As you all know that System Restore
is one of the important components of Microsoft Windows, it allows you to roll back(restore) system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc to a previous state in case of any disaster. Although Windows Vista provides the enhanced System Restore functionality, the upcoming Window 7 is aimed to improve it more. Now, get ready to experience the System Restore features of Windows 7.
If you have used Microsoft's Windows Vista, then you will be definitely familiar with Security Center where you can find useful security information, this feature has been enhanced in Windows 7 and named as Action Center
. It is one place to provide you useful information regarding system maintenance, security and troubleshooting. It provides you different types of notifications, reports you about any issues in your system, and lets you troubleshoot any problem. It is being considered as one of the perks of upcoming Windows 7. Lets explore more about it.
Suppose you want to upload your images to Facebook or any other website, we all know that it takes a lot of bandwidth to upload images and most ISPs have put some limits on it. After all sites like Facebook, MySpace, etc never keep the original image, they always resize and compress the images. So instead of uploading your original photo, wouldn’t it be better if you can resize and compress the images on your computer and then upload them, thus saving the bandwidth?
Suppose another situation where you went to a photography tour and came back with hundreds of photos, how would you add your personal watermark to all of them or rename them or convert them to another format?
We have covered few clipboard utilities before, they sure come handy in different circumstances but but when it comes to copying and pasting repetitive text, they do not handle it quite well. Suppose you want to paste four different words or sentences repeatedly, what will you do?
This is where Sanvient comes in. It is a powerful clipboard utility for Windows but the developer likes to call it an ‘Input Support Utility’. It not only helps the general users, but also helps the developers because it supports copy/pasting of file, regex, key, command, and scripts as well. Read More
Do you have family photos or some images lying around that you want to resize, rename, shrink, change format or aspect ratio, etc without having to use some complicated image editing tools? If yes, then Easy Image Modifier will suit your needs. It is a free tool for Windows that allows you modify images quickly. Read More
Do you have tons of RAR(part of WinRar) archives in your directory and most of them are password protected? If yes, then the common method would be to right-click them and select Extract Each Archive To Separate folder from the context menu. This method will take time since you have to type the password of each and every archive separately, and what if you do not remember the password for most of the archives? Read More
So you want to burn data or an ISO/IMG disc image quickly without having to run some 3rd party CD/DVD burner. Everyone knows the default ‘Burn To Disk’ right-click context menu feature in Windows is not very good at burning data and cannot even burn a disc image, so what’s left?
is a free app for Windows that integrates into the Windows Explorer context menu. It can burn any type of data including an ISO/IMG disc image in just two clicks. Just insert a writable CD/DVD, select the data or an ISO/IMG disc image, right-click it and select Burn To Disk
or Burn Disk Image
, depending on what type of data you have selected.
Compression of music files can save plenty of disk space and allow more music to be added to the iPod or any other mp3 player. If you have a music file that has a very high bitrate but you only listen to it on stereo speakers or an mp3 player, then even if you reduce the bitrate a little, it will remain immensely difficult to find a change in the overall sound quality. In short, reducing the bitrate a little does not harm the overall quality of the music much, but can save you plenty of disk space.
Remember Rightload, a tool that adds an option to the windows right-click context menu allowing you to upload files directly to your FTP/SFTP server or some pre-defined HTTP upload servers. Well it has got a major update, now it can automatically resize the image to maximum dimensions, includes an option to add a server or folder to SendTo menu, and much more. The previous update also added support for uploading of photos to your Facebook, Flickr, TinyPic, and/or ImageShack account. Read More
So why will you disable the two most important keys, Windows key and Caps Lock key? One word, Gaming. During a game play if you sometimes hit any one of these keys by mistake, it might lead to desktop crash. In my case, I hit Windows key a lot(because it is close to Ctrl key) which leads to minimization of the game and at the same time the Start Menu is displayed. It can get quite annoying and out-of-hand if you hit them repeatedly by mistake. Read More
Do you want to perform some repeated tasks automatically? Instead of having to click a button many times manually, wouldn’t it be better if an application can handle it for you? Actionaz is a free utility that can handle various keyboard and mouse inputs automatically. You can either perform a new action or load a script.
It can come handy in situations where you have multiple applications open and have to click various buttons repeatedly. It can perform full tasks, such as, minimize/maximize window, mouse cursor to a location, click a button, execute an operation, stop script, input a text, close an app, copy from clipboard, etc. Read More
If you have a mobile and a laptop(or a PC with a wireless card/USB modem) but no Wifi, how would you connect to the internet? MWconn is a free handy utility that lets you connect to the internet using two mode of operations GPRS/3G(UMTS). It uses two speed ranges, EDGE/HSPA and supports various PC cards and USB modems, you can find the complete list here.
When you run this tool for the first time, you will have to configure various settings of your network provider. Settings for few network providers is already given which can be selected from the list. If your network provider is not listed, then you will have to call them and ask for the settings. Read More
Sharing files from one pc to another is quite tricky. There are various 3rd party tools that allow you create a VPN connection between two computers so that you can share the files easily between them. But what if you want to share files with multiple friends frequently without having to create a VPN connection?
g2Peer is a nice tool for Windows that uses GMail in order to share files from one computer to another. In order to use this tool, it must be running on all computers and should be configured to work with a unique GMail address through Gmail IMAP or POP3. In other words, you and your friends will have to use GMail account for login and sharing files. Read More
If you have multiple sub-folders full of files and you want to move them all into a single parent folder, what will you do? Moving them one by one, and deleting the empty sub-folders will definitely eat up your precious time, specially if you have lots and lots of sub-folders.
is a free portable tool for Windows that consolidates files and folders into one. There are two methods to use this program. Either you can load up the tool and drag & drop the folders inside after specifying the parent folder where the files will be saved, or you can enable the context menu and right-click on the parent folder in which all other sub-folders are present to consolidate them into one.
is one awesome tool for Windows that has recently grabbed my attention. It not only allows you to take simple screenshots and save them to clipboard, rather it lets you upload the screenshot to multiple services online too. And if you have a server, it can upload it there too provided you have assigned the FTP credentials.
The feature that sets it apart from other similar tools is customizability, you can choose the type of image to be taken, use it with 3rd party editing tools, perform various quick actions, assign hotkeys for various tasks, view History and much more.
makes copy and move operations the way it should have been in Windows. Copying and moving multiple files/directories in one go is almost impossible in Windows, it is both time consuming and a headache. Suppose a situation where you want to copy some files and move the whole directory at the same time, and also want the computer to shutdown when the operation is complete? Windows cannot do this by default, but with Copy Handler it is possible.
Do you want to Schedule an event, make a to-do list, write some notes, or organize all contacts? PIMs, which stands for Personal Information Managers are programs designed to organize and manage all types of personal information, from tasks and notes to important contacts and emails.
EssentialPIM Portable is a free software for Windows that allows you to manage your personal information. It has five important features, Schedule, To Do, Notes, Contacts, and Mail. When you run it for the first time, you are taken to EPIM Today where you will find all information for a specific day. Read More
If you are looking for a freeware alternative to Nero CD/DVD burning software, give UU Discs Studio
a try. It is a free tool for Windows that has failed to gather attention among mainstream bloggers due to language barrier(software is made by a Russian developer). It was originally developed as a paid tool, but the latest version is now free with a whole new interface, HD/Blu-Ray burning support, and tons of new features.
It has three main features: Data burning
, Audio Burning
, and Video Burning
. The tabs to access them are given at the bottom of the main window. I have reviewed each of them in details below.
When I wrote about two tools that will remove all temp files
from Windows, reader Vadim pointed out another great tool. BleachBit
is a file and privacy cleaner that was originally developed for Linux only, but is now available for Windows too. What it does is fairly simple, the main objective is to remove all Cache, Cookies, Chat & System Logs, History, and Temp Files from commonly used software and services.
The full list of commonly used programs include: Adobe Reader, Chrome, Firefox, Flash, GIMP, Google Earth, Hippo OpenSim Viewer, Internet Explorer, Java, OpenOffice.org, Opera, Real Player, Safari, Second Life Viewer, Skype, System, Vim, Vuze, and XChat.
So you bought a new Intel processor and want to burn test it to check how it can handle the load stress? IntelBurnTest
is a free tool for Windows that checks for system stability much faster than Prime95. This is because it uses Intel’s own stress-testing tool called Linpack and simplifies it’s usage. Instead of taking 40 hours under Prime95, the stress test under Linpack takes less than 8 minutes. The tests are more accurate when performed under 64-bit Windows OS.
Author’s Caution: Not for beginning overclockers. This program WILL stress the CPU, Memory, North Bridge, and other system components to their highest extent! Make sure your PC is properly cooled and ventilated!