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Do not confuse Freeware with Free Downloads. Free downloads just allow you to download the software at no cost. Not until you have installed the software are you asked to pay for it. Often times there is a "free" period of use and then partial or complete functionality ceases until you have paid for the software.

Freeware as defined by Wikipedia.

Software classified as Freeware is normally fully functional for an unlimited time with no cost. Freeware can be proprietary software available at zero cost. The author usually restricts one or more rights to copy, distribute, and make derivative works of the software. The software license may impose restrictions on the type of use. For instance, the license may be "free for personal, non-commercial use".

The Free Software Foundation asks users to avoid calling free software as "Freeware". Their reasoning is that they define free software as software that can be used, studied, and modified without restriction. Free software embodies the concept of freedom to use, while Freeware is where user just pays nothing...with some restrictions. I consider the Free Software Foundation's definition to be "open-source" software, where the code is available to modify and use without restriction (except copyright restrictions). Also, Freeware is also different from Shareware. Shareware obliges the user to pay for the Shareware after some trial period or to gain additional functionality.

Shareware as defined by Wikipedia.

I avoid Shareware for many reasons. The principal reason being the Adware built into a lot of it.

By contributing to support Freeware, you are helping yourself and others.


Freeware Guides

As time permits I will replace the previous Word and .PDF files with links to YouTube videos for the Freeware Favorites listed on my homepage. If YouTube videos do not exist I will add them here or post my own videos on YouTube.

  • Videos or links to videos will be posted at later date.
  • Videos or links to videos will be posted at later date.

Please note:
  1. Videos will not be updated each time a new version of the software is released. I will update videos only if there are dramatic changes in the installation or operability of the software.
  2. During the installation of any software pay attention to each screen. Lately, more Freeware, to make money and pay expenses to keep it Freeware, will provide options during the install process to install third-party software or other features, such as Toolbars. By default, the third-party software and other features will be turned on. If you do not uncheck checkboxes or say no (or other means), in addition to the intended software, other programs will get installed. I always uncheck, click No Thanks, etc.

    If you like the Freeware you have downloaded and installed, please donate using PayPal if such an option exists. Thank you!

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Freeware Websites

While there are a plethora of websites devoted to Freeware, these are some of my favorites.

Freeware & Shareware
Freeware Searches

PLEASE NOTE: Do not confuse FREE DOWNLOADS with FREEWARE. Many FREE DOWNLOADS are SHAREWARE and will not work after a predetermined period of time, will keep nagging you for payment, or are very hard to uninstall.

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My Programs

Content here will be programs I have written. Most of what I develop initially will be freeware and will include source code. Any comments, suggestions, etc. regarding improving code, fixing issues, etc. are always welcome.


ContigUI version 1.0 is a utility I wrote in C#.NET and requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. ContigUI is the User Interface (UI) for Microsoft's Windows Sysinternals Contig utility. Contig.exe is a file that defrags very large files (VLF's) in far less time than most commercial and freeware programs.

I use Contig to defrag Virtual Hard Drives (VHDs) or Virtual Machines (VMs). However, it can be used on any file. The command line utility can be used to defrag files, folders or drives. Version 1.0 facilitates using Contig to defrag a single file.

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