Tools for Windows 10

Apps folderSome useful tools for Windows 10. What tools do you recommend?

Here are a few useful free tools for Windows 10. They can help your Windows 10 device, or help you know more about your Windows 10 device. Click the images for larger screenshots. They're in no particular order. If you're looking for all types of software, you can visit Windows Store, or for freeware - FileHippo.

Leave a comment below and let people know which tools for Windows 10 you recommend.

CCleaner

As mentioned in Computer Maintenance, the very popular CCleaner is a quick-and-easy way to remove trash on your PC and create more space on your drive. It's one of the first free third-party go-to maintenance tools to use, to keep your Windows 10 device clean.

CCleaner - Tools for Windows 10

WinDirStat

WinDirStat lets you see which files and file types are taking up what space and where. These types of apps are especially useful if you'd like to have more disk space, and you can, therefore, consider which apps or files can be uninstalled or removed.

WinDirStat - Tools for Windows 10

GetFoldersize

GetFoldersize also lets you analyze the disk space on your PC hard drive. Again, useful for understanding which files are taking up more space.

GetFoldersize - Tools for Windows 10

VLC media player

VLC media player is a well-known, free and open source media player. VLC is popular for its ability to be able to play many multimedia file types, including DVDs (which Windows 10 can't play out of the box), audio CDs, and streaming. It comes with enough audio and video codecs, so you should be able to play most typical audio and video files which you might find online. If you want DVD playback, download the desktop version (linked above) from videolan.org, and not the version from the Microsoft Store. (And if you did want more codecs for various other files, see K-Lite Codec pack.)

VLC media player - Tools for Windows 10

CPU-Z

CPU-Z gives you lots of information about your system, including real-time monitoring of CPU and memory frequencies (speeds). CPU-Z is often used by overclockers who are trying to get the most efficient or maximum performance from their CPUs.

CPU-Z - Tools for Windows 10

Network Speed Test

Network Speed Test is a quick and simple-to-use app for checking your internet connection speed. It's available from the Microsoft Store and it's made by Microsoft Research, so you know it's a decent app.

Network Speed Test - Tools for Windows 10

7-Zip

If you find yourself unable to open any archive files within Windows, like a zip file or rar file, then 7-Zip is the app for you. 7-Zip can work with many archive file types, and it also compresses and archives files at a high compression to create nice small archive file sizes. ( In regards to zip files or archives, less advanced computer users should be careful not to just download and open any zip files at random - especially via email.)

7-Zip file archiver - Tools for Windows 10

Eraser

Eraser is a free security tool for Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP which allows you to remove data from your hard drive by overwriting it many times with carefully selected patterns. This can come in especially useful if you're selling a PC, and you'd like to make sure that your data has been removed forever or is unrecoverable.

Eraser - Tools for Windows 10

Office Suites

It's easy to forget that office suites are a useful tool for Windows 10, too. With that in mind, I've included this category here, but please see the Free Office Suites for Windows page, to peruse the different and popular free office suite options.

Screenshot of an Office app

RealTemp

RealTemp is a temperature monitoring program for Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors. I like it because it sits down in the taskbar by the clock, and you can monitor your CPU core temperatures in real time, giving you an idea of your PC's cooling efficiency or the CPU workload.

RealTemp - Tools for Windows 10

Rufus

Rufus is a quick and easy-to-use app for creating a bootable USB drive. I tend to use it whenever I want to download and cleanly install the latest full version of Windows 10.

Rufus - Tools for Windows 10

AnTuTu Benchmark v6

AnTuTu Benchmark is a benchmarking app to help you test your PC's performance and ranking compared to other devices. These kinds of benchmarking apps can be fun, especially when comparing your old Windows device to your new Windows 10 device. AnTuTu also has an Android app which you will find on the old Android Benchmark Apps page.

AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Tools for Windows 10

AIDA64

AIDA64 lists the different components of your PC. If you're curious about things like what CPU you have or who makes your video chip, then try AIDA64.

AIDA64 - Tools for Windows 10

Speccy

Speccy is one of the original apps for checking to see what's inside your PC.

Speccy - Tools for Windows 10

Recuva

Recuva can help you recover files which have accidentally been deleted - so long as they haven't been written over. For similar recovery apps, see here.

Recuva - Tools for Windows 10

The PC Decrapifier

The chances are that your nice new PC or Windows device has come with some built-in bloatware, designed to potentially benefit the manufacturer more than the end user. This bloatware can trigger unnecessary startup items that can slow down your PC. The PC Decrapifier is a free tool that helps remove these programs and unnecessary startup items. It takes you step by step, giving you recommendations on what bloatware apps to remove, many of which can be removed unattended. It has a rather unfortunate name in my opinion, but it gets the job done.

The PC Decrapifier - Tools for Windows 10

Secunia PSI

Secunia PSI - The Secunia Personal Software Inspector can automatically scan your PC, and update or tell you which apps need updating. Not all apps will be able to be updated automatically, but it's useful to know just how up to date your apps are. Bear in mind that up-to-date apps are usually more secure.

Secunia PSI - Tools for Windows 10

These are some of the practical tools for Windows 10 that I like to use. I'll be sure to add some more in the coming months. In the meantime, why not let us know in the comments which tools for Windows 10 you recommend, and why?



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