With all the news about Windows 8.1 Update 1 and the various optimizations and usability enhancements it is about to bring, it is the perfect time to look for what is on offer on current versions of Windows. Download these free tools to bring another level of control on your PC.

Some of the best freeware programs, along with a challenging little game:

Glary Utilities 4.40

There is no shortage of system utilities available on Windows, and one of the best ones around is Glary Utilities. This brilliant package lets you tweak and customize numerous options in your operating system, and includes tools like an uninstaller and registry cleaner. It also comes with a breezy interface.
Website: www.glarysoft.com
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 11.4MB



Want to increase your screen real estate without buying a second (or third) monitor for your PC? Well, go virtual, then! This tool expands your desktop space allowing you to create many different desktops and switch through them at will. The latest update brings some minor bug fixes for Windows 8.1.
Website: www.dexpot.de
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 3.6MB


Tablacus Explorer

Considering just how popular this feature is on web browsers, it is surprising why Microsoft has not added tabbed views in Windows Explorer. This Windows 8.1 optimized program lets you browse up to four of your folders in tabs. It is portable, no installation is needed, and it can be run from a flash drive.
Website: http://www.eonet.ne.jp/
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 403KB


Aomei Partition Assistant Standard

The recently updated flavor of this partition manager allows you to create, copy and manage partitions, as well as recover damaged ones. Full Windows 8.1 support is included, and can also create a bootable version of the OS on a USB memory stick, similar to the Windows To Go enterprise feature.
Website: www.aomeitech.com
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 77.1MB


The Art of Dying

Those of you that love a good challenge, will like this platform game that brings the toughness. It offers two levels of difficulty — and the easier of the two if harder than most of your regular platform games. Only six levels are on offer, though players can make and share their own using the level editor.
Website: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/
Works on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
File size: 93.2MB


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