I’ve been using Windows for nearly two decades, and during that time I’ve tried hundreds of programs. Most come and go, but a handful have stood the test of time for me by solving a particular problem particularly well.
In this article and accompanying gallery, I list 10 Windows programs I use every day. Every one adds a feature that makes Windows easier to use or can help make you more productive. Each one comes from a company that has proven its ability to support the product and improve it over time. I’ve been using every program on this list for long enough to recommend it without reservation.
Most of the programs in this list are free; for those that aren’t a trial version is available. All of the programs in this list run on Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista (and most run on other editions as well). I’ve devoted one full page to each program, with info and download links and enough details to help you decide whether it’s something you want to try. I’ve also provided screen shots for each program to help you see what I’m talking about.
Process Explorer (Sysinternals/Microsoft)
RoboForm (Siber Systems)
Keyfinder (Magical Jelly Bean Software)
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ClipMate Clipboard Extender (ThornSoft Development)
FeedDemon for Windows (NewsGator Technologies)
Windows Live Photo Gallery (Microsoft)
Allway Sync r(Usov Lab)
FinePrint (FinePrint Software)
This is my list of my favorite software, what about yours? Feel free to share yours on our site. If you need more information you can visit this Mac software post on our site.