Special report: The best Windows tools

Some of the most useful products for the Windows platform don't cost a dime. Others are inexpensive upgrades from freeware that are geared toward large enterprises. Whatever your needs, there's a wealth of tools that are just a download away.

Some of the most useful products for the Windows platform don't cost a dime. Others are inexpensive upgrades from freeware that are geared toward large enterprises. Whatever your needs, there's a wealth of tools that are just a download away.

Microsoft and Sysinternals are just two of the many providers of useful freeware for IT administrators.


 

System Audit Manager, a tool that acts as a front end for Microsoft's Systems Management Server, helps companies reconcile software licenses ahead of a software audit.


 

The online home of a Microsoft MVP for Active Directory offers some free tools that will make you wonder how you ever lived without them.


 

Using the pseudonym "Fyodor," a software engineer keeps a running list of the 75 most popular security freeware programs based on user surveys.

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