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Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Post icon  Posted 20 November 2009 - 08:51 AM

Being a Linux enthusiast but working as an IT administrator in an exclusive Windows environment there are times when you get called into action.

Here is a summary of a nice little article I read on InfoWorld that encompasses 10 great FREE tools to make life a little easier.

1. Sysinternals Suite
2. HWinFo32
3. Crap Cleaner
4. Recuva
5. FileZilla
6. Virtual CloneDrive
7. Defraggler
8. ImgBurn
9. 7-Zip
10. VirtualBox

I have used a couple of these personally and found them invaluable.

http://www.infoworld.....os-792?page=0,4

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#2 Mikhail  Icon User is offline

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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 20 November 2009 - 09:48 AM

Those I believe will benefit me very much at work, thanks for the link Nykc.
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:19 AM

Nice list. If they didn't list Sysinternals I would have called them incompetent; nice to see it's number one. VMWare, as noted, still puts VirtualBox.

One interesting omission is a net analyzer. Sysinternals has a Tcp viewer, but even that didn't get noted. I'd add Wireshark as a must have. The "Angry IP Scanner" also has it's moments.
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:20 AM

Nice list. I hate that I have to move between 5 pages though. Stupid articles.


I love CCleaner.

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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 20 November 2009 - 11:54 AM

mmmm, wireshark :)

I'm quite surprised that Hijackthis isn't on that list.
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 20 November 2009 - 11:57 AM

or nmap... :)
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 20 November 2009 - 01:18 PM

View Postbaavgai, on 20 Nov, 2009 - 11:19 AM, said:

Wireshark as a must have.


I completely agree. Wireshark has helped me find failing network hardware on our LAN at my office. Without wireshark, I would have never noticed one of the switches firing off STP (Spanning Tree) packets left and right.

The other items on the list are definitely tried and true. I have used almost all of them personally and swear by them.
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 20 November 2009 - 01:41 PM

With this being one writer's opinions there is no reason we cannot add to the list, any links to these tools would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 21 November 2009 - 04:22 PM

Is this like Wireless hacking, Nmap, WireShark what next Cain?

I like the list and its all FreeWare :D
(Recuva trying that now seeing if it really works)
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 25 November 2009 - 05:54 AM

Nice list :^:

Since you are a Linux enthusiast, you should check out Cygwin. It's one of the first things I install on every Windows machine.
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:25 AM

Nice list. I love the sysinternals suite. First thing I install and path on my machines
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 28 November 2009 - 10:08 AM

I'm personally over-impressed by 7zip, as it definitely deserves to be on that list. However, there were quite a few I would have thought that would be on the list, instead of some others. Oh well, everyone has their own opinions.
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Re: Top 10 Windows Tools for IT Pros

Posted 29 November 2009 - 01:27 PM

I've used a bunch of the software listed, with 7-Zip, CCleaner, and VirtualBox being my favorites

I would have included Process Hacker. It's an open source task manager which doesn't suck.
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