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Freeware Favorites

These links represent the Freeware programs I use most frequently.



AUDIO and VIDEO

  1. Color Seizer
  2. Google Photos (replaces Google Picasa)
  3. MP3 ID3 Tag Editor
  4. Paint.NET
  5. Pazera Products
  6. Pazera Audio Converter
  7. Pazera Audio Video Pack
  8. Real Player SP

DEVELOPER

  1. SQL Server Developer Edition 2017
  2. AdventureWorks 2012-2017
  3. AdventureWorks Archive pre-2016
  4. SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
  5. Visual Studio Commmunity (VSC)
  6. VSC Getting Started Code
  7. OLAP PivotTable Extensions
  8. SQL Server Express 2017
  9. SQL Server Express SP1 2016
  10. SQL Server Express 2014
  11. Web Platform Installer

HARDWARE

  1. Device Info
  2. Drive Info
  3. MemInfo
  4. Optical Drive Info
  5. System Technical Specs
  6. Virtual Drives
    1. Using Windows 7, 8, 10
    2. Daemon Tools
    3. Virtual CloneDrive
    4. WinCDEmu

INTERNET

  1. FileZilla
  2. Google Chrome
  3. Google Toolbar (IE only)
  4. IE New Window Maximizer
  5. Mozilla Firefox

PROGRAMS

  1. Adobe *
  2. Adobe Flash Player *
  3. Adobe Reader *
  4. Adobe Shockwave Player *
  5. DeskTask
  6. Outlook Tools
  7. PowerPoint Viewer
  8. Visio Viewer
  9. Windows Software Reg Keys

SECURITY

  1. AVG (Anti-virus) is no longer recommended due to consistent issues year after year with updates making computer unbootable
  2. HijackThis
  3. Malwarebytes
  4. SpyBot
  5. SUPERAntiSpyware
  6. Windows 7: Security Essentials
  7. Zone Alarm (Firewall)

UTILITIES

  1. 7-Zip
  2. Agent Ransack
  3. BurnAware Free
  4. CCleaner
  5. Duplicate File Cleaner
  6. Eraser
  7. ISO Recorder
  8. SyncBackFree
  9. SyncToy
  10. Rename Files
    1. Bulk Rename Utility
    2. Rename-It!
    3. Advanced Renamer
  11. Defragmentation
    1. Auslogics
    2. Defraggler
    3. MyDefrag, no longer available
    4. Smart Defrag

WINDOWS

  1. Windows Sysinternals
    1. Sysinternals - Autoruns
    2. Sysinternals - Contig
    3. Sysinternals - Load Order
    4. Sysinternals - PendMoves, MoveFile
    5. Sysinternals - Process Explorer
    6. Sysinternals - Process Monitor
    7. Sysinternals - SDelete
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Uncheck any Google, McAfee, Symantec or other software installation options you don't want.


Please Note:

More details of the above Freeware Favorites are found on FREEWARE page, which is currently being revamped.


Each link above will denote if 64-bit version is available.
See technical specifications for 32 / 64-bit support.

To determine if Windows is 32 / 64-bit...

  • Windows 7
  • Right-click on My Computer, choose Properties
  • Windows 10
  • Start\Windows, Settings Icon, System, About


Last Updated: February 12, 2018

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Welcome to Recursive Creativity!

Recursive Creativity LLC

In addition to providing a resource for those I help with software (applications and operating systems), computer hardware and other related issues, this web site was originally my attempt to learn how to design and maintain a web site.

Content will concentrate on Excel, Outlook, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Windows 10 and Freeware available via the Internet. However, since there are already a plethora of such resources available on the Internet, I will only provide resource links and attempt to fill in some gaps.

Freeware content discussed will be devoted to assisting those whom I have helped with their computers. I hope to create a resource to explain some of the tools I use and recommend.


Computers

If I have installed, configured (optimized) or reconfigured your computer, there is most likely a long list of Freeware tools I installed or used in the process.

The Freeware I use is listed under Freeware Favorites. However, additional information related to Freeware can be found on the FREEWARE page.

The original document containing many of the Windows tips I use to install, configure and optimize computers running Microsoft Windows is no longer posted here. Most of the material can be found on the WINDOWS page, which is currently under construction and related material is being developed.


My Interest In Computers

I once work for the State of Illinois. I managed the Help Desk and supported computer hardware and software statewide. There always seemed to be one issue or another that resulted in an application or the computer itself crashing or locking up. I learned very quickly what it cost in time and money if computers or applications crashed.

By setting standards for both software and hardware and then standardizing and optimizing the installation of computers, calls to the Help Desk were significantly reduced.

Ever since then I have been interested in how to best utilize computers to increase productivity while minimizing their overall cost.