Besides development utilites I also have general system tools. Here i created a list from them. I try to extend and update it all the time.
For reinstalling a complete system, ninite.com can help you installing a lot of applications in one go.
Foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. It has a lot of component plugins. Plugin 1: For a better playlist view with columns, grouping and artwork, I use Columns UI. (Favorite layout = NG Playlist + playlist switcher + Item details + Artwork). Tip: you can install it as portable and place it in DropBox for multi-PC use. Plugin 2: For a nice fade-in/fade-out information balloon I use the PrettyPop plugin. Plugin 3: FreeDB tagger is useful for tagging support. Plugin 4: Biography View supports a very useful feature: automatically download album art from Last.fm.
VLC media player
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, mp3, ogg, aac …) as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
DVDShrink is software to backup DVD discs. You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc.
Freemake Video converter
When you want to convert videos to a format for mobile devices, this tool can help. Convert your videos to save disk space.
Foxit PDF reader
As a small and fast PDF viewer
A simple way to create PDF, just print towards a virtual PDF driver
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
A very nice Flip-Clock screensaver for PC
Easy way to manage your photo collection, also with the ability to create a online photo album with Google.
Text related tools
AnyPassword is an easy-to-use tool that lets you store all your passwords, user IDs, and related information together in a safe place. The program supports tree-type data structure, password generation, incremental search, import and export of data.
Greatnews RSS reader
A small freeware RSS reader.
Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
Instant text messaging and calling software
Microsoft Live Messenger
Instant messaging for using with Live accounts
Microsoft Live Writer
Great blog software for authoring your blog
TODO: create links to good plugins
The only tool you need to convert PDF books to a format for your e-reader. Also has some great way to manage your books.
Maybe a system tool, but this helps you to synchronize the brightness of your screen with daytime/nighttime. In the night the screen is less intense and makes you PC hours more comfortable. So justgetflux.com :-)
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner.
TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize Free can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder.
The GParted application is the GNOME partition editor for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions.
FileMon monitors and displays file system activity on a system in real-time. Its advanced capabilities make it a powerful tool for exploring the way Windows works, seeing how applications use the files and DLLs, or tracking down problems in system or application file configurations.
Sysinternals Process Monitor
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry, and process/thread activity.
Total Commander is a file manager replacement that offers multiple language support, search, file comparison, directory synchronization, quick view panel with bitmap display, ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE archive handling plus plugins, built-in FTP client with FXP, HTTP proxy support, and more.
Unlocker application was designed to be a very useful Windows Explorer extension allowing users with a simple right-click on a file or folder to easily get rid of error message such as error deleting file or folder, cannot delete folder: it’s being used.
Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.
Probably the best virtual drive software, Virtual CloneDrive allows you to enjoy the freedom of a virtual drive and is completely free.
Virtual PC provides you the capability to run multiple Windows environments such as Windows XP Mode from your Windows desktop.
WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.
MoboRobo - Moborobo allows you to manage your Android and iOS devices from your PC with ease.
SSD Life - A portable utility to review the health status of your Solid Stated Drive.
Speccy - Speccy tells you everything about your computer hardware component. If you want to dive even deeper in everything detail about your videocard, you should use GPU-Z. It contains all about memory, clock settings and running speeds.
PureText - Copy-paste tool. Paste without the markup with WINKEY+V
Fences - Easily group desktop icons within a 'fence'
Windows Terminal - Use Powershell, Azure Shell, Command Prompt all in 1 place. Opens windows as tabs and has a lot other features. Read more on Hanselblog.
Cloud enabled software
- Evernote - Create notes and synchronize them online
- Instapaper - Create a list of webpages to read later
- Astrid - Online TODO manager with great iOS app.
- Google Drive - I use this for documents storage
- DropBox - I use this for portable applications so that I can use them on every PC without even thinking about it.
- Feedly - Great online RSS feed aggregator
Internet related software
- Quickpar - QuickPar is a utility for creating Parity Volumes using the Reed Solomon algorithm.
- Spotgrit - Easy way to find posts on use net
- GrabIt! - GrabIt is a free application that enables you to easily find and download content from Usenet news servers.
- SABndbd server - Great server tool for managing NZB downloads for UseNet.
- Sick Beard - Supplement to SabNZBd for fans of TV series. Creates automatic downloads for your favorite shows.
Other things to keep in mind
Besides programmes, here is my checklist of files I need to copy to a new PC (or to a backup medium):
documents, firefox favorites, any password archive, greatnews RSS list, WLW settings/plugins, TotalCommander reg+ini file, c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\host
baretailpro, FileZilla settings, Desktop items, VS2008 Code snippets, RemoteDesktop settings
Stand alone development tools