Useful Software

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These are a list of most of the software (freeware) I use. I am mostly sharing software that has a portable version because almost all my apps are portable. I prefer not to re-install all my software every time I re-install Windows (which is quite often).

 

Free Launch Bar (Website)
I use the paid version (True Launch Bar) but the free version works just as well. I use this to manage and launch all my portable apps. It gets installed beside the Windows start menu, replacing the Quick launch bar. There is also a portable version that works as a dock on the desktop.

Media Monkey (Website)
I use this to manage and play my thousands of MP3s. But it will play, edit and convert a lot of other file formats too. I can easily access my MP3 folders in my PC. It also has a timer for automatically shutting down Media Monkey or Windows.

Q-Dir (Website)
When I have to work on moving, copying, editing a lot of files and folders on my computer, I use this file manager because it has 4 panes/windows to easily access and move my files and folders around.

Moo0 System Monitor (Website)
This monitoring tool helps me view my hardware usage. It gives me information on what hardware is using my resources. Also what hardware is causing the bottleneck in my operating system.

Moo0 SimpleTimer (Website)
I use this app to shutdown Windows when I am “AFK” (like if I have to sleep but still have unfinished tasks). Also as a timer to remind me of something. But it can also open a file or execute programs etc.

CCleaner (Website)
Very popular Windows and Registry cleaner and does a lot more.

FastCopy (Website)
It is supposed to copy large files and folders faster than Windows normally does but I still prefer to use Windows because when it comes to copying or moving my files and folders around, I prefer reliability to speed. I use the delete function because sometimes it can delete files that Windows normally can not and will not, such as the hidden $Recycle.Bin folder that sometimes gets too big and Windows does not delete it.

IrfanView (Website)
I use this picture editor for editing most of my images. Very lightweight but has all the features I need and more.

Process Hacker (Website)
I use this tool to change priorities of certain programs such as when playing games or watching videos. Also to terminate or restart programs that are not responding properly. It has a lot more administrative features.

SyncBack (Website)
For me this is one of the most reliable backup/sync programs. I use this app to backup/sync all my documents and programs to an external harddrive.

UniExtract (Website)
It can extract/unpack almost any archive, exe, msi, packed files, etc. For me, a must have tool. It simplifies unpacking archives. (This is one of the times I use Chrome web browser, as it is located in a Russian website.)

VLC media player (Website)
Another popular media player. Supposedly plays everything. That’s why I use it.

µTorrent (Website)
Very lightweight and fast bit-torrent client for downloading torrents. If you are bothered by the ads, there are a lot of sites that can show you how to disable them.

Firefox (Website)
For me this is a fast and secure web browser.

Google Chrome (Website)
I use this web browser because I visit quite a few foreign sites and it translates the language to English.

 

If interested, you can find a lot of reliable portable apps here.

 

SSD Fresh (Website)
Disables unnecessary Windows tasks that cause extra read and writes to my SSD. Disables also unnecessary Windows services that slow down Windows.

Internet Download Manager (Website)
For me, this is the best download manager. Downloads very fast. I can pause and resume (if allowed). Integrates into my web browsers so it catches and automatically allows me to download even in sites where I cannot normally download.

 

For Advanced Users

Portable Update (Portup) (Website)
Very handy tool for downloading all my Updates and Drivers from Microsoft Update store. I use this app to download all my Windows updates and drivers to my PC, so when I re-install Windows I do not have to re-download them again. I use Portable Update to just re-install them.

EasyBCD (Website)
I use this program for dual-booting into WinPE for Administrative purposes, troubleshooting or reinstalling Windows.

AIO Boot (Website)
In my experience, the best and simplest multiboot creator around. I use this to create multiboot USBs for booting into WinPE environment. It can be used for multibooting a lot of Windows and Linux distros.

PowerRun (Website)
I use this app to help me run apps or use Windows as “NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM” or “TrustedInstaller” with highest privileges. Even as Administrator there still some tasks I cannot perform so I have to use Windows with higher privileges, such as deleting hard to delete System files.

Windows Update Blocker (Website)
I use this tool to control Windows Updates. It stops Windows from automatically downloading and installing Windows updates. It can turn Windows updates off or on.

Bat To Exe Converter (Website)
A handy tool for converting my Batch scripts to EXEs (.exe) format.

Ps1 To Exe (Website)
Another handy tool for converting my Powershell scripts to EXEs (.exe) format.

 

 

 

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