It can be difficult for common users to understand the complex process of creating an unattended installation disk (that requires for no manual interference during operating system installation), add custom wallpapers, themes, screensavers and other components to a Windows 7 disc. RT Se7en Lite is an application that simplifies the process of adding such features and creating an unattended installation disc/USB for Windows 7. Read on past the break for details on this useful little tool. Read More
When the Post-it Notes were first developed in 1968 by 3M, they failed to catch anyone's attention, and took some good years (and i literally mean good) to make their mark. Years after years passed, and finally, their success came to prominence. Now its a time when Post-it Notes have become a must-have item for every office and workplace. Apart from tangible sticky notes, they have made their way to PCs as well. When Windows Vista came out, amongst all its flaws and debatable issues, there was an awesome app called Sticky Notes, imitating the Post-it Notes in the virtual workspace. That brought the use of sticky notes to mainstream and now there are various third party tool available that provide the very same, in one way or the other. Sticky Notes come in very handy for noting down important information that you need to keep in front of you at all times. Have a meeting with boss early morning? Sticky note it. Don't want to miss doctor's appointment at 10 am? Again sticky it. Well, do you remember Memo? An app for Mac that lets you create memos on your desktop and password protect them. Secret Notes provides almost the same functionality on Windows, allowing you to create notes for noting down important information and locking them with a password. More on Secret Notes up ahead. Read More
Using the Firewall can help secure a system by blocking unwanted (and potentially malicious) incoming connections. Many users turn off the default Windows firewall due to the number of annoying pop-ups and confusion in configuration that they have to deal with. This is particularly true for the Advanced Firewall in Windows Vista and Windows 7. TinyWall is an easy to use tool that makes it possible for common users to use Windows firewall, without having to deal with any annoying pop-ups, and provides users with the option to whitelist or unblock programs easily. For example, you can initiate connection white listing using a hotkey, select an application from the list of running processes, and allows completely enabling/disabling all connections in a click. Read More
When optimizing Windows to acquire smooth performance, it is necessary to configure Windows services in order to manage the execution of backend services according to user requirement. Vista Services Optimizer is an open source Windows services’ optimization utility for Windows Vista and Windows 7, which enables you to adjust and tweak your Windows services within an easy-to-use GUI. This application provides a comprehensive set of options to automate the execution and halt of Windows services, thus better suiting the needs of all kinds of users, including generic users, gamers, network administrators and others of the like. Read More
From time to time Microsoft has tried enhancing their Windows OS. They simply remove features they found useless in new Windows releases, which are found in prior versions. Likewise, they simply provide an alternative solution for the tool or utility we are already using. However, some of us are sometimes so much used to a few of the options or features that not having them almost seems like the world being turned upside down. Before Windows Vista, there was an option in Windows to add folders as toolbars to your desktop. Although, am not a fan of this feature and hardly found the need to use it, some people still do so. When Microsoft introduced Jump lists with Windows Vista, they removed the toolbar feature. If you are one of those folks who still find its need and wish if somehow you could bring that missing thing back, then consider your wish granted. Meet OldBar - a program that lets you add multiple folder toolbars to your desktop, attach them either to a side, or place them anywhere on the desktop. The position of the folders' contents can also be changed within a toolbar by moving them up and down the list. Button height & width is adjustable, and the toolbar can be set to stay always on top, hide automatically, animated etc. Read More
If you are a movie buff who wants to track and manage your movies in a systematic way than EMDB is a perfect option for you. It is portable and gives you the option to edit movie information or import them from IMDB (Internet Movie Database) website. It is more graphical movies database manager than our previously reviewed My Disc Collection. Read More
GumNotes is a brilliant application to add notes to files, websites, documents, contacts, Outlook emails, and more. Notes can be added from the main interface, and when done, they will pop up as notifications from the system tray every time you open that file, contacts, websites, and so on. It is a great way to remind yourself and get things done, also it is far better than previously reviewed File Notes. Read More
There must’ve been a time when you’d have been absorbed in watching some interesting movie on your computer, at the same time aware that you have other important tasks to perform as well. It may have made you wish to have a way where you can do both at the same time. Or perhaps you may have a slow download or long installation going on, that you may want to keep a tab on, but the constant back and forth movement between windows is just not worth the effort. What do you do? One solution might be to use the thumbnail preview feature that Windows 7 provides, but in all honestly, the thumbnails are, as the name implies, thumbnails, and hence, too small to be of any real use. Another might be to go looking for an alternative solution that would help you get out of the fix. Well, we have the solution. Read More
If you are a Windows user, you would be familiar with it’s memory management & usage. But have you ever tried to learn how Windows is assigning the main physical memory and how much file data is cached in RAM, or how much memory is consumed by the kernel and various drivers running on your system? Read More
Impressive it was to see in movies how some high-tech system will recognize a user’s face and present a personalized interface. Thanks to the advancements in technology, we see face recognition systems in some high-profile offices as well. But how about having a similar system on your laptop or PC, which would just scan your face and log you in? Read More
Sync tools are abundant, and they come with various features and promises. Many tools offer easy synchronization, one-click sync, online, cloud-based sync etc. OneSync is also a .NET based synchronization tool which offers not only a two-step sync with any directory, but also with removable drives, shared network drives and DropBox. Read More
One of the best bundled application in Windows Vista was the Windows Calendar. With its wonderful syncing abilities, flexibility and ease of use, it was a top choice amongst users, and the decision to take it off in Windows 7 was certainly not well received. Time Keeper is a sidebar gadget for Windows Vista and 7 that relies on Windows Calendar, and brings a neat feature to your desktop. Read More
Windows 7 and Vista tend to overload with features that a casual user barely ever needs, or even knows about. Specifically, these operating systems quite frequently communicate with their parent servers, and other servers like Apple, Google, etc when you have their apps installed, without the user’s consent or knowledge. This ‘snooping around’, while mostly harmless, would still not be preferable for most. Read More
Random Access Memory(RAM) is one of the most vital components which plays an important role in the performance of your computer. Mem Watcher is a small application which adds a movable panel to your desktop, hence allowing you to keep an eye on your RAM and swap usage. Read More
What happens when you copy 500+ files together to another destination in the same hard disk? In Windows Vista and Windows 7, it could take forever depending on your system’s performance. By default, both OS use the default number of threads to copy the files. Even though Windows 7 copy speed is a bit faster, it is not enough for most users. Read More
Personally, I find the feature of Windows allowing users to disable the logon screen, totally unsecure. When you enter the password on the logon screen, it takes some time to load windows explorer and all startup programs. This can also be quite annoying and time consuming. So what is the solution? Read More
We will be discussing the following points in this post:
- What is the Windows.old Folder ?
- What is Included in Windows.old?
- How To Remove The Windows.old Folder?
Ending a process is a piece-of-cake. All you need to do is select the process and hit the mighty “End Process” button in the Task Manager. What does it really do and why do we end the process so brutally? Read More
In Windows Vista/7, when you press SHIFT while right-clicking on a folder, drive, or in the blank space in an Explorer window, the extended context menu will show the option to 'Open [a] command window here'. This will open up a Command Prompt window with the path you're the residing in as current directory. Read More
Some of the options in the Control Panel are used on a regular basis. However, especially with the changes since Vista and Windows 7, they can be deeply nested into the Panel's structure. With some simple registry entries, these functions can be at the tip of your fingers, as you just have to right-click on the Computer icon to access them. Read More