Have you ever downloaded and installed a new Windows utility and wondered why Windows didn’t have its features inbuilt? I have. Over the last few years, I’ve tried hundreds of apps that have solved common inadequacies in Windows.
This is a list of 37 handpicked Windows utilities that I think will help us in fixing the missing pieces in Windows. Give them a try â€“ these utilities will beat those common Windows annoyances. Good luck. Before reading this post, make sure that you also check out our post on lifesaver windows utilities as well.
If you think an app deserves to be in this list, please use the comments section to voice your opinion. I’ll be glad add more to this list.
Essential Windows Utilities
Without further ado, here goes a list of the most useful windows utilities I’ve ever used and wished that Windows came preinstalled with them.
Teracopy â€“ Speeds up Windows file copying. You know how slow it is in Windows Vista
Flash Drive Reminder â€“ Reminds you to remove your USB drive when you exit Windows
Unlocker â€“ Deletes files even if they’re being used by other Windows Processes
Taskbar Shuffle â€“ Rearrange minimized Window Buttons in the Taskbar
Clickie Path Name Copier â€“ Right click to copy a file’s path name to the clipboard. Also opens command prompt in the selected directory
TrayIt â€“ Minimize windows to the System Tray instead of the taskbar
Stalled Printer Jobs â€“ Remove print jobs that are stuck. Ever hit the delete print job button and seen the printer job vanishing instantly?
Folder Size â€“ Makes Windows Explorer to show the size of folders in â€˜Details’ view
QTTab Bar â€“ Adds tabs to Windows Explorer
Drive Icon â€“ Shows a bar that indicates disk usage near the drive icon in XP’s My Computer window, just like you have in Vista
Defraggler â€“ Speeds up Windows Defragmentation
Image Resizer â€“ Adds quick resizing options to Windows Vista’s Explorer right click menu
WinDirStat â€“ Visualizes hard disk usage. Know what folders are occuping big chunks of space
FileHippo Update Checker â€“ There’s no central update system in Windows to update all installed software. Use this utility instead
Mmm Free â€“ Delete and edit right click options. Get the junk out
AlwaysOnTop â€“ Keeps windows on top of everything else
DeskDrive â€“ Insert a removable drive and its icon appears in the desktop. You needn’t necessarily go to My Computer to view its files
Window Sizer â€“ Use hotkey combos to quickly resize any window to predefined dimensions
WinRoll â€“ Double click on a window to show only its title bar and hide everything else
ThumbScrew â€“ Write protect USB Flash Drives so that it doesn’t get infected
FileMenu Tools â€“ Adds a load of customizable options to the Explorer right click menu
TaskSwitchXP â€“ Adds Window Thumbnails to the Alt Tab overlay window in XP
Startup Monitor â€“ When a program adds itself to the startup list, this utility asks for your approval
Ant Renamer – Renames files in a batch. Have a look at the screenshot to know about how powerful it is.
Desktop List View â€“ Enables Explorer only list view on your Desktop
Hot Corners â€“ Assign a task to every corner of your desktop, like in Mac’s Expose
Startup Delayer â€“ Load startup programs sequentially, not immediately after Windows boots
AMP WinOFF â€“ Auto Shutdown Windows. Dozens of fully configurable options
fsLock â€“ Lock down files and prevent renaming, moving or deletion
Jing â€“ Capture and upload screenshots online
Everything â€“ Searches files as you type them. Supports Boolean operators and is better than the default Windows search feature
NoClose â€“ Disables the close button in Windows so that you won’t end up closing windows accidentally
BatteryBar â€“ Detailed battery life meter. Gives the accurate time remaining. Much better than the default battery level indicator
BitMeter â€“ Bandwidth Monitor to track bandwidth usage
USBDeview â€“ If you have multiple devices and drives attached to your USB Port, this utility gives a neat interface to manage them all
Shutdown Guard â€“ Prevents apps from automatically shutting down your computer without your approval
Dexpot â€“ Feature rich multiple virtual desktops manager
What are your favourite Windows Utilities?
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