Sunday, October 25, 2009

10 Must-Have Apps for Windows 7

These are not ordered by “importance” or “value” or anything, just a flat list of ten productivity booster applications for most Windows 7 users.  They are all FREE.  Enjoy!

Paint.NET Edit and enhance pictures and image files with a variety of effects and filters.  Basic drawing and touch-up features as well.  Free
Windows Live Writer Part of the Windows Live package, this provides a robust blog editor with support for plug-ins, multiple blog engines and multiple blog accounts.  Free
TweetDeck Twitter desktop client with sorting, filtering, multiple account management, and links to Facebook and MySpace.  Free
7-Zip Alternative to WinZip and WinRAR for opening, extracting and creating a wide variety of archive formats including CAB, ZIP, RAR and many more.  Free
Microsoft SharedView Remote desktop connectivity over the web using your Live ID account.  Sort of NetMeeting on steroids but updated for Windows Vista/7 UI.  Free
DivX Player Provides CODEC for playing most popular DivX AVI encoded movies.  Free
BitTorrent The de facto standard of desktop torrent clients.  Need I say more?  Free
RSAT Remote Server Administration Tools, replaces the older “Administration Tools Pack” for Windows Server 2003 management.  RSAT is for managing Windows Server 2008 as well as 2003 from a Windows 7 client.  Free
WireShark Powerful network monitoring and logging utility.  Free
Windows Easy Transfer (XP to Windows 7) Simple utility for backing up everything you need or want from your XP box before wiping and reloading it with Windows 7 (the way you should do it).  Available for 32 or 64-bit clients. Free
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