Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows & Office Programs available for download
— finding them all is extremely difficult . . . until now.
WINDOWS XP GOODIES
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.
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.
keeps important files at your fingertips – anywhere. All file changes
are automatically synchronized between linked computers, so you always
access the latest files.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Optional Reference & Dictionaries
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.
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.
- Internet Explorer History Protocol Handler Add-in indexes the history of the web pages you have browsed using Internet Explorer. (Support KB918998)
- UNC/FAT Protocol Handler Add-in indexes your shared network directories and FAT drive(s) allowing you to easily find your specific content. (Support KB918996)
ISO Recorder Power Toy makes images of CDs & DVDs to create ISO images.
Keyboard Layout Creator create & modify keyboard layouts.
- 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.
- 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
Mount ISO Files Virtually – this tool allows ISO image files to be mounted virtually as a CD/DVD device.
Shared Computer Toolkit
is designed for schools, libraries, Internet and gaming cafés,
community centers, and other locations where are “shared” computer is
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)
(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 . . .)
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)
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.
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)
Kernel Memory Space Analyzer helps expert debugging engineers analyze crash dump files.
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
Match-Up! Similar to the game “Concentration”, test your memory and matching skills while racing against the clock.
– 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
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.
Creativity Fun Pack PowerToys automatically select images for your Desktop or Screen Saver.
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.
Flight Simulator X Screensaver
Holiday Snowflakes Screensaver.
Ireland Desktop Theme by Fáilte Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
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.
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
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.
Valentine’s Day Screensaver celebrates (duh) Valentine’s Day.
Video Screensaver includes sample movie footage of countries all over the world.
Winter Fun Pack 2004 for Windows XP Installer.
World of Warcraft Skin for Media Player 10 – Blizzard’s official World of Warcraft skin.