Windows 7, like all powerful operating systems, can seem a bit overwhelming and give you the feeling you’ve lost control.

Fortunately, there are some great utilities for taming Windows 7.

Some problems are obvious: you’ve got so many icons on your desktop you’ve given up trying to keep them organized. Other problems are more obscure for example, why Windows takes so long to boot. And it’s always good to know exactly what hardware and software are residing in your PC.

Here are four free programs that make Windows easier to control. I’m betting you’ll find them as useful as I do.
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The free Windows 7 ride will continue into 2011, at least for four additional months. Microsoft will keep supplying customers with free copies of the latest iteration of the Windows client for evaluation purposes.

Following the release of Windows 7, the Redmond company began offering the RTM bits for testing, intent on reaching as broad an audience of IT professionals as possible, but not really restricting downloads in any way.

For this, the software giant had set up the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial site and associated downloads.

As 2010 comes to an end, Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial downloads get another reprieve from Microsoft, as they were planned to expire on December 31st. More »

Microsoft Press is offering no less than nine free ebooks for download on a variety of topics, from the latest iterations of the Windows client and the Office productivity suite to the first Windows Phone OS and to the company’s developer platform.

At the bottom of this article users will be able to find the complete list with all the free resources offered by the Redmond along with the links necessary to download all the goodies.

Of course, those familiar with Microsoft Press know that this is not the first time that the software giant has shared ebooks with the public, free of charge.

The latest resources are packaged in no less than nine books designed to help customers make the best out of a range of Microsoft products and technologies. More »

MSE is available not only to home users and home businesses but also to small businesses which can install it on up to 10 PCs in their organization.

In addition, small business customers are now able to also take advantage of a free copy of Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition for each license of Windows 7 Professional they purchase from PC Mall.

“We’re excited to let you know that today we’re also working with Symantec and PC Mall, a major U.S. reseller of technology products, services and solutions to small businesses, to extend free security software to those larger small businesses with up to 50 PCs and at least one server,” revealed Microsoft’s Sandrine Skinner.

Obviously, small businesses with as much as 50 computers need more than the 10 licenses of MSE that the software giant allows them to download and install completely free of charge. More »