Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft

section: microsoft, for your questions: IT forum, 1.2.2007

Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows & Office Programs available for download
— finding them all is extremely difficult . . . until now.

 

WINDOWS XP GOODIES

Agent components provide animated characters (Genie, Merlin, Peedy, Robby & “Custom”) to appear during specific help or instruction. (Support FAQ)

Alt-Tab Replacement in addition to the icon of the application window you are switching to, you see a preview of the page.

Calculator Plus also performs many types of conversions.

ConferenceXP
enables you to see & hear others in a virtual collaborative space,
called a venue. You collaborate on an electronic whiteboard or
PowerPoint presentation, send messages and more.

FolderShare
keeps important files at your fingertips – anywhere. All file changes
are automatically synchronized between linked computers, so you always
access the latest files.

GroupBar
desktop tool offers enhanced window management capabilities in a
taskbar-like setting. Through simple drag-and-drop operations on window
tiles within the bar, users can create lightweight, transient grouping
relationships that allow them to perform certain higher-level window
layout functions on multiple windows at once.

Location Finder
turns a regular WiFi enabled laptop, Tablet or PC into a location
determining device without the addition of any separate hardware.
Location Finder uses WiFi access points – or reverse IP lookup when
WiFi is not available – to center and display the person’s location on
the Windows Live Local.

MapCruncher
converts existing maps into an online format that’s easy to use as
Virtual Earth. PDF and raster maps can be converted just by clicking on
corresponding landmarks on the user’s map. (Support: Website)

My Font Tool converts your handwriting into a TrueType font, making typed text appear written by hand.

Open Command Window Here adds an “Open Command Window Here” context menu option on file system folders, giving a quick way to open a command window.

Power Calculator graphed and evaluated functions as well as performs many conversions.

Scalable Fabric
task management system. A central focus area, defined by you, contains
windows that behave in the traditional way. When you drag a window into
the periphery, it becomes smaller and continues to get smaller the
closer you get to the edge of the screen. This makes it possible to
keep windows open all the time, and change “minimize” to mean “return
to the periphery”. (Support: Website)

Taskbar Magnifier magnifies part of the screen from the taskbar.

TIME ZONES: There are two programs that help deal with multiple Time Zones: Premium Time Zone requires genuine Windows XP, the Standard Time Zone program does not. (Support: Working with Time Zones)

Tweak UI
gives access to system settings not exposed in the default user
interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar
settings, and more.

USB Flash Drive Manager backup & restore files to/from a USB Flash Drive device.

Virtual Desktop Manager manages up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar

Virtual Machine is Microsoft’s Java Virtual Machine for Internet Explorer, allowing you to view java applets on Web pages.

Webcam Timershot takes and saves pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam.

Windows Live Writer blogging authoring tool

XML Notepad 2006 provides browsing and editing XML documents. (Support: Design Doc)

 

EBOOKS READER

eBooks Reader offers digital versions of printed books using ClearType technology.

Optional Reference & Dictionaries

UTILITIES

ActiveSync
synchronization of Outlook information, Office docs, pics, music,
videos and applications from your desktop to Windows Mobile-based
Pocket PCs & Smartphones.

Clear Cache Feature for Internet Explorer
– automatically deletes all temporary Internet files, cookies, and
history files. This was developed to programmatically clear these files
when a corrupt entry caused errors with Internet Explorer.

ClearType Tuner
fine tunes the ClearType technology via the Control Panel, making it
easier to read text on your screen. A necessity for LCD screens
(portables and flat screens) — Or try it On-Line. [Bonus = Consolas ClearType Font Pack]

Color Control Panel Applet adds a new “Color” item to the control panel, providing viewing and editing color management settings.

Desktop Language Settings changes language, keyboard, and regional settings for Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office.

Desktop Search 3.0 helps you to find, preview, and use your documents, e-mail, music, photos, and other items. (Support KB917013)

Font Properties Extension adds several new property tabs to the fonts dialog box. (Support: Website)

ISO Recorder Power Toy makes images of CDs & DVDs to create ISO images.

Keyboard Layout Creator create & modify keyboard layouts.

MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search, tabbed browsing, pop-up blocker and automatic form fill. (Support: Administration Guide & Toolbar HelpMSN Search SDK Beta)

  • Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages. (Feedback)
  • Community Bar
    adds context-dependent content to the web browsing experience. As users
    browses the web, they can see (and leave) notes from other people who
    visited the same page, chat with other people viewing the same page,
    tag the page with a bookmark or category label, view all the inlinks to
    the page, find related pages, perform context-specific search, and see
    blog postings related to the page.
  • Compressed (LZH) Folder Add-on
  • Games Add-in
    gives you 40+ puzzle games, 20+ card & board games, 150+
    downloadable games, 20+ word & trivia games, 80+ free online games,
    with new games posted weekly.
  • Lotus Notes Add-in developed by MSN – This Protocol Handler allows you to easily find your Lotus Notes e-mail and search the contents within.
  • MSG iFilter Add-in to Desktop Search
    This iFilter allows searching on all elements of your Outlook MSG
    (.MSG) files including Message Body; Subject; From; From Name; From
    Address; To Name; To Address; CC Name; CC Address; Doc Title Prefix;
    Sent Date; Received Date; Primary Date; Conversation ID; Attachment
    Names and will indicate if an attachment is present within the .MSG.
    Additionally, content within attachments are indexed and searched.
    (Support: KB917402)
  • Phishing Filter Add-in
    works to prevent high-tech scams using phony web sites with actual
    brands designed to steal valuable personal information such as
    usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers.
    (Support: How to. . ., Anti-phishing White Paper)
  • PHLAT (Prototype for Helpful Lookup and Tagging)
    is an interface for Windows Desktop Search, enabling search through a
    user’s own e-mail, files, and viewed Web pages. PHLAT makes it easy for
    users to specify queries and filters, attempting to integrate search
    and browsing in one intuitive interface. In addition, PHLAT supports a
    unified tagging scheme for organizing personal content across storage
    systems, such as files and e-mail. (Support: Blog Article)
  • PrivBar – An IE/Explorer toolbar to show current privilege level.
  • Search Preview Add-in
    – Make your searching more productive and convenient. Search Preview
    displays a thumbnail preview next to each result. Enlarge the preview
    by rolling over it and put an end to “click-look-back”
  • Weather Add-in Keeps the local three-day weather forecast at your fingertips.
  • Windows Live Favorites
    service allows you to store and quickly access all the interesting
    sites you find on the web from any computer, any time, any where.
  • Windows Rights Management Add-on
    provides a way for users to view, but not alter, files with restricted
    permission. These restrictions enable authors to prevent sensitive
    documents, Web-based information, and e-mail messages from being
    forwarded, edited, or copied by unauthorized individuals. These
    restrictions provide protection, not only while the information is in
    transit, but also after the recipient of the information has received
    it.

Mount ISO Files Virtually – this tool allows ISO image files to be mounted virtually as a CD/DVD device.

RoboCopy GUI – GUI for Command Line Utility ROBOCOPY

SequoiaView – Treemap visualization of hard drive’s contents. (Utilityapproved by the PowerToys group)

Shared Computer Toolkit
is designed for schools, libraries, Internet and gaming cafés,
community centers, and other locations where are “shared” computer is
used.

SyncToy
helps copy, move, and synchronize files with digital cameras, e-mail,
cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops.
(Support: How to . . .)

System Configuration Utility (msconfig) has been updated with a Tools Tab.
The System Configuration utility automates the routine troubleshooting
steps used when diagnosing system configuration issues. (Support: How to MSCONFIG & How to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting)

Transliteration Utility
(TU) tool for transliterating one natural language script to another
(like Serbian Latin to Serbian Cyrillic or Latin to Inuktitut). Plus,
it can be used to create, edit, debug, and test natural language
transliteration modules used to convert one script to another.
(Support: How to . . .)

Tweakomatic
utility that writes Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripts
enablimg you to retrieve and/or configure Windows and Internet Explorer
settings locally or remotely.

User State Migration Tool
(USMT) migrates user files and settings during large deployments by
capturing desktop, network and application settings as well as a user
files, and then migrates them to a new Windows installation. (Support: Homepage)

Virtual PC
is a powerful software virtualization solution that allows running
multiple PC-based operating systems simultaneously on one workstation.
(Support: Technical Overview)

VirtualWiFi
abstracts a single WLAN card to appear as multiple virtual WLAN cards
to the user. The user can then configure each virtual card to connect
to a different wireless network. Therefore, VirtualWiFi allows a user
to simultaneously connect his machine to multiple wireless networks
using just one WLAN card.

Wntipcfg This GUI tool gives you information about your IP configuration.

SUPPORT & TROUBLESHOOTING

Bootvis – Microsoft states this tool is not available, but they still “support it”.
Bootvis “was” a performance tracing and visualization tool designed to
help identify performance issues for boot/resume timing while
developing new PC products or supporting software.

Desktop Heap Monitor
examines usage of a WIN32 subsystem that has an internal heap area
known as “desktop heap”. When running large number of programs, “Out Of
Memory” error messages appear when you attempt to start new programs or
try to use programs that are already running, even though you still
have plenty of physical and pagefile memory available. (Support: KB126952)

DLL Online Help Database – helps identify DLL version conflicts.

Fiddler
is an HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your
computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP
Traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data.
(Support: HTTP Debugging)

Guided Help (depending on the problem) can automatically guide you through various steps to perform some diagnostic tasks yourself. (Support: How to . . .)

Kernel Memory Space Analyzer helps expert debugging engineers analyze crash dump files.

MDAC Component Checker
helps you determine installed version information and diagnose
installation issues with the Microsoft Data Access Components (Support:
MDAC Website)

Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. (Support: Users Guide)

Network Diagnostics for Windows XP
tool (xpnetdiag) analyzes information about your network connectivity
to help troubleshoot common connection problems. (Support: KB914440)

PortQry Command Line Port Scanner
is a command-line utility that troubleshoots TCP/IP connectivity issues
by reporting the port status of TCP and UDP ports on a computer you
choose. For details, see KB310099 and description. (Description of Microsoft Port Numbers & All Port Numbers)

Port Reporter
logs TCP and UDP port activity on a local Windows system by running as
a service logging which ports are used, which process is using the
port, if the process is a service, which modules the process has loaded
and which user account is running the process. (Description of Microsoft Port Numbers & All Port Numbers)

Port Reporter Parser Tool
is a log parser for Port Reporter log files. Port Reporter Parser has
many features that can help you analyze Port Reporter log files.

Product Support’s Reporting Tools and Premier Services Reporting Utility (Alliance version)
facilitates the gathering of critical system and logging information
used in troubleshooting support issues. There are 8 specialty versions,
one for each of the following support scenario categories: Alliance,
Directory Services (not for NT 4.0), Networking, Clustering, SQL,
Software Update Services, MDAC and Base / Setup / Storage / Print /
Performance. (Support: Blog Article & Overview)

User Mode Process Dumper
(userdump) dumps any running Win32 processes memory image (including
system processes such as csrss.exe, winlogon.exe, services.exe, etc) on
the fly, without attaching a debugger, or terminating target processes.
Generated dump file can be analyzed or debugged by using the standard
debugging tools.

User Profile Deletion Utility
(Delprof) deletes all data that is stored in a user profile including
desktop settings, favorites, program-specific data that is contained in
the Application Data folder, and the contents of the My Documents
folder.

User Profile Hive Cleanup
helps with slow log off and unreconciled profile problems ensuring that
user sessions are completely terminated when a user logs off when using
Roaming Profiles or locked profiles as implemented through the Shared
Computer Toolkit.

Video Decoder Checkup Utility
helps determine if an MPEG-2 DVD video decoder is installed, and
whether it’s compatible with Media Player 10 or Media Center Edition.

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility can remove a program’s configuration information if experiencing installation (Setup) problems.

Windows Support Tools
are intended for use by Microsoft support personnel and experienced
users to assist in diagnosing and resolving computer problems.

SECURITY, ANTI-SPYWARE & ANTI-VIRUS

Baseline Security Analyzer
includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local
or remote scans of Windows systems. MBSA will scan for common security
misconfigurations in the following products: Windows 2000, XP, Server
2003, IIS 5.0 & 6.0, SQL Server 7.0 & 2000, MSIE 5.01 and
later, and Office 2000, 2002 & 2003. MBSA also scans for missing
security updates, update rollups and service packs published to
Microsoft Update. (Support Tool: Visio Connector for MBSA 2.0, MBSA Homepage)

Malicious Software Removal Tool
checks for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software
(including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the
infection if it is found. (Updated on the second Tuesday of each
month.)

Promqry and PromqryUI
detects if a network sniffer that is running on a computer. If a system
has network interfaces in promiscuous mode, it may indicate the
presence of a network sniffer running on the system.

PromqryUI provides a Windows graphical interface that can be used to detect network interfaces that are running in promiscuous mode.

Promqry is a command line tool that can be used to detect network interfaces that are running in promiscuous mode.

Windows Defender protects against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

Windows Live Safety Center – Web service designed to ensure the health of your computer with free scanning tools helping get rid of unwanted software.

 

EXPRESS 2005 EDITIONS FOR DEVELOPERS

Visual Web Developer

Visual Basic, C#, C++, & J#

 

SQL Server

MULTIMEDIA

CD Slide Show Generator can view images burned to a CD as a slide show.

“Decades” Auto Playlist Pack include dozens new auto playlists to organize your music by decades—from the 1940s through the new millennium.

Device Manager Software Development Kit (SDK) works with devices that support the new Media Transfer Protocol (MTP).

Easy Camera Calibration Tool
determines a camera’s internal parameters (focal length, aspect ratio,
radial distortion, etc.). The technique only requires the camera to
observe a planar pattern shown at a few (at least two) different
orientations. Either the camera or the planar pattern can be freely
moved. The motion need not be known. (Support: Website)

GroupShot
creates a composite image from a series of photos. The photos must be
of the same scene, taken from the same point of view within a short
period of time. (Support: Help, Website & Channel 9 Video)

HTML Slide Show Wizard creates an HTML slide show of your digital pictures.

Image Resizer resizes one or many image files with a right-click. (Support: How to . . .)

JetStream Image Editor with cut and paste tool, based on sequential curve growing with interaction. (Support: Website)

Media Audio 9 Lossless to PCM Converter command line tool converts files encoded using Windows Media Audio 9 Lossless back into the original PCM WAV format.

Media Bonus Pack: utilities, PowerToys, visualizations, skins, sound effects, and much more. (Net Install Version)

Media Capture
capture uncompressed AVI video files with mono, stereo, 5.1, or 7.1
channels of audio, with up to 24 bit resolution and sampling rates up
to 192KHz.

Media Encoder
provides support for high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition
video quality, new support for mixed-mode voice and music content, and
more. (Support: Introduction to . . .)

Media Encoder Studio Edition for video professionals, focused on the creation of high-quality, offline encoded content.

Media Mono to Multichannel Wave Combiner 9 Series
command line tool will combine 2, 6 or 8 mono WAV files into an
audio-only AVI file that can be used as a source with the Windows Media
Encoder 9 Series.

Media Player Software Development Kit (SDK) introduces a range of new features and functionality for customizing the Player and Player Control.

Media Professional Exhibitor
intended for playback at full-screen resolution at all times. All
transport and playlist controls appear on a (required) second monitor
allowing for a theatrical viewing experience.

Media Transfer Protocol Porting Kit introduces the new Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), which enables you to manage content on any portable device.

Movie Maker create, edit, and share home movies easily with drag-and-drops. [Fun Packs: Winter 2002 & 2003 – Creative Audio, Titles, Custom Effects and Transitions] (Support: Blog Posting)

Paint.Net
originated as a Computer Science senior design project at Washington
State University, and is still developed by the two alumni Rick
Brewster and Tom Jackson who now work for Microsoft. Don’t forget the Free Paint.Net Plug-Ins!

Photo Story
create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you
can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add stunning special effects,
soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories.

Producer 2003
for users of PowerPoint 2002 & 2003, includes improved audio and
video quality, better synchronization, and presentation-sharing tools.

RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
for serious photographers. Organize and work with digital RAW files in
Windows Explorer, providing thumbnails, previews, printing, and
metadata display for RAW images. (Support: White Paper)

TweakMediaPlayer
gives access to advanced settings for the library, CD burning, and
full-screen mode. Adjust music queuing in the library, automatic volume
leveling for burning audio CDs, full-screen animations, and much more.

Video Cube
loads an AVI movie file as a volume, and play back the movie sampling
space and time in different ways. It also provides a single cutting
plane for interactively viewing single spacetime slices of the video.
(Support: Video Cubisum)

GAMING

3 Degrees connects
people into a small group, so you can do fun things together. Throw
animations to each others’ desktops with winks. Listen together to a
shared playlist created from music that you own with musicmix.

Carioca Rummy Card Game is a fun form of Contract Rummy popular in Argentina and Chile.

Game Voice Share
Talk strategy to your teammates. Talk trash to your opponents. Game
Voice brings the power of voice to games, whether you’re online, on a
LAN, or offline. (Support: How to . . .)

Match-Up! Similar to the game “Concentration”, test your memory and matching skills while racing against the clock.

SafeDisc
– When running a restricted user account with fast user switching under
Windows XP, some games will not start correctly. The game requests that
the original disk be placed in the drive, even if it is already
present.

XBox 360 Controller for Windows is equipped with smart features for enhanced PC gaming performance and greater navigational control. (Support: Documentation)

All Microsoft Free Game Demos

HARDWARE

Fingerprint Reader – DigitalPersona Password Manager 1.0 (Support: How to . . .)

Keyboard – IntelliType 5.5 Sofware for Windows 2000/XP and Windows XP 64 OEM Version

Mouse & Trackball – IntelliPoint 5.5 Software for Windows 2000/XP, Windows XP 64 Bit and Windows 2000/XP & XP 64 OEM Version (Support: How to . . . )

SCREENSAVERS & THEMES

4 the Dogs (Patas) – Four themes with “mans best friend.”

Brazilian Beaches (Praias do Brasil) – Four of Brazil’s famous beaches: Florianopolis, Buzios, Jericoacoara e Fernando de Noronha.

Brazilian Carnival Three types of parties according to regions: Olinda, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro.

Chinese New Year Theme Pack 2006.

Christmas Theme.

Creativity Fun Pack PowerToys automatically select images for your Desktop or Screen Saver.

Danish Spring & Summer themes by photographers from the Nordic countries.

Desktop Wallpapers from Microsoft Employees: Michael Swanson & Mikhail Arkhipov’s 1920 x 1200 (16:10 aspect ratio “widescreen”) and 1600 x 1200 (4:3 aspect ratio “standard”), Peggi Goodwin’s Gorgeous Nature Images (various resolution) and three from the Exchange Server Team.

Dungeon Siege Screensaver from the magical Land of Ehb.

Egypt Nile Theme.

European Union Flags Screensaver.

Final Fantasy XI Desktop Theme.

Flight Simulator X Screensaver

Historical Monuments of Québec Theme.

Holiday Snowflakes Screensaver.

Ireland Desktop Theme by Fáilte Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

Italian Pasta Theme Pack.

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth Skin for Windows Media Player 10 The skin was created in partnership with Electronic Arts and designed by The Skins Factory.

MSN Screensaver
personalize your screensaver with background photos, news and weather
information from MSN or any RSS feeds from websites you choose.

Nunavut (Canadian Arctic Region) – Desktop Theme

New Zealand Bliss A special Queen’s Birthday 2005 edition (Preview Samples)

Office Dinosaur Screensaver. Share the Microsoft Office Dino’s pain as he dances his way through one embarrassing technological difficulty after another.

Ontario Canada – Desktop Theme

Plus! Dancer LE enables you to experience the fun of entertaining dancers that groove to beats of the music that’s playing on your desktop.

  • Cobey See Cobey get down to Hip Hop!
  • Evan & Michele Spice up your desktop with the sexy Argentinean tango.
  • Scooby-Doo See Scooby-Doo do the Scooby Shuffle!

Portuguese Discoveries Theme Pack produced in cooperation with Protugal’s National Library – Ministry of Culture.

Ree Ree Khao Sarn,
the traditional Thai children’s game includes colorful wallpaper,icons
and animated screensaver with sound, demonstrating children play.

San Fermín Desktop Theme is specifically designed for the Spanish speaking community.

Security Screensavers two screen savers remind us of basic security practices — Ten Immutable Laws of Security, & Ten Immutable Laws of Security Administration.

The`me Québec.

Valentine’s Day Screensaver celebrates (duh) Valentine’s Day.

Video Screensaver includes sample movie footage of countries all over the world.

Windows XP Screensaver.

Winter Fun Pack 2004 for Windows XP Installer.

Winter 2006 TechNet Scripting Games Screensaver.

World of Warcraft Skin for Media Player 10 – Blizzard’s official World of Warcraft skin.

Xbox Screensavers, Desktops & Media Player skins.

Zune Desktop Theme.

source: bhandler.spaces.live.com

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