This article covers a number of favorite free Windows utilities geared toward health and maintenance of your Windows PC/laptop.
After looking at various CD based recovery tools I decided to create a USB based install which would allow the addition of whatever software was needed in a familiar Ubuntu based interface.
The best base system I found was lubuntu. This provides a light weight desktop environment. Recommend using an 8GB flash stick.
Want to make sure you have a backup of all your critical files? Found a few excellent backup/sync tools for both Windows and Linux. Many also support MAC, Android and IOS