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  • Clink - Powerful Bash-style command line editing for cmd.exe





Installing / updates

  • Chocolatey NuGet - a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind. To install chocolatey now, open an administrative cmd.exe command prompt and paste the text from the box below and press enter (or click ). For administrative PowerShell copy the second box () (Ensure Get-ExecutionPolicy is at least Bypass).
  • Boxstarter - Repeatable, reboot resilient windows environment installations made easy using Chocolatey packages. When its time to repave either bare metal or virtualized instances, locally or on a remote machine, Boxstarter can automate both trivial and highly complex installations. Compatible with all Windows versions from Windows 7/2008 R2 forward.


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File manager



  • Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.
  • Autoruns - Manage software that runs on startup



  • ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit! ImgBurn supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CCD, CDI, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI.






  • Bluescreen is a screen saver that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot.



Classic Shell

  • Classic Shell - free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are: Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins, Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs, Find programs, settings, files and documents, Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer, Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer








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Internet Explorer

  • Utilu IE Collection contains multiple standalone versions of the browser Internet Explorer, which can be used at the same time.

Utilu IE Collection contains the following versions of IE: Internet Explorer 1.0 (4.40.308) Internet Explorer 1.5 ( Internet Explorer 2.01 (2.01.046) Internet Explorer 3.0 (3.0.1152) Internet Explorer 3.01 (3.01.2723) Internet Explorer 3.03 (3.03.2925) Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.72.3110.0) Internet Explorer 5.01 (5.00.3314.2100) Internet Explorer 5.5 (5.51.4807.2300) Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2800.1106) Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2900.2180) Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5730.13) Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18702)



Remote access

Port 3389



  • Gow (Gnu On Windows) is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient NSIS installer that installs over 100 extremely useful open source UNIX applications compiled as native win32 binaries. It is designed to be as small as possible, about 18 MB, as opposed to Cygwin which can run well over 100 MB depending upon options.
  • - (Minimalist GNU for Windows), formerly mingw32, is a free and open source software development environment for creating Microsoft Windows applications. It includes a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), GNU Binutils for Windows (assembler, linker, archive manager), a set of freely distributable Windows specific header files and static import libraries which enable the use of the Windows API, a Windows native build of the GNU Project's GNU Debugger, and miscellaneous utilities.
  • MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software. The name is a contraction of Minimal SYStem 2, and aims to provide support to facilitate using the bash shell, Autotools, revision control systems and the like for building native Windows applications using MinGW-w64 toolchains.

We wanted a package management system to provide easy installation of packages, and ported Arch Linux's Pacman. This brings many powerful features such as dependency resolution and simple complete system upgrades, as well as providing the build system - makepkg{,-mingw} - which is used to make these packages. [12]

  • ntfsfix - fix common errors and force Windows to check NTFS
  • Ext2Fsd Project - Open source ext3/4 file system driver for Windows (2K/XP/WIN7/WIN8)
  • Cooperative Linux is the first working free and open source method for optimally running Linux on Microsoft Windows natively. More generally, Cooperative Linux (short-named coLinux) is a port of the Linux kernel that allows it to run cooperatively alongside another operating system on a single machine. For instance, it allows one to freely run Linux on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, without using a commercial PC virtualization software such as VMware, in a way which is much more optimal than using any general purpose PC virtualization software. In its current condition, it allows us to run the KNOPPIX Japanese Edition on Windows (see Screenshots).

  • LBW is a Linux system call translator for Windows. It allows you to run unmodified Linux applications on top of Windows. It is not virtualisation; only one operating system is running, which is Windows. It is not emulation; Linux applications run directly on the processor, resulting in (theoretically) full native performance. Consider it as being like WINE, but in reverse. Right now LBW is in a proof-of-concept stage. It's in no way suitable for doing real work on as it's full of bugs. On the other hand it's adequate for running a Debian chroot, downloading and installing packages with apt and dpkg, compiling and running programs with gcc, connecting to remote servers with ssh, and even running some basic X applications.

  • Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way




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