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System Software

When installing any of the programs below be careful to look to see what is also going to be installed.  If a custom install is available then use that.  Remember to scan for viruses before installing.

7plus "7plus is a free open-source program which aspires to make working with Windows as comfortable as possible. The feature set it adds to Windows ranges from interface extensions to the explorer to highly specialized solutions for all common tasks, with the goal of reducing the work load for the user. This feature-rich system, powered by Autohotkey, provides very powerful configuration capabilities to suit the needs you have and those that you have but not know of yet!"
AOMEI Partition Assistant

"AOMEI Partition Assistant contains more than 30 valuable functions, which can manage your hard disks and partitions in all dimensions. These features can fix the problem about "low disk space", address the problem of irrational disk partition, and help you easily realize to repartition a hard drive without loss of data. If you need to migrate system to SSD or copy one hard drive to another new and so on, the program can also achieve your purpose flexibly."

AOMEI Backupper "AOMEI Backupper is a free and easy-to-use backup software for Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012 (all editions, both 32-bit and 64-bit)."
Appupdater "Appupdater provides advanced functionality to Windows, similar to apt-get or yum on Linux. It automates the process of installing and maintaining up to date versions of programs. It is fully customizable for use in a corporate environment."
Auslogics Disk Defrag "Disk Defrag will speed up your computer by optimizing file system. It can defragment files, consolidate free space and move system files to the faster part of the disk. With Disk Defrag you'll get the maximum out of your hard drive performance. It is supplied with a powerful engine and smart algorithms which allow Disk Defrag to run much faster than similar tools. And with its comprehensive reports you will always be aware of what have been done. Disk Defrag features: fast and safe defragmentation of the disk drives; optimization of clusters' structure and file system for even better disk performance
AutoRuns A  great program from Systeminternals which allows you to  to control which programs load at startup.  This is what they have to say about the program "This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, 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 the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP."
AutoSaver "AutoSaver is a free portable tool that saves the file on which you are working after an interval of time that you can set. It works on all apps that support the hotkey CTRL + s."
Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD

Bart's PE Builder helps you build a "BartPE" (Bart Preinstalled Environment) bootable Windows CD-Rom or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC maintenance tasks.

Belerac Advisor “The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser."
BleachBit

"BleachBit quickly frees disk space, removes hidden junk, and easily guards your privacy. Erase cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, remove unused localizations, shred logs, and delete temporary files. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean 70 applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Adobe Reader, APT, and more."

Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster.

Bodhi Linux "Bodhi Linux is a Linux Distribution leveraging the fast, customizable, and beautiful Enlightenment Desktop. Enlightenment coupled with a minimal set of utilities such as a browser, text editor, and package management tools form the solid foundation of Bodhi Linux."
Bootmed

“The BootMed Live CD is an Ubuntu Remix for those new to Linux. It's main goal is to help the average Windows user to recover a computer that will not boot. Besides troubleshooting boot problems, there are many other things that BootMed can guide you through. The first thing you need to know about BootMed is that it is a live cd. A live cd is basically a boot disk on a cd. You put BootMed cd in your computer, turn it on, and the computer will load an operating system from the cd. The operating system on the cd is completely independent of your hard drive, meaning that it will boot up even if Windows cannot.”

CCleaner "CCleaner is a system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system--allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It cleans: Internet Explorer (temporary files, URL history, cookies, autocomplete form history, index.dat); Firefox (temporary files, URL history, cookies, download history); Windows (Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files, and Log files); Registry cleaner (advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including file extensions, ActiveX controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, application paths, icons, and invalid shortcuts. So comes with a comprehensive backup feature."
Classic Shell "Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. It has a classic start menu for Windows 7, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features. Look here for the full list.”
Clonezilla "Clonezilla is a partition or disk clone tool similar to Norton Ghost. It saves and restores only used blocks in hard drive. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (Server Edition).Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus) computers simultaneously."
CPU-Z
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
CrystalDiskInfo
"A HDD/SSD utility software which supports a part of USB connection and Intel RAID."
DAEMON Tools "DAEMON Tools is a virtual cd/dvd-rom emulator. It is able to emulate nearly all known copy protections on the market today." 
Debian "Debian GNU/Linux provides more than a pure OS: it comes with over 29000 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine"
Defraggler "Use Defraggler to defrag your entire hard drive, or individual files - unique in the industry. This compact and portable Windows application supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems."
Desktops "“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.”"
DoudouLinux 
"DoudouLinux is specially designed for children to make computer use as easy and pleasant as possible for them (and for their parents too! [1]), while taking care of children self-fulfillment. DoudouLinux provides tens of applications that suit children from 2 to 12 years old and gives them an environment as easy to use as a gaming console. Kids can learn, discover and have fun without Dad and Mum always watching!"
Driver Booster“Outdated d”rivers may heavily affect your PC performance and lead to system crashes. Driver Booster Free scans and identifies outdated drivers automatically, and downloads and installs the right update for you with just ONE click, saving you loads of time. Moreover, it’s specially designed to tweak drivers for best gaming performance. It’s the right tool to protect your PC from hardware failures, conflicts, and system crashes."
Device Doctor

"Device Doctor is a freeware Windows application that scans your computer hardware and checks to see if there are new driver updates available for your devices. It also locates drivers for "unidentified devices" in the Windows Device Manager”

DriveImage XML

DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.

The program allows you to:

  • Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
  • Browse these images, view and extract files
  • Restore these images to the same or a different drive
  • Copy directly from drive to drive
  • Schedule automatic backups with your Task Scheduler
  • Image creation uses Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe “hot images” even from drives currently in use.

    Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup!

    Restore images to drives without having to reboot.

    DriveImage XML runs under Windows XP Home, XP Professional and Windows Server 2003 only. The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS. ”

    You can download DriveImage XML at http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm

    Double Driver Double Driver is a very simple and useful tool which not only allows you to view all the drivers installed on your system but also allows you to backup, restore, save and print all chosen drivers.
    DriverMax "From Innovative Solutions : DriverMax is a powerful free utility which helps you download, back up and restore the drivers installed on your Windows Vista or Windows XP computer and check if newer versions are available. Download all drivers from one place in just a few steps. Or back them up so you will have all of them in a single place and will be able to reinstall them in a few minutes. This tool can save you a lot of time when reinstalling Windows, especially on older computers for which the original CDs containing the drivers have been lost. You no longer have to track down old driver installation CDs, insert one installation CD after another or spend hours searching for drivers on the Internet. DriverMax is also able to display a detailed report about all drivers (versions, release dates) installed on your system. Identify unknown devices in your computer and get Windows Vista rating information before you purchase new hardware.” 
    Disk2vhd "Disk2vhd is a utility 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)"
    DrivePurge "DrivePurge is a freeware application for for system and drive cleanup.
    The most important features are:

    DrivePurge seeks and removes unneccessary files and user tracks of more than 750 applications and system components.
    Found files and Registry entries can be individually selected or deselected.
    DrivePurge can search in whole drives or in selected folders for files or file types.

    DrivePurge is portable and runs on USB devices."
    EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition

    "A plucky little piece of freeware that packs a subtle punch, Easeus Partition Manager partitions hard drives like a reigning champ. Loaded with features, EPM runs smoothly and lacks only a glitzy interface.

    A row of task icons sits on the toolbar, followed by a Windows XP-style left nav and central pane that shows your hard drives and information about them. To partition a disk, click on one of the drives and then use either the toolbar or the context menu to run the Resize feature. This brings up a slider for adjusting the drive volume sizes. You can also use the text fields to set a partition size precisely. Hit OK to run the resizing, and then run the Create feature. This will allow you format and label the partition in the newly-created empty space. While running, EPM will keeps you informed of the progress of the overall task, as well as the multiple steps it takes in partitioning your drive. A helpful color-key lives in the status bar at the bottom, divvying up drives by type as well as allocation use.

    Other useful features include partition copying, a boot disk creator, a Properties option that will tell you everything from the physical geometry of the drive to the serial number, drive letter swapping, and password protection. In testing these features, the only glitch encountered occurred when a task had completed and the program window hid behind other active program windows. This did not, however, affect the use or execution of EPM, and we recommend it unequivocally for partitioning tasks.

    Easy2Boot"Easy2Boot itself is just a collection of grub4dos batch files that you can add to a grub4dos bootable USB Drive - it is NOT a Windows or linux application. Once you have made the grub4dos bootable USB drive and copied over the Easy2Boot files, just add any bootable payload files (linux LiveCD ISOs, Windows Install ISOs, memory test .bin files, floppy and hard disk images, .imgPTN partition images, etc.). Easy2Boot automatically looks at all the files on the drive and dynamically creates a new menu each time you boot from the USB drive. Each file will be booted according to it's file extension (unlike most MultiBoot utilities, E2B does not look at the file name and does not need to recognise what type or version of linux is inside the ISO file)."
    EaseUS Todo Backup Free
    A free alternative to the great  system imaging  software norton ghost
    Fedora "Fedora is a Linux-based operating system, a suite of software that makes your computer run. You can use the Fedora operating system to replace or to run alongside of other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows™ or Mac OS X™. The Fedora operating system is 100% free of cost for you to enjoy and share."
    Fresh Diagnose "Fresh Diagnose is a utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, hard disk performance, video system information, mainboard / motherboard information, and much more..."
    FreeBSD A free operating system based on UNIX for today's modern PCs, servers, and embed computers.
    Free DOS "FreeDOS is a free DOS-compatible operating system for IBM-PC compatible systems. FreeDOS is made of up many different, separate programs that act as "packages" to the overall FreeDOS Project."
    GAG - Graphical Boot Manager A free graphical boot manager that allows you to choose what Operation Systems you wish to boot to at boot up.
    GeekUninstaller "Standard removal program leaves tons of leftovers on your PC. GeekUninstaller performs deep and fast scanning afterwards and removes all leftovers. Keep your PC clean! Use Force Removal for stubborn and broken programs"
    Get Linux "Get Linux is a portable and open source download client, which interacts with a server side library for downloading numerous Linux-based operating systems. With the help of this utility, you can download more than 100 Linux distributions, by simply selecting their name from the available list. This makes it easy to obtain the most updated Linux OS, without having to manually search and download the ISO file via a browser."  Click here to get a demo on how Get Linux works.
    HWMonitor "HWMonitor 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."
    IObit Start Menu 8 Free download, Bring Start Menu back to Windows 8 "Start Menu 8 is specially designed for Windows 8. It offers a perfect solution for users who work with Windows Start Menu all the time and are not accustomed to the new Metro start screen in Windows 8. This smart tool brings back both the start button and Windows Start Menu, and offers the option to skip Metro start page, allowing users who only work on desktop to boot to Windows 8 desktop directly. It's the best start menu replacement for Windows8."
    JDiskReport "JDiskReport enables you to understand how much space the files and directories consume on your disk drives, and it helps you find obsolete files and folders."
    Kali Linux
    A distribution of Linux for Pentesters. 
    KNOPPIX KNOPPIX is a great way to try / use Linux without installing on a PC.
    KNOPPIX Std A version of KNOPPIX  with  a collection of hundreds if not thousands of open source security tools.
    Kubuntu"Kubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide team of expert developers. It contains all the applications you need: a web browser, an office suite, media apps, an instant messaging client and many more."
    Lubuntu"Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system. The core of the system is based on Linux and Ubuntu. Lubuntu uses the minimal desktop LXDE, and a selection of light applications. We focus on speed and energy-efficiency. Because of this, Lubuntu has very low hardware requirements. Lubuntu was founded by Mario Behling and is currently mainly developed by Julien Lavergne. Please join us and contribute to an exciting International Free and Open Source Software project. Install Lubuntu on your computer and start getting involved. Quick links for direct Downloads of the latest version:"
    Linux Lite
    "Linux Lite is based on the Ubuntu LTS series of releases. LTS stands for Long Term Support, this means each release has a support period of 5 years. This is a great basis for stability, but not only that, you only need to install once every 5 years. During that period your system will continue to receive updates. Linux Lite is fully functional out of the box, this means that you won't have to install extra software when you boot your computer for the first time. We believe that a computer should be ready to use straight away on the first boot after a new install. You're going to need this kind of functionality on a daily basis when you are using your computer so we take the hassle out of trying to find the right software from the start."
    Linux Mint

    “The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

    Started in 2006, Linux Mint is now the 4th most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Canonical’s Ubuntu.

    Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:

    • It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
    • It’s both free of cost and open source.
    • It’s community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
    • Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
    • It’s safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very little maintenance (no regressions, no antivirus, no anti-spyware…etc).”
    Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder "“The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007.”
    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition "An award winning disk cloning and imaging solution for free. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and e-mails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file. Macrium Reflect supports backup to local, network and USB drives as well as burning to all DVD formats. This version is for non-commercial home use."
    MemTest (Windows Version) A great program that checks you system's RAM  for any errors.
    Namebench A free program from Google to find out what is the best DNS for you to use.
    NetStat Live "  Have you ever wondered just how fast your network connection is? Not just how fast the modem is connected at, but how much data you can actually get? Does your internet connection sometimes seem slower than normal? Forget hacking the registry or using counter-intuitive tools to get the information you want - enter the world of AnalogX NetStat Live (NSL)! 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 doesn't just stop there, it lets you see how quickly your data goes from your computer to another computer on the internet; it even will tell you how many other computers your data must go through to get there! But wait - there's more! NSL also graphs your CPU usage of your system! This can be especially useful in identifying if your computer is what's slowing things down, or if it's your internet connectio"
    NetWorx "NetWorx is a simple and free, yet powerful tool that helps you objectively evaluate your bandwidth situation. You can use it 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. "
    Neverware
    A version of the Chrome OS for regular PC.
    NVDA "NVDA software enables blind and vision impaired people to use a computer by communicating what is on the screen using a synthetic voice or braille."
    Partition Logic A free alternative to Partition Magic, and DriveImage.  This program allows you to create, delete, format, defragment, and move partitions and modify their attributes.  It can copy entire hard disks from one to another.
    PC-BSD A free  easy to use alternative operating system to Windows or OSX.  It easy to use and very powerful. PC-BSD uses a host of popular open source window managers and uses a custom-tailored application installer that puts popular applications in easy reach of users.
    PCI-Z
    "PCI-Z is designed for detecting unknown hardware on your Windows based PC. It will help you determine vendor, device and certain details about device even if you don't have drivers installed. Software uses The PCI ID Repository, a public repository of all known ID's used in PCI devices: ID's of vendors, devices, subsystems and device classes. It is used in various programs (e.g. The PCI Utilities) to display full human-readable names instead of cryptic numeric codes."
    PCMate Free System Care
    "“PCMate Free System Care is a PC system utilities application that bundles an assortment of different applications into one utility to optimize PC performance, fix problems and customize your system. This free Windows utility provides 20+ effective tools like WiFi Router Creator, Keylogger, File Recovery, Registry, Privacy & PC Cleaner, Empty Folder Remover, File Shredder, Shortcut Fixer, File/Folder Monitor, File Splitter & Joiner, Startup Manager, Resource Extractor and many more as per your requirement.”

    All important aspects of system configuration, security, cleaning and maintenance are combined under a modern graphical user interface. Now, you can use this free system manager suite to create virtual WiFi router, record keystrokes, recovery deleted files, clean up registry & junk files, remove privacy-related info as well as empty folders, shred files, etc. to maintain the performance of your system, free up disk space, protect your system and privacy, and optimize sluggish system processes. Forget frustrations, get work done faster and have more fun using your optimized PC

    Pinguyos "Ubuntu is a great OS and undoubtedly the most popular and easiest Linux based Distro to use but even with its default setup and chosen programs it's still  lacking functionality and ease of use for most new users. So what I decided to do was build a Distro that looks good, could do everything most user would ever want to do and that was very simple to use. "
    PC Decrapifier "The PC Decrapifier is designed to remove a specific list unwanted software in an unattended fashion. Before running, the user may select exactly what software should be removed. Currently, it is targeted for use on The PC Decrapifier is a program designed to remove or uninstall a specific list unwanted software in an unattended fashion. It can be used to clean off most of the annoying software that is typically shipped with newer PCs."
    ProcDump""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."
    Process Explorer

    "Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded."

    The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

    Process Monitor"Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit."
    ProdKey "ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007), 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. "
    PhotoRec

    "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. “"

    Puppy Linux "Puppy Linux enables you to save money while doing more work, even allowing you to do magic by recovering data from destroyed PCs or by removing malware from Windows. See these example articles: recovering files from Windows and safe Internet banking with Puppy Linux."
    Pure OS
    Purism PureOS is linux disburtaion that is designed to respect your rights to privacy, security, and freedom while maintaining convenience of easy to use for any and all users.
    O&O DiskImage Express "O&O DiskImage Express is free software which enables you to image your entire computer and restore single drives. "
    Rescue Kit 10 Free Edition "Rescue Kit professionally fixes boot problems as well as retrieves your data when your system fails to boot. It even rescues deleted partitions. All, you need to do to achieve complete control over any situation is burn the software on your CD/DVD!"
    Redo Backup and Recovery
    "Easy rescue system with GUI tools for full system backup, bare metal recovery, partition editing, recovering deleted files, data protection, web browsing, and more. Uses partclone (like Clonezilla) with a UI like Ghost or Acronis. Runs from CD/USB."
    rEFInd Boot Manager
    Is a great boot manager
    Resload Notifier "Resload Notifier is a mini tool that allows windows users to set notification messages according to their CPU usage. You can easily monitor your running processes and get alerted whenever their CPU usage reaches a specific value. User can also select what will happen to the application after the warning is shown: either bring it to front or close it. With customizable notifications and the option to hide the application to tray, it will neither be annoying nor difficult to use."
    Reso Make a shortcut to run an app at your favorite resolution. Once the app exits, it switches back to your default resolution.
    Remix OS"Android is everywhere, and there’s no surprise why. It’s powerful, flexible, and downright fun to use. Remix OS 2.0 is pioneering the next chapter of the Android journey. Designed to bring simplicity to productivity, Remix OS 2.0’s features are unlike anything you’ve ever seen on Android."
    RoadKill "Recovers files from disks with physical damage. Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data. The program will attempt to recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. Using this method most types of files can be made useable even if some parts of the file were not recoverable in the end."
    RocketDock “RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. 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. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.”
    SafeMsi SafeMsi allows you to uninstall software in Windows Safe mode.
    Sandra Lite A great program that gives you detail information about your BIOS, chip set, the motherboard, and more.  It also allows to perform burn test ( to see if components will fail or not)
    Sandboxie "Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer. "
    Should I Remove It? This a a handy little program that helps you decide whether or not you should uninstall or keep a program on your PC.
    Shutter

    "Shutter is a multifunctional scheduling utility, which has a user friendly and easy-to-use interface and supports many different Events and Actions. Events: Countdown, On Time, Winamp Stops, Low CPU Usage, User Inactive, Battery Low, Window Closes, Process Stops, Ping Stops, File Size Limit. Actions: Shutdown, Reboot, Log Off, Lock Workstation, Sleep, Hibernate, Monitor Turn Off, Un/Mute Master Volume, Hang Up, Alarm, Play Sound, Execute Program.

    Desktop links can be created to execute any of the supported actions directly from desktop. Web Interface allows remote execution of actions and displays run-time information about the computer: Up Time, List of Processes, Screenshot of a Desktop, Program Execution, and more"

    SlimCleaner"SlimCleaner is the world's first software that lets you clean and optimize Windows systems using a crowd-sourced approach. SlimCleaner uses aggregated-cloud feedback to recommend optimal settings for programs, start-ups and services.
    SlimComputer “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.”
    Soluto This program allows you to determine what id causing your PC to boot up slow.
    Speccy “Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. Need to find out what’s inside your computer? No problem! Speccy will give you all the information you need.”"
    Square Privacy Cleaner "Square Privacy Cleaner, which clears out dozens of temp files you didnt even know were saved."
    Starter A Startup manager that:

    "Allows one to view and manage all the programs that are starting automatically whenever operating system is loading. It enumerates all the hidden registry entries, startup folders' items and some of the initialization files, so that the user could choose to temporarily disable selected entries, edit them, create new, or delete them permanently.

    Secondary purpose is to list all the running processes with possibility to view extended process' information (such as used DLLs, memory usage, thread count, priorities etc.), and to terminate selected process (even a Windows NT service, having enough access rights). "

    Another one is Windows' services (and drivers) manager with some advanced features.

    Starter is a real Freeware and is not crippled in any way among the similar products. The user interface is pretty simple and has a lot of options that are self-explanatory.

    Shellxview This program allows you to manage shell Extensions.  Shell Extensions are in-process COM objects which extends the abilities of Windows operating system. Most shell extensions are automatically installed by the operating system, but there are also many other applications that install additional shell extension components. For example: If you install WinZip on your computer, you'll see a special WinZip menu when you right-click on a Zip file. This menu is created by adding a shell extension to the system.
    Should I Remove It? "Don't have a clue what you should remove or keep? Ever open up the Windows Add/Remove Programs app and are just utterly overwhelmed? Well, don't worry, we are here to help! Download our completely free program and within seconds we will help you purge your PC."
    Square Privacy Cleaner "Square Privacy Cleaner is a fast, powerful, and easy to use privacy protection tool, able to remove all the unwanted history data on your computer. With one simple mouse click, Square Privacy Cleaner allows you to erase Windows traces, recent opened documents, prefetch files, clipboard cache, MRU lists, temp folders, junk files, making PC operation fast and smooth. You can clean Internet traces, like cookies, history and cache of popular web browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Google Chrome. Cleaning of third-parties applications is also supported, is possible to erase WinRAR history, WinZIP history, Java cache, Java logs, Java temporary folders, Media Player Classic history, Borland Delphi history, Microsoft Office history, and many more."
    Start8

    "The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available and has taken the Windows interface to a whole new level. Unfortunately, the preview did not come with a desktop feature that the world makes use of billions times a day, the “Start” menu. Luckily, we have a solution!

    Start8 brings the “Start” menu back to Windows 8. This product is free and is available now! Enter your email address below to receive a download lin"

    System Restore Explorer "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."
    Systeminternals "The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications."
    TestDisk "TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy. "
    TFC "TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OSs). It shows the amount removed for each location found (in bytes) and the total removed (in MB). Before running it will stop Explorer and all other running apps. When finished, if a reboot is required the user must reboot to finish clearing any in-use temp files."
    The Handy Start Menu A cool program that organizes the programs on the start menu into catagories.
    Trinity Rescue Kit Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines.
    Ubuntu

    "Ubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide team of expert developers. It contains all the applications you need: a web browser, office suite, media apps, instant messaging and much more. "

    Ubuntu is an open-source alternative to Windows.

    UBCDWIN UBCD4Win is a bootable "live" CD which contains software that allows you to repair/restore/diagnostic almost any computer problem. All software included in UBCD4Win are freeware utilities for Windows
    Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10
    "Ultimate Windows Tweaker is like a TweakUI for Windows 10. While you may be able to access all these via the Windows 10 Settings app, the Registry Editor or the Group Policy Editor, Ultimate Windows Tweaker makes things easier for you by offering all useful tweaks from its single UI."
    Ultimate Boot CD It allows you to do the following:

     * Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives. More and more PCs are shipped without floppy drives these days, and it is such a royal pain when you need to run diagnostic tools on them.

    * Free yourself from the slow loading speed of the floppy drive. Even if you do have a floppy drive, it is still much much faster to run your diagnostic tools from the CDROM drive, rather than wait for the tool to load from the floppy drive.

    * Consolidate as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD. Wouldn't you like to avoid digging into the dusty box to look for the right floppy disk, but simply run them all from a single CD? Then the Ultimate Boot CD is for you!
     

    Universal USB Installer "Universal USB Installer aka UUI is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click Install. Upon completion, you should have a ready to run bootable USB Flash Drive with your select operating system installed. Other features include; Persistence (if available) – note that casper persistence will only work with fat16 or fat32 formatted drives."
    Virtual PC 2004 Virtual PC 2004 is a tool for installing multiple copies of an operating system on one computer. This program allows you the flexibility to run buggy software, beta software or even software that might contain possible Spyware, Adware and even a virus. The best part of running an OS in Virtual PC is that if an image is infected or isn't working properly, all you have to do is trash it and use a different image. No reinstalling, no data loss and you are back at the races in less time then you can say "Virtual PC 2004."
    Virtual PC 2007 Virtual PC 2007 is a tool for installing multiple copies of an operating system on one computer. This program allows you the flexibility to run buggy software, beta software or even software that might contain possible Spyware, Adware and even a virus. The best part of running an OS in Virtual PC is that if an image is infected or isn't working properly, all you have to do is trash it and use a different image. No reinstalling, no data loss and you are back at the races in less time then you can say "Virtual PC 2007."
    Virtualbox A great open source piece of Virtualization software.
    VMware® vCenter™ Converter
    "VMware® vCenter™ Converter™ transforms your Windows- and Linux-based physical machines and third-party image formats to VMware virtual machines.. "
    VMWare Player

    Run virtual machines on your Windows or Linux PC with VMware Player 2.0. This free desktop virtualization software application makes it easy to operate any virtual machine created by VMware Workstation, VMware Server or VMware ESX Server, as well as Microsoft virtual machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery disks. You can also use Player to evaluate one of the many virtual appliances available from the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace.

    • Run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC
    • Experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles
    • Share data between host computer and virtual machine”
    Visopsys
    "Visopsys (VISual OPerating SYStem) is an alternative operating system for PC-compatible computers, written "from scratch", and developed primarily by a single hobbyist programmer since late 1997."
    Windows Debugging Tools "Use Debugging Tools for Windows to debug drivers, applications, and services on Windows systems. Debugging Tools for Windows includes a core debugging engine and several tools that provide interfaces to the debugging engine. A Visual Studio extension provides a graphical user interface, as does Windows Debugger (WinDbg). Console Debugger (CDB), NT Symbolic Debugger (NTSD), and Kernel Debugger (KD) provide command line user interfaces."
    Windows Installer Cleanup Utility " With Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, you can remove a program's Windows Installer configuration information. You may want to remove the Windows Installer configuration information for your program if you experience installation (Setup) problems. For example, you may have to remove a program's Windows Installer configuration information if you have installation problems when you try to add (or remove) a component of your program that was not included when you first installed your program. "
    WinMetro "WinMetro is specially designed to bring the newly introduced Windows 8 Metro UI to Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. It offers an easy solution for old versions of Windows users to try and enjoy the tile based Metro UI. By displaying useful information such as weather, calendar, news, stocks, and frequently used programs, it turns your desktop into an informative and productive work station. It also offers the option to boot to Metro Start Screen direct"
    Windows Uninstaller "Windows Uninstaller adds “Uninstall” option to the context menu for any shortcut and executable files on your Windows, letting you uninstall a program with just one click. "
    Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool
    "The Windows USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7/8 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 or Windows 8 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD."
    WinUtilities (Free Edition) "WinUtilities (Free Edition) is a multi-functional system performance and optimization suite for Microsoft Windows. This collection of tools lets you supercharge your PC's performance, enhance its security, tweak and optimize its settings, and customize and personalize your screens. Registry Cleaner makes your system more stable by cleaning out the bad Registry entries that build up each time you install and uninstall software. The program's Registry Optimizer defragments and rebuilds your Registry, making your entire system run more smoothly and quickly."
    Wizmo Steve Gibson's handy utility that allows you to write scripts that do a wide variety of things such as reboot a PC at a schedule time, put your computer into hibernation mode or Stand By mode, control you CD / DVD drive, and many other things.
    WizTree "WizTree is a disk space analyzer. It scans your entire hard drive and shows you which files and folders are using the most disk space. It does this VERY QUICKLY. In fact, we believe WizTree to be the fastest application of this type in the world! Use the information WizTree provides to quickly locate and remove "space hogs" from your hard drive. "
    Xboot A grat program that allows you to create one boot media which allows you to boot to programs like Clonezilla, DBAN, Memtest, Ubuntu, etc.
    WX Xtreme Desktop WX Xtreme Desktop is very feature rich, some might say a bit over the top, but if you like the new UI of Windows 8 and would like to have more of it, then this is definitely something you need to try. Give it a try and tell us what you think.
    Yumi
    "Your Universal Multiboot Integrator), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities"
    Zorin OS A version of Ubuntu  with the Windows interface.

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