Essential freeware for Windows


  • Shark Codecs
  • Foobar2000 (Remember Masstag,  SACD, TAK, TTA, Monkey (APE), Free Encoder Pack (includes FLAC)
  • Pot Player (~Superset of MPC-*). Remember to enable Playback/Thumbnail
  • free:ac (Free Audio Converter)
  • Exact Audio Copy / Audiograbber (they have a free old version)
  • CDisplayEx

Productivity / Tools

  • FreeOffice
  • Greenshot (Screen capture)
  • XnView (Personal Only. More thumbnail oriented) / IrfanView (Commercial OK)
  • Notepad++
  • Windows Live Mail
  • Acrobat 8.0 (There’s a giveaway version if you caught it long time ago)

System Utilities

  • 7-zip
  • Filezilla (supports Unicode properly. No multi-part transfer)
    Use BitKinex for free Multi-part transfer, but no Unicode.
    SmartFTP does both brilliantly, but it’s too expensive for occasional use.
  • Agent Ransack
  • WinMerge
  • mRemoteNG
  • Advanced Renamer

TSRs (Resident programs):

  • SoftPerfect RAMDisk Free
  • HostsMan
  • WinCDEmu

Regular user interactions

  • WinSplit Revolution (Last free version: v11.04)
  • ClassicShell (The first thing to install. Gives you back the old start menu)

Specialty Tools

  • Putty (Telnet)
  • pAppLocale (improved appLocale with right-click menu integration)

Specialty Software

  • VirtualBox

Software for test instruments

  • Agilent MDI, Acqiris
  • Agilent Intuilink (Newer 54600), Benchlink XL (Older 54600)
  • Keysight BenchVue, Connection Expert
  • AlzarTech DSO
  • Gage Compuscope

One-use gadgets

  • nLite / ntLite / USSF (detect command line switches in installer packages)
  • EasyBCD
  • Urescue – USB Pen Drive (Corrupt Firmware) Repair

Developer’s Software:

  • HexProbe

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