This risks annoying a lot of people, because the ‘System’ part of Control Panel is genuinely very useful, giving you an overview of your PC (such as what processor and amount of RAM you have installed), along with quick links to your PC manufacturer’s support website and more.
The Windows System Control Centre (WSCC) is a free application that helps you to install, update, launch and generally manage Windows Sysinternals and NirSoft tools.
Developer: KLS Soft
I came across FREE PC Audit during my daily search for free software and will say, this is one portable app that you need to keep in your tech toolbox of tricks. This tool reveals the technical information of your PC to include “System Information”, “Software Information” (including product keys) and the “Processes” that are currently running. Simply download and run (portable app) to reveal what’s hiding in your PC.
Free PC Audit is a freeware system, hardware and software information tool. It extracts details of all components of the PC, shows installed software with version and product key. Free PC Audit does not require installation and can be used as a portable application. It can be run from a removable storage device such as a CD-ROM drive, USB flash drive, flash card, or floppy disk.
This professional tool is designed to collect and present the maximum amount of information possible about computer’s hardware and software which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufacturers, system integrators and technical experts as well.
Compatible with: from Windows NT up to Windows 10
Source: MIS Utilities – Free PC Audit
This post is more for those that are geeks at heart, manage test servers, or multiple PC’s in a network setting. This utility, called Desktop Info, is a portable app (just download, unzip and run), that allows you to display and monitor every kind of metric about a Windows-based system. You can actually configure this portable app to run as a screensaver. Instructions on doing that and other configuration options are included in a manual that is packaged in the zip file.
Once the Desktop Info is running you can kill it via the right click context menu or from Task Manager. Open the desktopinfo.ini file or select Configuration from the right click context menu and adjust each item in the items section to control visibility, refresh times, colors and other properties. The display updates itself automatically when you save the ini file. Desktop Info ships with a sample configuration file. The first time you run the application, the sample ini file will be copied to the working ini file. You are now free to modify it as needed using any text editor.
Source: Glenn’s Page – Desktop Info
TeamViewer is a software that allows you to share your desktop via the Internet.
WinScan2PDF is a very small program for scanning documents and saving them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner.
TweakPower is an all-in-one suite that has been designed to keep you and all your family’s computers running at optimal speed and efficiency. It is an intelligent software tool that allows users to fine-tune their operating systems and programs for optimum performance. Protects users from PC problems, while increasing the performance and security of their computer. TweakPower includes advanced performance optimizers, helping you achieve super-fast application load times, work faster and make your games run smoother. Now it’s easier than ever to get a clean PC. TweakPower can quickly remove Windows, program and browser clutter while refreshing your registry and deleting massive disk space hogs. Also, its easy-to-use wizards and diagnostic tools help you find vulnerabilities and errors on your computer.
FastCopy is a file copy and synchronization tool with a variety of available extras. It uses different strategies (multi-threading, buffering) to help ensure maximum device throughput, as well as optional verification to make sure data is transferred correctly. It does not use the system cache, so other processes do not get bogged down during the copy process and a speed setting is also available, including pause. It supports Unix-style include/exclude wildcards filters.
Glary Utilities offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC. It allows you to clean common system junk files, as well as invalid registry entries and Internet traces. You can manage and delete browser add-ons, analyze disk space usage and find duplicate files. You can also view and manage installed shell extensions, encrypt your files from unauthorized access and use, split large files into smaller manageable files and then rejoin them. Furthermore, it includes the options to optimize memory, find, fix, or remove broken Windows shortcuts, manage the programs that start at Windows startup and uninstall software. Other features include secure file deletion, an Empty Folder finder and more.
Lock down your files with one of the most secure forms of cryptography.
StorURL is a customizable bookmark manager that can import from most popular browsers or add manually. Bookmarks can be then organized in a unlimited number of categories. The program includes verification, the ability to launch in a custom browser, grab website icons, search, always remain on top, minimize to tray (with bookmarks launched from the tray), floating tool-bar, password-protection and more.
Wireshark is one of the world’s foremost network protocol analyzers, and is the standard in many parts of the industry.
TurnedOnTimesView analyses the Windows event log, detecting the time ranges when your computer was turned on. For those time frames, startup/shutdown time, duration, shutdown reason, type and process, as well as shutdown code are all displayed.
The program works on your local computer as well as from remote computer on your network if you have privileges to view the Windows event log remotely. Although primarily for system administrators, it can also help track down system issues and in testing.
FastStone Capture is a powerful, flexible and intuitive screen capture utility. It allows you to capture anything on the screen including windows, objects, full screen, rectangle regions, freehand-selected regions and scrolling windows/web-pages. It has innovative features such as floating Capture Panel, hotkeys, resizing, cropping, text annotation, printing, emailing and many more.