Windows 8 FAQ

Top Utilities for Windows 8


Name of Utility Description
7-Zip Free Archive tool for 7z, zip, tar archives
Application deployment kit Microsoft's deployment kit
Astra32 System information Tool
AusLogics Disk Defragmenter Disk defragmentation tool
Avast! Antivirus software
AVG Free Antivirus software
Bootcamp Bootcamp drivers and information
CamStudio Free video recording tool
CCleaner Internet, temp files, registry cleaner
CDburnerXP Free CD or DVD Burner software
Classic Shell Classic menu and explorer tool
CPU Z CPU Information tool
DivX Multimedia player
DosBox DOS Emulator
Dependancy Walker Lists dependancies for programs e.g. DLLs, ActiveX etc
Editpad Lite Text Editor tool with tab, search
EasyBCD Easy Bootloader editor for Window 8 (better than bcdedit)
Google Toolbar and Apps General toolbar and apps from Google
GPU-Z Graphics card information tool
Hijack This Virus and malware information tool
ImgBurn Create ISO files of disks or burn ISOs back to disk.
Irfan View Picture and photo viewer. (Alt. to Photo Gallery)
IsoBuster Recover CD/DVD disks and ISO files.
Malware Bytes Anti-Malware Good anti-malware tool
One Drive Microsoft One Drive support
Open Live Writer Blog writing tool (open source replacement for Live Writer)
OpenSSL Useful SSL certificate tools
Recuva Recover deleted files and folders
Silverlight Silverlight plug-in page
Skype Instant chat program (Alt. to Messenger)
Stardock Menu Start menu
Start Menu 7 Start menu
Thunderbird E-mail Program (Alt to Live Mail)
Tweak-8 Tweak Windows 8 settings (incl removing those shortcut arrows!)
VirtualBox Virtual Machine Emulator
Vista Start Menu Start menu
Vistart Menu Start menu
Visual Studio Visual Studio development tools
Windows Assessment Deployment Kit Windows Assessment kit
Windows USB/DVD Download Tool USB or DVD bootable disc tool
Windows SDK Software development kit
WinHelp Open old HLP files