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This stuff can be installed on any portable drive, i.e. USB thumbdrive, PDA or an iPod. You can use them at work, school, or any other place where you can plugin your device. Check them out, you can either scroll-down for relevant category, i.e office software, email tools, messengers, games, etc. or get a ?all-in-one? package (all essential tools) . While there are more apps for windows users, a mac version for each essential tool is included.....(free).....
Group of recommended Explorer enhancements .....(free).....
2xExplorer is a great dual-pane (Norton Commander-style) file manager for Win9x/NT. It offers efficient navigation and features such as file filters, folder synchronization, editor and shell context menu support, DriveBar for trick navigation, and Mirror browsing and scrolling for tree synchronisation. It extends the functionality of the standard Windows Explorer by adding an extra folder contents pane, which enables directory comparisons and easy file transfers. Yet the program is designed to look and "feel" like the standard Explorer so as to be straightforward to use .....(free).....
Don't just maximize your windows?go full screen. Add the Links toolbar to My Computer. Arranging windows on your desktop. Organize your files into groups. Make your own icons .....(free).....
Print from Windows Explorer. Pin programs to the Start menu. Use small icons on your Start menu. Search a folder. Send an e-mail attachment from anywhere.....(free).....
USB flash is not (yet) a portable PC whereby any USB KVM monitor is your work station - but it will get there. In the mean time, making the most of your USB stick and creating a portable software suite isn?t hard - you just need a little guidance. So? for you road-warriors or super geeks the following list of 55 portable applications are worth taking note. With 2GB, 4GB and 8GB drives readily available at extremely cheap prices making a portable software suite and creating a Super Stick is quite easy......(free).....
7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.....(free).....
This program absolutely shuts down, restarts and logs off your computer including power off and forced shut down option - a double click on the stop icon is sufficient. Optionally will dfg ShutDown XP execute a program before shutdown (e.g. for your daily backup) or it will lock and protect the computer while you are absent. It writes all actions including a system crash with date, time, user and action into a log file and it updates the system time via an Atomic Clock from the Internet .....(free).....
AbsoluteControl(tm) offers a wide range of OS control tools available on a single click. It can set your screen resolution with highest possible refresh rate, open\close your CD drives, reboot, shutdown, poweroff, hibernate and send to standby mode your system. AbsoluteControl monitors memory usage providing you with most up to date information without the need to perform even a single mouse click. AbsoluteControl handles ALL Microsoft operating systems, runs in background and is capable of automatic updating. The destribution size is 100 kb only including comprehensive help system.....(free).....
Absolute Uninstaller is similar to standard Windows Add - Remove program but more powerful.The standard Add/Remove program can't uninstall applications completely which often leaves broken registry keys ,unnecessary files on the hard disk.The more junk files your computer have ,the slower it runs. Uninstall Manager can wipe off all the junk files clearly in seconds.It offers a more user-friendly way to remove unneeded applications and to improve your computer efficiency.....(free).....
Use this small utility for speeding up your computer. It works by changing priority of the currently active application, thus it is very useful for concentrating all system resources to process great and complex data.....(free).....
Get easy access to your favorite programs while surfing the Web by using this handy utility to add "launch" buttons directly to Internet Explorer's own toolbar.....(free).....
Aero Peek is one of the new features that gets introduced in the new Microsoft operating system Windows 7 that is poised to come out later this year. Aero Peek actually refers to a set of features that are introduced, one of them with the ability to show the computer desktop hiding all active windows in the process. The feature in Windows 7 is enabled by hovering over an icon in the Windows 7 Task Bar. AeroPeek for Windows XP and Windows Vista tries to mimic that behavior.....(free).....
A life saver if your system goes bad .....(free).....
Saves a log file detailing all file system changes and RunOnce activities that will happen during the next system startup after you install new software .....(free).....
Replace your Windows cursors with something better .....(free).....
alphaCML is a simple command line that sits quietly on your desktop: you can type commands into it to open applications or files. You can customize the position and the color of the text (prompt and command) and of the background. Files are opened with their default associated application. alphaCML can open applications also with "aliases". It uses the system default aliases, and it supports, via AppPaths, custom ones ......(free).....
AltDrag allows you to drag windows with the mouse when pressing the alt key. You can also press the shift key to make the window stick to other windows. Fullscreen windows, such as games, will not be dragged. .....(free).....
Adds more functionality to your mouse for interacting with Windows. You can move windows and controls which do not support the ability to move. Resize windows and controls which do not support this ability. HYide any window from desktop (to tray bar or completely) and restore it. You can change transparency of window. You can assign key-mouse combination to standart menu items. Use mouse to run your programs and open documants from everywhere.....(free).....
Run Linux natively inside Windows. andLinux is a complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in Windows based 32-bit systems. andLinux is not just for development and runs almost all Linux applications without modification.....(free).....
With its emergency task manager, AntiFreeze offers a last recourse when you find your computer in a hung state. Because programs consume too much CPU or too much memory or too many programs have been started, your computer has become unresponsive. The mouse still moves but no programs are responding, you cannot switch to other programs or even close them. You have even tried to start the Windows Task Manager even that won?t work because it does not get enough attention from the scheduler to respond to your mouse clicks and keyboard presses. You are ready to press the reset button, instead you can press the hotkey of AntiFreeze. It will put to sleep all running programs except the most critical ones, giving you the opportunity to close down the programs which are causing problems. You may even be able to save or recover your work (Go to Free Downloads).....(free).....
Remove Outlook duplicate records with this Microsoft Outlook utility .....(free).....
This info-sniffing program monitors all API calls made by applications and displays detailed information about each API called including parameters, return values and error codes .....(free).....
Small API monitor that allows the user to monitor the APIs called by the given application. KAM supports 1749 different APIs as for now .....(free).....
ATnotes creates Post-it like notes on the Windows desktop. It lives in the system tray, take very few resources, and supports a lot of languages. With ATnotes, you will never miss important events or lose information. You can organize your notes by using folders, set alarm, change color or font and send your note to your colleagues.....(free).....
Tweaker for Radeon cards.....(free).....
Auto Context is a Firefox extension that will open a customized popup menu when you select a text .....(free).....
This program can automatically delete files in a specific folder that are older than the specified time. It checks the file dates by modification time. You can have it run on every Windows startup to delete old temp files, backups, webcam snapshots history, temporary internet files, etc .....(free).....
AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder. Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey .....(free).....
If you have a need to do repetitive execution of a series of processes, AutoMode will make the task easy. Just set up a simple script once and automate the process thereafter. Scripts are stored in Ini files and you may have any number of these. AutoMode will sequentially execute at a configurable interval the process list you define. AutoMode waits until each process is complete before starting the next. Processes can also have an associated command line parameter. It also logs and timestamps the execution of each process to a screen display and a log file. A delayed startup option is also available.....(free).....
Great screen recorder solution to record screen to a video or Flash file, so you can record screen, set schedule, auto-scale videos .....(free).....
Resize your programs automatically, such as maximize, minimize, normal, minimize to tray, set application windows transparency, stay on top .....(free).....
AutoCompress scans files evaluating their compressabilty (or current compression ratio), and compresses them (or decompresses them) if they meet certain criteria; namely the date since modifitcation, compression ratio, and file size. (Go to Disk Utilities).....(free).....
The Microsoft AutoPlay Repair Wizard scans your computer devices to find defective AutoPlay settings, and attempts to fix those it finds .....(free).....
Autorun (Quick Divx Starter) is a utility that scans its directory (or CD), and executes predefined commands when you press Player(s) buttons.....(free).....
This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP .....(free).....
Autostart and Process Viewer gives you a control over applications which start with Windows, and shows which processes are running on your computer. But the most important thing is that this program helps you find out which processes and autostart entries are new. You can "accept" a process or a program starting with windows, and if a new ("unaccepted") item appears - the program tells you about it.....(free).....
The time may come that you'll need to reinstall your Windows XP. If you do reinstall Windows XP, then you'll need to re-activate it too - that is, unless you keep this tip handy .....(free).....
Write your data to CD, DVD and Blu-ray Discs quickly and easily using FREE AVS Disc Creator.....(free).....
BackgroundCMD is a command prompt folder background shell extension. It allows you to start a command prompt (an instance of cmd.exe) from any directory that you're currently browsing. The are many command prompt shell extensions out there. However, as far as I can tell, none of them allow you to open a console window in the current directory that you're browsing. Most will only allow you to right-click a folder and have the command prompt start in that folder.....(free).....
Balloon Killer XP - Get Rid of Those Annoying Balloon Tips in Windows XP.....(free).....
Crash on Demand Utility. You say the drivers you develop aren't doing a good enough job of crashing your system and you need a way to force a system crash? Here's that way: BANG! Run BANG.EXE and a dialog box with a big red button reading "Crash Now!" appears. Click the button and... BANG! Or, change your mind and click on the little "Never Mind" button. Somebody's needed to write this utility for years.....(free).....
BareGrep is a tool for searching files in Windows. It is similar to the Unix grep tool in that the search strings are specified with a regular expression. BareGrep performs an incremental search and presents the search results in a tabular format that allows easy navigation and sorting of the results. BareGrep can be used for searching multiple files. BareGrep supports DOS/Windows and Unix text files and binary file formats .....(free).....
Bart's PE Builder helps you build a bootable Window CD-Rom or DVD from Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 very suitable for PC maintenance tasks.....(free).....
Disable right mouse clicks. Allows parents and teachers to easily restrict several functions of the computer mouse and keyboard. The right mouse button can be switched off completely.....(free).....
Simple tool that lists all DLLs referenced by an executable or a library file.....(free).....
Portable software runs on your USB key drive or your iPod, or a memory stick, or any type of external drive you plug into a USB port. You don't have to install anything on the computer's hard drive. It's like carrying your office around with you. Or... carrying your home to the office. These kind of apps are becoming more and more popular as USB flash drives get cheaper and cheaper. If you ever do any work at more than one computer, go get one now, then install this freeware. Then you can do something else. If you want. Or, you can just hold your key drive and feel good about what you've just done .....(free).....
BluetoothView is a small utility that runs in the background, and monitor the activity of Bluetooth devices around you. For each detected Bluetooth device, it displays the following information: Device Name, Bluetooth Address, Major Device Type, Minor Device Type, First Detection Time, Last Detection Time, and more. BluetoothView can also notify you when a new Bluetooth device is detected, by displaying a balloon in your taskbar or by playing a small beep sound.....(free).....
Use this to quickly create a bookmarklet from some javascript code.....(free).....
Boot builder allows you to create your own custom boot sector from scratch. This utility allows you to recreate or restore boot sectors lost due to virus or other damage to a drive. Boot sectors can be imported/exported to a disk or created from a template. This program supports FAT and NTFS boot sector types.....(free).....
BootPart is an easy tool for adding one partition in the Windows NT multi boot menu (for example, an OS/2 boot manager or Linux partition). Your active partition on your first hard disk must be a FAT16 primary partition. This can be a small partition. Bootpart 2.20 is compatible with Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.....(free).....
Create bootable CD-Roms for Windows and Dos, a tutorial.....(free).....
Build a BartPE -- Bart Preinstalled Environment -- bootable Windows CD-Rom or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC maintenance tasks. It will give you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800x600) and FAT/NTFS/CDFS filesystem support. Very handy for burn-in testing systems with no OS, rescuing files to a network share, virus scan and so on. This will replace any Dos bootdisk in no time.....(free).....
There really isn't a downside to reformatting and doing a clean install, but if there was one I suppose it could be that the installation of SP1 might be quite time consuming, especially if you do it through Windows Update. However, there is a way to reduce this time expenditure. If you fall into the category of users that frequently reformat their systems and clean install XP from the CD then creating a slipstreamed version of XP/SP1 can be a huge time saver.....(free).....
Bootminder will warn you if a floppy is in your A: drive when you are closing down Windows. If you then take out the disk from that drive, the next time you start your computer, it will not boot from that floppy. Conclusion: a reduced chance of a boot-virus infection .....(free).....
BossKey is a simple virtual desktop program. Create hot-keys to switch between the desktops and have one set of windows/applications on one and a different set of windows/applications on another and flip between them instantly with a single keypress. Up to 10 virtual desktops can be defined and windows can be designated always visible.....(free).....
Automatically moves files from Internet Explorer's cache into folders based on the files' extensions.....(free).....
Cache viewers for IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera. CacheView is a small utility that reads the cache folder of Google Chrome Web browser, and displays the list of all files currently stored in the cache. For each cache file, the following information is displayed: URL, Content type, File size, Last accessed time, Expiration time, Server name, Server response, and more. You can easily select one or more items from the cache list, and then extract the files to another folder, or copy the URLs list to the clipboard. There's a cache viewer for IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera.....(free).....
Tiny utility to prevent your PC from locking, sleeping or activating screensaver after idle time determined by various system settings .....(free).....
Call Display Screensaver will notify you about incoming calls.....(free).....
Turn the caps lock key off.....(free).....
This simple utility will turn off your capslock key. Keeps it from getting in the way.....(free).....
Have a program run at the startup of windows, but only if your caps-lock key is down at the time.....(free).....
CBShellExt is a Windows Explorer Extension with useful functions to help manipulate multiple filenames (add, delete, replace,copy), split, merge, diff files (WinMerge), convert files (wav, mp3), create playlists, open console/explorer. more.....(free).....
Emsa CD Tray Pal is a small but handy utility that acts as a CD-ROM Drive control menu. It runs in the system tray and makes opening/closing CD door easier than ever, even on multiple CD-ROM drives! Features: - Autoruns at system startup- Runs as system tray icon - Capable of handling multipe CD-ROM Drives - OpenCD, CloseCD, GetCD, OpenAll, CloseAll functions - Handy systray right-click menu - Provides CD media informaion: Volume name, Size, Serial Number - Configurable GetCD time interval - Capable of showing either a single systray icon, or one icon per drive - Action on system shutdown: Close All / Open All CD doors - Assignable, system wide Hotkeys per each drive and function - Tray icon(s) changing color based on whether valid media is inside the drive etc (free, but requires registration).....(free).....
CellNet is a very fast desktop application for keeping files organized on your computer. Because CellNet remains on the desktop it is possible to completely clear your desktop of icons and organize them within CellNet in neat labeled columns.....(free).....
Makes the common windows Open - Save dialog easier to use.....(free).....
This tool provides an easy way to track changes to certain parts of the operating system. The tool lets support professionals better understand the modifications to users' computers that may have caused problems.....(free).....
Chaos Crystal is an utility for Windows that allows setting transparency for any open application. Type or drag the target to the program window you would like to set to be transparent. The transparency can be adjusted with the slider. The value on the slider indicates how transparent the window is: 0 for total transparency, 255 for complete opacity. Have fun with this handy utility .....(free).....
Cool open Source Circular and Spiral Dock a d launcher for Windows .....(free).....
Clipboard caching utility. All clipboard formats are supported. Template can be registered. Pop-up menu is displayed by "Alt+C." Menu can be customized. Item is paste automatically. Picture is displayed on a menu. Tool tip is displayed on a menu. The format to leave and the format to save can be set up. The ignored window can be set up. The paste key for every window can be set up. Function is extensible with plug-ins .....(free).....
CleanAfterMe allows you to easily clean files and Registry entries that are automatically created by the Windows operating system during your regular computer work. With CleanAfterMe, you can clean the cookies, history, cache, passwords of Internet Explorer, the 'Recent' folder, the Registry entries that record the last opened files, the temporary folder of Windows, the event logs, the Recycle Bin, and more. CleanAfterMe is a portable application. This means that you can run it without any installation and without leaving any trace in the Registry.....(free).....
Cleanmem works in a matter of about 5 sec. It uses a windows api call that is in Windows 2000,xp,2003,Vista & 2008 that tells windows to cleanup the workspace of a processes thus freeing up any memory the process no longer needs. Other memory cleaners end up forcing the memory into the page file slowing down your system. This tool does not. The API call frees up unused memory from programs, when a program needs the memory again it can simply take it back instead of forcing the memory out of ram and into the page file.A good example is this, say you have QuickBooks installed and setup for multi user mode.....(free).....
One of the most irritating things about Windows is the context menu clutter that you have to deal with once you install a bunch of applications. It seems like every application is fighting for a piece of your context menu, and it's not like you even use half of them. This article explains where these menu items are hiding in your registry, how to disable them the geeky way, and an easier cleanup method for non-geeks as well .....(free).....
ClearLogs clears the event log (Security, System or Application) that you specify. You run it from the Command Prompt, and it can also clear logs on a remote computer.....(free).....
With Windows XP, ClearType delivers improved font display resolution over traditional anti-aliasing. It improves readability on color LCD monitors with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat desktop displays. Readability on CRT screens can also be somewhat improved. However, Clear Type has to be first turned on, then tuned for maximum display quality. This will allow you to do both.....(free).....
ClickZap allows you to run a predefined action when you right click two or three times at your current mouse double-click speed. There is no faster way to lock your computer when screen security is needed quickly......(free).....
Click-N-Type is an on-screen virtual keyboard. As long as the user can control a mouse, trackball or other pointing device, he or she can send keystrokes to virtually any Windows application or DOS application that can run within a window. Click-N-Type is a 32 bit application that requires Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP or later. There are other virtual keyboards around but you'll find Click-N-Type the easiest to use for getting text into those uncooperative places like browser URL "Address:" fields, Email "To:" addresses, Email "Subject:" fields, dialog boxes like "Open" and "Save As...", and many other problematic applications. Try them all. You'll see they all work fine while typing into Notepad or WordPad, but when you attempt to do some real work, you'll get really annoyed really fast. Click-N-Type was designed with ease of use foremost in mind .....(free).....
Clicker helps prevent strain on the wrist and fingers and decreases the possibility of CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). This program clicks the left mouse button when you leave the pointer in the same position for an amount of time you specify.....(free).....
Clickie adds new features to the context menu of Windows Explorer. Copy Path Name: Copies the path of the selected folder or file to the clipboard (as text). You can then paste it wherever you need it. Some software need the name and path of a file and do not provide any way to browse. In such a case, Clickie becomes very useful and will save you a lot of time. NEW!! This feature now works when several files are selected. Open MS-DOS Prompt: Opens a DOS window in the selected directory. Using Clickie, you don't need to crawl to the directory you want to work in.....(free).....
Clipboard Recorder Standard saves all clips from the system clipboard for later use. You can then select and paste clipboard data from your history into any Windows application by using the Win+V hotkey, or a variety of other method. Clipboard Recorder supports RTF text, HTML, CSV and images etc. It also supports transferring clipboard data between different machines .....(free).....
ClocX is analog clock replacement for Microsoft Windows, a small executable binary, providing optimal speed and low memory usage. ClocX features: antialiasing (3 levels: off / method 1 / method 2), 256 levels of transparency with special mouse-over transparency function, changable and configurable styles (24 PNGs and 7 BMPs in standard installation, additional 98 PNGs and 69 BMPs available in full instalation or in PNG/BMP packs), configurable alarms with ability to show alarm window, play sound, execute application and shutdown computer, much more.....(free).....
CloneSpy is a Free Duplicate File CleanUp Tool for Windows 98se/NT/ME/2000/XP.....(free).....
A common problem is how to clone your installed WindowsXP and move it to a new hard drive on the same computer. Upgrading your OS hard drive can be a real pain, but this article will walk you through an easy process to simplify your life, so you can get back to work.....(free).....
This tool helps you to close all running applications with one click. It does not use system resources because it only sends close signal to all open windows on the desktop and goes out. Just place a shortcut to it in the Start Menu, Quick Launch or somewhere.....(free).....
CLutterBuddy is a free yet powerful window management tool, capable of manipulating any window or its children.....(free).....
Put all your desktop shortcuts into a menu, then delete them from the desktop. ClutterBuster is an application that will hold the shortcuts to software that you have on your desktop. Each button can be set by right clicking and selecting the .exe file you want to associate with it. The button will show the image, from the icon found in the .exe file. If it has no icon, the button will show blank. When you close ClutterBuster it will store all of the info in an .ini file. Once you set it, you can then delete all the clutter from your desktop and use ClutterBuster to access your programs instead.....(free).....
Cmdow is a Win32 commandline utility for NT4/2000/XP/2003 that allows windows to be listed, moved, resized, renamed, hidden/unhidden, disabled/enabled, minimized, maximized, restored, activated/inactivated, closed, killed and more. Cmdow may also be used on autorun CD's (this particular feature will also work on W95/98/ME). Cmdow is 31kb standalone executable. It does not create any temporary files, nor does it write to the registry. There is no installation procedure, just run it. To completely remove all traces of it from your system, delete it.....(free).....
A tool to create a database of text from the Internet on your hard drive. It captures the text itself, its Internet address, the Internet address it refers to, its name and the date of it was added to the database.....(free).....
ColorConsole brings a little color to your black and white world of Windows console. Features: Favorites commands, Export to HTML and RTF, Copy,Paste,Cut... Changeable font style and color.....(free).....
The CompLearn Toolkit is a suite of simple-to-use utilities that you can use to mine patterns in data, even across domains. For example, it can classify musical styles of pieces of music and identify unknown composers. It can identify the language of bodies of text. It can discover the relationships between species of life and even the origin of new unknown viruses such as SARS. Other uncharted areas are up to you to explore. In fact, this method is so general that it requires no background knowledge about any particular classification. There are no domain-specific parameters to set and only a handful of general settings. Just feed and run. From National Research Institute CWI in Amsterdam.....(free).....
After downloading fixes from Windows Updates page or via Automatic Updates, you may notice that Windows XP no longer logs into your account automatically. This is usually caused after the installation of .NET Framework from Microsoft. It creates an additional user account called ASP.NET, which you can see in the Control Panel User Accounts applet. But, you neither need to remove this update nor delete this account. You can still configure Windows XP to automatically login using these methods .....(free).....
Console is a Win console window enhancement. It was inspired by eConsole (http://www.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/~corion) Console features include configurable font, color, size, background image and transparency (on Win2000 and later).....(free).....
Context Magic is a Windows Explorer context menu extension that greatly extends functionality of the standard Send To menu and allows to manage files and folders with a few mouse clicks. You can easily copy or move files to your favorite folders, open them with your favorite programs, send by email and lot more. To invoke it, just right-click a file or folder in the Windows Explorer, and point to Context Magic in the pop-up menu.....(free).....
Context Menu Editor can view and delete links to programs on your context menus (the popup menus you see when you right-click). Context Menu Editor does not delete the programs, it just removes them from your menus. Menu deletions cannot be undone so please use with care - you may need to reinstall your software if you want them back. Context Menu Editor can view and delete menu items for right clicking on files, right clicking on folders and right clicking in Internet Explorer. Try Context Menu Editor today to see just how clean your menus can be .....(free).....
This sample Context Menu Shell Extension adds two commands to all file popup menus: Join and Split. Split chops the selected file up into chunks of 32 Kb, while Join merges the file back together again.....(free).....
Context ThumbView is a Windows shell context menu extension that provides a pop-up menu containing thumbnail of selected image file. It supports most of popular image file formats and is very handy for quick image viewing.....(free).....
Copy scratched DVDs and CDs. Copy Cat 2.0 actually skips the bytes which are not readable from file and copies all other bytes; therefore, it extracts max data which is normally not done by Windows copy operations.....(free).....
With this utility you can right click any file and copy the file name to the clipboard. It supports copying different versions of the file name (long name, short name, URL, and UNC) .....(free).....
CopyWipe is a utility for copying or securely overwriting (wiping/erasing) entire hard drives. CopyWipe can ease and expedite the transition to a new hard drive by copying the entire contents of one drive to another. CopyWipe can also help prevent confidential or private data from being recovered, by securely wiping the contents of a drive. A number of options are provided for wiping, most of which exceed governmental standards (such as DoD 5220.22-M, NAVSO P-5239-26, etc.); this allows the user to choose an optimal balance between security and duration of the wiping operation.....(free).....
Copycat is a clipboard utility for those with more than one computer. When you copy text into your clipboard, Copycat will automatically transfer it to the clipboards of the machines that you have chosen .....(free).....
.Ah, nice.... Perform some cool tricks with windows: enable, maximize, move, change size and location, rename, put on top, show or hide. And copies text to the clipboard from listboxes, comboboxes, menus, labels, captions and other places.....(free).....
Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature.....(free).....
Create your own supercomputer with Sandia's own software. A computer program that enables a collection of off-the-shelf desktop computers to rank among the world's fastest supercomputers has been released to the public by Sandia National Laboratories. Download it here.....(free).....
CPU-Control handles the CPU-affinity for multicore-systems. Instead of running each process on both CPUs you can define it as you want it. For example, if you want to seperate the firewall and the anti-virus-software from the graphics-application.....(free).....
CPU-Z gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.....(free).....
Control the recycle bin. Helps You Get Rid of Recycle-bin Files Quickly. No more answering "Yes" to delete files, Customizable Hotkey to Empty Recycle-bin, Customizable Hotkey to View the Recycle-Bin, Increased Functionality over previous versions. GUI Assissted Configuration, Completely Hidden - No Windows or Icons, Optionally Alerts you wehn you empty the Recycle-bin, Hotkey allows you to quickly exit the program entirely, Optionally Starts with Windows and uses lfew resources, 100% Freeware - Absolutely NO SPYWARE!, Features Automatic Live Updates utilizing the UpChk engine.....(free).....
Odd, but interesting, little tweak. Create your own folders and shortcuts without text names.....(free).....
The Password Reset Disk is essentially a small file that can be used to reset your password, even if you have changed your password since creating the reset disk. This can be extremely valuable for preventing any embarrassing situations.....(free).....
Create multiple directories in XP or Vista at the same level with a single command .....(free).....
The following article is a guide to create profiles for the installed video card to optimize it for different applications, namely working on the desktop and gaming. The problem with running a video card in Windows is that the video card will always use the same clock and fan speeds no matter if it is running in 2D desktop mode or 3D gaming mode. This can have the effect that the noise of the video card is a nuisance while working in 2D mode. In addition to that the video card will waste power because it uses the same clock speed that it uses in 3D mode although that speed is usually not needed in 2D mode .....(free).....
The Controllable Regex Mutilator, CRM114 is a system to examine incoming e-mail, system log streams, data files or other data streams, and to sort, filter, or alter the incoming files or data streams according to the user's wildest desires. Criteria for categorization of data can be by satisfaction of regexes, by sparse binary polynomial matching with a Bayesian Chain Rule evaluator, or by other means. Accuracy of the SBPH/BCR classifier has been seen in excess of 99 per cent, for 1/4 megabyte of learning text. In other words, CRM114 learns, and it learns fast .....(free).....
CrossLoop is a secure screen sharing utility designed for people of all technical skill levels. CrossLoop extends the boundaries of VNC?s traditional screen sharing by enabling non-technical users to get connected from anywhere on the Internet in seconds without changing any firewall or router settings. It only takes a few minutes to setup and no signup is required.....(free).....
This is a free zip tool for preparing zip files and extracting their contents. Use zipcreator to explore zip archives, backup your work or collate multiple files for emailing .....(free).....
CrystalDMI is a DMI - Desktop management Interface - utility. Key Features: SMBIOS/DMI Information, Text copy, Dump VGA BIOS, Dump Ext. BIOS, Dump BIOS .....(free).....
Complete system monitor keeps tabs on Bandwidth, CPU, Drives, Hardware, IP, Memory, Netstats, Processes, Services, Software, Tasks.....(free).....
Retrieves and clears the System, Read Only, Hidden and Archive attributes of a folder. Helpful if you want to change the folder icon and the System box is checked and grayed out not allowing you to change it. Works on folders only.....(free).....
CubicExplorer is a file manager/browser software. It's designed to be easy to use yet powerful to handle multiple directorys at the same time. It uses tabbed browsing and has a build-in text editor which has highlighters for many different file types.....(free).....
Your cursor is no longer stopped by the sides of the screen, but instead comes out on the opposite side .....(free).....
This handy utility adds a highly customisable New Folder function to the context menu to the Windows Explorer. Using a single dialogue to manage user-defined templates, Custom Folder facilitates the creation of custom dated and time-stamped folders and even deals with incremental naming in case there is already a sub-folder with the same name.....(free).....
You can use command-line switches either to customize the default view that Windows Explorer uses when it starts, or to specify the view when you start Windows Explorer from a command prompt .....(free).....
Step by step instructions for customizing the options that appear on the right-click menu for various file types.....(free).....
Xbox emulator software for your pc.....(free).....
Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows. It consists of two parts: A DLL (cygwin1.dll) which acts as a Linux emulation layer providing substantial Linux API functionality. A collection of tools, which provide Linux look and feel....(free).....
Daphne is a small (system tray) application for killing, controlling and debuging window processes. You can kill a process by dragging the mouse over the windows, by right-clicking the process in the main process list, or by typing its name with the "Kill all by name" command. You can set a any window to be always on top, to be transparent, to be enable, et cetera. The main window displays a list of currently running process with detailed information about: CPU usage, Process ID, Process name, Full path (and arguments), Priority, Class (Process / Service), Current memory usage, Peek memory usage, Current swap usage, Peek swap usage, Number of threads.....(free).....
Dasher is an information-efficient text-entry interface, driven by natural continuous pointing gestures. Dasher is a competitive text-entry system wherever a full-size keyboard cannot be used - for example, when operating a computer one-handed, by joystick, touchscreen, trackball, or mouse; when operating a computer with zero hands (i.e., by head-mouse or by eyetracker); on a palmtop computer; on a wearable computer. Dasher is a zooming interface. You point where you want to go, and the display zooms in wherever you point. The world into which you are zooming is painted with letters, so that any point you zoom in on corresponds to a piece of text. The more you zoom in, the longer the piece of text you have written. You choose what you write by choosing where to zoom.....(free).....
Nice program! Recovers scratched, damaged disks. Insert disk into Disk Drive, run DeadDiskDoctor application, select files to copy, then select destination folder. Routine reads file by 10kb blocks and when hardware involves errors, the size of block decrease tenfold and so on until the moment when block of data will be read without any errors, or it reach minimum size of block, then program skips one byte and starts to read second one. After successfully reading data, block size increase tenfold again and again to reach maximum size - 10kb.....(free).....
Native Windows debugger, disassembler, tracer, resource extractor, and window sniffer.....(free).....
DeepBurner allows you to burn any type of CDs or DVDs. Back up your data, create video or photo archives, record audio and mp3 CDs, copy DVD movies with just one program in easy and convenient way .....(free).....
Defrag_to_shutdown launches the Windows Defrag program with three options and with the function to shutdown or reboot the computer after Defrag has finished. An additional option for advanced users to optimize system and hidden files has also been added in version 1.0.Not for use in Windows XP, Windows 2000(Pro) or Windows NT .....(free).....
A file defragmentation tool... It differs from other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defragmentation tool.....(free).....
Using DelayDel you can "mark" files which will be deleted on next Windows startup. This is useful for deleting files that are used by Windows and cannot be deleted (or in DOS mode only).The program works on all Win32 platforms .....(free).....
DelayExec will launch a file after a specified delay interval (Go to Utility) .....(free).....
Delayer has a simple function: to delay the execution of a program by a specified number of seconds (up to 24 days!). Why? Primarily this is used for programs in the StartUp group (which Windows runs automatically when starting) which don't operate properly if executed immediately, or multiple programs that need delays between them. This can also be used to do basic automation of programs, or with the 'repeat' function could be used to run a task every hour.....(free).....
Delete files that are difficult to delete, such as some files left by viruses and trojans, or files with corrupted file names. This program can also delete files like the "index.dat" files, which store Internet history, by scheduling them for deletion upon system restart. Select a file to delete from the built-in file browser or drag a file to the application's icon or window from Window's Explorer.....(free).....
When you delete a file or folder using Windows, it is usual for the file or folder to be moved to the Recycle Bin (Trash). When the Recycle Bin is emptied, the data you have deleted is not actually removed from your computer. Instead, Windows makes the space occupied by the file available for writing. In other words, every file you delete using Windows is potentially recoverable in the short term. If you create a new file after deleting using Windows, or save a changed file, it may write over the 'deleted' file's space, thus destroying it permanently. Likewise, defragmenting will possibly overwrite the deleted files. DeleteOnClick completely deletes files in one click rather than sending the file to the recyle bin. The data becomes unrecoverable. For this reason you must use this program carefully. Once a file is 'Securely Deleted' no one can undelete it.....(free).....
Dependency Walker is a graphical development tool that scans any 32-bit or 64-bit Windows module (exe, dll, ocx, etc.) and builds a hierarchical tree diagram of all dependent modules. For each module found, it lists all the functions that are exported by that module, and which of those functions are actually being called by other modules. Another view displays the minimum set of required files, along with detailed information about each file including a full path to the file, base address, version numbers, machine type, debug information, and more. Dependency Walker is also very useful for troubleshooting system errors related to module load problems. A detailed help file is included.....(free--version 1 is an alpha, version 2 is beta).....
Desk Drive solves a really annoying problem. You pop a USB thumb drive or DVD into your computer and then you have to open Window's Explorer and find the mapped drive or folder. Desk Drive adds a desktop icon pointing to the drive automatically. Remove the media and the shortcut goes away. Brilliantly simple and effective.....(free).....
Desk Marker allows you to to draw on windows with different pensize and color. The visual controls mode allows to mark visual controls like buttons and forms. With the transparency option you can colorize the visual controls. In the freehand mode the pen marker follows your mouse. For all operations like draw and delete hotkeys available for easy switching. Desk Marker is specially designed for computer courses or any other operation areas where you have to emphasize window areas. Desk Marker is free for non commercial use .....(free).....
DeskilatorXP is a neat simple program to hide your desktop, taskbar, startbutton, or change wallpapers, shut down the system, open favorite apps or folders, all in a simple user friendly interface. Alternative download site
Prevents the moving of desktop icons .....(free).....
Save and restore the positions of icons. DesktopOK is a small but effective solution for user that have to change the screen resolution often. Featutes: Save your dearest icon locations for each screen resolution. Each user can then have his own arrangement. Minimises to tray area for easy access. Launch at Windows startup. DesktopOK does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop, and can be carried on a small usb-stick or other memory device .....(free).....
Tweak the windows user interface and rename the Recycle Bin.....(free).....
The program allows you to hide windows, make windows transparent and switch windows into the 'always on top' mode. The user can manage the Windows task bar and any windows of started applications .....(free).....
DesktopX is a powerful object framework for Windows. It allows users to create completely customized user environments. With it, desktops can be broken into individual parts that are called DesktopX objects that can be exchanged with other DesktopX users. As a result, virtually anything that doesn't require user input can be created quickly and easily. Creating a DesktopX theme or DesktopX object does not necessarily require any programming skill. DesktopX themes are resolution independent and are created via a simple GUI. DesktopX is part of Object Desktop, it is the component that gives users and corporations the power to decide their own interface to Windows in order to suit their needs and increase their productivity......(shareware, $19.95 after trial).....
Little app to create shortcuts to properties of devices normally found in device manager.....(free).....
DeviceIOView allows you to watch the data transfer between a software or service and a device driver (DeviceIoControl calls). For each call to a device driver, the following information is displayed: Handle, Control Code, number of input bytes, number of output bytes, the name of the device handle, and all the input/output bytes, displayed as Hex dump.....(free).....
Utility for virtual desktops. Dexpot offers up to 19 additional work spaces to spread out your work. Includes Desktop Manager: Small and unobtrusive: a faithful companion for presentations and every-day desktop switching. Window Catalogue: Have you ever seen windows tiling? No? Well, it's about time then. Desktop Windows. Full-screen Preview: Like the Microsoft XP Powertoy, just more beautiful, simple, and better. Lots more. Free of charge only for private use.....(free).....
The Diagnostic Tool for the Microsoft VM can be used to scan one or more computers to detect the presence of MSJVM and MSJVM-related software.....(free).....
DieHard eliminates ? or greatly reduces the likelihood of ? a class of bugs and security vulnerabilities called memory errors. DieHard prevents certain kinds of errors from happening at all. It also reduces the probability that a bug will have any effect at all. DieHard works by randomly locating program objects far apart from each other in memory. This scattering of memory objects all over memory not only makes some errors unlikely to happen, it also makes it virtually impossible for a hacker to know where vulnerable parts of the program's data are. This thwarts a wide class of exploits.....(free).....
The DirLot utility shows the specific size of elements in a directory (both files and subdirectories) and the entire volume of space occupied by the directory. In other words, this utility allows you to quickly estimate how much space a file or subdirectory occupies in a directory, or how the entire volume of the directory is distributed among its elements.....(free).....
DirectControl allows you to enable and disable Direct3D, DirectDraw and DirectSound hardware acceleration on-the-fly. It also displays information about installed drivers (i.e. file size, date, version and type). Use of multiple Direct3D accelerator cards in one system at the same time is supported. DirectControl features a built-in Windows Tuneup options include such as DirectCD settings (Cache & Prefetch), VCACHE settings, Fast Reboot & more. It comes with quick and easy access to the DirectX Control Panel applet (Go to Tools, Video).....(free).....
Directory Lister lets you list files in selected directories on hard disks, cd-roms, floppys etc. into a HTML, TXT or CSV file (listing). It's like the DIR command but MUCH more convenient .....(free).....
Monitors file system changes in Windows NT/2000/XP. It allows you to select the folder and to customize the monitoring settings for the specified folder (the event list to process and some other options). The program can also monitor changes in subfolders if necessary. This program can work in the background and generates an HTML log of file system changes. The program can be integrated into the Windows' shell (setup creates the "Monitor" context menu item and GiPo@Utilities file/folder property page)......(free).....
Directory Size Monitor explorer Extension adds a new column to the Details view in Windows Explorer. The new column shows not only the size of files, but also the size of folders.....(free).....
The easy way, a GUI .....(free).....
Creates and writes disk images files to hard and floppy disks. Great for writting boot disk images dor creating a perfect copy.....(free).....
DiskView is a very simple disk editor for windows. You can view the sector contents of your drives using DiskView.....(free).....
Free utility for migrating drive content. For Seagate Drives.....(free).....
Calibrate your monitor's colors and other properties on the web.....(free).....
If you want to check system settings in Windows you either have to dig deep into the operating system, use widgets to display them in the sidebar or run other applications that provide you with those information. It?s convenient because it places the information, like the current IP, free hard drive space and Logon Domain and Server, right on the desktop background which means no additional windows, menus or widgets that take up valuable screen estate.....(free).....
Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, custom formats.....(free).....
Hide the closure button of a window to avoid accidental closure .....(free).....
On screen display giving the status of the caps lock on the keyboard.....(free).....
Everyone has uninstalled programs at one point or another, just to be presented with that wonderful dialog asking whether or not we want to delete some 'shared' Windows resource... Do we? Does something else use that DLL file it's asking about? Help!!! That's where AnalogX DLL Archive comes in - it searches through all the files on your system and lets you know if any of them contain references to the DLL's in question! AnalogX DLL Archive is super-simple to use, just click search and let it do it's thing - once done, you'll be presented with a list of all the DLL's that don't have references in the system! Then just select which ones you think aren't necessary anymore and archive them; it's that simple! Make a mistake? No problem, restoring DLL's from the archive is just as simple - nothing is deleted until YOU delete it......(free).....
This utility displays the list of all exported functions and their virtual memory addresses for the specified DLL files. You can easily copy the memory address of the desired function, paste it into your debugger, and set a breakpoint for this memoery address. When this function is called, the debugger will stop in the beginning of this function .....(free).....
Download all your missing dll-files......(free).....
DM2 will minimize windows to floating icons, freeing both task bar and tray bar space. Moreover, DM2 can manipulate windows in various ways: minimize to tray, make them standing always on-top over all other windows, roll to caption, resize, align to screen borders, hide, set the opacity etc. DM2 also helps with Open/Save dialog boxes, by providing user-defined menu with favorites and recent files and folders. Plenty of program's settings options will satisfy most of requirements.....(free).....
Utility that helps you to diagnose common DNS name resolution issues.....(free).....
Do It Again is a free and simple program that allows you to make your computer automatically perform a task for you, whenever you want. If there is something that you do on your computer over and over, and you do it exactly the same way every time (such as backing up your pictures, checking web-based email for new messages, etc.), you can tell Do It Again how to perform that task (by doing it once yourself to create the new task). Then you can run that task whenever you want and Do It Again will automatically click the buttons and press the keyboard keys (in exactly the same way as when you created the task), while you sit back and watch the task being performed on the screen.....(free).....
Create a shortcut to reclaim memory in Windows .....(free).....
DOSBox emulates a full x86 pc with sound and dos. Its main use is to run old dosgames on platforms which don't have dos(win2K/XP/linux/FreeBSD/Mac OS X) .....(free).....
An x86 applications launcher (by using outstanding DOSBox emulator) plus convenient Explorer-like entries manager, where you can store links on all your often used programs. Forget about boring commands typing: all you need is to add a record into a base and enjoy the simplicity and speed of running favorite old games and software .....(free).....
DoubleKiller searches single or multiple folders/partitions for identical files. Depending on the settings the files' names, sizes, dates and/or CRC32-checksums (which represent the content of the files) are compared with each other. Masks like *.mp*g or *.dll define which files are (not) scanned. Files with certain flags, e.g. hidden files, may be excluded from the search. Besides you can limit the search to files with a user-defined filesize. When the search is finished a list containing all double files found is displayed and you can select the files which should be deleted or moved.....(free).....
Speed up certain system events by speeding up double-click time .....(free).....
DragDropLineCounter is a simple utility for Windows that counts the number of lines in the files that are dragged onto it (scroll down to find it) .....(free).....
DriveGLEAM is a fabulous hard drive utility which shows read-write activity for your hard drives in the system notification area (tray). It also supports output via parallel port so that you can for example have a red led for write and a green led for read access. Features: Monitor physical disks or partitions (or both), Allows for CPU, RAM , VRAM usage display in tray. Read / Write / ReadWrite and Idle status indicators, Indicators in tray or the parallel port, output directly to LED's, Just place some LED's on top of your monitor and enjoy real monitoring of read/write status realtime ;) (no special hardware required), Uses very few resources (cpu usage). Does not "hook" into your system. Failure in DriveGLEAM can't "freeze" your drives. Configurable start with os delay. Configurable poll rate .....(free).....
Drive Manager can be placed on your desktop to be used as an alternative to My Computer. It can also be used to hide drives from explorer. Double clicking on a drive will open it in explorer. The current version can create substitute drive letters for local folders.....(free).....
Give names to your drive letters (useful for telling at a glance what a drive is for).....(free).....
DriverMax is a new program which allows you to easily reinstall all your Windows drivers. No more searching for rare drivers on discs or on the web or inserting one installation CD after the other. Simply export all your current drivers (or just the ones that work ok) to a folder or a compressed file. After reinstalling Windows you will have everything in one place. Registration required.....(free).....
Enables drag and drop of files to a command window in Vista.....(free).....
Tiny app that you can drag and drop folders onto to get a report of file count, folder count, total size, and max path size .....(free).....
Deletes a specified Windows service from the Service Configuration Manager (SCM) database.....(free).....
DShutdown is a stand-alone program that allows you to easily shutdown and wake up local or remote PCs, with many specific options .....(free).....
DTaskManager is a Task-Manager, but specifically engineered to give additional functionalities that the Windows bundled TaskManager (and other third party products) do not have .....(free).....
DTweak allow you to tune, optimize and increase the speed of your Windows Vista system without manually modifying registers or ini files - beta.....(free).....
Dud is a program that does absolutely nothing. Run it and it will immediately unload. It can be used as a replacement for annoying system files, such as helpctr.exe or stobject.dll. Simply replace the file with dud.exe, and you'll never see the offending app again.....(free).....
DumpEvt is a Windows NT and 2K program to dump the event log in a format suitable for importing into a database. Similar to the DUMPEL utility in the NT resource kit, but without some of the limitations. DumpEvt has been updated to now allow dumping the new Windows 2000 event logs (DNS, File Replication, and Directory Service).....(free).....
DupBlock is a text duplication utility that generates blocks of text that are alike except for one or more sequenced variables. DupBlock usage begins by specifying a default text block and using named variables in positions where you want to insert counter or list data. Variables can be counter-type variables that sequence + 1 from 0 (or from a user-defined starting value) OR a list of input data that is output sequentially as blocks are generated. Formatting for counter-type variables can use some aspects of 'printf' style formatting. The number of iterations performed is determined by the 'Repeat Block' field in the program dialog. Output can be sent to a file or the windows clipboard.....(free).....
Duplicate Files Searcher (DFS) is a free powerful software utility that will help you to find and delete duplicate files on your computer. It can also be used to calculate MD5 and SHA hashes. The software runs in Windows, Linux and MacOS .....(free).....
Simple tool for extracting video clips from your DVD. The extracted clips will be stored in VOB(DVD) format only. You may copy part of the DVD movie from DVD to hard disk directly. DVD clips unlike video cd are stored in mpeg-2 format.....(free).....
Shrink your DVDs to fit DVDR! DVD Shrink is software to back up DVD discs. You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc. DVD Shrink will also burn your backup DVD, if you have installed the latest version of Nero. (You can download a demo version of Nero here.) If you already possess alternative burning software and prefer to stick with it, then you can still use DVD Shrink. The output from DVD Shrink can be saved as files on your hard drive, which you can then burn with software of your choice.....(free).....
EASEUS Partition Manager Home Edition is a comprehensive hard disk partition management software to let you enjoy free with all the powerful functions: Resize and Move partitions, Create, Delete and Format partitions, Hide and Unhide partitions and much more. What's more, the freeware works perfectly with hardware RAID and Windows 2000/XP/Vista Operating Systems. Your data is completely protected during all operations.....(free).....
For tweaking the new Windows Vista bootloader. With EasyBCD, almost anything is possible. Setting up and configuring Windows boot entries is simple, and there is no easier way to quickly boot right into Linux, Mac OS X, or BSD straight from the Windows Vista bootloader - on the fly, no expert knowledge needed......(free).....
EasyCleaner is a small program which searches the Windows registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files such as temps and backups. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some interesting info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list .....(free).....
Main features include: support to shut down, log off and restart windows system after specified time interval. Support to shut down, log off and restart windows system at specified date and time. Support to auto run timing shut task when turning on your computer. Count down before executing shut task. Remind you at 5 seconds earlier than the time of executing shut task .....(free).....
This is a program that speeds up your Windows Explorer on Windows 95/98 by removing all those silly icons.....(free).....
Versatile, convenient and optimal text editor and file processor that far surpasses the capabilities of other Notepad-like applications. It offers innovative clipboard handling, cryptographic options and logic text conversions, great for education, fun, or privacy. EDXOR is small, self-contained, dependency-free and very fast. It provides over 90 menu items, including many unique functions and options, for diverse applications.....(free).....
We recently came across this site full of tweaks, tips, and and hacks for Windows XP, and we think highly of it.....(free).....
EmptyDesk is free easy-to-use windows utility that lets you clear your desktop with just a click on a button. Need an empty, cleared desktop, no icons showing? Look no further.....(free).....
Improved system information and diagnostics utility, a new and better tool. Provides extremely comprehensive system information data gathering, realtime CPU graph & memory load statistics, net tools: lookup, ping, network view, benchmarking, fullscreen html reports; autosave reports on disk for later viewing etc. .....(free).....
Rundown of all the emulators available .....(free).....
Microsoft removed the address bar in Windows XP Service Pack 3. The address bar was a toolbar of the Windows Taskbar that worked as a quick launcher for websites and files. There are actually a few possibilities to bring back the address bar in Windows XP Service Pack 3. .....(free).....
Topalt EnableDisable is simple and easy to use tool for enabling and disabling Office add-ins. Disabling add-ins might be useful if your Office programs are running slow with the add-ins installed, you can disable them when you are not using them and enable when using.....(free).....
This back-up administrator account can come in handy if you encounter some problems logging into or otherwise using Vista .....(free).....
Replaces Windows Environment Variables applet. The Environment Variables Manager is a utility for setting up an operating system's environment. It represents environment variables as files and exposes its functions through the Windows shell facilities.....(free).....
EscapeClose is a tiny utility, allowing you to close the active window by pressing the Esc button. Or, to work more carefully, it can position the mouse cursor in the upper right-hand corner of the active window, where the Close button is located. It is especially useful when you are working with dozens of files and folders at once. It has 4 working modes, stays in the system tray, can automatically run at Windows startup.....(free).....
Nice free computer help and support.....(free).....
Event Log Explorer is a free software for viewing, monitoring and analyzing events recorded in Security, System, Application and another logs of Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 operating systems. It extends starndard Event Viewer monitoring functionality and brings new features .....(free).....
Fast folder and file name search engine for Windows. Initially displays every file and folder on your computer. You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.....(free).....
Context Menu extension for Windows Explorer allows you to run a program with parameters on the command line. Seems useless? Without ExecParm you'll have to go to Run, remember the path for the executable and then enter the command line parameters. You'll see, ExecParm is much simpler.....(free).....
This is launcher and a more powerful and customizable version of windows run.....(free).....
Exitdelay is a command line program that locates a top level system window by its title, and then sends a termination message after an indicated time delay. This can be used to terminate unattended programs after fixed delays, or in scripts that require timed processing.....(free).....
Exitcute is a program/script launcher designed for the Windows 95/98/ME Operating Systems. Launches any program or script upon user logoff or Windows restart/shutdown .....(free).....
Adds a column to Windows Explorer details view that shows the extension part of a filename. The column can be sorted and repositioned like any other column .....(free).....
Freeware suite of tools including a process viewer and a PE editor called CFF Explorer. The PE editor has full support for PE32/64. Special fields description and modification (.NET supported), utilities, rebuilder, hex editor, import adder, signature scanner, signature manager, extension support etc. First PE editor with support for .NET internal structures. Resource Editor (Windows Vista icons supported) capable of handling .NET manifest resources (who are dumpable as well). The suite is available for x86, x64 and Itanium .....(free).....
ExplorerXP is a very fast, small, compact and innovative file manager with a tabbed interface. The tab bar provides quick access to all open windows for Windows 2000/XP. It allows you to view, edit, copy, move, rename and delete files and folders within a drag-and-drop interface. Freeware (for non - commercial use).....(free).....
Explorer++ is a free file manager for Windows. Available on Windows XP and above, it features the same familiar interface as Windows Explorer, while introducing several enhancements and improvements for a much richer file browsing experience. Browse both real and virtual folders. Tabbed browsing for easy management of multiple folders. Display window shows previews of images as they are selected. Easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation. Customizable user interface. Full drag-and-drop support with other applications, including Windows Explorer. Advanced file operations such as merging and splitting supported.....(free).....
The Express Menu is a low fat version of the traditional start menu in Windows. It is activated using a hot key and displays a user defined menu in the top left corner of the screen.....(free).....
An upgraded Windows Task Manager with ability to monitor disk activity and network port usage .....(free).....
Allows regular reboots of your PC, with an easy to use interface. No complicated options or cumbersome menus, but rather a clean simple to use tool that can AutoStart with Windows, sit in the system tray, and reset the PC at regular intervals.....(free).....
Emsa EZMem Optimizer is a very simple Free RAM utility. Users that like simplicity, may indeed like this program. Just one click of a button - and in a few seconds your system recovers valuable RAM. It also shows realtime memory status, to check the difference after and before freeing RAM on your machine. This application has been optimized for a balance between RAM freed and system performance. Do not use the system while optimizing (free, but requires registration).....(free).....
A faster more versatile Start Menu for your Desktop .....(free).....
System utility, mainly developed for power users who want to know what's going on in their Personal Computer. It may also be used by programmers as a tool for tracking their applications. The goal is to create an application running on most PC configurations (see system requirements), that use an FPL (Fast Property Load) technology to speed up the recovery of information on slow computers. All information about the program is saved in a configuration file located in the installation directory; this means that no information is saved into the Registry.....(free).....
Trivial, but fun.... A Fake Progress dialog for your desktop. Ever wanted your computer to look busy so that you could do something else? Read the paper perhaps? Stare into space? Features include fully cutomizable titles, icons, speed and progress messages. It can also disable your screensaver .....(free).....
Too fast for your own keyboard? Now your can beat Windows' keyboard buffer with FastNavKeys! Speed up the navigation keys (or any other keys)......(free).....
Fast format Fat32 disks more than 32 gigs in size. XP's formatting tool won't let you format anything larger than 32 gigs but this little tool will. Note that the 32GB limit is a limit of the formatter in Windows XP. FAT32 itself should be OK to 2TB,.....(free).....
FileBox enhances Windows by adding several advanced functions to the standard Open File and Save File dialog boxes. FileBox adds two handy buttons to these standard dialogs. These appear on the right side of the Windows dialog box title bars. These buttons appear next to the minimize, restore, and maximize buttons with which you're probably already familiar. FileBox can also forcibly resize the standard Windows file management dialog boxes so they're bigger, and thus easier to use if you've got lots of files in a folder through which you need to look. FileBox eXtender has a nifty option to display these buttons on Windows Explorer folders too, and this can greatly speed up navigation through today's huge hard disks.....(free).....
Filename Completion for DOS .....(free).....
File Commander helps you save time when organizing the files on your disk. If you find that you're moving, copying, or deleting the same files over and over, you can use File Commander to make a simple command that does it for you. When you run the command, your files will be moved, copied, or deleted just as if you'd done it yourself. File Commander includes a Wizard for creating new commands, with easy step-by-step instructions. There are no scripts to write and no technical jargon to understand.....(free).....
This plain text file comparison utility displays a pair of files side-by-side in a vertically-split display, so that the differences between them are apparent. There are a number of customisation options, some of which make it especially suitable for comparing program source code written in the Natural ? language. But it is not limited to this purpose, and will handle any pair of text files, whether source code or data. It also compares the text portion of binary files such as spreadsheets and word processor documents, which you can import via Paste buttons on the front panel. It is possible to edit both files and save the results, with easy ways to merge selected changes between both sides of the comparison window.....(free).....
With FileEngineer you can do several things with files. You can quickly find a certain string in files. You can also replace the found string with another string. You can quickly rename a bunch of files and give them a uniform name with numbering.....(free).....
A free utility to display internal file information in the Windows Explorer context menu. Now includes file version information.....(free).....
Add or Delete an entry for the right click menu for files.....(free).....
FileSavvy provide a graphical way to automate common file managment tasks. If you are tired of repetitive jobs like backing up, preparing files for development builds, gathering files for distribution or any other complex yet reproducible set of file management then FileSavvy may just make your life a little bit easier .....(free).....
This application allows to search files on your computer fast using rules very similar to those are used in popular Internet search engines. It is possible not only list words or parts of words you wish to find in searched files, but to list which words or phrases are MUST, and which are MUST NOT be present. Also, hexadecimal and OEM search allowed .....(free).....
FileTargets is a shell context menu extension that adds a sub-menu with all your favorite folder names to the context-menu of all files and folders in your system so you can copy/move selected files to pre-defined, most used folders with the click of a mouse. FileTargets menu is similar to the standard SendTo menu but is much more advanced since it allows you to create subgroups, automatically add new folders, copy file path names and much more.....(free).....
FileTypesMan is an alternative to the 'File Types' tab in the 'Folder Options' of Windows. It displays the list of all file extensions and types registered on your computer. For each file type, the following information is displayed: Type Name, Description, MIME Type, Perceived Type, Flags, Browser Flags, and more. FileTypesMan also allows you to easily edit the properties and flags of each file type, as well as it allows you to add, edit, and remove actions in a file type.....(free).....
Shell City's new favorite unzipping program. Great Explorer interface. Does the job. Easy to use.....(free).....
Integrated search function for Windows. Three times faster than the Windows search and offers smart search options .....(free).....
Five quick Windows tips that are very useful and probably not known to anyone reading this article. 1. Start Internet Explorer 7 without add-ons, 2. Rename Recycle Bin, 3. Display all Symbols in System Tray, 4. Make sure all extensions for all file types are always shown, 5. Show all Devices in Device Manager.....(free).....
Fixed Run Dialog is a minimal enhancement to your Windows desktop. It will add a 'command box' that can be always on top or not. It acts just like the Run Dialog, which you would get by clicking 'Start > Run...'. Fixed Run Dialog can handle all commands that you normally enter in the Windows Run Dialog, plus more! You can define custom commands for your frequently used applications, documents, folders or websites. You can set the Fixed Run Dialog command box to be transparent (customizable level of transparency) to make it less obtrusive. The command box is quickly accessed by pressing a (customizable) global hotkey like CTRL+SHIFT+R or WIN+A for example. This application is aimed at people like me who don't like to use their mouse so much. The application is fully customizable to suit your personal needs.....(free).....
FlashFolder extends the file-related common dialogs (e.g. open/save dialog) seen in most Windows programs. A small toolbar docks onto these dialogs that provides menus for quick access to recently-used folders, favorite folders and more.....(free).....
FlexKit is an integrated file management toolkit allowing one to classify and categorize files, analyze disk utilization patterns, identify storage consumption hot-spots, eliminate duplicate files and free-up storage space. FlexKit integrates numerous file management tools into a single package and allows one to perform all operations through a centralized and unified GUI interface. Designed for usability and flexibility at the same time, FlexKit is suitable for novice computer users and experienced professionals as well .....(free).....
File management toolkit allowing one to perform: File System Classification and Categorization, Fault-Tolerant, High-Speed Data Migration, Advanced Storage Utilization Analysis, Duplicate Files Detection, Disk Space Clean-Up .....(free).....
Really really flexible. A file/folder renaming utility, which can use Wildcard or Regular-Expression and Tag-information (MP3, EXIF).....(free).....
FolderBox crerates a new pane in the lower part of Windows Explorer, which enables your to display the contents of two folders at once. You can set-up and configure up to five FolderBoxes over the tab sheets of the FolderBox extension. Additional drives and folders are now just a mouse click away. You can even use FolderBox inside Internet Explorer! Get it! Enjoy it! It's free for use at home.....(free).....
Fast access to your frequently used and favorite folders. It can operate as the part of your context menu in your Windows Explorer.....(free).....
Powerful tool to easily manage all your folders. Avoids everyday tedious folder tree navigation and searches, allowing you to focus on just your important tasks. Thanks to its high speed Predictive Search Engine? you can access any folder on your computer just by typing a few letters of its name. With one click you'll be able to jump to your Favorite Folders, Recent Folders and Recent Documents.....(free).....
Folder Size for Windows adds a new column to the Details view in Windows Explorer. The new column shows not only the size of files, but also the size of folders. It keeps track of which folders you view, and scans them in the background so you can see complete size of all files within the folder. It's very useful for cleaning up your disk. Once you get used to having that information available, a directory listing simply looks incomplete without it.....(free).....
This is a simple utility that can analyse a specific folder or drive for useage of space. It can give both a graphical and a detailed summary of a selected folder and of all the folder/files it contains. View a quick summary of the four largest directories/files in your chosen folder.....(free).....
FontLoader is a useful freeware utility that makes it easy to work with fonts on your computer. FontLoader offers a shell context menu extension that lets you load and install fonts by right-clicking on a font file or a folder containing fonts .....(free).....
FontPage lets you examine and compare all of the fonts on your system. You can view any typeface in bold, italic, underline and also 3D. In addition, you can also compare two selected fonts and preview fonts that are not yet installed on your system. FontPage can also print a sample page for selected fonts or print a list of all installed fonts .....(free).....
Foremost is a professional forensic recovery program to discover and recover files. Foremost can work directly on a drive or on image files, such as those generated by dd, Safeback, Encase, etc. The headers and footers are specified by a configuration file, so you can pick and choose which headers you want to look for. Developed by the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, foremost has been opened to the general public.....(free).....
Context menu shell extensions for Windows Explorer: one to select all, one to go back, one that toggles the hide - display file extensions setting and one that toggles the hide - display hidden files setting.....(free).....
Set of shell extensions to enable the display of per-file fragmentation information for FAT, FAT32 & NTFS volumes on NT4, Win2K, WinXP, Server 2003 & Longhorn. Also included is support for defragmenting files.....(free).....
FragExt is a set of shell extensions for displaying fragmentation details for one or more files, and for defragmenting one or more files, on FAT, FAT32 and NTFS volumes......(free).....
Displays the framerate of any direct3d (game) or directshow application (video).....(free).....
The great Linux search tool, this version's for Windows. Yes, this version is free, no matter what the page seems to say .....(free).....
Free and optimize your computer's RAM (Random Access Memory), resulting in an increase in system performance and productivity. Automatically configures itself for ease of use and also features advanced options and customizability. FreeRAM XP Pro has been designed to be easy to use yet highly customizable by computer novices and experts alike.....(free).....
FreeSnap allows you to instantly resize any window edge to the corresponding screen edge. Want that window to touch the right edge of the screen? Press and hold the left ?Windows Key? (see illustration below) and press the right arrow. It?s just that simple. The number-pad keys work as well, regardless of the NumLock state .....(free).....
FreeSpell is an universal spell checker that works from within all Windows applications. Initiated at the touch of a hotkey, it provides top notch spell-checking via Aspell. And it's free for all users and uses .....(free).....
FreeUndelete is a freeware data recovery program for deleted files. In case of accidental deletion of files on a NTFS file system (used by default in Windows XP, 2000 and NT) FreeUndelete is the utility to help.....(free).....
.A Zip file utility which integrates with Windows Explorer and uses file associations and context menus to zip or unzip files, including long file names and subdirectories. If you know how to use Windows Explorer, then you do not have to learn anything new to use FreeZip. The setup is a single-click process and there are no options or settings involved...... (freeware).....
2385 links to Freeware websites.....(free).....
Use 256 colors icon in your TrayBar.....(free).....
Gadwin PrintScreen captures the contents of the screen with a single keystroke. The captured screen can then be sent to the printer, or saved to disk as a file in 6 different graphics file formats. Gadwin PrintScreen can capture the entire Windows screen, the active window, or a specified area, when the hot key is pressed. The hot key defaults to the PrintScreen key, but users may also define other keys to initiate a capture. Gadwin PrintScreen allows you to e-mail the captured images to recipients of your choice.....(free).....
GAG (initials, in spanish, of Graphical Boot Manager) is a Boot Manager program. It's loaded when the computer is turned on and allows you to choose the operating system you want to use. Its main features are: Allows boot of up to 9 different operating systems. It can boot operating systems installed in primary and extended partitions on any available hard disk. Can be installed from nearly all operating systems. GAG doesn't need its own partition. It installs itself in the first track of the hard disk, wich is reserved for these kinds of programs. It can also be installed on a floppy disk, without using the hard disk. .....(free).....
Game Speed Adjuster is a powerful tool to adjust the speed of Windows games and applications. It can speed up games or speed down programs. For some network games, players can get super ability such as running faster, more powerful gun fire if the program changes the game faster. Players could get more reaction time if it makes the game slower.....(free).....
Game XP is intended to optimize the performance of your computer for gaming needs. It tweaks and modifies various XP settings (cache settings, CPU priority etc.) and optionally disables or stops several Windows services that are usually not needed. The program does not require any installation, and does not need to be running at all times. Game XP extends your operating system's capabilities and makes Windows faster and comfortable for maximum gaming experience. CAUTION--This program automatically changes many settings in your Windows config. For example, it disables network connections, and in games causes the monitor to run only at 60 mhz, and makes other changes as well, such as disabling services and start-up items. You may not know which settings are changed. And some have indicated there may be problems rebooting and restoring the system. Be careful!.....(free).....
Each day offers a shareware title, as freeware, for a 24 hour period. Yes, a gimmick to get you to visit each day -- but the software is free.....(free).....
Numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC. It allows you to clean common system junk files, as well as invalid registry entries and Internet traces. You can manage and delete browser add-ons, analyze disk space usage and find duplicate files. You can also view and manage installed shell extensions, encrypt your files from unauthorized access and use, split large files into smaller manageable files and then rejoin them. Furthermore, Glary Utilities includes the options to optimize memory, find, fix, or remove broken Windows shortcuts, manage the programs that start at Windows startup and uninstall software. Other features include secure file deletion, an Empty Folder finder and more.....(free).....
Like Windows' Character Map... Except it doesn't suck. This is very similar to Windows' Character Map, but with one big exception - you can actually see the characters at a decent size all the time .....(free).....
GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Gmail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium. GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and perform any file function.....(free).....
Native Win32 ports of some GNU utilities, created for the GNU-Linux OS, now usable in Windows. Includes bc-1.05, bison-1.28, bzip2-1.0.2, diffutils-2.7, fileutils-3.16, findutils-4.1, flex-2.5.4, gawk-3.1.0, grep-2.4.2, gsar110, gzip-1.2.4, indent-2.2.9, jwhois-2.4.1, less-340, m4-1.4, make-3.78.1, patch-2.5, recode-3.6, rman-3.0.7, sed-3.02, shellutils-1.9.4, tar-1.12, textutils-2.1, unrar-3.00, wget-1.8.2, which-2.4 .....(free).....
Windows ports of tools with a GNU or similar open source license. 162 packages available.....(free).....
GParted is an industrial-strength package for creating, destroying, resizing, moving, checking and copying partitions, and the filesystems on them. This is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganizing disk usage, copying data residing on hard disks and mirroring one partition with another (disk imaging). The power and simplicity of GParted on a biz-card size LiveCD. The CD aims to be fast, small in size (~50mb), and use minimal resources to get that disk partitioned the way you want it. GParted LiveCD uses Xorg, the lightweight Fluxbox window manager, and the latest 2.6 Linux Kernel.....(free).....
GPU Caps Viewer is an OpenGL graphics card utility for Windows XP and Vista (32/64-bit). This tool offers the following features: quick view of the graphics configuration (graphics card / GPU type, amount of video memory, drivers version), display of the main OpenGL capabilities (OpenGL version, texture size, number of texture units, etc.), display of the OpenGL extensions supported by your graphics card or display of all existing OpenGL extensions no matter what graphics card you have. For each extension, you can open its description webpage available at the OpenGL Extension Registry or at NVIDIA's OpenGL Extensions spec. Very handy for graphics developers!.....(free).....
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.....(free).....
Copies error messages from message boxes so you can put the error message in a search engine to find more about these errors and how to fix them.....(free).....
GrapeBackup is a backup program with following features: extremely fast, easy to use, supports incremental backups (multiple versions of a directory are saved in a repository and may be retrieved independently). Create your backups daily or even twice a day. Only changed files will be stored. This is also very useful if you want to be able to access different stages of your work. Allows you to limit I/O throughput (it is limited to 1 MB per second in the basic version). This unique feature allows you to continue to work during a GrapeBackup run. Your computer will not become unusable just because you run a backup. Uses ZIP format for storing files or single file repository (If you want to burn the created file on CDs? or similar and it is bigger than 650MB you can use 7-zip File Manager to split the file in smaller pieces), runs on multiple platforms. It was tested on Windows XP and Kubuntu (Linux) but should also run on any platform that supports Java. Command line interface lets you automate your backups.....(free).....
GAG (initials, in spanish, of Graphical Boot Manager) is a Boot Manager program. It's loaded when the computer is turned on and allows you to choose the operating system you want to use. Allows boot of up to 9 different operating systems.....(free).....
According to Tog, Certain "principles are fundamental to the design and implementation of effective interfaces, whether for traditional GUI environments or the web. Of late, many web applications have reflected a lack of understanding of many of these principles of design, to their great detriment. Because an application or service appears on the web, the principles do not change. If anything, applying these principles become even more important." In this article, Tog runs down the laws of effective interface design--some are obvious, some are not. A great lesson for all the shell programmers out there.....(free).....
Various desktop computer Graphical User Interfaces and operating systems. Many different people have had different ideas of how a GUI should work and these screen shots show many of the more popular ones. .....(free).....
We love this one.... Graphical user interface gallery - website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces, as well as various materials related to them.....(free).....
The emulated DOS command shell found in Windows is a shallow farce by comparison with the Linux command shell, and Microsoft has done little over the years to imbue it with greater power. Now Microsoft is prepared to augment its antiquated command line with a revolutionary new shell that will provide Windows users with a whole new level of control. The Microsoft Command Shell (MSH) features a unique object oriented syntax, extensive support for versatile .NET technology, and an adequate assortment of commands. Available for free download from Microsoft's Beta site, the second MSH beta release provides profound insights into the future of the Windows command line .....(free).....
Guillotine is a lightweight Windows utility that allows you to quickly and naturally access items you commonly (and uncommonly) use like programs, bookmarks, contacts, and web searches. The idea is to find things quickly just by typing a few keys, selecting your item, and going on your merry way. It's much more intuitive than hunting down those items as you normally would. It may take a while to break your old habits, but once you do, you'll see how much more intuitive it is to your normal workflow .....(free).....
Provides grid of virtual desktops for Windows, allowing the user's workspace to be larger than the screen area. The practical upshot is that you can have several "desktops", allowing you to sort your windows and have a less cluttered workspace.....(free).....
Many of Firefox's settings aren't exposed through the Tools > Options menu; the only way to change them is to edit them manually. In this article, we'll explore some of the most useful Firefox settings that you can change on your own and that aren't normally available through the program's graphical interface.....(free).....
Contains integrated file tools like Finder, Renamer, Replacer, Multi-string search-and-replace. Operate with files from different folders and drives. Easy to use intuitive interface.....(free).....
Harddisk Search & Stats is a freeware Search Engine for your harddisk. It enables you to search large numbers of text/ascii-based files simultaneously. It can search files in all levels of a folder (recursive), or just one level. You can specify as many search terms you want, and there is no limit to the number of file types you can add for searching. Extensive filtering available.....(free).....
Handy-dandy Windows list order randomizer. Just like pulling names from a hat to see who goes first, second, etc.....(free).....
HDHacker is a stand-alone micro-utility that saves, visualizes, and restores the MBR (from a physical drive), the BootSector (from a logical drive) or any specified sector from any disk (even removable disks). HDHacker can be used, for example, to save and restore a particular boot manager (such as LILO, for example) before a new Windows setup (which, obviously, overwrites it). An MBR and BootSector backup can also be useful for simple precautionary purposes too, since sometimes viruses or other OS setup (like Linux) could overwrite and/or alter the MBR/Boot Sectors, making it impossible to start up previous OS and/or access datas stored on the disk. HDHacker can provide "insurance" against all these types of loss.....(free).....
Measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your hard disks, cd/dvd-roms and floppy. Realtime graphical display.....(free).....
For low-level hard disk drive formatting. Supported interfaces: S-ATA (SATA), IDE (E-IDE), SCSI, USB, FIREWIRE. Big drives (LBA-48) are supported. Supported Manufacturers: Maxtor, Hitachi, Seagate, Samsung, Toshiba, Fujitsu, IBM, Quantum, Western Digital. The program also supports low-level formatting of FLASH cards using a card-reader. This freeware Low Level Format utility will erase, Low-Level Format and re-certify a SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disk drive with any size of up to 281 474 976 710 655 bytes. Will work with USB and FIREWIRE external drive enclosures. Low-level formatting of Flash Cards is supported too. Low Level Format Tool will clear partitions, MBR, and every bit of user data. The data cannot be recovered after using this utility. The program utilizes Ultra-DMA transfers when possible. WARNING: After running this free low level format tool, the whole disk surface will be fully erased. Therefore, data restoration will be impossible after using this utility.....(free).....
According to the author, "Everyday I run console applications and batch scripts on Windows startup and on the schedule. For example I use virtual drives for frequently accessed directories, so I run console application subst.exe more than once on logon. The main inconvenience is that every application creates new console window which flickers on the screen. Therefore I have written this small startup manager which allows me to start console applications without any windows in the background. It is also possible to run with hstart batch files in the background and save console output into a log file. It is very effective if you are using console utils for everyday backups".....(free).....
Use Hide All to get rid of windows that you need open, but don't use all the time so that they don't clutter your taskbar, for instance, email clients, management utilities, etc. Hide All also allows you to hide all your desktop icons as well as the Windows taskbar. You can also hide the application itself so that it isn't visible as well. When you want Hide All to be visible again simple hold down control and tap H .....(free).....
Click once, your Windows desktop icons disappear. Click again, they reappear. Thanks to our friends at
Hide the desktop icons when the mouse is elsewhere .....(free).....
Sometimes you don't want others to be able to manipulate the system .....(free).....
A little extension for your Microsoft Explorer. It permits you to add or edit comments for each one of your directories.....(free).....
HoeKey is a teeny program to assign hotkeys to do most anything. Win-N to run notepad, Win-G to google search on current highlighted word, etc etc. It's configurable with a simple .ini file .....(free).....
This program allows you to synchronize more than 2 folders with just few clicks. It's very simple, but you first must read the included documentation. It has the following key features: multiple folder handling (2 or more). the folder analysis can be modified on your needs. multithreaded. optimal file multithreaded copy engine (by using temporary file and/or by overwriting files). configurable. You can easily integrate it with a text editor, a hex editor, and a diff viewer. minimal registry usage (only for Explorer integration). small, fast, and clean. HTML Help included. for advanced users only.....(free).....
Hot Key Plus is a small freeware utility that allows you to launch applications using the 'Windows' keys (the ones with the Windows icon on them) on your keyboard.....(free).....
SA HotShot is a simple hot-key program. With it, You can program most of the alphabetic keys on your keyboard, when pressed in combination with the "Windows" key, to launch any file or application on your computer. Once running, it stays in your system tray and is always active (unless you turn it off). .....(free).....
Hotkeys builds on the concept of Windows shortcut keys but takes this concept to a whole new level. Do you think key combinations are hard to remember? Just hold the Windows key for three seconds and up pops a keyboard with icons on the keys that are configured. And it does much, much more to significantly improve your experience when working with Windows.....(free).....
HotKeyz is a keyboard utility with hotkey control for executing other files, folders or RUN commands. Launch applications in a Normal, Minimized or Maximized State. The Parameter option gives you parameter control when launching another application like Internet Explorer and surfing to a specific site as parameter. For example (iexplore.exe) with the parameter (www.skynergy.com). It also features default hotkeys for minimizing, maximizing, restoring or closing the active window. Launch your default e-mail window to compose a new email. Control your WinAmp without it being focused. Define memo type text and with a hotkey paste your text into your e-mails, documents etc. You can also paste special characters or the current date and time. Open and close your CD-Rom(s). Power off, shutdown, logoff or reboot your PC with a hotkey press. Start your screen saver, hide or unhide your desktop, taskbar or any desktop with a hotkey. The HotKeyz tray icon will change to indicate a key press. The shortcuts work with the WIN, CTRL, ALT, SHIFT modifier keys and with most of the other keyboard keys. You can even enable or disable unwanted hotkeys without deleting them from the hotkey list. You can also categorise all your hotkeys. Print preview and then print all your hotkeys to have quick reference hard copy.....(free).....
Booting is an involved, hacky, multi-stage affair - fun stuff. Here?s an outline of the process.....(free).....
According to the author, "As editor of the Jargon File and author of a few other well-known documents of similar nature, I often get email requests from enthusiastic network newbies asking (in effect) "how can I learn to be a wizardly hacker?". Back in 1996 I noticed that there didn't seem to be any other FAQs or web documents that addressed this vital question, so I started this one. A lot of hackers now consider it definitive, and I suppose that means it is. Still, I don't claim to be the exclusive authority on this topic; if you don't like what you read here, write your own".....(free).....
Shell folders are special folders that Windows uses to indicate the default location for many types of settings and data. These shell folders may be moved in a bewildering variety of ways: by a right-click Move Here in Windows Explorer, by a registry key edit, or by using TweakUI for XP .....(free).....
Context menu with Copy Path to Clipboard, as menu item with the following sub menu items: Copy Path as Long Name to Clipboard, Copy Path as Short Name to Clipboard, Only the File Name Part as Long Name, Only the File Name Part as Short Name, Only the Directoy Name Part as Long Name, Only the Directoy Name Part as Short Name.....(free).....
Adds enhancements to the Windows context menu. If you are using Windows as Administrator then you can launch programs or associated handlers via HShellExtPack in a lower privileged context. (this way e.g. your browser and mailer would have less chance to run unwanted content of mails or web pages).....(free).....
HttpCopy is a command line utility that lets you copy a web file or web page to a local file. It may be used in a batch file to copy some live data from a web server to the local disk .....(free).....
Serial port emulation. Software tool adds a virtual COM port, (COM 5 for example) and redirects the data from this port through the TCP/IP network to another hardware interface, defined by IP address and port number.....(free).....
Hardcore gamer or Terminal Services Client user? Then you certainly HATE THIS KEY! Yes, hate this useful Windows Logo key. The key you use for opening Start menu in Windows. Use this program to eliminate this problem .....(free).....
450-plus common problems solved. Extremely useful free utilities that do specific jobs really well and save time and money.....(free).....
iCarbon allows you to combine your printer and scanner into a photo copier using a small and fast program. All TWAIN-compatible scanners on your computer can be acquired with one click, as can all your printers. Scan/Print is just one simple operation.....(free).....
ICE ECC is a file verification and repair tool. ICE ECC allow to protect your important files and sensitive data against digital corruption using Reed-Solomon codes.....(free).....
ICEOWS is written to compress or extract archive files easier. With ICEOWS you can extract, test, read properties and comments or view files stored in ICE, ARJ, ZIP, GunZip, TAR, Microsoft CAB, RAR, ACE, MIME, Mac HQX, UUEncode, XXEncode, Base64, JAR, EAR, WAR, LHA, IMP, BZ2 files without an external program. If the archive is an ICE, ARJ or ZIP, you also can add, update and delete files stored within the archive. It integrates all of these functions in the same explorer interface that Windows 9x, Me, NT or XP has. ICEOWS adds a new ICE format which is excellent for reducing the size of text files.....(free).....
This little tray app will allow you to show and hide your desktop icons, as well as start your screensaver and minimize all applications. You can do this from the program window, or when it's minimized -- just use the right-click tray options.....(free).....
A full featured icon editing program that has many options. (Go to "Our Free Software" link).....(free).....
Iconoid is a Windows desktop icon manager. Make icon backgrounds transparent. Select any color for icon backgrounds. Save and Restore Icon positions for each (or every) screen resolution. Select any color for icon text. Automatically or manually select the best color for the text background. Dynamically hide icons when you don't need them and show them when you do. Quickly minimize all windows so that you can see your desktop wallpaper.....(free).....
IECacheView is a small utility that reads the cache folder of Internet Explorer, and displays the list of all files currently stored in the cache. For each cache file, the following information is displayed: Filename, Content Type, URL, Last Accessed Time, Last Modified Time, Expiration Time, Number Of Hits, File Size, Folder Name, and full path of the cache filename. You can easily save the cache information into text/html/xml file, or copy the cache table to the clipboard and then paste it to another application, like Excel or OpenOffice Spreadsheet .....(free).....
With IETB you can create your own Intenet Explorer custom buttons to launch any program or script directly from Internet Explorer. Easily add up to 5 custom buttons in seconds, or remove them in one click.....(free).....
This software can resize and fix your Internet Explorer's window size on opening.....(free).....
ImgBurn carries on from where DVD Decrypter left off! ImgBurn can write most types of CD and DVD images and it supports all the latest writers (including booktype and bitsetting on many of the major ones - i.e. BenQ, LiteOn, NEC, Plextor, Sony). You can even use ImgBurn to erase and format your rewritable media! ImgBurn will try its very best to burn your DVD-Video double layer images using the layer break you've specified in the IFO files, but it can also calculate the best place for you, to save you the trouble. Advanced functionality can be found in context menus that appear when you right click on various bits of the user interface.....(free).....
Mihov Index Maker is a program that creates a HTML file containing links to different files on your disk drive. These files can be pictures, text files or hypertext files. This new version has one long awaited feature: Include Subdirectories. The program scans through all files in a given directory and through all files in all the subdirectories and creates one index file with links to all the files with just one click!.....(free).....
Search Windows with database index files and advanced features.....(free).....
IndigoPerl is a binary build of Perl for Windows with an integrated Apache webserver for testing and developing CGI scripts on your hard drive. IndigoPerl is free. It includes a browser based GUI Package Manager for installing pre-built binary packages from repositories. The package manager can also be used to build and install CPAN source modules.....(free).....
Enhances the Windows clipboard to hold more one-line entries. And saves the clips even after the system has been restarted or suffers a crash.....(free).....
Input Director is a Windows application that lets you control multiple Windows systems using the keyboard/mouse attached to one computer. It is designed for folks who have two (or more) computers set up at home and find themselves regularly sliding from one system to the other (and wearing out the carpet in the process!). With Input Director, you can share a single keyboard/mouse across a set of systems. You switch which system receives the input either by hotkey or by moving the cursor so that it transitions from one screen to the other (in a very similar fashion to a multi-monitor setup). The idea being that you can position the monitors from two or more systems in a row and use a shared keyboard/mouse to control all of them.....(free).....
InspectExe allows you to explore and diagnose problems with Win32 applications. It is integrated directly into the Windows Explorer and adds as a set of extra pages in the Properties sheet for the selected executable file. Display all import and export functions of an executable file (.EXE, .OCX or .DLL). Display exported symbols from library files (.LIB). Shows function definition for decorated (mangled) function names. Show all the Win32 PE sections contained in an executable file. List all the resources contained in the executable and display all resource strings. Check whether the module can be loaded without executing it. This will verify that all dependent DLLs are available. Runs on Windows? 95, 98, Me, NT4 and 2000.....(free).....
InstantStorm is a Windows freeware tool for creating Flash based screensavers with many advanced features. All you have to do is to choose a SWF file, set screensaver parameters and compile an executable installer. All 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows are fully supported, including Windows 95 and Windows Vista. And the best of all?there are no nag screens or other annoying stuff. Unlike many other tools, InstantStorm allows you to fully customize your screensaver's about box, installer and uninstaller including all texts.....(free).....
Displays image thumbnails in a popup window when the mouse pointer hovers over an image file name in Windows Explorer. It supports a lot of popular image file formats, including BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WMF, ART, DIB, etc. and is very handy for quick image viewing.....(free).....
Free online, one of Stanford?s most popular engineering sequences: the three-course Introduction to Computer Science taken by the majority of Stanford undergraduates, and seven more advanced courses in artificial intelligence and electrical engineering .....(free).....
Simple tool to burn a CD from an .iso file. No need to pull out the big guns just to burn an iso.....(free).....
Software designed to tweak some of your Windows hidden settings for easier use, increased security and improved performance. iTweak contains more than 73 powerful tweaks to customize your computer.....(free).....
Program you can use to adjust the sound volume of your computer in an extremely easy way. Just press your mouse wheel and scroll it up or down. You do not even have to move your hand! In addition, it also supports Shift+Wheel as an alternative.....(free).....
This document is a collection of slang terms used by various subcultures of computer hackers. Though some technical material is included for background and flavor, it is not a technical dictionary; what we describe here is the language hackers use among themselves for fun, social communication, and technical debate .....(free).....
Dock any number of applications inside of a tabbed window. You can dock all your putty sessions together, put all of your instant message conversations on tabs, or perhaps you manage a ton of remote desktop sessions... All of these windows need not take up space on your taskbar any longer! Software Jedi to the rescue. Any application, with the exception of console apps, can be docked .....(free).....
JExplorer is a dual-panel type file manager and web-browser as well. It is similar to widely used Windows Commander. JExplorer provides many advanced features such as file manager, web browser, file compress/decompress, folder comparator, FTP clent, POP3 email check, image capture, character recognition on the image, virtual drive mount. JExplorer is a freeware and it runs under Windows 95/98/ME and Windows NT4/2K/XP. Power toys JOCR, JMounter, and JCalculator are included in the JExplorer 1.8 .....(free).....
Disk defragment and optimize utility for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/X64. Completely automatic and very easy to use, fast, low overhead, with several optimization strategies, and can handle floppies and USB disks/sticks. Included are a Windows version, a commandline version (for scheduling by the task scheduler or for use from administrator scripts), a screensaver version, a DLL library (for use from programming languages), and versions for Windows X64.....(free).....
Junction Link Magic is a utility that lets you create junction points with Windows 2000, XP, 2003 or Vista. Junction Link Magic automatically lists existing junction points, and it offers an easy interface to add, modify or remove junction points.....(free).....
JustCloseSomeTasks is an utility to let you easily close inactive tasks. It saves taskbar space by offering you to close the stuff you've not used for a while. Tasks are automatically marked for closing when they're not used for a certain time period (expiry time). The program will learn your behaviour and adjust this expiry time .....(free).....
This is big. The very popular KDE Windows manager, long used by Linux lovers, is now ported to Windows and the Mac. If anything pulls Windows and Mac users to Linux, this will do it. Get the feel of Linux right inside your own OS. Alpha release .....(free).....
Keycounter provides a way of keeping track of when you've been active on your PC during the day. It does pretty much what it says - counts the number of keystrokes you make every minute and records that information, along with whether the mouse has moved. Keycounter can then be used to browse the files, and display a graph of when you were at your most busy. It details the time of the first and last keypress in a day, and the graph clearly shows when you weren't at your machine - making the coffee or gone for lunch.....(free).....
Application launcher - forget your start menu - launch applications with just a few keystrokes.....(free).....
Keytweak is a keyboard remapper for Windows. It makes use of Microsoft's Scancode Map registry key to remap your keyboard. VB6 Runtime files are required, but are already present on Windows 2000/XP .....(free).....
Training program for novice computer users. It will train any novice user to use all the common keys on the computer keyboard. It is ideal for computer training centres and workshops. In about 60 minutes time, a novice computer user can become acquainted with the computer keyboard, without the intervention of a supervisor.....(free).....
This article lists keyboard shortcuts you can use with Windows XP. We recently listed Shortcuts for Windows, but they only worked with Win 98.....(free).....
This article lists keyboard shortcuts you can use with Windows 98.....(free).....
Keyboard shortcuts can sometimes be faster and more convenient than a mouse. Keyboarding is an informational tool that lists 2,900 keyboard shortcuts for Windows 95/98/Me/2K, Access 97 & 2000, Excel 97 & 2000, Outlook 97 & 2000, Word 97 & 2000 and Internet Explorer 4 & 5. Also lists 60 DOS commands and their switches .....(free).....
.With this utility you can browse your harddisk in a way that closely resembles the workings of the Start Menu. Just one click to start and one click when you reach the desired folder. Klik-A-Dir constantly shows the actual harddisk-structure, so no need to "refresh".....(freeware).....
KO Approach helps you access your files quicker. All you have to do is click on any folder in Windows Explorer and leave the mouse button pressed for a while. A menu will appear shortly displaying the contents of the folder that you have just clicked. Navigate to an item buried deeply in your folder structure and double-click it. With KO Approach you can also preview pictures instantly. The supplied plugin can display thumbnails of most common graphics formats, right from KO Approach menus.....(free).....
This is a utility that allows you to minimize any program to your system tray area and remove it from the task bar. You can define any program, and you can also define your own icon to use! KSTray will remember the program the next time you run it as well. At any time, you can show or hide the program window .....(free).....
Overlays buttons and other controls with a Number for direct access via Ctrl-Number.....(free).....
Have you ever wished you had more control over the way applications are launched? Maybe setting a delay for launching applications at startup? How about spacing out the launching with a pause in between each one? Or control the order in which applications are opened? Or perhaps you just want to launch many applications with a single shortcut .....(free).....
Have you ever tried to type in one language but the result was in another? Annoying, eh?! That's because the keyboard layout was in a wrong language, and you forgot to use "ALT+SHIFT"... NO MORE! With LangOver 5.0 you'll be able to convert your text quickly between languages. Just click F10 and your text will be fixed.....(free).....
Last Changed Files finds the 100 recent changed files on your hard disk or within multiple subdirectories. Once you start Last Changed Files, the software automatically scans your hard drive and shows you the top 100 new created or last changed files on your hard disk. You see the following columns in the top 100 largest files list: file name, full folder path, file size and date of last change .....(free).....
Archive of programs that began as freeware but changed to shareware .....(free).....
Registry Hack! Assign any applications to scroll wheel button .....(free).....
Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes.....(free).....
Nice substitute for the Windows systray clock program. We particularly like the calendar options. LClock is a modified (stripped down) version of Kazuto Sato's TClock Light. LClock also comes with a simple but configurable popup calendar that opens when the systray clock is clicked. No more double clicking on the clock just to view the calendar in the "Date and Time Properties" dialog box. The calendar also contains reminder feature found in Rainlendar .....(free).....
Like Microsoft AutoComplete, LetMeType helps you enter text, but regardless of the program you use. Running in the background, it analyses what you type. After some time it has collected enough information to guess a word after you have typed the first two or three letters. A list of the most probable words is displayed, and you can select one with a single keystroke or just continue typing .....(free).....
LightFusion enables you to embed files in your executables, still leaving them executable. You can then use the Visual Basic module provided to extract the embedded files at runtime. If anybody could make any modifications to the module, fix any bugs, make it more efficient or write a module for another language, please send me the module along with a text file describing the changes you have made.....(free).....
Limagito is a utility to automatically move or copy files that are added to a specific folder. You can set filters based on the file name, rename files and directories (using regular expressions) when moving them to the new destination, create directories based on the file name or date and check if the file already exists. The program can move files from/to local folders as well as FTP directories and to Smtp. Limagito offers quite a few features that make the program very flexible and useful for a variety of file management tasks as well as file backups. It runs in the system tray and automatically monitors the selected folders for any additions that match your file moving rules. Free Lite Version .....(free).....
The NTFS filesystem of Windows supports HardLink functionality, but HardLinks can only be created via the POSIX command ln, which is shipped with the Windows resourcekit. Even if with POSIX commands, HardLinks can only be created via the command prompt, which is a kind of a mess for many files. The Link Shell Extension implements a extension to the Windows shell explorer, so that HardLinks, Junctions, and SymbolicLinks can be comfortably created via right mouse click on a selection of one or multiple files.....(free).....
Get safe and quick access to alternative file systems. DiskInternals Linux Reader is a new easy way to do this. This program plays the role of a bridge between your Windows and Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems. This easy-to-use tool runs under Windows and allows you to browse Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems and extract files from there.....(free).....
Automatically optimizes your PC's power consumption by using a more effective power save mode tham the Microsoft standard.....(free).....
On Windows domains and workstations, it is possible to set an Account lockout threshold, which determines the number of failed logon attempts that will cause a user account to be locked out. A locked out account cannot be used until it is reset by an administrator or the account lockout duration has expired. With Lockout Resetter, an administrator can easily reset any locked out account .....(free).....
Displays a log of any kind in real-time. Enables one to define three groups of log lines, filter them and display in different colors. Opens and closes log files automatically in dependency on their file date/time stamp or the file name. Widely supports command line options .....(free).....
LookDisk is a Freeware-Disktool with following functions: Search for files using various parameters (also within Zip-Files) Search for a text in any file (also within Zip-Files). Search for duplicate files by name or content (also within Zip-Files). Show disk overview User entries are saved and do not have to be re-entered each time LookDisk is started. The list of found files can be saved or printed. LookDisk can handle large amount of files without using lots of system resources.....(free).....
LookInMyPC generates a complete, comprehensive system profile that includes information on all installed hardware and software. Additionally it provides system diagnostic information such as details on running processes, installed services, startup programs, Windows updates and hot fixes, active network and Internet connections, TCP/IP port usage, event log detail, and much more. All this is provided in an easy to read, formatted report that you can view and print using your web browser. We have also hyperlinked many items so you can quickly and easily "Google" them to find out what they are or if some programs might be spyware or viruses. It is also completely non-invasive and makes no changes to your computers settings whatsoever. We have even included a handy function that allows you to create a full system profile and diagnostic report and automatically send it as an email ZIP file attachment to a tech support or help desk person.....(free).....
The fastest disk imaging software. The only free XP and Vista compatible disk imaging software with BartPE and Linux based recovery options. Create a disk image whilst running Windows using Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS). Image to Network, USB, FireWire drives and DVD. Built in scheduler. 32 bit and native 64 bit versions. Industry leading compression levels and speed. Linux based Rescue CD with Network access and full GUI. Only 6.5MB in size! Built in CD/DVD packet writing engine. Supports packet writing to DVD DL media with Windows Vista. HTML log files. Free edition .....(free).....
MacroMaker allows you to create macros or recordings to automate most anything that you already do by hand. MacroMaker was written more for the use of people who regularly use computers and programmers rather than the casual PC user. Most anything you know how to do by hand can be translated into a macro or recording in MacroMaker. If you are having to perform repetitive tasks, this program will help you out tremendiously. The user can simulate a series of keystrokes, mouse events, play back previous recordings of keystrokes and mouse events or execute some built-in functions with just a keystroke. You can even store content from the clipboard in internal MacroMaker buffers for later use.....(free).....
Play basketball with the files you want to delete. Just as at your office when you throw paper balls into the paper bin .....(free).....
Magic Folder Icon allows you to give an icon for all your folders on your computer,making every folder different. The simple and cool interface makes it easy to change the look of an individual folder.It is a powerful software and easy to use. You can change icons of all your folders quickly and freely.Also you can extract an icon from any type of resource files like .exe files.Aren't you bored with the way the standard Windows folders look?Make your folders different, make them lovely with Magic Folder Icon.....(free).....
Windows utility that retrieves your Product Key used to install windows from your registry. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 and XP. It now has the options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text file, or print it for safekeeping.....(free).....
Elevating your normal account to admin. Temporary admin for your Limited User account .....free).....
This small console mode utility will allow you to run any standard Windows application as a service. It supports running the service under a specific user account or under the system context.....(free).....
Program to remap your keyboard. Using MapKeyboard, you can alter any key on your keyboard to function as a different one or altogether disable it as well. This is an essential tool for laptop users and other people with keyboards whose keys differ from the standard 101 keyboard layout. The changes made are universal across all applications & games and best of all, MapKeyboard does not even need to be actively loaded in memory.....(free).....
Powerful hotkey manager.You can choose a hotkey in 3 different ways: - method1 : click in the field and press the desired hotkey. - method2 : enter manually the hotkey - like "CTRL+F7". - method3 : select the hotkey from the list. Then specify a command for the hotkey. (Go to Utilities).....(free).....
Memory defragmenter program.You can choose how much RAM do you want to defragment.With AutoFree options the program will unconditioned defragment memory every 1,5 etc minute(s) or conditioned by the amount of free RAM. (Go to "Programs").....(free).....
Have you ever noticed how your computer always seems to run better after rebooting? Do you wish it could be that peppy all day? Well, now it can be with a little help from AnalogX MaxMem! AnalogX MaxMem is a realtime physical memory management program that automatically ensures that you always have as much physical memory available as possible. It does this by allowing you to set minimum amounts of memory to be made available under certain circumstance, and then passively monitoring how much system resources are being use. It runs in the system tray, and also shows you exactly how much memory you have available, plus graphs how you've been using memory over the last 60 seconds.....(free).....
MediaChecker helps you check all your media (fixed or removable like diskettes, zip, magneto-optical disks, or CD-R,...) and ensure that all your precious data that you store on them is safe and can be accessed successfully.....(free).....
MegaHertz is a small utility calculating the actual clock speed of your CPU. The number of loops to run can be changed in order to increase accuracy.....(free).....
Distributed memory object caching system. High-performance, distributed memory object caching system, generic in nature, but intended for use in speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load.....(free).....
menuApp takes folders and turns them into menus. For example, you can point menuApp at your documents folder and it will draw a menu with all your documents on it. Or you can point it to a folder full of mp3s and the mp3s will appear on the menu. Click on any item on the menu and it will be launched as if you clicked on it in Explorer. If there are sub-folders they will appear as sub-menus. menuApp understands special Windows folders. So you can tell menuApp to draw a menu containing the items from your QuickLaunch bar or from your Desktop. What's more, it doesn't drop any extraneous files on your system and it stays well clear of the registry .....(free).....
Universal file browser plugin. It can open your files in the existing window of any application you like .....(free).....
This application allows you to complete many different types of conversions; it also includes all the mathematical functions offered in Microsoft Calculator .....(free).....
TweakUI lets you configure Windows to look and act the way you want it to, provided you carry out those operations on the local computer. But, what if you want to configure Windows on a remote computer? Can?t do it with TweakUI. What if you want to configure Windows on a bunch of computers? Can?t do it with TweakUI, at least not without installing the software on all those computers and then manually configuring all the desired settings. That, of course, left a hole big enough to drive a Tweakomatic through. Tweakomatic is a nifty new utility that writes scripts that enable you to retrieve and/or configure Windows and Internet Explorer settings. So what, you might say. Well, think about it. Because these are Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripts, they can be used to configure settings on remote computers. Need to change something on a remote computer? Then haul out Tweakomatic. And think about this: because Tweakomatic writes scripts, you could do something like run these scripts as logon or logoff scripts. In other words, you could quickly, easily, and automatically configure settings on any or all the computers in your organization.....(free).....
Windows Vista introduces the XPS Document format and uses it as a document format, a Windows spool file format, and a page description language (PDL) for printers. The Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) printer is already in place, If you don't feel like to use this printer to create XPS document, you can uninstall it completely with the help of this XPS Removal Tool. XPS Removal Tool is used to remove the Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) print queue and driver package from a Windows Vista installation. XPS Removal Tool can also uninstall XPS Essentials Pack from Windows XP, Windows Server 2003.....(free).....
Simple utility that shows the amount of free space on your hard disks. It updates the information every second (or as you set it), so you won't be surprised when you'll capture sound or video next time and stay without free disk space.....(free).....
Simple tool to display a hex dump of the header (first 256 bytes) of a file.....(free).....
Small system-tray application that allows you to control the screen brightness on your laptop or Tablet PC.....(free).....
A powerful extension to minimize Windows versions of Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite, and Nvu to the system tray.....(free).....
Endlessly minimizes all windows except the active one .....(free).....
Simple system tray program that monitors for changes to any of the startup folders, startup registry keys, and any files you want alerting on. To install it, make a directory for it to reside in (called the installation directory), and unzip it and the helper files into there. Put a shortcut to the application in your startup folder so that it starts each time Windows boots up. To uninstall it, simply delete the installation directory with all its files and subfolders. If a trojan attempts to change your startup settings, you will be alerted, and you can prevent any changes being made. It is fully configurable as to what keys and files are monitored......(free).....
MODBOOT is a modular boot disk. All programs and files are placed in modules. Adding functionally to your disk is as simple as copying one file (module) to the correct folder. An example: to add Dos mouse support to your MODBOOT disk you just copy the module called "mouse.cab" to the "\level1" folder on your boot disk. All MODBOOT modules are packed using cabinet (.cab) files so a MODBOOT disk can hold as much data as possible. To expand a.cab file you simply put it in the right folder and modboot will unpack it for you. When the.cab file has an "\autorun.bat" modboot will automatically execute it. Once you will get the hang of MODBOOT, you will find yourself rewriting every bootdisk you have created.....(free).....
Monitor Calibration Wizard is an easy-to-use tool for calibrating the colors displayed by your monitor. Most monitors have flaws, they may be too dark, too bright, or they may have a color tint like green or blue. All these problems can be easily fixed through Monitor Calibration Wizard.....(free).....
MonitorInfoView is a small utility that displays essential information about your monitor: manufacture week/year, monitor manufacturer, monitor model, supported display modes, and more... The information is extracted from the EDID ("Extended display identification data") records stored on your computer. You can also view the monitor information of multiple computers on your network, if you login to these computers with administrator rights.....(free).....
Simple mouse pad installation program.....(free).....
Mouseless Browsing (MLB) is a Firefox-Extension which enables you to browse the internet with the keyboard. The basic principle is to add small boxes with unique ids behind every link and/or form element. You just have to type in the id and press enter (there is also an automatice mode available) to trigger the corresponding action i.e. following a link, pressing a button or selecting a textfield .....(free).....
Console mode application that can move/copy/replace a file at system startup (prior to OS full load). It can also enumerate pending boot-time moves. Includes full C source code.....(free).....
MoveME allows you to RESIZE, MOVE and CENTER any dialog, window, or form on screen with easy key shortcuts. It even allows you to hide/show the taskbar with a simple key combination.....(free).....
MRU-Blaster is an all-new program, made to do one large task - detect and clean MRU (most recently used) lists on your computer. These MRU lists contain information such as the names and/or locations of the last files you have accessed. But they are located ALL OVER your registry, and for almost ANY file type. By looking at these MRU lists, someone could determine what files you opened/saved/looked at, what their file names were, and much more! (And, in many cases, the lists are displayed in drop-down menus automatically.).....(free).....
MSConfig a tool coming with Windows includes a basic startup manager which allows you to enable/disable auto-start programs. It does not however allow you to completely remove an entry from the list. This is where MSConfig Cleanup comes in! It scans the startup configurations and allows you to remove any item that has been previously disabled via MSConfig.....(free).....
This Editor allows you to edit your MSDOS.SYS configuration file, giving you all the options supported by Microsoft. This editor does not attempt to distinguish what version of Windows 9x you are running, and therefore gives you all the options available from Windows 95a through Windows 98 2nd Ed. There is help associated with each option, plus links to the Microsoft Knowledge Base, so you can gather more information about syntax and what is supported on which platform. No distinction is made so you can create/edit a MSDOS.SYS file and distribute it to other PCs that might not be on your platform (NOTE: Any specific piece of software is kind of buried deep on this site.... but here are the directions: Go to Software >DX21 Releases >View By Category >Desktop Management).....(free).....
muCommander is a lightweight, cross-platform file manager featuring a Norton Commander style interface and running on any operating system with Java support (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, *BSD, Solaris...) .....(free).....
In a normal multi monitor setup, Windows will not extend the TaskBar to the other monitors and all windows will be shown on the single windows taskbar on a primary monitor. Multi-Monitor TaskBar address this problem .....(free).....
Incredible story... According to the New York Times, "In 1934, Paul Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or 'electric telescopes,' as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files." Better look at this... (If you need a login for the NYT - user: shellcity, pw: shellcity) .....(free).....
MyDrive enables you to use relative shortcuts on CD's and USB drives making them truly portable.....(free).....test
Site devoted to great tweaks .....(free).....
MyToolkit is a simple program to add or remove theme support to or from programs that do not have it. Set the desired priority to all running processes (also system ones). Replace in-use or system files.....(free).....
NeoMem allows you to store and organize all kinds of information in a cross between a word processor and database. The interface is similar to Windows Explorer, except that instead of dealing with files on a hard disk you deal with objects in a file. It can be used to store to do lists, books, website passwords, addresses, account information, and collections of all kinds. You can define your own classes for items that you want to store information about, and define properties for those objects. Each object can also store formatted text in a simple word processor view.....(free).....
Video interviews from Robert X. Cringely with luminaries of modern tech.....(free).....
The results of Donation Coder's annual programming challenge. Some of the programs are rather specialized and whimsical, some are just a little silly, and substantial and serious. But you'll probably find something that you find useful.....(free).....
NewFolder adds a "New Folder" button to the toolbar of Windows Explorer. It also provides a hotkey (F12) to create a new folder within the Explorer quickly. Get it! Enjoy it! It's free for use at home .....(free).....
Have you ever used a program that generated logs or something similar into a single directory, and wished there was some way to move all the files except the last days worth? Or maybe you want to copy out only the newest three files, and just skip whatever else is in the directory... Sound handy? Well, it isn't to most people, but if you're someone who is pulling your hair out trying to figure out how to do this, NewMove is a little commandline miracle.....(free).....
NexusFile is a file manager for Windows. You can manage many files very fast and easily. NexusFile will increase your computing performance. If you still use Windows Explorer, you must try this one. Main features: Basic Functions: Copy/Move To, Copy/Cut/Past, Delete/Shred, Rename, Change Attributes/Time, advanced Rename: Rename multiple files at once with many powerful options, Navigate Folders: Favorite Folders, Working Folders, Tabs, Smart Address Bar, Dual Panels: Open two folders at once, Archives: manages ZIP, ARJ, RAR, ACE archive files, FTP: basic FTP functions, File Join/Split: Split large file into many small files or Join small files into a large file. Merge several text files into a file, Save File List: Save file/folder list with many formats, Shortcuts: Most functions has a Keyboard shortcut so you can do everything fast, Multi-language: Multi-language supports with language files, Skin: you can change the look of a program, Disk Cleanup: Empty RecycleBin, Delete temporary files, Compare Folders: compare two folders, Unicode: Unicode file name supported, And many other useful functions with easy interface.....(free).....
Have you ever wanted to remove some Windows components like Media Player, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, Messenger... How about not even to install them with Windows? nLite is a GUI for permanent Windows component removal by your choice. After removal there is an option to make bootable image ready for burning on cd or testing in virtual machines. With nLite you will be able to have Windows installation which on install doesn't include, or even contain on cd, unwanted components.....(free).....
nnCron LITE is a small, but full-featured scheduler that can start applications and open documents at a specified time or with specified frequency. nnCron LITE is a perfect freeware Windows clone of a well-known UNIX scheduler Cron (including all the useful Anacron features)......(free).....
Nockylock is a freeware program that locks the keyboard and locks the mouse.....(free).....
Do you miss the days of typewriters, when you heard a distinctive sound each time you pressed one of the keys? Those days are back when you use Noisy Keyboard. This system tray-based utility lets you hear seven different types of sounds as you hunt and peck your way through another computing session: one that plays when you hit the Spacebar, another that's heard when you touch the Enter key, and a third that's played when any other key is pressed. The setup program installs the sound events in the Windows Control Panel/Sounds module, which means it's easy to modify the sounds that are placed. Take advantage of the three crisp-sounding .wavs provided, or use your own. Need a quiet keyboard for a moment? Just click on the program's system tray icon to instantly mute the sound......(free).....
This one's really useful. Recursively sets file attributes in a specified folder to normal, very handy for fixing folders that were copied to a hard drive from read-only sources like a CD-ROM. Can also recursively delete directory trees. The normalizing feature makes it a more useful tool than deltree. It has also proven to be more effective, as deltree appears to have a bug that causes it to enter an infinite loop in some situations.....(free).....
Notebook Hardware Control with CPU Speed Control, CPU Voltage Control, Battery control, Hard Drive control and monitoring, ATI Clock Control. Helps you to control the hardware and system power management - customize the notebook (open source ACPI Control System) - prolong the battery lifetime - cool down the system and reduce power consumption - monitor the hardware to avoid system failure - make your notebook quiet .....(free).....
Runs hidden in the background until it detects any kind of change in a directory it has been told to monitor. When a change occurs (e.g. create, delete, modify a file) it visually alerts the user. Can be used, for example, to detect incoming information over a network or to detect tampering of files. Uses very little memory and practically no CPU time (Go to Downloads).....(free).....
NTFS is a high-performance and self-healing file system proprietary to Windows XP 2000 NT, which supports file-level security, compression and auditing. It also supports large volumes and powerful storage solution such as RAID. The most important new feature of NTFS is the ability to encrypt files and folders to protect your sensitive data. Also discusses how to recover lost data in NTFS.....(free).....
NTFS Links extends Microsoft Windows XP operating system shell by adding additional features related to soft and hard links supported by NTFS file system .....(free).....
NTFS Reader for DOS provides read access to NTFS drives from the MS DOS environment. It supports long filenames as well as compressed and fragmented files. NTFS Reader for DOS allows you to preview the files on NTFS and copy them from NTFS to FAT volumes or network drives.....(free).....
NTRconnect allows you to access and work with your PC or Mac from anywhere as though you were sitting right in front of it. Free version of NTRconnect offers you basic access to your PC or Mac from any computer.....(free).....
Stardock developed ObjectDock as a research project to see if Windows XP could reasonably handle the kinds of visual effects that are available on Apple's MacOS X. ObjectDock is a program that allows you to have a nice animated launchbar/taskbar on your screen that reacts to your mouse when you mouse over it. In short, it's a task bar and program launcher that does it with style.....(free beta).....
Monitor kernel object activity in realtime for Windows x86 and x64 .....(free).....
Hundreds of open source projects added to this site weekly.....(free).....
Sometimes upgrading to a newer version can be a good thing. Other times, your computer may not be compatible with the new version, the new version is bloated, or all the good options are no longer available. If you are looking for an old version of any program, OldVersion.com should be your first stop. It's an archive of old versions of various programs. If you don't see the program or a version of a program that you are looking for, they'll try their best to find it for you.....(free).....
On-Screen Keyboard Portable makes it easy to access Windows' built-in On-Screen Keyboard on any system you come across. It remembers your settings for sound, hover to select or click to select, always on top, keyboard layout and more as you move from PC to PC. And the icon sits right in your PortableApps.com Menu for easy access. For earlier operating systems that lack a built-in on-screen keyboard (Windows 95/98/Me) it even includes a simple virtual keyboard that, while lighter on accessibility features, is still useful .....(free).....
What a seasoned computer technician brings to on-site computer repairs .....(free).....
The AutoRun function in Windows can launch installers and other programs automatically when you insert a CD or flash drive, but this convenience poses a serious security risk. Unfortunately, simply turning off AutoPlay, a separate feature, isn't enough to prevent AutoRun from introducing a rogue program into your system .....(free).....
Got a file via e-mail and don't know how to open it? Downloaded a document and don't know what archiver was used to compress it? Let's try to see what we can tell you about it!.....(free).....
.This program's was an orphan for a while, until Shell City began to host it after a long absence. This little gem adds the "Open as......" function to the right-click menu of almost any file on your computer. For example: Your text files are associated with Notepad, but you don't want to open a certain text file with Notepad. Just right-click the file, choose "Open as......", and find the program you want to open the file with. (Note: If you have MS OFFICE installed, don`t install this file, it will work fine, but some Office-options might not work anymore.) Contains uninstall-option.....(freeware).....
Open With submenu for explorer's menu. Simply install our freeware OpenExpert and you will be able to configure every single existing filetype with its own "open with..." submenu extension. Now you can quickly and simply choose which application you want to open that particular file. Right click the mouse and select the program to open the file. That's all there is to it! OpenExpert is free for use at home.....(free).....
Opens RegEdit (the Registry Editor) and goes straight to the Key you want. Open RegEdit also will read a Registry Key for you. You can manually read most Keys but Binary Keys need to be interpreted. Open RegEdit will display the value both as numeric and as a string. Not all Binary Keys are numeric so it interprets them both ways. It also can tell the Keys properties, such as how many values, subkey and the date and time the Key was last written to.....(free).....
Open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software .....(free).....
400 plus extremely useful open source applications and utilities available free under various licenses.....(free).....
At times we need to open the target folder location of a shortcut, in Windows Vista you just need to right-click and choose "Open file location", but in-case of windows XP you need to - right-click the shortcut -> select Properties and then click "Find Target", However, to achieve the Vista type context menu option in Windows XP, simple install this handy OpenTarget shell extension .....(free).....
If Windows Explorer takes a really long time to open on your computer, you are most likely experiencing a well-known issue where Windows hangs while trying to search for network folders and printers before displaying anything to you. This problem is easily solved.....(free).....
Open With Arguments is an extension for Windows that allows users to directly pass arguments to executable files. Instead of opening a Command Prompt, changing to the appropriate directory, and typing in the filename and parameters, users can right-click on any executable file directly in Windows Explorer, select Open With Arguments, and then enter the parameters. Open With Arguments can be used with both GUI and CLI applications. When launching a CLI application (such as a batch file), the Command Prompt will remain open after execution to allow the user to view any output. Open With Arguments can be configured to work with any executable file format recognized by the Windows shell; by default, it works with .exe, .bat, and .cmd files. (Go to Software menu).....(free).....
Open++ is a shell context menu extension that allows you to quickly open the target file or folder with the predefined commands in Windows Explorer. It adds a submenu with customized menu items to the shell context menu when you right click a file or folder icon, or a folder background in Windows Explorer. Open++ submenu is similar to the standard "Send To" menu but is much more advanced, since it allows you to customize the Title, Program, Arguments, Working Directory, Icon, Associated File Types for all commands that are added to the shell context menu. In addition, Open++ also provides some advanced features, such as Open a MS-DOS Command Prompt window and enter into the current target folder, Copy the path of the target file or folder to the clipboard, Run the program with parameters, Register or unregister the self-registered COM dll files, Open or close CD drive, Set created and modified time for the target file or folder, and much more. You can add these predefined commands from the popup menu of Add button in Open++ Customize dialog. The following is the screenshot of Open++ submenu .....(free).....
The logic of Unix's design choice stands out more clearly when we contrast it with other operating systems. A design overview.....(free).....
Huge listing of open source software for Windows .....(free).....
Allows read-write access to FAT formatted TC containers without admin privileges.....(free).....
This little program will place the Microsoft Outlook Calendaring system right on your desktop. The calendar object gets pinned to your desktop and stays there all the time in plain sight so you can always see what's upcoming. Of course, the benefits don't stop there ... because it's the actual Microsoft Outlook calendar, you get all it's functionality, such as direct editing, drag and drop of files, etc. You have to see it to believe it. Go to "Projects".....(free).....
Tweaker for Outlook Express allows you to: hide ?MSN Messenger? in Outlook Express menu. turn off the Outlook Express splash screen. change the path where message attachments are stores. change the path where Address Book is stored. change the Outlook Express start page location. use smooth message scrolling. hide the Accounts Settings dialog from menu (to protect it from the changes). block executable attachments to protect you from the viruses. hide or show the attached images at the bottom of the message. change the Windows title for the dialogs of Outlook Express. change the small animation logos in Outlook Express and Internet Explorer. change the indent character from " -> " to other when you reply the message. change the database location for messages and news. hide ?Hotmail? tab from menu ?Tools? -> ?New Account Signup?.....(free).....
Now you can convert applications to run on your USB Flash Drive. PackageFactory lets you convert any application or EXE into a U3P Package File! You can then install this U3P file onto any U3-compatible flash drive (most recent usb drives). PackageFactory for U3 is free to use for non-commercial purposes.....(free).....
The program can attach any desktop window to one of the screen edges and auto hide it. (Hidden panels will work like the windows TaskBar).....(free).....
.A simple but very useful utility to add command-line parameters to any program in Explorer. It associates itself with the following program extensions, .exe, .com, .bat. To use, simply right-click any program in Explorer.....(free).....
Implements a new concept of deleted or lost partition recovery. It works in the most convenient way possible ? by locating and mounting partitions into the system, thus making those lost partitions available to you like any generic disk volume. Partition Find & Mount will also work in case any Boot Record (including the Master Boot Record) is missing, damaged or overwritten .....(free).....
Partition Rescue backs up your disk's partition system to floppy disk. If your disk's partition system gets damaged you can restore it by booting your system using this rescue disk. It can recover your disk from damaged partition table, missing partitions, virus attack etc.....(free).....
The first free program to resize and move partitions without data loss, with support for disks up to 2TB of size. Int13 extensions support allows handling of disks up to 2TB (2048GB) of size. New Resizing/Moving engine, with simpler interface. Move and resize your partitions in one step. Transparent extended partition resizing (no more confusion with extended partitions). Command line parameters for accessing advanced options (read-only operation etc.). Partition resizer is a small DOS executable, which requires no installation, and can perform all these tasks in a short while, giving you the opportunity to re-arrange your disk partitions safely, quickly, and fuss-free......(free).....
With this program you could save all data on a partition to a file (such as you could save this file on a CD for example). Then if something goes wrong, you can completely restore the partition from the backup file. You no longer have to reinstall every piece of software from scratch. All you have to do is restore the partition from the backup file and then update any software that was modified since the backup was created. Partition Saving is able to compress data (using the gzip compression algorithm) and split it up into several files (e.g. if you need to save a 2 Gb partition onto a CD, this can be done by compressing it and, if necessary, splitting it up into 650 Mb files). Most partition types are supported. In the case of FAT (12, 16 and 32), ext2/3 and NTFS partitions, you can choose between saving all sectors or in-use sectors only.....(free).....
Clipboard Enhancement Utility enhances the Windows clipboard. It supports pasting multiple texts, as well as the ability to copy & paste files from Explorer as text paths. In addition it provides some basic computer info, such as host name, IP address and free drive space.....(free).....
With the introduction of XP-SP2 Microsoft introduced a new limit into the TCP-IP stack that windows uses. This new limit restricts the number of concurrent connection attempts to 10. This number is hard-coded. In the event that this limit needs to be enforced it is marked in the system Event log (Event ID 4226). What this patcher does is modify the IP stack so that the number is larger (default is 50).....(free).....
Easily change predefined folders in the Windows file Explorer and in 'Open' & 'Save' dialogs with hotkeys or thru a browseable list. Pathbuddy gives you quick access to frequently used folders.....(free).....
Path is another re-invention of Windows Run menu with several extra features added to it, such as desktop and start menus, and user-defined tools. This application uses very little system resources and minimizes to the system tray. Replace the standard Windows ?Run? menu, with a more efficient one and access all areas of your system conveniently.....(free).....
PC Accelerate increases the priority of foreground windows and optimizes their memory status. Work with maximum performance .....(free).....
The PC Decrapifier will uninstall many of the common trialware and annoyances found on new PCs from OEMs.....(free).....
Pc Sleep is a Sleep timer for your computer. Automated Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, Standby, and Hibernate Windows functions in a user friendly, menu-driven program. You can leave your computer and PC Sleep will safely perform the selected function in the entered amount of time with no effort on your part. A noticeable pop-up window will appear when there is one minute left on the timer. The same window will pop-up if no time is selected; giving you 30 seconds to stop the timer before PC Sleep executes the selected function. This utility is particularly good for long downloads where you would like your computer to shut down after a certain amount of hours, playing music before you go to bed, or any other reason you might need PC Sleep to perform its functions while you're away from your computer.....(free).....
PC SMS Receiver is an application for receiving SMS messages on your computer via a GSM - UMTS mobile phone or modem connected to a serial port, USB, Bluetooth or Infrared port.....(free).....
This is a fully-functional utility for working with PE/PE +(64bit) files. Including: Editor PE of files, Task Viewer, Win32 PE files optimizer, detector of compiler/packer and many other things.....(free).....
PeaZip free archiver utility is a portable, open source archiving, encryption and file split tool. PeaZip archiver is cross platform, it runs on Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista and on Linux and supports handling of many archive and compression formats .....(free).....
Performance Monitor is a small program that shows you the CPU, Memory, Disk and Network utilization under Windows NT platforms (2000, XP+). It's composed by four fully configurable small graphs and it can work in the tray area also. The windows are fully anchorable and by moving the "CPU" window you'll move the other attached windows. PerfMon can become transparent and permits you to forward left-mouse clicks so you can place it anywhere. You can also change the program priority saving CPU work and double its size for big monitor resolutions .....(free).....
Periscope is a PE file inspection tool. For example you can use it as an aid when you are looking for malicious code in files .....(free).....
Bulk file renaming program that runs under Windows. With this tool you can easily organize your music files, picture files, or any other types of files. PFrank comes equipped with many features, some of which you won't find on any other renaming program. The beauty of this tool is it's flexibility. You can easily build any renaming command sequence you like, preview all of the results, press the rename button, and you're done.....(free).....
Phantom Desktop Screen Saver, when activated, hides all application windows, desktop icons and the MS Windows taskbar, replacing them with an empty desktop. This empty desktop can be the standard wallpaper image, or a custom bitmap and can also be optionally configured to dissolve to a simple black background.....(free).....
Fill up your hard drive. Why? Some old applications and games won't install or work properly if they detect that your hard drive has more than 2GB or 4GB free, depending on how they were written. This is because those programs were written in the days when most people didn't even know what a gigabyte was. Another reason you might need to temporarily fill up your drive is that developers often have to stress-test their applications or installer routines to ensure they work gracefully when a PC is very low on disk space. Finally, the only way to truly permanently erase data on a hard drive is to overwrite it with other data. Simply reformatting your drive is not enough.....(free).....
PhoneMe Easy converts a phone number into a meaningful word (phone mnemonics). Instead of remembering the meaningless sequence of digits you can easily remember the phone 'word'. Afterwards, just type the word on your phone and you will get your phone number. Huge dictionary of words (over 220,000).....(free).....
Save countless keystrokes. Clipboard utility organizes your frequently used phrases and allows you to paste them into any application. The auto complete feature automatically expand abbreviations and corrects typos while you type.....(free).....
PieceCopy is a tiny tool which will extract a portion of a specific file. You can use it to extract data of files, to cut file headers, to retrieve binary data of a specific position, to rescue parts of damaged files/disks or whatever.....(free).....
System Monitoring, Configuration Management, and More. PIKT is cross-categorical, multi-purpose software for monitoring and configuring computer systems, administering networks, organizing system security, and much more. PIKT is intended primarily for system monitoring, and secondarily for configuration management, but its versatility and extensibility evoke many other wide-ranging uses.....(free).....
With Piky Basket, you can reduce repetitive tasks when copying/moving files and folders in Windows. Piky Basket allows you to select files/folders in to a "basket" from different locations. Once you are done selecting, you can paste them all at once to the target folders. It also allows you to selectively paste the files to the target folder. Piky Basket is integrated with Windows Explorer. You do not have to run Piky Basket as a separate program. It can be accessed from the menu which appears by right clicking on any files/folders in Windows Explorer.....(free).....
Windows application that allows users to mount the contents of ZIP, ISO, and Private Folder files to the file system as virtual folders .....(free).....
PlacesBarEditor is a free utility for Windows 2000 and XP that allows you to customize the "PlacesBar" that appears on the left side of the Open and Save dialogs in most applications. The PlacesBar is a set of shortcuts to commonly-used folders, but wouldn't it be more useful if you could determine what "commonly used" means for yourself, instead of letting Microsoft define it for you? That's where PlacesBarEditor comes in.....(free).....
User Policies Editor. Polsedit is a freeware utility that allows you to modify user policies such as user account rights and user privileges on a local or remote Windows NT-based system. This can be useful when for some reason you are unable ro run secpol.msc snap-in, for example, XP Home and Vista Home do not have secpol.msc at all. The user interface of Polsedit is very similar to the standard policies editor from Windows, but it also displays some internal data, which can be useful for developers.....(free).....
PortableApps Suite is a collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, sudoku game, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you're ready to go.....(free).....
Portable Start Menu is a simple and free start menu application that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs. Organize your programs in a simple menu system and launch them via a tray icon. If you close Portable Start Menu on an USB-Stick, running applications can be closed automatically, too .....(free).....
Portinator is a Windows command line utility to monitor local network port usage for changes. By setting a baseline and running Portinator at various intervals, the user can be notified by email or view a log file of any changes to network port usage on that machine. Portinator has several options to aid in reducing noisy emails. Portinator uses md5 checksums to help in identifying/monitoring applications using ports (can be useful in identifying .exe changes such as trojans).....(free).....
Portmon is a utility that monitors and displays all serial and parallel port activity on a Windows system. It has advanced filtering and search capabilities that make it a powerful tool for exploring the way Windows works, seeing how applications use ports, or tracking down problems in system or application configurations .....(free).....
A tray Icon utility to paste user defined text to the current application.....(free).....
Replace the native battery power meter for Windows with a better one. Power Meter Plus has the following features: It gradually appears as the power levels drop. The lower the power, the more prominent the meter will be. When you're charging the laptop it'll turn green and slowly disappear/fade as the charge increases. The meter appears either on the bottom left or bottom right of the screen; it moves to the opposite corner if you move your mouse over it.....(free).....
Save Power - Turn Off Monitor whenever you want.....(free).....
Poweroff is a small program for Win95/98/NT/W2K/XP to schedule a shutdown, reboot, logoff, poweroff, Standby, Hibernate, Lock, Wake-On-LAN at a certain time. Also supports command line options that allows poweroff to be used in batch scripts. It has a built-in scheduler, it allows you to run a program before doing the action, you can give a warning message to the user, wait for a process to finish before doing the action and full remote control is supported.....(free).....
PowerPro lets you take control of how you use Windows 2000 and XP. Run commands and configure your system any way you want. PowerPro gives you a compact and powerful launch bar, menu, and tray icon facility. But this is just the start. With a little experimenting with its configuration, you'll find that you can use PowerPro to change the way you work with your system. The source of its power is the way PowerPro integrates three capabilities: Running commands: Tool bars, tray icons, hot keys, mouse actions, menus, timer, scheduler. Controlling other program's windows: Close, minimize, maximize, roll-up to caption, tray minimize, position. Providing utility functions: Send keystrokes to programs, run commands when windows first open, virtual desktops, clipboard extender, keyboard macros, shutdown, show all folder files in a menu, sounds, wallpaper, and screensaver activation and randomization .....(free).....
PowerStrip combines extensive WinAPI-compliant control over display settings with direct hardware support for DDC monitors and color calibration. Custom cursor and flexible DTP font controls. Resolution, color depth and refresh rate controls. Comprehensive RGB color calibration controls. On-the-fly color depth switching under all versions of Windows. Multi-monitor support for up to 9 display devices under Windows 98. Extensive DDC monitor support plus a database of over 1000 pre-PnP monitors. Comprehensive graphics system diagnostics. Autodetect support for auxiliary Direct3D devices. Direct DPMS power management control. Special screen saver, PowerStrip has DirectX and OpenGL support. User-defined hot keys, preset display schemes, and program associations .....(free).....
Pretty Run is a small program that can search your start menu, desktop or any other folder for shortcuts. (Go to Freeware) .....(free).....
Turn your computer into a lie detector. Lightweight Win95/98/NT application suitable for use as browser helper or standalone app. Performs Fourier Analysis of vocal frequencies and displays the shift of vocal frequencies which accompany even the mildest of physiologic stress. Self-Calibrates over frequency domain of audio data, determining min/max and average frequencies. Eliminates audio noise packets with amplitude less than average. Provides visual cue to vocal stress deviation from nominal (green) to user settable 'stressed' tolerance (red). Records, Plays back, and Saves.....(free).....
Make the Preview pane in Vista display contents of text based files .....(free).....
Print Censor Free comes with features that can be used to optimize work of printers - job queue management and one-click default printer setup; one-click job priority setting; any standard printer command can be executed directly from Print Censor Free. In addition, the program can be used for remote control by any printer of a network (Go to Freeware).....(free).....
PrintFile is a freeware MS Windows utility program that will enable you to print files fast and easily. The program recognizes plain text, PostScript, Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) and binary formats. Using this program can save you a lot of paper and thereby also saving valuable natural resources.....(free).....
The Print Logger FE software is intended for a print management (print control and audit printing activity) for printers at print workstation, based on Windows NT operation systems family. At this time this family includes Windows 2000/XP and Windows Vista. The program inspects the print jobs on a computer, where software is installed. Main assignment of the program - collection of the information about sizes (in pages) for local print jobs and record it to the database for the subsequent analysis or creation reports about printing activity .....(free).....
Of every type -- fabulous idea .....(free).....
This very simple freeware utility lets you know the paper size, printable area size and all margins in pixels, millimeters and inches for any of your printers. Those may be very important parameters if you want to get the most out of your printer, yet no printing software clearly shows them. (All the way at the bottom of the page).....(free).....
PrioSet is a simple program launcher that lets you set the system level priority of any application. PrioSet can relieve your processor by lowering the share of resources that goes into background processes. Just set their priority to 'Idle' and they won't bother you anymore. You can also make sure the CD burner program gets enough processor power by selecting 'Real time' mode. Command line arguments are also supported. (PrioSet has only been tested on Windows XP. No system files will be overwritten during installation.).....(free).....
Process Hacker is a tool for viewing and manipulating processes and their threads, modules, memory and handles. It shows system services. It can also search through process memory: for a sequence of bytes, using regular expressions, for strings, or for heap blocks. It can run programs as another user or as SYSTEM, LOCAL SERVICE or NETWORK SERVICE if you have administator privileges. This is achieved using a helper program which is installed as a system service (similar to PsExec). It loads symbols from various libraries automatically and uses them when displaying the call stacks of threads (just like Process Explorer). It also has a disassembler derived from OllyDbg's which can be accessed when viewing PE files' exports .....(free).....
Process Lasso is a unique new technology intended to automatically adjust the allocation of CPU cycles so that system responsiveness is improved in high-load situations. It does this by dynamically temporarily lowering the priorities of processes that are consuming too many CPU cycles, there-by giving other processes a chance to run if they are in need. This is useful for both single and multi-core processors. No longer will a single process be able to bring your system to a virtual stall. In addition, Process Lasso offers capabilities such as default process priorities, default process CPU affinities, termination of disallowed processes, and logging of processes executed. Process Lasso does all this while consuming almost no system resources thanks to being written in native C++ code, using native win32 APIs complimented with NT native APIs for process management (instead of toolhelp or psapi). Also, we used advanced data structures to track processes in the most efficient way possible. No other competing product can claim the efficiency of Process Lasso .....(free).....
Enhances the functionality of Windows Task Manager by providing a security risk rating, a process description, and file path. The security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware, a Trojan, or keylogger.....(free).....
According to Microsoft, "After you install Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), some programs may seem not to work. By default, Windows Firewall is enabled and blocks unsolicited connections to your computer. This article discusses how to make an exception and enable a program to run by adding it to the list of exceptions. This procedure permits the program to work as it did before the service pack was installed".....(free).....
Project Dakota is a easy way to update Windows XP. It's an ISO to burn to CD that contains all the updates found on the Windows Update Website, including Service Pack 2, with a small standalone programs that run the updates in the order specified by Microsoft according to the order set by Microsoft .....(free).....
Protonic.com is an online community that provides technical support to computer users for free. We prefer to call our users "Clients," because we have the philosophy that, despite our service being free, you should still receive the highest quality technical support.....(free).....
Alternative to the Start menu and the Quick Launch panel. Quickly run apps, open docs, go to folders and web pages, send mail to a specified address, more.....(free).....
The Windows NT and Windows 2000 Resource Kits come with a number of command-line tools that help you administer your Windows NT/2K systems. This is a collection of similar tools, including some not included in the Resource Kits. What sets these tools apart is that they all allow you to manage remote systems as well as the local one. The first tool in the suite was PsList, a tool that lets you view detailed information about processes, and the suite is continually growing. The "Ps" prefix in PsList relates to the fact that the standard UNIX process listing command-line tool is named "ps", so I've adopted this prefix for all the tools in order to tie them together into a suite of tools named PsTools. Note: some anti-virus scanners report that one or more of the tools are infected with a "remote admin" virus. None of the PsTools contain viruses, but they have been used by viruses, which is why they trigger virus notifications. The tools included in the PsTools suite, which are downloadable as a package, are: PsExec - execute processes remotely, PsFile - shows files opened remotely, PsGetSid - display the SID of a computer or a user, PsInfo - list information about a system, PsKill - kill processes by name or process ID, PsList - list detailed information about processes, PsLoggedOn - see who's logged on locally and via resource sharing (full source is included), PsLogList - dump event log records, PsPasswd - changes account passwords, PsService - view and control services, PsShutdown - shuts down and optionally reboots a computer, PsSuspend - suspends processes, PsUptime - shows you how long a system has been running since its last reboot (PsUptime's functionality has been incorporated into PsInfo). All of the utilities in the PsTools suite work on Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The PsTools download package includes an HTML help file with complete usage information for all the tools.....(free).....
PStart is a simple menu tool designed to run portable applications (like portable Firefox & Thunderbird). Install PStart to your USB stick to launch portable applications easily and open important documents or folders.....(free).....
Accurately measure program execution time.....(free).....
High speed defragmentation, includes Individual file or folder defrag. Puran Defrag is a very simple defragmentation utility. Upgrades your hard disk performance and thus overall system speed. In addition it results in low wear and tear of hard disk and therefore increases its life.....(free).....
This is a must have utility! Have you ever copied some text from a web page, a word document, help, etc., and wanted to paste it as simple text into another application without getting all the formatting from the original source? PureText makes this simple. Just copy/cut whatever you want to the clipboard, click on the PureText tray icon, and then paste to any application. Better yet, you can configure a hot-key to convert and paste the text for you. The pasted text will be pure and free from all formatting. After running PureText.exe, you will see a "PT" tray icon appear near your clock. To convert the data currently in the clipboard to pure text, simply click on the tray icon with the left mouse button.....(free).....
QClip is a simple clipboard enhancement that allows Windows users to paste text that was clipped earlier. You never have to think about QClip, but when you want to paste something that you clipped a while ago instead of CTRL-V, just press CTRL-ALT-V and QClip will appear with all of your old clips. You can use the arrow keys to select the item you want, then press "Enter", or use the mouse and click the "Paste" button. QClip only stores plain text clips, and the history is cleared when you reboot or exit QClip .....(free).....
QEMU is a FAST! processor emulator using dynamic translation to achieve good emulation speed. QEMU has two operating modes: Full system emulation. In this mode, QEMU emulates a full system (for example a PC), including a processor and various peripherials. It can be used to launch different Operating Systems without rebooting the PC or to debug system code. User mode emulation (Linux host only). In this mode, QEMU can launch Linux processes compiled for one CPU on another CPU. It can be used to launch the Wine Windows API emulator or to ease cross-compilation and cross-debugging. As QEMU requires no host kernel patches to run, it is very safe and easy to use.....(free).....
Small application that enables you to organize your programs and documents and to start/access them quickly from the status bar of Windows .....(free).....
Hit a hotkey to start recording; hit another to replay it whenever you want .....(free).....
Insure fast access to files without having to mess with third-party applications .....(free).....
Windows fills up your computer's memory (RAM) little by little and finally RAM is filled with unnecessary data. Sooner or later you have to reboot your computer to make it work faster. With RamBooster you can continuously monitor the amount of RAM. If the amount of free RAM goes too low, free more automatically with RamBooster .....(free).....
Partition manager with the following features: Save and restore MBR, Create and delete partitions, View hard disks' IDE information, Format and resize FAT-16 and FAT-32 file systems, Comes with Advanced Boot Manager, which includes Boot menu with password protection, Automatic partition hide and unhide, Boot any OS from the second hard drive, Create up to 31 primary partitions on a single hard drive, Detect presence of boot viruses in memory.....(free).....
Rapid Environment Editor is an environment variables editor. It includes easy to use GUI and replaces small and inconvenient Windows edit box. RapidEE supports all Windows versions, including Windows Vista.....(free).....
This program copys a disk as a raw image from one drive directly to another. This utility is designed for people who have faulty drive and want to transfer the data directly to another drive without doing a file by file copy. This saves the need for operating system re-installs and allows drives with an unknown file system to be copied (including from console game machines, data recorders, mac etc). The program has a built in data recovery function which will attempt to recover data from bad sectors to ensure all the available data is restored from the drive. This program is designed to run under NT/XP/2000 or later operating systems. It will run under windows 95/98/Me operating systems but only windows logical drives can be copied.....(free).....
This application allows you to change the read-only attribute of multiple files in subfolders. Developed to solve the problem of copying files from CD's and discovering they are all read-only. The problem is that there is no easy way to clear this flag across multiple folders under Windows. With this application, thousands of files in hundreds of folders can all have their read-only attribute changed in one click .....(free).....
This utility checks files and folders for read errors under Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. This kind of test is useful for those who write data to different types of media (floppies or CDR/CDRW/DVDRW/etc) and want to ensure that written data is OK. The program allows selecting the file or folder to check. The program can also check subfolders of the specified folder if necessary. The program can be integrated into Windows' shell (setup creates the "Read test" context menu item and GiPo@Utilities file/folder property page).....(free).....
Run Windows XP from CD. Reatogo?s fully configured download bundle for a bootable Recovery-CD with BartPE+XPE. ...burn your first CD within a few minutes and enjoy the comfort of a full XP environment for your recovery needs! One click setup, all included fully configured and ready to go.....(free).....
Each time that you open a file the name of the file that you opened is recorded by the operating system in the Recent folder or the Registry. This utility displays the list of all recently opened files, and allows you to delete unwanted filename entries. You can also save the files list into text/html/xml file.....(free).....
The prehistory of the digital computer, from relays to the stored program concept, 1935-1945 .....(free).....
Red allows you to remove empty folders recursively. Just choose a folder with the GUI and it scans automatically for empty folders below the selected directory.....(free).....
RefreshForce universally and permanently fixes the Windows 2000/XP refresh rate problem on ANY variation of graphics cards, monitors, or drivers!!! No messing around, no hassle, it WORKS and it's SIMPLE! Functions regardless of graphics card, and driver versions. One-time execute, no reboot required, and no background program. Ability to push Plug & Play monitor drivers over 85Hz. Support for systems with multiple display adapters. Automatic backup facility Sophisticated and unique display optimization technology. Ability to actually lower refresh rates as well as increase them, if software causes display corruption .....(free).....
Fed up of getting 60Hz or 75Hz in your favourite OpenGL/Direct3D/DirectX games (e.g. Quake 1/2/3, Half-Life, Unreal, or Deus Ex) instead of the 120Hz your display adapter & monitor are capable of? Yes? Then download this FREE program, and enjoy higher display frequencies without the hassle of installing special drivers.....(free).....
Generate .reg file from Registry changes made by application. RegFromApp monitors the Registry changes made by the application that you selected, and creates a standard RegEdit registration file (.reg) that contains all the Registry changes made by the application. You can use the generated .reg file to import these changes with RegEdit when it's needed .....(free).....
RegSize - Increase maximum registry size. Configures Windows NT to allow the registry to take up to 80% of the cache pool, if necessary. This keeps those annoying "low on registry quota" messages from popping up when your install or run certain programs. Note that the 80% number is just a maximum limit; it doesn't mean your registry will every actually get that big. You are more likely to have registry quota problems on computers with small amounts of physical RAM and virtual memory space.....(free).....
Have you ever want to know if cleaning or defragmenting your registry really makes a difference in its performance? RegBench is a small utility that benchmarks your system registry. It outputs to XML and uses a display template to allow for viewing of the results within your web browser. It is a console mode utility. Free for home and acedemic use .....(free).....
RegDllView is a small utility that displays the list of all registered dll, ocx, and exe (COM registration). For each registered file, you can view the last date/time that it was registered, and the list of all registration entries (CLSID/ProgID). RegDllView also allows you to unregister dll/ocx files that you don't need on your system anymore. If you have dll/ocx files that don't exist on your system anymore, but their registration entries are still exist in your Registry, you can manually remove these entries by using 'Delete All Entries For Selected Files' option .....(free).....
RegEm will create .reg files for Win9x and Windows 2000. Just enter the info and it will automatically be created and saved. Options to create unlimited Keys/Values and delete Keys. Stop and resume writing a file later as the last entries used are always saved and reloaded at start up.....(free).....
Rename a set of files based upon a pattern. There?s nothing in Windows base set of command utilities that can provide this......(free).....
Define new shortcut keys for launching existing Applications, Define new shortcut keys for opening existing Files, The Program sits in System Tray, Remove the shortcut keys whenever not required, Simple Installer - Un-installer provided .....(free).....
.As the name says, enhances the Registry Editor in Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0. If you edit the same keys repeatedly, this is for you! A new combo box maintains the history of visited keys and allows quick navigation back to them. The keys are saved across sessions and available the next time you use the Registry Editor.....(freeware).....
Lots and lots of tips and tweaks, formatted for easy use .....(free).....
A substitute for regedit. System tool that shows you your registry through Windows Explorer.....(free).....
Registry Jumper is a small utility that makes system registry navigation easier. This tool allows you to open desired registry keys in Windows? Regedit by one click. Works in two modes: GUI mode and command-line mode (open registry key supplied as command-line parameter). Additionally, Registry Jumper handles custom protocol "regjump://", which, for example, can be used in links in HTML pages to point to specific registry locations .....(free).....
This tool will launch another software and redirect HKLM Software to HKCU Software, registery-wise. Just so you'll know, this is for advanced users. In HKCU, a task may be executed on a user by user basis, in HKLM, the task may be executed for everyone.....(free).....
Users gradually experience a degradation in their Windows performance. Much of it can be attributed to Windows Registry Errors. By using Free Window Registry Repair regularly and repairing your registry your system should not only be more stable but it will also help Windows run faster. For your convenience it automatically backs up any repairs made so that you always can restore Windows registry to the original state.....(free).....
MJ Registry Watcher is a simple system tray program that monitors for changes to any of the startup folders, startup registry keys, and any files you want alerting on.....(free).....
If you have an IR (Infrared) port in your computer, you can use RIControl to control your applications using an ordinary remote control from a TV or stereo. IRControl is completely configurable (even contains its own scripting language), and with the integrated Artificial Intelligence, you can teach the program what the remote control buttons are. This means that the program does not have to have the buttons programmed inside it, but you can use any remote control you want .....(free).....
Removes all clipboard formats except the text format (CF_TEXT) from the clipboard and then pastes the results. Although this may sound stupid, this is a great alternative for standard copy and paste operations in Office applications (e.g., MS Word). Without this utility, one needs to select 'Edit' 'Paste Special' 'Unformatted Text' to achieve this. It converts a handle of type HDROP that identifies a list of files on the clipboard to the plain list of files. This means that it becomes possible to use CTRL+C from Explorer to obtain the file names in a text editor or a 'Open' dialog.....(free).....
Common Tasks - that annoying menu on the lefthand side of the desktop that includes drop down menus for Folder Tasks, Other Places, and Details. This application will correct the Registry setting that causes the Common Tasks pane to appear on the Windows XP Desktop .....(free).....
Windows Media Player adds context items to the right-click menu of several multimedia files even if you do not use this player to play those files. It would be nice to get rid of those items in the context menu to decrease the size of the menu and have only options in there that are needed. There is however no obvious option to remove the three entries which means that we once again have to rely on the Registry to fix this issue.....(free).....
A number of very specific tips for repairing and tweaking XP.....(free).....
While editing HTML files, it is common to replace specific strings in all files with the same extension in the same folder. "Replace in Files" makes it easy to accomplish this task. "Replace in Files" quickly replaces strings matching your search string with the replacement you specify. You can specify whether replaces are case sensitive or not, and whether to make backups before executing the search and replace.....(free).....
Replacer is an easy to use system file replacer for Windows 2K/XP. It is used to safely replace protected or in use system files.....(free).....
Resize windows that you wouldn't normally be able to resize (Under the PC Released section)......(free).....
The classic Windows hacking program. Resource Hacker is a utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files. It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler and works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2000 and WinXP operating systems.....(free).....
Restart is a system utility for advanced users with more than one operating system installed on their machine. The program installs an icon in the notification area, and with a single click the computer will shutdown and restart with the selected operating system.....(free).....
One of the unwelcome changes that Microsoft introduced in Service Pack 1 was the removal of some of the easy ways to get to the Search screen: the start menu button and folder context menu item. Thankfully we can easily add the "Search?" item back to the context menu with a simple registry tweak.....(free).....
This article is a complete guide on recovering your hard drive?s factory capacity. At the end of this article there is a link to our program that recovers factory capacity of any hard drive .....(free).....
Its hands move backwards but show exact time .....(free).....
Tools, challenges, essays, and a message board, all pertaining to reversing .....(free).....
Completely remove any unwanted application installed on your computer. With its advanced and fast algorithm to scan before and after uninstall of an application you can remove unnecessary files, folders and registry keys left over in your computer. Even if you have a broken installation Revo Uninstaller scans for application's data on your hard disk drives, Windows registry and shows all found files, folders and registry items so you can delete them. With its unique "Hunter mode" it offers you some simple, easy to use but effective and powerful approaches to manage (uninstall, stop, delete, disable from autostarting) and to get information about your installed and/or running applications. Revo Uninstaller gives you another 8 handy and powerful tools to clean up your system. Here are the list of all tools and utilities included: Auto Start Manager - stop programs to start automatically when Windows starts; Windows Tools Manager - handy and useful tools bundled with every Windows; Junk Files Cleaner - find and remove unnecessary files from your computer; Browsers History Cleaner - erase web site history, visited pages history, temporary internet files of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera web browsers; Office History Cleaner - remove history of most recently used files in MS Office; Windows history cleaner - remove recently opened files history, delete temporary files, remove tracks and history saved by Windows; Unrecoverable Delete Tool - erase files and folders forever; Evidence remover - make sure already deleted files, folders and other data are unrecoverable.....(free).....
These handy and super compact Windows tools can be used without any installation! Does not write any info into the registry or does not use any extra dll-files. Just unzip it, click and go! Includes a system and memory usage monitor which allows you monitor the CPU and RAM recources/usage. Save, clear and pause the graph with one click. No configuration needed! Refresh rate can be set. Also an advanced colorpicker to let you convert any color between RGB, Decimal, Hex and HTML color codes! New in v1.1: easy to view how your text looks like when using certain color combinations! And a shutdown utility - Let your PC shut down automatically at a designated time. Ideal for closing down your PC after a long download, at a given time etc...without being present.....(free).....
Rivatuner is the leading tweak utility available for NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon based videocards. With a guide to help novices setup fan speeds and overclocks on their graphics cards.....(free).....
40 computer pranks. Some useful too.....(free).....
RoboTask enables you to automate any combination of tasks on your computer, ranging from simply launching applications, to checking email, moving or backing up files to uploading or downloading, sending email and much more. The program allows to easily create simple task, as well as highly complex automations, involving conditional IF/ELSE statements, loops, custom variables and other advanced options. Lite version is free .....(free).....
Run On Fast User Switch. Windows provides the ability to start specific program on initial login, but not when switching between already logged-in users. This tool can be useful for example to change the sound volume or screen resolution to suit particular users, each time they switch .....(free).....
Rotate is a desktop manipulator that will randomly flip the desktop into all sorts of weird positions. It can flip it over, reverse it or flip and reverse it .....(free).....
This tool is a clone of the Windows 95 Run Dialog Box. The implementation as a standalone executable file has a great advantage over the original: you can create a link to it, then define a hotkey for the link, and the Run Dialog Box is ready on the spot.....(free).....
RunAsDate is a small utility that allows you to run a program in the date and time that you specify. This utility doesn't change the current system date and time of your computer, but it only injects the date/time that you specify into the desired application. You can run multiple applications simultaneously, each application works with different date and time, while the real date/time of your system continues to run normally .....(free).....
Run It All is a program for starting simultaneous programs. It is helpful for those who need two, three or more program tools. Start this program and let it run all processes and programs you need. Run It All can also kill processes that are no longer required. It's very simple and fast. processes for running and killing don't have to be entered more than once.Whenever you start Run It All, press "Run It All" button and your programs will be shown in few seconds.....(free).....
Like the Run option in the start menu. It allows you to perform various shell operations on a file or folder.....(free).....
You can use this method to run multiple versions of your favourite programs, even Skype, Internet Explorer, instant messaging, etc. It's all a matter of using multiple Windows user accounts.....(free).....
Screensaver that runs a command.....(free).....
Tiny tool allows running any application with a parameter. Instead of going to the Command Prompt, users can simply right-click an application and enter the parameters in the pop-up window .....(free).....
A simple but effective Run dialog replacement. We think it could also be used as your Windows shell.....(free).....
According to the author, "One day a process was eating up 90% of my CPU time, and its name was RUNDLL32. Arg, I hate that ! That little program is used to start COM objects and other nuisances. So then I patched RUNDLL32 to write its startup arguments to the event log. Once you've installed this tool, you'll see entries like the following in the Event Viewer Application Log: 'RUNDLL32.EXE: GetCommandLineW(): C:\WINNT\System32\RUNDLL32.EXE TWEAKUI.CPL,TweakMeUp'".....(free).....
Rundll32Close is a small program that will automatically close the error window indicating Vista Windows host process (Rundll32) has stopped working.....(free).....
Safarp is a small and fast alternative to the Add or Remove Programs Control Panel applet of Windows 2000/XP. It displays a list of the installed programs and allows one to uninstall / repair them .....(free).....
SafeDelete is an advanced security tool for Windows that allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter Gutmann's paper Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory and are selected to effectively remove magnetic remnants from the hard drive. Other methods include the one defined in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the U.S. Department of Defence, and overwriting with pseudorandom data. You can also define your own overwriting methods. Delete any file using a variety of overwrite patterns.. Comply with the Department of Defense and the Gutmann overwipe pattern. Ability to encrypt and decrypt files using the super-strong AES 256-bit encryption.....(free).....
Safe XP allows users to quickly tweak various security and privacy related settings in XP. The options include Media Player settings, Services settings (error reporting, time synch, remote registry etc.), as well as and option to remove items from the Start menu, network security settings and more. Safe XP improves your system performance and makes Windows run faster, more secure and reliable! It is suitable for beginners and experts. CAUTION--This program automatically changes many settings in your Windows config. You may not know which settings are changed. And some have indicated there may be problems restoring the system.....(free).....
Program intended to intelligently allow you to change the location of My Documents, Desktop, Favorites, History and SendTo .....(free).....
Some (read: many) programs do not support auto save. This program saves your work every X minutes, and all you have to do is specify when and give the application title (if you don't, the program saves your work in the current application). Note: If pressing Ctrl+S does not save in an application, Saver will not either.....(free).....
A Talking Digital Clock which speaks on demand, or according to a schedule (at specific time intervals, between the times of day you select), using either pre-recorded Real Speech or Text To Speech (TTS). Features a powerful recurring alarm notification option, beep-before-speak option and visual speech indicator. Lets you swiftly change from one voice to another, as well as the mode of operation (Announce Time or Alarm mode) of the application.....(free).....
Sayz Me is a very simple text to speech reader. Copy text from web pages, emails or documents and this free utility will read the words out aloud to you. Sayz Me uses the Microsoft speech engine and synthetic voices. Listen to text and give your eyes a rest. Great accessibility software as you can adjust the font size and color to assist reading. Very simple and easy to use .....(free).....
SC-QuickStart offers several superior methods for launching your favorite applications, opening documents, websites, folders, directories and starting common Windows tasks. Forget the cumbersome Windows start menu! Now you can launch your favorite tasks and programs using SC-QuickStart's convenient control panel, a system tray menu bar or with handy keyboard shortcuts called hotkeys. SC-QuickStart will allow you to simplify and speed up work on your computer considerably by providing you quick and simple access to the most frequently used actions. Create so-called QuickStart objects for the frequently used actions with an easy wizard. Organize the QuickStart objects in the control panel and the system tray menu to set up your own launching solution .....(free).....
Beats the lame XP search function. Use ScanDir to search (multiple) directories for all files or a selection of files. Select files based on filename, path, extension, filesize and / or filedate. Scan results can be printed or saved to an ASCII textfile. Output header, seperator characterand output format are customizable. You can Delete, Purge, Rename, Copy, Move or change Attributes of the selected files.....(free).....
Interesting media usage visualization tool. Displays a special pie chart, including all major files and folders. Outer segments represent deeper directory levels. Angle and area size correspond to the space used by the clusters an object covers. Information on a particular object is available by moving the cursor over. Click on a folder segment to zoom into.....(free).....
ScreenHunter is a screen capture tool which can copy the fullscreen, the active window, the client window or a rectangular area. It features auto-save of capture in BMP or JPG format, save to Clipboard, timed capture (1 to 60 seconds), selectable hotkey capture (F1 to F10), uses virtually no system resources on standby, etc. This is a terrific screen capture tool. While on standby it lives as an icon in the desktray (next to the clock) and uses less than 1% of system resources. This means that it isn't a drain on the system while on standby. It has a fabulous array of options to control the program and it even offers refinements like optionally hiding the icon while a capture is taking place.....(free).....
Use this program to simplify your experience of using Windows, by confining groups of running programs to different "screens" (or virtual desktops), and hiding all running applications other than those on the current screen. As computers become more powerful, it becomes possible to run a great many programs at the same time. This can make the desktop and its task bar crowded and unmanageable. To combat this overload, Screen-It creates 2 virtual desktops (screen pages) on your single physical one. Only one screen page is visible at a time. This program can also launch a number of programs automatically when it starts-up, in a fresh screen or virtual desktop, saving you from having to manually launch a group of programs each time you need to do a certain job. 32 bit Freeware program.....(free).....
Screen Launcher lets you choose any program to run as a screensaver. You could start a Powerpoint, a movie or any EXE or associated file. To install, simply unzip, right-click and click Install on the context menu. You can then use Screen Launcher just like any other screensaver.....(free).....
Screen Recorder - Create instant screen demos with the highest compression ratio in the world .....(free).....
Batch files and scripts are crucial tools for Windows Systems Administrators. The traditional scripting functionality in Windows is robust but the limitations start becoming obvious when you involve multiple remote systems. Enter Script Zombie.....(free).....
ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the game, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed! Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft's Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution's Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep's Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision's Gobliiins; Westwood Studios' The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts' SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more. You can find a thorough list with details on which games are supported and how well on the compatibility page. ScummVM is continually improving, so check back often. Among the systems on which you can play those games are Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Dreamcast, PocketPC, PalmOS, AmigaOS, BeOS, OS/2, PSP, PS2, SymbianOS/EPOC and many more.....(free).....
SE-Explorer is a free simple and powerful file manager for Windows. Main Features: Two file windows side by side, Enhanced search function, Tabbed interface, A lot of build-in viewers, Portable version available.....(free).....
SEAL is a 32-bit graphical user interface (GUI) for DOS. It supports many advanced features, such as a dynamic linking system (XDL), sound and other multimedia functions (SFA), multilingual support, and more! The minimum system requirements are as follows: A 486 processor or better, At least 8mb of RAM (you may be able to run SEAL with less, but it is not recommended), A video card which supports at least 640x480 resolution in 256 colours, although 16-bit colour is recommended. At least 1.6mb of hard disk space (more recommended). MS-DOS 3.0 or higher (or compatible - DR-DOS, PC-DOS and FreeDOS all work with SEAL).....(free).....
A utility to add Select All to the Explorer context menu.....(free).....
Utility that will send keys repeated to the computer.....(free).....
An enhancement of the Send To system menu. Send To "Folder..." sends a file or files to another folder, you will be shown a dialog box that lets you choose where the files should be copied. Send To "Clipboard (as name)" copies the name of the file or files to the clipboard.....(free).....
Sends selected text to a file and then opens that file in an external application. You can use the context menu or a shortcut.....(free).....
Sendtosendto is not really a program, just a tweak that allows you to very easily create new items in your send-to context menu, thus allowing you to send further items to the new send-to entry.....(freeware).....
Wide ranging list of services running in XP and what they do, whether they're necessary.....(free).....
This extension allows you to save the current state of Firefox (history, text data, cookies) and return to that state at any later moment. Besides the manually saved states, Session Manager automatically stores the current state in case of a crash. All sessions are stored in the "sessions" folder inside your profile directory and can be moved around as any other file. To get to that folder, simply select "Open Session Folder" in Session Manager's menu (might not work on all OSes). Finally, Session Manager also allows to reopen the 10 last closed windows and tabs.....(free).....
Utility that lets you set the date of one or more files. You can change all three dates (last write, creation and last access). Setdate works as a Windows shell extension, which adds a "Set date" option to all file context menus.....(free).....
Each time that you open a folder in Explorer, Windows automatically save the settings of this folder into the Registry. This utility displays the list of all folder settings saved by Windows. For each folder, the following information is displayed: The date/time that you opened it, the entry number, display mode (Details, Icons, Tiles, and so on...), the last position of the window, and the last size of the window .....(free).....
MiTeC Shell Extension Pack adds new items into system context menu for executables, music and image files and other useful menu items .....(free).....
Small utility that displays the list of static menu items that appear in the context menu when you right-click a file or folder on Windows Explorer, and allows you to easily disable unwanted menu items .....(free).....
Shell Tools is a collection of free Windows shell extensions and utilities. This package contains updated versions of our old shell extensions FontLoader, FileNote, RegisterEx, CopyURL and new ones, including nice control panel that allows you to control all the extensions in one place.....(free).....
The ShellExView utility displays the details of shell extensions installed on your computer, and allows you to easily disable and enable each shell extension .....(free).....
Shoot is a speech recognition program that translates your voice commands into arbitrary keystrokes. Perfect for commanding your AI buddies in your favorite flight simulator or FPS! Forget about having to memorize all those keyboard shortcuts, now you can just say what you want to happen. Although was created with games in mind it can be adapted to practically any program by creating an appropriate command profile. Shoot is similar to Game Commander and Gamevoice, but it is free for non-commercial use.....(free).....
Utility that allows you to set up replacement text or paragraphs for any given number of user defined keystrokes. ShortKeys monitors the keyboard activity on a global nature and anytime a user defined keystroke combination is typed in, it will be replaced with the replacement text.....(free version).....
Shortcut Key Explorer helps you manage the list of shortcut keys you have loaded on your computer. Simply run Shortcut Key Explorer and it will automatically load the existing shortcut keys and display them in an easy to read list. From this list you can double-click on any item and edit the properties of the Windows shortcut. This is great for troubleshooting duplicate shortcut keys or shortcut keys you did not even know existed.....(free).....
When ShortPopUp is run, it scans its starting directory for all files, and then displays those in a popup menu from your taskbar.....(free).....
Shutdown, Power Off, Reboot, Log Off, Suspend or Hibernate -- all from a desktop shortcut or command line.....(free).....
A typical PC shutdown takes forever. Here are a bunch of Registry tweaks that reset Windows to close shop like it's late for the bus ride home. Keep in mind, any changes to the Registry can be troublesome, so you may want to make these alterations one or two at a time just to make sure they don't futz up the works (it'll also be easier to diagnose any problems that may arise). And for sure back up the Registry by creating a restore point before you begin.....(free).....
This addin SAFELY shuts down Microsoft Outlook 2000/XP/2003 when you exit the application rather than allowing it to remain running in the background eating up precious system resources. This recent update now includes the ability for force Outlook to shutdown via the shutdown progress dialog .....(free).....
Shutdown screensaver powers down the computer after 2 minutes from startup. It works on all versions of Windows. It can be very useful if it happens often to you to forget turning off your machine. It displays number of seconds left to shutdown. You can terminate the countdown by deactivating screensaver .....(free).....
Shutdown or restarts your computer automatically after the following criteria. - After a given time - After a given date+time - Because of the value of caption of a window - Because a process is running - Because a file exists - Because the cpu usage.....(free).....
SideSlide is an advanced, portable, unobtrusive, dockable, skinnable, instantly accessible, highly configurable Desktop Extension. Get instant access to everything you have. Dock SideSlide to any screen edge; browse through your favorite RSS news feeds, keep shortcuts to files, folders and URLs you frequently visit; execute various commands quicker than ever; add multiple notes; multiple, sizable, pictures; schedule reminders; save web snippets and more...Customize it to emphasize the things you use the most and make more information accessible without occupying precious screen space. By using containers you can shrink and fold, linking containers to actual folders on disk, launch groups that allow you to start multiple programs at once, shortcut tags, zooming in and out of shortcuts, news feed reader, keyboard navigation, different skins, different size pictures, picture containers and colored notes; SideSlide is designed to make a great deal of content instantly accessible. SideSlide is portable and you can use it from your USB drive.....(free).....
This application simply reads the given directory and its subdirectories, and produces an htm file based on a given template. The resulting file can be used to print out the contents of the folder, or as a sitemap of your website. Note: this program can't read your website online, it also doesn't understand external URLs.....(free).....
Allows you to resize any window to an exact, predefined size. This is extremely useful when designing web pages, as it allows you to see how the page will look when viewed at a smaller size. The utility is also handy when compiling screen-shots for documentation, using Sizer allows you to easily maintain the same window size across screen grabs.....(free).....
SlickRun is a 32-bit floating command line utility for Windows. Occupying less than 1.5% of a 800x600 display, SlickRun gives you almost instant access to any program on your computer. SlickRun allows you to create command aliases, so C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe becomes Mail. Enter a web URL into SlickRun and it will launch your browser and navigate to the specified address. Jot a note, look up a definition... SlickRun does it all.....(free).....
Flexbeta SlipstreamerXP is an application that will slipstream any Windows XP or Office XP Service Pack into your installation files. It has currently been tested to work for all Windows XP and Office XP Service Packs up to SP2 (SP2 1213 for Windows XP). Unattended install. ISO creator. Friendly graphic user interface.....(free).....
The primary cause of slow or unstable PC performance is disk fragmentation. IObit SmartDefrag helps defragment your hard drive more efficiently than any other product on the market ?? free or not. Features of this powerful, award-winning defragmenter program include: An "Install It and Forget It" feature that works automatically and quietly in the background on your computer. The ability to constantly keep your hard drive safe, error-free and running at its top speed and optimum performance. Eliminates slow downs, freeze-ups and crashes.....(free).....
Make your PC run faster and ensure problem-free operation, protect your security and recover lost data with the only software suite you'll ever need! Fix your computer yourself and make it load and run faster in a few easy steps. Clean up registry errors and take care of viruses and spyware, ensure your personal privacy and recover deleted files. Do all that and more with Smart PC Suite.....(free).....
Smooth Program Scheduler will start any program you want at a scheduled time. It can perform both one-time and recurring tasks.....(free).....
SMP Seesaw is a small utility for dual-CPU workstations that allows the user to finely tune how Windows balances the processing load between the two CPUs.....(free).....
Lets you right-click by holding down the left mouse button. Useful for touch-screen portables that don't have an actual mouse button, or if you just want an old-school 1-button mouse experience .....(free).....
Spacetornado Killer is a free Windows utility that allows you to kill multiple running Windows processes at once, with one click of a button.....(free).....
SparkleXP is an application designed to tweak Windows XP and improve its performance. It helps freeing up computer resources resulting in a faster and responsive computer. This tool creates a second Hardware Profile and a correlative new User to get a lightweight desktop. You can choose to boot into your regular or SparkleXP configuration at startup .....(free).....
Restarts your pc and runs defrag program only, which optimizes defragmentation speed and also it automatically shuts down your pc after completion... So just before going to bed switch it on and in the morning you'll find your hard disk defragged and pc shutdown.....(free).....
If you need a tool that can change your computer's fan speeds, read the temperatures of your motherboard and your hard disk, read voltages and fan speeds and check the status of your hard disk using S.M.A.R.T. or SCSI attributes, then you came to the right place. SpeedFan is the software to go. It is fully configurable and you can create custom events to handle every situation in an automated way. SpeedFan works under Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Vista. SpeedFan works fine on Vista 64 bit too. The relevant driver is now signed with my digital certificate. And this all costs you absolutely nothing.....(free).....
Windows Vista is a rather heavy operating system with many neat features, but unfortunately they all come at a price. Right out of the box it requires a pretty hefty system to run (arguably)......(free).....
If you're unhappy with the speed of Vista on a machine where Windows XP used to scream, these tips will help .....(free).....
SplashKiller lets you hide those splash screens that appear when a Windows application is loading.....(free).....
sqlDESKTOP can help you organize documents, WEB pages, database queries, multimedia data on CD ROM or DVD, etc..as easily as in an ordinary office environment. With sqlDESKTOP you can place related documents in the same binder even if some are computer files and others INTERNET Web sites or database queries. You can arrange by project, by department or whatever makes sense to you. sqlDESKTOP doesn't tell you how to organize, it lets you do things your own way .....(free).....
Squeezer compresses executable files, which remain runnable, as well as text and HTML files. Good Performance. The compressed files will not flag as virus-infected. Multiple instances of a compressed executable file will not create multiple instances of the code in memory. It doesn't add any extra messages to the compressed files. Free up your HD by squeezing your files .....(free).....
Incredible command line reference for Windows, Linux, OS X, and Oracle.....(free).....
StartJob is an utility that lets you start an application with limited available memory. It allows you to simulate how an application would run in a limited memory environment. Another interesting feature is the ability to look how much CPU time an application is using over time. This can be useful to help you optimize your code. .....(free).....
Do you constantly finding yourself using regedit to remove applications from start up? This program is for you. WheresJames Startup Manager runs in your system tray, it enables you to quickly enable/disable programs that start when windows does. It shows you the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 'Run' and 'RunOnce' keys, the HKEY_CURRENT_USER 'Run' and 'RunOnce' keys, also the Common Startup and User Startup folders. The nice thing is it allows you to 'toggle applications on and off' by clicking them (Hint: Right click items to enable/disable them without the menu dissapearing). You will see a green check beside applications that will start up with windows. A red 'X' means that program is disabled. You don't have to worry about the details on this one, it is a simple to use tool.....(free).....
Can you learn another language in the time it takes for your machine to boot? Do you turn on your PC when you go to bed, so it's finished booting by the time you get home from work the next day? When Windows loads it's Startup file, it attempts to load every program in there at the same time. Therefore if you have quite a lot of programs starting when Windows starts, each program will try and grab CPU time so that it can load. If each program tries to do this at the same time, you soon notice the slow down that occurs, due to your CPU trying to help all the programs to load, and your hard disk accessing multiple files. Startup Delayer allows you to setup how many seconds after Windows has started, to load each program.....(free).....
Startup Inspector for Windows helps the user to manage startup applications. Plus, you can check your startup programs against more than 3,900 known programs in the database to tell you whether a program is necessary to the system or is spyware. Scans all startup programs and provides you with background information on the program. Remove harmful programs like spyware, virus, dialers, and make your system healthier. Remove unnecessary programs like reminders and monitors, and improve your systems performance.....(free).....
There are several programs running on your computer right now doing nothing useful. Just hogging precious memory and CPU cycles. WheresJames Startup Manager will allow you to view the programs that start with Windows and disable or delete them if you like .....(free).....
StatBar is a freeware system status bar which allows you to quickly get an overview of your system's condition (memory, CPU, uptime, and much more). Lots of features and configurations.....(free).....
Disk utility collects numerous disk statistics for your personal computer or network drives. The easy to use tabbed interface provides quick and valuable information on file types, creation dates, file ages, age distribution, file size distribution, wasted space, and more. All data is presented in attractive 3d graphs or in text grids for exact numbers. Works over multiple disk drives.....(free).....
Steel Run-As helps you in executing audit commands or any kind of application which runs properly when run only with administrator privileges without having to give the user full rights to his machine. For example "Some CD writing" applications run properly only when run in administrator mode or with any other username with those credentials. Steel Run-As lets you give access to the user to run that application with administrator credentials without making him into a administrator equivalent account. Steel Run-As supports file CRC checking. This ensures the credibility of the target program. Misuse of the targeted program is not allowed. Steel Run-As outputs a single executable ".exe" and does not need any installation in the target machine. Steel Run-As also doesn't need any extension through command line.....(free).....
StickyFront is an invaluable tool for Win32 based systems which allows you to "stick" a window to the front of other windows. It is suitable for Windows 95 or Windows NT (Win32 v4 or later) and will run on a 486DX2 or better with 16Mb RAM or more. It is currently on alpha release, which means many bits of it don't work yet or properly (especially on Win95). However, instead of it being shareware (as the full release will be) this alpha version is freeware .....(free).....
Control programs that start with Windows .....(free).....
Utility that reveals file streams with Windows NT 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003 or Vista. Stream Explorer will show you the number of streams in each file as they are listed per folder. When you select a directory entry, Stream Explorer will list all the streams in that entry, and you can see their type, their size and contents. The unnamed stream is shown as . This new version 1.0.3 will show streams in folders as well, with thanks to J?rgen G?rtner for pointing out that folders can also contain streams.....(free).....
StrokeIt is an advanced mouse gesture recognition engine and command processor. What is a mouse gesture? Mouse gestures are simple symbols that you "draw" on your screen using your mouse. When you perform a mouse gesture that StrokeIt can recognize, it will perform the "action" associated with that gesture. In short, it's a nifty little program that lets you easily control programs by drawing symbols with your mouse.....(free).....
A rootshell for nt, 2k, or xp. Well, actually a shell that runs in the security context of the nt system authority, which means the user has the right to use task manager to kill running services. Yipee! Idea originally from some MS sample sourcecode from the MSDN, NT only, adapted to work on both 2000 and XP. Whole lotta fun! Note: You already need administrative (ie. debug) privileges to run it. The whole point is that you run a shell in the security context of the NT SYSTEM/AUTHORITY (the context a System service sees) not the context of an Administrator with GUI login. If that doesn't make sense to you, don't use supershell (Go to Downloads).....(free).....
This was the first comprehensive, step-by-step XP tweaking guide on the net. It's over 3 years old and continues to evolve.....(free).....
Designed to offer appealing and straightforward interface to files. Presents many innovations to make most common tasks easy to execute. Leverages Windows shell and shell extensions remaining as simple as possible. Go to "Code" .....(free).....
The Swiss Army Software is the Mother of All Tiny Applications. SWAZZ gives the best value for your kilobyte: 20+ nice functions embedded in 25 kilobytes. If you need any of the functions below, SWAZZ is the answer. * System Monitor * Tetris Game * Calculator * Temperature Converter * Command Prompt Shortcut * Browser Address Bar * Google Search Bar * Transparent Clock * Live Sunclock Wallpaper * Daylight Zone Simulator * Quick Menu Function * ODBC Ping Tool * Quick SQL Client * Quick Screenshot * Alarm Tool * Thermometer * Mail Notifier * Mail Previewer * LAN Messenger * PopUp Killer for IE * Desktop Painter * Map Services. The program is portable (no installation is needed), non-intrusive (smart user interface -- "miniface"), self-modifying (all the parametres are stored in the program itself) and it does not use the Windows registry .....(free).....
SwizzTool allows you to create personal reminders and automated tasks that can play a sound, display a message or launch a program at a specified date/time, weekday or after a countdown has elapsed. From the built in hotkey-editor you can create global hotkeys that can execute programs and alarms, hotkeys can also be set to control the volume among other things. SwizzTool also contains a memo to save notes. From this Memo you can also create new alarms and search on the Internet .....(free).....
One-Way Directory or File Synchronization Tool .....(free).....
Share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It's intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s). Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems. Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all.....(free).....
SysExporter utility allows you to grab the data stored in standard list-views, tree-views, list boxes, combo boxes, text-boxes, and WebBrowser/HTML controls from almost any application running on your system, and export it to text, HTML or XML file. Here's some examples for data that you can export with SysExporter: The files list inside archive file (.zip, .rar, and so on) as displayed by WinZip or 7-Zip File Manager. The files list inside a folder. The event log of Windows. The list of emails and contacts in Outlook Express. The Registry values displayed in the right pane of the Registry Editor. The data displayed by SysInternals utilities (Registry Monitor, File Monitor, Process Explorer, and others.).....(free).....
The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. The Suite is a bundling of the following selected Sysinternals Utilities:, AccessChk, AccessEnum, AdExplorer, AdRestore, Autologon, Autoruns, BgInfo, CacheSet, ClockRes, Contig, Ctrl2Cap, DebugView, DiskExt, DiskMon, DiskView, Disk Usage (DU), EFSDump, FileMon, Handle, Hex2dec, Junction, LDMDump, ListDLLs, LiveKd, LoadOrder, LogonSessions, NewSid, NTFSInfo, PageDefrag, PendMoves, PortMon, ProcessExplorer, Process Monitor, ProcFeatures, PsExec, PsFile, PsGetSid, PsInfo, PsKill, PsList, PsLoggedOn, PsLogList, PsPasswd, PsService, PsShutdown, PsSuspend, RegDelNull, RegJump, RegMon, RootkitRevealer, SDelete, ShareEnum, SigCheck, Streams, Strings, Sync, TCPView, VolumeID, WhoIs, WinObj, ZoomIt.....(free).....
The System Crash Monitor attempts to reduce the number of times Windows crashes. Of course, it fails miserably, but not before giving the user a laugh. This new version includes a comprehensive help file .....(free).....
SIW is an advanced System Information for Windows tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings and displays it in an extremely comprehensible manner. SIW can create a report file (CSV, HTML, TXT or XML), and is able to run in batch mode (for Asset Inventory Tracking, Computer (Software and Hardware) Inventory, PC Audit, Software Audit, Software License Compliance Management). The system information is divided into few major categories: Software: Operating System, Installed Software and Hotfixes, Processes, Services, Users, Open Files, System Uptime, Installed Codecs, Software Licenses (Product Keys / Serial Numbers / CD Key), Secrets (Password Recovery). Hardware: Motherboard, Sensors, BIOS, CPU, chipset, PCI/AGP, USB and ISA/PnP Devices, Memory, Video Card, Monitor, Disk Drives, CD/DVD Devices, SCSI Devices, S.M.A.R.T., Ports, Printers. Network: Network Cards, Network Shares, currently active Network Connections, Open Ports. Tools: Eureka! (Reveal lost passwords hidden behind asterisks), MAC Address Changer, Monitor Test, Shutdown / Restart. Real-time monitors: CPU, Memory, Page File usage and Network Traffic .....(free).....
System Snapshot is a program designed to immediately create restore points for the Windows XP System Restore utility .....(free).....
Allows you to modify the clock on the taskbar and the icon and letters on the start-button.....(free).....
Firefox extension - Tab Mix Plus enhances Firefox's tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager with crash recovery that can save and restore combinations of opened tabs and windows.....(free).....
Ever wanted to follow a log file or capture debug messages without having a debugger at hand? Then this product is for you! Featuring multiple types of monitors: file monitor, event log, syslog, OutputDebugString and coloring of lines based on regular expression rules. Docks to the top or bottom of your desktop like ICQ and other windows resize accordingly.....(free).....
A better command line - Enhanced CMD commands (Dir, Copy, etc), Flow Control (If-Then-Else, Do Loops, Switch, etc), Enhanced batch file commands (error traps, etc). TCC/LE is the free version.....(free).....
TapTap Hotkey Extender is a tiny super-efficient tray-based utility for keyboard fanatics. It monitors for certain unusual hotkey combinations not supported by most programs (like doubletap right shift key). When such hotkey combinations are detected, TapTap will simulate a normal hotkey that the user has configured. In this way, you can configure any of your programs to respond to these extended hotkey events as if they supported it natively. Thanks to our friends at
Ever wondered what hidden features applications installed on your computer have? Scratching your head with no clue of what are those tasks with cryptic name and no user interface running on your system? TaskPatrol gives you answers to these and many other questions. Free version.....(free).....
Solway's Task Scheduler is a small program which enables you to start other programs automatically, or play (say) music files, or run batch files, periodically and at pre-defined times. This program functions very well in combination with backup software, disk fragmenters, virus scanners and other regularly scheduled system maintanance utilities.....(free).....
TaskSwitchXP is an advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt+Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to. TaskSwitchXP also has a powerful process and window management capability that allows you quickly to close/minimize applications and their groups. The unique capabilities of TaskSwitchXP make it useful for tracking down multitudinous windows, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.....(free).....
Taskbar Button Manager is a simple utility that helps you arrange the buttons on your Windows taskbar in any way you want by using drag and drop. Moving your task buttons is very easy, no hotkey needed. In addition to drag and drop you can also use a special program window for moving the taskbar buttons. You can hide running programs too, so they don't show on your taskbar. The program works in all situations ? even when the taskbar buttons are grouped or when the taskbar is not located in the standard bottom area of the screen.....(free).....
Rearrange the buttons on your Windows taskbar by simply dragging and dropping them.....(free).....
Removes the entire taskbar from the current logged in user. Stops users from changing Taskbar properties. Stops users from accessing the Start Menu. Stops users from interfacing with icons in the system tray. Easy Setup/Implementation. Starts up from the Hkey_Current_User Run key or Hkey_local_Machine Run key. Runs hidden in the background.....(free).....
Render the TaskBar transparent and show it on mouseover .....(free).....
Lots of programming and computer science book in digital form... Linux, C+, Perl, Java, networking, much more.....(free).....
Tape Editor and COrector -- TECO, that grand old text editor your father used when he was young, is still available! It is powerful and compact precursor to EMACS and has a completely nongraphical user interface. This is based on Pete Siemsen's TECOC implementation, and comes with a copy of the original DECUS TECO documentation .....(free).....
TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing the user a lot of features: Copy files faster. TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives. Pause and resume file transfers. Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click. Error recovery. In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skips the file, not terminating the entire transfer. Interactive file list. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files. Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual. Full Unicode support.....(free).....
Replace text in multiple files in a single operation. Make backup copies of your original files, select case sensitive or insensitive searches, or choose between replacing whole or partial text strings .....(free).....
Inserts text in a document when a hotkey is pressed. You have 3 texts with one hotkey for each text. (Go to Utilities).....(free).....
If you are in technology, you should understand the peculiar predicted tech phenomenom known as the singularity. It sort of turns the Turing Test inside out, if you know what I mean. A special report from IEEE Spectrum Magazine .....(free).....
The first kernel and shell. Shell City, and yes, the Roswell connection......(free).....
They're rarely helpful. Actually, they usually add insult to injury. But what would computing be without 'em? Herewith, a tribute to a baker's dozen of the best (or is that worst?). .....(free).....
Timed Command is a program which allows the user to shutdown the computer, display a message box, enter a command (such as run a program, or play song), after a user specified amount of time. This program is useful for turning the computer off in the middle of the night, after a long download, for timing cooking, and other various tasks......(free).....
The way Tiny Watcher works is pretty simple: basically, it starts by taking a snapshot of important parts of your Windows system; then it tracks changes (every time you log in, or whenever you want to). When a change is detected, you are notified. For example, you will be notified if a program puts itself in the startup lists of your machine, or if files are modified/created in your Windows directory, etc. Tiny Watcher has been designed to work discreetly. You will barely notice it at logon time: the about box shows for less than 5 seconds, and a progression gauge displays briefly. Both of these windows being optional, Tiny Watcher can run completely silent. Most of the time, you will just forget that it's here. When a suspicious item is detected, however, you will be informed about it. You will be able to decide what to do about it (some items can be disabled or removed right away). For more details, see "The warning window" paragraph. .....(free).....
VERY NICE! This simple Shell Extension appears under the My Computer icon. It display the daily generated System event logs. It's a great tool for System Administrators to quickly get informed about what happend to your computer.....(free).....
Disables mouse and keyboard input.....(free).....
ToolBox is a beautiful application launcher with many amazing features. Easy to install, you can get going in minutes. It's drag & drop interface simply creates shortcuts to almost anything; applications, drives, folders, even simple files. Version 2, released in January 2003 uses some amazing colorful effects to paint ToolBox's backgrounds. This application has one of the most simplistic and beautiful user interfaces today.....(free).....
Toolbar (alias Rik's Toolbar) provides a way to add a customized floating toolbar to any application. When a button is pressed a pre-defined sequence of keystrokes is sent to the desired window. All options for the buttons and what they do may be altered within the configuration file. See the links for useful configurations submitted by users .....(free).....
Tooler is a unique program that allows you to create special type of shortcuts which allows you to easy accomplish such tasks as turning off the monitor, restarting your PC or ejecting selected CD-ROM tray. This program is very easy to use, requires no installation and the exe file has only 50KB - so you can take it wherever you'll need it. .....(free).....
Make use of all that space on your thumb drive -- 1. Boot a separate operating system, 2. Encrypt your drive, 3. Make a portable MP3 player, 4. Speed up or lock down Vista, 5. Never forget it, 6. Quick launch your workspace, 7. Assemble a PC repair kit, 8. Put on the DemocraKey "computer condom," 9. Sync your data, 10. Assign custom icons .....(free).....
Simple program, similar to unix's touch, changes the modified date of the files that are passed to it as arguments to the current time. Usage: by command line, or by dropping one or more files on to the executable's icon .....(free).....
Show disabled pictures in Internet Explorer by clicking them. It is possible to disable showing picture in Internet Explorer in order to make pages load faster and to save traffic. To show the picture you need after that, you have to right-click it, find and select the Show Picture item in the menu. And that?s for each picture. It is okay if you need one or two pictures, otherwise these operations will take a lot of effort, nerves and time ? now it will be enough just to click a disabled picture in order to show it.....(free).....
Systemwide Search from any application using the Global Context Menu.....(free).....
Make all windows but the active one transparent.....(free).....
This program helps you to manage your windows settings. You may set transparency of any window required. You may place any window to the top of others. Moreover you may disable input for any window. This gives you opportunity to do productive work with graphical and other programs using small and middle size displays. In additional, you may place any program in the windows system tray. This feature is very useful for power users, whoh have many programs running.....(free).....
Standalone system tray replacement.....(free).....
Tray Tools 2000 allows you to place up to 24 program icons in the Taskbar Tray. Program icons that you place there can be launched by simply clicking your mouse on them. To add new programs or modify existing items click your mouse on the small red toolbox icon displayed in the tray. You can also modify an existing program icon by right-clicking on it directly from the Taskbar Tray.....(free).....
Copy a directory structure without copying the files.....(free).....
Every hard disk is too small if you just wait long enough. TreeSize tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize is working. The space, which is wasted by the file system can be displayed and the results can be printed in a report. TreeSize is Mailware for Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP......(free).....
TrID is an utility designed to identify file types from their binary signatures. While there are similar utilities with hard coded rules, TriID has no such rules. Instead, it is extensible and can be trained to recognize new formats in a fast and automatic way. TrID has many uses: identify what kind of file was sent to you via e-mail, aid in forensic analysis, support in file recovery, etc. TrID uses a database of definitions which describe recurring patterns for supported file types. As this is subject to very frequent update, it's made available as a separate package. Just download both TrID and this archive and unpack in the same folder. The database of definitions is constantly expanding; the more that are available, the more accurate an analysis of an unknown file can be. You can help! Use the program to both recognize unknown file types and develop new definitions that can be added to the library. See the TrIDScan page for information about how you can help. Just run the TrIDScan module against a number of files of a given type. The program will do the rest. Because TrID uses an expandable database it will never be out of date. As new file types become available you can run the scan module against them and help keep the program up to date. Other people around the world will be doing the same thing making the database a dynamic and living thing. If you have special file formats that only you use, you can also add them to your local database, making their identification easier.....(free).....
Windows Firewall may be blocking a program or a service if programs do not respond to a client's request or client programs do not receive data from the server. If Microsoft Windows Firewall is blocking a port that is used by a service or by a program, you can configure the Windows Firewall to create an exception.....(free).....
A lot of information from various sources to help you find answers to the problems some users have with Windows XP. Also some commonly requested tweaks and tips to make XP work the way you want it to.....(free).....
Emulators and all the TRS-80 software you can download .....(free).....
Tired of your useless BIOS, that won't let you tweak your machine for maximum performance? Wishing you had a MR-BIOS, or even Award? This shareware program lets you tune your chipset, CPU and video card probably more than any 'real' BIOS. And using it is simple; you don't have to worry about 'flashing' your BIOS, you can run it from the DOS prompt! And you can change the settings on the fly! No need to reboot your machine......(shareware, $20 for full functionality. The purchased version will let you save your favourite settings to a file. Then you can run TweakBIOS in your autoexec.bat, and let it automatically load the settings each time you start your computer).....
IE 7 Search bar remover. Hide or Show the command bar. Hide or Show the main menu.....(free).....
In TweakNow WinSecret, the authors have gathered the most popular Windows registry settings and provide them for you in an easy and safe user interface.....(free).....
Tool to tweak scheduler settings in Windows 2000 / XP / 2003.....(free).....
Even though Microsoft do their best to lower the boot time with each successive release of the Windows OS, after a while things will tend to slow down a bit as more applications get set to load at start-up unnecessarily, whether you wanted them to or not. This guide will take you through configuring Windows 9x, Me, 2000 & XP to load as quickly as possible & also have the benefit of loading with more memory available for use.....(free).....
A guide to Tweak & Optimize Vista .....(free).....
Tweakomatic is a nifty new utility that writes scripts that enable you to retrieve and/or configure Windows and Internet Explorer settings. So what, you might say. Well, think about it. Because these are Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripts, they can be used to configure settings on remote computers. Need to change something on a remote computer? Then haul out Tweakomatic. And think about this: because Tweakomatic writes scripts, you could do something like run these scripts as logon or logoff scripts. In other words, you could quickly, easily, and automatically configure settings on any or all the computers in your organization.....(free).....
TXTcollector grabs all .txt files from the Windows directory of your choice and combines them into a new (larger) text file. This can come in handy: I use TXTcollector myself to grab a CD full of readme's to enable me to read them all in one go. Some users find this application perfect for combining their network log files.....(free).....
Types is a free and lightweight configuration utility for Windows XP and Vista that allows you to edit program associations, icons, context menus and other properties of various file types displayed in Windows Explorer .....(free).....
Wanna be stuck with that slow mouse forever? Typing is a necessary skill if you want to be a power user. See how you rate. Online test with instant results.....(free).....
UBCD4Win is a bootable recovery CD that contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem. Our goal is to be the most complete and easy to use free computer diagnostic tool. Almost all software included in UBCD4Win are freeware utilities for Windows.....(free).....
ubSpawn is a small and simple application to manage an unlimited number of files and folders for quick access. It's especially suited for portable applications on USB drives or mobile mediums. The program was inspired from the excellent program starter application PStart, so that users could switch easily to ubSpawn. In the future, ubSpawn will contain small helpers and some nice security features for working with portable applications on mobile drives more comfortable.....(free).....
Run your Linux applications on Windows. Enjoy the power of your Linux applications on Windows without the need to reboot! With Ulteo Virtual Desktop, you just have to run the application you need to use from the Ulteo panel and its window will show up like any other Windows application. You save time because you can have both Windows and Linux applications integrated into a single desktop. Additionally, the Ulteo Virtual Desktop is a safe and virus-free place. It will even self-upgrade regularly with latest version of the system and its applications. Thanks to
Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a freeware Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application to customize your Windows Vista to meet your requirements. With judicious tweaking, It can make your system faster, more stable, and more secure with just a few mouse clicks. The tweaker detects whether you have IE 7 or IE 8 installed and accordingly offers you the relevant tweaks only. This Tweaker was released at the Microsoft South Asia MVP Meet 2008.....(free).....
Helps you unassociate a file type quickly in your Windows Vista computer. Windows Vista does not provide a GUI option to unassociate file types .....(free).....
Have you ever wanted a Windows CD that would install Windows by automatically putting in your name, product key, timezone and regional settings? And have it merged with the latest Service Pack to save time? Followed by silently installing all your favorite applications along with DirectX 9.0c, .Net Framework 1.1 and then all the required hotfixes, updated drivers, tweaks, and a readily patched UXTheme without any user interaction whatsoever? Then this guide will show you how you can do just that.....(free).....
Undelete Plus is a quick and effective way to retrieve accidentally deleted files, files removed from the Recycle Bin, in a DOS window, from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down. Undelete Plus works under Win 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista operating systems. The program supports all Windows file systems for hard and floppy drives including FAT12/16/32,NTFS/NTFS5 and image recovery from CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Secure Digital cards. For a limited time Undelete Plus is FREE Software for general non-commercial use.....(free).....
Automatically hide a window's buttons and other controls .....(free).....
Small utility to hide or show any window on your desktop.....(free).....
Universal Extractor is a program do to exactly what it says: extract files from any type of archive, whether it's a simple zip file, an installation program, or even a Windows Installer (.msi) package. This is still a work in progress (see details below), but so far it's proven quite useful and I feel others can also benefit from it. This application is not intended to be a general purpose archiving program. It will never replace WinRAR, 7-Zip, etc. What it will do is allow you to extract files from virtually any type of archive, regardless of source, compression method, etc. (Go to Software menu).....(free).....
Unknown Devices helps you find what those unknown devices in Device Manager really are. By checking Device Manager for unknown devices and extracting information from it, this program attempts to figure out what the device is. You might not have to open your case or look up random numbers off of PCI cards to figure out what they are.....(free).....
Unname removes the name of a file, leaving only the extension. Since Windows hides certain extensions (namely LNK and URL), removing the name of such a file would leave it nameless, or unnamed. This is ideal for completely hiding the filename of a shortcut on the desktop.....(free).....
According to the author, "Microsoft has never released a service pack for Windows98 SE. But I made a Service Pack for Windows98 SE users. It contains all Windows98 SE updates from Windows Update site and more. It is a self-extracting and self-installing pack like Microsoft's update files. Thus, you cannot choice files individually. However, the pack installs only required fixes for your system. Uninstallation is possible from Add-Remove Programs. However, I don't recommend uninstallation of the pack, if you don't have any problem. This is only for WINDOWS 98 SECOND EDITION ENGLISH. I highly recommend that you should backup your system before installing the pack. It contains only operating system updates. It does NOT contain Internet Explorer 6, DirectX 9, Media Player 9 and their updates" .....(free).....
Recovers files from disks with physical damage. Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data. The program will attempt to recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. Using this method most types of files can be made useable even if some parts were not recoverable in the end.....(free).....
Port of the most important GNU utilities to Windows .....(free).....
Find any file located in your local area network just per a single mouse click - without installing any software - just using your favorite browser.....(free).....
USB AutoRunner is the ultimate add on for anyone who uses USB drives. With USB AutoRunner you can have applications or documents autorun when you insert your USB device. When you insert your USB device into a computer your chosen application or file will automatically open. The following list shows some example usage for USB AutoRunner: Autorun your Contacts, To Do List, Applications etc., Autorun Word, PowerPoint, Excel files, Autorun a picture, Autorun video, music files or playlists, Optionally launches when Windows starts, Very low memory usage.....(free).....
USBDeview is a small utility that lists all USB devices that currently connected to your computer, as well as all USB devices that you previously used. For each USB device, exteneded information is displayed: Device name/description, device type, serial number (for mass storage devices), the date/time that device was added, VendorID, ProductID, and more... USBDeview also allows you to uninstall USB devices that you previously used, and disconnect USB devices that are currently connected to your computer. You can also use USBDeview on a remote computer, as long as you login to that computer with admin user .....(free).....
When you have many things to save and share but you have a limited number of USB Flash Drives, you will need to backup the information and restore it when needed. This is where the Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager application can help you. The Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager will help you backup and restore presentation, pictures, songs and applications from and to USB Flash Drive devices and take them with you. The application can also help you to classify and name USB Flash Drives images (for instance "My network configuration" or "The pictures for my grandma") and lets you see this name whenever the USB Flash Drive is plugged into the computer .....(free).....
USB Image Tool can create images of USB memory sticks and MP3 players, that are mounted as USB drives. It allows you switch between images with different music styles on your MP3 Player or to make an exact backup image of your USB Stick.....(free).....
USBDLM is a Windows service that gives control over Window's drive letter assingment for USB drives. Running as service makes it independent of the logged on user's privileges, so there is no need to give the users the previlege to change drive letters. It automatically solves conficts between USB drives and network or subst drives of the currently logged on user. Furthermore you can define new default letters for USB drives and much more.....(free).....
Some of the outstanding recent developments in the field of user experience design. Most techniques may seem very futuristic, but they are reality. And in fact, they are extremely impressive. Keep in mind: they can become ubiquitous over the next years .....(free).....
The User Mode Process Dumper (userdump) dumps any running Win32 processes memory image on the fly, without attaching a debugger, or terminating target processes.....(free).....
The User Profile Hive Cleanup service helps to ensure user sessions are completely terminated when a user logs off. System processes and applications occasionally maintain connections to registry keys in the user profile after a user logs off. In those cases the user session is prevented from completely ending. This can result in problems when using Roaming User Profiles in a server environment or when using locked profiles as implemented through the Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP. On Windows 2000 you can benefit from this service if the application event log shows event id 1000 where the message text indicates that the profile is not unloading and that the error is "Access is denied". On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 either event ids 1517 and 1524 indicate the same profile unload problem. To accomplish this the service monitors for logged off users that still have registry hives loaded. When that happens the service determines which application have handles opened to the hives and releases them. It logs the application name and what registry keys were left open. After this the system finishes unloading the profile .....(free).....
Straightforward, step by step help guide explaining how to use it with a minimal amount of disk space, what it does and how it works. System Restore can return your system to an earlier state if problems are caused by a program you installed, malicious web sites, recovery of deleted files even after you've emptied the Recycle Bin, a corrupted Registry as well as many other common problems. By using it regularly you'll always be able to fix a problem in minutes. The article is available for viewing online and as a downloadable Help file (.chm) for installation on your PC.....(free).....
4 virtual desktops: 3 normal virtual desktops and one where all the windows appear.....(free).....
Use a hidden XP utility called Verifier to help verify a driver will work .....(free).....
Software lies about the version of Window to other software. It will tell the other software it is running under Windows XP SP8......(free).....
VICE is a program that runs on Unix, Windows, OS X and many other machines and executes programs intended for the old 8-bit computers. The current version emulates the C64, the C128, the VIC20, almost all PET models, the PLUS4 and the CBM-II (aka C610). .....(free).....
Viewer can be used to view as text or hex any file of almost any size - up to millions of lines. It is designed to cope with DOS and UNIX type lines and includes search features and the ability to save as a text file any segment of the source file. The file opens in the background so that there is no waiting and the file is visible within a second of opening it.....(free).....
ViOrb automatically replaces your start button with one that looks the same as Vista's start orb. So you can get the Vista feel and look for Windows XP. Just download ViOrb, extract the ViOrb OneStep executable and then double click it.....(free).....
Emulation of the Nasa Apollo guidance computer, along with some ancillary items needed to make the emulation do something interesting.....(free).....
Virtual appliances for Virtual machines like VMware Player, VMware Server, and VMware Workstation. These enable you to run a 'computer' inside your computer. To make this work you need to build appliances which works within the vitual machine.....(free).....
VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. Some of the features of VirtualBox are: Modularity. VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-defined internal programming interfaces and a client/server design. This makes it easy to control it from several interfaces at once: for example, you can start a virtual machine in a typical virtual machine GUI and then control that machine from the command line, or possibly remotely. VirtualBox also comes with a full Software Development Kit: even though it is Open Source Software, you don't have to hack the source to write a new interface for VirtualBox. Virtual machine descriptions in XML. The configuration settings of virtual machines are stored entirely in XML and are independent of the local machines. Virtual machine definitions can therefore easily be ported to other computers. Guest Additions for Windows and Linux. VirtualBox has special software that can be installed inside Windows and Linux virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window). Shared folders. Like many other virtualization solutions, for easy data exchange between hosts and guests, VirtualBox allows for declaring certain host directories as "shared folders", which can then be accessed from within virtual machines .....(free).....
Microsoft has an unsupported Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP. It contains no setup (only instructions) and the interface is quite basic. But the software does its job very well.....(free) UPDATED LINK
Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive. Probably the best virtual drive software, Virtual CloneDrive allows you to enjoy the freedom of a virtual drive and is completely free .....(free).....
Use Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run multiple operating systems at the same time on the same physical computer. Switch between virtual machines with the click of a button. Use virtual machines to run legacy applications, provide support, train users, and enhance quality assurance. Virtual PC lets you create separate virtual machines on your Windows desktop, each of which virtualizes the hardware of a complete physical computer. Use virtual machines to run operating systems such as MS-DOS, Windows, and OS/2. You can run multiple operating systems at once on a single physical computer and switch between them as easily as switching applications?instantly, with a mouse click. Virtual PC is perfect for any scenario in which you need to support multiple operating systems, whether you use it for tech support, legacy application support, training, or just for consolidating physical computers.....(free).....
Take any foreground window to maximum available virtual screen size - that is - it will even maximize across multiple monitors.....(free).....
Easily navigate your file system with breadcrumbs. Traditionally a path is separated with forward slashes. When a user wants to navigate to a sub folder inside the path, he would need to break up the path or simply retype. Breadcrumbs break up paths into logical clickable and easy to access folder objects. So you simply click the folder you wish to move up to. Also each folder object is a hybrid drop down menu that populates sub folders of the parent folder object. Perhaps the most highly regarded feature of Vista is its glass user interface. ViSplore by default uses a Vista glass style skin designed by WindowsX. .....(free).....
Practical working solutions to resolve some of the common Vista annoyances.....(free).....
Enter several first letters of the program you need to run into the Deskbar. Faster than minimizing all windows on the screen and double-clicking on the desktop icon of that program .....(free).....
Have you realised Vista is slower than XP. This may be a solution to your problem. With vista sprint you are able to improve your system performance. Through a series of manual steps, your vista system will be faster than your old XP system. Vista sprint makes your pc faster than a cheatah, swifter than light, the best part of it is that its totally free.....(free).....
Vista Start Menu is the convenient alternative to the plain Start menu you find in Windows XP and Windows Vista. The program uses your cognitive abilities (visual memory, reflexes,etc.); however, while it is easily understandable for beginners, it is also highly efficient for experienced users. Go ahead and try replacing your Start menu right now! It is safe because Vista Start Menu does not change your system settings, thus making it easy to install, as well as simple to remove .....(free).....
Vista4Experts is kind of a treat for computer experts who don't want security center notifications, User Account Control dialogs, automatic Windows Defender scannings, automatic update installations (which cause you to reboot your system if you don't react quickly enough). People who want MSDN (or google) set as default search engine in the Internet Explorer search bar, who want the start menu power button to shut down the system instead of hibernating it, etc. These and many more fixes are included in Vista4Experts. All of these changes can be discarded, enabled or reversed. Vista4Experts is the first expert utility of its kind and works on every platform .....(free).....
VisualCron is replacement for Windows' integrated task scheduler and has more features and flexibility. VisualCron is based on the Unix/Linux version of cron. Above all, the interface of VisualCron is very easy to use.....(free).....
Windows Vista from Microsoft takes a lot of resources, we all know that. So here is the tool for easy removal of the unwanted components in order to make Vista run faster and to your liking. vLite can also create the bootable ISO and apply the tweaks directly. This tool doesn't use any kind of hacking, all files and registry entries are protected as they would be if you install the full version only without the components you select for the removal. It configures the installation directly, before the installation, meaning you'll have to remake the ISO and reinstall it. This method is much cleaner, not to mention easier and more logical than doing it after installation on every reinstall.....(free).....
Convert Physical Machines to Virtual Machines ? Free! Use the intuitive wizard-driven interface of VMware Converter to convert your physical machines to virtual machines. VMware Converter quickly converts Microsoft Windows based physical machines and third party image formats to VMware virtual machines. It also converts virtual machines between VMware platforms. Automate and simplify physical to virtual machine conversions as well as conversions between virtual machine formats with VMware Converter. Convert Microsoft Windows based physical machines and third party image formats to VMware virtual machines. Complete multiple conversions .....(free).....
Begin enjoying the benefits of server virtualization with the free VMware Server. VMware Server installs on any existing server hardware and partitions a physical server into multiple virtual machines by abstracting processor, memory, storage and networking resources, giving you greater hardware utilization and flexibility. Streamline software development and testing and simplify server provisioning as you utilize the ability to "build once, deploy many times." .....(free).....
Originally written as a launcher app for VNC sessions onto other machines, VNCHelper is able to launch any application, URL, file or folder. It's as small on your screen as possible, and remembers where it's placed.....(free).....
A scalable, stable and secure patch management framework for MS based applications and operating systems. With this product a company or university can build a solution that provides a provision-able desktop client that interacts with a single or multi-tiered WSUS architecture. This solution also allows for delegated access to client patch status (with 4 supported levels of delegation), a robust web reporting mechanism with six included default reports, and a data rollup feature that allows both strongly and weakly coupled WSUS servers to act in a collective reporting process.....(free).....
This command line program waits until the file, specified as a parameter, can be opened exclusively. It can be used in .bat files if you want to process, such as copy, delete and so forth, a file that is currently opened by another program. WaitForFile will wait indefinitely until it can open the requested file.....(free).....
You've never used the caps lock key on purpose, you've never needed it. You've accidentally pushed the key at least a thousand times. Now use wanocaps, the capslock terminator. It's not really a program, it?s actually a registry adjustment.....(free).....
Energy tracking and management software for Windows 9x, 2000, XP, NT. This is a freeware product that will manage stand-by mode, and track your energy savings when your computer monitor is in stand-by mode.....(free).....
A simple, freeware date calculator for Windows. Enter a date and interval and press calculate to find any date in the future or past. What Date will recognize any date format which Windows can understand (date formats as set in Control Panel). .....(free).....
Whistler Msgina is a replacement msgina.dll (shutdown screen) for XP, based on Windows Whistler.....(free).....
WhoCrashed allows you to find out which drivers were responsble for crashing your computer without requiring any debugging skills. WhoCrashed is a comprehensible crash dump analysis tool. Whenever a computer running Windows suddenly reboots without displaying any notice or blue screen of death, the first thing that is often thought about is a hardware failure. In reality, most crashes are caused by malfunctioning device drivers and kernel modules. In case of a kernel error, most computers running Windows do not show a blue screen unless they are configured to do so. Instead these systems suddenly reboot without any notice.....(free).....
WhyReboot is a small (~60KB) Windows application that displays a list of pending file operations that will occur after rebooting your computer.....(free).....
The Widget Program Manager will take a snapshot of your system at the time the program first starts. This snapshot will show all of the processes, modules, and threads that are running on your PC. You will be able to end a process, reboot your PC, and shut down your PC. You will also be able to view the CPU usage, memory load, and monitor other items on your PC in real time.....(free).....
Widgipedia is a site dedicated to web widgets and desktop widgets. You'll find here widgets for all platforms that you can use in your web pages or on your desktop and a great community of widgipals. Web widgets, desktop widgets, widget resources, samples, tutorials.....(free).....
WinBubble will help you to Customize and Tweak your Windows Vista easily. Its features cover Customization, Security and Optimization .....(free).....
WinBuilder is a script engine that will run projects developed by several authors which produce very efficient boot disks available for several windows platforms.....(free).....
An easy way to delete any or all of the following: Recent Documents MRU list, Temporary Files folder, Cookies folder, IE History, IE Temporary Internet Files, Any others, if you add them yourself, What's different from all the other batch files. It just takes one doubleclick from within Windows. , Then next time you reboot (and only the next time, until you choose to run it again) all that stuff will get deleted. You don't need to have an Autoexec.bat file, nor muck about with the Registry. And because it runs under Windows it uses Windows' memory management too, even with Win9x, without needing to set a temporary SmartDrive cache in DOS.....(free).....
WinContig is an easy-to-use stand-alone defragmentation tool that doesn't create any installation directories or Registry entries on your computer. Its purpose is to quick defrag files without the need to defrag the whole disk. Its defragmentation and analysis engine is based on the standard Microsoft defragmentation API. In addition, WinContig allows you to group files into profiles, and also it accepts a number of optional command-line switches that you can use to control how the program operates. WinContig is an application designed for Windows 2000/XP operating systems. NOTE: WinContig has been tested only on NTFS file system. .....(free).....
WinExplorer is a utility that shows all system's windows in hierarchical display. For every window in the hierarchy, you can view its properties, like handle, class name, caption, size, position and more. You can also modify some properties, like Caption and Visible/Enable (Go to Freeware).....(free).....
Context menu extension lets you search files, search file names, determine sizes, attributes, lots more. For Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000 und Windows XP.....(free).....
WinGZip is an small utility for working with files in gzip format (usually it's files with .GZ or .TGZ extensions). It allows to compress any file into gzip format, decompress and test the integrity of already gzipped files.....(free).....
WinMac is a free program that allows Windows 95, 98, NT4, 2000, Me, and XP users to add a Macintosh-style menu bar to their system.....(free).....
Give Windows a personal look. Customize your computer to fit your needs: exchange icons, assign icons to any folder, change or modify windows elements, change start button text, start menu url and much more .....(free).....
WinMerge is an Open Source visual text file differencing and merging tool for Win32 platforms. It is highly useful for determing what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions.....(free).....
WinMover is an application for moving windows more comfortably with the the mouse in Windows. It is fully customizable and can mimic the behaviour of many window managers for UNIX and Linux. If you for example hold down the Alt-key, you can move or resize a window by pressing and dragging the mouse button anywhere in the window. WinMover can also snap the window to the border of the screen.....(free).....
Windows, in all its versions, has always had of the problems in the management of RAM, the Paging file and the Cache. This prog has a simple graphical interface, that displays use of RAM, Swap file and CPU, and just click the mouse in order to optimize, Use this carefully--it does alter your Windows registry.....(free).....
Add tabs to every program. A tabbed browser, tabbed putty, tabbed terminal or tabbed shell, tabbed anything. Multi tab your windows in seconds. A terminal or shell with tabs work faster and efficiently! Having multiple windows as tabs will give a better overview of your windows than before. Also having multiple ssh sessions by the click of a tab works faster and efficiently.....(free).....
WinTool is a powerful application that allows you to, basically, play around with windows and processes. WinTool allows you to kill, hide, tweak, show, change, and set options regarding windows that are open. It also allows you to view and kill processes that are currently running. WinTool is literally a beefed up version of the Windows tasklist, with many more functions and operations available to users. Use WinTool to change an application's title bar text. Is that window getting in the way? Easy - use WinTool to hide it. Or better yet, kill it - with WinTool. Too many applications running? Use Wintool to terminate all the ones that you don't need. How about processes? Terminate these as well to recover previously used system resources. Don't know where that window went? Use WinTool to find it, and move it back to where it is supposed to be. WinTool is versatile and has multitudes of uses in and around your desktop.....(free).....
Use WinTray to save valuable taskbar space. When the taskbar is clogged with multiple buttons for all those open windows, WinTray can be used to hide them as system tray icons, saving space. Easy access is provided to the hidden windows through hotkeys or their system tray icon (or both). WinTray can even be set to apply hotkeys and/or system tray icons when it starts up. Use WinTray to save you space and to hide windows from view when they're not needed.....(free).....
Compact program that lets you monitor your system and provides easy access to frequently used controls.....(free).....
This small program converts BIN CD images to ISO images. Files over 2GB are also no problem. When it comes to a quick convert, is exactly the WinBin2Iso conversion tool that you need. WinBin2Iso does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop, and can be carried on a small usb-stick or other memory device .....(free).....
WinContig is an easy-to-use stand-alone defragmentation tool that doesn't create any installation directories or Registry entries on your computer. Its purpose is to quick defrag files without the need to defrag the whole disk. Its defragmentation and analysis engine is based on the standard Microsoft defragmentation API. In addition, WinContig allows you to group files into profiles, and also it accepts a number of optional command-line switches that you can use to control how the program operates. WinContig is an application designed for Windows 2000/XP operating systems. NOTE: WinContig has been tested only on NTFS file system.....(free).....
WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows.....(free).....
WindowBlinds is a software utility that extends the Windows GUI to accept thousands of different looks and feels. WindowBlinds has been used for everything ranging from making one's desktop look "like a Mac", to integrating help desk features in corporations, to enhancing productivity, to branding, to just looking "cool". Today, WindowBlinds has an installed base of over 4 million users around the world. WindowBlinds works on all versions of Microsoft Windows, from Windows 98 on. It uses the built-in features of Windows to enhance its performance and make itself a seamless part of the operating system. In Windows XP, for example, Microsoft provides users with the ability to switch between different looks (or styles ? Windows Classic and Windows XP style). WindowBlinds takes advantage of this new architecture, in effect allowing users to add additional styles.....(shareware, $19.95 after trial -- no time-out on shareware version).....
Small utility to hide windows with a key press.....(free).....
Do you know what's running on your computer? Maybe not. The Window Watcher tells all, reporting every window created by every running program, whether the window is visible or not. You might be surprised to learn exactly what your computer is up to .....(free).....
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You can download the Windows 2000 Resource Kit software tools listed on this page for free and install them on your computer. These utilities can help you streamline administrative tasks such as managing Active Directory?, administering security features, working with Group Policy and Terminal Services, automating application deployment, and other important jobs.....(free).....
If you don't like Vista, you can try Windows 7. This beta expires in August 2009.....(free).....
A cool circular menu to start you apps on the desktop or sidebar .....(free).....
Windows Easy Transfer Companion enables you to automatically transfer your most important programs from your Windows XP-based PC to your new Windows Vista-based PC .....(free).....
Create Windows Error Messages. Fool your friends! Use one of the default icons, or use one from a special list .....(free).....
MS Windows Error Messages is a small utility that will allow you to look up MS Windows error code numbers and display a descriptive message explaining what the numeric code actually means. If you have software programs that produce numeric error codes now you can find out what they really mean. MS Windows Error Messages also provides a facility to display all of the error codes and messages defined for your version of MS Windows. MS Windows Error Messages will run on MS Windows Millenium Edition and 98 as well as MS Windows 2000 and 95/NT systems.....(free).....
Short history of Windows, from 1.01 (1985) to Vista (2007). Enjoy .....(free).....
Replacement file manager for Windows similar to Microsoft's Windows Explorer. It features many options that Windows Explorer is missing, and it has two fixed file views side by side (but can be changed to a single file view) that is useful when copying many files from folder to folder.....(free).....
WinHlp32.exe is required to display 32-bit Help files that have the .hlp file name extension. To view .hlp files on Windows Vista, you need to install this application......(free).....
The Windows Inspection Tool Set (WiTS) provides you with cross-linked, filtered views into a Windows system. View operating system information, processes, services, users, network interfaces and connections, file shares, printers and more. Get notified of system resource status, new network connections, process starts and exits, service status and other system events.....(free).....
When you are working on your computer and installing a new program, the installation suddenly fails. Now you are left with a partly installed program. You try to install the program again, but you are unsuccessful. Or, maybe you have problems trying to remove an old program because the installation files are corrupted. Windows Installer CleanUp Utility should be able to help.....(free).....
Set of utilities for Windows that provide additional window management services, Windows desktop and task bar management. The user can hide windows, make windows transparent, switch windows into the 'always on top' mode, etc. Utilities can be integrated into the shell. (Go to Desktop Utilities link).....(free).....
WindowsPager is a desktop-switcher-pager for Windows to manage virtual workspaces. It will integrate smoothly into the desktop panel .....(free).....
According to the author, "As a tech writer, one of my biggest pet peeves is the plethora of bad advice littered across almost every web site dedicated to system tweaking. Besides the tweaks that simply don't work, some of them will actually cause your computer to run even slower?or worse. Let's examine some of the most offensive myths out there regarding PC performance tweaking, and debunk them once and for all" .....(free).....
Windows Post-Install Wizard (WPI for short) is a hypertext application designed for giving users choices. While Windows XP offers many ways of customizing the setup process out of the box, its major drawback is the lack of being able to select which applications an end user may install. In the past, end users and administrators needed to either download the files manually, or create overly complex scripts that could only be used once. WPI allows you to create one image, which can then be custom configured, and optionally, automated, so that end users can install any applications.....(free).....
Windows PowerShell is a new task-based command line shell and intuitive scripting language for system administration that provides comprehensive control and automation for Windows administrators. Windows PowerShell makes administrators more productive by improving the manageability of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows. From Microsoft .....(free).....
The WinTasks Process Library contains information about all common Windows processes and is continously updated with new information. On this page you can find a subset of the most popular processes listed in WinTasks Process Library. The categories available online are: Security Risks, System Processes, and Applications.....(free).....
Rampant misinformation is understandable, because it is hard for the general consumer to find a simple yet comprehensive explanation of just what WPA is. This page tries to fill that gap by explaining WPA in a straightforward, detailed way.....(free).....
Read files containing Windows 9x,NT,2K,XP,2K3 registry hives. It extracts many useful information about configuration and windows installation settings of host machine. Registry hive can be exported into REGEDIT4 format. Every topic data can be saved to CSV. It's designed in Multiple Document Interface.....(free).....
Windows Sidebar Styler takes advantage of the new technologies introduced in Windows Vista in order to provide extensions to the existing functionality of Windows Sidebar. Custom styles allow for resizing and customizing the appearance of Windows Sidebar so that it fits other UI elements, such as the Aero Glass colorization or an actual third party theme. Designers could save their visual styles so that other Windows users could apply them. Designers would not necessarily create these files on Windows Vista - Windows Sidebar Styler is backward-compatible with legacy operating systems as well. Gadgets are mini applications managed by Windows Sidebar. They can now take full advantage of Windows Presentation Foundation - the powerful managed code-oriented framework for presenting rich visual compositions such as vector graphics, 3D drawing, animations and more. In addition to that, it could be used in conjunction with Windows Communication Foundation in order for the Gadgets to connect to services and provide frequently updated information.....(free).....
Managing shared computers can be difficult, technically challenging, time-consuming, and expensive. And what?s more, without system restrictions and protections, users can inadvertently change the desktop appearance, reconfigure system settings, and introduce unwanted software, viruses, and other harmful programs. Repairing damaged shared computers can require significant time and effort. User privacy is also an issue for shared computer environments. Shared computers often use shared user accounts that make Internet history, saved documents, and cached Web pages available to subsequent users. Windows SteadyState provides a more effective way to help defend shared computers from changes by untrusted users and unwanted software installations. It can also help safeguard system resources .....(free).....
Great idea.. WSCC is a free, portable program that allows you to view, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites. WSCC is only an interface, you need to download and install the utilities separately. Alternatively, WSCC can use the http protocol to download and run the programs. Windows Sysinternals Suite (including support for Sysinternals Live service), NirSoft Utilities.....(free).....
Desktop Central provides a set of free Windows tools that Windows Administrators might require on an day-to-day basis. It has a set of five tools, viz: Wake on LAN, GPO Update, Shutdown/Restart Tool, Software Inventory Tool, and Join/Unjoin Computer Tool. This is very handy as it can be performed on multiple computers simultaneously. These tools are made available from the Desktop Central family and is provided as a separate download, which is absolutely free to use.....(free).....
Allows creation of a bootable ISO image with integration of service packs, creation of user accounts, integration of drivers, hotfixes, patches, software.....(free).....
Microsoft Windows User State Migration Tool version 3.0.1 migrates user files and settings during deployments of Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista. USMT captures files and settings from the source computer and then migrates them to a new Windows installation.....(free).....
Tips and tricks to speed up and configure Vista .....(free).....
Power tool that lets you tweak and optimize your Windows Vista operating system and already one of the most popular Tweaking and Optimizing Tool on the Internet. It has some great new features and over 60 tweaks that you can individually apply to tweak and optimize your Windows Vista system without having the knowledge of registry and system settings.....(free).....
Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows XP, has been out for some time now. While it's still new in terms of an OS, it's been around long enough to have accumulated some dust on your PC. In other words, it's time for a cleaning.....(free).....
Registry fixes, utilities, illustrations and tweaks.....(free).....
This tool collection can be used to exit Windows from the command line. The zip archive contains several independent executables: Shutdown.exe, ReBoot.exe, LogOff.exe, Shutdown_Force.exe, ReBoot_Force.exe, etc. Go to Freeware .....(free).....
WinGZip is an small utility for working with files in gzip format (usually it's files with .GZ or .TGZ extensions). It allows to compress any file into gzip format, decompress and test the integrity of already gzipped files.....(free).....
Make a window roll into its title bar, send it to the back or make it stay on top. Minimize, maximize or close all visible windows, including minimizing to the tray area. Make a window translucent on Windows 2000 or above. WinRoll is lovingly hand-crafted in 100% pure assembly language to give the fastest response and the smallest memory footprint. WinRoll is proudly a FREEWARE and OPEN SOURCE application .....(free).....
Move windows automatically to a predefined place. Resize width and/or height. Moving OR changing size possible. Supports text contained in titles (like "Notepad") to identify window. One hotkey for all functs. Multi language support/Handbook .....(free).....
Click the icon, a menu is displayed. Drag a menu option on-top of any window to perform the specified remaking operation on that window. Options are, topmost, non-topmost, close window, terminate window, translucent, minimize window, maximize window, show window normal, hide window, enable window, and disable window. There is a feature for viewing window information and you can capture a window to disk as a bitmap. You can specify child windows, and the application can be set to run each time Windows starts .....(free).....
WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to separate your screen into two, three or four portions... Especially suitable for high-end LCD screens with high resolutions, Your screen is split so that you are able to display up to 6 non overlaping windows at the same time.....(free).....
In the recesses of your computer, 20-30 invisible processes run silently in the background. Some hog system resources, turning your PC into a sluggish computer. Worse yet, other useless processes harbour spyware and Trojans - violating your privacy and giving hackers free reign on your computer. WinTasks Process Library is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to know the exact purpose of every single process .....(free).....
Windows User Console gives access to a large number of Windows functions from one GUI. The main form is divided into six areas: Menu, Internet, Internet Utilities, Office, Accessories, and Settings.....(free).....
WipeDir is a utility designed for use by developers to facilitate the removal of directories that may contain open files. Though intended for use as part of uninstall methods, it may have other applications. Features include: Two versions, GUI and console. Several options controlled by command-line switches. If unable to delete a directory immediately, it waits for up to five seconds for other applications to close. If still unable to delete the directory, it can instruct Windows to delete the directory when next restarted.....(free).....
A Windows gizmo with commands to modify or manage shutdown, audio, connections, screensaver, more.....(free).....
Utility serves a number of purposes: keyboard shortcuts, save and restore clipboards, customize icon display, type special characters.....(free).....
Decodes Scripts encoded with the Microsoft Script Encoder.....(free).....
WTask allows you to to hide the Task bar of Windows. This option is not present from Control Panel, yet may be useful in some cases. By hiding this Task Bar, you no longer have access to the small icons in the Tray, nor to applications lodging in the Task bar, or even to the Start menu unless your keyboard is set to activate it (e.g., through the Windows key).....(free).....
WTF (What's This File) is a simple method of checking what's running on your machine, researching any Task found, and then ending the Task if required. Best of all, unlike many tools in it's class, you don't need to study a large manual to use it. WTF is freeware, includes an installer/uninstaller and like all RCMedia Services applications, does not contain any spyware, adware or backdoor nonsense of any kind.....(free).....
X.App is a free, open-source progam that allows you to create applications out of ActiveX controls, or, to be more precise, executables that open HTML documents embedding ActiveX controls. The executables are free to modify and distribute separate from the entire X.App program.....(free).....
Find files, and what's better, find what's inside files. Search utility from X-Teq.....(free).....
About 25 tweaks in a program for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista.....(free).....
XFIND scans files for a string (optionally in all subdirectories), and reports all files where the string was found.....(free).....
XFP is a framework for building data management procedures using XML-based configuration files. XFP is also a server that provides scheduled execution of your procedures and flexible logging. Typical use-cases include data feed management and content syndication. XFP can manage in a coherent and centralized way data coming from different sources, lowering development and maintenance costs. Instead of writing your own code for each data feed, with XFP you can split code into reusable components (called "filters").....(free).....
XNeat Windows Manager adds additional features to the Windows taskbar and system tray, that enables you to minimize any window to an icon in the system tray (instead of the taskbar), keep any window on top, set a custom transparency level, and also hide any window or tray icon, furthermore the program allows you to re-arrange the order of the taskbar buttons by simply dragging them around. XNeat Windows Manager integrates into the right-click menu of the taskbar and system tray. It also allows you to change the taskbar appearance by hiding the Start button, system clock and other elements.....(free).....
WinXP File-Application Association Editor. XpAssociate is a small little tool for munging XP's registry so that the correct app actually starts when you open a file. XP's native UI is pretty broken and you might be getting some lame app writing over your preferences. This will fix it quick UPDATE: If the site is down, try again later.....(free).....
An A-Z Index of the Windows XP command line.....(free).....
Make every application use an XP-type interface in XP, even pre-XP ones.....(free).....
Optimize your Windows XP in just seconds. Increases speed of browsing of files via explorer. Better overall performance of your XP system. Better performance of IE explorer and other applications. Speeds up the Booting process of your XP. Decreases time to shut down and restart your system. Applications load significant faster. Automatic Restore function.....(free).....
This pack is designed to bring a Windows XP CD with SP2 integrated fully up to date with all of the latest hotfixes released by Microsoft since SP2's release. It accomplishes this task via direct integration, where files on the CD are directly overwritten by the updated files. This method has numerous advantages over other integration techniques.....(free).....
Many simple activities in Windows XP involve opening too many menus. XP Shortcuts is a collection of shortcuts allowing you to perform shutdown, restart, and standby with just one mouse click. Also, the collection includes shortcuts for faster disk defragmenting and error-checking.....(free).....
Windows Support Tools for Microsoft Windows XP, intended for use by Microsoft support personnel and experienced users to assist in diagnosing and resolving computer problems.....(free).....
According to the author, "No doubt you are surprised at how fast Windows XP boots up compared with other Microsoft operating systems. I certainly am, every time I start up the PC. This bootup time is something that everyone is becoming more concerned about as the need for PC speed becomes increasingly more important. Despite the relatively fast speed of Windows XP bootup time, this chapter will guide you through the steps of making the system boot up even faster. The changes discussed here should enable you to realize your bootup speed dreams.Your friends will then no doubt be impressed by your PC's superfast operation".....(free).....
Explorer add-on operates from the taskbar to launch the Windows Explorer like you want it.....(free).....
XTail is a real-time Windows file viewer modeled after the UNIX tail command with the ability to show any file's changing contents.....(free).....
A New Way of Cloning the Windows System Disk. Freeware Package for personal use only.....(free).....
YAC is a Caller ID system that uses the modem in your Windows-based computer to monitor incoming phone calls, even while you're using your dial up connection. When a phone call is received, YAC displays the Caller ID info on the computer screen. YAC can also notify programs called "YAC Listeners" on the network. These listeners receive and display Caller ID information at the same time as the computer attached to the phone line. YAC can be used to send text messages to the listeners on your network as well .....(free).....
Put anything you like in Control Panel. Some of the items in your Start menu really belong in Control Panel. YourCPL puts them there. Anything you can run from a command line can be added.....(free).....
Connects Windows PCs to IBM's zSeries (S/390) and iSeries (AS/400) mainframes.....(TRIAL).....
Incredible online file conversion - audio, video, xml, txt, anything.....(free).....
Interesting and versatile menu system. Using keystrokes that work no matter what program you are in, you can: Launch a program or bring it back into focus, Open a document, folder or Internet resource, Search the Internet, Minimize or maximize a window, Resize, move or alter a window, Issue a Media command, such as play, pause or volume up/down, Start your screensaver or shutdown your computer, Access hidden Windows utilities, Control Winamp or compatible media players, Instantly display any menu of programs or actions at the mouse pointer, Launch other programs automatically on ZenKEY startup.....(free).....
ZHider is a tiny and easy-to-use utility that can instantly hide windows (programs) with a quick keystroke. Windows are hidden completely from view and from the task bar without a trace. Hidden windows can easily be brought back into view with another quick keystroke that toggles their visibilty from hidden to visible. Handy for a wide range of practical uses including removing annoying, clutter windows (too many instant messages?), holding secret messages for yourself that you don't want to save or close, protecting privacy if someone wanders by, and yes -- even hiding windows from employers .....(free).....
The problem: You need to hide your open windows, quickly. The desktop is filled with them. The toolbar is hidden. You can only remember - Ctrl + Alt + Del. You panic. What do you do? It's easy! Draw a zigzag and Zigzag Cleaner will hide applications and documents. All or spare. To restore, just draw another zigzag. Easy? You bet! Program will speed up your work considerably .....(free).....
Zipeg opens ZIP, RAR, ARJ, LHA, 7z and many other types of archives. Zipeg helps to preview files and Jpeg photographs (.jpg, .png) before extracting them. Decompress, unzip, expand, extract or drag and drop exactly what you want to where you want. Runs on: Windows 2000, XP, 2003, MCE and Vista.....(free).....
Solution for extending your desktop display using displays of other computers (including Pocket PC) with a network connection. Like VNC, ZoneScreen is able to mirror a local desktop to another computer in the network. The main difference is that it also allows you to extend desktop, not only mirror it. Also, you could use ZoneScreen for Windows Mobile to extend/mirror your desktop to screen of your handheld. All you need for ZoneScreen to work is network connection between your computers (your computers are both connected to the same network, or connected directly with cross-over cable or 1394 firewire cable, etc). In case you are using Poket PC, you may also use connection provided by ActiveSync (using cradle cable, IR port, etc).....(free).....
Define zones that autosize windows dropped on them.....(free).....
Zorro is a utility to completely blank the screen except for a rectangular area selected by the user. This is especially useful for watching videos on your computer without being distracted by other programs.....(free).....
A step-by-step guide to changing the wallpaper directory (registry hack). "Now here I'll show you a way to change the default wallpaper directory in Desktop Properties, so that whenever you'll open it, it'll show the wallpapers present in your desired folder."
Tweak the advanced/hidden settings in windows. "Tweak Me! Is a new unique Windows Tweaking Application which supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7! Never has it been so easy to tweak all most used versions of Microsoft Windows using just one application."
Input Director is a Windows application that lets you control multiple Windows systems using the keyboard and mouse attached to one computer. It is designed for folks who have two (or more) computers set up at home and find themselves regularly sliding from one system to the other
Dual Monitor Tools is a software package for Windows users with dual or multiple monitor setups. All the tools are open source and free, and each tools is independent so you only need to install or run what you want
You can clone whatever window is on your screen and watch it in a small thumbnail that always keeps on top of all other windows (even if it hasn't mouse focus). So, for example, you can watch a movie while coding. Thanks to freewaregenius.com
This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP. Autoruns' Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc
VM Tweaker is a hidden features tweaker for VMWare .vmx files. Features: VM BIOS Tweaks, Time/date syn between host and guest; MAC address tweaking; UUID keep switch(VM 5.x-like); Hardware compatibility switch(esx/hosted); Tweak amount of VGA RAM
This small utility measures your computer activity. It counts the keyboard / mouse presses and computes trajectory that you have arrived by your mouse. You can easily set it up to be automatically loaded on startup if you would like to have captured all your activity. Every day is saved into history, so you can make statistics of your activity (averaging..). You can also export your whole history to a CSV file (comma separated values) which may be used later in e.g MS Excel. You can do it using the right click menu or directly from the command line (e.g. winometer.exe /exporthistory history.csv) Thanks to The Windows Club
Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. It really will bring up lots of valuable info that other similar tools do not present
SystemRescueCd is a Linux system rescue disk available as a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash. It aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk. It comes with a lot of linux software such as system tools (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic tools (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It requires no installation. It can be used on linux servers, linux desktops or windows boxes. The kernel supports the important file systems (ext2/ext3/ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, btrfs, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs, iso9660), as well as network filesystems (samba and nfs)
MiniTool Partition Recovery is a Free Partition Recovery Software for Windows. MiniTool Partition Recovery can recover lost and deleted partitions from IDE disk, SATA disk, SCSI disk and Removable disk. The partition recovery function can retrieve the lost partitions quickly & easily. It supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file system. MiniTool Partition Recovery can run under 32/64bit Windows 2000 Pro./XP/Vista/Window 7. It's a must-have partition recovery software and free for home users
BI-Lite CUBE-it Zero is a FREE OLAP Cube builder for SQL Server which brings building cubes within the grasp of anyone familiar with MS Access or SQL Server. CUBE-it Zero bridges the gap between Access Queries and OLAP CUBES. CUBE-it Zero extends the reach of OLAP cubes to everyone by enabling the creation of cubes using a simple 4 step process. Whilst not a replacement for a data warehouse, CUBE-it Zero, delivers fully functional SQL Server OLAP cubes that do not require the foundation of a data warehouse
If System Restore is failing to restore your system, starting fresh may be your best option. At least future restore points will work. It's also a good idea after cleaning up malware. Otherwise, you might accidentally reinfect your PC by restoring the wrong point
Computers are easier to use and more dependable with each new generation of hardware and operating system update, but that doesn't mean they're problem-free. Here's a look at the five most popular tools for troubleshooting your computer problems
Graphs exactly how Windows is assigning physical memory, how much file data is cached in RAM, and how much RAM is used by the kernel and device drivers. Thanks to The Windows Club
RegFromApp monitors the Registry changes made by the application that you selected, and creates a standard RegEdit registration file that contains all the Registry changes made by the application. You can use the generated .reg file to import these changes with RegEdit when it's needed. Makes things easy to reinstall or migrate
Add jumplists to any program
DiskPulse is a free and easy-to-use disk change monitoring utility allowing one to monitor one or more disks or directories and detect file system changes in real-time. In addition, DiskPulse Pro adds the ability to save HTML, Excel CSV and text reports, provides an option to monitor specific file types and allows one to automatically send E-Mail notifications or execute custom commands. Thanks to ghacks
The gdipp project is a replacement for the Windows default text render, which allows you to have the effect of text like Mac OS and Linux distributions. It is easy to use with unnoticeable overhead, and it is fully customizable
Creates an ISO from the contents of a folder
Most defrag tools only allow you to defrag an entire drive. Defraggler lets you specify one or more files, folders, or the whole drive to defragment. When Defraggler reads or writes a file, it uses the exact same techniques that Windows uses. Using Defraggler is just as safe for your files as using Windows. Defraggler's tough on your files – and light on your system. At a glance, you can see how fragmented your hard drive is. Defraggler's drive map shows you blocks that are empty, not fragmented, or needing defragmentation. Organizes empty disk space to further prevent fragmentation. Defragment while you sleep - and wake up with a faster PC. Set Defraggler to run daily, weekly or monthly
Increase your control over processes and windows, and set sticking priorities. PMW adds following menus to system menu of any application. 1. Kill 2. Priority 3. Remember Priority for Application 4. Hide me 5. Hide Others 6. Always on top 7. Minimize to system tray 8. Transparency. This version of PMW also adds following items to tray menu of its own. 1. Kill All 2. Kill [Introduced in v2.0.886] 3. Hide All 4. Unhide All 5. Unhide
Quickly add menu items to your right-click Windows 7 desktop menu
For phones, but not just... LazyClick is an addon for Firefox Mobile, Fennec whose purpose is to fix potential missed clicks by searching the adjacent area, and applying the click to the closest object that can accept clicks, for instance a link or a button. With LazyClick your fingers don’t have to be precise. Just tap the screen close to the target and LazyClick will catch and apply them to the nearest clickable element. The user can select the click detection range, although the values of the radius are vague and subjective such as “small”, “medium” and “huge”. LazyClick also works on a normal desktop. Thanks to Instant Fundas
This compact program allows you to save the priority you specify for any process on your system, so you won't have to change priorities every time you start a program
If you’re already running a full anti-malware suite, you might not even realize that Windows Defender is already installed with Windows, and is probably wasting precious resources. Here’s how to get rid of it
iReboot sits in your taskbar at startup, only taking up 400KB of memory, and lets you choose which operating system you want to reboot into. Instead of pressing restart, waiting for Windows to shut down, waiting for your BIOS to post, then selecting the operating system you want to boot into (within the bootloader time-limit!); you just select that entry from iReboot and let it do the rest. Thanks to Lifehacker
Windows 7 has got a super administrator account which, by default, is disabled. Such account is automatically created when Windows 7 boots up for the first time but, for security reasons, is hidden from view. Turn it on with a simple query in the Command Prompt
Granola is software that improves the energy efficiency of your PC or laptop
F.lux makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better. Or try the Linux version. f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you're in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again. Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. F.lux will do the rest, automatically.
WizMouse is a mouse enhancement utility that makes your mouse wheel work on the window currently under the mouse pointer, instead of the currently focused window. This means you no longer have to click on a window before being able to scroll it with the mouse wheel. This is a far more comfortable and practical way to make use of the mouse wheel. Thanks to The Windows Club
Double Driver is a very simple and useful tool which not only allows you to view all the drivers installed on your system but also allows you to backup, restore, save and print all chosen drivers
Created to permanantly fix one of Windows' most annoying & oldest bugs to date. The "hidden tooltip" bug has been around since the days of Windows 95, and became progressively worse with each Windows Upgrade – until Windows Vista, where it only appears from time to time; but it is still there nevertheless. If you are experiencing tooltips hidden behind the taskbar, then this is for you
Moving windows is a common task on multi-monitor systems, and MonitorSwitch makes it easier and more efficient. MonitorSwitch adds two custom buttons in the caption bar of any windows, allowing you to move the window to the next or previous monitor
Microsoft Fix it Center unleashes automatic troubleshooters to solve the issues you have now and prevent new ones
Context Tweaker is a windows utility which allows Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 users to edit , add and delete editable items from right click context menu in Vista and 7 . Note : Use as administrator. Thanks to Life Rocks
Provides application specific mouse button mappings, which means one application can use the mouse differently from another. This is useful for games which do not inherently support the extended mouse buttons, because you can map keys to each button. Thanks to How-To Geek
Simple save and restore desktop icon layout for Windows XP x64
NiceCopier replaces windows explorer file copy, it adds many feartures like pausing, resuming and it calculates the best copy speed. Its main goal is to improve the copy organisation and GUI. Thanks to Life Rocks
AutoSizer automatically resizes programs for you, keeping them at a specific size or keeping them maximized. One popular use is to keep Internet Explorer maximized when you go on the web. It works with most software programs, and supports maximizing to specific monitors on multi-monitor computers. Use the handy Always On Top system tray menu to quickly position specific programs above all others
Event Log Explorer is an effective software solution for viewing, monitoring and analyzing events recorded in Security, System, Application and another logs of Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 operating systems. Event Log Explorer greatly extends standard Windows Event Viewer monitoring functionality and brings many new features
Not really a full Windows shell replacement but rather a replacement for the start menu, which is superseded by a panel, on start button mouse click. This panel has many functions. You can see a number of sections, each of which allows you to add your own function. You can execute programs placed in start menu, manage your files, switch between virtual desktops, customize system. Also permits you to group programs
Manage disk space
Opens the Find window. Put it on your toolbar .
Opens the Run window. Put it on your toolbar
Ever hit caps lock by accident and not found out until half a page later? CAPshift extends the Caps Lock key by slowing it down, and shows a menu to change the selected text to lowercase, UPPERCASE, TitleCase, iNVERTEDcASE, RaNDoMCaSE or to Replace user defined characters
Comprehensive online library of processes is for everyone who needs to know the exact nature and purpose of every process that should, and should not, be running on their PC
ScrubXP cleans temporary files and registry keys resulting from opening files and or using the Internet. It removes IE History, IE Temporary Files, IE Cookies, Documents List from Start Menu, Empties Recycle Bin, Clears Autocomplete Entries, Clears Recent File Lists for Run, Common Dialogs, Recent Documents, Search Assistant, Typed URLs, Paint, Find Computer, Printer Ports, Find Files, Media Player, Previous Tasks, and Real Player (scroll down to find it)
When you run MakeMeAdmin.cmd, you get a Command Prompt running under your normal user account, but in a new logon session in which it is a member of the Administrators group. This Command Prompt and any programs started from it use your regular profile, authenticate as you on the network, but have full local admin privileges. All other programs continue to run with your regular, unprivileged account (scroll down to find it)
Every time you install a new program, you make a leap of faith. The installation utility adds some files to your system, replaces other files, and changes elements of the Registry and essential INI files. You hope it will make those changes cleanly and correctly and will record them for use by the program's uninstall utility. But in case it doesn't, This tool can provide a record of exactly what the install program did (scroll down to find it)
StartupSelector will save or load the Windows configuration data that causes programs to run at system startup. This allows you to easily switch between multiple startup configurations, for a myriad of potential purposes (scroll down to find it)
Displays test patterns for use when performing monitor repairs. Displays pure colours and white screens for colour tuning or finding missing colours, grid lines for focusing and setting the image dimensions correctly. A must for any monitor repair person or checking the quality of a monitors display
Recovers files from disks with physical damage. Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data. The program will attempt to recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. Using this method most types of files can be made useable even if some parts of the file were not recoverable in the end
Scans a given computer for open ports. Reports which service the port is related to and if its open, closed or filtered via a firewall. Useful utility for checking your computer is secure from hacking attempts and only services you want to share are visible to other users via the network
A quarter century ago, Windows wasn't everywhere. In fact, some were doubtful it would ever ship at all
Software to replace the standard Windows Start Menu. The list of menu items is alphabetically sorted, so you can easily find any program or command by its name. Open any location on your PC with a single click. You can create, modify, and reorder items in Start Menu 7. So it's easy to create a list of the most used locations, popular directories, and virtual folders to access them with a single click. here is a special Run button to access seldom used locations without adding them into menu. Start Menu 7 has a customizable Power Buttons panel. With Power Timer feature you can delay any of power management operations
Portable Start Menu is a simple and free start menu application that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs. Organize your programs in a simple menu system and launch them via a tray icon. If you close Portable Start Menu on an USB-Stick, running applications can be closed automatically, too
All inclusive backup of operating systems, device drivers and programs. Includes 100’s of Tools. With Kleo, you can now create all inclusive backups of your servers. Saves 100s of hours tracking down original CD’s or obsolete device drives. Kleo enables you to recover from server failure without the need of any other software.
Disable Startup is a free startup manager and monitoring program, it can scan all Windows Startups on your computer, and monitor all new startup items, helps you control, manage and optimize Windows Startup configuration. It can work with fine Windows XP and Vista, is one protecting tool for Windows Startup from changes. This software can help you save system memory and resources by disable unnecessary programs, because windows launches many unnecessary programs and services at boot up. Disable Startup also monitor the start page of Internet Explorer; stop any change that you don't know. Thanks to Web Talk
Monitor Asset Manager is a Plug and Play monitor information utility that works under all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. It is fully multi-monitor-capable, and unlike similar reporting utilities queries the monitor directly rather than relying on potentially dubious information stored in the registry. In addition to providing detailed information on monitor color and timing characteristics, this compact utility (~400kb) is the only program of its type to accomplish this under every Microsoft OS from NT 4.0 to Windows 7, providing corporate IS managers with a simple tool to track monitor inventory by serial number
AppCrashView is a small utility for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that displays the details of all application crashes occurred in your system. The crashes information is extracted from the .wer files created by the Windows Error Reporting (WER) component of the operating system every time that a crash is occurred. AppCrashView also allows you to easily save the crashes list to text/csv/html/xml file
Allows you to test your computers RAM for errors aswell as gauge its performance
Displays information about the window the mouse pointer is currently over. Displays the windows handle, size and the owner thread information. Useful for people writting windows applications or wanting to create an interface to another application such as macros and scripts
Boot builder allows you to create your own custom boot sector from scratch. This utility allows you to recreate or restore boot sectors lost due to virus or other damage to a drive. Boot sectors can be imported/exported to a disk or created from a template. This program supports FAT and NTFS boot sector types
This program copys a disk as a raw image from one drive directly to another. This utility is designed for people who have faulty drive and want to transfer the data directly to another drive without doing a file by file copy. This saves the need for operating system re-installs and allows drives with an unknown file system to be copied (including from console game machines, data recorders, mac etc). The program has a built in data recovery function which will attempt to recover data from bad sectors to ensure all the available data is restored from the drive. This program is designed to run under NT/XP/2000 or later operating systems
Creates a database of computers on your network and their configurations. Allows you to track what applications are installed across your network for license auditing purposes. A great help for large networks trying to ensure they are legitimate. Audit also provides a great way of determining which computers in your network require hardware upgrades or software installations
TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy
A small Auto Mute software utility to make a PC silent when it's turning on or is waking up. Thanks to freewaregenius.com
Sort an entire drive by size or date to find the largest or newest files
Small tool to accurately identify the CPU frequency
This small program converts BIN CD images to ISO images. Files over 2GB are also no problem. When it comes to a quick convert, is exactly the WinBin2Iso conversion tool that you need
Only allow one application to be active. From Skrommel
Automatically move files from Internet Explorer's cache into folders based on the files extensions. From Skrommel
Free edition. The lightweight version of xplorer2 is not as powerful as the professional version but it shares the same desktop browsing and file management engine, it sports dual panes and folder tabs, and gives many rival paid-for file managers a run for their money — literally! It is a complete little file manager. From my old friend Nikos
Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but not anymore. It brings back the classic start menu that Windows 7 doesn't support, adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer in Vista and Windows 7 like the one in Windows XP and adds couple more smaller features
Have you ever accidently deleted a file, or removed a crucial part of a document only to realize it no longer makes sense? Windows 7 is smart enough to protect you from yourself, and here we’ll see how you can restore files in any edition of Windows 7
Most of us remember Windows System Restore as a lame-duck feature from Windows XP; when it seemed we might benefit from using it, it never quite worked how we expected. That's no longer the case. Windows System Restore is an awesome system recovery tool, and it's included with Windows for free. It's the ideal solution for rolling back bad drivers, fixing when buggy software breaks your PC, or simply rolling you back to a previous point in time. If you've still got a bad taste in your mouth from the lackluster XP version of System Restore, it's time to take a look at it again if you've upgraded to Windows 7 or Vist
These are handy. As you know in all Windows Operating Systems there are a lot of shortcuts which help you with your daily tasks. What you don’t know is that there are hidden, or at least little known shortcuts, which involve a sequence of keys that, if individually pressed (meaning that you have to press the keys one at a time), turn off and exit your computer right away
Save and restore the positions of icons. DesktopOK is a small but effective solution for user that have to change the screen resolution often
Mute on Lock is a tiny resident utility that sits in the system tray and monitors your session: when you are locking your Windows workstation, it mutes the sound of your speakers. With the help of this program you can quickly mute or unmute the system sound by double-clicking the tray icon or using an optional hot key
gleeBox is an experimental project that takes a keyboard-centric approach to navigating the web. It provides alternatives to actions that are traditionally performed via the mouse. Some of these are radically more efficient than using a mouse, some not so much. In all cases, they are mostly meant for keyboard and command line lovers Thanks to Lifehacker
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you lots of information about your video card and GPU
Console Palette Changer is a utility which lets a user edit and load customized color palettes for the Windows console (formerly called the DOS prompt). This utility is especially beneficial when used with a color directory lister such as my NDIR utility, the Cygwin ls utility, or any other similar tool; such color utilities show off the palettes in use in the various color schemes. There are two programs included in this package; Console Palette Changer - A Windows utility which lets you preview, edit, and save palette files, as well as opening new consoles with your selected palette. Note that, while this utility is very useful for creating and editing the palette files, it's easier to load an existing palette into a console using the consattr utility. consattr - A console (i.e., DOS) utility which allows one to load an existing palette into the current console. It does not provide any editing options, but it does change the current console. You can even put a consattr in your autoexec.bat (or 4start.bat for 4NT users), to start up a console with your desired palette
Lots of useful information. Windows is famous as a graphical user interface and many computer users tend to forget (or never knew) that there are also very useful command line functions in Windows. In fact, there is a great deal more to Windows than just point and click. The keyboard and the command line can be substantial adjuncts to the mouse and icons. There are two basic features involving a command line. One is the entry 'Run" (or "Start Search" in Vista) that is in the Start menu and the other is the command prompt window
Commands in Demand provides non-technical users with easy access to more than 100 Windows commands and features that can be hard to find or time consuming to get to. The program includes shortcuts to terminate non-responsive applications, restart Windows Explorer, view/clear the clipboard, open a command prompt in a selected folder, access system folders, view TCP/IP configuration settings and more
VMMap is a process virtual and physical memory analysis utility. It shows a breakdown of a process's committed virtual memory types as well as the amount of physical memory (working set) assigned by the operating system to those types. Besides graphical representations of memory usage, VMMap also shows summary information and a detailed process memory map. Powerful filtering and refresh capabilities allow you to identify the sources of process memory usage and the memory cost of application features. Besides flexible views for analyzing live processes, VMMap supports the export of data in multiple forms, including a native format that preserves all the information so that you can load back in. It also includes command-line options that enable scripting scenarios. VMMap is the ideal tool for developers wanting to understand and optimize their application's memory resource usage. Thanks to instant fundas
Increase the life of your solid state drives. With all the advice online for SSD hard drives it can take hours of research and fiddling to properly setup your SSD drive. Now with this little app you can Tweak Windows 2K/XP/Vista & 7 including x64 in seconds. Lets you Tweak the following: * Windows Indexing Service, System Restore, Windows Defrag, Use Large System Cache, Ntfs Memory Usage, Disable 8.3 Filenames, Disable Date Stamping, Disable Boot Tracing, Windows Prefetcher, Windows Vista Superfetch, Windows Services. Thanks gHacks
Remote Process Explorer is a powerful tool for managing, monitoring and analyzing processes on a local or remote computer. You can use Remote Process Explorer to not only get the list of processes running on a remote or local computer, but also run a new process, kill a process or change its priority. In real time, Remote Process Explorer monitors the performance of a remote computer, shows what processes are running on it, how much CPU, memory and other system resources they use. It will show hidden processes, which will allow you to detect spyware and malware. Free for personal use
Based on the command line tool to clone storage devices , Simple HDD Cloner only requires the device letters. After that all files from the source are copied to the destination. Very useful for upgrading primary hard drives without reinstalling everything. Go to downloads and scroll down
LookInMyPC generates a complete, comprehensive system profile that includes information on all installed hardware and software. Additionally it provides system diagnostic information such as details on running processes, installed services, startup programs, Windows updates and hot fixes, active network and Internet connections, TCP/IP port usage, event log detail, and much more. All this is provided in an easy to read, formatted report that you can view and print using your web browser. Many items are hyperlinked so you can quickly and easily Google them to find out what they are or if some programs might be spyware or viruses. It is also completely non-invasive and makes no changes to your computers settings whatsoever. We have even included a handy function that allows you to create a full system profile and diagnostic report. Thanks to Lifehacker
ResourcesExtract is a small utility that scans dll/ocx/exe files and extract all resources (bitmaps, icons, cursors, AVI movies, HTML files, and more...) stored in them into the folder that you specify. You can use ResourcesExtract in user interface mode, or alternatively, you can run ResourcesExtract in command-line mode without displaying any user interface
Lammer Context Menu is an extension for Microsoft Windows Explorer with very handy features like: Copy Path, Explore Here, Command Prompt, Path Operations (Move, copy, delete based on advanced wildcards like: delete all folders matching "*\bin\obj"), Batch rename files (manual changes, sequences generator, etc), Search (and Replace), Select all files in a folder by extension, Mount virtual drivers (aka subst), Register/Unregister COM Modules (*.ocx, *.dll), UAC friendly (Shift to run as administrator), And much more to come Thanks to freewaregenius.com
Stop runaway or frozen processes
Minimem now can reduce the memory footprint of any application. It runs in the background and can be set up to optimize as many proceses as you'd like, using a very intuitive graphical interface. Unlike other memory optimization tools, it gives you full control over what applications you want to optimize, when and how often, as well as the possibility to only optimize memory when required and relevant. It optimizes memory by removing as many non-necessary memory pages as possible from the selected processes. It does so at regular intervals which can be user-defined as well and every 30s by default, though uses an advanced pooling mechanism to ensure the CPU usage of Minimem remains low at all times. This then optimizes your applications which can load those pages back whenever they need, and makes your overall system perform much better whenever it is memory limited. Minimem runs in the background and is fully non-intrusive. It stays in your tray where you can access its settings at any time and will remember your favorite settings for an optimal ease-of-use. Its intuitive GUI should make it useable for any type of user so no specific skills are required to take advantage of this great tool
BatteryCare is a software created to optimize the usage and performance of the modern laptop's battery. It monitors the battery discharge cycles and increases autonomy, improves its lifetime
Display Color Calibration allows you to calibrate the display or screen color of your computer in order to get an optimal color view, be your computer screen an LCD or a CRT. However, this feature hides a bothering and annoying downside
This free app allows you to use your monitors more effectively by dividing your screen into custom sections. It mimics the Windows 7 snap feature but goes further by allowing you to place your windows into any of two, three, or four sections on the screen through drag and drop. It also works with all versions of Windows and even works well alongside the Windows 7 snap feature (you can have both working together simultaneously)
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XP SysPad is a Windows system monitoring utility that allows easy access to Windows system information and Windows system utilities, such as the individual control panel applets, as well as putting the “hidden” applications in Windows at your fingertips. XP Syspad also recovers lost Windows & MS-Office product keys. With XP SysPad, you can easily access hundreds of Windows operating system utilities and system monitoring information. You can also recover your Windows 2000/XP product key, get your IP address, execute web queries, monitor any running system process, launch any program, search files, and more. For convenience, it also can minimize itself to the system tray. XP SysPad has well over 250 functions in all!
System file replacer. This program will, back up the old file, try to Take Ownership and replace it with the NEW dragged or manually selected file. The Replacer will first look in the system32 folder for a match with your NEW dragged or selected file, if the OLD file is found it will be backed up and replaced without prompt, otherwise you will be asked to select it manually. It's just an .exe and nothing will be installed. WARNING: Use is on your own risk
TweakNow PowerPack is a fully-integrated suite of utilities that let you fine-tune every aspect of your computer's operating system and Web browser. The Registry Cleaner module provides you with a safe and simple way to clean Windows Registry. To keep your computer always at top performance, we recommend to clean your registry at least once a month. For Windows tweaking lovers, the suite provides more than 100 hidden Windows settings in the Windows Secret section. Using modules included in this section, you can easily customize your Windows like geeks do. The Virtual Desktop module lets you run as many as four custom-designed desktop configurations simultaneously, allowing you to tailor your computer screen to your mood and your work requirements. Last but not least, the suite also gives you a complete picture of all aspects of your computer's hardware, including detailed information about your motherboard, processor, video card, memory, hard disk and network
Smart is a freeware utility which helps you tweak Windows 7 Services. Portable application to customize your Windows services settings, to meet your requirements. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, as you will be disabling services which you do not require Thanks to GO THERE
Windows 7 gives you a robust set of tools to track down problems you encounter. Take a look at a number of those tools, and how they can help you in your problem solving
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ShellMenuNew is a small utility that displays the list of all menu items in the 'New' submenu of Windows Explorer. It allows you to easily disable unwanted menu items, so this 'New' submenu will display only the items that you need. Thanks to Lifehacker
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD, DVD, HD, DVD, Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit
Graphics card overclocking utility. Thanks to instant fundas
Motherboard Monitor is a tool that will display information from the sensor chips on your motherboard in your Windows system tray. MBM supports a wide range of Chipsets & Sensor Chip combinations. It can sense temps from Cpu, HDD, GFx and Mobo. It does also sense Fan speeds. If it senses that your hardware is overheated it can protect it by Shutting it down (user configured). To see if MBM5 supports your hardware check out the Motherboard List. It does also record all temps and fans for later viewing. This is a great invention if you want to overclock
Ganglia is a scalable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems such as clusters and Grids. It is based on a hierarchical design targeted at federations of clusters. It leverages widely used technologies such as XML for data representation, XDR for compact, portable data transport, and RRDtool for data storage and visualization. It uses carefully engineered data structures and algorithms to achieve very low per-node overheads and high concurrency. The implementation is robust, has been ported to an extensive set of operating systems and processor architectures, and is currently in use on thousands of clusters around the world. It has been used to link clusters across university campuses and around the world and can scale to handle clusters with 2000 nodes
Recover lost or deleted files, and also Delete files safely, so they can't be recovered. If you delete a file in Windows, this file isn't really deleted. Windows instead intentionally "forgets" where the file is located on the hard disk. It is possible to restore some of these files if they have not been overwritten on the hard disk. Our new tool FileWing can help you recovering unintentionally deleted files and can also help deleting files by overwriting them multiple times, so that they cannot be recovered anymore - by anyone
A free, lightweight, multilingual and finger friendly virtual on-screen keyboard. Free Virtual Keyboard works on any Windows based UMPC with a passive touchscreen (Ultra-mobile PC, Tablet PC and Panel PC). If you spend a lot of time responding to e-mail or jotting down notes on your mobile computer and find your hardware keyboard awkward or too small, a screen software keyboard may be just the improvement you've been seeking. This handy keyboard has keys large enough to be typed with the fingertips
ENVy compares the environment of two computers and provides a color-annotated display of the results. ENVy compares Environment Variables, over 400 Internet Explorer settings, Network Configuration, Installed Software, Operating System, Processor, Startup Commands, Process List and more. ENVy is essential for any developer or IT professional that works with multiple computers. Using ENVy v1.2 will save you time, money, and headache by instantly identifying and guiding you right to the differences between your environments
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This programs enables you to tweak your Windows 7 taskbar. Features: Show standard window menu on right click instead of jump list. Close or focus a window on middle click instead of running a new instance. Disable grouping of windows by file path or application id. Cycle through windows of a grouped button on left click instead of showing a thumbnails preview. Open with while dropping a file on a taskbar button instead of pinning. Disable thumbnail previews
The Suite includes over 180 highly selected portable programs and games, including 7-Zip, Audacity, CCleaner, eMule, FileZilla, Firefox, Foxit Reader, GIMP, IrfanView, Notepad pluss pluss, Opera, Pidgin, Thunderbird, µTorrent, VLC and many more
Create a Restore Point with single click in Windows with Quick Restore Maker. Normally, to create a system restore point, you have to, via the Control Panel, open the System Protection box and then open the System Restore utility (rstrui.exe) to create a restore point. Quick Restore Maker allows you to create one in a single click. Thanks to The Windows Club
TeraCopy is a compact program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed, providing the user a lot of features: Copy files faster. TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives. Pause and resume file transfers. Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click. Error recovery. In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skips the file, not terminating the entire transfer. Interactive file list. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files. Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual. Full Unicode support. Windows 7 x64 support
View the content of Windows Prefetch files
A 3D desktop adding the third dimension to your Windows screen. Windows will appear in three dimensions and transparent on your screen and have the ability to be flipped, zoomed, moved, swiveled in almost any way you want. T3Desk is lightweight on your resources, unlike most applications of its kind
Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others
If you are a Windows XP user who recently switched to Windows 7 you must have been getting annoyed by the blacking out of the screen every time the User Account Control kicks in. Microsoft calls this dimming the screen. What actually is happening is that the Windows dims the screen to bring the user’s attention to the UAC prompt that has been opened. This happens for instance during software installations and there is no option to continue working with the operating system until action has been taken in the UAC prompt. Most advanced users might not need the extra eye-opener when a program tries to change data on the computer system, especially not during software installations that have been initiated by the user. Windows 7, and Windows Vista as well, provide an option to disable that UAC dims the desktop during prompts. This will still display a notification in the form of a normal window so that it is possible to interact with other elements on the desktop.
Use SE-TrayMenu to gain quick access to most frequently used applications and system commands via a customizable popup menu
Easily change the association of a file type or extension. Coffee is a small, free tool that can change the default applications used for opening any file type and allows for defining a primary as well as a secondary alternate program. Thanks to freewaregenius.com
TouchFreeze is simple utility for Windows that automatically disables the touchpad while you are typing text. Thanks to ghacks
This program will help you easily convert a JAR file (MIDP application, such as Nokia Mobile Games) to an EXE file (Win32 NHAL Emulator). You can run the midlets just like what the execution files running on Windows platform
.Windows 7 seems to have one glaring omission, OSX style stacks. Now, with 7stacks, you get almost the same functionality as the OS X stacks, but with a more Windows 7 appearance. 7stacks is an easy to use, free app that lets Windows 7 (and Vista and XP) users have "stacks" of icons in their Taskbar (in 7) or QuickLaunch Toolbar (in Vista and XP). By using stacks, users can reduce icon clutter, and combine a group of related icons into a single icon. For instance, if you use application suites such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or Adobe CS4, you can have all the suite's icons combined into one icon! Thanks to freewaregenius.com
TimeComX is a small and resource-friendly automation program, that can execute various actions after specified time or by a lower deviation of network and processor usage activity
Save and restore the positions of icons. DesktopOK is a small but effective solution for user that have to change the screen resolution often
Ultimate List of God Mode shortcuts for Windows 7. As with the other shortcuts, the process of turning one of these GUIDs into a shortcut that opens a shell folder or Control Panel item is straightforward
If you are confused by Windows 7 Start Menu, or miss the familiar Classic Start Menu, you should take a look at this utility – Classic Start Menu. UPDATE--we made a mistake in our initial listing. Sorry, this program is not free
A secret Windows 7 feature. Most games have a godmode, something that will enable all cheats and features. Windows 7 too. This is going to be a brief tutorial that will allow you to enable the secret godmode in Windows 7
Only allow one application to be active
FontPage lets you examine and compare all of the fonts on your system. You can view any typeface in bold, italic, underline and also 3D. In addition, you can also compare two selected fonts and preview fonts that are not yet installed on your system. FontPage can also print a sample page for selected fonts or print a list of all installed fonts
See hard drive and partition activity on your screen. No more bending over to see the leds on the front of the machine
TweakPrefetch is a utility coded in VB.net capable of managing fetching in Windows XP, Vista and 7. It allows the user to set separate parameters for the native Windows Prefetch and Superfetch functions. Scroll down for English version of text
Carry your whole desktop around on your thumb drive. No need for a notebook
Remap those odd button on your keyboard, for example, that email button, or volume control button -- actually make good use of all the extra buttons on your modern keyboard
Learn the commands. Become a command line guru
VistaSwitcher is an elegant and powerful task management utility for Windows OS. Once installed, it replaces the default Windows Alt-Tab dialog with a nice box that shows a list of all running tasks, with their names and preview snapshots, and enables the user to take actions on them using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts. With just one click, you can switch tasks, minimize, maximize, restore the main window, or close the process
With Advanced Shortcuts Composer you can create shortcuts to run programs with a pre-defined destination, priority and keyboard hotkeys to activate
Drive Manager is a Free Stand Alone Portable Drive Info Utility. It can be used to display, identify and manage your Hard Drives, CD/DVD Drives, Removable USB Flash Drives, and USB Hard Drives. From Capacity and firmware revision to serial number and product ID, Just about everything you need to know about your drives is available. Other features include the ability to unhide or hide drives, map drives, create remove or substitute drive letters and much more. Thanks to Pendriveapps.com
FixWin is a portable application to repair and fix common Windows annoyances and issues. The solutions to repair and fix 50 common Windows annoyances, issues & problems have been categorized under 5 tabs, viz : Windows Explorer, Internet & Connectivity, Windows Media, System Tools & Misc Additional Fixes. FixWin detects whether you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista installed and accordingly offers you the relevant fixes only.
Free Process Freezer is an easy to use free program for suspending (freezing) and resuming processes. It works similar to Windows Task Manager, but instead of terminating the process, the program allows you to suspend the problematic process and resume it later. This program is very handy when a process is consuming lots of system resources, but you do not want to terminate it. In this case, use Free Process Freezer to suspend the process without losing any data, and resume it later whenever you wish
Help users test if their ports are open with just a few clicks. Tests both TCP & UDP ports
Explore some of the most useful Firefox settings that you can change on your own and that aren't normally available through the program's graphical interface. The closest analogy to how Firefox manages its internal settings is the Windows Registry. Each setting, or preference, is given a name and stored as a string (text), integer (number) or Boolean (true/false) value. However, Firefox doesn't keep its settings in the registry, but in a file called prefs.js. You can edit prefs.js directly, but it's often easier to change the settings through the browser window. Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter, and you'll see all the settings currently enumerated in prefs.js, listed in alphabetical order. To narrow down the hundreds of configuration preferences to just the few you need, type a search term into the Filter: bar. (Click the Show All button or just clear the Filter: bar to get the full list back again.)
MouseExtender is a cosy utility with shortcuts to programs, folders and system functions (Control panel, Restart and Shutdown). This program allows you to improve your productivity. It is extremely simple and fully customizable
Do It Again is a free and simple program that allows you to make your computer automatically perform a task for you, whenever you want. If there is something that you do on your computer over and over, and you do it exactly the same way every time (such as backing up your pictures, checking web-based email for new messages, etc.), you can tell Do It Again how to perform that task (by doing it once yourself to create the new task). Then you can run that task whenever you want and Do It Again will automatically click the buttons and press the keyboard keys (in exactly the same way as when you created the task), while you sit back and watch the task being performed on the screen. It allows you to record a macro, then play it back to automate the actions of that macro
The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools are a set of tools to help administrators streamline management tasks such as troubleshooting operating system issues, managing Active Directory, configuring networking and security features, and automating application deployment. Contains dozens of great utilities
Windows 7 is supposed to simplify your lives. Nevertheless, there are certain things on it which have got trickier than ever
This free but powerful software will quickly scan your hard drives and let you know if there are any sector errors. It is critical that all customers thinking about running data recovery software run the Freeware Windows Surface Scanner before choosing their recovery option. Thanks to Lifehacker
Simple Search-Replace is like a replacement for the Windows containing text option found in the search window. It is extremely fast and allows for the option of replacing that text with different text. There are many features of this free software such as backup support, command line support, case sensitivity, multiple file types, subdirectory support, result printing and saving and more. After searching or replacing the results tab will allow you to open the matched file(s) and view the contents as well as edit them
SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures. SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature). SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise. SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too
WiLMA for short, this is a fabulous must-have help if you have to keep track of many open windows at the same time, even over multiple monitors. (The developer shows a shot of eight monitors.) The main application has a basic window that allows the management of various layouts. Adding new ones, editing existing ones, configuring the options, all the basic things you can expect from any normal application. When closed or minimized it sits in the tray and offers a tray icon with quick access to layouts that are enabled (it’s possible to exclude layouts from populating the tray menu since some layouts are not meant to be applied directly). A layout is a collection of window definitions that contain conditions and actions. Conditions that describe the window and how it should be detected and matched and actions that allow various actions to be taken such as minimizing, moving, relocating, moving it to a different screen, offsetting the position, maximizing it to a certain screen, etc. There are three types of layouts: Normal Layouts: these contain window definitions where the entire layout can be applied to a current desktop. Individual Window Layouts: these contain window definitions that can be applied individually through an active window context popup menu. Live Layouts: these are layouts where the system is monitored and when windows that match any or all definitions it will apply the actions to that window as it becomes available and gets noticed
If you have lots of drive letters of different types of drives, such as mapped network drives, thumb drive (USB memory sticks), smart media and compact flash, CD-ROM and DVD then this utility is perfect to help you manage them. Drive Manager has been written to help you easily identify drives which are of the same type. As well as displaying the volume label it also displays vendor information so that multiply CD/DVD drives and removable drives such as USB thumb drives can be differentiated by their manufacturers name, version and revision date. Also the serial number can be seen as a unique ID for each drives
Wake up your system from a Stand-by mode or Hibernation programmatically. This simple utility, WakeupOnStandBy, will do it for you. Once activated it resides in the system and wakes it up at predefined time, runs a file and if necessary sends it into Stand-by mode, hibernates it or shuts it down. It can also be used to run scheduled operations every day, or on specific day(s)
This utility will be handy for people who would like to leave their computer unattended for some time before automatically turning it off (logging off a user, rebooting it, sending it into hibernation or stand-by mode). TOff can perform these tasks at a certain day and time (one time or every day), as well as after a certain period of mouse & keyboard, CPU or network inactivity with the seconds discrepancy. I used it every time when I left my computer at the office to download some stuff from the Internet and then to turn it off at night so that it looked as if nothing happened in the morning
WinID is a controls and windows identification utility that is both powerful and compact. Its main purpose is to give an easy way to retrieve information about Microsoft Windows controls visually right off the screen. WinID resembles Spy++ from the Microsoft Visual Studio toolset but it also incorporates lots of its own handy features. Who would be interested in using WinID? Definitely, a person who knows (or plans to learn) the architecture of the Microsoft Windows Operating System - programmer, debugger/tester, beginner. It will definitely be handy for debugging your C/C++/MFC/.NET and Visual Basic applications, as well as learning more about how your favorite programs are made
In Windows, use this utility to create a folder within or copy a file into a protected folder such a Program Files or Windows without having to deal with the confusing File Operation dialog box. This is one of the most confusing and poorly understood features of User Account Control. When running as a administrator with UAC enabled, your standard user token does not have write permissions to these protected folders. Unfortunately, because Windows Explorer was not designed to run in multiple instances in the same desktop session, Windows cannot simply throw up a UAC prompt and then launch an elevated instance of Explorer. Instead, you get one or more elevation prompts (if full-prompting is enabled) and Windows completes the operations using the full administrator token. This can be annoying if you have to make repeated operations in these folders. So to work around this annoyance, a new Explore as Administrator PowerToy. Thanks to The Windows Club
Device Doctor is a freeware Windows application that scans your computer hardware and checks to see if there are new driver updates available for your devices. It also locates drivers for "unidentified devices" in the Windows Device Manager Thanks to How-To Geek
WinToFlash will help pull over the contents of a Windows installation CD or DVD and prep the USB drive to become a bootable replacement for the optical drive. It can alsow do this with your LiveCD. You don't have to worry about scratches on the disc or misplacing your original media discs once you transfer their contents to the flash drive. The optical drive is quickly becoming a thing of the past, especially in office environments, as media is shifted to the cloud
This spreadsheet from Microsoft, lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files delivered with Windows 7. These files are used to expose policysettings when you edit Group Policy Objects (GPOs) using Group Policy Object Editor (also known as GPEdit)
With Memory Viewer you can view your system memory configuration, without having to open the box! Not only does Memory Viewer show you the channel, dimm, size and speed....but it also shows you the type of memory: SDRAM, DDR, etc. Memory Viewer can save you time by telling you detailed information about the memory cards installed in your computer, as well as the current memory allocation. (Go to utilities)
Shortcut keys allow you to type a keyboard shortcut that you can press to start a program in Windows. However, there is no easy way to view and manager these shortcut keys. Shortcut Key Explorer will help you manage the list of shortcut keys you have loaded on your computer. Simply run Shortcut Key Explorer and it will automatically load the existing shortcut keys and display them in an easy to read list. From this list you can double-click on any item and edit the properties of the Windows shortcut. This is great for troubleshooting duplicate shortcut keys or shortcut keys you did not even know existed. (Go to utilities)
This is small tool that adds Attach and Detach option to contextual - right-click - menu of Virtual disk (vhd) files. That enables those operations to be done without trip to Disk Management console. Detach option is available on hard drive contextual menu also. Additionally program can be used as classic utility in order to see various information about virtual disk, even without attaching it. Do notice that this program only works with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Older operating systems are not supported
The only open source hypervisor, now available as a live CD
A small application that monitors readyBoost, peaks, cache size, graph, read and write speed
All your applications can be installed on your new PC with one click. Should you need to reinstall your system, Allmyapps takes care of reinstalling all your favorite applications in the blink of an eye
Format Recovery for EMail is a powerful and free EMail Recovery Software. The software can recover EMail from a damaged dbx file or deleted dbx file or re-installed Windows drive. The mail fragment can be saved as an EML file. It supports Outlook Express and Foxmail format. Even if the file name is lost, deleted or formatted, it can scan the lost EMail from the drive or hard disk
Default Programs Editor is a powerful but simple file association utility for Windows. It is a context menu editor, an autoplay editor, and default programs association editor, essentially, it gives you the ability to edit the settings in the Default Programs Control Panel page. It's a replacement for the File Types dialog in Windows XP, and brings some key features of TweakUI to Windows Vista and Windows 7. Thanks to gHacks
Use Windows Easy Transfer to copy your files, photos, music, e-mail, settings, and more from a computer running Windows XP to a computer running Windows 7. You can transfer data using an Easy Transfer Cable, removable media, or across a network. Thanks to Web Talk
How to get safe and quick access to alternative file systems? DiskInternals Linux Reader is a new easy way to do this. This program plays the role of a bridge between your Windows and Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems. This easy-to-use tool runs under Windows and allows you to browse Ext2/Ext3 Linux file systems and extract files from there
There are a lot of excellent free Windows comprehensive repairing and fixing tools around the internet. But there are times when you want just one quick fix for example when you are under a virus attack and you just want to enable the Task Manager or the Registry Editor so you can fight the virus back, or when some new installation changed your XP behavior and My Documents opens on every start up. This is the right time to draw XP Quick Fix Plus with 40 common Windows XP problems fixes, only 0.58mb, portable, small and fast, a must have on every computer and with a small extra, a command line utility to fix 6 common problems directly from command line
GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Mail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium. GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag'n'drop files to
A mini utility that let you quickly and safely change the registered owner and organization in Windows (the information you see when you run Winver command), Portable and simple to use, tested on Win XP, Win 7
Tray cleaner is a small and portable tool to clean your System Tray (notification area) from past items (even if you don't see them). The tool is very simple to use, just one click to clean, if there are no past items, Tray cleaner will inform you and the Clear button will be disabled
Unerv is a free Windows sub-system. It is: Small, Feature Rich, Command Line Compatible, Compatible with Windows 95 and up. Sounds interesting, but we don't have a clue what it does, and the web site doesn't tell us. Try it out and let us know
OkayKeybees is a freeware keyboard remapper with a twist. You define what keys are always replaced or what keys are replaced only when a user defined modifier key is held. You can effectively "move" keys to either side of the keyboard or even effective disable keys (like the Windows key)
Utility for renaming large groups of files with a few clicks. Anyone that has worked with websites, file archives, or collections of music, videos, or pictures has probably spent way too much time renaming hundreds of files. This utility will add, remove, or replace parts of the filename with ease and also supports renaming via file properties, MP3 tags, JPEG JFIF and EXIF tags. Batch renaming that's simple to use, yet still very powerful
AlternativeTo is a new approach to finding good software. Tell them what application you want to replace and they give you great alternatives, based on user recommendations
ArsClip monitors the clipboard and keeps track of the entries. Press a configurable hotkey and select an item (or items) to quickly paste into a program. ArsClip used to be barebonez, but it has become a nicely featured program due to user requests for changes. ArsClip remembers the last 15 or more text entries entered into the Windows clipboard and can be configured to monitor non-text items. Delphi 6 source code is included - modify it freely for any non-profit use. NOTE: The newer versions are compiled with Turbo Delphi for Win32
Utility for performing mouse gestures. MouseWrangler monitors the mouse while Right-Click is held and keeps track of the movements made. When a set of movements is made, called a "gesture", an action is performed. MouseWrangler can simulate keystrokes, or run programs and files to automate common Windows tasks (like closing programs, minimizing programs, saving files, and so on). For more complex actions, MouseWrangler can also be used to trigger external macro programs
DVD Knife is a simple tool for extracting DVD clips from your DVD's.The clips will be stored in VOB format only. This is the simplest and fastest tool in its category which has ability to extract long VOB clips in few seconds.Its so simple that only three steps can extract the clip ie "Select start" - "Select end" - "Save". So get your favorite movie or film scenes stored seperately now
Monitor Asset Manager is a Plug and Play monitor information utility that works under all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. It is fully multi-monitor-capable, and unlike similar reporting utilities queries the monitor directly rather than relying on potentially dubious information stored in the registry. In addition to providing detailed information on monitor color and timing characteristics, this compact utility (~400kb) is the only program of its type to accomplish this under Windows NT 4.0, providing corporate IS managers with a simple tool to track monitor inventory by serial number. Reports generated by Monitor Asset Manager provide detailed technical information about the target display device and its capabilities. Corporate licensed versions of this lightweight utility can be set to run periodically in the background where it can silently save reports in SMS-compliant MIF file format to designated locations at pre-specified intervals. An IS manager wishing to implement SMS-compliant asset management and inventory practices will find that Monitor Asset Manager is the perfect tool to compliment existing management capabilities. Moreover, end users puzzled by the way Windows treats their monitors and high-definition display devices can gain insight into exactly what Plug-and-Play means: all the information provided by the display to the system is displayed in readable format, including DPM and GTF/CVT support, color chromaticity values, native and recommended resolutions with exact timing parameters, as well as device minimum requirements and maximum limits. The latest version also supports DisplayID structures, extracts and decodes EIA/CEA-861 extension data for consumer electronics devices like HDTVs, build EDID override INF files, and queries for basic Monitor Command and Control (MCCS) information from next-generation DisplayPort and DDC/CI compliant displays
If you have just installed or upgraded to Windows 7, you will notice that one of the major changes during installation is the lack of the well-known setup wizard which asks you to choose among different Windows editions to install. Each Windows 7 DVD instead, will automatically install its own preset edition. Basically, Windows 7 DVD doesn’t contain all editions in its setup anymore, but mind you, such a feature is still supported! Here is a simple, free utility which lets you create a DVD from a Windows ISO file containing all Windows 7 editions
Windows notepad replacement. Notepad2 has a small footprint and is very fast, even when used on very old machines. Aside from rivaling Windows Notepad for startup speed and responsiveness, Notepad2 also sports a clean, unobtrusive interface free of the clutter that often overwhelms the users of other text editors. Yet, despite its speed and tidy interface, Notepad2 sports a lot of powerful features, such as syntax highlighting, brace matching, tag completion, encoding conversion, code folding (with my custom build; see below), and a variety of other useful tools. Put together, this mix of features, speed, and usability makes Notepad2 the ideal Notepad replacement
Copy Cat 2.0 will skip the bytes which are not readable from files and copy all other bytes. Windows will not usually copy portions of a damaged disk. Therefore it extracts max data which is normally not done by windows copy operation. Copy Cat can be helpful at times when you want to copy a CD or DVD which is scratched,when you want to copy data from harddisk area which is partially not readable , when you want to copy data from floppy which is currently not being copied by windows
Send any files from PC to any mobile phones. Files to Phones provides free transmission of any files (TXT, MP3, JPG, 3GP, MP4, vCal, vCard) to any Bluetooth devices (mobile phones, smartphones, hand-held devices, communicators, laptops, mini-laptop computers) within coverage over Bluetooth. Does not require any special software or hardware - only a computer (PC, laptop) and a Bluetooth dongle. Absolutely any files can be distributed. Simultaneous distribution of files to 1...7 Bluetooth devices located within coverage area. Supported BlueSoleil, Toshiba, WidComm/Broadcomm and Microsoft stacks(Scroll down page to find program)
Talking Desktop Clock adds new features to your Windows® XP system tray clock. It shows the time in the system tray and/or on the desktop, with a choice of many attractive clock styles, analog or digital. It uses Microsoft® Speech or Microsoft® Agent to announce the time on the hour, ½ hour, or ¼ hour. It can also play a chime on the hour, ½ hour, or ¼ hour. Talking Desktop Clock 1.0 Preview is an incomplete pre-release version
Disabling automatic file timestamps speeds up machine
Windows Double Explorer manages two Windows Explorer in one application. Also you can add your favorite folders with drag and drop to the toolbar for quick access. It's easyier to manage your disc structure. Thanks to instant fundas
The system registry is one of the most important components of the operating system. The stability of the system's operation depends upon it being in working order, and the speed of the applications you work with depends upon the volume of data contained in it. Registry Life helps correct errors in the registry and optimizes it, increasing the working speed and stability of the system. It's a compact, simple to use, and FREE solution for servicing your system registry
The Signo tool is an impressively complete hotkey manager that can handle pretty much anything you can think of doing with either hotkeys or textkeys and provides a large range of built-in functionalities you can easily leverage to boost your productivity. Thanks to freewaregenius.com
Windows 7 is finally ready for widespread, public consumption. This guide will take you straight through from system requirements and upgrading your PC to highlighting Windows 7's best new features to helping you hit the ground running with all of the awesome tweaks Windows 7 has in store for you
The sole purpose of this program is to simplify the process of changing the dates and attributes of a file or list of files. DAE (Date and Attribute Editor) offers an easy to use and intuitive interface
ConsoleTaskManager is a simple taskmanager replacement. Works in textmode only. Reason for this is that if your graphics system somehow is screwed the standard win taskmanager won't be able to show something useful. Since this switches the graphics to textmode it will in most cases help you kill the task responsible for messing up your graphics system
DriveGLEAM is a harddrive activity monitor application
Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted)
Run programs with your desirable pre-defined priority. Instead of using Windows Task Manager to change the Running Processes priority (something which is not convenient), Applications Priority Master gives you the ability to create programs' shortcuts, specifying the priority you want them to start with.So, make a list of programs and run them from Applications Priority Master, with a pre-defined priority according to your needs
Create Virtual Drives by associating folders of your disks with Drive letters
Reduce virtualization complexity with simple, easy to use VirtualIQ Pro dashboard. Use VirtualIQ to manage up to 5 CPUs and 25 VMs for FREE
All-around tool to optimize, repair and test Windows Thanks to gHacks
If you need to defragment multiple hard drives or partitions (maybe doing something else in the meanwhile) or you want to have a well defragmented hard drive, you can try DefragDrives, an alternative to the standard Windows interface. And it works a whole lot better than the standard Windows interface, allowing options Microsoft didn't think of
Real Temp is a temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core and Quad Core processors. Each core on these processors has a digital thermal sensor (DTS) that reports temperature data relative to TjMax which is the safe maximum operating core temperature for the CPU. As your CPU heats up, your Distance to TjMax will decrease. If it reaches zero your processor will start to throttle or slow down so maximizing your distance away from TjMax will help your computer run at full speed and more reliably too
You can back up your data files on to disk, diskette, CD or DVD. Buckup Mill will keep track of file versions and disks. You can restore any file to any previous version without having to know on which disk or in which backup set it is located. You can create unlimited incremental backups. This saves time, backups and restores are very fast
comprehensive data recovery software to recover data on major windows operating system. It recovers files emptied from the Recycle Bin, lost due to hard drive crash, formatted or damaged hard drive, virus infection and other unknown reasons. Support recovery of all major file types, including text, exl, pdf, bmp, exe, html, jpg, avi, mp3, etc. As a easy disk data recovery software, get delete and formatted files back. Thanks to Web Talk
Hot-babe is a small graphical utility which displays the system activity in a very special way. When the CPU is idle, it displays a dressed girl, and when the activity goes up, as the temperature increases, the girl begins to undress, to finish totally naked when the system activity reaches 100% Thanks to Instant Fundas
iRotate provides convenient access to the native rotation capabilities present in contemporary display drivers, via a popup menu accessible from the system tray and optional system-wide hotkeys. It's no longer necessary to resort to bloated Windows hacks, additional software layers or phantom drivers to achieve content rotation. In most instances, support is now available directly from the graphics chip manufacturers, who continuously improve and apply quality assurance to their drivers. By leveraging the native rotation capabilities now provided by ATI, nVidia, Intel, Matrox, S3, XGI and others, iRotate offers exceptional speed and efficiency, with minimal impact on scarce system resources - the entire iRotate package, including installation, documentation, and native language support in all the major European and Asian languages, weighs in at only 125kb. And like all EnTech graphics utilities, iRotate supports multiple graphics cards from various vendors, simultaneously, under every multi-monitor enabled operating system from Windows 98 to Vista
Great for backing up each version of a worked on file. The copy changed files tool is a free program that lets you copy changed files from one directory tree to another. The program only copies changed files, leaving all other files behind. Needed if you have a vast amount of images/documents/source code files that you only want to make a incremental backup of, You have a lot of customer websites that you maintain and only want to update the changed files, You need to copy changed files only from one directory tree to another, or You take a lot of pictures you want to backup several times a day to a DVD or another media where you cannot overwrite only append to.
BlinkSync is a free file and directory synchronization tool. It works both locally and over a network. It has a command line interface and is particularly suitable for scripting. Common uses include build processes, deployment/publishing, and content updates
NirCmd is a small command-line utility that allows you to do some useful tasks without displaying any user interface. By running NirCmd with simple command-line option, you can write and delete values and keys in the Registry, write values into INI file, dial to your internet account or connect to a VPN network, restart windows or shut down the computer, create shortcut to a file, change the created/modified date of a file, change your display settings, turn off your monitor, open the door of your CD-ROM drive, and more
The command-line Runas utility is handy for launching programs under different accounts, but is not convenient for heavy Explorer users. ShellRunas provides functionality similar to that of Runas to launch programs as a different user via a convenient shell context-menu entry
Red Button is a free program for Windows optimization. By means of Red Button you can reduce space occupied by your system on a disk; switch off and remove unnecessary components; increase speed of loading, operation, turn off of system; clean "junk" files; correct errors in the registry, more
You're probably familiar with the popular proprietary commercial package Norton Ghost, and its OpenSource counterpart, Partition Image. The problem with these software packages is that it takes a lot of time to massively clone systems to many computers. You've probably also heard of Symantec's solution to this problem, Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition with multicasting. Well, now there is an OpenSource clone system (OCS) solution called Clonezilla with unicasting and multicasting! Clonezilla, based on DRBL, Partition Image, ntfsclone, partclone, and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk. This increases the clone efficiency. At the NCHC's Classroom C, Clonezilla SE was used to clone 41 computers simultaneously. It took only about 10 minutes to clone a 5.6 GBytes system image to all 41 computers via multicasting
Data recovery utility that scans your media for traces of lost files (images, documents, etc.), and can undelete files from FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS partitions
Utility that allows you to parse through any NTFS partition on any media readable by your computer
Minimem is a memory optimization tools that allows you running modern applications on not-so-modern computers that are RAM-limited. You just choose which programs to optimize and how to do so, and Minimem takes care of the rest, running silently in your tray bar. Go to Tools
Signo runs silently in your tray bar and allows you managing multiple hotkeys and textkeys and their association with various actions. Signo intends to support everything you'd want to use hotkeys for and therefore is the most feature full hotkey manager you can find, including a very large range of feature such as action hotkeys, auto-replace textkeys, screen and windows management, screen are capture tool, etc. Go to Tools
On occasions it may have happened that the title bar of your open explorer window may have moved off screen, as a result of which you are unable to move the window with the help of your mouse pointer. Here is a simple tip which will help you move the window in such situations
ShortcutsMan displays the details about all shortcuts that you have on your desktop and under your start menu. Broken shortcuts (shortcuts that point to file that doesn't exist) are automatically painted with pink color. You select one or more shortcuts, and then delete them, resolve them or save the shortcut's details to HTML/Text/XML file
Prevent cut, paste, copy, delete, re-naming of files & folders. Prevent: 1. Stops Cut 2. Stops Paste 3. Stops Copy 4. Stops Delete 5. Stops Copy To 6. Stops Move to 7. Stops Send To 8. Prevents renaming 9. Disables Task Manager’s End Process button. Also it doesn’t allow you to right click on process name and click on end process. It also grays out the context menu items, disable Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X and Ctrl+V and/or stops the process.
iReboot sits in your taskbar at startup (only taking up 400KB of memory!) and lets you choose which operating system you want to reboot into. Instead of pressing restart, waiting for Windows to shut down, waiting for your BIOS to post, then selecting the operating system you want to boot into (within the bootloader time-limit!); you just select that entry from iReboot and let it do the rest Thanks to gHacks
GImageX is a graphical user interface for the ImageX tool from the Windows Automated Installation Kit v2.0 (WAIK). ImageX is used to capture and apply WIM images for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 desktop deployments. It uses the Microsoft WIMGAPI API for working with WIM files. The ImageX GUI is a native application for the x86 and x64 platforms that will also work in Windows PE (WinPE). There is also a COM component version included that implements some of the basic functionality for direct use in languages such as VBScript
The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is a set of tools and documentation that support the configuration and deployment of Windows operating systems. By using Windows AIK, you can automate Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, configure and modify images using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM), create Windows PE images, and migrate user profiles and data with the User State Migration Tool (USMT). Windows AIK also includes the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), which enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK)
SetPower harnesses your computer's existing power management capabilities. SetPower allows you to specify when your computer may fall asleep and when it must be awake. Why is this important to do? Because when you control your computer's wake and sleep cycle, you can reduce your power consumption -- and reduce your enery bills, too. SetPower is good for you, and the environment. Consider this: most people do one of two things: 1. they leave their computer on all the time, sucking energy and wasting money. 2. they use the built-in Windows power feature, resulting in a computer that falls asleep at inopportune times. SetPower, on the other hand, lets you leverage your computer's existing power management capabilities so that you can save energy and money, while also ensuring that your computer is ready to go when you need it
DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives. Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe "hot images" even from drives currently in use. Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup! Restore images to drives without having to reboot. DriveImage XML is now faster than ever, offering two different compression levels. DriveImage XML runs under Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Vista and Windows 7 only. The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS
Partition Find & Mount implements a new concept of deleted or lost partition recovery. It works in the most convenient way possible — by locating and mounting partitions into the system, thus making those lost partitions available to you like any generic disk volume. Partition Find & Mount will also work in case any Boot Record (including the Master Boot Record) is missing, damaged or overwritten
Cool multifunction utility. A million features... Launch a program, bring it back into focus, or move to another one. Use an Infinite desktop space. Spread groups of windows around and move between them seamlessly. Iconize windows. Save Desktop area by replacing windows with 'live' icons showing CPU and memory usage. Open a document, folder, Internet resource or start a search. Move, minimize, or make windows transparent. Make them bigger, smaller, send them to the tray. Set them to 'Always on top' or tile them. Play. Issue a Media command, such as play, pause or volume up/down. Use an unlimited desktop to move across and place program windows. Start your screensaver, shutdown your computer, open a CD door and more. Access hidden Windows utilities. Control Winamp or compatible media players. Instantly display any menu of programs or actions at the mouse pointer. Launch other programs automatically on ZenKEY startup. Simulate a series of keystrokes (Script any action - automate tasks).
PStart is a simple tray tool to start user defined applications. Designed to run portable applications (like portable Firefox & Thunderbird), you can start anything runnable from USB key devices or removable disks
Regshot is an open-source registry compare utility that allows you to quickly take a snapshot of your registry and then compare it with a second one - done after doing system changes or installing a new software product
Free partitioning tool. The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs (e.g. Partition Image, TestDisk, Truecrypt, Clonezilla, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc...) and an excellent set of documentation to benefit the user. An extensive collection of file system tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs. Parted Magic requires at least a i586 processor and 256MB of RAM to operate or 128MB in "Live" mode
Fast and user friendly free tool for driver backup, restoration and removal with command line options, automatic restoration from CD and path formatting. DriverBackup! includes also an interactive command line builder
Program launcher. ButtonBar is a remake of the toolbar shipped with the old 16-bit MS-Office, with some major improvements
Normally it's not possible to paste text from Windows clipboard to a textbox of a Java Applet. But it works to send single chars by WM_CHAR messages. That's what ClpSendChar does. When it starts it grabs the text from the Windows clipboard and then it sends the text char by char using WM_CHAR messages to the active text control. When you start ClpSendChar the cursor must be in the target. That's why you cannot start it thru the Windows Start menu because it doesn't activate the program that was active before. But you can create a link to ClpSendChar and define a hotkey there like Ctrl+Alt+V. Then you can use Ctrl+Alt+V to paste text from Clipboard to a Java Applet
WinToFlash starts a wizard that will help pull over the contents of a windows installation CD or DVD and prep the USB drive to become a bootable replacement for the optical drive. It can also do this with your LiveCD. You don't have to worry about scratches on the disc or misplacing your original media discs once you transfer their contents to the flash drive. The optical drive is quickly becoming a thing of the past, especially in office environments, as media is shifted to the cloud
SuperCopier replaces Windows explorer file copy and adds many features: Transfer resuming, Copy speed control, No bugs if You copy more than 2GB at once, Copy speed computation, Better copy progress display, A little faster, Copy list editable while copying, Error log, Copy list saving and loading
Remember your folders that opened recently. Tired of changing folders from one to another by browsing My Computer? Recent Folders can remember which folder you were recently working on. Select your favorite folder from a list just like selecting a file from "My Recent Documents"
Your computer and others may automatically place files on your USB drive every time you use it. Now you can keep it clear and clean just as automatically – using rules you set up and approve
PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from Hard Disks and CDRom and lost pictures (thus, its 'Photo Recovery' name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's filesystem has been severely damaged or re-formatted
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a stand-alone product that provides a reliable and optimized virtualization solution enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs. With the addition of new features such as live migration and expanded processor and memory support for host systems, it allows organizations to consolidate workloads onto a single physical server and is a good solution for organizations who are consolidating servers as well as for development and test environments. By having the ability to plug into existing IT infrastructures Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 enables companies to reduce costs, improve utilization and provision new servers. It allows IT professionals to leverage existing patching, provisioning, management and support tools and processes. IT Professionals can continue to leverage their individual skills and the collective knowledge of Microsoft tools, minimizing the learning curve to manage Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. In addition, with Microsoft providing comprehensive support for Microsoft applications and heterogeneous guest operating systems support, customers can virtualize with confidence and peace of mind
CrystalDiskInfo is an HDD, SSD utility software which supports S.M.A.R.T.
Active Partition Manager is an application that helps you manage storage devices and the logical drives or partitions that they contain. You may create, delete, format and name partitions on your computer without shutting down the system. Most configuration changes take effect immediately
Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other. Unison shares a number of features with tools such as configuration management packages (CVS, PRCS, Subversion, BitKeeper, etc.), distributed filesystems (Coda, etc.), uni-directional mirroring utilities (rsync, etc.), and other synchronizers (Intellisync, Reconcile, etc)
In XML text and attribute values, we need to escape ASCII characters like the angle brackets, semicolon, single quote, double quotes. XML Escape Tool can escape or unescape XML characters easily and quickly
Everyone has uninstalled programs at one point or another, just to be presented with that wonderful dialog asking whether or not we want to delete some 'shared' Windows resource... Do we? Does something else use that DLL file it's asking about? Help!!! That's where AnalogX DLL Archive comes in - it searches through all the files on your system and lets you know if any of them contain references to the DLL's in question! AnalogX DLL Archive is super-simple to use, just click search and let it do its thing - once done, you'll be presented with a list of all the DLL's that don't have references in the system! Then just select which ones you think aren't necessary anymore and archive them - it's that simple! Make a mistake? No problem, restoring DLL's from the archive is just as simple - nothing is deleted until YOU delete it
Alt-Tab Replacement For XP. TaskSwitchXP is an advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt+Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to
The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files. It does not contain non-troubleshooting tools like the BSOD Screen Saver or NotMyFault. The Suite is a bundling of about 75 Sysinternals Utilities
What SuperF4 basically does, is kill the process of the foreground window when you press Ctrl+Alt+F4. You might think, doesn't Alt+F4 do this? Well, it's a bit different. When you press Alt+F4, the program can refuse to quit. Windows essentially only asks the program to quit, and lets it decide for itself what to do (almost always it behaves just as if you would have pressed the × in the upper-right corner)
RegStart is a powerful Registry Start-Up Cleaner which will help you remove or backup any element present in your Registry or Start Menu start-up locations. Due to its powerful registry scanner RegStart has the ability to look in all startup locations and it will show you every start-up entry present in your system registry. If you are logged in as an administrator RegStart will give you the possibility to clean the start-up locations for all users present on your station. Please note that RegStart also has the ability to scan the "Start Menu" start-up locations and it will show you every file present in those locations. RegStart has a few extras too, that is, it will give you the possibility to edit special system files that are normally read on system start-up
Shaft is a powerful cleanup utility used to remove unnecessary files like temporary files, links to recent files, cookies, temporary internet files and so on. Shaft gives you the possibility to select the files that are to be deleted or folders that should be cleaned up. Why bother with manual cleanup when you have the possibility to do it automatically using Shaft
RarZilla Free Unrar is a beautiful decompression tool for RAR-archives that supports spanned archives as well as the extraction of password protected files. Decompression can be started by drag 'n' drop, double click or shell integrated context menu. To speed the whole process up, RarZilla has the option to define a default output folder or a default password or both
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process and thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit
Mount and create ISO disk images
ControlPad turns the numeric keypad on your keyboard to a Windows command execution system
Perfgraph is a CPU, memory, network, hardware monitor. It is implemented as an Explorer toolbar so it does not necessarily take up space from your desktop. A quick overview of its features: CPU utilization display for up to 8 cores, Memory utilization indicator, Network throughput monitoring via SNMP, Network performance & reliability monitoring by pinging remote hosts, CPU temperatures, Chipset temperatures & fan speeds, HDD temperature, Gigabyte Odin PSU support (voltage, current, power, etc.), Very lightweight: minimal CPU and memory utilization. Perfgraph will run on both x86 and x64 versions of Windows XP or later
BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during 'blue screen of death' crashes, and displays the information about all crashes in one table. For each crash, BlueScreenView displays the minidump filename, the date/time of the crash, the basic crash information displayed in the blue screen (Bug Check Code and 4 parameters), and the details of the driver or module that possibly caused the crash (filename, product name, file description, and file version). For each crash displayed in the upper pane, you can view the details of the device drivers loaded during the crash in the lower pane. BlueScreenView also mark the drivers that their addresses found in the crash stack, so you can easily locate the suspected drivers that possibly caused the crash
Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP. This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more
Utility that indicates the hard disk drive activity in a tray icon
Great file manager -- all the features of the others plus more, using the amazing quadro-view technique
TrID is an utility designed to identify file types from their binary signatures. While there are similar utilities with hard coded rules, TriID has no such rules. Instead, it is extensible and can be trained to recognize new formats in a fast and automatic way. TrID has many uses: identify what kind of file was sent to you via e-mail, aid in forensic analysis, support in file recovery, etc. TrID uses a database of definitions which describe recurring patterns for supported file types. As this is subject to very frequent update, it's made available as a separate package. Just download both TrID and this archive and unpack in the same folder
For big iron affectionados, IBM has available two Redbook series entitled the ABCs of Systems Programming. They "introduce the structure of OS/390, z/OS, and S/390 operating environment. The set will help you install, tailor, and configure an OS/390 operating system, and is intended for system programmers who are new to an OS/390 or z/OS environment."
High Sign is an application that allows you to easily create and map custom gestures to perform common actions on a Windows PC. Unlike some other mouse gesture recognition software, you are not limited to a set of predefined gestures; you are free to create any gesture you can think up. The original idea for High Sign was to be a complete StrokeIt alternative, but since High Sign's birth, the vision has changed dramatically for it to become so much more. The gesture recognition engine was written from scratch and designed to focus on maximum recognition accuracy with a minimum sample set (typically one (1) sample is all that's required to reliably identify a gesture)
This is a freeware screen saver which displays information about your system status while the system is, or seems to be, idle. very useful for servers and and background activity systems
Dropper is a little program that shows a little box. When you drop files onto this box, it will open those files with whatever program you have specified
Gridy adds an invisible grid to Windows, so that any window you move or resize is snapped to it. Snapping is enabled with mouse drag or keyboard arrow keys. In addition, you can: Make any window semi-transparent, hide the window's Alt-Tab icon and set any window to be Always on Top
The Alternate Data Streams Shell is a utility for working with NTFS alternate data streams. It represents the streams as files and exposes its functions through the Windows shell facilities
KillKeys disables specified keys, preventing programs from picking them up. The default behavior is to disable both windows keys and the menu key when in fullscreen windows to prevent accidentally pressing them when playing games. Thanks to gHacks
According to the author, "Traditional backup programs are still largely built on concepts from the days when everyone backed up their data to cheap backup media (i.e. discs or tape). They are typically designed to backup all information to a set of backup media. Even though most backup programs now allow you to back up data to external hard disks or network locations, most still create monolithic backup files. Getting to the data once it's on the backup media usually involves a restore process that moves the individual file data back to a hard disk. Nowadays however hard disks are cheap and online storage is practically getting cheaper by the minute. Backing up using a process that creates large, monolithic backup files just doesn't make as much sense anymore. Hard drives are very good as storing individual files and online backups services are most efficient when they can upload small incremental files changes rather than larger monolithic backup files. After this realization I started to look for possible alternatives to the monolithic backup process. Most of what I found offered little more than what NT Backup and some clever scripts had to offer. There were some notable exceptions and the solution I ultimately settled on is largely inspired by one of these exceptions, a tool named rsync. However once I made the decision to move away from NT Backup and a traditional, monolithic backup system things got a lot more complicated."
Disk fragmentation leads to system slowdowns, PC crashes, slow startups and shutdowns. Auslogics Disk Defrag is designed for fast optimization of modern hard disks
Make a window roll into its title bar, send it to the back or make it stay on top. Minimize, maximize or close all visible windows, including minimizing to the tray area. Make a window translucent on Windows 2000 or above. WinRoll is lovingly hand-crafted in 100% pure assembly language to give the fastest response and the smallest memory footprint
CPU Speed measures the REAL speed of your Intel or AMD central processing unit. (Scroll down to find it)
Ultimate Windows Tweaker v 2.0 is a freeware Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows 7 & Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application to customize your Windows to meet your requirements. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, more stable, and more secure with just a few mouse clicks. The tweaker detects whether you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista installed and accordingly offers you the relevant tweaks only
If you’ve ever encountered a blocked startup app in Vista and would like a work-around that can bypass it then this will do it
ShellMenuView is a small utility that displays the list of static menu items that appear in the context menu when you right-click a file or folder in Windows Explorer, and allows you to easily disable unwanted menu items
File Searcher allows you to search any file in any location for any content easily and quickly. File Searcher features a powerful regular expression engine that searches any type of file for any given regular expression or standard string. File Searcher is a huge step up on most other search programs because it is simple. It finds lost text files where you can only remember vague details about them. It is way better than the Windows search function at it
Product Key Finder is a free Windows application that retrieves license key information (CD Keys) from the Windows registry. Product Key Finder currently supports retrieval of 200+ windows applications such Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat
Erase Hard Drive Completely. Detects and displays information about all partitions, hard disks and floppy drives currently connected to your computer. Wipes out all floppies and hard disk drives completely by secure overwriting data on physical level using [One Pass Zeros] data destruction method. Erases partitions, logical drives and even not used disk space. Erasing report is created and can be saved as a file. Supports IDE, SATA and SCSI drives. Supports larger than 128GB hard disks via using LBA(LBA48) mode to access drive's data
Eusing Free Registry Defrag is a free registry defragmentation software that optimizes registry by removing gaps, fragments and wasted space in Windows registry files
Registry errors often cause instability and slow computer performance. This award-winning free registry cleaner will clean, repair and optimize the Windows registry to speed up your computer and eliminate frequent crashes
Metadata are details of any file which are included in the file and this includes data like author, date created, modified, type of file, computer used for creation and many more details. When you share any file with your friends, its better to remove these personal information from the files. If you are sharing photos, you can check this freeware to remove metadata from images. In Windows 7 (also in Vista), you can easily remove the metadata from any file using the properties window. In order to remove personal information and properties, follow these steps
Windows Virtual PC provides the capability to run multiple Windows environments such as Windows XP Mode from your Windows 7 desktop.
Replace standard Windows Explorer with SE-Explorer - simple and powerful dual panel file manager with tabbed interface and lots of built-in viewers
Explore and Burn is a CD or DVD burning application with intuitive and easy to use interface, integrated with Windows Explorer. It is the easiest and fastest way to burn files and ISO images on your computer to CD or DVD. Explore&Burn is extremely lightweight comparing to other bloated burning applications today on the software market and does just what you need
XpAssociate is a small little tool for munging the XP registry so that the correct app actually starts when you open a file. In otherv words, it helps you associate files with the correct app
This friendly little menu is efficient simplicity, no frills, no bloat no cost. Files, programs, links, multiple links - run them all. DeskBug is a selectable, mouse moveable graphic with a pop-up menu attached. The graphic can be as small as a few pixels or as large as you can stand! It can be made so non-intrusive that it can put anywhere on the screen but still be just a click away
Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive. Thanks to Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Back-up software. A really fast Disc Imaging Backup Software. Makes a complete .iso copy of your hard drive. It has a built-in scheduler, you can set it up to create backups on a regular schedule, making it harder for you to "forget" to take care of business. Images can be saved off to network drives, DVDs, or removable drives (USB and FireWire). Images can be password-protected for the security of your data. Using Microsoft's Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS), Free for personal use by Macrium Software.
Have a program run at the startup of Windows, but only if your caps-lock key is down at the time.
WinBuilder is a script engine that will run projects which produce very efficient boot or live disks available for several windows platforms. Use it to create boot disks from Windows XP, or for a variety of other projects. Not sure about it? Go look at the Projects page under downloads
xpize is a utility program for Windows XP (32-bit only) and Windows Server 2003 (32-bit only) that replaces most of the bits in Windows that didn't match XP's style with bits that do. xpize does not replace any files, system or otherwise. Instead it "patches" the files by replacing the old resources inside the files
The liveusb-creator is a cross-platform tool for easily installing live operating systems on to USB flash drives. Features Works in Windows and Linux! Completely non-destructive install. There is no need to deal with formatting or partitioning your USB key. Supports automatically downloading various Fedora releases, as well as Sugar on a Stick! Automatically detects all of your removable devices. Persistent storage creation. This lets you to allocate extra space on your USB stick, allowing you to save files and make modifications to your live operating system that will persist after you reboot. This essentially lets you carry your own personalized Fedora with you at all times. SHA1 checksum verification of known releases, to ensure that you've downloaded the correct bits
MonitorES is a small utility helps you to turn off the monitor display when you lock down your machine.Also when you lock your machine , it will pause all your media programs like winamp & set your IM Messengers status message to "Away" and restore it back to normal when you back.Also supports HOTKEY(CTRL+F2) to just turn off display
Eight different testmodes, some with submodes. Test your monitor for sharpness, moiré, geometry, convergence, high voltage supply stability, brightness, color quality and more. Adjusts to any given resolution (even odd ones, like 1280x1024). Comes with a tutorial text. You can step through the screens with ENTER and "hold" the auto changing screens in the submodes with SPACE. Scroll to bottom
EDID Viewer is a simple solution for providing comprehensive information about identity and capabilities of your monitor (EDID 2.0) and of your DTV (EIA/CEA 861 Extension). EDID Viewer extracts & analyses EDID data from your windows registry or from the monitor plugged to the FPDLite Device (DDC link). The information report can be saved in RTF format, directly printed or simply copied to the clipboard (using the right-click menu)
Find and Run Robot (FARR) is a program for keyboard maniacs -- it uses an adaptive "live search" function to rapidly find programs and documents on your computer as you type. Press your chosen hotkey to display the FARR window, then just start typing the first letters of the application you want to launch and the results appear instantly. Hit enter to launch the top result, or refine your search with special modifiers and commands. FARR also lets you quickly run web searches, send email, manipulate files, control on-screen windows, and much more. Build and share custom commands or install plugins to add tons of new features, like live search features for your clipboard history and your internet bookmarks; a popup a calculator with history tape and persistant variables; and many more
PEM stands for Portable Extension manager. It's purpose is to be able to handle file associations without writing any data to the system's registry, making it possible to defaultly open files with programs on a flash drive. Thanks to gHacks
Sort an entire drive by size or date to find the largest or newest files
It then lets the user choose one power scheme that will be used during the working day and a second power scheme that will be used at night. During the day none of us want our PC to switch off the monitor or the hard drives or even power down just because we went for a coffee however, if we leave our PC on all night then after work hours it should be okay to power some of these devices down. When PowerSlave sees that the time has gone past the end of your working day it switches to the night-time power scheme. When you come back in the morning it will see that we are back in work hours and automatically switch back to your chosen day time plan
Tweak the way you can use the newly introduced jumplists in Windows 7. Great increase in functionality
PowerResizer is a utility that provides many facilities in moving or resizing windows in a Microsoft(R) Windows(R) desktop environment: one of the key-features of PowerResizer is windows-docking
Windows operating system have dozens of special folders that are used for storing application settings and files, storing Internet files, saving temporary files, storing shortcuts to other files, and so on. This utility displays the list of all special folders in your system, and allows you to easily jump to the right folder simply by double-clicking the folder item. You can also save the list of all folder paths into text/html/xml file
Wide degree of functionality in a powerful, yet flexible utility designed to assist with all types of Master Boot Record difficulties. Initially developed to overcome MBR problems introduced by disk imaging products such as Symantec Ghost and Acronis True Image, MBRWizard has become a popular utility for creating bootable Windows 7 flash drives, as well as repairing all types of MBR problems, especially those caused by disk-2-disk and system backup and recovery applications. Whether you are looking to solve issues caused by experimentation, repair partition entry issues after recovering a disk image, or simply safeguarding your system by capturing a backup of the MBR before disaster strikes, you have come to the right place
Hawkscope is a productivity tool that allows you to access your hard drive contents quickly via drill down menu from a system tray icon. Main features: Cross platform, runs on Windows, Linux and Mac, Navigation through hard drive contents via dynamic popup menu, system wide global hotkey for invoking menu right under mouse location (on Windows and Linux only), Configurable favourite locations for quick access, Hide unwanted drives, folders or files by adding them to blacklist, Plugin system. Thanks to Lifehacker
KernSafe TotalMounter is an advanced and powerful virtual CD/DVD-ROM/RW/RAM emulator, and it is full-featured free software for windows. TotalMounter is also a free full-featured iSCSI initiator, virtual disks emulator, and a client of INetDisk. Its goal is to mount everything, you can not only mount a CD/DVD images (such as iso, bin, cdi, mdf, ccd, nrg etc.) as a virtualized drive, and also make these images by creating a CD/DVD-RW virtualized drive and burning data into it by burning software
Menus are a convenient way to access applications on a drive or computer, and they also help in organizing the stuff. Portable application suites often come with such start menus or program launchers to access the programs within the pack. If you do not use such application packs but still want to use a start menu to locate and search files on your flash drive, here are three free programs to choose from
TweakNow PowerPack is a fully-integrated suite of utilities that let you fine-tune every aspect of your computer's operating system and Web browser. The RAM Idle program manages the free memory that is available to run Windows programs. It prevents performance from degrading as you swap files and programs in and out of memory. The AutoShutdown program lets you suspend, hibernate, or shut down your computer after a specified period of time. In addition to saving resources, this program keeps your system more secure by making it unavailable to unauthorized people. The CD AutoRun is an extension of Windows' CD and DVD autorun features, giving you additional options for starting programs or listening to music. The Virtual Desktop program lets you run as many as four custom-designed desktop configurations simultaneously, allowing you to tailor your computer screen to your mood and your work requirements. The suite gives you a complete picture of all aspects of your computer's hardware, including detailed information about your motherboard, processor, video card, memory, hard disk and network
CD Recovery is an extremely easy to use software that can copy maximum data from your scratched CD, DVD or any other bad media. It can copy single file or folder or it can copy multiple files and folders and even entire drive
RAMpage is a Windows utility that displays the amount of available memory in the System Tray. It can also free memory; by double clicking the tray icon, by setting a threshold that activates the program automatically, or by having it run automatically when a program exits
Free ebook, the most comprehensive guide to the Windows Registry and the best part - it is searchable. Thanks to instant fundas
ICE ECC is a file verification and repair tool. ICE ECC allows you to protect your important files and sensitive data against digital corruption using Reed-Solomon codes. Did you know that a typical CD-R/DVD-R disk can hold its data intact for only a few years? ICE ECC is the perfect solution to this problem - before you store your data, protect it against corruption with ICE ECC. ICE ECC is easy to use. To protect a file against corruption, just select the file/files/directories with the program by navigating the explorer-style window and click Create. This creates recovery file/files of the original files. You can easily control the size and number of the recovery files. When you want to verify whether the file has been modified or if the data in it has been corrupted, just select the appropriate .ecc file and click Verify. ICE ECC will then do a full analysis of the file and let you know if it has been corrupted, in that case ICE ECC will automatically recover it for you
If you want to hack the context menu by adding shortcuts to your favorite website, here is a hack easy to apply
How to emulate a cell phone on PC using Windows Mobile 6.5 developer toolkit
This is a multi purpose launcher and a more advanced and customizable version of windows run. The program originated as I was sick of spending too much time searching for programs through my ever growing windows start-menu, and also I missed a tool that could ease and optimize my daily work flow. There was of course already programs like this available, but each had it's annoyance or missing features or too(!) geeky
WinCDEmu is an open-source software that allows mounting CD/DVD images by clicking at the image files in Windows Explorer. It supports both Windows XP and Vista, is open-source
Information on the right and wrong ways to set up Windows 7
Step by step instructions for customizing the options that appear on the right-click menu for various file types
Whether you want to set up a dual-boot system, you're ready to migrate all the way to Windows 7 RC from XP, or something in between, here's what you need to know, including download links for Win 7 RC
A bunch of nice little command-line utilities, mainly for use in Windows batch files
Windows 7 Little Tweaker is a small and simple to use utility that let you easily activate a few useful extras for Microsoft's new OS, Windows 7 Ultimate. Windows 7 Little Tweaker is a Windows 7 only portable application and will not run on any other Windows versions. Windows 7 Little Tweaker must run as Administrator, and with UAC disabled
VSuite Ramdisk is a great solution to hard disk bottleneck. It can greatly reduce the work of hard disk by using computer's RAM to simulate a hard disk. Access time can be greatly improved to files held on Ramdsiks, and so the throughput of your computer may improve by many times. Besides the service life of a physical hard disk will be prolonged via reducing access. This is suitable for applications such as P2P download. It can also detect the memory which is invisible to OS when your system has 4GB RAM or above. Public Edition. Thanks to instant fundas
You might have considered the susceptibility of your wrists to carpal tunnel. You might be trying to prevent your invasive friends and family from using your PC without looking like you have something to hide. You might even be trying to ward off Alzheimer's by intentionally subjecting yourself to the frustration of feeling like you’re five years old again. The Dvorak keyset aids in all of these endeavors, and making the switch is actually far easier than typing with it enabled. For those game to make the switch, here’s how it’s done
DriverView utility displays the list of all device drivers currently loaded on your system. For each driver in the list, additional useful information is displayed: load address of the driver, description, version, product name, company that created the driver, and more
Log Viewer is a custom made freeware tool for viewing text files, specifically log files. The text viewing portion of the GUI is custom made for improved memory usage and file navigating performance on very large files. The tool provides built-in greping (show and hide filtering on a line per line basis), color highlighting and multiple search strings
One of the greatest features the point and click interface brought to personal computers is the clipboard - that invisible, temporary shelf you use more times per day than Google. If you think the clipboard is only about Ctrl+C, you're missing out. Several utilities can turbocharge your clipboard and track, transfer and reformat the clipboard to your heart's content
Using this too, you can lock your keyboard and mouse by entering a phrase, and then unlock it by entering a different one
Freeware Registry Cleaner. Detects and fixes registry errors, Finds and cleans unneeded registry junk. Finds leftover temp files. Clears History and MRU data. Safe to use - automatic backup feature. Multilingual user interface
HWiNFO and HWiNFO32 are professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Both tools are designed to collect and present the maximum amount of information possible about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufacturers, system integrators and technical experts as well. Retrieved information is presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports
GParted is the Gnome Partition Editor application. Before attempting to use it, here is some basic background information. A hard disk is usually subdivided into one or more partitions. These partitions are normally not re-sizable (making one smaller and the adjacent one larger). The purpose of GParted is to allow the individual to take a hard disk and change the partition organization therein, while preserving the partition contents. GParted is an industrial-strength package for creating, destroying, resizing, moving, checking and copying partitions, and the file systems on them. This is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganizing disk usage, copying data residing on hard disks and mirroring one partition with another (disk imaging)
CPUOff monitors the CPU load and initiates computer shutdown if the average CPU load has been below a set threshold for a preset time. It can also be used to control a remote computer. CPUOff supports all the normal shut down modes. Thanks to instant fundas
In-Depth view of all installed Devices, Device Classes, Drivers and Services on a Windows System (Hidden, Detached, Current installed, Problematic Devices,etc,...), Easy mass removal of multiple Devices On-The-Fly, Modification/Manipulation of Devices, Drivers and Services on the System, Live detailed View of Device Detections on the System, Multiple Device Problem solving Features and Functions, And many many more useful Features
USBoot is a package that helps in the preparation of Windows for booting from USB storage devices by providing extensive support for automated installation and configuration of drivers especially for setup class USB
IsMyLcdOK is a small program but effective solution to easily check for dead/paralysed/stuck pixels on LCD monitors
Super Fdisk is the free DOS Partition Manager. With Super Fdisk you can quickly and easily create, delete, format partitions in DOS system
ColorConsole brings a little color to the black and white world of Windows console. Installation of ColorConsole is not required
According to the author, "Microsoft has released it’s Windows 7 Release Candidate (Win7RC) and is making it available to, well, pretty much everyone! In the past, beta’s and release candidates would normally be released to IT professionals who had an extra computer kicking around to test things like this on. Yet, what if you just have the one computer at home and really want to test Win7RC, what do you do? Here’s the answer and it’s not as scary as you might think. Install a virtual machine (VM). What in blue blazes is a virtual machine you ask? Think of it as a computer within a computer. Then you can install whatever you want to test on it, without fear of losing your main operating system and the files on it. I’m going to outline the installation of Sun’s VirtualBox. There are quite a few VM’s out there, I just chose Sun’s since it was recommended to me by a friend who is vastly more knowledgeable about computers than me. Yes, it’s true. Someone knows more than me. Okay, most people know more than me."
According to the author, "Since my last article you’ve been sitting there with your freshly installed virtual machine, just waiting with baited breath to install Windows 7 Release Candidate. Wait no more, my friend, wait no more. Now we’ll install Win7RC on your virtual machine"
Rotate Monitor Screen. A tiny program to rotate your screen and touchpad at the same time. Especially designed for EeePC but should work with all computers Thanks to gHacks
Copies smaller drives onto larger ones for migrating or backing up complete installations as well as for data rescue. The download package contains HDClone as a Windows application (HDClone/W) and as a self-booting application (HDClone/S). You can easily create a bootable HDClone/S floppy disk or CD/DVD on Windows with only few mouse clicks. A floppy image, ISO image, and manual (PDF) are also enclosed
Get your very own computer online. Complete with desktop, mail, applications, up to 50GB storage, and much more. Too many computers? No problem! Use icloud for storing files online. Store once. Open from any computer. icloud keeps your files and photos safe, yet always right next to you
A utility program that gives an on-screen display and optional audible indication of the keboard Caps Lock key status
Explorer plus plus is a free multi-tab clone of Windows Explorer, featuring several enhancements and additions
If you type in several languages, this could be useful to you because you'll be able to convert your text quickly between languages with just one presss of F10
Widget engine for Windows, compatible with Apple dashboard. You can now run Apple dashboard widgets on MS Windows. (At least most of them) Webkit-based, Nokia QT-based (multi-platform), Yahoo Widget Engine inspired. Opensource
Service Tuner is a utility that lets users tweak the start-up state of the background services using some presets. It is also capable of saving the current start-up state of all services, as well as restoring that saved state later time. Lastly users have the options to start/stop, uninstall and change startup state of any service on the fly through the Customize tab. (Scroll down)
PowerResizer is a utility that provides many facilities in moving or resizing windows in a Microsoft Windows desktop environment. One of the key-features of PowerResizer is window-docking: with PowerResizer you can organize your window in an intelligent way. Try the following: run PowerResizer, then dock a window in the left-half of your screen (simply dragging-it with your mouse to the left of your screen) and another window in the right-half; now you can resize them using either the left border of the right window or the right border of the left window... the magic happens! So, if you want either compare some documents or rapidly resize and move your windows, PowerResizer allows you to do some actions (such as resizing a window mantaining its center point fixed) by using some keyboard shortcuts during moving or resizing that window (see Readme file included in setup package or sources). Thanks to Freeware Genius
Smereka - extensible personal freeform database and personal information manager. Smereka is a program that allows you to organize your data in an hierarchical, searchable database that is stored in a single file
Free meter monitors system performance without impacting system performance
DerBar is a simple, slightly-configurable status bar for monitoring key system and network parameters. It is modeled on older status-monitoring programs such as StatBar, WinBar, and InfoBar, but without the configuration options of those other programs; it is designed for compactness and compatibility, not for turning parts on and off. The configuration options that are present, are accessed via the icon in the system tray. You can move DerBar anywhere you want, by grabbing it and dragging it around, and it will remember where you leave it next time it runs
EASEUS Disk Copy is a potent freeware providing sector-by-sector disk/partition clone regardless of your operating system, file systems and partition scheme. The sector-by-sector method assures you a copy 100% identical to the original. Disk Copy can be used for copy, cloning, or upgrading your original small hard drive to a new larger drive. Simply speaking, it can copy anything from the old hard drive including the deleted, lost files and inaccessible data
SolApplets is a collection of Windows utility programs that run on the Windows Vista, XP or Windows Server. Currently, the following programs are available. SolProcessWatcher, SolServiceWatcher, SolFolderWatcher, SolWebServer, SolWinTree, SolCompoundFileViewer, SolHexViewer, SolZipFileViewer, SolIPAdapterAddressesWatcher, SolTrustVerifier, SolCertSystemStoreViewer,
GKrellM is a single process stack of system monitors which supports applying themes to match its appearance to your window manager, Gtk, or any other theme. Thanks to gHacks
Have you ever been faced with a file which you know has a structure, but even if you opened it in a text or hex editor, it still doesn't make sense? Typically these are system and data files developed over years by in-house programmers. Or they may be client files which you have been asked to read and extract the data. Inevitably you will need to climb into the actual data and see for yourself. That's what this program allows you to do. And since you can print the results you can also draw, write, or even doodle over the results without damaging the original. All it requires is a file to examine and a text editor to display the results
pserv.cpl is a Windows NT/2000 Control Panel Applet that allows you to control all NT or 2000 services and adds some additional functionality that the standard services applet does not offer. You can also connect to remote machines, install new services, remove invalid entries and more. The program offers a simple, color code display, that allows you to quickly identify which services are running, stopped or invalid. Items can also be exported to HTML, XML and clipboard
Give transparency to almost every visible window of your running applications, or make your taskbar transparent at a desirable level. TransApps is a systray application with two features: 1. The Transparent Applications feature, from were you can make any visible running application's window transparent (which means the applications that appears on the taskbar), selecting from a panel of transparency level buttons. 2. The Transparent Taskbar feature, from were you can make your taskbar transparent, selecting also from a panel of transparency level buttons
Tabbed program launcher. This tool helps finding and launching your favorite programs, web pages, folders, or any type of files in a fast and easy way. Taking up fewer resources as possible, and allowing you to personalize the appearance in many ways, by changing colors, images, transparency, animations, and many otheroptions to make it blend in with your desktop
The StExBar provides many useful commands for your everyday use of Windows explorer. And you can add as many custom commands on your own as you like
A roundup of the coolest computer interfaces past, present, and future
SecretDrive is a small, efficient and reliable program to create up to 8 encrypted virtual disks. Virtual disk is protected by one of five modern encryption algorithms: AES, GOST 28174-89, Blowfish, Twofish, CAST 256. Virtual disk looks like usual hard disk, so you can format it, defragment, check, backup and do other operations. It can be located in a file or in the random access memory Hide sensitive data in encrypted virtual drives. 32 bit version is free. Thanks to instant fundas
MaxTo is a small Windows program that divides your monitors into regions. When you maximize a window, it will no longer fit the entire screen, but only the region it was maximized into. Your windows are neatly organized into the grid you have defined when they are maximized. MaxTo has been described as a tiling window manager. MaxTo is light-weight, and works on both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista. The .NET framework version 2.0 or higher is required
RenPhoric takes the busy work out of renaming files! Whether you're renaming just a few files or thousands, RenPhoric makes it quick and easy
Emulates a very early computer, 1951
Better Play Experience Game Accelerator. Designed to help optimize your PC for smoother, more responsive game play in the latest PC games with the touch of a button, Game Booster helps achieve the performance edge previously only available to highly technical enthusiasts. It works by temporarily shutting down background processes, cleaning RAM, and intensifying processor performance. That means you can keep all the features of Microsoft® Windows Vista® and XP® ready for when you need them, but turn them off when you are ready to get down to serious business – gaming. Game Booster makes it simpler to enjoy the latest games and take your experience to a new level
So you've looked in task manager, and there's a dozen iexplore.exe processes listed! Clicking the End Process button for each will take far too long
Tricks that make working with the command prompt easier
Solves the problem of registry bloat by rewriting the registry hives into new files which are completely optimised and often much smaller. Your computer is restarted after the registry hives are compacted and during system startup the old, fragmented files are replaced with the newly generated and optimized ones
Fed up of getting 60Hz or 75Hz in your favourite OpenGL/Direct3D/DirectX games (e.g. Quake 1/2/3, Half-Life, Unreal, or Deus Ex) instead of the 120Hz your display adapter & monitor are capable of? Yes? Then download this FREE program, and enjoy higher display frequencies without the hassle of installing special drivers
Buzzsaw.exe defrags files while you work, keeping your drive undefragmented in the background. Dirms.exe is a command-line defragmenter that will even partially defrag large files when instructed to do so
DTaskManager, obviously, is a Task-Manager, but specifically engineered to give additional functionalities that the Windows bundled TaskManager (and other third party products) do not have: 1. Three different ways to close a process, as the "termination request", the standard "forced termination" with dialogue tolerance, and the "forced termination" of any type of process, bypassing all permissions (it can also terminate running system processes). 2. DTaskManager allows you to suspend and reactivate a process (as in Linux). This is useful, for example, to temporarily suspend a task that uses system resources when you don't want to terminate it (such as a DivX encoding process). 3. DTaskManager allows you to select more than one process at a time, and terminate all of them "simultaneously". 4. DTaskManager does not need any useless confirmation. Scrool to middle of page)
A common problem when dealing with malware is that it will place numerous registry keys into your systems registry. Most of which are very difficult to remove. Malwarebytes has created an application to eliminate this very problem - RegASSASSIN. RegASSASSIN is a portable application which makes difficult to remove registry keys placed on your system by malware a thing of the past. The program allows you to remove registry keys by resetting the keys permissions and then deleting it. Please use with caution as deleting critical registry keys may cause system errors
Tweaks for UAC, system restore and indexing, sidebar, themes, lots more
This program simply allows you to edit your VGE -- Vista Game Explorer -- and add or remove items there to improve its looks and functionality
Using Returnil, you can work using a virtual copy of your system, with the real system being preserved, untouched in the background. This provides two key advantages: Protection and Convenience. The personal edition - feature packed - is free
Currently just an automated process killer. It means that the running of an application is not blocked and a little time (less than one second) can pass until the tool kills a process. But more is to come
BatteryBar is a simple, straight-forward, battery meter that monitors the status of your battery and displays your battery's status in the taskbar. BatteryBar constantly monitors the status of your battery as you use your laptop. As it monitors your battery, it keeps historical data on your battery and provide you with a very accurate estimate of how much time is remaining on your battery
Innounp is a command line setup unpacker. It allows a user to unpack a program without installing the program on the Windows PC. Innounp can be used to extract application files directly from an .exe file that was created using the Inno Setup Installer. It's a great way to begin making portable applications from Inno Setup created executable installers.
MobaLiveCD is a freeware that will run your Linux LiveCD INSIDE Windows thanks to the excellent emulator called "Qemu". MobaLiveCD allows you to test your LiveCD with a single click : after downloading the ISO image file of your favorite LiveCD, you just have to start it in MobaLiveCD and here you are, without the need to burn a CD-Rom or to reboot your computer
Includes explanations of each service and advice on which services you can safely disable. Discussions of Win 2K, XP, Vista and Windows 7 (Scroll down left column)
Black Viper's Top 9 tweaks for a faster (and less annoying) Vista PC
Links2Tray is a utility that resides in the system tray (near the clock). It displays a menu combining Internet Explorer's Favorites and Bookmarks from Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera. You can load any link's web page in either Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera (assuming you have these programs installed of course). When the browser isn't running yet, Links2Tray will launch it for you
WhatChanged is a simple utility that searches for modified files and registry entries. It is useful for checking program installations. There are two steps for using WhatChanged: 1) First, take a snapshot of the state of the system 2) Second, run it again to see the differences from the previous snapshot. What Changed uses the "brute force method" to check files and the registry
TinyTask provides basic automation (recording and playback). It is a case study in minimalist programming: the entire program is only 24k -- and 12k of that are icons, which means the executable portion is just a few K in size. It was used as the test harness for the "Hardware" recording method used in vTask. There's no installer, help file, or anything unnecessary; just a tiny EXE program, which doesn't touch your registry or change your system folders
7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. Supported formats: Packing / unpacking: 7z, zip, gzip, bzip2 and tar. Unpacking only: arj, cab, chm, cpio, deb, dmg, hfs, iso, lzh, lzma, msi, nsis, rar, rpm, udf, wim, xar and z. for zip and gzip formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip. Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats. Integration with Windows Shell
System Tray Cleaner is a simple tool which helps you quickly and easily remove unwanted items from your Windows system tray. The Windows system tray, also called the SysTray, is the lower-right corner of your screen, near the clock display, where Windows dumps some programs, most of the time programs which load during Windows startup. System Tray Cleaner will list all your system tray icon and identify which programs they belong to. Then, you can choose whether you wish to stop a certain program, remove it from startup (so it doesn't start automatically every time you turn on your computer) or simply uninstall it
Pitaschio includes a large number of useful functions. Snap a window to other windows when moving and resizing. Restrict a window position to inside of the screen. Always keep a window above all other windows. Minimize a window to the system tray. Use small icons in the desktop. Disable Windows key, Insert key, Alt key etc. Lock the mouse or keyboard while cleaning them. Take statistics about mouse and keyboard. Control the sound volume using the mouse wheel. Display the sound volume level on the screen. The Pitaschio is a essential tool to use windows efficiently
Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature. Now Windows Vista and Windows 7 ready! (x86 and x64). The uniqueness of it is that it shows the temperature of each individual core in each processor in your system! You can see in real time how the CPU temperature varies when you load your CPU. It's also completely motherboard independent
Clipboardic is a small utility that listens to the clipboard activity, and each time that you copy something into the clipboard, it automatically saves the copied data into Windows clipboard file (.clp). Later, when you need the copied data again, you can simply select the right clipboard file, and Clipboardic will automatically insert it into the clipboard. Clipboardic also allows you to easily share the clipboard data between multiple computers on your local network
Move a window without activating it
Press Ctrl-Q to block all input for 5 seconds
Allow only one instance of a program to run
Great tool - Overlays buttons and other controls with a Number for direct access via a hotkey. Simple, just press Ctrl-Number
Disable the Close button (X) of selected windows
One of the biggest annoyances in Windows XP is waiting for what seems an eternity while it shuts down, so we have a couple of registry tweaks to help force Windows to shut down more quickly
OCCT, overclock checking tool, is a CPU stability testing program
Desktop Central provides a set of free Windows tools that Windows Administrators might require on a day-to-day basis. It has a set of ten tools, viz: Remote Task Manager Tool, Wake on LAN, Software Inventory Tool, Remote Command Prompt Tool, GPO Update, Shutdown/Restart Tool, Join/Unjoin Computer Tool, , Currently Logged On User, Hard Disk Space Detector Tool, and Local Users/Groups List Tool. This is very handy as it can be performed on multiple computers simultaneously
If you are tired of dozens of icons on your desktop, try this simple but powerful and intuitive launcher to organize your shortcuts. Some features: Shortcut management for applications, documents, url links, folders path and more... Categories organization (multi-tab launcher) with fast selection menu
StartEd Lite lets you modify your Startup configuration and detects more than 150 Trojan Horses. StartEd Lite displays detailed info about Startup Programs and describes the functionality of every System Service so that even novice users are able to manage their startup configuration. A warning message will be displayed when a System Service vital for your computer's stability is about to get disabled
Little utility for closed process monitoring. Some features: Reactivate dead or closed process / Execute any application if dead or closed process. Customizable watch time. Customizable after execution delay time. Start with Windows® option. Start iconized to Tray option. AutoRun option (turn to active mode when program start). Automatic (and manual) check for program updates. Character Set management to support translation into non-latin languages (i.e. Russian, Chinese, etc..). NEW - Added support for Windows NT4 (Workstation and Server)
Backup and restore icons position on desktop (and wallpaper) separately for every screen resolution. In the event that a computer crashes, if automatic desktop icons placement is selected or if the screen resolution is changed there is the possibility that the icons shortcuts position on the Windows desktop becomes scrambled; IconRestorer has been designed to remember the icon setup to avoid the boring job of manual restoring for the right icons position on desktop after these events. IconRestorer can be used to place the icons back to their original location on the Windows screen when needed, or even to manage two profiles of icon position. The icons position on desktop (layout) can be saved manually when wanted (every screen resolution will be saved separately) and can be restored at any time. IconRestorer also have the capability to save and restore the desktop wallpaper with the icon positions
Usage Monitor lets you set watch limits on processes to know when your process is using too much. Watch limits can be placed on Memory Usage, GDI Objects, and USER Objects. This is a great tool for any developer. (Go to downloads)
This step-by-step article describes how to examine a small Windows memory dump file. You can use this file to determine why your computer has stopped responding
SpyMe Tools is very useful in detecting Registry and Disk changes. If any application installs spyware, adware, dlls, programs, files, or any other type of file, picture, or program, etc. or changes the Registry's content, you will be able to see exactly where the modification occurred so you can take measures. It seems like more and more programs are attempting to install spyware, advertisements, or other garbage without your knowledge, but with this software you will know everything that is added or removed. To detect Registry/Disk changes the program will create Dumps of the actual states of Registry/Disk. This means that at any time you can open the Dump file and view the contents of the Registry/Disk just as they were when you've scanned the Registry/Disk. The program can compare two different dump files so you'll see exactly what changed in the Registry/Disk between the two scans. You can also use the program to backup your Registry. The program can restore old states of Registry keys using the data in the Dump files. To prevent other persons from viewing your scanned files you may encrypt them so that a password will be required whenever someone tries to open them. SpyMe Tools also includes a Real time Disk/Registry monitor so you may spot the changes in real time.(Real time Disk monitor works only on NT platform, including Win2k and Win XP.) Thanks to Lifehacker
This easy to use tool allows user to connect to any database and browse or modify data ,run sql scripts, export and print data. There are two versions available. Standard and Portable: Standard version can be installed on Windows PC. Portable software is a class of software that is suitable for use on portable drives such as a USB (thumb) drive or iPod or Palm PDA with "drive mode", although any external hard drive could theoretically be used. The concept of carrying one's favored applications, utilities, and files on a portable drive for use on any computer is one which has evolved considerably in recent years.
Magic Formation is a kind of 3D Circular desktop Dock program. But, It appears anywhere on your desktop. Just draw a circle by mouse cursor on desktop anywhere you like
Cool visual for your desktop. Switches virtual desktops by spin-flipping the old one out in 3D, and then flipping the new one in
WinFlip provides a 3D window-switcher as a replacement for the standard Windows Alt-Tab. Winflip displays all open windows in a 3D stack, which the user can flick through and select using either keyboard or mouse
People use LCD displays as if they were CRTs - We can do better than that - by ExtremeTech
Lots of good tools, maybe all you need. Most of the applications don't require installation and the kit can be run directly from your thumb drive
Interesting concept - WinSplit Revolution allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning them to make the best use of your desktop real estate. WinSplit is especially useful for high-end LCD screens with high resolutions because it helps you to efficiently manage many active windows. The advantage of using WinSplit is that it saves you from having to drag and drop windows by allowing you to snap windows into specific tiled configurations using simple keyboard hotkeys. Thanks to Download Squad
In just two clicks, WinBubble will help you to Customize and Tweak your Windows Vista easily. Its features cover Customization, Security and Optimization
Wondering why Windows has a Start - but no Stop button. This may change now if you decide to download WinExit. Once installed you will wonder why you run Windows so long without it. WinEixit allows to shut down Windows by double click. Beside shutting down using different shut down types (also timer or alarm triggered), WinExit also is able to log usage time, and a clean up service during shut down. Everything with just one double click
The Xen hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization, offers a powerful, efficient, and secure feature set for virtualization of x86, x86_64, IA64, PowerPC, and other CPU architectures. It supports a wide range of guest operating systems including Windows, Linux, Solaris, and various versions of the BSD operating systems
UltraDefrag is powerful Open Source defragmentation tool for Windows NT. It is very fast, because the defragmenting is done by kernel-mode driver. They are three interfaces to them: graphical, console and native. The GUI is very useful, because it represents your filesystem visually as a color coded cluster map. The console is another option for those that prefer the command line. It allows you to run UltraDefrag from the task scheduler and scripts. Finally, the native executable will run at boot time in a manner similar to chkdsk. The design of UltraDefrag is very simple. There are no skins and other unnecessary stuff. It is a small and powerful program! It can be used on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and all of the 64-bit editions of Windows. Also check out Vista installation faq to see how to run UltraDefrag on Windows Vista without errors
There are times when Windows XP becomes so corrupted it won't run correctly or won’t start at all and it seems that the only solution is to format and reinstall losing all data and programs. But doing so isn’t always necessary as there is a way to perform a repair install without losing any data. One of the best kept secrets of Windows XP is it's built in repair feature. This is a step by step manual making it possible for anyone to repair their installation
Have you ever wondered why you can pin applications to the start menu, but you can't pin folders? There's a number of articles around that tell you how to pin them using complicated registry hacks, but there's actually a very simple way to do it
Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable and resizable containers for your desktop icons. These groups can help bring organization and consistency to your computer's desktop, solving the constant mess that has plagued the desktop since its inception. Fences also helps you finally appreciate the wallpaper you have hiding behind all that clutter. In addition to its organizing features, Fences offers a novel quick-hide feature (in-patenting-process). Double click your desktop, and all your icons will fade out. Double click again, and they'll return
Free Hex Editor Neo is award-winning large files optimized freeware editor for everyone who works with ASCII, hex, decimal, float, double and binary data. Free Hex Editor Neo allows you to view, modify, analyze your hexadecimal data and binary files, edit, exchange data with other applications through the clipboard, insert new data and delete existing data, as well as perform other editing actions. Make patches with just two mouse clicks; manipulate your EXE, DLL, DAT, AVI, MP3, JPG files with unlimited undo/redo. Taste the visual operation history with branching. This hex and binary code data editing software utility for Windows includes the following basic functionality: Unlimited Undo/Redo; Find; Replace; Visual History Save and Load; Patch Creation; Clipboard Operations; Bytes, Words, Double Words, Quad Words, Floats and Doubles Edit Mode.
Here is a quick tip on how to open specific system folders in the Microsoft operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. All you need to do is press [Windows R] and enter one command to open a specific folder. These so called shell commands will open various Windows folders but also applications and configuration tools that way. To open the Send To folder one would for example simply enter shell:sendto into the run box and hit enter. This opens the Send To menu with the option to modify its contents
Hard disks are by far the slowest component in your computer. CPU and memory work much faster than hard disks because they do not have moving parts. Therefore fragmented disks often become a bottleneck of the system performance. Disk fragmentation leads to system slowdowns, PC crashes, slow startups and shutdowns. Auslogics Disk Defrag is designed for fast optimization of modern hard disks
Folder Checker can be used to monitor changes inside specified folders. The program will alert when files are added, deleted or modified in these folders
Computer Repair Utility Kit is a combination of computer repair tools in one easy to use pack. The Computer Repair Utility Kit allows you to run all of the repair tools from your portable drive and comes with an easy to use, right-click menu. A must in any computer technicians kit
XP tip: Create archives with significant names automatically by selecting the most important file in the group before creating your new archive
Replace the proprietary BIOS you can find in most computers. Currently supports 200 different mainboards
WazTree II is an Explorer-like file manager which allows selection of drives via tabs
KDE is a desktop environment originally built for UNIX. But now it's available for Windows. You can use this installer to download and install the various binary packages that you need to run KDE applications on MS Windows. KDE is free and open source so you can build all the applications "from scratch" from their source code; but as a convenience for others, volunteers create these pre-compiled packages and make them available on the Internet
Secret send to and context menu items in Windows 7
SolarWinds free VM Monitor is an ingenious desktop tool that continuously monitors a VMware ESX Server and its virtual machines, delivering the real-time virtualization monitoring that you've been missing. With VM Monitor at your fingertips, you'll be able to track virtualization health at-a-glance and ensure your mission-critical apps never fail you. Go ahead, declare victory in the virtualization game and impress your boss and your fellow IT administrators with your newfound X-ray vision into ESX Servers. Go to Downloads
SKTimeStamp is a very simple shell extension which adds a new page to the Explorer properties dialog. On that new page, you can change the file/folder dates and times
Delete files that are difficult to delete, such as some files left by viruses and trojans, or files with corrupted file names. This program can also delete files like the "index.dat" files, which store Internet history, by scheduling them for deletion upon system restart. Select a file to delete from the built-in file browser or drag a file to the application's icon or window from Window's Explorer
Locate32 is software which can be used to find files from your harddrives and other locations. It works like updatedb and locate commands in Unix based systems. In other words, it uses databases to store information about directory structures and uses these databases in searches. The use of these databases provides very fast searching speed. The software includes a dialog based application as well as console programs which can be used to both update and access databases. Supported operation systems are Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista
grepWin is a simple search and replace tool which can use regular expressions to do its job. This allows to do much more powerful searches and replaces. grepWin adds an entry to the shell context menu to easily search selected folders
Folder Guide is a free handy utility that provides fast access to your frequently used and favorite folders. It can operate as the part of your context menu in your Windows Explorer. After quick install it will appear in context menus of Windows Explorer and Open/Save dialogs as "Folder Guide" item. With Folder Guide, you no longer need dozens of mouse clicks to navigate to your desired folder. Now reach your favorite folders in just 2 mouse clicks. Select from right click menu "Folder Guide" then click on your desired folder. Folder Guide runs automatically as part of the Windows Explorer context menu, so you will never need to start the program otherwise you want to edit the list of folders. It also works from the desktop, the Start button
BootRacer allows you to check your Windows boot speed and check your boot rating
Save and restore the location of your desktop icons
Boot Deleter is an application that adds itself to the Windows Explorer (shell) context menu and allows you to mark files and folders to be deleted when Windows next restarts. This allows you to delete items that are locked by running programs. Items can also be marked for deletion by passing the file/folder as a command-line argument or by dropping the item onto the Boot Deleter executable icon
ExplorerView for Windows Vista puts you back in the drivers seat of Windows Explorer. ExplorerView gives you the ability to turn off the way Explorer attempts to auto-detect the contents of a folder. If you use Explorer very much, you know this feature is not accurate, and can lead to frustrating file browsing
Clean up your Window Explorer and Internet Explorer right-click context menu. MenuMaid makes it simple. Just uncheck the items you don't want to show up. Restore them at any time
Software for indexing CDs, DVDs and any other types of disks. Primitive Disk Indexer is a simple program that will allow you to save the file structure of any disk. It will allow you to view what folders and files there are on a disk even if you do not have this disk. For example, if you have a large CD and DVD collection, you will be able to view what files there are on any disk without even having to touch that disk and insert it into the CD drive The program has an Explorer-like interface. Disks of any type are supported: floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, hard disks, USB disks and others. The program is absolutely free and does not require installation.
Kiwi application monitor is a small program which lets you monitor your apps, processes, Windows and User activity. All you need to do is select an application or proccess from the build-in process viewer or enter an application exe name. The program can be set to start with Windows and run in background with small system resources usage
OpenedFilesView displays the list of all opened files on your system. For each opened file, additional information is displayed: handle value, read/write/delete access, file position, the process that opened the file, and more... Optionally, you can also close one or more opened files, or close the process that opened these files. This utility is especially useful if you try to delete/move/open a file and you get one of the following error messages: Cannot delete [filename]: There has been a sharing violation. The source or destination file may be in use. Cannot delete [filename]: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again. When you get one of these error messages, OpenedFilesView will show you which process lock your file. Closing the right process will solve this problem
Technologies that will change things, soon
Automatically hide a window's buttons and other controls, by Skrommel
Prevents the moving of desktop icons, by Skrommel
Runs any executable as a Screensaver, by Skrommel
Make rules that move files automatically, by Skrommel
Right click a file and select the context menu item, CreateShortcutThere... to choose where to place the shortcut. By Skrommel
Click on the desktop to hide all windows. By Skrommel
Completely hides the taskbar until the Windows key is pushed. By Skrommel
Dim the whole screen. By Skrommel
Great article from Dan Lyons (Fake Steve Jobs) raising questions about some of the most popular sources of tech news just shilling for their own monetary interests. Must read!.....(free).....
Boot multiple live Linux distros from a usb flash drive .....(free).....
Use the Windows 7 USB Download Tool with ANY .iso file. Thanks to Cool Thing of The Day!.....(free).....
Many PC users love to tinker with the hardware and software on their machines. Other people consider any time they spend using Windows' built-in system tools a total waste. In between are those of us who understand the value of a little preventive maintenance--as long as it doesn't take all day.....(free).....
HDD Raw Copy Tool is a utility for low-level, sector-by-sector hard disk duplication and image creation .....(free).....
Moo0 RightClicker is a set of enhancements on the context menu (right click menu) of Windows Explorer. It adds many useful functionalities like duplicating current explorer window, open/move to/copy to bookmarked folders, hiding default context menus, and so forth .....(free).....
CustomExplorerToolbar is small utility for Windows 7 only, which allows you to easily customize the toolbar of Windows Explorer, and add buttons that were existed in previous versions of Windows, like Copy, Cut, Paste, Select All, and more. This utility also allows you to remove the toolbar buttons that you previously added.....(free).....
Create new shell objects in Windows and delete them when you don't need or want them any longer.....(free).....
With Dexpot you may have separate virtual desktops for different applications. One desktop might feature applications for graphic design, for example, and another might feature your business applications. Switch between virtual desktops in order to keep track of your open windows. Using Dexpot, you'll considerably increase your workflow.....(free).....
4t Tray Minimizer is a lightweight but powerful window manager, which helps you to free up space on the desktop and the taskbar via the following actions: Minimize To Tray - any application can be minimized to the system tray. Roll Up/Roll Down - you can roll up any window to its title bar. Make Transparent - you can make a window semi-transparent and take a look at foreground windows. Hide/Show The System Tray - hides the system tray. Free version.....(free).....
SSDLife allows you to control how worn your SSDs are in an easy and convenient way, which means you can control how safely and securely your data is stored on them. Free version.....(free).....
UltraDefrag is the first open source disk defragmenter for Windows, which supports defragmentation of locked system files by running during the boot process. The primary goals are doing the job fast, reliable and achieve the best results possible.....(free).....
Every week we learn about a new tip to enhance the taskbar, and it is hard to keep them all straight. Here's the Lifehacker power user guide to tweaking and using your taskbar.....(free).....
Try the new Microsoft Windows 8 Power Shell right now, even on Windows 7.....(free).....
Windows Seizer is a standalone portable freeware utility which lists all the windows you have open.Can take the place of Task Manager. Window Seizer then displays the following technical information for each window listed: Memory Usage, Window Handle, Class Name, Parent Handle, Window Visibility, Process ID, Status, Filename, Path, X Coordinate, Y Coordinate, Width, Height.....(free).....
Windows Double Explorer manages two or more Windows Explorer in one application. Also you can add your favorite folders with drag and drop to the toolbar for quick access. It's easyier to manage your disc structure. (A kind of Norton Commander or Total Commander) .....(free).....
OSFMount allows you to mount local disk image files (bit-for-bit copies of a disk partition) in Windows with a drive letter. You can also then analyze the disk image file with PassMark OSForensics™ by using the mounted volume's drive letter. By default, the image files are mounted as read only so that the original image files are not altered. OSFMount also supports the creation of RAM disks, basically a disk mounted into RAM. This generally has a large speed benefit over using a hard disk. As such this is useful with applications requiring high speed disk access, such a database applications, games (such as game cache files) and browsers (cache files). A second benefit is security, as the disk contents are not stored on a physical hard disk (but rather in RAM) and on system shutdown the disk contents are not persistent. OSFMount supports mounting images of CDs in .ISO format , which can be useful when a particular CD is used often and the speed of access is important.....(free).....
Optimize Windows XP, Vista and 7 for SSD Drives With all the advice online for SSD hard drives it can take hours of research and fiddling to properly setup your SSD drive. Now with this little app you can Tweak Windows 2K/XP/Vista & 7 including x64 in seconds.....(free).....
the first of several, intended as a gallery of interesting, free programs or functions that you could add to your Windows context menu. Each one of these will have a specific theme that binds all the functions together. The theme in this article: right click context menu functions that relate to media files (i.e. video and audio files, excepting images which will have their own article at a future point). A total of nine programs are listed here.....(free).....
Tweaking tool for the developer preview of Windows 8.....(free).....
Stardock Fences Is a program that helps you organize your desktop and can hide your icons when they are not in use. Clean and organize your desktop by creating shaded areas which become movable and sizable containers for your icons. Double click blank spaces on your desktop and all your fences will fade out, and back. Here's a vid from our friends at CREATE COMPUTERS which explains how to use it. Get the vid Here!.....(free).....
GTweak is a command-line script that can be used for tweaking operating systems of Windows family. It has two modes of work: Wizard Mode (for average-skill users) and normal, prompt mode (also called advanced mode). First mentioned mode is the default, user chooses tweaks using keypad. Second is like command prompt, but program does not recognize standard commands. In order to see commands of GTweak, type ? (it shows ReadMe). GTweak has a simple scripting support (no piping or streaming, just linear parsing), which is described in gtweak.txt file inside the distribution package. Program does not use external utilities, excluding these appended to system. Almost all tweaks are reversible .....(free).....
Allows you to use a joystick or joypad like a normal mouse, moving the operating system movements and clicks. In the first draft of the program is already in the "Options" window accessible via the icon in the system tray. From here you can customize the buttons on the joystick and the movement speed of the pointer, to enable the automatic acceleration and eventual execution of the program startup. Of course before using the program you should install the joystick or joypad available .....(free).....
SliderDock is an application launcher that will allow you to easily drag and drop icons to access them later on by double clicking on them. It is a unique dock where you won't have to chase behind you icons to run an application. Just rotate your mouse wheel and let the icons come to you. It will be a nice customization that will add some life to your desktop.....(free).....
This is a multi purpose launcher and a more advanced and customizable version of windows run.....(free).....
AquaSnap is a free software that greatly enhances the way you can arrange windows on your Desktop. It gives you the possibility to snap windows to the edges or to the corners of the desktop simply by dragging and dropping them where you want. AquaSnap is a great replacement for the Aero Snap and Aero Shake features of Windows 7 and is compatible with every Windows versions and consumes very little memory and CPU .....(free).....
Delete files and folders sourced from a text file containing their full paths. Thanks to Donation Coder.....(free).....
This app will Give you a choice to reboot and go into standby or hibernation. It will then reboot your computer. After the reboot, a small dialog with a countdown timer will begin. After the timer is up, your computer will be put into the mode you chose. Thanks to Donation Coder.....(free).....
ReStartMe is designed to do one thing, and that is to restart processes, crashed or otherwise.The way ReStartMe is used is that when it is started, you add processes to watch. You can either start a new program, or add a currently running process. Once you tell ReStartMe to watch a process, it will watch it, but it won't react until the process exits. When a process that ReStartMe is watching exits for any reason, whether it was closed properly or not, ReStartMe will restart it.....(free).....
Professional hardware information and diagnostic tools supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. These tools are designed to collect and present the maximum amount of information possible about computer's hardware which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufacturers, system integrators and technical experts as well. Retrieved information is presented in a logical and easily understandable form and can be exported into various types of reports......(free).....
Click the left button of mouse using the keyboard .....(free).....
Replacement of standard windows explorer with more features for more convenient work! One of that is Tabs, additional toolbars and so on! This Project is designed for use with Windows 7 (according to Microsoft specifications it should work with Vista). The main goals of this project are: Adding tab functionality together with use of standard explorer browser control, Adding additional toolbars with more features, Glassy view.....(free).....
If you have moved from Windows XP to Windows 7, it might take some time to get used to the new Start menu and Taskbar. Here is a list of useful tips to help you make the most of each .....(free).....
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Intels Processor Identification Utility is a simple application from Intel to help identify which features your Intel CPU has available.
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PeStudio is a free tool performing the static analysis and investigation of any Windows executable binary. A file being analyzed with PeStudio is never launched. Therefore you can evaluate unknown executable and even malware with no risk.
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You can use Directory Monitor for the surveillance of certain directories and/or network shares and will notify you of file changes/access, deletions, modifications, and new files in real-time.
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The free web debugging proxy for any browser, system or platform
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Outdated drivers may heavily affect your PC performance and lead to system crashes. Driver Booster Free, designed with IObit's most driver update technology, scans and identifies outdated drivers automatically, and downloads and installs the right update for you with just ONE click, saving you loads of time. Moreover, this driver updater is specially designed to tweak drivers for best gaming performance. It's the right driver update tool to protect your PC from hardware failures, conflicts, and system crashes.
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Save energy and money by hibernating and resuming your computer according to configurable rules.
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YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. Contrary to MultiBootISOs which used grub to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device, and reverts to using grub to Boot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.
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WifiInfoView scans the wireless networks in your area and displays extensive information about them, including: Network Name (SSID), MAC Address, PHY Type (802.11g or 802.11n), RSSI, Signal Quality, Frequency, Channel Number, Maximum Speed, Company Name, Router Model and Router Name (Only for routers that provides this information), and more...
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RJ TextEd is a full featured text and source editor with Unicode support. It is also a very powerful web (PHP, ASP, JavaScript, HTML and CSS) development editor. The functionality extends beyond text files and includes support for CSS/HTML editing with integrated CSS/HTML preview, spell checking, auto completion, HTML validation, templates and more. The program also has a dual pane file commander, as well as a (S)FTP client to upload your files
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See your Windows Services on the isolated Session 0 with a click of your mouse, while avoiding the Interactive Services Detection Dialog!
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Ophcrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. It is a very efficient implementation of rainbow tables done by the inventors of the method. It comes with a Graphical User Interface and runs on multiple platforms.
Comments | Report Entry | Added: 08/21/2014
A nice console alternative for windows. Tabbed interface and dockable windows, Putty integration and a plugin system.
Comments | Report Entry | Added: 08/25/2014
DBAN is free erasure software designed for the home user. It automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk that it can detect. This method can help prevent identity theft before recycling a computer. DBAN is also a commonly used solution to remove viruses and spyware from Microsoft Windows installations.
Comments | Report Entry | Added: 08/28/2014
FOG is a Linux-based, free and open source computer imaging solution for Windows XP, Vista and 7 that ties together a few open-source tools with a php-based web interface. FOG doesn't use any boot disks, or CDs; everything is done via TFTP and PXE. Also with fog many drivers are built into the kernel, so you don't really need to worry about drivers (unless there isn't a linux kernel driver for it). FOG also supports putting an image that came from a computer with a 80GB partition onto a machine with a 40GB hard drive as long as the data is less than 40GB. Fog also includes a graphical Windows service that is used to change the hostname of the PC, restart the computer if a task is created for it, and auto import hosts into the FOG database. The service also installs printers, and does simple snap-ins.
Comments | Report Entry | Added: 10/24/2014
Display Driver Uninstaller is a driver removal utility that can help you completely remove AMD/NVIDIA graphics card drivers and packages from your system, without leaving leftovers behind (including registry keys, folders and files, and the driver store). The AMD/NVIDIA video drivers can normally be uninstalled from the Windows Control panel, this driver uninstaller program was designed to be used in cases where the standard driver uninstall fails, or whenever you need to thoroughly delete NVIDIA and ATI video card drivers.
Comments | Report Entry | Added: 12/01/2014
Active KillDisk Linux Console is an easy-to use and compact utility that allows to sanitize storage media using more than 23 international data sanitizing standards. It erases permanently all data on Hard Disks, Camera Flash Cards and USB disks, SCSI storage and RAID disk arrays even in parallel mode (several disks at the same time).
Comments | Report Entry | Added: 04/27/2015
The Ultimate PID Checker is an application that allows you to calculate Windows 8 / Server 2012, Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista / Server 2008, Windows XP / Serve