Windows XP Software

Finding the right tool for the right job can be a daunting affair, which is precisely why I maintain this list. It’s my own way of keeping track of the best (or least expensive) software for that special task or project. Maybe you’ll discover something you didn’t know was out there. Better yet, maybe you’ll even save some money. Each name links directly to the software homepage.

Updated: 9/5/12

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Understanding ‘Portable’ software. This is simply a term used to describe software that can run off a USB drive. Most developers nowadays create a portable version of their program, or make it portable right from the get-go. This results in two flavors of portable software. The first kind must be installed or unpacked to a USB drive just as you would do on a PC. The other takes the form of a fully self-contained exe file. This second type is great since you can literally copy it over to a USB drive, no installation required. Just double-click and it runs. The important thing is that whatever the type of portable version, all of the software in this list will run just fine on your main computer.
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If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading my other post titled Understanding Free Software, before browsing this list

1by1 Music Player – A super slick alternative to Windows Media Player.  Fast startup, simple to use, no bloat…just plain awesome
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

7-Zip – A top-notch compression utility for opening/creating zipped files and many other types of compressed files
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Audacity – Record, edit and mix audio tracks in multiple formats
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Power Users Only
• Operating System: Cross-Platform (Windows, Mac, Ubuntu)

BerBible – An ultra-portable bible with integrated search
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

CCleaner – Clean out the junk that inevitably accumulates
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Windows

CDBurner XP – Create compilation CDs, backups or ISO files
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

ClamWin Antivirus – Free, cross-platform antivirus.  Features a clean, minimalist interface, regular updates and uses fewer system resources than any other antivirus product I’ve ever used.
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Cross-Platform (Windows, Mac, Ubuntu)

Clementime – It’s a timer. Simple, functional and portable.
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Windows

Convert for Windows – A wonderful and tiny unit and measurement converter that covers just about everything
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Windows

CPU-Z – Get detailed info on your CPU, RAM and Motherboard
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

DateInTray – Put a handy little calendar right in the system tray
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Windows

Defraggler – Simple defragmentation done right
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Windows

dsCrypt – Easily encrypt individual or multiple files
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

DSynchronize – Create a backup set of your data, and then keep it nicely synchronized using this outstanding utility
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Power Users Only
• Operating System: Windows

Eric’s Movie Database – A great program for keeping track of your movie library, ratings, and which movies you’ve lent out
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Everything Search Engine – Windows’ built in search feature is no match against the amazing speed of this tiny search utility
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Windows

ExplorerXP – A nice replacement for Windows Explorer that offers a little more flexibility and functionality
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Power Users Only
• Operating System: Windows XP

FastStone Image Viewer – Top-notch photo organizer, and all around excellent tool for working with image files in general
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows XP

Firefox – The browser that’s fast, secure and customizable
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Cross-Platform (Windows, Mac, Ubuntu)

Foxit Reader – Lightweight, fast-loading, user-friendly alternative to the much heavier and slower Adobe PDF Reader
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Cross-Platform (Windows, Ubuntu)

GIMP – Highly polished, robust alternative to Adobe Photoshop
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Power Users Only
• Operating System: Cross-Platform (Windows, Mac, Ubuntu)

HWMonitor – Keep an eye on system core temperatures
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Power Users Only
• Operating System: Windows

JavaRa – Great tool for keeping Java up to date, cleaned up, and improving the overall security of your computer
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Karen’s Computer Profiler – Detailed information right at your fingertips. While there be sure to check out Karen’s other works. I love your stuff Karen!
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Lupas Rename – Super handy tool for bulk renaming of files
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Media Player Classic – A tiny media player that can handle just about any kind of media: music, video, DVDs and a whole lot more
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Mp3tag – A lite but powerful utility for managing MP3 tags
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

MyUninstaller – A more powerful tool for uninstalling unwanted software. While there be sure to visit the many other great tools from Nir Sofer. Thank You Nir.
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Partition Master Home Edition – Easily setup and manage partitions without having to reformat your Hard Drive
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Power Users Only
• Operating System: Windows

PDFill Writer – Export documents and webpages to PDF
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

PDF-XChange Viewer – An alternative to Adobe Reader that’s lighter, snappier and packed with just as many useful features
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Photofiltre – A friendly photo editor that I can’t recommend enough. Thank You for this Great software Antonio.
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

PStart – A handy Start Menu for launching USB apps
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

SoftMaker FreeOffice – Unquestionably the best office software I’ve used since MS Office XP.  It’s light, snappy, intuitive and elegant.  Works with Windows and Ubuntu.
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Beginner/Average
• Operating System: Cross-Platform (Windows, Ubuntu)

SpaceSniffer – Easily compare which programs or files are taking up the most space on your hard drive
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Spybot Search & Destroy – Proven spyware detection and prevention from a community of dedicated developers
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Startup Monitor – Runs quietly in the background, preventing malicious software from adding itself to Windows startup
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Power Users Only
• Operating System: Windows

Thunderbird – Retrieve, read, manage, organize and archive your email with a single client…that’s also customizable
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Cross-Platform (Windows, Mac, Ubuntu)

TrueCrypt – Create an encrypted virtual drive for sensitive data and documents. Can also be installed to USB drives.
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Power Users Only
• Operating System: Cross-Platform (Windows, Mac, Ubuntu)

Unlocker – A highly specialized tool for those times when Windows refuses to let you work with certain files
• Portable version: No
• User Level: Power Users Only
• Operating System: Windows

Volumouse – Control Windows volume using the mouse wheel
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Average
• Operating System: Windows

Wallpaper Randomizer – Change your desktop wallpaper at the click of a button, or set it to choose one at random intervals
• Portable version: Yes
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Windows

WordWeb – Quickly pop up a dictionary/thesaurus using a simple hotkey combo. Can also perform Wikipedia searches.
• Portable version: Yes (Installation Required)
• User Level: Beginner
• Operating System: Cross-Platform (Windows, Mac)

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Published on May 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

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