Nifty Free Application Lets You Control Hundreds of Windows System Utilities in One Convenient Place

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WSCC download and update dialogGizmo’s Freeware reviews many Windows system utilities. Two of the premier sources are Microsoft Windows Sysinternals and Nirsoft Utilities. If you use as many of the programs from these two sources as I do, you’ll appreciate the convenience provided by a free application called “Windows System Control Center” (WSCC). It provides a central interface for installing, administering, and updating all of the Sysinternals and Nirsoft utilities and is quite a little gem.

WSCC interfaceThe program is portable and works on all current versions of Windows. It has been around for some years but has been regularly updated. It is currently in version 2.2.1.1. The program provides an easy way to download and run all of the Sysinternals and Nirsoft utilities from one window. Click the first thumbnail to see an example of the dialog window that allows you to update or install any or all of the Sysinternals and Nirsoft utilities. Alternatively, WSCC allows you to run any of the utilities from the cloud. It makes use of APIs provided by Microsoft and by Nirsoft. It also lets you run a number of the standard native Windows utilities from one convenient place. Click the second thumbnail to see an example of the interface for running several hundred utilities from one place. The program provides a brief description of all the utilities.

The developer’s page is here and the download link is on this page. The zipped download is 1.5 MB. It can be unzipped and run from a folder on a USB key or any convenient location. More detail on how to use WSCC is given in this article.

If you like to use a lot of Window system utilities, you have to give WSCC a try.

Be aware that some of the Nirsoft utilities trigger false warnings from certain anti-malware programs. However, they are perfectly safe. If you prefer, you can always skip these particular utilities.

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Just a heads up. Nirsoft is all clean. I use MANY of their utilities for years and they are all clean. No spyware, and all are virus free no matter what your system says about it. You may get false positives on things like pass sniff and a few others but there is no need to reject their programs.

Great find! I just installed everything and 2 of the utilities were identified by my Antivirus (Vipre) as known trojans: dialupass and mspass. Anyone know if this may just be a false positive? All the other 278 utilities installed with no problems.

I'm amazed you just got 2! AVs such as Comodo, Avast, Avira tend to flag at least half a dozen of the Nirsoft suite as malware, although I do always have heuristics on the highest settings.

As stated already it's the password extractors/reclaimers that trigger the alerts, which to my mind is quite right and proper as extracting saved passwords is exactly the kind of behaviour that AV software should be flagging. There is actually a link on the Nirsoft site which will take you to a page where the dev explains his own thoughts on false positives.

Several of the Nirsoft utilities are known to trigger false positives from antimalware programs. However, these programs are perfectly safe. The ones you mention are password revealers and some antivirus programs see password activity as malware. Just skip the flagged utilities if you prefer.

Nice find, Vic. This is an EXCELLENT utility, better even that Nirsofer's own NirLauncher which, unlike WSCC, you have to update manually and does not include native Windows utilities.

The only thing I wish for is the ability to add tools not on its predetermined list, extensive as it is.

Excellent bit of kit, although I'll have to teach it what I've already got.

It might be an idea to link back to this utility whenever anything downloadable with it is reviewed.

Thank you vic..

Absolutely GREAT article and Find, Vic.

It is MY hope that one day WINDOWS will operate like the menu and folders for the programs (portable, sitting in their own folder, no registration)

The only thing I want is for it to LOOK like a book where you turn the pages and it has a TOC (Table of contents) for you to add programs to it chapter wise.

Sorry, I ramble at my age