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All of my computers use WIN 95 Power Toys. It is one of the first applications I install on a new computer. Yes even on WIN 2000. (XP has its own version of PowerToys)
No the average user will not use them all. And yes a few of them are incorporated into WIN 98 and NT and 2000. But try them, you will like them, and wonder why you ever did without them.
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

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Windows Power Toys for 
Windows XP
and for Windows 95 98 NT and 2000

PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released to manufacturing. They add fun and functionality to the Windows experience.
:MS has taken great care to ensure that PowerToys operate as they should, but they are not part of Windows and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys.

WINDOWS XP PowerToy choices: PowerToySetup.exe for XP
  • Open Command Window Here
    This PowerToy adds an "Open Command Window Here" context menu option on file system folders, giving you a quick way to open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder.
  • Alt-Tab Replacement
    With this PowerToy, in addition to seeing the icon of the application window you are switching to, you will also see a preview of the page. This helps particularly when multiple sessions of an application are open.
  • Tweak UI
    This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.
  • Power Calculator
    With this PowerToy you can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.
  • Image Resizer
    This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.
  • CD Slide Show Generator
    With this PowerToy you can view images burned to a CD as a slide show. The Generator works downlevel on Windows 9x machines as well.
  • Virtual Desktop Manager
    Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy.
  • Taskbar Magnifier
    Use this PowerToy to magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.
  • HTML Slide Show Wizard
    This wizard helps you create an HTML slide show of your digital pictures, ready to place on your Web site.
  • Webcam Timershot
    This PowerToy lets you take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate.


W95powertoy.exe (for WIN95,98,NT,2000 - 209k) is a must-have group of Microsoft utilities that are free, but unsupported. Powertoys is an incredible set of shell enhancements that make Windows 95, 98 and NT just that much better (note: some are already part of 98 and NT).
 Download Now Read instructions FIRST  

The PowerToys Set download allows users to install all of the available power toys--productivity tools for advanced users--at once.  These toys include:

  • CabView--treat.CAB files like ordinary folders
  • CDAutoPlay--make autoplay work on any non-audio CD
  • Command Prompt--start a command prompt in the folder of your choice with the click of a button
  • Contents Menu--get to your files without having to open their folders
  • Desktop Menu--open items on your desktop from a convenient menu on the Taskbar
  • Explore From Here--open Windows Explorer no matter where you are on the network or on your own computer's file system
  • FindX 1.2--add drag-and-drop capabilities to your Find Menu
  • FlexiCD--play an audio CD from the Taskbar
  • Quick Res--change the screen resolution of your Windows desktop without having to restart your computer
  • Round Clock--create a round analog clock without a square window
  • Send To X 1.2--an updated version of Send To Any Folder
  • Shortcut Target Menu--find out the properties for the file to which a shortcut is pointing
  • Telephony Location Selector--mobile computer users can change their dialing location from the Taskbar 
  • Tweak UI 1.1 Update--adjust your Windows User Interface, including menu speed, window animation, and Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Xmouse 1.2--make the focus follow your mouse without clicking in the same way X Windows does

The Microsoft Windows Shell Development Team has put together a set of productivity tools called PowerToys. If you're a Windows power-user, go ahead and try them out, but realize these are unsupported tools. Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys.

How to Download

    1. Create a folder by right-clicking on the desktop, click New, and then click Folder. Type a name for the folder.
    2. Click the Download Now button at the top or bottom of this page. In the File download dialog box that appears on your screen, click Save Program to Disk.
    3. In the Save As dialog box, choose to save the file in the folder you just created, then click Save.
    4. Open the folder and double-click the downloaded file. This may create several new files in your folder. Among these, look for "Read Me" or "INF" files.
    5. The "Read Me" file will contain any additional download information you need to know. To install the file, right click the .INF file and click Install.
  • Related Information
    Click here to read about the terms of use with this product.
    Download Now <--an OLDER version is (WAS) here.
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