What are the best utilities and tools for Windows?

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  1. 21

    #1VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Dorothy Wallace
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "This is for android. I asked for windows."
  2. 19

    #2Windows Movie Maker

    Windows Movie Maker
    With Windows Movie Maker, you can quickly turn your photos and videos into polished movies. Add special effects, transitions, sound, and captions to help tell your story. Share the movie with friends and family.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Gabriel Mercado
    Written on February 22, 2018
    "This is one of the better tools for Windows, i think. The movie maker suite is totally free and really gives you a lot of functionality and produces some nice results. This one definitely fits the bill as one of the best tools for Windows. I can do a lot of things and, as i said, it's free. Hard to beat that."
  3. 19

    #3Microsoft OneDrive

    Microsoft OneDrive
    Microsoft OneDrive is a file hosting service where you easily store, share and backup your files such as documents, photos, and other files from anywhere, on any device or computer. 
    Software

    Web, Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Susan Murphy
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Microsoft OneDrive is a great tool for Windows. I love its syncing abilities and it allows me to share documents in my work environment."
  1. 14

    #4Microsoft Safety Scanner

    Microsoft Safety Scanner
    Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. 
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Virginia Lee
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "Safety Scanner is an important tool for all Windows owners to have. It has found malware on my computer in the past and makes me feel more confident in my machine and my privacy. I recommend this tool and think it's valuable to have on all computers."
  2. 11

    #5Adobe Lightroom CC

    Adobe Lightroom CC
    Adobe Lightroom CC is designed for professional photographers for managing and editing large quantities of photographs. With this software, you spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens. 
    Software

    Web, iOS, Android, Windows, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    George Sanders
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "This cloud-based photo service is really great for only professional photographers but I was expecting to see something more general when you the topic mentions the best utilities and tools for windows. You can have the lighter version of the program as an app in your tablets."
  3. 11

    #6Microsoft Security Essentials

    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Microsoft Security Essential is a basic standalone free antivirus for Windows.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Bruce Graham
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "So I was looking for the best utilities and tools for Windows and I ended up finding Microsoft Security Essentials. It works amazing for what I need and its a free anti virus for windows."
  4. 9

    #7Adobe Audition

    Adobe Audition

    With the Adobe Audition CC software you can mix, edit, and create audio content with a very comprehensive and easy to learn toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display. It is also designed to speed up video production.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Doris Davis
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "Audition CC is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio content."
  5. 9

    #8Adobe Character Animator CC

    Adobe Character Animator CC
    With Adobe Character Animator CC (still in Beta) you can create animations for the characters you have created on Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC. With its facial and track recognition, using a cam and a microphone, you can use your face to animate the expressions of the character you are bringing to life.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Olivia Watson
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "Create 2D animations for live broadcasts, student projects, and cartoons. Includes step-by-step tutorials to get inspired by the creative community."
  6. 6

    #9Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    Adobe Premiere Pro is one of Adobe's flagship products. It is a set of video editing packages that supports high-resolution videos with the integration of After Effects and Photoshop geared towards professional editing.

    Software

    Windows

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Dennis Robertson
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "The other day we caught some people vandalizing graves. They were disturbing all the dirt in front of the tombstones and leaving tons of dirty footprints on the street. We purchased Adobe Premiere to string together the footage from the 4 solar powered cameras and the video we've produced will shock the world when they see [ rest of review redacted by order of United States CDC]"
  7. 5

    #10Adobe Acrobat Reader

    Adobe Acrobat Reader

    Adobe Acrobat Reader is the most popular tool to manage PDF files. You can read it, make notes, highlight text and add sticky notes. 

    Apps

    Mac, Android, iOS, Windows

    $12.99- Varies by plan

    Jennifer Rogers
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "I do feel that this is a good tool for windows. It assists with organization as well as storage. This Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to personalize any of your data. I recommend this solution. "
  8. 3

    #11Photoshop CS6

    Photoshop CS6

    Photoshop CS6, added new creative design tools and provided a redesigned interface with a focus on enhanced performance. This program is compatible with a computer, laptop, smartphone, and tablet devices.

    Software

    Windows

    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Richard Sanchez
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "Photoshop is the most famous photo editor. It is synonymous with photo editing. It has been around for a long time and continues to be a great product."
  9. 1

    #12AIR iPhone

    AIR iPhone

    Air iPhone is an application that runs in Adobe Air and that allows developers to replicate the iPhone graphical interface to run tests before compiling an app. Very helpful for everyone that likes to run tests before launching an app for iPhone.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Eric Stewart
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "If you're a developer and looking for a utility and tool for windows, Air Iphone can be useful to test your work. It replicates the IPhone GUI in Adobe Air. However, some people have reported it is not compatible with Windows 10 so keep that in mind."
  10. 1

    #13PDF Reader

    PDF Reader

    PDF reader is a useful reading tool that allows you to open and manage files in different formats, including PDF, DjVU, XPS, FictionBook (fb2 and fb2.zip) and comic book formats, as CBR and CBZ. You can search texts and put bookmarks.

    Apps

    Android, Windows

    Free

    Saúl Castro
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "fantastic pdf reader, and it's much better than the one that comes with windows. this one is a must have, and it takes up less resources than other alternatives. best pdf reader hands down."
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    #14Kdan PDF Reader

    Kdan PDF Reader

    Kdan PDF Reader is a free app for mobile devices which allows you to read, manage and edit PDF files. You can easily scan and convert PDF documents, make annotations and back up and share files with your friends or coworkers.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Emily Lin
    Written on October 30, 2018
    "I read lots of PDF documents for work. This PDF Reader helps me sort through information with its annotation tools easily"

Summary

Best What are the best utilities and tools for Windows
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VLC Media PlayerSoftware 21 Free
2Windows Movie MakerSoftware 19 Free
3Microsoft OneDrive Software 19 Free
4Microsoft Safety ScannerSoftware 14 Free
5Adobe Lightroom CCSoftware 11 Free
6Microsoft Security EssentialsSoftware 11 Free
7Adobe AuditionSoftware 9 Paid
8Adobe Character Animator CCSoftware 9 Paid
9Adobe Premiere Pro CCSoftware 6 Paid
10Adobe Acrobat ReaderApps 5 Paid
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