Best Free Software for Windows XP/Win7
Many great replacements for programs you pay hard-earned money for are free! Here are my suggestions:
- Best Free Photo Editing Program
For simple editing of photos, Paint.Net is wonderful. The look and feel is similiar to Photoshop Elements and Paintshop Pro. Get it here.
- Best Free Screen Capture Utility
www.bayden.com/mezer/ tools are great. You can select a rectangle of your screen to move to the "copy" buffer and many more great functions.
- Best Free Cmd.exe Replacement
Console Console has tabs and real text selection.
- Best Free Diff program
WinMerge is great for looking at differences in files and merging the files.
- Best Free Online Regular Expression Utility
- Best Free Notepad Replacement
Download Notepad++. Its fast and has plenty of extra features.
- Best Free FTP Client
- Free Disk Space Usage Analyzer
Space Sniffer tells you where your disk space is being used.
- Best Free Process Monitor
Process Explorer from sysinternals.com. It shows the processes, but also many other useful info.
- Best Free PDF reader
Sumatra is a lightening-fast PDF reader.
- Best XML viewer (2010)
XML Marker is a fast, easy XML editor.
- Best Free Startup Monitor
Does your windows computer bootup slowly? Autoruns from sysinternals.com shows what processes are kicked off during startup.
- Best Free Virus Scanner
- Best OnlineFree Virus Scanner
- Best Free Compression Utility - 7-zip
- Best way to move large files around the net is https://transferbigfiles.com.
- Best way to get an anonymous, temporary phone number is at numbr.com.
- Best free telnet/SSH client
PuTTY, download from Softpedia
- Best free audio analyzer
Audacity is a great, full featured audio analyzer
- Best iso burner to CD
isorecorder by alex feinman.
- Best File Date Changer Attribute-Changer.
- Best Free Way to Wipe a Disk
Darik Horn has a program to put on a bootable CD at https://www.dban.org that completely erases all data on a hard drive. This is a must before donating an old computer.
- Best Free file comparer https://sourceforge.net/projects/winmerge/
- Other Utilities
Tired of not being able to delete files because some windows process has a lock on it? Unlocker tells you which program has locked a file and allows you to unlock it or waste the program locking it.
- Microsoft has a nice collection of small utilities called PowerToys. The image resizer is handy as is the "Open Command Window Here" utility.
- Best free html utility