Freeware Favorites

These links represent the Freeware programs I use.


  1. Adobe
    1. Adobe (1)
    2. Adobe Acrobat Reader (1)
  2. Miscellaneous
    1. Open Office
  3. Microsoft
    1. Outlook Tools
    2. Visio Viewer 2016
    3. Windows Software Reg Keys


  1. .NET
    1. .NET 6 Downloads
    2. .NET 6 Overview
  2. Excel and Power BI
    1. DAX Studio
    2. OLAP PivotTable Extensions
  3. Miscellaneous
    1. Microsoft Web Platform Installer
    2. Notepad++
    3. PDFtk (PDF Toolkit) Free
  4. SQL Server
    1. AdventureWorks 2012-2019
    2. SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio, 2019
    3. SQL Server Downloads (includes Developer and Express)
  5. Visual Studio
    1. Using Visual Studio Code for PowerShell Development
    2. Visual Studio Downloads (Community, Code)
    3. Visual Studio Code, Getting Started Code
    4. Visual Studio Community


  1. Memory \ Storage Devices
    1. Drive Info
    2. MemInfo
    3. WinDirStat
  2. Output Devices
    1. Optical Drive Info
    2. Virtual Drives
  1. Using Windows 7, 8, 10
  2. Virtual CloneDrive
  3. WinCDEmu
  1. System
    1. Device Info
    2. System Technical Specs


  1. Browsers
    1. Brave (browser)
    2. DuckDuckGo
    3. Google Chrome
    4. Mozilla Firefox
  2. Communication
    1. Skype
    2. Teams
  3. FTP
    1. Cyberduck
    2. FileZilla


  1. Images
    1. Color Seizer
    2. GIMP
    3. Google Photos (replaces Google Picasa)
    4. IrfanView
    5. Paint.NET
  2. Audio
    1. MP3 ID3 Tag Editor
    2. MP4 Converter (Pazera)
    3. Pazera Audio Converter
    4. WMA to MP3 Converter (Pazera)
  3. Audio and Video
    1. K-Lite Codec Pack
    2. Pazera Audio Video Pack
    3. Pazera Products
  4. Video
    1. 4K Video Downloader
    2. Real Player SP (2)
    3. VLC Media Player


  1. Firewall
    1. Zone Alarm (Firewall) (2)
  2. Malware and Viruses
    1. HijackThis
    2. Kaspersky (2)
    3. Malwarebytes (2)
  3. Spyware
    1. SpyBot
    2. SUPERAntiSpyware (2)


  1. Backup
    1. FreeFileSync
    2. Personal Backup
    3. SyncBackFree (2)
  2. Defragmentation
    1. Auslogics (files)
    2. Auslogics (registry; bottom of list)
    3. Defraggler (2)
    4. Smart Defrag
  3. Files
    1. 7-Zip
    2. Agent Ransack (2)
    3. Duplicate File Cleaner (2)
    4. Duplicate File Finder
    5. Eraser
    6. Winmerge
    7. Rename Files
  1. Bulk Rename Utility
  2. Rename-It!
  3. Advanced Renamer
  1. Miscellaneous
    1. BurnAware Free (2)
    2. CCleaner (2)
    3. ISO Recorder


  1. Ninite
  2. AlternativeTo
  3. Pixabay


  1. PowerShell (GitHub)
  2. Microsoft PowerToys
  3. Windows Sysinternals
    1. Autoruns
    2. Contig
    3. Load Order
    4. PendMoves, MoveFile
    5. Process Explorer
    6. Process Monitor
    7. SDelete
    8. Windows Sysinternals List of Utilities

      Sysinternals file above is web query (Power Query). It queries file posted on Sysinternal's website that lists all utilities and the last build date. The last build date differs from the posted or publish date on each utility's web page. The date differential is testing period.

      More about Windows Sysinternals utilities can be found in Sysinternals section on Windows page, not Freeware page.


Uncheck any Google, McAfee, Symantec or other software installation options you don't want.


Some Freeware programs also have commercial or professional versions available. Professional versions, those that offer more or advanced options, are referred to as Freemium versions. The commercial versions are most often identical to the Freeware version. The Freeware version is licensed for personal use. The commercial license is required if using at work or in commercial setting.

Please Note:

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 10
  • Start\Windows, Settings Icon, System, About

Last Updated: December 7, 2021

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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 is 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.


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 worked for a state agency 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.