There are many apps out there that can enhance your Windows experience. Some come with the OS and thousands of others that you can download from the Microsoft Store or the web.

However, there are some apps out there that can make using Windows easier and smarter than ever. Here are four of the most innovative apps that make Windows better.

1. Sidebar Diagnostics

As the name suggests, this simple yet cool app shows the hardware diagnostic information of your laptop or desktop in a neat sidebar on your Windows PC screen. It’s like a handy report that displays real-time information on your PC’s CPU, RAM, GPU, network, drives and monitors.

Once you have installed the app, it will appear on the right side of the screen of your PC. You can also dock it on the left side of the screen. If you have a multi-monitor configuration you can set it to appear on another monitor as well.

And you can also change the sidebar size, font size and color, alert color and background color as per your choice. The default background color is black, but I changed it from green to gel with my desktop background, as you can see in the image above.

There are also options to keep the sidebar always on top, or reserve space for it so that it is visible when you maximize other applications.

Sidebar Diagnostics will display CPU type, clock speed, load, RAM usage and GPU details. Plus, it offers a clear view of your used and free space in the drive, and also provides network usage and network adapter details.

If you prefer to view data on graphs, you also get the option to monitor various metrics of CPU, RAM, GPU, drives and network in a graphical representation.

You can customize the data that the app displays as well as the order, so that you can keep important details on top. Plus you can set up adjustable temperature alerts for your CPU and GPU, used space alerts for your drives, or bandwidth alerts for your network.

In addition, you can control sidebar diagnostics directly from the system tray icon, or set hotkeys to toggle, show, hide, switch edge or screen, close, reload, reserve space, or close an app.

2. Alarm Clock HD

Alarm Clock HD is much more than a clock. Its features include accurate alarms, sleep music and timing, world clocks, weather, RSS and Facebook feeds, and currency exchange rates. Plus it has a radio player so you can listen to built-in radio stations. There is also a music player to create playlists and enjoy them on your PC.

The default clock is a digital clock set in the middle of the screen, though you can increase or decrease the size of the clock and its brightness as you like. If you prefer an analog clock then you can choose from 5 options by purchasing addons for them.

Right off the clock, the news feed keeps running and changes according to the duration you set. You can set up an RSS feed and choose from different categories like world news, business, entertainment, sports, science and health. Or log into Facebook and you can set up a Facebook feed to keep track of what’s new. You can also set up a custom feed if you upgrade to the Pro version.

Moreover, it is all set in the background of beautiful picture themes – city, nature, flowers, animals, and single color backgrounds. You can always add more themes, like music and family, and add your own pictures, like your favorite band or family album.

Alarms are also fun because you can set multiple alarms and choose from the built-in alarm sound, an mp3 song, a radio station to wake you up, or even a silent alarm while you’re working on the PC. Have been and want to set a reminder.

You can set up to 3 world clocks in the free version and up to fifteen in the pro ad-free version.

3. Dolby Access

Hear the astonishing detail, accuracy and realism in your games, movies and shows with a sound that flows around you—even above and behind you. This is the experience that Dolby Atmos promises and you can enjoy it on your Windows PC with the Dolby Access app.

You can download Dolby Access from the Microsoft Store to set up a Dolby Atmos device and personalize your audio with custom profiles. The Dolby Access app also features demo Dolby Atmos video and game trailers for you to try the immersive experience.

You can enable Dolby Atmos for your home theater or soundbar, but to enjoy it on your headphones you’ll need to sign in to the Microsoft Store to start your free 7-day trial for the headphones. After the trial period, you can buy it for $14.99.

You can enjoy Dolby Atmos on Xbox and Windows through any set of headphones on up to 10 devices.

Once enabled, simply right-click on the sound icon on your taskbar and choose Spatial Sound > Dolby Atmos for Headphones. And you’ll be able to enjoy spatial sound in your games, movies, and shows designed for Dolby Atmos.

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