Download Links

This is a big grab-bag of links to useful software. They aren't in any particular order.

PortableApps Platform
PortableApps.com is the world's most popular portable software solution allowing you to take your favorite software with you. A fully open source and free platform, it works on any portable storage device (USB flash drive, memory card, portable hard drive, etc), cloud drive (DropBox, Google Drive, etc), or installed locally.
ZoomIt
Sysinternals ZoomIt is a screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt includes a full-screen countdown timer.
UltraDefrag
UltraDefrag is a powerful Open Source Defragmentation tool for the Windows Platform.
Clonezilla (LiveCD ISO)
Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging/cloning program that helps you to do system deployment and bare metal backup and recovery. If your machine comes with uEFI secure boot enabled use the alternative (Ubuntu-based) AMD64 version.
SystemRescueCd (LiveCD ISO)
SystemRescueCd is a Linux system rescue disk available as a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash.
Hiren's BootCD (LiveCD ISO)
Hiren's BootCD is a bootable software CD containing a number of diagnostic programs for use in troubleshooting and recovery of computers.
Rufus
Rufus is an utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. It can create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.).
Redo Backup (LiveCD ISO)
Redo Backup and Recovery is a disaster recovery solution that allows bare-metal restore so in the event of a disaster you can have a completely-functional system back up and running in as little as 10 minutes.
Pidgin
Pidgin is an easy to use universal chat client that can connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.
Pidgin-Encryption
Pidgin-Encryption transparently encrypts your instant messages with RSA encryption. Easy-to-use, but very secure.
Sumatra PDF
Sumatra PDF is a fast minimalist PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows.
Adobe Shockwave Player
Shockwave Player displays Web content that has been created using Adobe Director.
Adobe Flash Player
The Adobe Flash Player is required for viewing a lot of multimedia content. Be sure to avoid the optional offer.
Wimpy FLV Player
The Wimpy FLV Player will allow you to watch FLV and SWF videos from your desktop.
Metapad
Metapad is a small, fast and completely free text editor with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features.
LookInMyPC
LookInMyPC generates a complete, comprehensive system profile that includes information on all installed hardware and software.
Flexible Renamer
Flexible Renamer is a powerful file/folder renaming utility for advanced users that offers a variety of renaming options
Double Driver
Double Driver is a very simple and useful tool which not only allows you to view all the drivers installed on your system but also allows you to backup, restore, save and print all chosen drivers.
CPU-Z
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
WMP Firefox Plugin
The Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin enables Firefox users to view Windows Media Player content directly from the browser. Mozilla.org has instructions for installing the plugin the plugin.
Windows Media Encoder
Windows Media Encoder 9 Series is screen capture, audio, video encoding software from Microsoft.
VideoLAN VLC Media Player
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. Link to the 64-bit version is below the obvious links.
VLastLog
The purpose of the VLastLog tool is to allow system administrators to log onto a Windows workstation without disturbing the last logged on user text.
WhatInStartup
NirSoft WhatInStartup allows you to easily disable or delete unwanted programs that run in your Windows startup.
Autoruns for Windows
This utility claims to have the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor. See also "Start -> All Programs -> Startup" and "win+R -> msconfig".
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft Silverlight is an application framework with features and purposes similar to those of Adobe Flash. The Silverlight run-time environment is required by some web sites, notably Netflix.
SequoiaView
SequoiaView is a disk browsing tool that uses a visualization technique called cushion treemaps to provide you with a single picture of the entire contents of your hard drive.
PuTTY
PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.
Pivot Downloads | Pivot Animator
Pivot Animator allows you to create a stick figure animation easily and save it as an animated gif.
MediaMonkey
MediaMonkey is a music organizer for managing small to very large collections of audio files and playlists (50,000+), whether on a hard drive, network, or CDs.
MediaMonkey lame_enc.dll
For perpetual MP3 support, overwrite MediaMonkey's included lame_enc.dll with one from the .zip file.
LibreOffice
LibreOffice is a powerful office suite.
LibreOffice help files
LibreOffice built in help files are a separate download.
Java SE Runtime Environment
The Java JRE provides the Java Virtual Machine and other components required to run applets and applications written in the Java programming language. Use with caution because it's commonly a security problem when installed. Disable browser Java support unless you are sure need it for something.
ISO Recorder
ISO Recorder is a tool (power toy) for Windows that you can use to burn CD and DVD image-files onto blank writable media. Use it to re-create a physical disc that has been previously written to disk as an .ISO file.
Download IrfanView (from Tucows)
IrfanView is a fast minimalist image-file viewer that also has some useful editing capabilities.
IrfanView PlugIns (from Tucows)
PlugIns add support for additional file formats and additional editing capabilities such as JPEG Losless Rotation.
Inkscape
Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor.
InfraRecorder
InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. Because of patent license restrictions you'll need to download the MP3 plug-in separately.
HashCheck
The HashCheck Shell Extension allows you to confirm that your downloaded files have arrived intact and unaltered using checksums and hashes from Windows Explorer.
Gpg4win
Gpg4win provides secure email and file encryption with GnuPG for Windows. GnuPG is GNU Privacy Guard, an implementation of the OpenPGP encryption standard that provides both encryption and digital signatures.
Freeplane
Freeplane is mind mapping and knowledge management software that supports thinking, sharing information and getting things done at work, in school and at home. (Requires Java)
Freeplane GTD add-on
Freeplane add-on to extract GTD-style Next Action lists from a mind map.
Mozilla Firefox
Firefox is an excellent web browser with some useful features. It works better if you set it up properly.
Evince
Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats, including PDFs. Evince supports forms.
Disk Defrag
Auslogics Disk Defrag is a free disk defragmenter software that will speed up your hard drive and computer's overall performance by optimizing the file system.
CCleaner
CCleaner Standard is a system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool that removes unused files from your system. (Use sparingly.)
Audacity
Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
LADSPA plug-ins 0.4.15 installer for Audacity
Contains over 90 plug-ins for Audacity.
LAME and FFMpeg for Audacity
LAME and FFMpeg Win32 binaries, packagaged to install where Audacity will find them and use them automatically. (Instructions)
7-Zip
7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio and many useful features.

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