Download these helpful and free utilities from Piriform.
CCleaner: operating system cleaning.
Defraggler: hard drive performance.
PDFCreator Try PDFCreator the next time you want to print a document.
VLC Player A most excellent open source multimedia player.
VirtualBox Create virtual machines with Oracle's free offering.
Monitor CPU, hard drive and motherboard temperatures as well as fan rpm speed.
Do you miss the Windows XP network indicator in the system tray? Its now back for Windows 7.
Notepad++ An excellent Windows text editor and Notepad replacement.
This article shows how to replace Windows Notepad with Notepad++.
Notepad Replacer Replace Windows Notepad with another text editor such as Notepad++.
Data backup is a tricky subject and finding a decent program to do the job is just as tricky. I found very few backup programs that are any good and for the most part using my own backup batch script works well. However, backup scripts are not for everyone and they have their limitations. 2BrightSparks' release of SyncBack Free changes all of that. This is the best of the free backup utilities and probably the pay for ones as well.
Image Resizer for Windows Once you install this program, right mouse click on an image file and select "Resize pictures".