Whether you are an automotive mechanic or a top IT professional, you need to have the right tools for the job. Unlike an automotive mechanic however, you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of your company’s hard earned dollars on the tools you need. These basic Windows Operating System Support Tools, tools you can use for IT and PC support duties, are free to download from CNET.com.

Free Windows Operating System Support Tools:

1. CCleaner. A very common support task is cleaning the system of unused files and invalid registry entries, providing for more available disk space and faster overall performance. CCleaner will do an excellent job at that as well as totally cleaning out the browser history and even uninstalling applications.

The CCleaner utility can be downloaded from https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/download

2. Recuva. Often times you will be in a situation where you need to recover lost or deleted files. Recuva was developed for just that purpose. It has a simple to use wizard type interface and can restore all types of files from simple text documents to videos, and everything else in between. You can restore files from removable disks and thumb drives as well as restore files that were deleted by viruses and crashes.

The Recuva utility can be downloaded from https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva/download.

3. Defraggler. When a computer system is running slow a disk defragmentation tool should help speed things up quite a bit. When a computer file is created it is broken up into pieces and spread out throughout the systems hard drive. When the file needs to be retrieved it needs to be pieced back together. Defraggler will basically line up all the pieces together making the system perform better. It has an easy to use interface that allows you to pick and chose either various files and folders to defragment or the entire drive. You are also allowed to determine where on the drive you would like to store particular files, as well as scheduling the procedures to take place in the background as it can take quite some time to perform.

The Defraggler utility can be downloaded from https://www.ccleaner.com/defraggler/download

4. 7-Zip. Many support tasks will require the use of compressed or “zip” files. Compressing the files allows them to be transferred more rapidly and take up less space. 7-Zip will provide no nonsense no frills compression and decompression capability that should suit the needs of almost everyone.

7-Zip is available as a free download from https://www.7-zip.org/

5. FileZilla. The necessity to transfer files to or from an FTP site or server will undoubtedly arise at some point. File transfer protocol has become the staple method of delivering patches, drivers and hot fixes. FileZilla enables you to perform these tasks with ease.
FileZilla client and server downloads are available at https://filezilla-project.org/

Almost everyone will find themselves tasked with some sort of computer problem. For the IT support professionals or just the average do-it-yourselfers there are some tools you just can’t do without, and in the above cases, they just happen to be free.

Make use of these free Windows Operating System Support Tools to ease your day-to-day computer issues and keep your systems running efficiently.

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