Best Free Windows Admin Tools

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The tools are ordered according to user ratings. To rate a program click on its title and scroll to the end of the review.

  1. EventSentry Light – Real-time event log monitoring (+211 rating, 49 votes)
  2. Remote Desktop Manager – A powerful RDP client (+188 rating, 42 votes)
  3. Spiceworks – Network Monitoring and Help Desk software (+131 rating, 33 votes)
  4. ADManager Plus – Active Directory reports and monitoring (+117 rating, 27 votes)
  5. Sysinternals Suite – Troubleshooting utilities (+115 rating, 27 votes)
  6. Active Directory Reports Lite – Active Directory reporting tool (+114 rating, 26 votes)
  7. GFI LANguard – Network Security Scanner (+110 rating, 27 votes)
  8. KeePass – Open source password manager (+104 rating, 24 votes)
  9. JiJi Self Service Password Reset – Allows end users reset their password (+91 rating, 21 votes)
  10. Notepad++ – Source code editor and Notepad replacement (+90 rating, 22 votes)
  11. Wireshark – Powerful network analyzer (+76 rating, 18 votes)
  12. Zenmap: Windows GUI for nmap (+76 rating, 17 votes)
  13. Farm Commander – Copy, move delete files on multiple servers (+71 rating, 16 votes)
  14. UBCD4Win – Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, a comprehensive rescue tool (+69 rating, 17 votes)
  15. MobaXterm – The multitab Unix browser for Windows (+68 rating, 17 votes)
  16. Process Monitor – View file system, registry, and network activity (+68 rating, 16 votes)
  17. Desktop Central Free Windows Tools – 10 admin utilities (+66 rating, 15 votes)
  18. TeraCopy – Increase copy speed (+63 rating, 14 votes)
  19. Sequoia View – Visualize occupied hard disk space (+62 rating, 15 votes)
  20. Trinity Rescue Kit (TRK) – Recover Windows using Linux (+61 rating, 16 votes)
  21. XIA Configuration Server – inventory and technical documentation (+60 rating, 14 votes)
  22. Autoruns – Manage Windows startup programs (+56 rating, 13 votes)
  23. BartPE – A Windows PE-based rescue platform (+55 rating, 13 votes)
  24. VMware DiskMount GUI – Mount VMDK files (+54 rating, 14 votes)
  25. Service and Scheduled Task User Manager – Change service accounts passwords (+53 rating, 12 votes)
  26. EventTracker PULSE – a search engine for log data (+52 rating, 13 votes)
  27. Iometer – Measure disk performance (+51 rating, 15 votes)
  28. JiJi Help Desk Password Reset – Delegate password resets (+49 rating, 11 votes)
  29. AD Tidy – Identify last logged on user and computer accounts (+49 rating, 11 votes)
  30. NTPWEdit – Reset Windows 7 password (+48 rating, 18 votes)
  31. Process Explorer – A better Task Manager (+48 rating, 13 votes)
  32. Netcat – Swiss army knife for network troubleshooting (+48 rating, 11 votes)
  33. SpecOps Gpupdate – WOL, gpupdate, remote restart (+47 rating, 12 votes)
  34. ExInsight – Monitoring and statistics for Microsoft Exchange (+47 rating, 11 votes)
  35. The Dude – Map networks and monitor services (+46 rating, 12 votes)
  36. My_7PE – Build Windows 7 PE without WAIK (+46 rating, 11 votes)
  37. Robocopy – Mirror folders (+43 rating, 11 votes)
  38. CoreConfigurator – A GUI for Server Core (+43 rating, 10 votes)
  39. Process Hacker – A mighty Task Manager and Process Explorer alternative (+43 rating, 10 votes)
  40. FileMenu Tools – Customize Windows Explorer easily (+43 rating, 10 votes)
  41. EndPointScan – Scan your network for devices (+42 rating, 10 votes)
  42. Reply To: Windows Server 2012 R2 on VirtualBox – Error 0x000000C4 (+41 rating, 49 votes)
  43. SolarWinds Exchange Monitor (+41 rating, 12 votes)
  44. ADModify.NET – Modify multiple user accounts in Active Directory (+41 rating, 11 votes)
  45. JiJi Self Extractor – Create self-extracting compressed executables (+41 rating, 10 votes)
  46. Treesize Free – Shows size of folder and subfolders (+40 rating, 10 votes)
  47. PocketPutty – SSH client for Windows Mobile (+38 rating, 12 votes)
  48. Specops Command – PowerShell meets Group Policy (+38 rating, 10 votes)
  49. SuRun – Run programs with local admin right (+37 rating, 9 votes)
  50. Revo Uninstaller – Free PCs from junk (+37 rating, 9 votes)
  51. Lansweeper – Hardware and software inventory for Windows (+37 rating, 9 votes)
  52. ManageEngine Desktop Central – Client management software (+37 rating, 9 votes)
  53. Live Maps for Microsoft Operations Manager (+36 rating, 9 votes)
  54. Free RDP manager – Royal TS (+35 rating, 8 votes)
  55. MobaSSH – SSH server for Windows (+34 rating, 10 votes)
  56. NetWrix Disk Space Monitor (+33 rating, 9 votes)
  57. GParted – Partition manager for Windows and Linux (+33 rating, 9 votes)
  58. mRemoteNG – Open source, multi-protocol, remote connection manager (+33 rating, 8 votes)
  59. AD PHOTO EDIT – Import Exchange Global Address List (GAL) images into Active Directory (+33 rating, 8 votes)
  60. AD Info – User friendly Active Directory reporting tool (+32 rating, 10 votes)
  61. Terminals – A multi-tabbed RDP client (+32 rating, 8 votes)
  62. PacketTrap pt360 ToolSuite – network management (+32 rating, 8 votes)
  63. NetWrix File Server Change Reporter (+32 rating, 8 votes)
  64. EMCO Network Software Scanner – Audit installed programs (+32 rating, 7 votes)
  65. Request Tracker – ITIL compliant Service Desk software (+31 rating, 8 votes)
  66. System Explorer – Examine a Windows installation in detail (+31 rating, 7 votes)
  67. EMCO WakeOnLan – Wake-on-LAN utility for large networks (+31 rating, 7 votes)
  68. Memtest86 – A memory diagnostic tool (+31 rating, 7 votes)
  69. Hyper-V Monitor Gadget for the Windows Vista sidebar (+30 rating, 8 votes)
  70. Free software inventory software – EMCO Remote Installer (+30 rating, 7 votes)
  71. NetWrix Services Monitor – Restart failing Windows services (+29 rating, 8 votes)
  72. locate32 – Find files (+29 rating, 7 votes)
  73. NirCmd – Swiss army knife for the command prompt (+29 rating, 7 votes)
  74. WuInstall – Install Windows updates using a command line script (+29 rating, 7 votes)
  75. EMCO MAC Address Scanner (+29 rating, 7 votes)
  76. PDQ Deploy – Software deployment software (+28 rating, 9 votes)
  77. NTop-XTRA – Shows network usage (+28 rating, 7 votes)
  78. SolarWinds Real-Time NetFlow Analyzer (+28 rating, 7 votes)
  79. GImageX – A GUI for ImageX (+28 rating, 7 votes)
  80. EMCO Remote Console – Remote command tool for Windows (+28 rating, 7 votes)
  81. CCleaner – Improve Windows performance by removing unnecessary files and registry entries (+28 rating, 6 votes)
  82. eToolz – GUI for ping, traceroute, WHOIS and more (+27 rating, 7 votes)
  83. Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM v2) – Part 1 (+27 rating, 6 votes)
  84. PowerGUI – Create PowerShell scripts with a GUI (+26 rating, 8 votes)
  85. PDQ Inventory – Track software and hardware (+26 rating, 8 votes)
  86. AD Query – Search Active Directory (+26 rating, 7 votes)
  87. Network Monitor – A free network protocol analyzer (+26 rating, 6 votes)
  88. JavaRa – Remove redundant versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) (+25 rating, 9 votes)
  89. Spotlight on Windows – Monitor Windows servers (+25 rating, 7 votes)
  90. Quest Object Restore for Active Directory – Undelete AD objects (+25 rating, 6 votes)
  91. Extended Task Manager – Find resource eaters (+25 rating, 6 votes)
  92. Event Log Manager – Event log collector (+25 rating, 6 votes)
  93. DELTACOPY – Incremental backup program (+24 rating, 8 votes)
  94. WMI Asset Logger – Gather computer information (+24 rating, 6 votes)
  95. TMnetSim Network Simulator – Simulate network latency and packet loss (+24 rating, 6 votes)
  96. WinDirStat – Query disk usage (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  97. Sysinternals ShellRunas – run programs as different user (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  98. TCPView – displays active TCP and UDP connections (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  99. Belarc Advisor – Builds a profile of your PC (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  100. Steel Run As – Let standard users execute with administrator rights (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  101. Disk2vhd – A simple P2V tool that creates VHDs for Hyper-V and Virtual PC (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  102. HWiNFO32 – Detailed hardware information and diagnostic (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  103. SolarWinds Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory – Determine effective NTFS and share permissions (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  104. LogFusion – Log file monitoring in real time (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  105. Free launcher for portable applications – NirLauncher (+23 rating, 5 votes)
  106. FrameFlow – Web-based Windows monitoring (+23 rating, 5 votes)
  107. ControlUp – Real-time monitoring and remote administration (+23 rating, 5 votes)
  108. Product Key Finder – Export license keys from multiple Windows computers (+22 rating, 7 votes)
  109. Netsetman – Switch network settings (+22 rating, 6 votes)
  110. Device Remover – A powerful Device Manager alternative (+22 rating, 6 votes)
  111. ReNamer – Rename multiple files (+22 rating, 6 votes)
  112. Secret Server – Central password management for admins (+22 rating, 5 votes)
  113. Bart’s Stuff Test 5 – A hard drive stress test tool (+21 rating, 7 votes)
  114. RegAlyzer – A nifty free Registry editor (+21 rating, 6 votes)
  115. Virtual CloneDrive – Mount ISO and IMG images (+21 rating, 6 votes)
  116. Raw Copy – Create a raw image to rescue data from a hard drive (+21 rating, 6 votes)
  117. AdvancedRemoteInfo – Gather information remotely from Windows PCs (+21 rating, 5 votes)
  118. VirtualIQ – Manage Hyper-V environments (+21 rating, 5 votes)
  119. HealthMonitor – Monitor 60 different system states (+21 rating, 5 votes)
  120. SyncBack – Synchronize folders (+21 rating, 5 votes)
  121. UnLock IT – Unlock files and folders (+21 rating, 5 votes)
  122. IPMon – Monitor IP traffic (+21 rating, 5 votes)
  123. EASEUS Todo Backup Free Edition (+21 rating, 5 votes)
  124. WPKG-GP – Alternative client for the software deployment tool WPKG (+21 rating, 5 votes)
  125. Veeam ONE Free Edition – Real-time Hyper-V and VMware monitoring (+21 rating, 5 votes)
  126. Nagwin – Nagios for Windows (+20 rating, 7 votes)
  127. Free password recovery tool – Cain & Abel (+20 rating, 6 votes)
  128. Free Windows sandbox – Sandboxie (+20 rating, 6 votes)
  129. ShareWatch – See connected users and open files (+20 rating, 5 votes)
  130. Core Configuration Console (CCC) – Basic Server Core setup (+20 rating, 5 votes)
  131. PStart – Launch and search tools on your USB stick (+20 rating, 5 votes)
  132. Q-Dir – File manager with admin features (+20 rating, 5 votes)
  133. Purgos – Desktop management software for Windows (+20 rating, 5 votes)
  134. WPKG – Software deployment tool (+20 rating, 5 votes)
  135. SysAdmin – Active Directory Management (+20 rating, 5 votes)
  136. Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (WUDT) is unable to copy files (+19 rating, 21 votes)
  137. SCCM Client Actions Tool (SCCM CAT) – Manage Configuration Manager clients (+19 rating, 6 votes)
  138. Spacemonger v1.4 – Keep track of the free space (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  139. VistaBootPro – manage boot configuration with a GUI tool (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  140. AnVir Task Manager Free (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  141. 3D Traceroute – Displays traceroute information in 3D (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  142. Simple Search – An extension for Microsoft Network Monitor (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  143. NetworkMiner – Network Forensic Analysis Tool (NFAT) (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  144. Win IP Config – GUI replaces ipconfig, route, and netstat (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  145. Blackbird auditor express – Real-time Active Directory change monitoring (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  146. Remote Desktop Connection Manager – An RDP client (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  147. EMCO Remote Registry Exporter – Export registry from network PCs (+19 rating, 4 votes)
  148. Managed Service Accounts GUI (+19 rating, 4 votes)
  149. How to share Wi-Fi in Windows 8 with Internet connection sharing (ICS) (+18 rating, 20 votes)
  150. VHD Resizer – Shrink or Expand a Hyper-V VHD (+18 rating, 8 votes)
  151. Free file unlock tool – Unlocker (+17 rating, 6 votes)
  152. Total Network Monitor – A sophisticated network monitoring software (+17 rating, 5 votes)
  153. BootRacer – Measure boot speed (+17 rating, 5 votes)
  154. JDiskReport – Displays disk space consumption (+17 rating, 4 votes)
  155. QTTabBar – Tabs for the Windows Explorer (+17 rating, 4 votes)
  156. Memtest86+ – Memory test software (+17 rating, 4 votes)
  157. Active Directory Telephone Book (+17 rating, 4 votes)
  158. Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper – Standalone antivirus software (+17 rating, 4 votes)
  159. Mobile PC Monitor – Monitoring tool with smartphone app (+16 rating, 6 votes)
  160. Secunia PSI – Scan for software vulnerabilities (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  161. FlexTK Express – Advanced File Management Toolkit (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  162. SuperScan – An easy-to-use udp/tcp port scanner (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  163. EMCO Ping Monitor Free (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  164. NT Toolkit – 28 useful admin tools (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  165. Steganos Locknote – Password saver and text encryption (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  166. RegScanner – Search the Windows Registry (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  167. EMCO MoveOnBoot – Delete, move, rename locked files (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  168. WSUS ClientManager for Workgroups – Add computers to a WSUS server (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  169. Kaspersky Rescue Disk – Offline antivirus tool (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  170. Active Directory Topology Diagrammer (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  171. SetACL – Manage access control lists (acl) (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  172. DocLock – Password encryption tool for Windows Mobile (+15 rating, 5 votes)
  173. SafeMSI – Installing in Safe Mode (+15 rating, 5 votes)
  174. SolarWinds Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor (+15 rating, 5 votes)
  175. compname.exe – Query and rename computers (+15 rating, 4 votes)
  176. ManagePC – An inventory tool (+15 rating, 4 votes)
  177. export.exe – Redirect stdout output into environment variables (+15 rating, 4 votes)
  178. PowerGUI Active Directory Recycle Bin PowerPack (+15 rating, 4 votes)
  179. ManagePC – Inventory and manage PCs (+15 rating, 4 votes)
  180. WSUS Offline Update – Update Windows and Office without an Internet connection (+15 rating, 4 votes)
  181. SolarWinds Web Transaction Watcher – Record and monitor a Web transaction (+15 rating, 4 votes)
  182. ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer – Network traffic analysis tool (+14 rating, 6 votes)
  183. Edgemeal Get and Set CPU Affinity (+14 rating, 5 votes)
  184. Windows Mobile IP Utility – Check IP connections (+14 rating, 5 votes)
  185. Specops Password Policy Basic – Fine-Grained Password Policies (+14 rating, 5 votes)
  186. Free hard drive monitor – Acronis Drive Monitor (+14 rating, 5 votes)
  187. TweakUAC – Turn off Vista UAC quickly (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  188. SolarWinds Advanced Subnet Calculator – IP subnet calculation made easy (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  189. Ultimate Windows Tweaker – Tweak Windows Vista (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  190. NetWorx – Network traffic monitor and network usage reporting (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  191. Unstoppable Copier – Copy physically corrupt files (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  192. Gizmo Central – Mount VHD and ISO images and more (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  193. CPUID HWMonitor – Measures temperatures for many hardware components (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  194. Account Lockout Tools – View lockout status and unlock account (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  195. OCS Inventory NG – Inventory software for Windows, Mac, and Linux (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  196. SoftPerfect Network Scanner – IP, NetBIOS, WMI and SNMP scanner (+14 rating, 3 votes)
  197. ManageEngine Free Active Directory Tools (+14 rating, 3 votes)
  198. Windows Server 2012 R2 on VirtualBox – Error 0x000000C4 (+13 rating, 15 votes)
  199. How to enable Unsolicited Remote Assistance in Windows 7 / 8 (+13 rating, 15 votes)
  200. Active@ Kill Disk – hard driver eraser (+13 rating, 5 votes)
  201. RunAsAdmin – Run with administrative rights (+13 rating, 4 votes)
  202. Script Elevation PowerToys – elevate PowerShell (+13 rating, 4 votes)
  203. WinRAP – Hide running Windows applications (+13 rating, 4 votes)
  204. CorreLog Windows Agent – A Syslog client (+13 rating, 4 votes)
  205. AMP WinOFF – Schedule Windows shutdown and restart (+13 rating, 4 votes)
  206. Speccy – System information for Windows (+13 rating, 4 votes)
  207. Symantec NUAC – A UAC extension for Windows Vista (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  208. SpeedFan – CPU and hard disk temperature monitoring (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  209. H2bench – Benchmark hard disks (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  210. BlueScreenView – Display Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) information (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  211. Advanced Port Scanner – A port scanner for newbies (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  212. RocketDock – A Mac OS X Dock clone for Windows (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  213. Network Password Recovery – Windows password recovery (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  214. imagepatcher – Update WIM images (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  215. Server Configuration Change Reporter – Automated server auditing (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  216. HoverIP – GUI for ipconfig, nslookup, routing table, ping, traceroute, port scanning (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  217. TCPEye – Live netstat command (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  218. FastResolver – Resolve IP addresses, retrieve MAC addresses (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  219. Password Assistant – Change the local administrator password on multiple computers (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  220. Lepide User Management – Remote password reset tool (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  221. Network Infrastructure Change Reporter – Network device discovery and auditing (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  222. WindowsPager – Virtual desktop manager for Windows 7 (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  223. WMI Code creator – Generate VBScript, C#, and VB.NET code that uses WMI (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  224. Zetetic.Events – Scan and filter event logs (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  225. WMI Explorer – Browse WMI classes and execute any WMI query (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  226. Verax NMS – Network and application monitoring (+13 rating, 3 votes)
  227. EasyBCD – A GUI bootloader configuration tool for Vista and Windows 7 (+12 rating, 4 votes)
  228. GiPo@FileUtilities – Monitor directory changes, mount folders, and more (+12 rating, 4 votes)
  229. Recuva – Recover accidentally deleted files (+12 rating, 4 votes)
  230. Servers Alive – A Monitoring tool (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  231. smartmontools – Control and monitor storage systems (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  232. PlacesBar Editor – Configure the dialog places bar (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  233. NetLimiter Monitor – displays transfer rates of processes (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  234. Defraggler – Defrag individual files and folders (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  235. HashCalc – Compute hash/checksums and HMACs (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  236. DHCP Reservation Manager – Easily migrate DHCP reservations (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  237. Kiwi Syslog Server – A Syslog daemon for Windows (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  238. WinBubble – Tweak Windows 7 (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  239. Comodo Time Machine – A system restore utility (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  240. VirtuAll User Environment Manager (VUEM) – Centrally manage desktop settings (+12 rating, 3 votes)
  241. CurrPorts – Displays detailed info about open TCP/IP ports (+11 rating, 4 votes)
  242. Remotely Enable Remote Desktop (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  243. SolarWinds VM Monitor – Get X-Ray insight into your ESX Servers (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  244. VHD tool – Create, convert, and extend a VHD quickly (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  245. SolarWinds IP Address Tracker – Manage IP addresses (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  246. Windows Installer Clean Up – Resolve installation problems (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  247. GFI WebMonitor – Web filtering for ISA Server (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  248. Bad Application – Test application crashes (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  249. YAPM – Yet Another (remote) Process Monitor (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  250. Free nslookup tool for Windows with GUI – DNSDataView (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  251. Windows System Control Center – Launch Sysinternals and NirSoft tools from the web (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  252. BleachBit – Free disk space and delete Internet history (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  253. Group Manager – Allows end users to manage Active Directory group membership (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  254. SysInternalsUpdater – Update Sysinternals Suite (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  255. Softerra LDAP Browser – LDAP viewer and search tool (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  256. nspaces – Virtual Desktop Manager (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  257. Altaro Hyper-V Backup (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  258. Reply To: "The hosted network couldn’t be started" after "netsh wlan start hostednetwork" (+10 rating, 14 votes)
  259. Create a list of local administrators with PowerShell (+10 rating, 10 votes)
  260. Forgot the administrator password? The Sticky Keys trick (+10 rating, 10 votes)
  261. Free Windows Error Reporting (WER) viewing tool – AppCrashView (+10 rating, 6 votes)
  262. NetWrix Privileged Account Manager – Password Manager (+10 rating, 5 votes)
  263. Rufus – A better Windows 7 USB tool (+10 rating, 5 votes)
  264. EVT LogParser – A Windows event log parser (+10 rating, 4 votes)
  265. Logparser – Query text-based data (+10 rating, 3 votes)
  266. AccessEnum – Displays directory and registry permissions (+10 rating, 3 votes)
  267. IT Environment Health Scanner – Identify Active Directory problems (+10 rating, 3 votes)
  268. Real Temp – Another CPU temperature measuring program (+10 rating, 3 votes)
  269. SolarWinds WMI Monitor – Windows server monitoring tool (+10 rating, 3 votes)
  270. Trilead VM Explorer – Easy Hyper-V and VMware backup (+10 rating, 3 votes)
  271. NetWrix Password Manager Freeware (+10 rating, 3 votes)
  272. SCCM Client Center – Fix Configuration Manager clients (+10 rating, 2 votes)
  273. NTFS Undelete – Easily recover deleted files (+9 rating, 5 votes)
  274. EMSA Register DLL Tool – Register programs with a GUI (+9 rating, 4 votes)
  275. NetWrix AD Object Restore Wizard – Create Active Directory snapshots (+9 rating, 4 votes)
  276. SolarWinds Wake-on-LAN tool (+9 rating, 4 votes)
  277. Vmdk2Vhd – Convert VMware VMDK to Hyper-V VHD (+9 rating, 3 votes)
  278. SQLSearcher – Search for SQL Server installations (+9 rating, 3 votes)
  279. ADRestore.NET – the GUI version of ADRestore (+9 rating, 2 votes)
  280. Free ZIP utility – IZArc (+9 rating, 2 votes)
  281. Free SharePoint backup and permission reporting tool – SUSHI (+9 rating, 2 votes)
  282. Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer – Test Exchange connectivity (+9 rating, 2 votes)
  283. Fast Duplicate File Finder – Find and delete duplicate files (+9 rating, 2 votes)
  284. vWorkspace Desktop Optimizer – Optimize VDI performance (+9 rating, 2 votes)
  285. PAExec – Run programs on remote Windows servers (+9 rating, 2 votes)
  286. Service Credential Manager – Search Windows services (+9 rating, 2 votes)
  287. Free Registry Defrag – Defragment the Windows registry (+8 rating, 4 votes)
  288. mst IsUsedBy – Check what process uses a certain file (+8 rating, 3 votes)
  289. WIM2VHD – Convert a WIM image to a VHD image (+8 rating, 3 votes)
  290. Windows Memory Diagnostic – A memory diagnostic tool (+8 rating, 3 votes)
  291. GPMC PowerShell Cmdlets (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  292. FTPUse – FTP client for the Windows command line (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  293. Wizmo – Control power saving functions in scripts (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  294. Virustotal – Analyze suspicious files (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  295. SoftPerfect Network Scanner – network scanning for Windows (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  296. ESXi Configurator Utility – Backup and update VMware ESXi (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  297. Attribute Changer – Change file attributes recursively on multiple files and folders (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  298. ServiWin: Manage Windows services and drivers (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  299. System Information Viewer (SIV) – Displays hardware, network and Windows info (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  300. FREE Karen’s LAN Monitor – Displays extensive network information (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  301. XXClone, a free cloning tool for Windows (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  302. Ant Renamer: Easy-to-use and file renaming tool for Windows (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  303. Bulk Rename Utility – Rename multiple files and folders (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  304. GDism ELDI – A GUI for managing WIM images (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  305. Disk Defrag – A disk defragmenter (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  306. Microsoft Safety Scanner – Portable antivirus program (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  307. Winrpe – Nrpe for Windows (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  308. PhoneFactor – Mobile phone based two-factor authentication (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  309. NTFS Permissions Reporter – What are the NTFS permissions? (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  310. SolarWinds Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent (+8 rating, 2 votes)
  311. Disable Windows Update in Windows 10 (+7 rating, 9 votes)
  312. How to create a new SQL Server 2012 instance (+7 rating, 9 votes)
  313. Unifying SCCM and WSUS – Part 1: Configuring roles and managing collections (+7 rating, 7 votes)
  314. NetWrix Password Expiration Notifier (+7 rating, 5 votes)
  315. NetWrix Active Directory Change Reporter (+7 rating, 3 votes)
  316. EC2Dream – GUI tool for Amazon EC2 and Eucalyptus (+7 rating, 3 votes)
  317. NetSpeedMonitor – Monitor network speed and data transfer (+7 rating, 3 votes)
  318. NetWrix Bulk Password Reset – Change the local administrator password network wide (+7 rating, 3 votes)
  319. Network Activity Indicator – Displays network activity in the systray (+7 rating, 3 votes)
  320. console – Multi-tabbed command shell enhancement (+7 rating, 2 votes)
  321. FREEping – Quick and dirty monitoring (+7 rating, 2 votes)
  322. Smart UAC – Disable UAC prompts for particular programs (+7 rating, 2 votes)
  323. TCP Analyzer – Statistical Analysis of TCP connections in Network Monitor (+7 rating, 2 votes)
  324. PC Audit – A simple system info tool (+7 rating, 2 votes)
  325. Active Directory Explorer – Active Directory Viewer (+7 rating, 2 votes)
  326. Delprof2 – Reliably delete a user profile (+7 rating, 2 votes)
  327. Review: Softerra Adaxes – Automating Active Directory management (+6 rating, 6 votes)
  328. ADMX Migrator – GUI tool for creating ADMX templates and converting ADM files (+6 rating, 3 votes)
  329. Free portable PDF reader – Sumatra PDF viewer (+6 rating, 3 votes)
  330. BitLocker to Go Reader – Read Files Protected with BitLocker under Windows XP (+6 rating, 3 votes)
  331. MoW PowerShell WMI Browser (+6 rating, 3 votes)
  332. OpenedFilesView – View and unlock opened files (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  333. DreamSys Server Monitor – Easy server monitoring (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  334. Visual Subst – Map folders to a drive letter (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  335. Core Configurator 2.0 – Powerful GUI for Windows Server R2 Server Core (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  336. WinPing – A portable ping GUI (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  337. DHCP Find – Search rogue DHCP servers (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  338. Universal Viewer – File Viewer that supports many file types (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  339. Wake-on-LAN Packet Sniffer – Capture Magic Packets (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  340. Blackbird Privilege Identity Auditor – Audit logon and logoff (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  341. How to use the Quest AD CMDLETs (+5 rating, 7 votes)
  342. PowerShell versions and their Windows version (+5 rating, 7 votes)
  343. Detect Intel and AMD Hyper-V compatibility (+5 rating, 3 votes)
  344. TsProfileCleaner – Delete user profiles on multiple Terminal Servers (+5 rating, 3 votes)
  345. Free unzip software – 7-Zip portable (+5 rating, 3 votes)
  346. Console – Windows Command Prompt alternative for Windows and PowerShell (+5 rating, 3 votes)
  347. Delbyown – Delete, copy or list files by owner (+5 rating, 2 votes)
  348. AdapterWatch – Comprehensive info about network adapters (+5 rating, 2 votes)
  349. IPNetInfo – Get all information about an IP address (+5 rating, 2 votes)
  350. MF Shutdown Manager – Schedule shutdowns, restarts and wakeups (+5 rating, 2 votes)
  351. NetWrix Logon Reporter – Logon auditing (+5 rating, 2 votes)
  352. ADREPLSTATUS – Active Directory Replication Status Tool (+5 rating, 2 votes)
  353. NetWrix Non-owner Mailbox Access Reporter Freeware (+5 rating, 2 votes)
  354. SCCM 2012 Right-Click Tools – Part 1: Installation (+5 rating, 1 votes)
  355. RVTools – Display information of virtual machines on ESX hosts and update VMware tools (+5 rating, 1 votes)
  356. Netwrix Account Lockout Examiner (+5 rating, 1 votes)
  357. Reset Windows 7 / 8 administrator password (+4 rating, 8 votes)
  358. Reset Windows 8.1 password with the free tool ntpasswd (+4 rating, 8 votes)
  359. Use DISM to slipstream updates (+4 rating, 6 votes)
  360. How to find the WiFi password in Windows 8.1 (+4 rating, 6 votes)
  361. Offline enable the Windows 8 built-in administrator account (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  362. What is the System Reserved Partition? (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  363. How to deploy a scripted application installation with SCCM 2012 (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  364. How to edit the WINX menu in Windows 8.1 (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  365. Remotely query user profile information with PowerShell (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  366. Linking an AD security group to a SCCM collection (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  367. Create a recovery CD with PE Builder (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  368. Compatibility Administrator – Configure legacy apps for Vista (+4 rating, 2 votes)
  369. NetWrix Inactive Users Tracker (+4 rating, 2 votes)
  370. Karen’s ‘Net Monitor – Website, mail, and ping monitoring (+4 rating, 2 votes)
  371. CentralOps.net NsLookup – Online nslookup tool (+4 rating, 2 votes)
  372. DriverView – View drivers (+4 rating, 2 votes)
  373. PowerTerm WebConnect for Windows Server 2008 (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  374. Server Core Configurator – Script-based Windows 2008 Server Core set up (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  375. PC Wizard 2008 – A system information and benchmark tool (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  376. Hyper-V VM Mover (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  377. Change Analysis Diagnostic Tool for Windows XP (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  378. Passgen – Set unique administrator passwords on multiple machines (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  379. Top Users Expert – Analyze bandwidth consumption with Network Monitor (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  380. Directory Service Comparison Tool – Restore changed Active Directory objects (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  381. ClamWin Free Antivirus – Portable antivirus software (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  382. 1-4a Rename – A batch renamer tool (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  383. Time Freeze Free – A software testing tool (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  384. EkahauHeatMapper – Wireless coverage maps (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  385. Xinorbis – Disk analyzer (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  386. NovaBench – Free benchmark software (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  387. WhatInStartup – Manage Windows startup programs (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  388. MyDefrag – Script defragmentation (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  389. Smart Defrag – A defragmentation tool (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  390. SimpleSysInfo – A customizable system information tool for Windows (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  391. WhatsUp Gold TFTP Server (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  392. Workspace Manager Express – A roaming user profiles alternative (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  393. SolarWinds VM-to-Cloud Calculator – Compare VM hosting costs (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  394. NetWrix Disk Space Monitor (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  395. Free Hyper-V Manager for Core Server 2012 (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  396. Turn off Automatic Updates in Windows 10 build 9926 (+3 rating, 11 votes)
  397. Reply To: "The hosted network couldn’t be started" after "netsh wlan start hostednetwork" (+3 rating, 5 votes)
  398. Install Windows 10 with a local account (+3 rating, 5 votes)
  399. Office 2010 activation – How to rearm Office 2010 (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  400. Free eBooks for Windows administrators [updated] (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  401. Deploy Windows 7 via WDS (Windows Deployment Services) (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  402. WinRM 3.0: Manage Windows Server 2008 R2 remotely with Server Manager and PowerShell (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  403. How to change the allowable message size in Exchange 2010 (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  404. Change the local administrator password on multiple computers with PowerShell (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  405. Automatically fill the computer description field in Active Directory (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  406. System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Review (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  407. Deny and allow workstation logons with Group Policy (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  408. How to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) in Windows Server 2012 (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  409. Exchange 2013 site resilience (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  410. SharePoint 2013 certification overview (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  411. Managing inactive clients in SCCM 2012 (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  412. Key changes in SharePoint Designer 2013 (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  413. Active Directory Based Activation – Way better than KMS (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  414. The PowerShell career pipeline (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  415. Group Policy Central Store (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  416. Map network drive in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7 (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  417. Start menu vs. Start screen – Why Microsoft must dump the desktop (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  418. Reset a Windows 10 password (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  419. P2V for Hyper-V – Microsoft Virtual Machine Convertor 3.0 (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  420. Windows Update download tools (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  421. Improve the Office 2013 startup experience with Group Policy (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  422. PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) – Part 1: Introduction (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  423. Knowledge Vault – Office 365 reporting and auditing (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  424. Introduction to Microsoft LAPS (Local Administrator Password Solution) (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  425. Set up Microsoft LAPS (Local Administrator Password Solution) in Active Directory (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  426. Review of Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  427. Use PowerShell to execute an exe (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  428. Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) – A new Microsoft deployment tool (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  429. Elevation Gadget – Drag and drop to elevate programs (+3 rating, 2 votes)
  430. Necromancers Dos Navigator (NDN) – A file explorer (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  431. Group Policy Refresh PowerShell Cmdlet (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  432. NT EventLog Explorer – Retrieves event log information (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  433. fs guard – Monitor services and directories (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  434. Double Driver – Export and import device drivers (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  435. FileTypesMan – File types manager for Windows (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  436. FixWin – Fix common Windows 7 and Vista problems (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  437. PingInfoView – Another ping monitor GUI tool (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  438. SolarWinds Network Device Monitor – Real-time performance and health monitoring (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  439. CleanAfterMe – Erase computer history (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  440. Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector – Search and troubleshoot Wi-Fi connections (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  441. Joulemeter – Computer power consumption calculator (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  442. Active Directory Search – Server Admin (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  443. DiskCountersView – Display hard disk drive system counters (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  444. UserProfilesView – View user profiles (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  445. iDesktop – Desktop management software (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  446. Is Bash the next big thing after PowerShell? (+2 rating, 6 votes)
  447. IPv6 tutorial – Part 6: Site-local addresses and link-local addresses (+2 rating, 4 votes)
  448. Disable Windows XP end of support notification with Group Policy? [updated] (+2 rating, 4 votes)
  449. Troubleshooting the “Network accounts are unavailable” error in Mac OS X Lion (+2 rating, 4 votes)
  450. How to upgrade to the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 (+2 rating, 4 votes)
  451. Set the default forced screen saver in Group Policy – Logon.scr in Windows 7 (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  452. Configuring AD users and managers with PowerShell (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  453. Active Directory and BitLocker – Part 1: Introduction (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  454. How to disable USB drive use in an Active Directory domain (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  455. Fine-Grained Password Policy in Windows Server 2012 (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  456. WBEMTest – Part 1: Testing WMI connectivity (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  457. File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) – Part 1: Install FRSM (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  458. How to install Windows 8 on a UEFI PC (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  459. DISM GUI: A graphical front-end for DISM (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  460. Windows 8 x64 (64-bit) vs. x86 (32-bit) (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  461. WSUS on Server Core (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  462. Reply To: Batch account (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  463. How to remove Windows 8 apps before you run sysprep (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  464. Reply To: Determine required file system permissions for an application (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  465. SharePoint 2013 On Premises vs. SharePoint Online (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  466. How to migrate Exchange 2010 to 2013 – Part 2 (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  467. Reply To: Office 365 password expiration notification (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  468. IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and XaaS (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  469. PC Plus + time = PC – Windows (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  470. Windows 8.1 on VirtualBox – Error 0x000000C4 (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  471. Work Folders – Part 4: Setting up clients (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  472. How popular is PowerShell? Analyst firm RedMonk says not noteworthy (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  473. Sysmon – New Sysinternals tool logs system activity in Event Log (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  474. Update SCCM 2012 to the latest Cumulative Update (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  475. Nine is Outlook for Android (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  476. Installing .NET Framework 3.5 failed on Windows Server (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  477. Is Chrome OS now a real threat to Windows? (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  478. Microsoft cloud continues to grow explosively (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  479. Analyzing SMSPXE.log and other methods to troubleshoot SCCM 2012 OS deployments (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  480. File Permissions Check – Compare folder and file permissions (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  481. Use the DISM PowerShell cmdlets or SCCM to slipstream updates (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  482. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 7: Securing AD FS (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  483. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 1: Introduction and licensing (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  484. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 3: Configuring the service and server (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  485. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 4: Portals (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  486. PowerShell advanced functions – The CmdletBinding and Parameter attribute (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  487. AIDA64 – A free system info tool for Android (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  488. PowerShell Invoke-WebRequest – Parse and scrape a web page (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  489. Azure Resource Manager overview (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  490. VHD Attach – Attach and detach VHDs in Windows Explorer (+2 rating, 1 votes)
  491. Elevate – Start programs elevated from a batch file (+2 rating, 1 votes)
  492. SuperbarMonitor – Monitor CPU, disk, and memory usage in the Windows 7 taskbar (+2 rating, 1 votes)
  493. CommTest – Test network speed (+2 rating, 1 votes)
  494. NetWrix Event Log Manager Freeware Edition (+2 rating, 1 votes)
  495. Windows Server 2003 support ends today – Have you been left behind too? (+1 rating, 9 votes)
  496. Review: PDQ Deploy 4.0 – Easy-to use software deployment (+1 rating, 5 votes)
  497. Documents and Settings in Vista and Windows 7 (+1 rating, 3 votes)
  498. Stopping CryptoLocker and other ransomware (+1 rating, 3 votes)
  499. Create a bootable Windows PE 3.0 USB drive with rescue tools – Part 1 (+1 rating, 3 votes)
  500. Free BAT to EXE converter – 4 ways to convert a batch file to an EXE file (+1 rating, 3 votes)

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16 Comments- Leave a Reply

  1. anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this list. I hope you always keep it updated. I thought this site had reviewed like 10000 tools. 😛

  2. Peter O says:

    I know quite a few programs that are free & weel known generally. I can’t see ttem listed here.
    Perhaps it would be easier to scan the list if it were optionally listed alphabetically.
    Some examples: Image management IrfanView, XnView.

    Rgds & please keep up the good work.

  3. anonymous, I am working on it. 😉

    Peter, why don’t just use the search function of your browser? You can also post the names of the tools as a comment or send me an email. I will find out, if they are in the list.

  4. iznogoud says:

    Great site, Great list of tools
    THX a lot for this good work ^^

    IZ

  5. puli says:

    HI All,

    Very very useful tools…………..

    Thanks a lot buddy.

  6. simmi evans says:

    brill site giving us valuable links to free tools keep adding on

  7. gexos says:

    Brilliant work.

  8. Paul says:

    None of the links work. They give an error:
    Server error
    The website encountered an error while retrieving http://4sysops.com/archives/free-driverview-view-drivers/. It may be down for maintenance or configured incorrectly.
    Here are some suggestions:
    Reload this webpage later.
    HTTP Error 500 (Internal Server Error): An unexpected condition was encountered while the server was attempting to fulfill the request.

  9. Paul, sorry this was a configuration error. It works now. Thanks for the tip.

  10. DCourtel says:

    Hi all, may be you can find useful “Wsus package Publisher”. This tool allow you to publish third party applications like Adobe Reader, Flash player into your wsus server.

  11. atomic1fire says:

    Yumi is an extremely useful tool that works on windows. FYI.

    Turn a flash drive into your own personal bootable OS stick, or an assembly of system admin tools.

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

    It lets you create a boot menu and install os’s, for example you could throw on an distro for antiviruses, changing a windows password, scanning hardware, etc.

    A flash drive with some bootable tools is a pretty useful thing to have, which is why YUMI is a good thing to have on that list.

    On that note Powershell could have an mention even without out that other stuff. It’s basically .net api’s in a terminal. You can add your own functions to a user profile using the power shell command “Notepad $profile”.

    Also ninite.com is a pretty useful tool for personal use, although you have to pay to use it specifically for IT stuff.

  12. Hammad says:

    Thanks alot for ths awesome list, I think my all Windows related are going to be resolved via these posts.

  13. Hi ,What a great collection very good work really appreciate it, Thanks

  14. Anonymus says:

    Hey,
    Very nice Website. Now I have all the tools that I can use on the work times.
    Great Job! Thank.

  15. Charles says:

    Nice tools! I would recommend the freeware ISO2Disc.

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