Windows 7 is a very complete operating system. I’m using it currently and I have to say it’s most probably the best release of Microsoft so far. It’s Vista without the “bad parts”. It’s smarter and faster than Vista, it’s the perfect OS if you can afford it, if not, well you always have Linux!
Anyway, although W7 is a great OS there is always space for little additions, little programs that can make your life easier, funnier or simply prettier. I found a small collection of applications, where you will surely find something you were looking for but you didn’t know till you’re read this post!
7 Windows 7 Free Applications
1. Image Resizer Powertoy Clone
An image resizer for W7 that clones the functionality of the old Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP. Both available for 32 bit and 64 bit users. It makes batch image resizing so much easier. No need for any expensive program to do that, just this little app.
Download: Image Resizer
VistaSwitcher is an Alt-Tab replacement that works on Vista and Windows 7. It has a very nice interface, live window previews, it’s fast and it comes packed with a bunch of advance features. Despite the name this works on Windows 7 and it’s way better than the default alt-tab interface. If you find yourself tabbing a lot along the day, this might be the perfect tool for you.
3. Gmail Notifier Plus
Gmail Notifier Plus it’s exactly what his name implies, it’s a Gmail (a.k.a Google e-Mail) notifier. It sits on your taskbar, it supports jumplists, e-mail preview and quick access to tasks such as Compose mail or Go to inbox. It plays a sound every time you receive a new e-mail. It also allows you to set more than one Gmail account for tracking several e-mails simultaniusly.
Download: Gmail Notifier Plus
7stacks is a free Windows 7 app (Vista and XP also) that lets you create “stacks” in your taskbar. It’s similar to how stacks work on Mac OS X (a list of shortcuts). Other applications such as RocketDock support stacks, but this way you have them natively integrated into your taskbar.
5. Jumplist Launcher
Jumplist Launcher is a little program for Windows 7 that allows you to add your favorite programs in a single jumplist so that you can access them easily. It basically allows you to create your personalized jumplists.
Download: Jumplist Launcher
6. Logon Background Changer
Windows 7 Logon Background Changer is a free open source software that let you change the wallpaper of the Windows 7 logon screen (also known as “welcome screen” or “login screen”).
Download: Windows 7 Logon Background Changer
7. Zune Player
Zune is not a little application, nor it adds any extra functionality to your operating system. You don’t get anything more than what you can get with Windows Media Player 12 that comes by default with Windows 7. But Zune has a really nice interface, it supports jumplists, aero peak preview, Smart DJ function (works a bit like iTunes Genious). But what I really liked about it was the awesome, minimalistic interface, that and the mini player, no need to use CD Art Display anymore! The best part of course is that it’s free. I prefer it over iTunes and Windows Media Player 12, at least for audio.
Download: Zune Player
If you have any other suggestion, feel free to add it to your comment.