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.
Those looking for a nifty little user-friendly desktop background changer should give DesktopSlides a try. What makes it stand out from the rest of similar tools is that it is free of any bloatware, takes minimum system resources, and allows user to filter wallpapers by screen ratio or screen resolution. Read More
might sound like a tool which help beginners learn how to type, but actually it is a portable auto-completion tool which help writers/bloggers/copywriters/authors/developers increase productivity and reduce RSI(Repetitive strain injury).
Every user should scan his computer against rootkits. Hackers install rootkits to seize control of the operating system. GMER
is a small utility designed to detect and remove rootkits.
Just because we are all using Windows 7 doesn’t mean that Windows XP is dead. Majority of the new netbooks come with Windows XP pre-installed, thus increasing it’s market share marginally. Some netbooks also come with Windows 7 Starter, but that is a different story.
The Windows 7 taskbar(also known as the superbar) is simply awesome, but have you ever tried to make it transparent? TransTaskbar
is here to help. But wait a second, does Aero not make the taskbar transparent in Windows Vista and Widnows 7? Yes, it does. This app is for those users who have Aero disabled in Vista or 7, and for those who are using XP.
Just like previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 doesn't provide a tool to log clipboard history. This is a serious setback, since clipboard history can be a integral part of many people’s productivity(including mine). There are many 3rd party clipboard programs which can monitor clipboard activity, among them is the much liked Clipdiary
. The clipboard managers are designed to log all clipboard data, and provide an easy way to use the required clipboard item in any active application. If you are looking for an alternative clipboard tool for Windows 7, meet Clipboard History
. This tool will keep a log of every word/text that you copy to the clipboard, and let you use selected clipboard item anywhere you want.
You know what is frustrating? When an app will add itself to the Windows startup list without even asking the user. To remove it, one has to follow the procedures given here
or use MSConfig Cleanup Utility
to permanently disable application's startup behavior. Disable Startup
is a free tool for Windows that prevents any programs from adding itself to the startup list. When a program tries to add itself to the list, it will show you a warning message. If you don’t want to see the warning message, you can change the options from its configuration console.
When a program is installed, the installer makes changes to both Windows Registry and File System. Sometimes it is important to analyze this change. Analyzing the changes made by the program installer to your system is very important in some situations, consider two examples.
1. When you install a trial software, the program installer will also install a hidden key which prevents users to re-install the software
after trial period has expired. This hidden key will remain in your system forever unless you track the changes and remove it manually.
2. Some software come with hidden malware which goes undetected by many antivirus software. By analyzing the change made by the software installer to both your registry and file system, it can be much more easier to remove the hidden malware.
Driver Dumper(Dr. Free Data Backup)
is a new tool that allows users to backup partition or whole hard drive in the exact same state to any external or internal drive.
The Remote Desktop(RDP)
utility lets you connect to your work computer from home and access all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were actually sitting in front of your own computer. Creating the remote desktop connection in Windows 7 is almost the same as in the older versions of Windows. This post will cover the following things:
1. How to enable the remote desktop connection feature on a Windows 7 machine
2. How to Remotely connect any other Windows based machine from Windows 7
Windows 7 XP
Mode provides you with the option to run some of Windows XP's productivity applications on your Windows 7 computer. These are the same applications that worked on Windows XP but did not work on Windows Vista. SecurAble
is a free portable tool that answers one of the most frequently asked question,"Is my system capable of running Windows 7 XP mode?". It analyzes the processor to determine the presence of all the required modules to run the XP Mode.
Do you know about those awesome Aero Shake and Aero Snap features in Windows 7? Now you can get them on both Windows XP and Vista. For those who don’t know what AeroShake and AeroSnap are, here is a small intro for them.
Minimizes all other windows, when one active window is shaken.
You can maximize, minimize, resize window by just dragging-dropping it to the side of the the screen or to the screen corners.
If you are one of those users who refuse to upgrade from Windows XP, then this post is for you. ViGlance can port Windows 7 superbar to Windows XP without any fuss. All you need to do is to extract the archive, run the installer and follow the procedures in the video given at the end of this post. Read More
There are tons of options and features that you can tweak in Windows operating system, such tweaking requires some serious modifications to the registry and other settings. Apart from tweaking, some features are build deep inside Windows and are difficult to access on daily basis.
Back in January we reviewed an app to tweak Windows Vista, but what if you want to tweak Windows XP and Windows 7 too. There are many tweaking tools available, here is one that has grabbed my attention recently.
TweakNow Powerpack 2009 is a free Windows tweaker that works on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. It is a powerful tool that is build to tweak every aspect of the operating system and web browser. By default you are shown the Windows Secret module which includes tweaking of Applications, Control Panel, Desktop, etc. Read More
Has your internet connection slowed down a bit? Or does your internet lag when connecting to a website or server? Maybe you just tried an Internet Optimizer and it slowed down your internet instead of increasing the speed? If yes, then there could be two possibilities, either you have a malformed LSP installed inside the TCP/IP handler or you have a corrupt TCP/IP and/or Winsock registry entries.
But what exactly is LSP? Layered Service Providers(LSPs) are small bits of software that use Winsock APIs to insert itself into the TCP/IP stack. Once in the stack, they can intercept and modify inbound and outbound Internet traffic, thus slowing down the internet is some cases. According to Wikipedia, it allows processing all the TCP/IP traffic taking place between the Internet and the applications that are accessing the Internet (such as a web browser, the email client, etc). Read More
Do you use Windows Quick Launch bar to launch applications easily? It is a great feature that allows user to gain quick access to frequently used apps, but there is one big downside, it does not allow you to sort the shortcuts in groups. When you have lots of shortcuts, it gets quite cluttered and difficult to find an app.
Free Launch Bar is a free replacement for Quick Launch Bar and is fully compatible with it since they use the same folder for shortcuts. The difference is that Free Launch Bar lets you arrange the shortcuts in groups and is fully customizable. It also supports Hotkeys and integrates itself into Windows Shell. Read More
Last year I wrote a detailed guide for creating a quick ad-hoc wireless connection between two computers in Windows Vista. The problem is that not everybody has wireless card installed in their computers. So this guide will focus on creating a Local Area Network(LAN) connection between two computers in both Windows Vista and XP.
First go and buy the straight patch Ethernet LAN cable(make sure that ‘patch’ or ‘crossover’ is written on the cord) and connect them to both computers.
In Windows XP: Go to Network Connections Control Panel, right-click Local Area Network connection and select Properties. Now select Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and click Properties.
In Windows Vista: Go to Network and Sharing Center, select Manage Network Connections, right-click Local Area Network connection and select Properties. Now select Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and click Properties. Read More
WinAutoHide is a free portable and opensource tool for Windows that can hide any active window with a hotkey. Unlike ClickyGone, this tool is portable and can be used to quickly hide/unhide important windows. You can hide upto 4 windows since only 4 shortcut keys are supported(Win+Left, Win+Right, Win+Up, and Win+Down).
Since this tool does not include advanced functionalities, it is recommended not to use it as a security or privacy tool. Instead, it’s real purpose is to hide any window in which you are mostly active(e.g Command Prompt, Graphic Tools, Browser Windows, etc). Once you have hidden your window, you can complete other tasks and come back to it later.
Just extract the files and click winautohide.exe to run it directly, no installation is required. Read More
Do you have multiple networks and would like to manage them all in one place? NetSetMan is a free tool for Windows that lets you manage up to 6 different network profiles. Want to change the IP of a network or maybe you want to change the DNS server? Instead of following the extra-long steps in Windows XP and Vista, you can now manage all network settings from one simple window. Read More