If you have ever performed troubleshooting on your system, you must know that the first thing you need in order to fix the problem is your system information. You have to know what you are dealing with before you can start fixing it. Previously, we have covered some very good System Information tools, such as Speccy (an advanced system information tool
providing complete information abou the system to the users), SIW (System Information for Windows),
and BGInfo, a tool from Microsoft Technet
that displays information about the system. There is even a screen saver featured on AddictiveTips called UsefulSaver
, that displays important system information when the computer is in idle state. Today, we have another system information tool for you, Kiwi System Info,
that lets you browser through system information related to specific hardware components and system settings. You can view system information of different hardware and software components according to categories, including Hardware Info, Data Storage, Memory, Network, User & Security etc. Read on to find out more about Kiwi System Info.
A while back, we talked about Windows OS being devoid of an App Store and advocated Npackd
as one good choice for installing and managing Windows applications. Going over Npackd features, we couldn’t help but say that it lacks a lot of features in terms of organizing and searching applications by different categories, such as, Internet, Security, Video, Converter and so on. AllMyApps
is a freshly baked utility which is, however, in beta phase yet seems promising in addressing the user needs when it comes to choosing a feature-rich App Store for Windows. Fortunately, it covers almost all the essential options which you might look for in an App Store. Be it application types, categories, runtime environments, download manager, or complete product description with ratings that you want to check before downloading, it brings all these necessary features of an OS App Store in a drop-dead UI.
Since it’s going through testing phase, you might not be able to find plentiful of application software, desktop utilities but most celebrated applications, add-ons, browsers, IDEs, etc., are provided in respective categories, such as, Adobe Flash, Firefox, Google Chrome, VLC, Notepad++, Skype, Live Messenger, Spybot, Paint.NET, and many more.
Unlike other OS platforms, which come with native App Stores, such as, App Store for Mac OS X and Synaptic for Ubuntu, Windows users have always been deprived of one App Store where they can easily find freshly baked applications, check latest updates, and, importantly, manage all of them under one hood. Npackd
is an open source application which fills this void for Windows. It allows users to install applications, desktop utilities, compilers, etc., on Windows OS with ease. One major downside is that it doesn’t come with all sorts of applications which you might need on Windows, yet it can come handy for installing most prominent utilities, such as, 7zip, .Net framework, C++ Redistributables, Adobe Reader, VLC, Firefox, FileZilla, Audacity, CCleaner, Defragler, etc., with a long list of software designed for Windows power users.
Backing up installed applications before buying a new PC or installing a fresh copy of Windows on the system is always recommended. What if you couldn’t find installers of applications which you are intending to use on new system? Problems get much bigger when saved settings and preferences of important applications have to be ported as well. Apparently, there is no direct way to port installed applications with all the preferences to a new system. You can go for application virtualizers available out there which can make installed applications portable, such as, Enigma Virtual Box
, but we think that you’d be better off using PickMeApp
for this very purpose. It’s a portable utility which is capable of capturing personalized applications with all the saved preferences, so users can easily use them on newly purchased systems without hassling with lengthy installations followed by setting preferences.
is a full-fledged application development management system that caters to almost everything you’d need to get started with development phase. It is developed for software developers to help them with development-specific tools, features, input forms, etc., in order to document each activity which has been going around during development phase.
To put it in a nutshell, it offers a hierarchical system to carry on with developing application modules in a required sequence. Since jotting down every little detail from development team member is essential, it comes with an efficient version history management to streamline the updates, logs, error reports, etc. Be it any development model you are indenting to deploy, it has an ability to handle each model’s process smartly.
When you talk about unlocking domain accounts, Microsoft’s tool Lockoutstatus.exe might pop up in your mind, but the tool lacks in telling about audit failure logs. Lockout Fixer
is a small free portable application which not only helps Network administrators to unlock the domain locked accounts, but also tells about audit failure logs, written at the exact time of bad password or account lock out.
Almost all software come with a long license agreement and many users never bother to read it before clicking Accept. For those interested, EULAlyzer
is a freeware which scans and analyzes the license agreement and shows the listing of potentially interesting words and phrases.
Dropbox is a great way to automatically backup your data and get access to it from anywhere with an easy to use web interface. It even provides you with a full history of changes (added recently) and a versioning system, so you can always get back that accidentally overwritten file. Your free 2GB is extendable to 5GB just by inviting others to the service (the invitees get themselves another 250MB for free as well).
Granted, more and more people resort to online services for their email and even everyday office work (Zoho Mail/Docs, Gmail/Google Docs), even entire virtual desktops turn up on the net, giving a quite comprehensive set of tools to substitute your local applications with (think of WebOS's like My SkyTop, EyeOS or G.ho.st). But as of yet, nothing weighs up to the speed, responsiveness and versatility of a locally run application. Even so for managing your email.
stands for Software Update Monitor
, it keeps your computer up-to-date by using the most recent versions of installed software. By using up-to-date software, you'll reduce the risk of encountering bugs and your system will run smoothly. It detects the applications that are currently installed in your system and track their updates, if a new version is detected for any installed software, you'll be notified instantly. It is very light-weight application that consumes nearly 3Mb of system memory.
Name a search tool for Windows that is blazing fast, accurate, multi-threaded, light-weight, and portable? It is not Super Finder XT and definitely not the Windows default search, so what is it? Meet TheSearchMan. It is a super light-weight(only 50Kb when extracted) and portable search tool that will never disappoint you. All you have to do is run the program, select the drive/folder where you want to search for a file, enter the keyword or extension, and hit Enter. Read More
You have seen lots of Windows 7 posts from me recently, that is because Windows 7 is the first OS in Microsoft’s history that has been developed largely based on user feedback, which makes it further interesting for everyone to try it out. Since it lacks a few build-in tools, I am doing my best to test out 3rd party tools that I believe are suitable for working in Windows 7.
So what is backward compatibility? In the most simplest form, it means that every software that works on Windows 7 will also work on Windows Vista, Windows XP, and so on. So when we review a software on Windows 7, you can also try it out on Vista or XP. Except for few software that are developed exclusively for Windows 7, such as, EnhanceMySe7en
and Win 7 Codec Pack
Sleep Moon Xpress
is a free advanced automation tool for Windows that is filled with various easy-to-use features that you won’t find in any other task scheduler. Unlike other task schedulers where you have to define the time&date, this tool can perform a task based on network bandwidth
Suppose you want to Shutdown the computer when Download speed is less than 5kb/s or you want it to notify you or open a file when upload speed has crossed 40kb/s. In such situations, Sleep Moon Xpress can help.
Editor’s Notes: Sometimes it is better not to pay for a software. We at AddictiveTips do our best to find out ways to solve a problem for free without having to pay for a commercial software. One tool alone cannot quite accomplish a task, this is why we are going to use multiple tools to create our very own Computer Activity Monitoring Software. This method can be followed by almost everyone, since it does not require even a single line of code to be written. ;)
By definition, a computer activity monitoring software means a tool that can monitor the activity without the person knowing that he is being watched. Auto Clicker Typer is not a monitoring tool, but we will convert it into one by making some clever modifications.
Installing and Setting Up Auto Clicker Typer
To begin, first install Auto Clicker Typer
. Once done, open it and check the Record Cursor Movement checkbox.
QQlabeler is a free graphic tool to design and print optical disk labels. You can add objects and custom background to create a unique label. There are various design tools available, such as, Barcode, Line Tool, Background, Image Frame, and many others. These design tools can be accessed easily from the left sidebar. You can also set the Guideline/Grid easily and choose various unique colors for your fonts. Read More
is a free tool for Windows that assets a user in removing potentially unwanted programs such as spyware, trojans, adware, viruses and worms. According to the developer, this tool works by scanning a large number of locations where unwanted software has a known record of appearing or leaving traces.
Once you have installed this tool, run it and click Start Scan.
Belarc Advisor is a free tool for Windows that analyzes installed Software and Hardware on your computer, missing and installed Windows HotFixes, Anti-Virus Status, and CIS(Centre for Internet Security) Benchmarks and then displays them all in your web browser. It gives a detailed information of each and every Hardware component and also displays the version of every software installed.
Once you have installed this tool, make sure you have updated it to the latest version. It will then begin to analyze your computer and create a profile. Read More
Scrapbooking is a method of preserving history in the form of text and photos. I am sure that you must have come across many websites that have photos and written history of various famous people and families. With the advent of web 2.0 technology, many people now tend to store their photos on various photo-sharing websites. But what if you want to create a simple scrapbook with text and photos and create a website out of it?
MyFotoPad is a free portable tool for Windows that lets you create a scrapbook in minutes. It has all features of a professional scrapbook software. Just run the tool(no installation required) and start adding photos, text, audio, and special effects. There are three modes: select mode, text mode, and draw mode. Each one of them have their own benefits, I was specially stunned to see the Freehand tool which is found in Photoshop and a few professional opensource drawing software. Read More
Last year, we reviewed an app called Unlocker that can unlock any locked file instantly. To unlock a file, it kills the Windows process that is trying to lock it. But not all files are locked by Windows processes, some files could be locked due to a malware. So if you are using Unlocker, you will only be able to kill the malware process, but cannot delete it. What will you do to delete the locking process(process created by malware) from the hard disk?
LockHunter is a free tool for Windows that is quite similar to Unlocker but with a twist. It integrates itself to the Windows Explorer right-click context menu, just right-click the locked file and select ‘what is locking this file?’ and it will show you the process that is locking the file.
Do you want to organize your photos by albums, category, rating, etc? Perhaps you want to tag your friends in the photo just like you do it on Facebook? Or maybe you want to mark the position on the map where you took the photo? The default Windows Image Viewer can neither organize the photos properly, nor can it tag or geo-tag them. Most people rely on 3rd party tools, such as Picasa to organize their photos. One reason why Picasa is popular is that it allows you to upload your photos, which makes it more easy to save images on the web.
Pictomio is a free photo and video organizer for Windows that makes organizing more simple. It allows you to edit your photo’s metadata by adding geo-tags, annotations, etc. One of thing you will notice about this app is the eye-candy look, it lets you browse your photos in different slideshow effects which makes it overall appealing. Read More