• System Programs •
These programs are recommendable for advanced users only!
is a tool to customize your Windows Operating System. Optimize the settings of your system, drives and folders, Internet Explorer and Media Player. Customize the Windows application settings and control the user environment with policies. Free for personal, private use only but Registration (also free) is required (Help - Register Menu).
Compatible with Windows 9x - 7.
Download Fresh UI: Developer Homepage.
Get informations about your hardware, such as CPU, hard disk, RAM, video system info, mainboard info, and much more. Free for personal, private use only!
For Windows XP - 8 (32/64-bit).
Screenshot: Speccy under Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (Demo).
Speccy Downloads: Setup Portable
Another good diagnostic program: PC Wizard
Another good portable prog for diagnostics: System Spec
Wise Registry Cleaner Free
Advanced users may want to clean the Registry of their Windows Operating Systems. If you (like me) install and uninstall lots of progs to find the right one, you'll have the problem that there are lots of registry entries which are not required. The Windows Registry has grown and is too large which may slow down your system. You can safely remove all entries which are marked as Safe to fix and you can also remove (if you exaclty know what you do) entries marked as Not fully safe to fix. There is an option to defragment the registry and you can create backups before cleaning or defragmenting and you can restore from backups. Update check and lots of languages are integrated.
For Windows XP - 8 and 64-bit versions. Screenshots
Download Setup and Portable: Developer Homepage.
More free Registry Tools:
PowerTools Lite, NTREGOPT, Auslogics and Eusing.
Make Backups on external hard drives every day and you won't need these tools!
Recuva is a tool to recover deleted files from your harddrive, even when you deleted the Windows Recycle Bin or your OS crashed or you formatted the hard drive. Automatical partition detection, even if the boot sector has been erased or damaged. Recover files with original time and date stamp, even when a header entry is no longer available.
Screenshots: Windows XP Windows 7 Windows 8
Recuva is compatble with Windows XP - 8, 32/64-bit.
Download Recuva Setup or Portable.
PC Inspector File Recovery is another good tool to recover files.
Get an impression: Screenshots
For Windows 9x - XP and FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS.
Download File Recovery: Developer Homepage.
More programs for free data recovery:
Try SoftPerfect File Recovery for Windows 2000 - 7, 32/64-bit.
R-Linux for UNIX/Linux and Windows.
TestDisk and PhotoRec for UNIX/Linux, Mac, DOS and Windows.
Programs for partition editing/recovery (advanced useres only!):
GParted is partition editing and recovery for Linux (Screenshot) but you can manage (check, copy, paste, move, create, delete, resize, set label and more) partitions on all x86 based computers including 64-bit machines with the help of GParted Live.
Partition Wizard Home Edition for Windows 2000 - 8 (Screenshot) is also available as an ISO image which you can burn on CD or install it on flash drives. You can use tools like YUMI or Easy2Boot for flash drive installation.
ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery for Windows.
Your hard drives are broken totally and you need some data from this drive cause you have forgotten to make backups? Contact the specialists from CONVAR or contact a specialist near you. Be aware, there are good and bad guys out there, ask for a binding offer during the phone call, contact several technicians and compare the offers!
Special tools for data recovery from CD and DVD:
dvdisaster for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD.
IsoBuster for Windows 2000 - 8, 32 und 64-bit.
Sure, there is a program for defragmentation integrated within Windows systems but if you want to defragment your drives and partitions really good, you should do this NOT if you're running a Windows operating system cause a lot of files will be in use while the system is running. Even if you're not working with any program, a lot of system files are running always. The best way to defrag is to create a Live-CD with e.g. WinBuilder with appropriate pre-installed apps. Boot your machine with the Live-CD and defrag the desired FAT or NTFS drive or partiton.
Second-best way: Switch of your Modem and/or Router so that your machine will have NO access to the internet. Close your Windows Firewall, close the Antivirus application or stop the on-access-scanning and close ALL programs you started before. Now start the defragmentation process and do NOTHING until the process is finished.
Defraggler is compatible with Windows XP - 8, 32/64-bit.
Screenshots: Windows XP Windows 7 Windows 8
Download Defraggler Setup or Portable.
Other recommendable programs: UltraDefrag and Auslogics Disk Defrag.
WinContig for Windows XP - 8 is my recommendation for the defragmentation of flash memory media like USB-Sticks and SD-Cards! Do NOT always run a full defrag on your flash drive, only defrag the actual fragmented files!
Here is a Windows 8 Screenshot.
Here are two programs to speed up your Internet Connections. The default settings in Windows Operating Systems are not always the best. TCP is the abbreviation for Transmission Control Protocol. Short in my words: The protocol which controls the transfering of data thru the Internet. Find a more detailed explanation here: Wikipedia.
Download Dr.TCP: Developers Homepage.
Take a little preview: Screenshot
For Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP.
Read the Dr. TCP FAQ!
Download improveTCP: Developer frettts-freeware
For Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP.
View a Screenshot and read the Info.