Windows Desktop Software – Editors Choice Selection
This is the Gizmo’s Freeware editors’ choice list where you’ll find a collection of the very best desktop freeware for Windows from our site. The list now includes 103 applications in various categories.
It’s really a “best of the best” list for free Windows desktop applications. Most of the products in this list have been awarded the coveted “Gizmo’s Freeware Top Pick” award signifying they are the best free product in their class. We’ve also included some other outstanding products that have impressed our editors with their usefulness and professionalism.
We suggest you browse the whole list at your leisure as you may be surprised what freeware gems you will discover. The pathologically impatient can use the Category Index above.
Caution. Some of these recommendations involve advanced system tasks like cleaning the Windows registry so be sure to backup or image your system first.
This list covers Windows desktop or legacy programs. If you’re looking for Windows apps or Metro apps, check out below.
This is an amazing web-site. Thank you!
Have you been collecting freeware that facilitates the downloading of data from iPhones or iPads to Windows 7 PCs? There seem to be problems every time iOS is updated!
Comprehensible articles for connecting iOS and Windows would also be helpful: existing articles and instructions elsewhere on the ‘net often state, for example, that “all photos will be deleted from all your devices” without making it at all clear whether or not a Windows PC is considered to be a “device” for these purposes. If so, we have a recipe for disaster; if not, what does the statement mean in the real world?
There is also confusion in such articles about iCloud and PhotoStream, with obscure references to the reduced quality of saved photos. Apple also says that in certain circumstances we have only 30 days within which to download and save photos to a Windows PC, without indicating exactly how those photos can be transferred and saved. (The difficulties are reserved mainly for PCs that do not use an Apple OS. Apple-orientated web-sites are generally unhelpful to users of Windows!)
Problems also arise because it is absolutely unclear whether files are going to be synchronised from an Apple device to a Windows PC – or from a Windows PC to the Apple device.
I, for one, want only to be able to manage my photos, music and data within Windows, and I am sure most of your readers will, like me, want to save all their iPhone and iPad data on their Windows PC. so a simple “recipe” for saving photos, music and other data on a Windows PC without having to purchase additional iCloud storage space would be welcome. A “backup” that cannot be accessed directly from within Windows simply doesn’t cut the mustard!
Submitted by Injeun on 30. May 2015 – 16:05
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Submitted by slooksterpsv on 30. April 2015 – 3:59
The malware included product is Free make video conversion. I found the other software but its misleading I will partially take that back. It says Review to see the others what. It should say other products or something other than making the user think its a review of that software. It makes itsound like you are downloading or reviewing what is listed like WOT or Kasperaky TDS Killer.
Submitted by MidnightCowboy on 30. April 2015 – 4:08
Thank you for responding to my contact. There is no malware in Freemake Video Converter. It does however contain non-malicious adware. This is made clear in both the review text and product details. We even provide a link to a dedicated page for this.
We have also published other related material.
MC – Site Manager.
Can you please update this page and the pages “2 – 8” in a dynamic way, because i find differences in the best choices between those pages and the original page which have the review of the software, and in some reviews as “Best Free Antivirus for Windows” and “Best Free Firewall for Windows” i found that the best choices doesn’t have the highest rate by the person who updated the reviews, so please i need a clear view to know what is the best choice in every category.
I rely on your website to get the best freewares for my PCs, and i am completely sure that other millions of users did too, so please keep all the reviews up to date and clear in the best choices.
By the way if you need a help in updating those pages i can do it for you, i noticed that the last update was in 8 of July and we are in 12 of September, it is a long distance, so if i can help i am ready for that.
And thank you so much for your reviews.
Submitted by joeguru on 15. September 2013 – 14:39
Thank you again for pointing out the issues. As the new editor for this category I reviewed all the pages and Best Of entries finding a total of 6 issues. These will be resolved asap. Also thank you for offering to help. If you would like to be an editor, please see the link titled Become a Reviewer in the left hand sidebar menu.
Submitted by blaszta on 5. March 2013 – 9:34
No review on AOMEI Backupper? I found it has very extensive feature for disk imaging software, plus it’s free for personal and commercial use.
The product you posted has an overall poor WOT rating (Web Of Trust) and has been spammed here on numerous occasions therefore it will not be featured. MC – Site Manager.
Submitted by blaszta on 5. March 2013 – 9:40
My WOT icon still green when I visit the website. That’s very unfortunate. looks like a good program but I can’t find any review of AOMEI Backupper from reputable website yet.