In Pictures: 20 free PC apps to ease daily tasks

Some of the best things in a PC lover's life are indeed free, but they're not always obvious.

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Rainmeter Widgets? Who wants to clutter up their desktop with widgets? You do, as long as those widgets come from Rainmeter.

The stock version of Rainmeter is utterly beautiful and jam-packed with widgets that display helpful information like a calendar, RSS feeds, weather conditions, and how your computer's running—handy-dandy stuff. But here's the big draw: Anybody can create and share Rainmeter skins, and a thriving ecosystem has blossomed around the software. Seriously, if you can think of a design or function you'd like to see, there's a good chance there's already a Rainmeter theme for it.

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