All the software mentioned below comes with the usual caveats—no guarantees it will work for you; basically caveat emptor, but because you’re not buying, maybe it’s caveat gratis. 😀 At any rate, try at your own risk.
Kim Komando suggests some great freeware. You might want to consider subscribing to her Essential Daily Content. One of her new recommendations is Jarte, a SIMPLE, FREE word processing program. You can read more about it here, and download here. I downloaded the zip version and put it on my external drive. So far, so good. I’ll let you know how it works as I go along.
Try MultiCommander. It’s a jazzed up version of Windows Explorer—better search capabilities, multiple columns for easy moving and copying files—and it works on everything from Windows XP thru Windows 8. Love this program!
I just downloaded the most recent version of Belarc Advisor. Run it and find out all you ever wanted to know—and more—about your computer’s innards, Windows security updates, software versions, when you last ran that installed software (this is a real eye opener; I found software I hadn’t used in several years), and more.