- Boost Library – Fantastic C++ library! Large portions of this were used in the latest C++ 11 and C++ 14 standards. Long live C++!
- Sysinternals Tools – Process Explorer and Autoruns are absolute must-have tools. I could not live without them. All of the tools are completely free. In fact, Sysinternals was bought out by Microsoft a few years back, so even businesses can now use the tools without paying for them.
- Secunia Software Inspector – You may not know it, but there is a pretty good chance that you are running a lot of out-of-date software on your computer and don’t even know it. Out-of-date software has security holes. This must-visit site will scan your computer and tell you which software needs updating to make your computer 100% secure.
- Secunia Personal Software Inspector – If you’re a fan of the online Software Inspector, you can keep even better track of application security by installing this free app that monitors your computer for insecure software 24/7!
- BartPE – One of these bootable Windows XP CDs created by PE Builder will save you when you’re in a jam.
- Ultimate Boot CD for Windows – Uses BartPE to create a bootable Windows XP CD with ‘loads’ of plugins.
- DOSBox – DOSBox emulates a DOS environment running on old hardware. Perfect for playing your old games that broke when you moved to NT!
- Notepad++ – It’s Notepad++, need I say more? If you do ANY kind of advanced computer work, ditch the built-in Windows notepad and switch to Notepad++. You won’t regret it.
- wxWidgets Library – An interesting C++ library that implements GUI classes that can be compiled on multiple platforms. Thus, C++ apps written with wxWidgets can be written in a platform-neutral API.