Freeware: a compilation of Windows utilities and tools from

Vandana Sharma, Associate Editor


   Freeware refers to software utilities and tools that are offered at no cost. These small applications are available for downloading and use in most operating systems. In this article we've compiled a bunch of tips related to freeware.

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   Freeware 101
   Expert advice
   Freeware resources on the Web


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Serdar Yegulalp wrote for Windows Magazine from 1994 through 2001, covering a wide range of technology topics. He now plies his expertise in Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP as publisher of The Windows 2000 Power Users Newsletter and writes technology columns for TechTarget.

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  Freeware resources on the Web  Return to Table of Contents

  • Simtel: Need to find some software? Want to post some? Simtel has gads of freeware and shareware programs availabe. Search by Top 100 Downloads, New Releases or Most Popular for some quick finds.

  • Sysinternals: Two well-respected IT pros, Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell, built and run this fabulous site of freeware tools for Windows OSes and Linux. Many of the utilities you'll find here are household names in many IT shops around the country and the world -- and for good reason.

  • This is the online home of a Microsoft MVP for Active Directory who has made several free tools available for download. Some of them, you'll wonder how you ever did without.

  • Freewarehome: Everything you ever wanted to know about freeware and more! Free downloads available in a variety of areas, including: system utilities, desktop management, programming, games and more.

  • Tucows downloads : Download freeware, shareware and demos. Maintains over 45,000 software titles that are tested, rated, reviewed and ready to download.

  • Only freeware: Offers a variety of freeware for Windows 95/98/ME/XP. No shareware listed. The site provides a large selection of downloads organized by category.


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