Analyze, Edit, Tune: 33 freeware tools that belong on every Windows


No matter which task you want to do on the PC: burn DVDs, synchronize data, manage autostarts, recover deleted data, edit media or optimize the WLAN. The following 33 tools provide an all-around-happy package that prepares you for every situation of Windows everyday life and always gives the right tools into your hands. We hope you enjoy browsing!

  1. 33 Windows tools for everyday use
    From the multi-rename tool to the Youtube downloader, we have put together 33 particularly useful and free helpers for everyday PC use by advanced Windows users.
  2. Advanced Tokens Manager - Backup Windows & Office Activation
    With this tool you save the license key plus activation information from Windows Vista, 7 and 8 as well as from Office 2010 and 2013. This means that a new installation will not require a new activation, as long as the hardware has not changed fundamentally. The backup ends up in the subfolders "Windows Activation Backup" or "Office Activation Backup". Under Windows 8.1, the tool only works if the original activation was done by phone.
  3. Adwcleaner - Remove adware
    Many free programs finance themselves by offering you - as inconspicuously as possible - additional components such as search engine toolbars (toolbars), adware or similar unwanted software during installation. Those who are not extremely vigilant and know exactly where to click when, quickly has a bunch of unwanted add-ons on the computer, which sometimes also slow down the system. Adwcleaner searches the computer afterwards and removes the components on request.
  4. Ant Renamer - Rename multiple files at once
    Ant Renamer offers many options to rename multiple files at once. Use the left "Insert" button to select individual files and the right button to select whole folders. Then click on "Edit" and choose an action, for example, change suffix, replace characters, insert characters, delete characters, numbering or random names. Define the desired scheme for the new file names and check in the "Preview" field, or in more detail via "F5" in an extra window, if the result meets your expectations. Then click on "Start".
  5. Atube Catcher - Download and convert videos
    With Atube Catcher you download videos from portals like Youtube, Vimeo, Yahoo and some others. To do this, insert the address of the clip in question including "http://" in the "URL" field. In the drop-down menu "Outlet profile" you determine the format in which the downloaded video is to be converted or select "No conversion". The conversion function can also be used separately via the "Video Converter" tab. To prevent adware from being installed together with Atube Catcher, click on "Cancel" in the appropriate places during setup.
  6. Clavier + - Define shortcuts (hotkeys) for programs and text blocks
    Clavier + is a powerful tool for defining keyboard shortcuts ("hotkeys"). For example, program launches, special characters and entire text modules can be assigned to a key combination. After starting up, open Clavier + via its keyboard icon in the info area ("Systray"). Use "Language" to change the prompt to "German". You can delete the predefined example hotkeys. To create a new one, click on the "+" icon. The hotkeys only work if the Clavier + window is not in the foreground.
  7. Easybcd - Conveniently configure Windows Boot Manager
    Windows has had an integrated boot manager since XP. It appears when the PC is switched on, if more than one Windows installation is available. Easybcd makes it easy to configure. First, you should click on "BCD Backup / Repair -> Secure Backup" to save the previous configuration. In the "Edit start menu" area, the tool displays the existing boot menu entries. Use the "Default" column to define which entry will be automatically activated at PC startup after the waiting time specified below if you do not make a selection. Click on the button "Add new entry" to expand the boot menu.
  8. Ekahau Heatmapper - Create Wi-Fi Map of Apartment / Office
    A heatmap is a map that shows the wireless coverage ("illumination") of your wireless router. You can easily create such a map using the Heatmapper tool in conjunction with a notebook. It will be most accurate if you have a floor plan of the premises. Alternatively, they draw a rough plan on a piece of paper and take a picture of it. Then click on "I have a map image" in Heatmapper and select the image file. In this guide you will find further tips on operation.
  9. Everything - Wieselflinke Search for file names
    The file search tool Everything does not time consuming scan the entire contents of the disk, but uses the Master File Table (MFT) of NTFS-formatted drives, in which all file names and their properties, such as size and date are listed. At the first start, the tool reads the MFTs into all NTFS drives and stores the information relevant for the search in its own database, which automatically updates on future starts. After the process is complete, the tool will alphabetically list all folder and file names. Use the input line to filter the list according to your search terms.
  10. Freefilesync - keeping directories in sync across multiple drives
    If you want to maintain the same data set on two data carriers in all or specific directories, for example for backup purposes, Freefilesync is a good choice. You select two directories and click on "Compare". The tool then shows you where the differences lie, ie which files are missing in one or the other directory or are different in terms of date or size. For example, you can set the gear icon to compare the file content as well, but this can take a long time for large files. Use the "Synchronize" button to start the adjustment.
  11. Image Resizer - Shrink photo files
    Digital cameras support ever higher resolutions so that a single image can easily grow to 10 MB or more. Sending a photo collection via e-mail can be a test of patience with Internet connections with low upload bandwidth. "Image Resizer" solves the problem by reducing several selected photos in one go, thus reducing the dimensions and thus the file size. You can reach the tool by right-clicking on image files via the command "Rescale images".
  12. Imgburn - create and burn DVD images
    Imgburn specializes in burning a DVD from a DVD image that you have downloaded from the internet in ISO format, for example. However, the tool also offers the opposite approach, ie the ability to create an ISO image from an existing DVD or from any selection of files and folders. To prevent adware from being installed with Imgburn, disable unwanted components during setup.
  13. Mediathekview - Download programs
    In the public broadcasters' media libraries, most content can only be streamed and not stored. Solve the problem with Mediathekview. After starting the tool loads a table of contents of all available broadcasts of ARD, ZDF & Co. You can filter the list by station, topic, broadcast title or by a full-text search. After right-clicking on an entry you have the choice between "Play" (= Streaming) or "Record" (= Download).
  14. Microsoft Image Composite Editor - Create panoramic images
    The Microsoft Image Composite Editor automatically combines panorama photos from individual photos and delivers impressive results. For best results, the individual shots of the panorama should each overlap around a quarter. The operation is very simple: You drag the relevant photos with the mouse on the program window and wait a few seconds - you will get a first result. Use the "Automatic crop" button to eliminate gaps in the image at the edges.
  15. Mouse without Borders - One mouse for multiple PCs
    Using this tool, you can control up to four computers simultaneously with just one mouse and a keyboard. This is handy if you have several computers with multiple monitors in the workplace, but not tens of input devices to block the desktop. The only requirement is that all computers concerned are connected to the same network. In addition, the tool allows to exchange files and text between the PCs.
  16. Mp3gain - Adjust volume of MP3s
    MP3 files that come from different sources often have different levels of control, so they differ in their volume. The consequence: You have to constantly readjust the volume during playback. MP3gain solves the problem by bringing all selected MP3s to the same volume level. And all without re-coding, so without loss of quality and at blazing speed.
  17. MMp3directcut - Cut MP3s without loss
    There are many tools to cut audio files. The special feature of MP3directcut is that the utility lets you edit MP3 files without transcoding and thus without loss of quality. For example, when recording from the (web) radio, you can remove unwanted parts quickly and easily. If you use the tool regularly, remember to memorize and use the keyboard shortcuts to make faster work.
  18. Musicbrainz Picard - Complete MP3 Title Info
    Musicbrainz Picard completes the metadata (eg title and artist) of audio files by clicking on the button "Queries". If some do not contain any metainfos, click "Analyze". Then the tool creates acoustic fingerprints of the audio files, transfers the fingerprints to the database of the open source project "AcoustID" and receives all the metadata in response. With the Save button you confirm the changes made automatically and manually.
  19. Mypublicwifi - Set up Virtual Hotspot
    With Mypublicwifi, a Windows notebook or PC becomes a personal hotspot, in other words a virtual WLAN router - on request, with a file sharing lock and logging of the web addresses you are visiting. So you can share a built-in LAN, modem or Surfstick Internet connection of the Windows computer with others, for example, with smartphones and tablets. Be sure to start the program with administrator privileges and change the network key and SSID in the configuration.
  20. Nitro PDF Reader - Create and view PDFs
    This program is on the one hand a mature PDF viewer and thus an alternative to the original Adobe Reader, which regularly gets into the negative headlines through security holes. Nitro PDF Reader can do even more: It also offers the option to create PDF files. For this he installs the virtual printer "Nitro PDF Creator (Reader 3)", which you can use from any application with a print function. With the "Properties" button in the respective print dialog, the quality of the resulting PDF file can be fine-tuned.
  21. PC WORLD Clipboard Monitor - Clipboard Tool
    This tool developed by the PC-WELT editorial team shows you which contents are currently in the Windows clipboard - provided that this is text or file / directory names from a copy or cut action in Windows Explorer. After the start, open the tool via its icon in the Windows notification area ("Systray"). It also provides the option to define a shortcut that inserts text from the clipboard into an application unformatted.
  22. PDF-Sam - share and merge PDF files
    PDF-Sam lets you share PDFs, merge multiple, or reposition pages. The easiest way to do this is via the "Visual Document Composition" function: "Add" opens one or more PDFs, which are then displayed page by page on separate tabs. Drag the pages you want into the middle area and move and rotate as needed. Click on "Run" to create a new PDF from your compilation.
  23. Photo Filmstrip - Create video from photos
    With this tool, you can create a slide show of individual photos in the form of a video, without the need for knowledge in editing programs. To give the video the necessary spice, it can be equipped with zoom and transition effects as well as with background music. To get started, start a new project, drag the desired images into the black window area, adjust the order and effects, and finally click on the button with the check mark in the toolbar.
  24. Quick Startup - Manage and accelerate the autostart
    With Quick Startup you can conveniently manage all applications and utilities that start with Windows. The tool unambiguously lists the entries and offers the option to disable or delay individual ones so that they do not slow down Windows startup. In the Scheduled Tasks and Windows Services sections, you should only make changes if you know exactly what you are doing.
  25. Recuva - Recover Deleted Files
    If a deleted file is no longer in the Windows Recycle Bin, you'll need a special tool for the restore, such as Recuva. However, the rescue attempt promises to be successful only if there have not been too many write operations on the relevant drive since the deletion process. Otherwise, there is a high probability that the hard disk areas identified as "free" during the deletion process have already been overwritten by other data.
  26. Robotask Lite - automate tasks
    With Robotask Lite, many tasks can be performed on the PC automatically, for example, start programs (with and without parameters), simulate mouse and keyboard inputs, perform file actions (copy, move, delete) and much more. The tasks ("tasks") can be linked to conditions or events ("triggering events"), for example to the date, time, hotkeys and the existence of certain other open program windows.
  27. Sisoftware Sandra Lite 2015 - Show detailed system information
    Sisoftware Sandra Lite gives you precise information about which hardware is in your computer. For example, you will learn about the manufacturer and model name of the motherboard, details of the working memory (such as size and type) as well as exact data of the processor and the hard disk. In addition, you can feel the components with multiple performance tests on the tooth. The tool also gives you helpful tips for optimizing the system.
  28. Should I Remove It? - Identify unnecessary programs
    If you want to clean up your computer, but are unsure which of the programs and components installed on your PC you can safely uninstall, the tool "Should I Remove It?". It lists all existing programs and displays a user rating for each as well as how many users uninstalled it. By clicking on an entry, the tool displays further information.
  29. Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool - Create Windows Stick
    If you want to install Windows 7 or 8 on a computer without a DVD drive, the alternative is to use only a USB stick as the installation medium. The "Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool" helps you to copy the setup files to the stick (4 GB or higher) so that you can boot from it and carry out the installation process. The source is a Windows DVD image in the form of an ISO file. If you do not have one, you can create it using a Windows DVD on an optical drive computer using the Imgburn tool.
  30. SSD Tweaker - Tuning SSDs
    If your computer has an SSD instead of a hard disk, you have to configure Windows so that the operating system and SSD work together optimally. This increases both the performance and the life of the SSD. The SSD Tweaker tool helps you make the right settings. Either you use the automatic optimization offered on the start page of the program or you can lend a hand under "Standard Tweaks".
  31. System Explorer - Mighty Task Manager
    This is a powerful alternative to Windows Task Manager. Not only does this provide you with detailed information about all running programs and processes, it also provides the option to submit this list along with the checksums of the files to the manufacturer to perform a security check. The History tab gives you a look back at finished processes and their average CPU usage.
  32. Undoclose - Reopen closed windows
    Undoclose can reopen accidentally closed Windows Explorer windows with a freely selectable hotkey. This applies to certain folders that you have opened in Windows Explorer, as well as to the windows of other applications. Open closed folders again using the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-F, for other program windows press Ctrl-Shift-A. Alternatively, click on the corresponding entry in the Undoclose program window.
  33. USB Disk Manager - Block USB drives
    With USB Disk Manager, you can make your system a bit safer by regulating the use of USB drives. Because these are, especially if they are exchanged between several PCs and users, a transmission path for viruses, worms and Trojans. The tool gives you the choice of whether you want to completely block USB drives, just prevent the launch of programs on them, or enable write protection.
  34. Windirstat - Find space wasters
    Even on hard drives with several terabytes of storage capacity, it will eventually tight. Then you ask yourself: buy a new record or delete unnecessary files. If you are considering the latter, it is most effective to search for the most space-consuming files. The tool Windirstat will help you here. It scans the desired hard drive and presents you with a folder and file list sorted by size.

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