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Tools for Windows Power Users 2021

This is a comprehensive list of high quality and specialized tools for Windows power users who want to work more efficiently and be more organized. Developers, admins and other professionals who need to service and customize Windows to their needs will find this list particularly useful.

Last updated: 24th July 2021.

Windows And Software Updates

App Installer: sideload .appx or .appxbundle apps on Windows 10 instead of using Windows Store and Windows PowerShell.

AppGet: a Github moderated, open source package manager which focuses on security, automation and ease-of-use.

Boxstarter: repeatable, reboot resilient windows environment installations made easy using Chocolatey packages.

Chocolatey: a machine-level, command-line package manager and installer for Windows software.

Etcher: flash OS images to SD cards & USB drives, safely and easily.

MSYS2: MSYS2 is a collection of tools and libraries providing you with an easy-to-use environment for building, installing and running native Windows software.

Ninite: install and update all your programs at once.

NuGet Package Explorer: this app allows browsing NuGet packages from an online feed and viewing contents of the packages. NuGet is a package management tool in Visual Studio.

Rufus: a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

Scoop: a command-line installer for Windows.

Sumo: keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of your favorite software.

Ultimate Boot CD: a collection of diagnostics and repair tools.

Ventoy: an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files. You don’t need to format the disk over and over, you just need to copy the image files to the USB drive and boot it.

winget: The winget command line tool enables developers to discover, install, upgrade, remove and configure applications on Windows 10 computers. This tool is the client interface to the Windows Package Manager service.

Drivers

Dumo: keeps your PC up-to-date & safe by using the most recent version of required hardware drivers.

Snappy: if you’ve lost your driver discs, you’re unable to find drivers on the manufacturer’s web site or Windows Update can’t configure your hardware, use this tool to quickly find and install all missing drivers.

Uninstallers, Cleaners

Bulk-Crap-Uninstaller: remove large amounts of unwanted applications quickly.

CCleaner: cleans up after apps, removes temporary data, scrubs the registry and much more.

Total Uninstall: Total Uninstall easily removes any program. Accurately analyzes installed programs to completely uninstall them.

Windows Repair Toolbox: a portable program that helps you repair a Windows system, by making the process faster, easier and more consistent.

Terminal Emulators, Remote Access

Babun: Pre-configured Cygwin with a lot of addons. Silent command-line installer, no admin rights required. pact – advanced package manager (like apt-get or yum). xTerm-256 compatible console. HTTP(s) proxying support. Plugin-oriented architecture. Pre-configured git and shell.

Chrome Remote Desktop: Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files.

Bitvise SSH Client: includes terminal emulation, graphical as well as command-line SFTP support, an FTP-to-SFTP bridge, and tunneling features including dynamic port forwarding through integrated proxy.

Cmder: a software package created out of pure frustration over the absence of nice console emulators on Windows. It is based on amazing software, and spiced up with the Monokai color scheme and a custom prompt layout, looking sexy from the start.

ConEmu: aims to be handy, comprehensive, fast and reliable terminal window where you may host any console application developed either for WinAPI (cmd, powershell, far) or Unix PTY (cygwin, msys, wsl bash).

Fluent Terminal: a terminal emulator based on UWP and web technologies.

Oh my Posh: enables you to use the full color set of your terminal by using colors to define and render the prompt.

PuTTY: is an SSH and telnet client.

RustDesk: remote desktop client software, written in Rust. Works out of the box, no configuration required.

Starship: the minimal, blazing-fast, and infinitely customizable prompt for any shell.

UltraVNC: a powerful, easy to use and free remote access software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen.

? Windows Terminal with themes och addons: a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Made by Microsoft.

PowerShell

PowerShell extension for Visual Studio Code: provides rich PowerShell language support for Visual Studio Code. Now you can write and debug PowerShell scripts using the IDE-like interface that Visual Studio Code provides.

PowerShell Gallery: the central repository for sharing and acquiring PowerShell code including PowerShell modules, scripts, and DSC resources.

  • PowerShellGet: PowerShell module with commands for discovering, installing, updating and publishing the PowerShell artifacts like Modules, DSC Resources, Role Capabilities and Scripts.
  • PSReadLine: a bash inspired readline implementation for PowerShell.
  • PSUtil: The PSUtil module is designed to make the user’s console life more convenient. It includes shortcuts, aliases, keybindings and convenience functions geared towards greater efficiency and less typing.

Tweaking, Customizing

7+ Task Tweaker: allows you to configure various aspects of the Windows taskbar. Most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker: use it to judiciously tweak your Windows 10 and personalize your computing experience. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, more stable, personal, and more secure with just a few mouse clicks.

Winaero Tweaker: universal tweaker software which supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

System Utilities

7-Zip: a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

AltDrag: gives you the ability to move and resize windows in a new way. After starting AltDrag, you can simply hold down the Alt key and then click and drag any window.

BabySmash: as babies smash on the keyboard, colored shapes, letters and numbers appear on the screen. Baby Smash will lock out the Windows Key, as well as Ctrl-Esc and Alt-Tab so your baby can’t get out of the application.

BlueLife KeyFreeze: a free application that blocks your keyboard and mouse without “locking” the screen. So your kids can safely watch a cartoon or have a videochat with their grandparents and bang the keyboard as much as they want.

Bulk Rename Utility: allows you to easily rename files and entire folders based upon extremely flexible criteria. Add date/time stamps, replace numbers, insert text, convert case, add auto-numbers, process folders and sub-folders, etc.

HDDExpert: gives you a crystal-clear vision of your Hard Drive (HDD or SSD) health and performance and translates S.M.A.R.T. attributes into readable indication. It then recommends maintenance (fans upgrade, spare purchase, backups and more) depending on the amount of failures detected on your hard drives.

LockHunter: a free tool to delete files blocked by something you do not know.

Path Copy Copy: an add-on for Windows Explorer that adds contextual menu items on all files and folders allowing the user to copy the path(s) in various formats.

Process Hacker: a free, powerful, multi-purpose tool that helps you monitor system resources, debug software and detect malware.

RAMExpert: gives you a crystal-clear vision of your RAM (Random Access Memory) specification. It then recommends upgrade if appropriate.

Registry Explorer: replacement for the Windows built-in Regedit.exe tool.

SpaceSniffer: a freeware and portable tool that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks.

Textify: Have you ever wanted to copy some text from a dialog box which doesn’t provide such functionality? Textify was created to solve this problem

TidyTabs: a tool that brings tabbed browsing to all of your programs. Ever wanted to have Chrome-style tabs in Windows Explorer, Microsoft Office or PuTTY? TidyTabs does just that.

Unlocker: helps delete locked files with error messages including ”cannot delete file,” and ”access is denied.”

? WizTree: makes it very easy to locate and remove ”Space hogs” from your hard drive. The visual tree map displays the sizes of all of your files visually, helping you to quickly locate large files and folders.

Cool New Tools By Microsoft

Packet Monitor: an in-box, cross-component network diagnostics tool for Windows. It can be used for packet capture, packet drop detection, packet filtering and counting.

Windows File Recovery: accidentally deleted an important file? Wiped clean your hard drive? Unsure of what to do with corrupted data? Windows File Recovery can help recover your personal data.

Windows Subsystem for Linux: lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment – including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications – directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dual-boot setup.

Windows Terminal: a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL.

winget: enables developers to discover, install, upgrade, remove and configure applications on Windows 10 computers. This tool is the client interface to the Windows Package Manager service.

Sysinternals

Originally developed by Mark Russinovich, Sysinternals is a collection of highly useful admin tools now supported by Microsoft. Mandatory for all power users.

? Autoruns: shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and when you start various built-in Windows applications like Internet Explorer, Explorer and media players.

BgInfo: automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more.

Process Explorer: shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

Process Monitor: an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity.

PsTools: a collection of tools to handle process but also perform common admin tasks like changing passwords.

SDelete: securely delete existing files as well as securely erase any file data that exists in the unallocated portions of a disk (including files that you have already deleted or encrypted).

TCPView: a program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections.

ZoomIt: a screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations.

NirSoft

NirSoft is the other great collection of admin tools on Windows (the others being SysInternals and PowerToys). These tools are known for being small and single-purpose.

BulletsPassView: a password recovery tool that reveals the passwords stored behind the bullets in the standard password text-box of Windows operating system and Internet Explorer Web browser.

DNSDataView: a GUI alternative to the NSLookup tool that comes with Windows operating system. It allows you to easily retrieve the DNS records (MX, NS, A, SOA) of the specified domains.

DomainHostingView: collects extensive information about a domain by using a series of DNS and WHOIS queries, and generates HTML report that can be displayed in any Web browser.

ShellExView: displays the details of shell extensions installed on your computer, and allows you to easily disable and enable each shell extension.

WhoisThisDomain: is a domain registration lookup utility allows you to easily get information about a registered domain. It automatically connects to the right WHOIS server, according to the top-level domain name, and retrieve the WHOIS record of the domain.

WirelessKeyView: recovers all wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer by.

PowerToys

Microsoft has shipped PowerToys for the last few versions of Windows as a way to add productivity and admin tools separate from base Windows installations. PowerToys have now become a beloved addition to many power users toolboxes.

FancyZones: a window manager utility for arranging and snapping windows into efficient layouts to improve the speed of your workflow and restore layouts quickly.

Keyboard Manager: enables you to redefine keys on your keyboard. For example, you can exchange the letter A for the letter D on your keyboard. When you select the A key, a D will display.

PowerRename: a bulk renaming tool that enables you to modify the file names of a large number of files, including performing a search and replace on a targeted section of file names.

PowerToys Run: a quick launcher for power users that contains some additional features without sacrificing performance. It is open source and modular for additional plugins.

Windows key shortcut guide: press and hold the Windows ⊞ key for about 1 second, an overlay will appear showing keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows ⊞ key.

File Managers

Altap Salamander: a fast and reliable two-panel file manager for Windows. It has an intuitive interface, offers viewers for all popular file formats as well as support for common archives, and has built-in FTP and SFTP clients.

Directory Opus: are you frustrated by the limitations of Windows Explorer? Directory Opus is a complete replacement for Explorer, with far more power and functionality.

Midnight Commander for Windows: a free cross-platform orthodox file manager and a clone of Norton Commander.

One Commander: dual-pane file manager.

Q-Dir: makes your files and folders easy to manage, either installed or as a Portable Windows program as an alternative Freeware to Microsoft’s File Explorer.

TotalCommander is a shareware file manager for Windows.

xplorer²: a desktop file manager combining the simplicity of windows explorer with the speed and efficiency of traditional dual pane orthodox file managers, helping you be productive with your documents, pictures, music, source code and other files.

XYplorer: features tabbed browsing, a powerful file search, a versatile preview, a highly customizable interface, optional dual pane, and a large array of unique ways to efficiently automate frequently recurring tasks.

Browsers

Firefox or Firefox Developer: there just isn’t a browser that’s more safe, customizable and privacy-oriented.

Firefox addons:

  • Auto Tab Discard: increase browser speed and reduce memory load and when you have numerous open tabs.
  • Bitwarden: a secure and free password manager for all of your devices.
  • Container Tabs Sidebar: show tabs in a sidebar grouped by privacy containers.
  • Decentraleyes: protects you against tracking through ”free”, centralized, content delivery. It prevents a lot of requests from reaching networks like Google Hosted Libraries, and serves local files to keep sites from breaking. Complements regular content blockers.
  • Facebook Container: prevent Facebook from tracking you around the web. The Facebook Container extension for Firefox helps you take control and isolate your web activity from Facebook.
  • Firefox Multi-Account Containers: prevent Facebook from tracking you around the web. The Facebook Container extension for Firefox helps you take control and isolate your web activity from Facebook.
  • Foxy Gestures: mouse gestures for Firefox. A web extension alternative to FireGestures created by a long time FireGestures user.
  • FoxyProxy Standard: an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox’s limited proxying capabilities.
  • Gesturefy: navigate, operate, and browse faster with mouse gestures. A customizable mouse gesture add-on with a variety of different commands.
  • Ghostery: a powerful privacy extension. Block ads, stop trackers and speed up websites.
  • Highlight or Hide Search Engine Results: filter your search engine results. Block unwanted results and highlight the favorite ones. It works with Duckduckgo, Qwant, Google, Yahoo, Bing, Startpage, Ecosia, Yandex, OneSearch and Baidu.
  • HTTPS Everywhere: this extension protects your communications by enabling HTTPS encryption automatically on sites that are known to support it, even when you type URLs or follow links that omit the https: prefix.
  • Image Search Options: a customizable reverse image search tool that conveniently presents a variety of top image search engines.
  • Intention: automatically pause distracting websites so you can scroll less and do more. Say goodbye to mindless browsing.
  • LanguageTool: check text with the free style and grammar checker LanguageTool. It finds many errors that a simple spell checker cannot detect.
  • NoScript Security Suite: allow potentially malicious web content to run only from sites you trust. Protect yourself against XSS other web security exploits.
  • OneTab: Convert tabs to a list and reduce browser memory.
  • Privacy Badger: automatically learns to block invisible trackers.
  • Private Bookmarks: enables a password-protected bookmark folder.
  • Sidebery: tabs tree and bookmarks in sidebar with advanced containers configuration.
  • Simple Tab Groups: create, modify, and quickly change tab groups.
  • SingleFile: save an entire web page—including images and styling—as a single HTML file.
  • Tampermonkey: tampermonkey is the world’s most popular userscript manager.
  • Temporary Containers: Open tabs, websites, and links in automatically managed disposable containers. Containers isolate data websites store (cookies, storage, and more) from each other, enhancing your privacy and security while you browse.
  • To Google Translate: right-click on a section of text and click on Translate icon next to it to translate or listen it to your language.
  • Tree Style Tab: show tabs like a tree.
  • ? uBlock Origin: finally, an efficient wide-spectrum content blocker. Easy on CPU and memory.
  • Web Developer: adds various web developer tools to the browser.

Text Editors, IDEs

IntelliJ IDEA, PhpStorm, WebStorm, PyCharm: all best-in-class IDEs made by JetBrains.

Notepad++: the lightweight and fast text editor for Windows.

Sublime Text: a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.

Visual Studio: Microsoft’s IDE is unbeatable when working with their stack.

Visual Studio Code – lands somewhere between Notepad++ and an IDE – with addons:

  • CodeSnap: take beautiful screenshots of your code.
  • Code Spell Checker: spelling checker for source code.
  • GitLens: visualize code authorship at a glance via Git blame annotations and code lens, seamlessly navigate and explore Git repositories, gain valuable insights via powerful comparison commands, and more.
  • HTML Snippets: full HTML tags including HTML5 Snippets.
  • JavaScript (ES6) code snippets: code snippets for JavaScript in ES6 syntax.
  • json: adds JSON support to VSC such as an outline and syntax highlighting.
  • JSON Tools: you can pretty/minify JSON with this extension.
  • Live Server: launch a development local Server with live reload feature for static & dynamic pages.
  • Markdown All in One: all you need to write Markdown (keyboard shortcuts, table of contents, auto preview and more).
  • Markdown Preview Enhanced: provides you with many useful functionalities such as automatic scroll sync, math typesetting, mermaid, PlantUML, pandoc, PDF export, code chunk, presentation writer, etc.
  • REST Client: REST Client allows you to send HTTP request and view the response in Visual Studio Code directly.
  • Path Intellisense: plugin that autocompletes filenames.
  • Settings Sync: synchronize Settings, Snippets, Themes, File Icons, Launch, Keybindings, Workspaces and Extensions Across Multiple Machines Using GitHub Gist.
  • Versions Lens: shows the latest version for each package using code lens.
  • XML Tools: XML formatting, XQuery, and XPath tools for Visual Studio Code.

Developer Tools

Curl: used in command lines or scripts to transfer data.

Devbook: a search engine for developers that helps them to find the resources they need and answer their questions faster.

EurKEY: based on the American keyboard layout, EurKEY makes it easy for Europeans, coders and translators to type common characters such as :// in http://, [] and {} in source code, or slashes (/) and backslashes (\) in a Unix shell.

Fiddler: inspect HTTP/HTTPS traffic to and from browsers and desktop apps. The Traffic Inspector allows you to dive into the details of any specific network request.

HttpMaster: universal HTTP Testing Tool.

Insomnia: Start building, designing, testing better APIs through spec-first development driven by an APIOps CI/CD pipelines.

Markdown Monster: a powerful, yet easy to use Markdown editor and viewer with syntax highlighting and sophisticated and fast edit features.

Nightingale: a modern, resource-friendly REST client for Windows 10.

Pocket Server: a repository of open source applications right in your local machine. No docker? No problem. Available on Windows 10.

Prepros: compiles your files, transpiles your JavaScript, reloads your browsers and makes it really easy to develop & test your websites so you can focus on making them perfect.

RegexBuddy: your perfect companion for working with regular expressions. Easily create regular expressions that match exactly what you want. Clearly understand complex regexes written by others.

Windows Debugger (WinDbg): can be used to debug kernel-mode and user-mode code, analyze crash dumps, and examine the CPU registers while the code executes.

Git Clients

Fork: a fast and friendly git client for Windows.

Git Extensions: a standalone UI tool for managing Git repositories.

GitHub Desktop: whether you’re new to Git or a seasoned user, GitHub Desktop simplifies your development workflow.

Sourcetree: simplifies how you interact with your Git repositories so you can focus on coding. Visualize and manage your repositories through Sourcetree’s simple Git GUI.

SmartGit: a graphical Git client with support for GitHub, Bitbucket and GitLab.

Sublime Merge: With a zippy cross-platform GUI toolkit, an unmatched syntax highlighting engine, and a custom high-performance Git reading library, Sublime Merge sets the bar for performance.

TortoiseGit: a Windows Shell Interface to Git and based on TortoiseSVN. ortoiseGit supports you by regular tasks, such as committing, showing logs, diffing two versions, creating branches and tags, creating patches and so on.

SQL

DBeaver: multi-platform database tool for developers, database administrators, analysts and all people who need to work with databases. Supports all popular databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, Sybase, MS Access, Teradata, Firebird, Apache Hive, Phoenix, Presto, etc.

DbGate: a modern, fast and easy to use database manager.

HeidiSQL: lets you see and edit data and structures from computers running one of the database systems MariaDB, MySQL, Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite.

Game Development

Game Engines

Cry Engine: a powerful game development platform for you and your team to create world-class entertainment experiences.

Defold: a game engine for web and mobile.

GDevelop: an open-source, cross-platform game engine designed for everyone – it’s extensible, fast and easy to learn.

Godot: free and open source 2D and 3D game engine.

Lumberyard: a game engine with no royalties or seat fees, frictionless integration with Twitch and AWS, plus much more on the horizon.

Stencyl: Publish iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux & HTML5 games without code.

Twine: an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.

Unity: Build 2D, 3D and VR games and apps at speed. From artist tools to live-ops – everything you need to bring your vision to life today.

Unreal Engine: an open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool. Continuously evolving to serve not only its original purpose as a state-of-the-art game engine, today it gives creators across industries the freedom and control to deliver cutting-edge content, interactive experiences, and immersive virtual worlds.

Graphics

Blender: the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.

MagicaVoxel: a free lightweight GPU-based voxel art editor and interactive path tracing renderer.

Piskel: a free editor for animated sprites & pixel art.

Tiled: a free and open source, easy to use, and flexible level editor.

Automation, Testing

? AutoHotKey: a free, open-source scripting language for Windows that allows users to easily create small to complex scripts for all kinds of tasks such as: form fillers, auto-clicking, macros, etc.

AutoIt: a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks in a way not possible or reliable with other languages.

Cypress: fast, easy and reliable testing for anything that runs in a browser.

espanso: A privacy-first, Cross-platform text expander.

GestureSign: a gesture recognition software for Windows. You can automate repetitive tasks by simply drawing a gesture with your fingers, pen or mouse.

PhraseExpress: a text expander software, that manages frequently used text templates for insertion into any program.

Playwright: a Node.js library to automate Chromium, Firefox and WebKit with a single API. Playwright is built to enable cross-browser web automation that is ever-green, capable, reliable and fast.

Puppeteer: Puppeteer is a Node library which provides a high-level API to control Chrome or Chromium over the DevTools Protocol. Puppeteer runs headless by default, but can be configured to run full (non-headless) Chrome or Chromium.

Selenium: primarily it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should) also be automated as well.

SikuliX: automate what you see on a computer monitor.

StrokesPlus.net: a completely free mouse gesture recognition utility for Windows which allows you to create powerful mouse gestures that save you time.

TextExpander: Work faster and smarter by using powerful shortcuts and abbreviations to streamline and speed up everything you type. Create powerful snippets to save you time so that all you type is a short abbreviation, and TextExpander does the rest of the typing for you.

UiPath Studio: an advanced automation software that gives everyone, from business users to advanced RPA developers, the right automation canvas to build great software robots—and organizations the right governance tools to manage them all.

WinAppDriver: a service to support Selenium-like UI Test Automation on Windows Applications. This service supports testing Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Windows Forms (WinForms), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and Classic Windows (Win32) apps on Windows 10 PCs.

X-Mouse Button Control: a free tool for Windows that allows you to re-configure and expand the capabilities of your mouse.

Office Work, Document/PDF Management

Okular: multi-platform, fast and packed with features, Allows you to read PDF documents, comics and EPub books, browse images, visualize Markdown documents, and much more.

PDFill PDF Tools: functions to merge, split, reorder, delete, encrypt, decrypt, rotate, crop and reformat PDF pages, to add information, header, footer and watermark, to convert images to PDF, PDF to images or PostScript to PDF, to delete, flatten and list form fields, to scan to pdf, to create transparent image, and more.

Sumatra PDF: is a PDF, ePub, MOBI, CHM, XPS, DjVu, CBZ, CBR reader for Windows.

Trelby: Trelby is simple, fast and elegantly laid out to make screenwriting simple. It is infinitely configurable.

Productivity

Alt-Tab Terminator: an elegant and powerful task management utility. It replaces the default Alt-Tab dialog with a nice box that shows a list of all running tasks, with their names and preview snapshots, and enables the user to search through the list and navigate using the mouse and keyboard.

f.lux: f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

hunt-n-peck: it works the same as screen readers or accessibility programs but with the goal of making any Windows program faster to use.

RescueTime: tools and courses to help people become more focused, productive, and motivated.

SharpKeys: an utility to remap one key to any other key. Included in the application is a list of common keyboard keys and a Type Key feature to automatically recognize most keyboard keys.

slimKEYS: a free Windows application monitoring hotkeys of your choice to perform tasks, such as launching applications, searching on the web, moving and resizing windows, and much more.

Easy Window Switcher: forget having to alt+tab between a million-and-one different open windows to find the one you are looking for, with Easy Window Switcher, tabbing between windows of the same program is only a alt+´away!

Switcheroo: instead of alt-tabbing through a (long) list of open windows, Switcheroo allows you to quickly switch to any window by typing in just a few characters of its title.

Synergy: control your computers with one mouse and keyboard.

TimeSnapper: records your screen as you work, all day, every day. It remembers everything you do, for you alone.

TouchCursor: lets you use the home keys as cursor keys – in all Windows programs – keeping your fingers in the best position for fast typing. It’s free and open-source.

WinCompose: a compose key for Windows. It allows to easily write special characters such as é ž à ō û ø ☺ ¤ ∅ « ♯ ⸘ Ⓚ ㊷ ♪ ♬ using short and often very intuitive key combinations. For instance, ö is obtained using o + “, and ♥ is obtained using < + 3.

WinProductive: keep track of time spent in each Window/App.

File Sharing, File Transfering

qBittorrent: aims to provide an open-source software alternative to µTorrent.

WinSCP: copy file between a local computer and remote servers using FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 file transfer protocols.

Backup And Rescue

DeltaCopy: an open source, fast incremental backup program based on Rsync.

Duplicati: free backup software to store encrypted backups online.

FastCopy: a fast copy/backup Software.

FreeFileSync: a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files.

ImgBurn: a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit.

Rclone: a command line program to manage files on cloud storage. It is a feature rich alternative to cloud vendors’ web storage interfaces.

Rescue Kit Free: recover lost data even when operating system crashes and fails to start.

robocopy and robocopy GUI: copies file data from one location to another.

Syncthing: a continuous file synchronization program. It synchronizes files between two or more computers in real time, safely protected from prying eyes.

TeraCopy: copy your files faster and more securely.

Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition: a free backup software to protect virtual, physical and cloud workloads.

File and Text Search, Log Management

Agent Ransack: a free file search tool for finding files on your PC or network drives.

AllDup: free up your computer from duplicate files.

AstroGrep: a grep utility for Windows. AstroGrep supports regular expressions, versatile printing options, stores most recently used paths and has a ”context” feature which is very nice for looking at source code.

Czkawka: a simple, fast and free app to remove unnecessary files from your computer.

dnGrep: allows you to search across files with easy-to-read results. Search through text files, Word and Excel documents, PDFs, and archives using text, regular expression, XPath, and phonetic queries. dnGrep includes search-and-replace, whole-file preview, right-click search in File Explorer, and much more.

DocFetcher: an open source desktop search application: It allows you to search the contents of files on your computer. You can think of it as Google for your local files.

? Everything: locate files and folders by name instantly.

FileSeek: an easy-to-use file search app that includes advanced functionality for power users! Search through files using simple queries or regular expressions. You can even sync your search settings between computers.

grepWin: a simple search and replace tool which can use regular expressions to do its job. This allows to do much more powerful searches and replaces.

LogViewPlus: a powerful log file viewer with tons of features.

ripgrep: a line-oriented search tool that recursively searches your current directory for a regex pattern. By default, ripgrep will respect your .gitignore and automatically skip hidden files/directories and binary files.

WizFile: an extremely fast file finder.

X1 Search: provides you the fastest, simplest way to find and work with the exact information you need and thought you’d never find again.

Text Manipulation, Diff

Beyond Compare: compare files and folders using simple, powerful commands that focus on the differences you’re interested in and ignore those you’re not. Merge changes, synchronize files, and generate reports.

HashTab: calculate and display hash values from over two dozen popular hashing algorithms like MD5, SHA1, SHA2, RipeMD, HAVAL and Whirlpool.

Helix P4Merge and Diff Tool: visual diff & code merge tool for designers and developers alike.

NimbleText: a text manipulation and code generation tool. NimbleText removes the hard work from repetitive writing and repetitive editing.

PureText: a tiny tray utility that removes all text formatting from your clipboard and optionally pastes the resulting pure text to the active window with a single hotkey.

TortoiseDiff: a diff tool for images.

WinMerge: an open source differencing and merging tool. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle.

Clipboard Managers

ClipClip: makes it possible to copy multiple texts, images or files to your clipboard. You can then browse or search through these Latest Clips, or convert them to Saved Clips so you can assign a title and organize them into folders to use later on.

Ditto: an extension to the standard windows clipboard. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, custom formats, etc.

Desktop Management, Virtual Desktops

AquaSnap: a tiling window manager for Windows.

Сhameleon Window Manager: a window manager that allows you to customize the behavior of all windows and add buttons with additional functions to the title bars.

Dexpot: create virtual desktops for Windows.

Fences: automatically organize your desktop shortcuts icons and running tasks.

Open-Shell: Classic style Start Menu for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10.

Sizer: an utility used to accurately resize and reposition windows.

TaskbarX: gives you control over the position of your taskbar icons.

Twinkle Tray: Twinkle Tray lets you easily manage the brightness levels of multiple monitors.

UltraMon: a utility for multi-monitor systems, designed to increase productivity and unlock the full potential of multiple monitors.

Application Launchers

Executor: a free multi purpose customizable launcher for Windows.

Launchy: a free cross-platform utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.

Listary: a search utility for Windows that makes finding your files and launching applications fast, for casual and power users alike.

SlickRun: a free floating command line utility for Windows. SlickRun gives you almost instant access to any program or website.

Quick Access Popup: lets you move like a breeze between your frequently used folders, documents, applications, webpages etc.

ueli: a programmable keystroke launcher with plugin support.

Networking

DNS Benchmark: a unique, comprehensive, accurate and free utility to determine the exact performance of local and remote DNS nameservers.

HostsMan: let’s you manage your hosts file with ease.

Tcpdump: a powerful command-line packet analyzer; and libpcap, a portable C/C++ library for network traffic capture.

Wireshark: the world’s foremost and widely-used network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what’s happening on your network at a microscopic level.

GNU, Linux

Cygwin: is a large collection of GNU and Open Source tools which provide functionality similar to a Linux distribution on Windows.

GnuWin: provides ports of tools with a GNU or similar open source license, to modern MS-Windows (Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7).

Gow (Gnu On Windows): is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient Windows installer that installs about 130 extremely useful open source UNIX applications compiled as native win32 binaries. It is designed to be as small as possible, about 10 MB, as opposed to Cygwin which can run well over 100 MB depending upon options.

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL): lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment — including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications — directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dual-boot setup.

Passwords

1Password: a easy way to store and use strong passwords. Log in to sites and fill forms securely with a single click.

? Bitwarden: a easy and safe way for teams and individuals to store and share sensitive data from any device.

Hash Suite: a Windows program to test security of password hashes.

Passbolt: the password manager your team was waiting for. Free, open source, self-hosted, extensible, OpenPGP based.

Security, Privacy

Active@ Disk Editor: a freeware advanced tool for viewing & editing raw data (sectors) on Physical Disks including Volumes, Partitions & Files.

Aircrack-ng: a complete suite of tools to assess WiFi network security.

Autopsy: a digital forensics platform and graphical interface to The Sleuth Kit and other digital forensics tools. It is used by law enforcement, military, and corporate examiners to investigate what happened on a computer.

BrowsingHistoryView: a utility that reads the history data of different Web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera) and displays the browsing history of all these Web browsers in one table.

Cryptomator: encrypts your data quickly and easily. Afterwards you upload them protected to your favorite cloud service.

Dumpzilla: extracts all forensic interesting information from Firefox, Iceweasel and Seamonkey browsers to be analyzed.

Eric Zimmerman’s tools: a collection of digital forensics tools.

ESEDatabaseView: a simple utility that reads and displays the data stored inside Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) database (Also known as ’Jet Blue’ or .edb file).

ExifTool: a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files. ExifTool supports many different metadata formats.

Forensic Investigator: is designed to be a Splunk toolkit for the first responder. Most tools do not need Internet access with the exception of a couple which use API calls.

Forensic Toolkit: zero in on relevant evidence quickly, conduct faster searches and dramatically increase analysis speed with FTK, the purpose-built solution that interoperates with mobile device and e-discovery technology.

Hex Editor Neo: is the fastest large files optimized binary file editor for Windows. It’s distributed under ”Freemium” model and provides you with all basic editing features for free.

HxD: a carefully designed and fast hex editor which, additionally to raw disk editing and modifying of main memory (RAM), handles files of any size.

InSpectre: easily examine and understand any Windows system’s hardware and software capability to prevent Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

Kismet: a wireless network and device detector, sniffer, wardriving tool, and WIDS (wireless intrusion detection) framework.

Live RAM Capturer: a tiny free forensic tool that allows to reliably extract the entire contents of computer’s volatile memory—even if protected by an active anti-debugging or anti-dumping system.

Log Parser: a powerful, versatile tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows® operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory.

MAGNET Encrypted Disk Detector: a command-line tool that can quickly and non-intrusively check for encrypted volumes on a computer system during incident response.

MAGNET RAM Capture: a free imaging tool designed to capture the physical memory of a suspect’s computer, allowing investigators to recover and analyze valuable artifacts that are often only found in memory.

Malwarebytes: antivurs and anti-malmare software.

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit: removes and repairs the latest rootkits and the damage they cause.

Memoryze: free memory forensic software that helps incident responders find evil in live memory. Memoryze can acquire and/or analyze memory images and on live systems can include the paging file in its analysis.

Metasploit: The world’s most used penetration testing framework.

MScan: Lightning-fast bulk checks against VirusTotal and Cymru MHR.

NetworkMiner: an open source Network Forensic Analysis Tool (NFAT) that can be used as a passive network sniffer/packet capturing tool in order to detect operating systems, sessions, hostnames, open ports etc. without putting any traffic on the network.

NFI Defraser: a forensic analysis application that can be used to detect full and partial multimedia files in datastreams. It is typically used to find (and restore) complete or partial video files in datastreams (for instance, unallocated diskspace).

Nmap: a free and open source (license) utility for network discovery and security auditing. Many systems and network administrators also find it useful for tasks such as network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime.

Ophcrack: a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. It is a very efficient implementation of rainbow tables done by the inventors of the method. It comes with a Graphical User Interface and runs on multiple platforms.

? O&O ShutUp10: using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.

Picocrypt: a very small, very simple, yet very secure file encryption tool. It uses the modern ChaCha20-Poly1305 cipher suite as well as Argon2, making it about as secure and modern of an encryption tool as you’ll ever get your hands on.

Redline: free endpoint security tool, provides host investigative capabilities to users to find signs of malicious activity through memory and file analysis and the development of a threat assessment profile.

Tor Browser: defend yourself against tracking and surveillance. Circumvent censorship.

VeraCrypt: a free open source disk encryption software. Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk. Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive. Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication).

Windows Sandbox: Windows Sandbox is a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safely running applications in isolation.

Video

Camtasia: makes it simple to record and create professional-looking videos on Windows and Mac.

OBS Studio: free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.

Screenpresso: captures your desktop (screenshots and HD videos) for your training documents, collaborative design work, IT bug reports, and more.

VideoLAN: a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

ZoomIt: a screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations.

Audio

Ardour: a professional digital workstation for working with audio and MIDI.

EarTrumpet: a powerful volume control app for Windows giving each program its own audio controls.

foobar2000: an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform.

LMMS: a sound generation system, synthesizer, beat/bassline editor and MIDI control system that can power an entire home music studio. With LMMS, sounds and tones can be generated, played, and artfully arranged to create entire tracks with ease.

Graphics, Photos

digiKam: an advanced open-source digital photo management application. The application provides a comprehensive set of tools for importing, managing, editing, and sharing photos and raw files.

Inkscape: a free and open source vector graphics editor. It offers a rich set of features and is widely used for both artistic and technical illustrations such as cartoons, clip art, logos, typography, diagramming and flowcharting.

? IrfanView with plugins: a fast, compact and innovative freeware (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer.

Krita: a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.

LICEcap: can capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF (for viewing in web browsers, etc) or .LCF.

ScreenToGif: screen, webcam and sketchboard recorder with an integrated editor.

Screenshots

Greenshot: being easy to understand and configurable, Greenshot is an efficient tool for project managers, software developers, technical writers, testers and anyone else creating screenshots.

Lightshot: do you want to take screenshots outside of your browser? Choose the most functional Lightshot download option in order to get this opportunity. This application allows you to take screenshots directly from your desktop.

ShareX: screen capture, file sharing and productivity tool. Tons of tools and features.

Snagit: lets you quickly capture your screen, add additional context, and easily share with coworkers.

Windows’ Steps Recorder (PSR): a combination keylogger, screen capture, and annotation tool for Windows by Microsoft. It’s used to quickly and easily document actions made on a computer for troubleshooting purposes.

User Experience Design

IxEdit: a JavaScript-based interaction design tool for the web. With IxEdit, designers can practice DOM-scripting without coding to change, add, move, or transform elements dynamically on your web pages. Especially, IxEdit must be useful to try various interactions rapidly in the prototyping phase of your web application.

Pencil: is built for the purpose of providing a free and open-source GUI prototyping tool that people can easily install and use to create mockups in popular desktop platforms.

WireframeSketcher: a wireframing tool that helps designers, developers and product managers quickly create wireframes, mockups and prototypes for desktop, web and mobile applications. It’s a desktop app and a plug-in for any Eclipse IDE.

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