Software and Utilities
Graphic viewer for Windows operating systems. Useful for viewing, cropping and resampling most image data types. Supports video as well.
Capture windows and other screen objects. Includes tools for editing and annotating captured images.
Resizable ruler which can be used to line up on-screen objects and make pixel based measurements.
Displays a crosshair which either tracks the mouse cursor or can be fixed in place. Crosshair width and transparency can be varied, but only one crosshair at a time can be displayed.
Create and burn ISO images from either CD/DVDs or the content of disk folders. Different versions exist for XP SP1, XP SP2 and Vista. DVD support is Vista only. MSDN recommended. Functions as a Windows Explorer extension.
Synchronize the files and folders stored on a flash drive with those stored on a PC's hard drive.
Create or record mouse and keyboard macros. A great timesaver.
Minimize open applications to the System Tray to free up space in the Windows Taskbar. Full support for XP, partial support for W7.
Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP
Tweak UI and other XP add-ons from Microsoft. I use it to speed up XP's menu system and change the default folders for common applications, as well as making other modifications to XP.
Monitor incoming and outgoing data traffic through a PC's NIC (Network Interface Card).