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Tutorial Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows XP, 7, 8,10 Programs to Have On Hand

Discussion in 'Windows Applications (Freeware only)' started by what7, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. 10. Speccy
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    Maybe you've forgotten what kind of RAM you bought, or want a quick glance at your CPU's temperature. Please or Register to view links scans your machine and gives you a Please or Register to view links, from model numbers to temperatures, fan speeds, S.M.A.R.T. status, and...well, pretty much anything else you can think of. It's also available in portable form, so you don't have to install anything—just stick it in a folder for when you really need it. For an alternative, Please or Register to view links.

    9. Ultimate Windows Tweaker
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    When you first install Windows, you probably get everything set up just the way you like it, including all your favorite little Registry hacks and unsupported tweaks. You might even discover new ones later and try them out. Apps like Please or Register to view links make this a lot easier, and they're useful to keep around later if you start incorporating new things into your workflow. Its Please or Register to view links, allowing you to tweak the tiniest features in the taskbar, Windows Explorer, the lock screen, and anything else you could imagine. Download it once and keep it forever (and as always, back up before you start tweaking your system).

    8. Stress Testing Utilities
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    Please or Register to view links are probably very familiar with stress testing utilities like Please or Register to view links, Please or Register to view links, and Please or Register to view links. If you've overclocked your CPU, you should definitely keep these around, but they can be useful for non-overclockers too. When your processor is having issues, it can be difficult to diagnose. If some of your apps are crashing, a stress test like Prime95 can help you figure out whether your CPU is the problem (or whether it's something else). Many folks also recommend giving a new computer a stress test to make sure there aren't any problems. Most of these are also portable, so you can throw them in a folder and start them up when you need them.

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    7. MalwareBytes, VirusTotal, and AdwCleaner
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    We put these in the same category since they all protect you from unwanted programs, but they're each useful in their own right. You probably have Please or Register to view links running all the time, but no antivirus program catches everything—so it's useful to have a secondary program to check once in awhile. Please or Register to view links is great because it Please or Register to view links, which means it won't conflict with your always-running antivirus tool. The Please or Register to view links, on the other hand, lets you scan any individual file with over 50 antivirus tools at once, so it's great if you've downloaded something you think might be fishy. Lastly, if you've accidentally installed an annoying toolbar on your system that just won't go away, Please or Register to view links will Please or Register to view links.

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    6. Magical Jelly Bean KeyFinder
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    Ever had to reinstall a program, but couldn't find your product key? Please or Register to view links will Please or Register to view links, and—if they have a product key—show them to you, so you can write it down and use it the next time you reinstall. Note: this one contains some toolbars and such upon installation, so be sure to use the custom installation to avoid the crapware.

    5. Process Explorer
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    The Windows Task Manager can show you a lot of information about what programs are running, and usually it does what you need it to. But on the rare occasions you need more information—like if you're trying to figure out Please or Register to view links—you need Please or Register to view links. Process Explorer is Please or Register to view links out there, offering information on what files are currently in use, what hardware, and what each program is doing. If the regular Task Manager isn't giving you the info you need, Process Explorer will.

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    4. UNetbootin and YUMI
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    Even if you're a diehard Windows user, Linux can be Please or Register to view links—especially for troubleshooting. Traditionally, Linux distros and other troubleshooting tools come in the form of live CDs, but if you don't have a CD drive, Please or Register to view links is a seriously handy tool. It can turn nearly any ISO into a bootable flash drive. Even better is Please or Register to view links, which lets you put multiple live CDs on one flash drive—meaning you can combine all your favorite Please or Register to view links, Linux distros, and other tools and put them in your pocket.

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    3. Wireless Network Watcher (and Other Network Tools)
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    Need to see a list of all the computers on your network, along with IP addresses, MAC addresses, and other information? Whether you're Please or Register to view links or Please or Register to view links, Please or Register to view links is a handy tool to have around. Despite its name, it works over wired networks, too. Of course, we also recommend checking out all of Please or Register to view links—which one you use depends on what you're trying to troubleshoot, but they're all pretty awesome.

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    2. WinDirStat
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    We all reach that fateful day at some point: when your computer tells you its running out of space. Not sure where it's all going? Please or Register to view links Please or Register to view links. It scans all of your disks and shows you the biggest folders, which file types are taking up space, and more. If you've tried the usual things (like Disk Cleanup) and are still coming up short, WinDirStat is the next step in the disk cleaning process.

    1. Sandboxie
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    Let's admit it: sometimes, even though we know it's wrong, we all open the occasional sketchy program or file. We're not judging, but if you're going to do it, at least use protection. Enter Please or Register to view links, which lets you Please or Register to view links. That way they can't infect, access, or otherwise interfere with your Windows installation. It's also great for testing apps you aren't sure of or running multiple instances of an app that won't let you, so it's fun for the whole family.
     
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  2. ravage

    ravage Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Beautiful!
    Just want to ask, are they all freewares?
     
  3. neo anderson

    neo anderson Addict Established

    Salute to you boss these wârêz must have.
     
  4. Salamat sa share boss ;)
     
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