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 My favorite Windows 7, Windows 8 Utilities - tech
(hx) 11:40 AM EST - Feb,09 2013

Windows 10 hints / tools:
  • Destroy Windows 10 Spying - Some of the domains we know send anonymous information back to Microsoft + Destroy Windows 10 Spying 1.4.3 x86 x64 (download)
  • StartIsBack for Windows 10 - real start menu for Windows 8.1, Windows 10 - The missing Windows 8 start menu is back. Get the most useful and authentic start menu for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Personally I prefer this tool though it's not free ($2.99/PC).
  • VLCMedia Player for Windows 10 - The media player that fulfills all your needs. It handles DVDs, (S)VCDs, Audio CDs, web streams, TV cards and much more. With VLC, there is no need to continually update many different codec packs. VLC comes with nearly every codec built in!
  • Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - The media creation tool can be used to upgrade your current PC to Windows 10 or to create a USB or DVD and install Windows 10 on a different PC.
  • How To Do A Clean Install Of Windows 10 - It sure seems like doing a clean install gets more complicated with each new version of Windows
Here is a new list of my favorite FREE software:
  • 7-Zip - Open source Windows utility for manipulating archives. Formats 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR are supported fully, other formats can be unpacked.
  • Adobe Flash plugin - Get it from Adobe.com
  • Adobe Reader  - Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files. 
  • Avira Antivirus Software - If you cannot pay for ESET, probably the best alternative is this.
  • doPDF - doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create PDF files by selecting the "Print" command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favorite web sites to PDF files.
  • FileZilla - FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.
  • Firefox - Firefox Web Browser is the faster, more secure, and fully customizable way to surf the web.
  • HDDScan - HDDScan is a freeware utility for hard drive diagnostics (RAID arrays, Flash USB and SSD drives are also supported). The program can test storage device for errors (Bad-blocks and bad sectors), show S.M.A.R.T. attributes and change some HDD parameters such as AAM, APM, etc.
  • ImgBurn - ImgBurn supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI. It can burn Audio CD's from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM - including AAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA and WV. You can use it to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from a HVDVD_TS folder) and Blu-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder) with ease.
  • InfraRecorder - InfraRecorder is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs. FYI, CDXPBurner includes too many Adware :-(
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malwareż - Malwarebytes Anti-Malware's industry-leading scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more
  • PSPad - PSPad is a freeware programmer's editor for Microsoft Windows operating systems, useful for people who work with various programming environments and like highlighted syntax in their source code.
  • RogueKiller - RogueKiller is an anti-malware program written in C++ and able to detect and remove generic malwares and some advanced threats such as rootkits, rogues, worms, …
  • Skype - With Skype you can make free calls over the internet to other people on Skype for as long as you like, to wherever you like. It is free to download.
  • Total Commander - Total Commander is a file manager replacement that offers multiple language support, search, file comparison, directory synchronization, quick view panel with bitmap display, ZIP, ARJ, LZH, RAR, UC2, TAR, GZ, CAB, ACE archive handling plus plugins, built-in FTP client with FXP, HTTP proxy support, and more + *.ISO plugin
  • Thunderbird - Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation + Mozilla Backup
  • VLCMedia Player -The media player that fulfills all your needs. It handles DVDs, (S)VCDs, Audio CDs, web streams, TV cards and much more. With VLC, there is no need to continually update many different codec packs. VLC comes with nearly every codec built in!
  • Windows 8 - Restoring the Start menu - I prefer Windows 8 Start Button from Torch Media, but Classic Shell is also good.
  • StartIsBack - real start menu for Windows 8.1, Windows 10 - The missing Windows 8 start menu is back. Get the most useful and authentic start menu for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Personally I prefer this tool though it's not free ($2.99/PC).
  • WinRar - WinRAR is a Windows data compression tool that focuses on the RAR and ZIP data compression formats for all Windows users.

Here is a list of my favorite COMMERCIAL software!
  • Alcohol 120%  - Alcohol 120%, is a powerful Windows CD and DVD burning software that makes it easy to create backups of DVDs* and CDs. Additionaly, the program lets you store your most used CD/DVDss as images on your computer, and you can mount them on 1 of the 31 virtual drives with a click of a button.
  • Altaro Hyper-V Backup - Altaro Hyper-V Backup is the easiest to use, quickest to set up and most competitively priced Hyper-V backup software around. With practical, powerful features such as offsite backup, remote management capabilities and Exchange item level restore, it’s never been easier for administrators to manage backing up Hyper-V VMs, without breaking the bank.
  • AnyDVD HD - AnyDVD HD comes with same functionality as AnyDVD, but with additional features for full Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD support, including decryption of Blu-ray (BD+ and AACS) and HD DVD (AACS) movies.  Not free, but worth buying especially if you copy from original DVDs/Blue-Ray
  • ESET NOD32 - Fast, powerful antivirus with Anti-Phishing to counter all forms of threats. It's not free, but it's worth your money.
  • FRAPS - Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.
  • Magic ISO Maker - MagicISO Maker is a CD/DVD-image-file editor, CD/DVD burner, and CD/DVD-backup tool. It can directly create, edit, extract, and burn ISO files. It also can convert almost all CD and DVD image formats to ISO and BIN/CUE. With MagicISO, you can handle DVD images up to 10GB, make them bootable etc.
  • Snapshot - SnapShot is disk imaging software that enables the user to back up, restore and view backed up hard disk data, easily and safely. If you need more features, so then I recommend you Acronis Backup & Recovery
  • Team Viewer - Remote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds or use TeamViewer for online meetings.
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last 10 comments:
lorcro2000(02:37 AM EST - Feb,11 2013 )
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx should be a solid alternative to Drive Snapshot. Free, too.

Also, notepad++ is a killer free text editor with syntax highlighting and more.

PDFCreator is a great print-to-PDF solution too.

All the above are in the free category.

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