Replace Your Default Windows Programs with These Awesome Free Tools


Windows comes with certain software components which are supposed to make Windows users more productive. Among these programs are Notepad, Sticky Notes, the Calculator, or the Command Prompt. But if you really want to do productive work in Windows, you can’t rely on these default programs.

While the above-mentioned programs are able to do some things, there are free replacements available which are much better.

Here is a list of tools I like to use instead of Windows’ default programs:

Default Windows program Free replacement software
Calculator SpeedCrunch or Tabby Calc Portable
Command Prompt ConEmu or Console
Disk Cleanup BleachBit or Ccleaner
Disk Defragmenter Defraggler
Notepad Notepad++
Paint GIMP or GIMP Portable
Sticky Notes Stickies or Stickies Portable
Uninstall a program Revo Uninstaller Free or Revo Uninstaller Portable
Windows Explorer MultiCommander
Windows Media Player VLC Media Player
Windows Search Everything Search Engine
Windows Zip Compression 7-Zip or 7-Zip Portable
Wordpad Libre Office, Open Office or Open Office Portable

These replacements are more feature packed, more user friendly, visually better designed, and overall more up-to-date than their default Windows counterparts.

All the listed replacements come in a portable version, too. Many of them are also open-source. And best of all, all of them are completely free.

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