The Best Windows Software of 2011

I’m not sure if I agree with all of these, but there are a couple that seem pretty darned useful …

This is the third part of the Ghacks best of 2011 series. In this top list, I’m going to look at the best software for the Microsoft Windows operating system that we have reviewed in 2011 here at Ghacks. We posted a total of 937 Windows related stories in 2011, of which the majority were software related.

It took quite some time to go through that list to pick the applications that should be included in the best of list.

Keep in mind that this is a personal selection. Please leave a comment if you think a program is missing from the list.

Close The Door – Displays the list of open TCP and UDP ports, useful to harden the system by closing ports that do not need to be open.


Connectivity Fixer – Attempts to repair the Internet connection automatically.

internet connectivity fixer

Desk Duster – Program that hides desktop icons automatically after a set period of time.

Elpis Pandora Desktop Client – A free desktop player for the popular Pandora Internet radio. (Alternative for non-US users: Listen to and Download Music from blocked Music Services)

elpis pandora radio client

Game Downloader – Links to more than one hundred free games that are available for download on the Internet.

pc game downloader

Mailstore Home – Use it to backup, archive and restore email accounts. The program supports several popular desktop clients such as Outlook or Thunderbird, and direct downloads via Pop3 and SMTP.

mailstore home 5

Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator – Create custom keyboard layouts with the help of this program.


MSI Afterburner – A program for nearly every video card – and not only cards by MSI – that can be used for various purposes, including overclocking, undervolting, recording videos and reducing the speed of the video card fan to reduce the noise it generates.

msi afterburner

msi afterburner software

Mouse Without Borders – Official Microsoft software to use one mouse on multiple computer systems. Options to copy files and clipboard entries included.

mouse without borders

NirLauncher – A graphical user interface for all Nirsoft applications.

nir launcher

No Dupe – A fast duplicate file finder for the Windows operating system. Alternative: Dup Scout


Steam Tool Library Manager – Lets you move individual Steam games to different partitions or hard drives to make room on the default Steam partition.

steam tool library manager

Streamwriter – Can be used to download multiple Internet radio streams at once to the computer. Great feature set, easy to use.


streamwriter interface

TDSS Killer – A program to remove some of the nastiest trojans and rootkits from a Windows PC.


VDownloader – Excellent program to download web videos. The program can play and download YouTube videos and videos from several other sites such as Megavideo.

download videos

Windows Firewall Notifier – Improves notifications and manageability of the built-in Windows Firewall.

windows firewall notifier

Windows Password Resetter – Use it to restore or reset Windows account passwords.

changing windows account password

WinFlushPrintJobs – Flush the printer queue to recover from stuck print jobs.

Did I miss a program? Let me know in the comments.

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