howtogeek at June 14th, 2013 06:42 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165522/15-system-tools-you-dont-have-to-install-on-windows-anymore/
Windows includes its own versions of many widely used system utilities. A variety of new utilities were added to Windows 8, but many of these utilities are available on Windows 7, too.
jwnoord at June 14th, 2013 10:04 — #2
wow, somebody in Redmond must have smuggled in an Android.
robotsneedhugs2 at June 14th, 2013 10:06 — #3
I think this article finally convinced me to get Windows 8 for the PC I'll be building in the fall.
steveneuler at June 14th, 2013 12:00 — #4
Colour me NOT convinced. On Windows 7--the system cleaner maybe worked, maybe it didn't.
FBIMoneyyPak virus is an especially tricky virus which shuts down the computer before the anti-virus or malware program can clean it up, it will shut off the computer before system restore can complete its task.
Windows 7 saved PDF to my documents, and from there it can be printed. Printing PDF from Windows 8 requires more hoops to jump through, and saving the document requires more hoops. And I often work from PDF documents--so the added hoops just means time wasted and greater complexity over the simpler Windows 7 approach.
Windows 8 just added hoops, no real simplification. Plus the overall annoyance factor. Why do I need to be instantly connected to ebay or Amazon or other stuff and nonsense--like Solitaire? Seemed like a lotta hoopla without really great improvement. And I'm still trying to figure out how to get rid of the charms bar--did not anyone think that would get annoying in very short order?
thegodfather4u at June 14th, 2013 12:42 — #5
Gentlemen/Ladies whoever wrote this dribble............Understand these tools are available in Windows OS's but the individual that desires professional tools without the INTRUSIVE MICROSOFT PROGRAMS, will always opt for more effective, quicker, spywareless software built by professionals that know people deserve a clean and effective system. I de-activate most of Microsoft Services that are actually services to collect data on the user. I won't go into detail on what I use on the computer's I build and repair, but I assure you the only thing microsoft has in any of the computers I have , repair or build are BARE-BONES OS, everything else is 3rd party and alot better than anything Microsoft spyware puts in our operating systems that we pay for and they spy on.
jowolf359a at June 14th, 2013 12:44 — #6
Microsoft is only doing this because:
A. They are wanting to keep freeware and open source programs off their systems.
B. They did not include enough space on their specs so the native hard drives are too small to add programs to.
C. They really want you to do everything online, not on your computer.
D. They passed off a phone OS as a computer OS, no computer programs will run correctly on a phone OS if at all.
E. They are copying Apple, Only Microsoft programs will run on a Microsoft OS.
jackrock at June 14th, 2013 12:56 — #7
I had to buy a new machine for school, so I wound up buying two; an ultrabook and a workstation - both with Windows 8. I've been pretty happy with them for the reasons outlined above.
I've yet to try the VM option, as it's a little bulky for me to use VirtualBox or VMWare, so I'll probably try that this weekend.
bedlamb at June 14th, 2013 12:57 — #8
I expect Netflix will be Linux compatible before I need to seriously consider Windows 8.
mrmidnight2011 at June 14th, 2013 13:06 — #9
Wait, I thought Win8's firewall only blocks incoming....what about outgoing connections? If not, than it's fair to say a third party firewall is needed. Right?
kryfon at June 14th, 2013 14:04 — #10
Another excellent HTG article! But there is some serious FUD going on here in the comments... If you don't like Microsoft, if you think Redmond is spying on you, if you think it's wrong for Bill to try to make money... whatever. /rolls eyes...
Download Linux and be done with it.
Meanwhile, the majority of the world will continue to use Windows, regardless of what you and I think. I don't much like the Modern gui myself, but it's fairly easy to ignore, just install Classic Start. And some of the newer tools and utilities in Win8 ARE rather nice. Old Dogs, New Tricks. Deal with it.
robert_zanol at June 14th, 2013 22:18 — #11
Experience has shown a lot of people will cry about anything and everything. To each his own. Use what you need for you and stop trying to convince your choice is the "right" one.
libre_lbelmont at June 15th, 2013 08:21 — #12
Well, the only issue is that I don't use Windows anymore. XD
mtrcms at June 15th, 2013 22:48 — #13
u use win 8. its come from ms.
i use win 7 and its come from ms too.
so we all use ms product.
guess what i say win 7 better. so i dont use win8
themike at June 16th, 2013 06:45 — #14
what i've found out is none of these features actually even work. windows 8 can't even restore itself from an image it made or even recognize the images. I gave up on windows 8, its a colossal failure and a complete waste of time and money. I've spent more time trying to keep it running than using it to accomplish anything. my linux hard drive has ran perfect while i've gone through 3 reinstalls of windows 8.
xpt at June 20th, 2013 17:05 — #15
I got excited too, but then remember what happened before when MS included features from 3rd parties tools. When the diskscan and diskdefrag was first introduced, both were (copied) from Norton Utility. People who didn't use Norton Utility hooray the adding. I was excited too but only until I tried them, I realized what a piece of crab that MS had introduced, comparing to the real Norton Utility. But eventually these two piece of crabs prevailed, despite how crappy they are, and Norton Utility died out.
When MS included new features from 3rd parties tools, it has been and will always be a crappy toy whose only purpose is not to benefit the users but to suffocate the best tools to death.
kenny_s at August 26th, 2013 11:33 — #16
The built in defender is no real protection... i would leave it on a netbook, but for a normal pc (lap or desktop) i would install avast free antivirus.
twiggyer at September 27th, 2013 12:38 — #17
I'm sorry but who has written this complete dribble? The majority of these tools have been implemented in previous versions of Windows. There are only a few that are new to Windows 8? The majority of which the average user wouldn't even touch.
Either way, get on Linux and none of the software listed is even needed.