What are some of your favorite programs and utilities?


Revo Uninstaller
EaseUS Partition Manager
Macrium Reflect
Crystal Disk Info
Dashcam Viewer
Photofiltre
Irfanview 64
Inpaint
Eset Internet Security
Adobe Acrobat
Teamviewer
WinRAR
Calibre 64bit
SnagIt
Fences
VLC
Frigate 3
PowerISO
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home Version 23H2 OS Build 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Centre Com Karuza Taurus Core i5 12400F RTX 4060 Ti Gaming PC
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-12400F 2.5GHZ 18M LGA1700 Processor
    Motherboard
    MSI B660M-A PRO WIFI DDR4 DDR4 LGA1700 mATX
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance RGB RS 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz C16 RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4060 Ti EAGLE 8G Graphics Card
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" Benq GW2760
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston SNV2S/1000G NV2 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 2280 SSD
    PSU
    Corsair RM750e 80+ Gold 750W Power Supply
    Case
    Cooler Master MasterBox MB320L MATX Case
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Spectrum V3 CPU Cooler - Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Halo ARGB 120mm Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213
    Mouse
    Steelseries Sensei Ten
    Internet Speed
    Download Mbps 933.65 Upload Mbps 47.44
    Browser
    Firefox 123.0 (64-bit)
    Antivirus
    Eset Internet Security v16.2.15.0
    Other Info
    Canon iX6860 Inkjet Printer
    Brother MFC-L2880DW Laser Printer
    NetComm NF18ACV Modem
    Logitech 5.1 Speakers
photoshop, 7-zip, mariadb, Ms Office 2021 LTSC, Macrium free, vlc, sky go, firefox, filezilla, command prompt (yes I use a lot) . heidisql, apache web server (easier to use than ITS), Putty.

cheers
jimbo
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP,7,10,11 Linux Arch Linux
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    2 X Intel i7
It might be a good idea if people explained what these utilities do.
We have seen these types of posts many times and they always degenerate into a endless random list of people's personal preferences.

Worse you get lots of repetition.

Unless somebody kept a master list of all utilities and some description as you say, then replying to the post quickly becomes pointless as it does not really fulfill the OP's intent.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro + others in VHDs
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS Vivobook 14
    CPU
    I7
    Motherboard
    Yep, Laptop has one.
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel Iris XE
    Sound Card
    Realtek built in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    N/A
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
    PSU
    Yep, got one
    Case
    Yep, got one
    Cooling
    Stella Artois
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Bluetooth , wired
    Internet Speed
    72 Mb/s :-(
    Browser
    Edge mostly
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    TPM 2.0
Don't see PatchMyPC listed...

The picture says all.. only free, and clean software. Install and keep them updated

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I3 10100
    Motherboard
    ASUS B460M
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4 Crucial
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel on chip
    Sound Card
    Realtek onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24, LG 24
    Screen Resolution
    Full HD x 2
    Hard Drives
    kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe 500 GB
    PSU
    LC Power 650W
    Case
    Noname
    Cooling
    Air 2x 120mm
    Keyboard
    Cherry G-81
    Mouse
    Logitech M500
    Internet Speed
    100/20
    Browser
    Firefox, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS/Vivobook Flip 14
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 4700u
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Vega
    Sound Card
    Realtek onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14"
    Screen Resolution
    FullHD
    Hard Drives
    512 Samsung NVMe PCIe
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Mouse
    Touchpad, Touchscreen
    Internet Speed
    100/20
    Browser
    Firefox, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
Been using Quicken for well over 20 years now....
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro (Insider Beta channel)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer AN515-54
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9300H CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.40 GHz
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, Intel UHD 630
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer CB272D
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB and 1T SSD
    Keyboard
    Logitech K375S
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    250MB
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro (Insider Canary Channel, unsupported)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell E6430
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3540M CPU @ 3.00GHz 3.00 GHz (non-compliant)
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA NVS 5200M
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
One of my favorite (online) ultilities, among all the normal ones, is...


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It main offering is that it will convert almost any video to a GIF.
But I discovered a teeny, unintended ability.

If you have a broken GIF... like it won't open in whatever GIF editor you have.
You can upload it to ezgif and convert it to mp4, then convert it back to GIF... to fix it.


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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3155 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724
For all my video editing needs: FFmpeg

It's arcane command line stuff but it's used by a lot of professionals. There is nothing more powerful, once you get to grips with it.
You wouldn't believe just how many video editor GUI's have it as their processing engine, there's a long list here:


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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta, Dev and Canary, all as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, and the Insider Canary build as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Win11 Pro Insider Beta, Dev and Canary, all as native boot vhdx.


    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.
• EaseUS Todo Backup 2023
• Revo Uninstaller Pro
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
Been using Quicken for well over 20 years now....
I used Quicken years ago until I switched to Linux Mandrake an there wasn't a Linux version. I found a program called Moneydance and started using it. When I came back to Windows I was thinking about installing Quicken again. That is until I found out it went to a yearly subscription. Moneydance has a windows version so I decided to stayed with it. I like the buy it once and use it as long as you want option. The only time I have to pay again is if I want to upgrade to a new version. I tried Microsoft Money but I didn't care for it.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
    Mouse
    Logitek M185
    Keyboard
    Logitek K270
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Microsoft Money 2005 (UK version) for managing my finances. Nothing since has beaten it.
My son-in-law would second Microsoft Money if he were here. Last time I was at a Microsoft MVP event, I got the latest Microsoft Money and gave it to him. He was most happy to get an update . . . not sure there were any more updates after that.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
We have seen these types of posts many times and they always degenerate into a endless random list of people's personal preferences.
True, but it's still helpful to me. I'm going to go through and try a bunch of these.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
One of my favourite apps is HOMEDALE which is useful to see other wireless networks in my area and helps me plan where to tune my wi-fi routers.

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Local shop built (KC Computers Ltd)
    CPU
    Intel Core i9 13900F
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z690 Gaming X (rev. 1.0/1.1) - (BIOS: F29)
    Memory
    2 x Kingston Fury 32gb DDR5 5600 Beast
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Eagle (Nvidia) RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Chord Async USB 44.1kHz - 384kHz 2Qute DAC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    piXL PX27UDH4K 27 Inch Frameless IPS Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    4K (3840 x 2160) 60fps
    Hard Drives
    1 x KINGSTON NVMe M.2 SSDSKC3000D2048G 2TB
    1 x Samsung SSD 870 EVO 250GB
    2 x Crucial CT4000MX500SSD1 4TB
    2 x Crucial CT2000MX500SSD1 2TB
    1 x Crucial CT250MX500SSD1 250.0 GB
    PSU
    Gigabyte 750w
    Case
    Fractal Torrent
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU, 2 x Fractal 180mm PWM (front), 3 x Fractal 140mm PWM (bottom)
    Keyboard
    Logi H295
    Mouse
    Logi M720
    Internet Speed
    47.2 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Eset Nod32
I keep these tools on a second drive folder. They have survived all OS reinstallations so far. I tried to divide them in categories.
Almost Everything is portable, small and free.

;---- tool packs ----
NirLauncher: Lots of tools.
SysinternalsSuite: Lots of tools.


;---- system info ----
Core Temp: To check system temperature.
cpu-z_2.08-en : Cpu info.
CrystalDiskInfo : Disk info
fastfetch: Show system specs on command prompt.
GFXplorer3: System Info.
GPU-Z: GPU info.
GPU_Caps_Viewer: GPU info and tester.
CUDA-Z: GPU Cuda Info.
dxcapsviewer: DirextX Info.
GLZ_0.5.0_win64: OpenGL Info.
Hardware Read and Write Utility: System Info.
Homedale: View Wifi hotspots around you.
HWiNFO64: System Info.
CPUID hwmonitor: Temperatures info.
MemInfo: View used memory on tray.
Open Hardware Monitor: Temperature and system info.
PCI-Z: PCI Info.
PEAnatomist: EXE files Info.
perfmonitor2: CPU Performance monitor.
pestudio: EXE Files Info.
Process Monitor: Process Monitor.
Professional PE Explorer: EXE Files info.
Read and Write Utility: System info.
siv_v5.73: System Information viewer.
Svchost Viewer: Svchost Services viewer.
USB Device Tree Viewer: USB Info Viewer.
vmPing: Visual ping. Ping many sites at the same time.
WizTree: Fast Free Disk Space viewer.
WMI Explorer: WMI Viewer.

;---- benchmarks, stress tests ----
ATTO Disk Benchmark: Disk Benchmark.
CrystalDiskMark: Disk benchmark.
FluidMark: GPU Benchmark.
FurMark: GPU Benchmark.
MadShaders_0.4.1_win64: GPU Benchmark.
MSI Kombustor 4 x64: GPU Benchmark for msi cards.
OpenCL-Benchmark-Windows: OpenCL Command line Benchmark.
IntelBurnTest: CPU Stress Test.
MaxxMEM2: Memory benchmark.
precisestress: RAM and CPU Stress test.
Prime95: CPU Stress test.


;---- browser ----
Browser librewolf: Good privacy browser.
Browser Tamer: To get rid of edge when click on a link outside the browser. (defender false positive)
chrlauncher-win64-stable-ungoogled: With proper configuration and plugins, good privacy browser launcher.
Tor Browser: Tor Browser.


;---- system tools ----
4gb_patch: patches x86 exe to let them have 4GB of virtual memory on x64 platforms.
BinText: Find text inside any binary file. Any consecutive string actually.
BleachBit: Like OpenSource version of ccleaner.
CleanAfterMe: Simple way to clean files.
DDU: Remove any gpu driver completely.
Dependency Walker: Debuguer, Can be useful in find why a program crashes.
devcon64: useful for restartig devices.
DotNet_Checker: View installed .Net framework and visual c++ versions.
DPC Latrency Checker: Check if device drivers cause system lag.
FixWin 11.1: Fix many windows 11 issues.
Gamma Panel: Fast way to change gamma color.
LatencyMon: Another driver device latency tester.
NVIDIA Inspector: Easy way to overclock nvidia cards.
NVIDIA Profile Inspector: Settings for games on nvidia cards.
Partition Wizard: Partition tool.
RapidEEx64: Edit environment variables.
Reshade: Shaders for games.
RisohEditor: EXE Resource Editor.
Rufus: Create bootable usb drives.
Screen Ruler: Screen measure tool.
TrID: Identify unknown files.
uGet: URL File downloader.
UniExtract: Universal extractor.
Unlocker: Unlock files in use (free debloated version).
Winaero Tweaker: Tweaker for windows.
WinMerge: Compare two files.
WinSetupFromUSB: Create bootable usb drives.


;---- misc stuff ----
AllDupPortable: To get rid of duplicated files.
Ant Renamer: To rename files in bulk.
Balabolka: Read things aloud. It's free. But some TTS Engines are not.
FlashPlayer StandAlone: To open old flash sites. You have to dig in the Wayback Machine for it.
FFMPEG: some programs use it as 3rd party to convert media files.
gifski: gif compression tool. used by ScreenToGif as 3rd party .
Greenfish Icon Editor Pro 4.0: Icon editor.
IPFilter: Block dangerous IP's and Trackers for QBittorrent.
json beautifier: To tidy up json files.
Just Color Picker: Just Color Picker.
Large Text File Viewer: Large Text File Viewer.
LabChirp: Generate your own sounds.
notepad3: Replace windows notepad.
PhotoFiltre7: Light Image editor with layer support. Free Version.
ScreenToGif: Screen to GIF.
Screamer_Radio: Radio online.
youtube_dl: Download youtube videos.


;---- useful links ----
PortableApps: Portable App Directory (over 400 free) - PortableApps.com
Portable Software: Latest entries - The Portable Freeware Collection
System and gaming tools: TechPowerUp
System and gaming tools: Downloads - freewares, applications, utilities, drivers | Geeks3D
System and gaming tools: oZone3D.Net - Free Softwares: graphics card utilities, system utilities, GPU stress test, benchmarks
Download .NET: .NET Downloads (Linux, macOS, and Windows)
Visual C++ Runtimes: GitHub - abbodi1406/vcredist: AIO Repack for latest Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Runtimes
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i3-12100F
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime Z790-P WiFi
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC897
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus TUF VG279QM
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    480 GB SSD Hikvision
    3726 GB HDD Seagate Barracuda
    13039 GB Western Digital HC530
    1907 GB NVMePredator SSD GM7 M.2
    PSU
    Gigabyte P750GM, 750W 80 Plus Gold
    Case
    Corsair 275R Carbide Series
    Browser
    Opera GX
We have seen these types of posts many times and they always degenerate into a endless random list of people's personal preferences.

Worse you get lots of repetition.

Unless somebody kept a master list of all utilities and some description as you say, then replying to the post quickly becomes pointless as it does not really fulfill the OP's intent.
What's up -- getting a grumpy old man are we !!!! Seem you are having a go at a load of people these days.

Let people post this stuff if they want to -- if it doesn't meet your standards just ignore it.

I'm sure there might be one or two things on these lists that could be useful that people possibly haven't heard about and could use.

If you really are concerned about this - duplication etc then : - just copy into an EXCEL spreadsheet, remove duplicates and when the list is decently lengthy just publish the spreadsheet. Positive criticism is fine, Negative criticism never solves anything and is usually ignored.

Cheers
jimbo
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP,7,10,11 Linux Arch Linux
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    2 X Intel i7
FireFox - as a web browser and anything web related. Since i find it mature and highly modular (even tho add-ons/extension became a thing - for most browsers... "removing" features you dislike - is still something easy to do only in FF)

MPV - as a video player. Have a thing for tweaking settings - till a given video looks good to me (since no two videos are alike or rarely - which is particularly noticeable at movies.... some videos are to bright - while others really need some extra brightness, other have weird colors tones, some to saturated - others not enough, etc). And MPV proved to be the most capable in this regard - not to mention very lite (since most of the settings/tweaks are done in a text configuration file).

Gimp - for image editing (almost the same capabilities as Photoshop - minus the modern A.I. features)

IrfanView - image viewer (really lite and simplistic).

Notepad++ for text files (it's far more versatile than Notepad - yet, still lite on resources)

ShareX - for screenshots/screen-recording (useful features, does the job and the image quality is good too).

XnConvert - for image conversion (batch image converter - to be more exact).

PrivaZer - for deep-cleaning

DriverStore Explorer - for cleaning rogue or old drivers (rarely use it this days)

BCUninstaller - self-explanatory

Display Driver Uninstaller - self-explanatory

Defraggler - have a portable HDD and this is what i use for de-fragmenting (once a month).

NVCleanstall - a cleaner and lite way of installing nVidia drivers (by removing all the unnecessary bloatware from the installer)

DisplayCal
- display calibration (Hardware based - so you need a colorimeter to create a personalized color profile) and setting/loading the calibrated profile (does a better job compared to Windows).

WizTree
- a Disk Space analyzer (helps at figuring out what takes up to much space on a partition).

HWiNFO64 - hardware info & monitoring (good enough for what it's meant)

Autoruns - advanced start-up manager

WhoCrashed / WinDbg - blue screen report analizer

Equalizer APO (Audio Processing Object) - is a parametric / graphic equalizer implemented as an Audio Processing Object for the system effect infrastructure introduced with Windows Vista (fine tuning the audio output).

To name a few (well, favorites for their specific use).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 SP 16 (or Windows 11 SP 2 or Sun Valley 2)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    Intel & AMD
    Memory
    SO-DIMM SK Hynix 15.8 GB Dual-Channel DDR4-2666 (2 x 8 GB) 1329MHz (19-19-19-43)
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia RTX 2060 6GB Mobile GPU (TU106M)
    Sound Card
    Onbord Realtek ALC1220
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1x Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB / 1x Seagate Expansion ST1000LM035 1TB
We've had a bit of a discussion here recently about the use of various utilities vs attempting to perform many tasks using only native Windows tools and utilities.
Oh, goody! More new tools I might need.

Rufus - For creating bootable flash drives to install Windows, etc.
Unchecky - For unchecking PUPs, like Adobe's Mcafee hanger oner.
Macrium Reflect - Paid version for backing up my PCs
Revo free - For getting rid of unwanted files and programs
Aomei Backupper Free - For backing up my PCs and teaching my students since Macrium no longer has a free version
Rootsmagic 9 - Genealogy program for organizing ancestors
Adobe Acrobat - For reading PDF files
Duplicate Finder
Firefox Browser
Google Earth Pro
Irfanview
Kindle
Screenpresso
Speccy - Computer specs

I didn't realize I had so many third party apps!
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
One of my favourite apps is HOMEDALE which is useful to see other wireless networks in my area and helps me plan where to tune my wi-fi routers.

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One evening, I saw a car parked on the road outside my house. I thought he might have trouble, so I went out and asked if he needed help. He said, No, just tapping into WiFi.

I immediately went inside and secured my WiFi. It was slow enough out in that rural area without someone else competing with me for my own WiFi!

Nope, I never expected anyone to steal my signal, since I was in such a rural area, so had never passworded it.

It's a different story when businesses open their WiFi up for clients . . . our Senior Activity Center has a guest WiFi, so does the River Center. I can even get it at Carti (where I get my chemo treatments).
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
It's a different story when businesses open their WiFi up for clients . . . our Senior Activity Center has a guest WiFi, so does the River Center. I can even get it at Carti (where I get my chemo treatments).
Our hospitals have free wifi and it’s pretty decent. Our hospitals are huge, gardens etc. You can often find Uni students outside studying. Especially at the massive Gold Cost University Hospital. Generally, most shopping complexes and businesses have free wifi here.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Logitech G402 / Logitech MX Air Cordless
    Mouse
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100/40
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Standard
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer

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