Best Windows Freeware – System and Desktop Utilities

System and Desktop Utilities

  1. nLite – Build your own custom Windows disk.
  2. Comodo – Firewall, Anti-virus, anti-spam, malware utilities.
  3. Ewido – Blocks spyware/adware and trojans.
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  5. Eyeline – Professional Video Surveillance Software with multiple camera support.
  6. Filseclab – Internet personal firewall
  7. GPG4Win – File, email encryption and other encryption utilites, like a file shredder.
  8. Hitman Lite – Hitman Pro is a freeware tool that combines a number of powerful anti-spyware programs in one integrated solution. Hitman Pro combines Ad-Aware SE, SpyBot Search & Destroy, Spy Sweeper, Spyware Doctor, CWShredder, Spyware Blaster, NOD32, Sysclean package. Most of the included programs are freeware.
  9. Hotspot Shield – Hotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop and the wireless router. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers and hackers from viewing your email, instant messages, credit card information or anything else you send over a wireless network. Which means you remain anonymous and protect your privacy.
  10. Kerio Firewall – Internet personal firewall. Highly recommended.
  11. PowerGUI – an extensible graphical administrative console and IDE for managing systems based on Windows PowerShell. (Recommended by Reader)
  12. My Lockbox – My Lockbox is a security software enabling you to password protect any folder on your computer. The protected folder (lockbox) is hidden from any user and application of your system, including Administrator and System itself. It is impossible to access the lockbox not only from the local computer, but also from the net.
  13. Outpost – Firewall.
  14. PGP – A free encryption software program that is the de-facto global standard for E-mail and file privacy. Pretty Good Privacy (or PGP) offers full-strength, 128-bit encryption. PGP has constantly been upgraded over the years and now offers loads of useful features, including secure file wiping; advanced keyserver searching; and seamless integration with Qualcomm’s popular Eudora E-mail client
  15. Password Gorilla – Password manager.
  16. Spyware Blaster – Blocks spyware/adware. Highly recommended.
  17. Truecrypt – Open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP , Mac OS X, and Linux. TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data are automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys. Entire file system is encrypted (e.g.., file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc).
  18. Whisper32 – Password Manager with encryption.
  19. WinPooch – Winpooch is a Windows watchdog, free and open source. Anti spyware and anti trojan, it gives a full protection against local or external attacks by scanning the activity of programs in real time. Associated with ClamWin antivirus, Winpooch keeps safe your computer against virus.
  20. Zone Alarm – Internet personal firewall. Highly recommended.
  21. Simple File Shredder – securely delete files
  22. KeePass – password manager
  23. LockNote – password manager
  24. nPassword – password manager
  25. Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer – identify security misconfigurations
  26. Spybot: Search & Destroy – anti-spyware
  27. Windows Defender – anti-spyware
  28. SpywareBlaster – anti-spyware
  29. Spyware Terminator – anti-spyware
  30. HiJack Free – system protection
  31. HighJackThis – hijackers detector and remover
  32. Black Box – Alternative Windows Shell. I found this to be more stable than XOBlite2.
  33. Black Box Lean – Alternative Windows Shell.
  34. Blueberry – Alternative Windows Shell in 3-D.
  35. Clockwise3d – Alternative Windows Shell in 3-D.
  36. Litestep – Alternative Windows Shell.
  37. Project Looking Glass – 3D desktop. It reminds me of os x in three dimensions. Note: This is under development and requires lot’s of Java setup. I would not use this unless you want to test and develop and arn’t worried about your Windows installation.
  38. SharpE – Alternative Windows Shell. More info and screen shots Here.
  39. XOBLite – Alternative Windows Shell. Screenshot of my machine running XOBLite (blackbox) here
  40. Madotate – 3D effects for Windows similar to those found in Project looking glass. This is a direct download link and is the english version.
  41. Pitaschio – Pitaschio is the essential tool to use windows efficiently. Adds some interesting features.
  42. RocketDock – Rocket dock is a Mac OS X like launcher complete with fisheye effect, taskbar features, and even themes well with other engines. They also have a cool icon enhancer for your desktop and file explorer with cool effects, plug-in based.
  43. TaskSwicthXP – Task switcher (alt+tab) replacement.
  44. Virtual Dimension – Multiple desktops in Windows. I love this app, it actually makes your desktop sessions separate and lots more cool features. Highly recommended.
  45. VirtualWin – Virtual desktops in Windows.
  46. Disclib – CD organizer
  47. Dexpot – virtual desktops
  48. DriveImage XML – create partition images
  49. MozBackup – backup and restore bookmarks, etc.
  50. SyncBack – system backup
  51. Atomic Cock Sync – syncronize your clock
  52. Citrus Alarm Clock – alarm clock
  53. allSnap – make all windows snap
  54. Sysinternals Tools – various system tools
  55. StrokeIt – mouse gestures
  56. Net Profiles – create profiles of your network settings
  57. AveDesk – desktop enhancer
  58. IconPhile – customize windows’s system icons
  59. CursorXP Free – change mouse cursors
  60. LClock – Windows Longhorn clock
  61. Y‘z Dock – application launcher
  62. Y‘z Shadow – shadow effect to the windows
  63. Y‘z Toolbar – change the toolbar icons in Explorer and Internet Explorer
  64. Taskbar Shuffle – rearrange the programs on the taskbar by dragging
  65. Visual Task Tips – thumbnail preview image for each task in the taskbar
  66. Badges – put badges on any folder or file
  67. Folderico – change icons of the folders
  68. Folder Marker – mark your folders
  69. Folder2MyPC – add favourite locations to My Computer
  70. Microsoft TweakUI – system settings
  71. BricoPacks – shell packs
  72. ShellPacks – shell packs
  73. Tango Shell Patcher – shell patcher
  74. XPize – GUI enhancer
  75. CPU-Z – cpu information
  76. CrystalCPUID – cpu information
  77. Central Brain Identifier – cpu information
  78. Everest – system information
  79. SiSoft Sandra – system information
  80. SpeedFan – hardware monitor
  81. Memtest86 – memory test
  82. PowerMax – HDD test
  83. 3Dmark 06 – 3D game performance benchmark
  84. Aquamark – performance benchmark
  85. rthdribl – 3D benchmark
  86. Prime 95 – cpu benchmarking
  87. SuperPI – cpu benchmarking
  88. CPU Rightmark – cpu overclock
  89. Core Temp – cpu temperature
  90. aTuner – GeForce and Radeontweaker
  91. RivaTuner – video overclock
  92. Nokia Monitor Test – monitor adjustmets
  93. UDPixel – fix dead pixels
  94. Visual Tooltips – Enhance the Windows taskbar with thumbs ans 3D effects. Check out Yod’m while you’re there for a 3D cube virtual desktop.
  95. WinRoll – Lets you shade your windows like in Linux.
  96. 7Zip – Zip utility with File Explorer support.
  97. CabPack – compression program
  98. Universal Extractor – extract files from any type of archive
  99. AB Commander Lite – File explorer replacement.
  100. Adaware – Spyware removal tool.
  101. AlienGuise – Theme engine like Windows Blinds, by the same guys, and brought to you from Alienware computer systems.
  102. AntiVir – Anti-virus. I have been using this for awhile and it kicks ass. Beats the shit out of Norton and it’s free! Highly recommended.
  103. Avast – Anti-virus applcation. Free for personal use. I have not tried this software, but it works with Kerio so it can’t be bad.
  104. BartPE – Windows live cd. Now you can boot Windows from a CD-Rom and have full read/write access to NTFS volumes!.
  105. Boot manager/partition manager – Partition magic like clone and boot manager.
  106. DeepBurner – CD/DVD burner
  107. BurnAtOnce – CD/DVD burner
  108. Express Burn – CD/DVD burner
  109. Zilla CD-DVD Rip‘n‘Burn – CD/DVD burner
  110. ImgBurn – ISO, BIN burner
  111. DVD Decrypter – DVD ripper
  112. Nero CD-DVD Speed – CD/DVD info and quality test
  113. Burn4Free – CD/DVD burner application, works oh so well! p.s. Run Adaware after installing to remove the spyware piece ;)
  114. CD Image – ISO ripper. Like UltraISO, create convert disk images. Supports all the main images types.
  115. CD burner XP – CD Burner.
  116. Console – Terminal enhancement. Ever wanted a transparent background in the command prompt window like in Linux?
  117. Crap Cleaner – Cleans up Windows, internet cache, temp files, registry entries, etc. Also has a kick ass uninstaller that works and a startup editor. Highly recommended.
  118. xp-AntiSpy – OS setup
  119. jv16 Powertools – system utilities
  120. XP SysPad – system monitoring utility
  121. What’s Running – process guard
  122. Registrar Lite – registry editor
  123. WinIPConfig – replacement for “ipconfig.exe” and “route.exe”
  124. Unlocker – file eraser
  125. Eraser – secure file eraser
  126. Undelete Plus – file recovery
  127. Duplicate File Finder – find all duplicate files
  128. Ant Renamer – file renaming
  129. ReNamer – file renaming
  130. Icons From File – icos extractor
  131. Chaos MD5 – MD5 generator
  132. HashTab – MD5, SHA1 and CRC-32 file hashes
  133. Cygwin – Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows.
  134. Cygwin/x – Cygwin/x allows x11 (Linux apps) to run on Windows.
  135. Daisy – Windows updater replacement that does not use IE settings.
  136. DoISO – Create and burn ISO disk images.
  137. Download Checker – The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to to see if there are any newer releases. These are then neatly displayed in your browser for you to download.
  138. Explore2fs – Let’s you see and explore a Linux partition, and do file operations, from Windows. Highly recommended if you dual boot.
  139. ExplorerXP – Windows File Explorer replacement.
  140. FS-driver – Mount Linux Ext2/Ext3 file systems on Windows.
  141. Floola – Floola is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod or your Motorola mobile phone (any model supporting iTunes). Floola supports all common used iPod features including artwork, podcasts and smart playlists! It’s also able to convert audio or video incompatible with the iPod so that you can copy almost any file to it. It even allows adding youtube and myspace videos just entering the page url!
  142. Free commander – File Explorer replacement. This is one of the best file explorer replacements I have ever used. Highly Recommended.
  143. Mucommander – File Explorer replacement. If you liked Norton Commander you will love this.
  144. ISOrecorder – ISO burn utility! Add an option to Explorer to burn .iso file to cd. HIghly Recommended.
  145. IZArc – Zip utility. Opens everything and has File Explorer support.
  146. Infrarecorder – CD/CDR burner.
  147. Launchy – Launchy is a free windows 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! Similar to Quicksilver on OS X and Katapult on Linux.
  148. OpenVMS – Defrag and hard drive utility.
  149. Partition Utilities – Partition resize, delete, create, etc…
  150. Rainlendar – Very cool skinnable calendar for windows, will set events from Outlook/Exchange!
  151. Registry Fix – Fixes the Windows registry.
  152. Resource Hacker – Utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler and works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2000 and WinXP operating systems.
  153. Samurize – Another skinnable clock, system meters, weather, email, and trash indicators as well as music playback, but with so much more – like multiple machine support! Highly recommended.
  154. Skin Calc – Cool skinnable calculator.
  155. Spybot – Spyware removal tool.
  156. Stickies – Post it notes for your desktop.
  157. StickiesforWindows – Post it notes for your desktop.
  158. Synergy – Synergy is like dual monitors, a kvm switch, and vnc on speed! If you want to operate multiple machines with one keyboard and mouse, move files between them, and have both screens at your disposal this is for you. Works between platforms also!
  159. Sysmetrix – Very cool skinnable clock system meters with weather, email, and trash indicators as well as music playback.
  160. Task Scheduler – Task Schedule replacement.
  161. Tugzip – Zip/archive application. Really nice and opens most everything including rar.
  162. UBCD4Win – UBCD4Win is a bootable CD which contains software that allows you to repair/restore/diagnostic almost any computer problem. Also see Win/Linux Version.
  163. UltraExplorer – File Explorer replacement.
  164. Unxutils – Linux/Unix command line tools, like grep, written natively for Windows.
  165. VSpeech – Voice command your Windows computer.
  166. WikidPad – wikidPad is a real-time wiki. wikidPad is not a web server, or application server, or groupware solution. wikidPad is a standalone notepad like application, albeit notepad on steroids. wikidPad is like an IDE for your thoughts.
  167. ZScreen – ZScreen is an open-source screen capture program that allows for region/window/full-screen screenshots. It can FTP screenshots and put the URL in your clipboard in a single keystroke. It supports automatic custom naming conventions with variables. It can also interface with image editing software. It is a C#.NET 2.0 program hosted on and built by BrandonZ (inf1ni).
  168. Zipeg – Zipeg allows you to open and explore content of zip, rar and other archives, preview files and images before you extract/unzip them. Extract only the files you want. Zip thru photo archives. See image thumbnails. Zipeg allows you to decide what do you want to extract. You can choose what to extract and where to put extracted files or just drag and drop them.
  169. Zipgenious – Zip utility that supports all the major archive types, zip, s7, gz, etc. Skinnable.
  170. PearPC – Run Mac OS X or Linux on Windows !
  171. VirtualBox – VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.