Notepad ++ another great free tool for editing code. It's fast to open, handles tabs, and more.

Notepad++ PORTABLE Notepad++ is a free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.

I personally love to use Windows Media Player as my all in one player. And for the most part it handles 99% of my content. For the other 1%, VLC Player plays everything. Use it in Windows 8 without Media Center, to play your DVDs for free.

the best multimedia software! Will play just about any multimedia file you throw at it

Sure, irfanview is nice. But I really like the interface for Faststone's free Image Viewer. I use it all versions of XP up to 64bit Windows 8 with no issues. Dual screen support. You can view the full size on one screen with a menu and thumbs on the other.

FastStone Image Viewer - Powerful and Intuitive Photo Viewer, Editor and Batch Converter. My favorite photo viewer.

I have been using the free Home edition of Avast for my antivirus and malware protection since 2003 and never lets me down.

Listening to a computer security presentation from Bob G on Avast right now. If you are looking for an anti-virus solution, check out Avast.

Deal with creating or writing ISOs? ImgBurn is great! And free. BUT, sadly they have added OpenCandy to the installer. If you have Windows 8, I would skip this as it's built into Windows 8 and 8.1. Watch out for the OpenCandy offers during your install of this.

ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit. and it's free!

Free on demand scan to confirm your system is clean and if not, help you clean it. I run several tools to cover everything.

SuperAntiSpyware - free version but I suggest to spend that bit of money for life-time license and get automatic updates etc. Free works fine but you will have to remember to manually update

A great free FTP client. FileZilla. Windows, Linux, OSX support for the client. A free FTP server for Windows is also available.

FileZilla FTP Client & Server - FileZilla, the free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License

My previous free favorite, LogMeIn is no longer free. I now recommend TeamViewer free for your remote needs. And even the Android and iOS app is free!

For the most up to date information about the TeamViewer Login.

Have Windows 8 or 10 and miss your Windows 7 gadgets? Check this out!

How to Get Windows 7 Gadgets in Windows 8 - LogicLounge

Handbrake. A free multi platform, multi-threaded video transcoder. Easier to use than "Super", but covers less formats. But it is generally the best tool for converting your physical media to other formats to share on computers in your network, phones, tablets, etc.

Handbrake is an open-source, GPL licensed, multi platform, multi-threaded video transcoder available for Mac OS, Linux and Windows. Comes with a variety of presets to convert videos for various devices quickly.

Need to pick a color off your screen but don't want to open photoshop and pick from a screen capture? This has been a great free tool for me.

Ever tried using a color picker on a high resolution monitor? It's impossible. That's why this color picker has a magnifier attached. Grab palettes of up to 16 colors at once and use four advanced color mixers to select a spectrum of possibilities.

https://join.me/ - Help family or friends with their computer. Another good free tool. But if you are going to help the same person over and over again, I would have them install TeamViewer instead.

A warning about join.me: sharing your desktop is default and you need to explicitly turn it off, called "pause. May my mistake protect you into the future.

Finally! A Tablet OS (Not Windows 8 Pro) that has multi user support! Android 4.2! Hopefully iOS follows suit.

How to Set Up Multiple Users on Your Android Jelly Bean 4.2 Tablet

How to Set Up Multiple Users on Your Android Jelly Bean Tablet

AOMEI has free cloning, backup, imaging software! Check it out!

AOMEI has free cloning, backup, imaging software!

This is a great free tool to automate local and remote MySQL backups! If you use MS SQL Express, check out their other version!

This is a great free tool to automate local and remote MySQL backups! If you use MS SQL Express, check out their other version!

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