Whenever I visit a family member or friend who asked me to fix a computer issue, I take a USB flash drive with me containing dozens of tools to analyze and repair computer issues.
GEGeek Tech Toolkit is a
free collection of more than 300 portable freeware tools that serve a similar purpose. The collection has a size of 1.6 Gigabyte compressed and about 3 Gigabyte uncompressed on the system.
Update: The toolkit is no longer free.
After you have downloaded the archive from the developer website and unpacked it, a process that can take some time due to its size, you can launch tools directly from the directories they have been extracted to.
Programs have been sorted into folders such as drivers, malware removal, backups or AV uninstallers which make it quite easy to find the right folder for a specific task.
While it is possible to launch tools directly from the directory, it is also possible to load a small launcher that is placed in the system tray instead.
It can then be used to start any program directly from there without having to open the folder in a file explorer previous to that.
Here is a short list of programs included in the toolkit: Firefox, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Java, 7-Zip, Rapid Environment Editor, HostsEditor, Speedfan, MemTestPro, Process Monitor, CCleaner, Virustotal Scanner, CurrPorts, WSUS Offline Update and Revo Uninstaller.
You find the majority of Nirsoft and SysInternals applications supported as well, and the list of programs reads like the Who is Who of freeware programs.
While all that is nice and fine, one of the issues of tool collections is keeping it up to date. The creator of the toolkit has resolved this by using the software updater Ketarin.
All you have to do to check for updates is to run the "Run Ketarin Update" batch file which loads all supported programs in Ketarin. Here you need to select the update all option or check for updates but do not download option to do so.
This way, you can keep the tool collection always up to date, provided that you store it in a location that the updater can write to. Ideally, it is placed on a USB flash drive and not burned to DVD.
That's still not all though. If you open the documents folder, you will find about a dozen folders in it which lead to technical documents. The troubleshooting category alone lists 19 different documents to fix various errors, while the malware reference category offers step by step guides to remove viruses and malware from a system.
The intention here is to offer reference documents if no Internet connection is available.
GEGeek Tech Toolkit is a comprehensive collection of programs and reference documents for users of all experience levels, but especially for technicians and users who fix Windows issues regularly.
The fact that it is possible to update the collection to keep all tools up to date makes it one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, downloadable tools collection for Windows.
You may also like the fact that it is easy to add your own portable programs to the collection, and with some knowledge of batch files, add it to Ketarin as well so that these tools can also be updated automatically.
If you need a tech toolkit for Windows, this is it.
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