Free Utility Programs to Keep Your PC Running Smoothly
I made a conscious decision to not make these free program pages some lame attempt to garner traffic by listing a whole bunch of crap applications–most of which probably contain spyware and malware–and slapping the word free all over the page title. Every program I’ve linked to is either currently installed on my PC or was for quite sometime until something else came along.
My philosophy on PC maintenance changed drastically after Windows 7.
Seems like we always saw major issues with each Windows release right up to Vista. Windows XP was okay once MS had it fully patched, but by that time the technology was outpacing it. You had to re-install Windows 95 every 6 months (3 if you were a gamer) just to properly clean up the registry while Windows XP would last about a year. I never bothered with Vista, except for the few months we had it on our laptop before the Windows 7 upgrade package was shipped.
As far as I’m concerned Windows 8 worked well pretty much out of the gate. Yeah, the Metro interface is useless, but Win8 has been pretty stable for me barring the one time I had to do a full re-install, of course. But that could have been my fault for treating it like previous versions of the OS and micro-managing it.
I used to tweak the registry of XP and move the page file to separate partitions that had to be at the beginning of different drives in vain attempts at squeezing a tiny bit more performance out of it. Windows 8 don’t like you doing stuff like that, so I don’t (that’s why I had to do the re-install.) Win8 does a remarkable job of keeping its registry nice and tidy. Yup, Windows 8 is pretty much a hands-off OS. For the first time since 1995 I actually spend more time using my PC for creative outlets and business productivity than I do trying to figure out why an application won’t install or work properly or why it keeps telling me I need a USB 2.0 interface when I have a USB 2.0 interface!
That being said, I used to utilize a lot more maintenance and system utility programs to keep Windows in check. These days it’s basically four programs. I’ve even forgone my use of avast in favor of Windows Defender because, well—allow me to be blunt—you have to be pretty ‘effing stupid to get a virus, like clock blinking on your VCR and ‘fraid of Obamacare stupid.
Windows Defender runs quietly in the background and I haven’t once noticed any of those PC bullet time sequences you get (at the most inappropriate times) when an anti-virus slips into high gear for no apparent reason and hijacks every freaking resource your computer has to spare. Avast is still my choice for best third party anti-virus, though.
There’s a link labelled FREE PROGRAMS on the menu bar at the top of the page or (if the clock is still blinking on your VCR and that previous instruction was too difficult for you) you can click here to see what my recommended Windows maintenance programs are.
Posted on October 4, 2013, in Productive Pondering & Lollygagging, Software, Technology and tagged free maintenance programs, Free Programs, free software, Free utility programs. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.