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I tried not to mention any programs that are just free trials. We’ve all heard of 7-zip, Win RAR, and Win Zip, but what about other great zipping programs like ZIP Archiver or Pea Zip?
If so, you can use some cool programs to reveal passwords and account details for various programs in Windows. OK, so you have heard of Audacity, but it’s the best free audio editing program out there, so deal with it. Speaking of audio, if you are into music, you can use LMMS to create your own music tracks. Have an ISO image and older version of Windows that can’t mount ISO images? The best video transcoder out there IMHO is Hand Brake. Is there a Windows process that is causing spikes in your CPU or other problems. If not, you should check out Easeus Todo Backup, a free program that lets you backup and clone your hard drives. Other programs include Space Sniffer and Win Dir Stat. Want to see every possible program or driver that loads when Windows starts?
If Blender is too complex for you, another great option for sketching in 3D is Sketch Up. While we’re on the topic, Free CAD is open-source parametric 3D CAD modeler. For space lovers, I always recommend Stellarium, which is basically a planetarium for your computer. Other good options include Mini Tool Partition Wizard and Ease Us Partition Master Free. You can turn it into a NAS device using a program called Free NAS. Since we’re talking about only Windows freeware programs, you might be interested in Disk2VHD, a program from Microsoft that will let you convert your current PC into a virtual machine that you can then load into Hyper-V. If so, check out GSplit, a nifty utility for splitting and re-joining files. Been in a situation where you needed to compare two files and see the differences? If so, check out PDFtk, a toolkit that lets you merge, split, and repair PDF files. For the network geeks out there, you have to try Spiceworks at home to really monitor what’s happening on the network.
Check out GParted, probably the best not-heard-of partition manager out there. Well you should check out Clip X, Ars Clip and Ditto clipboard, three cool clipboard manager programs. Drop It is a nifty little Windows program that lets you “drop” files onto a folder, which will then process the file according to your settings. Remote desktop is great for Windows computers, but for other platforms you’ll need something like Tight VNC or Ultra VNC. Got a spare computer with some extra storage on it? The best program for Windows in my view is Duolingo. Ever had to split a large file into a couple of pieces? Want to print something at your parents’ house from your house half-way across the country?
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Maybe you want to have your computer turn off every day at 10pm? I talked about a VPN for secure browsing in #39, but you can also use a different browser like Tor to hide your identify. If you’ve recently bought a new computer, you can use a program called PC Decrapifier to get rid of all those useless programs that can come bundled with the PC and slow everything down. After you have a computer for a while, there are always going to be programs that you don’t use anymore and that can be uninstalled. If you have sensitive data on your computer that you want to permanently and securely delete from your hard drive, I would suggest using a program called d Ban. It will also sync down to your phone or tablet too. If so, check out Startup Delayer, a program that delays the startup of programs so that your computer loads faster. Do you need to create a presentation, but don’t have Power Point? You’ve all probably heard of Team Viewer for remotely sharing your desktop, but you can also use Are you someone who prefers a supercharged Explorer interface? Darktable is an open-source photography workflow application. Speaking of Adobe, are there any good Adobe Illustrator alternatives? One good one for working with vector graphics is Inkscape. Check out Focus Writer and write without distractions. One of the worst things that can happen to your computer is for it to become infected with Spyware.
We’ve all heard of VLC media player and Windows Media Player, but what about Kodi and Media Monkey? If not that, you can also check out Light Works and Hit Film Express, two free professional-grade video editing programs. Speaking of videos, there are many times when you need to convert from one format to another. My favorites are Foxit, Nitro PDF Reader, and PDF-XChange Editor. If you want to create PDFs fast, there are a bunch of programs like Cute PDF, Primo PDF, Bullzip, PDF Creator, and lots more! Switching topics, I’m sure you back up your computer regularly right? If you just want to backup your data and not image your entire hard drive, you can use Google Backup and Sync to backup files and folders to your Google Drive storage. Whether you know it or not, you probably have a bunch of duplicate files on your computer! You can use Duplicate Cleaner to find and remove those duplicate files. If you want to save more hard drive space, you should look into a program that will analyze hard disk space usage, like Tree Size.
Don’t worry about Adobe Premiere, you can use other free programs like Windows Movie Maker, a product from Microsoft. If you prefer an online photo editor, checkout Pixlr and Be Funky. Looking for detailed information about the hardware on your computer.
A great app for reading in Windows is the Kindle app. Want to download a photo, video or story from Instagram? Does it take several minutes for your computer to become useable? Tiny Take is another decent one, though the free version is limited. Are you a professional photographer that needs tools like Lightroom, but don’t want to pay for a subscription? Are you someone who needs to write something, but gets distracted easily? On the topic of spyware, there are several other freeware programs like SUPERAnti Spyware, adaware, and Spy Bot. In addition to spyware and malware, there are also separate tools you can use to find rootkits like TDSSKiller, Sophos Rootkit scanner and Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit. Finally, if you’re not able to detect anything while in Windows, a good idea is to run an offline virus scan. It also has a portable version you can run off your USB stick.
It’s called text-to-speech and there are a couple of good programs that do it: Balabolka, Natural Reader, and Panopreter. Do you have a lot of programs that load when Windows starts? If you ever need a free CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc burning program, check out CDBurner XP. If you ever need to burn an ISO image to a CD or DVD, then you should use a free program like Img Burn.