cache of Internet Explorer and Mozilla-based Web browsers (Including Firefox) and finds all video files that are currently stored in it. It allows you to easily copy the cached video files into another folder for playing/watching them in the future. If you have a movie player that is configured to play flv files, it also allows you to play the video directly from your browser’s cache.
VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. Some of the features of VirtualBox are:
- Modularity. VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-defined internal programming interfaces and a client/server design. This makes it easy to control it from several interfaces at once: for example, you can start a virtual machine in a typical virtual machine GUI and then control that machine from the command line, or possibly remotely. VirtualBox also comes with a full Software Development Kit: even though it is Open Source Software, you don’t have to hack the source to write a new interface for VirtualBox.
- Virtual machine descriptions in XML. The configuration settings of virtual machines are stored entirely in XML and are independent of the local machines. Virtual machine definitions can therefore easily be ported to other computers.
- Guest Additions for Windows, Linux and Solaris. VirtualBox has special software that can be installed inside Windows, Linux and Solaris virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window). There are also guest additions for OS/2 with somewhat reduced functionality.
- Shared folders. Like many other virtualization solutions, for easy data exchange between hosts and guests, VirtualBox allows for declaring certain host directories as “shared folders”, which can then be accessed from within virtual machines.
Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.
Virtual Router turns any Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 Computer into a Wifi Hot Spot using Windows 7’s Wireless Hosted Network (Virtual Wifi) technology.
VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system. A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (workspaces).
Enhance your windows start menu with Vistart. With cool custom start menu skins, start menu buttons and lot’s of extra features. The ultimate start menu tool for Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
Vista Shortcut Manager – (Method Two)
Frameworkx Vista Shortcut Manager allows you to either remove the shortcut overlay arrow or to customize it to what you want. It will also allow you to add or remove the Shortcut name extension for shortcuts.
VistaSwitcher is a task management utility for Windows OS. Once installed, it replaces the default Windows Alt-Tab dialog with a nice box that shows a list of all running tasks with their names and preview snapshots and enables the user to take actions on them using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts. With just one click, you can switch to a task, minimize, maximize, restore the main window or close the process.
Visual BCD Editor is an advanced GUI version of Windows bcdedit utility. The tool gives a structured view of Windows BCD store with an explorer like interface.
Visual Command Line is a tool which allows you to create Batch Files (that are used by the Command Prompt of Windows) easily.
Visual Command Line uses categories to simplify the use of the program, it also allows the user to choose a command, add it, and edit the command the way the user wants to.
- Take full control of the Command Prompt (CMD) of Windows operation system.
- Argument Panel to easily edit your command with a user interface.
- Get information as you type.
- Create Batch files in an easy way.
- Batch commands divided into categories to ease the way you create scripts.
- Explanation for each Batch command and it’s most important (or all) arguments.
- Information panel that shows a description for each Batch Command and for the most important (or all) arguments.
VideoLAN VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. It doesn’t need any external codec or program to work.
VSO-Inspector is a free tool that reports various information about your hardware configuration. Using this freeware, you can check the listed Cd, Dvd and Blu-ray readers and writers connected to your computer, check the firmware used. The details about the media used and the speed supported by a given writer with this media. Also you can scan a burnt media for read errors and be confident about the readibility of your fresh backup.
The watermark image program, is a free software tool that can add digital Watermarks to all your images, photos and pictures in a batch. The program can also resize the images before the digital watermark is added. When creating the watermark, you can use either text or another picture as the source of the watermark. If you want to add the watermark to the background, you can set the logo or the text to be more or less transparent.
WeatherBar is an application written in C# to show the weather in a specific location. One point that makes this application different from other weather applications and gadgets is the ability to integrate with the Windows 7 taskbar. Therefore, instead of constantly switching to the desktop to take a peek at the pinned gadget, the user can simply take a look at the taskbar, or right-click on the application icon to read the forecast.
This utility displays the list of all applications that are loaded automatically when Windows starts up. For each application, the following information is displayed: Startup Type (Registry/Startup Folder), Command-Line String, Product Name, File Version, Company Name, Location in the Registry or file system, and more. It allows you to easily disable or delete unwanted programs that run in your Windows startup. You can use it on your currently running instance of Windows, as well as you can use it on external instance of Windows in another drive. WhatInStartup also supports a special “Permanent Disabling” feature – If a program that you previously disabled added itself again to the startup list of Windows, WhatInStartup will automatically detect the change and disable it again.
WinAlarm is a freeware reminder and alarm program. You can use it to remind you of specific forthcoming events, or of events that recur on a regular basis. It provides a customizable pop-up color-coded window bearing whatever text you enter, plus a customizable sound (if you want one). It can also provide advance warnings, and after-the-event reminder warnings.
MP3, Multimedia, and Music Player.
WinAudit is easy to use, no special knowledge is required to use the programm. It is a self-contained single file that needs no installation or configuration. It can be run from a floppy disk or USB stick. It gives you a PC audit and inventory of software, licenses, security configuration, hardware, network settings…
WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows.
Windows Automated Installation Kit helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows 7 beta family of operating systems.
You can use the free version of this program by Sphinx to make using the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security in Windows 7 a lot easier to use.
NOTE: You will still need to have (purchased) a valid product key number for the edition you selected to be able to activate it.The Windows 7 ISO Image Edition Switcher is a set of small binary patches (and a tool to apply these patches) that will convert an official Windows 7 ISO disc image into an official Windows 7 ISO disc image of another edition.
NOTE: To see the Menu bar, press ALT+M and check “Show all menus”. You can download the WQL or beta version.
Windows 7 does not come with a email program included. Windows Live Mail also supports the Hotmail website based email. It supports Pop3, IMAP, HTTP website (EX: Hotmail) email, and is a lot more stable. Plus, WLM will minimize to a tray bar icon and has a separate Inbox for each email account. It has a lot of great features.
NOTE: If you want the icon in the notification area instead of on the taskbar, then see: Windows Live Messenger – Taskbar or Notification Icon .
Windows Live Messenger is a great instant message program with tons of features.
Windows 7 Logon Background Changer is a free open source software that let you change the wallpaper of the Windows 7 logon screen (also known as “welcome screen” or “login screen”).
Windows 7 Navigation Buttons Customizer, by our member Kishan, allows you to change the navigation buttons in Windows 7.
System modders need to take ownership of a system file before it can be replaced. To make this process a little less time consuming,this program does these tasks for you. This program will, backup the OLD file, save the ownerships, take Admin Ownerships and replace it with the NEW dragged or manually selected system file to finally restore the ownerships back to how they were found.
Windows 7 Start Button Animator, by our member Kishan, is a free portable tool that allows you to set an animated start button in Windows 7. You can set any animated gif image as your start button.
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.
Windows Virtual PC is a powerful software virtualization solution that allows you to run multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation, providing a safety net to maintain compatibility with legacy applications while you migrate to a new operating system.
This program will allow you to burn a ISO image to a USB flash drive to make it a bootable USB flash drive to be able to install the ISO image from.
NOTE: WinPatrol Plus is not the free one.
WinPatrol is a anti spyware/adware program that uses a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge.
WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning them to make the best use of your desktop real estate.
Nexus is a multi-level dock system. Nexus provides fast access to your most frequently used applications, with flexible options allowing it to dock or float anywhere on the screen, providing a myriad of “On Demand” possibilities.
A very thorough junk and temp file cleaner. Has the option to delete to the Recycle Bin for restoring purposes.
WARNING: As with all registry cleaning programs, you should verify the scan results before just simply deleting them.
A very thorough registry cleaner. Can be helpful in finding errors in the registry to fix. Has a backup feature to restore registry changes if needed.
With Microsoft Word Viewer and the Compatibility Pack, you can view, print, and copy Microsoft Word document contents to another program. However, you cannot edit an open document, save a document, or create a new document.
WSCC (Windows System Control Center) is a free, portable program that allows you to install, update, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites. WSCC is only an interface, you need to download and install the utilities separately. Alternatively, WSCC can use the http protocol to download and run the programs.
X-Mouse Button Control is a windows application to remap your mouse buttons.
XnView is a program used to view and convert graphic files that is really simple to use. It supports more than 400 different graphics formats.
A Windows clipboard extender/memory- now in its third generation. Handles Pictures, Richtext, URLS, etc – any size. Features printing, drag and drop, optional permanent storage of clippings. Familiar “Outlook” interface.
ZoomIt is screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows and you can use pen input for ZoomIt drawing on tablet PCs.