Microsoft Windows utilities

5 utilities to take your Windows PC to the next level

Windows 11 launched in October of 2021 as a free upgrade for eligible users, with rollouts to run through 2022. You’ll also find it preinstalled on newer devices.

More than half a year after the launch of the new operating system, people are still discovering ways to get more out of Windows as Microsoft and third-party developers release new tools and features. We’ve previously covered utilities geared toward power users, including greater organizational and customization options. Click or tap here for more.

Here are five other utilities that help you locate files, clean up your system, add a custom desktop clock, and more.

1. Everything

Everything is a search tool that helps you locate Windows files and folders by file name instantly. Once everything is downloaded, type the name of the file or partial folder in the search edit, and the results will appear immediately.

As you type more characters, you’ll see the results narrow. You can set custom filters, view your results as thumbnails, save your searches, and more.

Everything is free to download. Click here to check it out.

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2. KeyFinder

If you have a licensed product on your computer and you want to uninstall and reinstall it on another device, you will need the product key. But what if you don’t have it anymore? If you need to format your drive and reinstall these programs, the same applies.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder scans your computer for product keys, which you can save to a text document. It supports more than 300 programs and can recover Windows and other Microsoft product keys.

Keyfinder is free to download. The premium version, Recover Keys ($29.95), supports more software and offers more features. Click here to find out more.

3. ElevenClock

ElevenClock adds a customizable clock to Windows 11 taskbars. Replaces the system clock with one of your designs. You can adjust font size, colors, background color, text alignment, clock height, width, and location.

You can show or hide the clock in full screen. You can choose to show seconds or not. You can show the clock when the taskbar is set to hidden. There are many options to play with.

ElevenClock is free to download. Click here to find out more.

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4. Snappy Driver Stabilizer

Your hardware and devices need drivers to communicate with your operating system. Everything from the keyboard to the video card requires this software component. In the past, drivers came on discs or CDs. You’ll now find it online through Windows Update and manufacturer/developer websites.

If you have lost your driver discs or can’t find a driver online, Snappy Driver Installer can help you by finding and installing the drivers you need. You can download the installer to a thumb drive or external drive and use it on the go. Get Snappy Driver Installer for free here.

5. Iolo system mechanic

Over time, your computer can get stuck with unwanted files and bloatware slowing it down. Instead of searching your system for the offending files, you can use iolo System Mechanic to clean things up.

This tool eliminates spam, blocks bloatware, and deletes browsing history. It also defragments your drives, frees up trapped memory, cleans and repairs your computer when it’s idle, and it increases CPU and RAM speed when you’re running resource-heavy programs.

Note that you can find tools like Defragmenter built into Windows. The advantage of using System Mechanic is that you can set it to perform a range of cleaning tasks automatically.

System Mechanic costs $49.95 a year, but you may find discounts. Click here to find out more.

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