Top 15 free tools for every Windows desktop

Powerful Windows utilities for a fast, productive desktop environment


Some people collect Windows utilities like windshields collect bugs. But for most of us, the word utility is key. If we find ourselves not using the tool a few times a week, we give it the heave-ho.

Utilities change all the time – and not always for the better. Newcomers usurp entrenched old favourites. Some find themselves in the news for the wrong reasons. And so you have to refresh your set of tools time and again.

Here are 15 utilities that belong in every Windows user’s bag of tricks. They’re all free for personal use, and many are free for corporate use as well.