TR Dojo: Five Free Windows utilities you should download right now

July 19, 2011, 2:46 AM PST | Length: 353


From defragmentation utilities to password reset tools, Bill Detwiler lists several free Windows utilities that are favorites of TechRepublic members and editors. Once you’ve watched this TR Dojo video, you can find a link to the original TechRepublic article and print the tip from our TR Dojo Blog.

24 comments
mike.walsh
mike.walsh

I find that a key maintenance tool is TreeSize free. When HDD space is running low, and computer performance is suffering, it very quickly finds the files that are taking up the space, and shows the path to where they are located, enabling them to be deleted quickly and easily (if that is the solution). It is one of the essentials for my software toolbox.

yovincent
yovincent

In a dojo, I learn how to break things, not fix things.

grgreatx2
grgreatx2

Hi: I read your column and sometimes wonder if these recommendations are ligit. I use Norton 360 which is suppose to do all of those things but I have to pay for it. Are you saying that I can get some of these things done inspite of having Norton on my system and have no problem using them together?

Ternarybit
Ternarybit

Because of how Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 defragging works, third party defragmentation tools are pointless. How many picoseconds will you save defragging the master file table? Answer: about 2.

tikilike
tikilike

Hello,how can i get to the tr dojo links to dowloads.

Prentom
Prentom

I use a site called ninite.com, it has most of these plus others that are all free. Easy to download and install. Another little tool I like is Speccy. It can tell you at a glance your bios ver, memory type, speed and manufacturer, video details and more. I use teamviewer instead of crossloop, found it much easier to setup.

bkindle
bkindle

I have used CrossLoop but find that TeamViewer does the same thing and is just a little better IMHO. The install is pretty straight forward and I have used it multiple times with no issues. The last time I tried to get a customer to use CrossLoop it was clunky for my end user, and I stopped using it officially after that. Team Viewer has never given me a problem, ever.

kajunmanbr
kajunmanbr

@bkindle I d/led Team Viewer a few days ago but haven't had the need to use it yet and I've been wondering if it was/is worthwhile. Good to hear at least one opinion that is a positive.

sc3reface
sc3reface

Thanks for this video, i have been using ccleaner and offline nt password and registery editor for while it really gets the job done. About remote support im using crosslop and teamviewer

bmvogel
bmvogel

From their site. it would appear that there is no longer a free edition

BillM777
BillM777

Version 3.09.1493 (3,366 kb) at Piriform or Filehippo: - Download from FileHippo.com - Download from Piriform.com

mrmichaelhallett
mrmichaelhallett

Google CCleaner Free and or click the link to download from FileHippo or just go to Majorgeeks.com or FileHippo and search CCleaner. It is still free but there is a paid version too. Or just use NiNite.com as was suggested before. Great site and great tool!

handysan
handysan

Did he mention why windows defragmenter is insufficient?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

the Windows Defragger in W7 can be scheduled to run on a regular basis; say, every Saturday night.

B.Kaatz
B.Kaatz

... either an older system that has a somewhat small HDD in it or an entire day that you don't intend to use your system at all, but can still leave it running, then Windows Defragmenter is just fine. However, in a time where a 500GB HDD for a new desktop system is considered small, Windows Defragmenter will take far too long for most user's comfort. We have customers that buy our systems with 500GB HDDs and can fill them up to 75% usage in a month. When we have to service a system, if it requires a defrag, then we start it in the morning and leave it running all day for it to complete. This is not what you want to do on your own systems, is it?

jtroop
jtroop

I Give up, where are the TR Dojo Notes Located??? I Give up, where are the TR Dojo Notes Located??? I Give up, where are the TR Dojo Notes Located???

Wardduncan
Wardduncan

just click on the "View Transcript" link on the article header.

fchuw
fchuw

Correction. The utility would clear the Windows 7 Administrator password. However, I cannot clear the Windows Domain Administrator password.

fchuw
fchuw

I cannot get this utility to clear the Administrator password. I made sure I selected to write the new configuration or password. It states the configuration is saved. However, it does not change or clear the Administrator password. I tried in Windows 2008 and Windows 7 Professional. What am I doing wrong?

tikilike
tikilike

how can i find the link to download the five win. tools

fchuw
fchuw

Just go to Google and you can find them.