XP Freeware - A Windows XP Freeware Guide



XP Freeware This guide will show you the better freeware applications for Windows XP. Why are you paying hundreds of dollars for software that you can get for free?



Java Required - Some applications require Java to run.
Warning - Some applications include bundled software that is not necessary. Pay attention to any installation advisories before installing.

Advisory Windows XP is still supported by Microsoft through April 8, 2014

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Audio

Audacity Audacity - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Pro Tools]
A free Sound Recorder and Editor. Record live audio convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files. Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together. Change the speed or pitch of a recording and more.

MediaCoder MediaCoder - Download - Home Page
A free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices.

Songbird Songbird - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = iTunes]
A free software media player. Songbird is a combination of a desktop web player, a digital jukebox and web browser. It is an alternative to proprietary media players such as iTunes.

TagScanner TagScanner - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Tag&Rename]
A free Powerful MP3 Tag Scanner and Editor. It can edit tags of several progressive audio formats, rename files based on the tag information, generate tag information from filenames. Supports ID3v1, ID3v2, Vorbis comments and APEv2 tags. TagScanner Features:

- Advanced TAG editor with batch functions
- Supports MP3, OGG, Musepack, Monkeys Audio, FLAC, AAC, OptimFROG, SPEEX, Wave Pack files
- Supports ID3 1.0 / 1.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 tags, APE v1 and v2 tags, Vorbis Comments
- Supports for ID3v2 Lyrics and Attached pictures
- Import tag information from an online database (freedb)
- Powerful playlist editor
- Write extended playlists like Winamp or Sonique
- Playlists export to HTML, Excel and CSV (for MySQL)

Winamp Winamp - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Windows Media Player]
A free Streamlined Music and Video Player that is simple to use. Besides high-quality sound, it sports a smart playlist editor, 10-band graphic equalizer with user-definable presets that can automatically load specific files and a mini-browser for tuning into web radio and TV (be warned: certain channels are for adults only). Its four resizeable sections give you control over how the player looks, while you can customize it further using the thousands of available skins, color schemes and visualization plug-ins.

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CD/DVD

CDBurnerXP Pro CDBurnerXP Pro - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Nero]
A free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface.

DVD Flick DVD Flick - Download - Home Page
A free tool to convert various PC video formats to a DVD that can be played on pretty much any standalone DVD player. Supported file container formats are, amongst others, AVI, MPG, MOV, WMV, ASF, FLV, Matroska and MP4. Supported codecs are amongst others, MPEG-1\2\4 (XVid, DivX, etc.), Windows Media Audio\Video. MP3, OGG Vorbis, H264, and On2 VP5\6.

ImgBurn ImgBurn - Download - Home Page
A free tool that enables you to burn CD/DVD images with ease. All the latest drives are supported (including booktype / bitsetting on many of the major ones). Advanced functionality can be found in the ImgBurn context menus.

VLC Media Player VLC Media Player - Download - Nightly Builds - Home Page Editor's Pick - [Equivalent = PowerDVD, WinDVD]
A free Multimedia DVD Player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, OGG, ...) as well as VCDs and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. Supports Full Region Free DVD playback with a RPC1 compatible DVD drive.

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Games

XP Games XP Games - This guide covers the better Freeware games from Independent Developers and Commercial Publishers. The games are free full games, not Demos or Shareware. None have any Adware or Spyware. It is not intended to be an all inclusive Guide but a reference to target the better freeware titles. Get over 100 quality games without having to spend a dime.

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Graphic

Blender Blender - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = 3DS Max]
A free fully integrated 3D graphics creation suite allowing modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, real-time interactive 3D, and game creation and playback with cross-platform compatibility.

BRL-CAD BRL-CAD - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = AutoCAD]
A free powerful Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) system with over 20 years development and production use by the U.S. military. It includes an interactive geometry editor, parallel ray-tracing support for rendering and geometric analysis, path-tracing for realistic image synthesis, network distributed frame buffer support, image-processing and signal-processing tools.

CDisplay CDisplay - Download - Home Page
A free CBR/CBZ (Comic Book Archive file) Viewer. It allows sequential image viewing one at a time, or two at a time just like comic pages.

GIMP GIMP - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Adobe Photoshop]
A free Image Manipulation Program for Photo Retouching, Image Composition and Image Authoring. It is not a replacement for Adobe Photoshop but currently is the best free alternative.

Inkscape Inkscape - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw]
A free vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

IrfanView IrfanView - Download - Home Page Editor's Pick - [Equivalent = LView Pro]
A free Simple Image Viewer, Editor and Converter that supports all major graphic formats, including BMP, DIB, JPEG, GIF, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, multi-page TIFF, TGA, and more. In addition, it features drag-and-drop support, directory viewing, TWAIN support, slide shows, batch conversion, and modifications such as, resize, color depth, crop, blur, and sharpen. Includes support for Adobe Photoshop Filters. Warning Do not install the Google Toolbar or Google Desktop Search during installation

Paint.NET Paint.NET - Download - Home Page Editor's Pick - [Equivalent = Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop]
A free image editing and photo manipulation software. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing.

Picasa Picasa - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = ACDSee]
A free Picture organizer and editor that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized. Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips.

SketchUp SketchUp - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = AutoCAD]
A free 3D modeling program designed for architects, civil engineers, filmmakers, game developers, and related professions. It also includes features to facilitate the placement of models in Google Earth. It was designed to be easier to use than other 3D CAD programs.

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Internet

AM-DeadLink AM-DeadLink - Download - Home Page
A free tool that detects dead links and duplicates in your Browser Bookmarks. If a Bookmark has become unavailable you can verify it in the internal preview and delete it from your Browser. Additionally you can download Favicon for all your Favorites and Bookmarks. AM-Deadlink works with Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Firefox.

Feedreader Feedreader - Download - Home Page
A free RSS news aggregation solution that provides robust, state-of-the-art features in an intuitive, user-friendly environment.

Freeware Browsers Freeware Browsers
This is a freeware graphical web browser guide for Windows. It compares the most popular features between each browser. All of the following web browsers are 100% free, not Shareware. None have any Adware or Spyware. All have been installed and tested for basic compatibility with Windows XP. Most should work with other versions of Windows, just check the requirements. However, Internet Explorer 7 will only work in Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista.

Pidgin Pidgin - Download - Download (Alt) - Home Page - [Equivalent = Trillian]
A free multi-protocol Instant Messaging Client formerly known as 'Gaim'. Users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time. Pidgin supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, typing notification, and adds tabbed conversations. It is compatible with the following protocols:

- AIM
- Google Talk
- ICQ
- IRC
- MSN
- Yahoo!
- Other (Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, GroupWise, MySpaceIM, QQ, Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, XMPP and Zephyr)

GMail Drive GMail Drive - Download - Home Page Editor's Pick
A free Internet based file storage system. GMail Drive creates a virtual file system on top of your Google GMail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your GMail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag'n'drop files to. Utilize the 2.5GB+ of GMail storage like an attached drive. A GMail account is required.

Notes - If you are using the ZoneAlarm Security Suite (Not just the Standard or Pro versions of the Firewall), Web Filtering (Parental Control) has to be disabled for Windows Explorer or the drive will not be accessible. There are some limitations since this interacts with Google's GMail system, such as the total filename size must be less than 40 characters and the maximum file size that can be transferred is 10 MB. Changes in the GMail system may break the tool's ability to function. Make sure you are using the latest version, otherwise be patient and wait for a new version to be released. This usually only takes a few days.

PuTTY PuTTY - Download - Home Page
A free SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw TCP client.

Thunderbird Thunderbird - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Microsoft Outlook]
A free e-mail client. Thunderbird makes e-mailing safer, faster, and easier than ever before with the industry's best implementations of features such as intelligent spam filters, built-in RSS reader, quick search, and much more.

TightVNC TightVNC - Download - Home Page - VNC Guide - [Equivalent = Remote Desktop]
A free remote control software package derived from the popular VNC software. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.

Notes - Windows Defender will detect TightVNC as "Remote Control Software". After you install TightVNC, run a Windows Defender scan and when it is finished make sure to select "Review items detected by scanning". Under "Scan Results", "Action", select "Always allow".

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Music

Cabos Cabos - Download + Java Required - Home Page - [Equivalent = LimeWire]
A free Gnutella file sharing program based on LimeWire and Acquisition. No Spyware, No Adware, Guaranteed. Cabos provides a simple sidebar user interface, firewall to firewall transfers, proxy transfers, Universal Plug and Play, iTunes + iPod integration and more.

Mixxx Mixxx - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Virtual DJ]
A free DJ tool designed for both professional and amateur DJs alike. Mixxx allows DJs to mix music live with a clean, simple interface. Furthermore, Mixxx has a number of key features to help DJs in the mix: Beat estimation, parallel visual displays, and support for various DJ hardware controllers.

Power Tab Power Tab - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Guitar Pro]
A free tablature-authoring tool for Windows. It allows for the creation of tablature scores that can be printed out and played back via MIDI. Features standard music notation and symbols as well as all of the popular tablature symbols. Can import MIDI tracks, and can export to ASCII Text, HTML and MIDI format 1 files.

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Office

OpenOffice OpenOffice - Download - Templates - Extras - Home Page Editor's Pick - [Equivalent = Microsoft Office]
A free Office Suite, compatible with all other major Office Suites, including Microsoft Office.

OOWriter Writer is a powerful word processor. - [Equivalent = Microsoft Word]
Use it for creating professional documents, reports, newsletters, and brochures. You can easily integrate images and charts in documents, create everything from business letters to complete books with professional layouts, as well as create and publish Web content.

OOCalc Calc is a powerful spreadsheet program. - [Equivalent = Microsoft Excel]
It can turn boring numbers into eye-catching information. Calculate, analyze, and visually communicate your data quickly and easily. Use advanced spreadsheet functions and decision-making tools to perform sophisticated data analysis. Use built-in charting tools to generate impressive 2D and 3D charts.

OOImpress Impress is a powerful presentation graphics program. - [Equivalent = Microsoft PowerPoint]
A truly outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Your presentations will truly stand out with special effects, animation and high-impact drawing tools.

OODraw Draw is a powerful drawing program. - [Equivalent = Microsoft Paint]
Use it to produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations and special effects.

OOBase Base is a powerful database program. - [Equivalent = Microsoft Access]
Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, either using your own database or Base's own built-in HSQL database engine.


AbiWord AbiWord - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Microsoft Word]
A free standalone word processor that is able to read and write all industry standard document types, such as OpenOffice.org documents, Microsoft Word documents, WordPerfect documents, Rich Text Format documents, HTML web pages and many more.

FreeCalc FreeCalc - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Windows Calculator]
A free replacement for the existing Windows Calculator. Adds a printable/savable transaction tape, sizable display, tray icon, digit groupings, color schemes, double and triple zero keys, visible memory value, and an always-on-top setting.

GanttProject GanttProject - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Microsoft Project]
A free project scheduling application written in Java and featuring gantt chart, resource management, calendaring, import/export (MS Project, HTML, PDF, spreadsheets).

HomeBank HomeBank - Download - HomeBank - [Equivalent = Quicken]
A free personal finance application to manage your personal accounts that is easy to use. Analyze your finances in detail using powerful filtering tools and graphs. Supports data import and export in the Quicken (QIF) file format.

Hott Notes Hott Notes - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Sticky Notes]
A free sticky notes reminder program for your desktop. Not only can you post sticky note reminders, you can make checklists, set alarms, draw on your notes, and archive.

Mozilla Sunbird Mozilla Sunbird - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Outlook Calendar]
A free stand alone calendar application that allows you to assign events and tasks.

Notepad++ Notepad++ - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Notepad, EditPlus]
A free source code editor (and Notepad replacement), which supports several programming languages (C++, HTML, Java, Javascript, VB/VBS, SQL ect..) running under the MS Windows environment.

Office Viewers Office Converters and Viewers - Download - Home Page
Free converters and viewers for Microsoft Office files. Converters allow you to open files created by people using different versions of your Office programs. Viewers provide a means for people who don't have Office programs to see your work. You can provide them with the appropriate viewer along with your Office files.

PDF Creator PDF Creator - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Adobe Acrobat]
A free tool to create PDFs easily from nearly any application by simply printing to the PDFCreator printer driver.

Scribus Scribus - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Microsoft Publisher, QuarkXPress]
A free desktop publishing (DTP) application. As a DTP tool it supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. Scribus also has additional features not normally found in a DTP tool such as vector drawing tools with SVG support and it even has support for OpenType Fonts.

IRS Tax Software - Home Page
A list of free file US Tax Software. If the amount is not specified, free file services are limited to taxpayers with an adjusted gross Income of $52,000 or less; or otherwise as noted fees for state tax returns may apply; however, some companies offer free state tax return preparation and e-filing.

TypeFaster Typing Tutor TypeFaster Typing Tutor - Download - Home Page
A free typing tutor that teaches you how to touch-type. Once you can touch-type you will not need to look at the keyboard to find the letters you want to type.

Windows Fax Windows Fax - Home Page - [Equivalent = WinFax]
A free fax service built into Windows XP. Although you don't need a fax machine, you'll need a phone line, a modem, and a scanner to send and receive faxes from your computer.

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Scientific

Celestia Celestia - Download - Home Page
A free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.

Convert Convert - Download - Home Page
A free unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions.

FreeMind FreeMind - Download - Home Page
A free mind-mapping application written in Java. The operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.

GenealogyJ GenealogyJ - Download + Java Required - Home Page - [Equivalent = Family Tree Maker]
A free a viewer and editor for genealogical data, suitable for hobbyist, family historian and genealogy researcher. GenealogyJ supports the GEDCOM standard, is written in Java and offers family tree, table, timeline views and more.

Google Earth Google Earth - Download - Home Page Editor's Pick
A free 3D virtual globe that combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Warning Do not install the Google Toolbar during installation

GraphCalc GraphCalc - Download - Home Page
A free graphing calculator that allows you to create, display, and modify 2D and 3D equations. You can modify and display up to six equations, change the range and resolution of the plotted graphs, and manipulate the axes and tick marks to allow easy analysis of the drawn graphs. This program has four render modes and two shading models.

NASA World Wind NASA World Wind - Download - Home Page
A free graphically rich 3D virtual globe with advanced atmosphere and sun shading effects. World Wind combines NASA imagery generated from satellites that have produced Blue Marble, Landsat 7, SRTM, MODIS and more.

Power Calculator Power Calculator - Download - Home Page
A free Graphing Calculator that allows you to evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.

Sky Chart / Cartes du Ciel Sky Chart / Cartes du Ciel - Download - Home Page
A free program that enables you to draw sky charts, making use of the data in 16 catalogs of stars and nebulae. In addition the position of planets, asteroids and comets are shown.

Stellarium Stellarium - Download - Home Page
A free planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

Virtual Moon Atlas Virtual Moon Atlas - Download - Home Page
A free program for Moon observation and survey. Study any lunar formations using a feature database and pictures library.

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Security

Avira Avira AntiVir Personal - Download - Home Page - Disable Popup - Disable Splash Screen Editor's Pick
Avira AntiVir Personal is a German made, comprehensive, easy to use antivirus program, designed to offer reliable free of charge virus protection to home-users with a 99.7% Malware Detection Rate.

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool - Download - Home Page
The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom and helps remove any infection found.

Windows Defender Microsoft Windows Defender - Download - Download (Alt) - Home Page Editor's Pick
Windows Defender is software that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software by detecting and removing known spyware from your computer. Windows Defender features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected, minimizes interruptions, and helps you stay productive.

RootkitRevealer RootkitRevealer - Download - Home Page
RootkitRevealer is an advanced rootkit detection utility. Its output lists Registry and file system API discrepancies that may indicate the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode rootkit.

SmitFraudFix SmitFraudFix - Download - Home Page
SmitFraudFix is an advanced malware removal tool for difficult to remove infections like Smitfraud, SpyAxe, SpySheriff and many more.

Spybot Spybot - Search and Destroy - Download - Home Page
Spybot - Search and Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behavior to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.

CWShredder Trend Micro CWShredder - Download - Home Page
Trend Micro CWShredder is the premier tool to find and remove traces of CoolWebSearch the name for a wide range of insidious browser hijackers from your PC.

HijackThis Trend Micro HijackThis - Download - Home Page
Trend Micro HijackThis is a free utility which quickly scans your Windows computer to find settings that may have been changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. HijackThis creates a report, or log file, with the results of the scan.

Trend Micro RootkitBuster Trend Micro RootkitBuster - Download - Home Page
Trend Micro RootkitBuster is a rootkit scanner that scans hidden files, registry entries, processes, drivers, and Master Boot Record (MBR) Rootkits. In addition, RootkitBuster can also clean hidden files and registry entries.

VundoFix VundoFix - Download - Home Page
VundoFix is a freeware removal tool for many of the known variants of Trojan.Vundo, Trojan.Conhook and other similar infections.

SteadyState Windows SteadyState - Download - Home Page
Windows SteadyState is designed to make life easier for people who set up and maintain shared computers. It restricts program, Internet and hard drive access, as well as control login time. Shared computers are commonly found in schools, Internet cafes and libraries. It can also be used as a parental control tool to restrict a childs computer usage.

Firewall Windows XP Firewall - Home Page Editor's Pick
Windows XP comes with a highly secure, built-in firewall. The Windows XP Firewall is more then sufficient for most users with full inbound protection. In Windows XP there is no way to guarantee 100% outbound protection once your system is compromised.

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Utilities

Autoruns Autoruns - Download - Home Page
Utility to display and control startup applications.

CCleaner CCleaner - Download - Home Page
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) removes unused and temporary files from your system, including cleaning the registry. Warning Get the slim version not the standard version which bundles the Yahoo Toolbar

CleanUp! CleanUp! - Download - Home Page
CleanUp! removes unused and temporary files from your system from all user accounts.

CPU-Z CPU-Z - Download - Home Page
CPU-Z is freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.

Dial-a-fix Dial-a-fix - Download - Home Page
An advanced utility for Microsoft Windows that repairs various Windows problems, such as: Windows Update, Windows Installer, Permissions and more.

FileZilla FileZilla - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Cute FTP]
A free, fast FTP and SFTP Client with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. Used to send or retrieve files from an FTP server.

Flexible Renamer Flexible Renamer - Download - Home Page
A free powerful file/folder renaming utility. It offers a Window Explorer style interface and a variety of renaming options, including options to remove numbers or strings, replace strings, insert numbers, translate letters and much more.

HD_Speed HD_Speed - Download - Home Page
Measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your Hard Disks, CD/DVD-ROMs and Floppy Disks with a real-time graphical display.

IZArc IZArc - Download - Home Page Editor's Pick - [Equivalent = WinZip]
A free archive utility that supports many archive formats like: 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO. With a modern easy-to-use interface, IZArc provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools. It allows you to drag and drop files from and to Windows Explorer, create and extract archives directly in Windows Explorer, create multiple archives spanning disks, creating self-extracting archives, repair damaged zip archives, converting from one archive type to another, view and write comments and many more.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder - Download - Home Page
Retrieves your Product Key (cd key) from the registry used to install Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Office 97, and Office XP.

Nero InfoTool Nero InfoTool - Download - Home Page
A utility which analyses and displays the most important information about an optical drive, disc, configuration and software.

PC Wizard PC Wizard - Download - Home Page
An advanced system information utility designed for detection of hardware, analysis and benchmarking.

PE Builder PE Builder - Download - Home Page
PE Builder helps you build a "BartPE" (Bart Preinstalled Environment) bootable Windows CD-ROM or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC maintenance tasks.

Process Explorer Process Explorer - Download - Home Page
Find out what files, registry keys and other objects processes have open, which DLLs they have loaded, and more. This uniquely powerful utility will even show you who owns each process.

Process Monitor Process Monitor - Download - Home Page
An advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements.

RemoveWGA RemoveWGA - Download
RemoveWGA enables you to remove the Microsoft "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications" tool.

TCPView TCPView - Download - Home Page
An advanced monitoring utility that will show you detailed listings of all open TCP and UDP ports on your system, including the local and remote addresses and the connection state. On Windows 2000 and XP, TCPView also reports the name of the process that owns the open port.

TreeSize TreeSize - Download - Home Page
TreeSize tells you how your disk space is being used.

Unlocker Unlocker - Download - Home Page
Unlocker enables you to delete, move or rename files or folders that are locked by other processes.

WinDirStat WinDirStat - Download - Home Page
WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool.

Windows Install Cleanup Windows Install Cleanup Utility - Download - Home Page
Remove Windows Installer configuration information on failed installs.

Windows NT IPConfig Utility Windows NT IPConfig Utility - Download - Home Page
This GUI tool gives you information about your IP configuration in Windows NT, 2000 and XP.

WinMerge WinMerge - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = ExamDiff]
A free visual text file differencing and merging tool for Win32 platforms. It is highly useful for determining what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions.

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Video

GSpot GSpot - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = MediaInfo]
A free utility that let's you see what codecs a video file is using and can tell you if you have the codec needed to play it. Features include the ability to establish what video codecs (audio and video) are required to play an AVI file, determine whether these codecs are installed on your system, and isolate problems associated with these codecs.

Jahshaka Jahshaka - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Adobe After Effects]
A free video editing, effects, and compositing suite supporting real-time effects rendering.

JLC's Internet TV JLC's Internet TV - Download - Home Page Editor's Pick
A free program for watching free online TV channels. It automatically finds over 1400 channels and has an online updater to keep the channel list updated.

K-Lite Codec Pack K-Lite Codec Pack - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Codec Pack All in 1]
A free Collection of Codecs and Related Tools. Codec is short for Compressor-Decompressor. Codecs are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular movie formats and even some rare formats in Windows Media Player. The K-Lite Codec Pack Features:

- It it always very up-to-date with the latest versions of the Codecs
- It is very user-friendly and the installation is fully customizable
- It has been very well tested, so that the package doesn't contain any conflicting Codecs
- It is a very complete package, containing everything you need to play your movies

MediaCoder MediaCoder - Download - Home Page
A free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices.

MediaPortal MediaPortal - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Windows Media Center Edition, TiVo]
A free application ideal for turning your PC / TV into a very advanced Media Center. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch and store your videos and DVDs, view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder and much much more.

VirtualDub VirtualDub - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Adobe Premiere]
A free video capture/processing utility. It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.

Windows Movie Maker Windows Movie Maker - Download - Home Page - [Equivalent = Adobe Premiere]
A free video editor included with Windows XP (Windows Update will include the latest version). It gives you the tools to create, edit, and share home movies. Compile and edit a movie from video clips with drag-and-drop functionality. Add special effects, transitions, title options, music, and narration with ease. Share your movie over the Web or master it to DVD media. You can also save your movie back to the DV tape in your camera.

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