Best Freeware Tools to Enhance and Customize your Windows 7

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Windows 7 Specials is a part of my . The purpose of this post is to introduce you with the Best Freeware Tools to Enhance and Customize Windows 7 .

  1. CSMenu – restores a “classic” look to Windows 7 by installing a companion Start menu on your taskbar.
  2. Logon Changer for Windows 7 – Simply takes a JPG file (256K or less, so be sure to re-size and compress) and applies it to your logon background
  3. Windows 7 System Recovery Discs – Can repair damaged files, restore System Restore points, and even pull in full backups for restoration.
  4. Gmail Notifier Plus – Not only subtly informs of you of new mail by changing its taskbar icon, but provides a subject line preview of new messages when you hover over its icon.
  5. Winfox – A helpful little add-on that you pin to your taskbar to access Firefox from. Copy Winfox to your Firefox program directory, install it, and pin the “Winfox” application to your taskbar.
  6. StandaloneStack or 7stacks – which both do a great job of creating blow-up menus of folders and apps from single icons on your taskbar.
  7. Ultimate Windows Tweaker, playing along with XdN Tweaker – They have been digging deep into the guts of Windows since Vista first arrived, and they let you seriously fine-tune your system.
  8. VistaSwitcher – More powerful app and window switcher, improves on it in just the right ways.
  9. Ninite – This is your ticket out of redundant installations. Visit to the web site, check off the apps you need from a huge range of good, free software, and download the resulting customized installer app.
  10. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor – Find out if your PC can run Windows 7. To see if your PC is ready for Windows 7, download the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It scans your PC for potential issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.
  11. Windows Easy Transfer –   In Windows 7, Windows Easy Transfer lives up to its name. Redesigned to be more reliable and helpful, it takes the hassle out of migrating important files, e-mail, pictures, and settings from your old PC to your new one. You’ve told us previous versions were hard to figure out or stalled before the job was done. So Windows Easy Transfer now includes a new file explorer so you can easily choose exactly which files to copy to your new PC. And if Windows finds a file or setting it can’t work with, your transfer won’t hang up—it will finish and give you a full report of anything that didn’t migrate.
  12. EnhanceMySe7en – Windows 7 is fast and it is quite satisfying in the role of replacing Windows XP and Vista, but you can make it much faster and responsible with EnhanceMySe7en. EnhanceMySe7en helps users to control many aspects of the system with maximum convenience. You will get everything needed for maintaining Windows 7 in a perfect condition. The program offers tools that take care of the registry, disk space and its defragmentation, installed software, HDD temperature and all sorts of things related to system’s health. Also there are lots of other options helping to boost your system’s performance. With a clean and simple interface it brings you an All-in-One set of powerful and neatly classified tools, settings and tweaks.

The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets by Tim Sneath described some hidden and powerful features of Windows 7 that you might not know about.

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  • Lifehacker December 21, 2011, 8:33 pm

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  • Carolyn Nicander Mohr April 9, 2011, 3:40 am

    Thanks so much, this was both helpful and educational. I installed Gmail notifier and EnhanceMySe7en.

  • freeware November 8, 2010, 4:34 pm

    I dont See SevenVG RC at your list , the best windows 7 theme pack

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  • Guilherme May 24, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Thanks for the share! Some of them I didn't know.

  • Ruhani Rabin May 7, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Yes you can reduce the size … g

    1. right click on your taskbar select ->properties
    2. Select/Enable “Use small icons” option and press apply then press OK

    That will reduce the size of start menu taskbar

    If you want to reduce the size of start menu popup

    1. Right click on .. the start menu ORB .. go to properties
    2. Click on customize.. scroll down to “Display Large Icons” and deselect it ..
    3. Set number of recent programs/files to display at “3” or “5”

    Click apply then ok ..

    That will make the start menu icons smaller and less taller..

  • Rockit April 8, 2010, 11:51 pm

    Hello,

    I have been looking for a way to resize the Windows 7 Start Menu. It would be great if there was a app to allow making the start menu smaller (not as tall)

    Thanks

    • registrycleaner October 28, 2010, 3:27 pm

      USB audio devices don’t have their own driver.

  • Ruhani Rabin November 2, 2009, 10:07 am

    Aha, sorry to hear your problem mate! I wish i could help you out! but mine somehow working ok.. maybe my motherboard is newer or something..

  • Ruhani Rabin November 2, 2009, 5:07 am

    Aha, sorry to hear your problem mate! I wish i could help you out! but mine somehow working ok.. maybe my motherboard is newer or something..

  • dragonblogger November 1, 2009, 9:17 pm

    I did do that, USB audio devices don't have their own driver, they use the Operating System default driver called “USB Audio Device” though. No USB mic actually has drivers, and the Windows Upgrade Adviser doesn't actually account for USB devices, only internal system components. It didn't mention anything about my printer being incompatible and there is no printer driver for 64bit OS in my case.

  • Ruhani Rabin November 1, 2009, 8:58 pm

    I also think it is a driver issue.. I found out the best way to know about it earlier is to use the tool no 10 in this post.. it really gives a detail report on both 32 and 64 bit driver incompatibility ..

  • dragonblogger November 1, 2009, 8:55 pm

    The mic bass boost is disabled, I can mute the mic, but then I can't record at all. Something really funny with 64bit Windows 7 and the USB codec, I don't know if is my Motherboard not handling a 64bit OS well, or if its Windows 7. It didn't happen on Windows Vista 32bit. I tried every bit of leveling the meters I can, and I also removed all performance and visual effects of Windows 7 to see if it was performance related feedback. Definably a driver Issue I think.

  • Ruhani Rabin November 1, 2009, 8:48 pm

    Why don't you mute the mic or check on the control panel if u can disable the mic gain.

  • dragonblogger November 1, 2009, 11:56 am

    I really need to find away to reduce the background noise on my USB mic on Windows 7, that wasn't there on VISTA 32 bit. Something to do with the USB Audio Codec I think.