If you are a windows user (by wish or by fate) and looking for “Free” softwares to improve your productivity, here you go. I have been using them for a while and so far didn’t have any issues with them. Almost everything works on Vista.
Small print: These softwares are free as of today and I’m not marketing these products.
Use Original Windows and get all the latest patches and upgrades from www.windowsupdate.com
AVG Antivirus (http://free.avg.com/)
Windows Advance Care : http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html?Str=download
Lavasoft Ad-aware http://lavasoft.com/single/trialpay.php
IE comes with Windows.
Mozilla fans, use Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/)
Primo PDF http://www.primopdf.com/
PDF Details Remover: If you look at Properties (File > Properties) of a PDF document, sometimes it has more personal information like your username and some document details. If you want to remove them before sending it to others use this freebie.
Open Office http://download.openoffice.org/index.html
Google Toolbar http://toolbar.google.com
Core FTP http://www.coreftp.com/
Uninstaller: Its much much better than windows Add/Remove programs.
Revo Uninstaller http://www.revouninstaller.com/
CD / DVD Burner:
Play video files:
Windows Media Player (free with Windows)�
Get free upgrade http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/default.mspx
Real Media Player (www.real.com)
Divx Codecs and Player (helps to play some wmv or avi files) (http://www.divx.com/)
Post It Notes: For sticky notes users
Screen Capture: Read my other post to know what this software is capable of.
Easy Capture http://www.xydownload.com/easycapture-19.html
Quick Navigation: Goto any directory / drive just by right clicking
Folder Guide http://www.freeware365.com/desktop/folderguide.htm