I read a great list of free applications on TechRadar that really enhance the usability of Windows 7 especially if you’re a power-user.  Windows 7 is great, but some of these apps really take window management to the next level!  There is a good mix of freeware and open-source software. 

My Favorites

  • 7stacks
  • 7-zip
  • Handbrake
  • Ditto
  • Supercopier
  • Windows Live Essentials
  • Notepad ++
  • Fences

Stay Away from (in general)

- the registry cleaner crap unless you use legacy apps.

- defrag software unless you know you need it