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10 Terrific (and Free!) Windows Tools for IT Pros

No Windows geek or PC support pro should be without these must-have utilities.

Top 10 Free Windows Tools for IT Pros

No Windows geek or PC support professional should be without these must-have diagnostic, system tuning, file recovery, and other utilities. The best part: They're all free for the downloading.

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Sysinternals Suite

Autoruns, one of the most popular of the Sysinternals applications, shows you which programs run during bootup -- not to mention Process Monitor, Process Explorer, RootkitRevealer, and so many more. How could any Windows professional live without Sysinternals?

HWiNFO32

Crap Cleaner provides a dizzying array of options for cleaning up after Windows. Before you reach for the Windows installation media to conduct a clean install of the OS, give Crap Cleaner a try.

Crap Cleaner

Crap Cleaner provides a dizzying array of options for cleaning up after Windows. Before you reach for the Windows installation media to conduct a clean install of the OS, give Crap Cleaner a try.

Recuva

Recuva lets you locate and selectively restore previously deleted files. There's even a portable version that you can run from a thumb drive, so you'll never be caught unprepared when the panicked accidental deleter calls.

FileZilla

FileZilla may not be pretty, but it gets the job done by delivering powerful FTP functionality in a free package. A truly indispensible utility, FileZilla is an example of Windows open source software at its best.

Virtual CloneDrive

Virtual CloneDrive lets you mount ISO images as virtual CD/DVD drives. It's easy to use, installs in seconds (no reboot required), and provides the capability that Windows lacks.

Defraggler

Defraggler lets you defragment individual files or your entire hard disk. A scheduled, background execution option and portable version round out a surprisingly rich feature set for a free tool.

ImgBurn

ImgBurn makes quick work of burning ISO images to disc, and it lets you build your own images from files and folders you select. There are other free disc burning utilities available, but none provide the level of flexibility or control over the burning process that ImgBurn does.

7-Zip

7-Zip handles most compression formats while providing its own, highly efficient algorithm. If you're looking for a beefier alternative to Windows' built-in zip capability, but don't want to deal with the complexity and "nagware" behavior of the well-known commercial offerings, check out 7-Zip.

VirtualBox

VirtualBox delivers commercial-grade desktop virtualization for free. Quick to install, simple to use, and yet amazingly capable, it's another must-have for your toolbox. Watch out, VMware!

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