Tools I used most on Windows


I use the following tools most on Windows.

  • Windows XP.
  • Firefox - Released under Mozilla Public License.
  • Google Chrome - BSD license.
  • Thunderbird - Released under Mozilla Public License.
  • StarDict - A Cross-Platform and international dictionary written in Gtk2. Released under GPL.
  • Pidgin - A multiple protocol IM tool. Released under GPL.
  • QQ - Tencent's QQ chatting client.
  • Skype - Best VoIP client.
  • Notpad++ - A free and open source source code editor and notepad replacement. Released under GPL.
  • vim - GPL-compatible.
  • Xunlei - A multi-threaded downloading tool.
  • VeryCD eMule - A P2P downloading tool.
  • 360 - Free spyware scanner and anivirus.
  • Baofeng Player - A multi-codecs supporting media player.
  • Google Picasa - Google's photo organizer.
  • Adobe Flash.
  • Adobe Reader - A powerful free PDF viewer.
  • Java - Sun's Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
  • PuTTY - A free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms. Distributed under the MIT license.
  • TightVNC - A free remote control software package derived from the popular VNC software. GPL-licensed.
  • DAEMON Tools - A free virtual CD/DVD-ROM emulator.
  • Hellonet - A widely used ADSL dial up tool.
  • Filezilla - Powerful and open source (GPL).
  • Google Pinyin - The best feature I favorite is auto sync with my gmail account.
  • TortoiseSVN - A Subversion client, implemented as a windows shell extension.
  • Ext2fs - It provides Windows with full access to Linux Ext2/Ext3 volumes.
  • 7-Zip - Open source file archiver.
  • WinMD5.
  • VPN client and IP communicator - From Cisco, for company intranet access.


  • Most software I used are free and open source.
  • Don't use Microsoft Office very much. For documents in MS office format, use Google Docs to open and edit.
  • Don't use desktop feed reader any more. Using online feed reader Google Reader only.
  • 7-Zip obsoletes WinRAR.
  • Notpad++ obsoletes PSPad.
  • I rely on online services more and more. Eg. Gmail and Google Dictionary.

None: WindowsTools (last edited 2010-03-13 09:59:34 by ZhigangWang)