I am the local go to "nerd" that all the people I know call when thier computer craps out on them.
Here is what my freeloading friends ask me... in order
#1 "I can't get Online"
#2 "I think I have spyware/virus"
#3 "My computer seems slow"
#4 "I deleted all my photos/music/movies/documents by mistake"
#5 "How do I undo what I did... No I don't have system restore"
#6 "My Hard Drive is making a lot of noise"
#7 "I am missing (insert hive file here) and I cant boot up"
#8 "My OS it missing?"
#9 "My accessory is not recognized"
#10 "Whatever you did made it worse"
That covers about 99% of what I get. I got tired of burning software to CD and installing it so I bought a 2g Flash drive. Now that I have it I want to put tools on it that fix things as hassle free as possible, to cover the above problems. Naturally no one bothers to pay me since "I enjoy this kinda nerd stuff" so free tools are awesome. If you know of something that cost money but is worth it I will buy it just to make my life easier though.
Please list what you have used, and what it's for, I think this will become a very useful list to many people!
Thanks for the time, research, understanding,