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Justin@XoticPC
10-18-2006, 07:22 AM
Firefox. If you haven't heard about this web browser, then you seriously need to go out more
http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

Thunderbird. Also created by the Mozilla foundation, this app is to MS Outlook what Firefox is to IE. It may not be as strong in PIM or calendar related tasks
http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/

Avast! Home Edition. Free Antivirus Software, at least for home users. There are many free antivirus programs out there
http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

Ad-Aware Personal. Nice companion to antivirus software, will keep your PC clean as a whistle.
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Crap-Cleaner. Nice app, not so nice name. Since you decided to go the Windows way, you will also need something to keep your registry error-free and improve system performance.
http://www.ccleaner.com/

CutePDF Writer. It's cute, and it writes PDFs. Will install as a printer, so you can create PDF from any application with printing capabilities. Requires download of Ghostscript (also free) to work.
CutePDF Writer: http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp
Ghostscript: http://www.cutepdf.com/download/converter.exe

Zero Assumption Digital Image Recovery. Those images you accidentally erased from your digicam may still be there. Find out with this program.
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/digital-image-recovery.htm

The Gimp."Bring out the gimp". Powerful photo editing program, albeit with a steep learning curve.
http://www.gimp.org/

Open Office. This can replace MS-Office. http://www.openoffice.org/

Google Earth.
http://earth.google.com/

VideoLAN. Although chances are you already have DVD playback software
http://www.videolan.org/

DVD Decrypter – Rip almost any DVD and can burn them as well.
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/vi..._decrypter.cfm

DVD Identifier – Find out who makes your blank DVD to see if they are any good.
http://dvd.identifier.cdfreaks.com/

DVD Shrink – Shrink almost any DVD.
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/vi...dvd_shrink.cfm

Cheetah Audio Converter – Unlike most converters it does .wma at no cost.
http://www.cheetahburner.com/

Exact Audio Copy – High quality CD ripper.
http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

Quintessential Player – Good audio player. All kinds of options and skins.
http://www.quinnware.com/

Ifranview – Very nice photo viewer. Can do some basic basic photo editing. Also has command line options and plug-ins.
http://www.irfanview.com/

AVG Free – Another good free virus software. Don’t have to register like Avast.
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1

ZoneAlarm – Free version is good and much better than XP’s firewall.
http://www.zonelabs.com/store/conten...eeDownload.jsp

Real Alternative –
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...lternative.htm

CDBurnerXP - Does the basic stuff well like making Audio and Data CDs, and Data DVDs.
http://www.cdburnerxp.se/

CPU-Z – Gives info on CPU, memory and mainboard.
http://www.cpuid.org/cpuz.php

Everest – Find out what hardware in on your laptop.
http://www.lavalys.com/products/over...?pid=1&lang=en

HD Tune – Great hard drive utility.
http://www.hdtune.com/

Notebook Hardware Control – Controls laptop hardware.
http://www.pbus-167.com/chc.htm

Dead Pixel Buddy – See if you notebook or LCD has any dead or stuck pixels.
http://www.laptopshowcase.co.uk/downloads.php?id=1

RegScrubXP – Keep that registry free of defects.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=2048

MSConfig – Turn off all unwated programs from starting with windows.
Start>Run>MSConfig

Password Corral Great Password Manager
http://www.cygnusproductions.com/freeware/pc.asp


This topic has come up a few times on what to use or what to do if a Dead Pixel shows up. Here are a few sites to reference:

http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Stuck-P...an-LCD-Monitor (http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Stuck-Pixel-on-an-LCD-Monitor)
http://udpix.free.fr/
http://killdeadpixel.com/
http://www.dataproductservices.com/dpt
http://www.jscreenfix.com/basic.php (Jscreen Basic)
http://www.jscreenfix.com/purchase.php?id=1bc2d2a3104690c1122b3b8cab08b116 (Jscreen Deluxe)


Retrieve your Windows Product Key with Jelly Bean http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
or Belarc http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Tyler E
07-05-2008, 09:09 PM
You forgot Spybot Search and Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html

Drummer101
07-25-2008, 05:05 PM
Opera

avast

Rancit
08-14-2008, 07:03 PM
http://www.winxpu.info/

Mazeura
08-17-2008, 12:20 AM
There's a slight problem concerning XP Ultimate, since it is a project that someone is working on, and all that he is doing is taking windows XP and modifying it, I'm not 100% sure that it is legal.
I've used it before for a little while, and it was cool, I'm just not sure about how legal it is or isn't.

Rancit
08-17-2008, 12:38 AM
i wouldnt think its legal unless you got cd keys for one or more of the os used, i still havent tried it yet, but i dont think ill use vista for a while, its just not good for gaming ><

Jassper
09-05-2008, 06:38 AM
..., but i dont think ill use vista for a while, its just not good for gaming ><

I have had no issues with it. In fact, some games run better on Vista than they did in XP.

dwoodward
09-12-2008, 01:15 AM
All of my games with the exception of some ancient games run better with vista.

brucereid
10-23-2008, 09:02 AM
Saves me time, I did not want to load my new PC with pirated software and was looking for the free versions that are of utility, this list is going to solve the purpose of mine. The only problem is I want a good spyware software and the best ones come at a hefty price. Spybot as I heard is good but does not manage to deal complicated problems. At least that is what I have heard. Would love to hear more from u all.

Zatara214
10-23-2008, 09:12 AM
Saves me time, I did not want to load my new PC with pirated software and was looking for the free versions that are of utility, this list is going to solve the purpose of mine. The only problem is I want a good spyware software and the best ones come at a hefty price. Spybot as I heard is good but does not manage to deal complicated problems. At least that is what I have heard. Would love to hear more from u all.

AVG Free will protect you from all of the most dangerous stuff. As for pop-ups and whatnot, go with Ad-Aware, it's what I've been using forever. Spybot just doesn't do it for me.

sheaiiimef
11-06-2008, 01:58 PM
www.wincustomize.com (http://www.wincustomize.com)

This offers many programs to enhance your computer look and experience.

Plus, stay off the porn websites and most of the problems with viruses and spyware go away. :)

Zatara214
11-06-2008, 02:02 PM
Plus, stay off the porn websites and most of the problems with viruses and spyware go away. :)

Speaking from experience lol

sheaiiimef
11-06-2008, 04:04 PM
Yup, I had this friend...........

Zatara214
11-06-2008, 04:14 PM
Yup, I had this friend...........

This one time in band camp?......

robamb2002
02-19-2009, 08:21 AM
3775

Smart Defrag

Just a little organization here, this is a free defrag program that has shown its worth to many in the XoticPC community.(powerpack pointed it out and it even convinced Justin to switch over :))

rdalev
02-19-2009, 10:00 AM
PIXresizer - Free Image Resizer

PIXresizer is a photo resizing program to easily create web and e-mail friendly versions of your images with reduced file sizes.

See an Avatar that's just a little too big to use ? Resize it !

http://bluefive.pair.com/pixresizer.htm

Anewbus
02-19-2009, 11:25 AM
Pixresizer! Thanks!!! Finally!! This has been an ongoing problem for me!! Finally something that doesn't cost $3000 and requiring a PHd in graphic arts to use!!!:D:):):)
Wow! A good Defrager and now a Resizer, what is the world coming to?:D

powerpack
03-03-2009, 08:44 PM
How has this thread gone so long and no mention of SiSoft Sandra? Tons of system info and benches? Link (http://www.sisoftware.net/).

Was Hardware Monitor mentioned? Gives lots of temperature info. Link (http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php).

gltovar
04-22-2009, 11:51 PM
Sick of adobe reader taking years to open after you clicked a pdf link from the net, switch to foxit reader:
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/

potent
04-23-2009, 02:36 AM
for all my free software needs i normally visit Filehippo.com for all the latest updates, its very neat and intuitive :wink2:
I use it daily

I have also been considering using a bunch of portable softwares on my incoming laptop just to keep the registry a tad neater and I am downloading them from softpedia.com under windows/portable software

Free software is like people's favourite foods, its all personal preference but you can find pretty much everything you like on that page :)

rdalev
04-29-2009, 11:33 PM
Tired of that plain white arrow ? Try Cursor FX !
Been using it for years !

Heres the latest free version !

CursorFX 2.01

http://download.cnet.com/CursorFX/3000-2317_4-10070056.html

Xardon
06-22-2009, 08:36 AM
Belarc Advisor, does an inventory of your system, as well as service packs, serial numbers of your hardware, etc. Great free tool.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

fallenxlionheart
06-23-2009, 02:26 PM
ketarin....automatically updates setup files....great for a traveling computer tech
http://ketarin.canneverbe.com/

EruIluvatar
07-10-2009, 06:46 AM
Open office for those who don't want to pay for MS word, powerpoint..ect
http://www.openoffice.org/

Daemon Tools lite - free version of Daemon tools, a CD/DVD drive emulator
http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/downloads

and the best free software of all: Linux

fallenxlionheart
07-14-2009, 09:13 AM
how come i cant see EruIluvatar (http://www.xoticpcforums.com/member.php?find=lastposter&f=14)s post?

robamb2002
08-19-2009, 03:08 PM
Anyone know of a decent (free) HDD imaging/cloning software?

fallenxlionheart
08-22-2009, 12:17 AM
would like to know a really good back up software

NasGhost
08-26-2009, 06:03 PM
Macrium Reflect and P.I.N.G are both good.

Smartjack
09-05-2009, 05:34 PM
Is there a program that keeps tracks of my drivers and automatically updates them?

lovely09
09-11-2009, 12:59 AM
I have avast home edition and it did great in scanning files especially deleting viruses at stake.I also had avira as another anti virus free software.

robamb2002
10-20-2009, 01:57 PM
Ok, so I'm building a new desktop and am wondering if anyone knows of some good (free) burn in software and or diognostic software? I've already got memtest 86+ just in case, but I'd like to hear what other people use.

powerpack
10-20-2009, 02:23 PM
Stability Intel burn test, prime95. I like orthos best myself. IBT helps do shorter tests for stability than orthos and prime95.

Blinky
10-20-2009, 02:33 PM
Great thread I'm glad that I already have a few of these :)

NasGhost
10-24-2009, 02:54 PM
Ok, so I'm building a new desktop and am wondering if anyone knows of some good (free) burn in software and or diognostic software? I've already got memtest 86+ just in case, but I'd like to hear what other people use.
OCCT 3, furmark, and Orthos

atom.Man
11-11-2009, 03:54 PM
nLite (http://www.nliteos.com/)/vLite (http://www.vlite.net/) - i couldn't run Windows without it. super tool for everyone from end users to system administrators. vLite works with Windows 7 to some extent - see forums. from his page:


Service Pack Integration
Component Removal
Unattended Setup
Driver Integration *
Hotfixes Integration **
Tweaks
Services Configuration
Patches ***
Bootable ISO creation
RyanVM's update packs (http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/) (goes good with n/vLite)

AutoPatcher (http://www.autopatcher.com/) - download and have ready all MS updates/patches/service packs, as well as registry tweaks and other utilities.

foobar2000 (http://www.foobar2000.org/) - excellent, highly customizable audio player

Comodo Firewall (http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/firewall.php) (CIS) - has become pretty bloated, but you can install it without the anti-virus. after install, delete the backup directory of files from its program group to further reduce size.

ClamWin (http://www.clamwin.com/) - free, open source, on-demand (not resident) anti-virus. beautiful little application that doesn't hog resources preforming background scanning (not for novices).

Revo Uninstaller (http://www.revouninstaller.com/) - application uninstaller to be used in place of Add/Remove Programs. does a better job.

JavaRa (http://raproducts.org/) - remove useless or old Java VM's

AutoIt (http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/) - BASIC-like scripting language can create self-standing executables with a GUI (Koda). easy language to learn, but powerful.

POP Peeper (http://www.poppeeper.com/) - mail server check/delete util

Avidemux (http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/) - video editor - limited, but free.

Mp3Tag (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/) - very cool audio file tagger

DVD Flick (http://www.dvdflick.net/) - convert pretty much any video(s) to DVD format, with menus. dirt simple.

Universal Extractor (http://legroom.net/software/uniextract) - extract many archives and installers from explorer context menu

Unknown Device Identifier (http://www.zhangduo.com/udi.html) - identify hardware

NirSoft (http://www.nirsoft.net/) - so much good stuff here i can't list it all. don't miss it!

PDF X-Change Viewer (http://www.docu-track.com/home/prod_user/PDF-XChange_Tools/pdfx_viewer) - i like this better than FoxIT. portable version available

ReactOS (http://www.reactos.org/en/index.html) - NT compatible operating system, free, open source. hope i see a 1.0 release one day before i die :)

ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/) - tiny, powerful disk burner

KeyPass Password Safe (http://keepass.info/) - very good

RJ TextEd (http://www.rj-texted.se/) - a little known but very powerful code editor. used to use PSPad until i found this. it is a bit buggy but it's under active development. i believe he coded his own edit control rather than using someone else's. personally i like the Scintilla edit control, but TextEd has too may goodies to pass up. very slick UI packed full of tools.

K-Lite Codec Pack (http://www.codecguide.com/) - for when VLC chokes :) comes with your choice of MPC or MPC Home Cinema.

Miranda IM (http://www.miranda-im.org/) - multi-protocol IM. small, highly configurable and extendable

Color Cop (http://colorcop.net/) - the cutest, handiest, smallest and most functional color picker i know of. the exe is only 95KB

Das Unit Converter (http://www.das-uc.110mb.com/) - converts anything to anything

powerpack
12-21-2009, 07:17 AM
atom very nice info! Nice you linked +. Hemo? Are you insane? But thanks for the input.

Shamgar
12-24-2009, 06:39 PM
Avira Antivir works pretty well for me (better detection than AVG, at least for the viruses floating around my dorm) once you disable some of the annoyances.
This site explains how pretty well
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/11/13/remove-or-disable-avira-free-antivir-upgrade-to-premium-popup-ad-notifier-nag-screen-avnotify/

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/11/13/how-to-disable-or-turn-off-avira-splash-screen-on-startup/

IronCrux
01-28-2010, 05:32 PM
The Lightning plugin for Thunderbird adds calender functionality to the mail-system which is real nice if you plan on migrating from Outlook or MS Mail. http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/

Occasionally I've come across a nasty little virus that decides to block MS services like MSconfig and RegEdit. A good workaround to that is CCleaner which is a performance enhancer app (cookies, secure delete, reg cleaner, etc.) that also adds unistall and startup functionality. http://www.ccleaner.com/

Also...it seems that AVG's gone a bit downhill in the market of virus detection and somesuch. I recently found an app that runs a "Dual-Core anti-Malware engine" that's both fast and effective. I've combatted a few .trojs with it's help and if it cannot delete something, it gifts you the handy-dandy file-path so you can go and do a manual shift-delete to the bugger. There's a $20 license...but I can't really find out what that offers other than Live-Protection over the free version. http://www.iobit.com/security360.html

Renny 722
06-14-2010, 01:11 PM
Malware bytes is pretty good for catching things my symantic misses

powerpack
06-14-2010, 02:09 PM
I would never have symantics so hard to tell what that missed?

Anewbus
06-15-2010, 11:23 AM
Also...it seems that AVG's gone a bit downhill in the market of virus detection and somesuch. I recently found an app that runs a "Dual-Core anti-Malware engine" that's both fast and effective. I've combatted a few .trojs with it's help and if it cannot delete something, it gifts you the handy-dandy file-path so you can go and do a manual shift-delete to the bugger. There's a $20 license...but I can't really find out what that offers other than Live-Protection over the free version. http://www.iobit.com/security360.html

I've noticed that lately as well. What gives with AVG lately? I was swearing by that program for years. It blows away anything Symantic can come up with, far better detection, etc (and that's the free version). However, lately it seems a bit lackluster.
Looks like I"ll be changing antivirus software soon.

Maverick494
06-15-2010, 02:26 PM
I've noticed that lately as well. What gives with AVG lately? I was swearing by that program for years. It blows away anything Symantic can come up with, far better detection, etc (and that's the free version). However, lately it seems a bit lackluster.
Looks like I"ll be changing antivirus software soon.

personally I think the microsoft security essentials is working well for me and the 7 or 8 other PC's I put it on.

UntilMoraleImproves
06-15-2010, 02:31 PM
I'm using MSE as well and have been very happy with it. It does the job and never makes a peep. Sounds like a perfect mate, lol.

powerpack
07-26-2010, 02:14 AM
Alright guys should I stop using AVG because MSE is both more complete and better? I really don't ever have issues but I am considering switching because you guys keep saying how good MSE is and I have read similar.

Maverick494
07-26-2010, 10:09 AM
Alright guys should I stop using AVG because MSE is both more complete and better? I really don't ever have issues but I am considering switching because you guys keep saying how good MSE is and I have read similar.

I have replaced AVG on 5 systems now with MSE and 4/5 of them had some form of malware that AVG didn't catch.

MoonSilver
09-24-2010, 02:15 AM
http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html
adding good uninstaller tool, that very nice on vista and window 7, if you want delete not only the application but also clear window registry for that.

PS> They have now pro, but in past was only the free version. But free more is ok, for me at least.

About anti-virus I prefer or Kaspersky(for good work it's need nice system and you need properly setup, but it's not free ) and you can try Avast 5 free, also nice thing.

Maverick494
09-24-2010, 11:22 AM
Avast is only Anti-virus and not anti-malware last I checked, so most users are probably better off with Microsoft Security Essentials that does both if they want freeware.

MoonSilver
09-24-2010, 01:45 PM
Avast is only Anti-virus and not anti-malware last I checked, so most users are probably better off with Microsoft Security Essentials that does both if they want freeware.
Well, avast pro must be with anti-malware, as i know, but you need pay for it.

Maverick494
09-24-2010, 02:17 PM
so you are posting in a best free software thread about software you have to pay for?

MoonSilver
09-24-2010, 04:07 PM
so you are posting in a best free software thread about software you have to pay for?
No I just answered about anti-malware, about avast 5.

jshotz19
10-01-2010, 07:08 PM
Hey I apologize if it's been posted and I missed it, but does anyone have a good program that will allow you to take the songs from an iPod and put them on a new computer? I was told that you can't simply do that with iTunes.

StarTrooper3000
10-07-2010, 08:49 AM
Hey I apologize if it's been posted and I missed it, but does anyone have a good program that will allow you to take the songs from an iPod and put them on a new computer? I was told that you can't simply do that with iTunes.

WinAmp is a decent free media player with many options. I used to use WinAmp a lot -- I know a past version of that program could definitely take the songs off. They may be in MP3 format too.

If it is from an old computer to a new computer, the easiest way would be to copy the songs and use the ipod as an external HD...

Or, after 5 min on google, here is another free option: http://www.getsharepod.com/
That looks pretty simple. I'd choose this I suppose

jshotz19
10-07-2010, 10:58 AM
WinAmp is a decent free media player with many options. I used to use WinAmp a lot -- I know a past version of that program could definitely take the songs off. They may be in MP3 format too.

If it is from an old computer to a new computer, the easiest way would be to copy the songs and use the ipod as an external HD...

Or, after 5 min on google, here is another free option: http://www.getsharepod.com/
That looks pretty simple. I'd choose this I suppose

Hey thanks for the input, appreciate it, I googled as well but I wanted to see if anyone had any experience with one of the programs and know for a fact it works before I went and downloaded a random program to a brand new comp.

Pintz5
10-11-2010, 09:36 AM
Whats a good Blu-ray player software for the ASUS g73JW?

Maverick494
10-11-2010, 10:16 AM
Whats a good Blu-ray player software for the ASUS g73JW?

The one that comes with it. There are no, to my knowledge, free bluray player suites.

Snate
10-16-2010, 10:30 PM
The one that comes with it. There are no, to my knowledge, free bluray player suites.

That's just it. I just got one and I'm not sure it actually has any Blu-ray Player Software on it.

The closest thing I can find is on here is CyberLink Blu-ray Disc Suite for creating disks although I just have a Blu-ray/DVD/CD reader and DVD/CD writer.

Maverick494
10-17-2010, 10:28 AM
That's just it. I just got one and I'm not sure it actually has any Blu-ray Player Software on it.

The closest thing I can find is on here is CyberLink Blu-ray Disc Suite for creating disks although I just have a Blu-ray/DVD/CD reader and DVD/CD writer.

if it didn't come on the disc you should be able to download it from ASUS site.

NusaApachuh
04-04-2011, 07:05 AM
Are you using this software? If so are you using it just for "everyday" data recovery or are you actually doing forensic type recoveries?

JBossch
04-04-2011, 09:50 PM
So I'm pretty sure that was a bot above that necro-ed this thread, but in anticipation of my new Sager NP8130 (only a few more days I hope!) I thought I would invite the community to post any updates on the free software they think is essential.

Here are some of my favs:

For video:
VLC Player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) will handle just about anything but I always liked the interface on Media Player Classic (http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/download-media-player-classic-hc.html) better. It just seems like it doesn't play a lot of stuff these days. I just updated so we will see if it has improved any.

For anti-virus:
I largely use Malwarebytes (http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php) for clean up. I also just added the free version of AdAware (http://www.lavasoft.com/) but I don't have much experience with it. Its supposed to provide some decent up-front protection from malware. I rarely get problems myself, but I am constantly cleaning up my gf's computer. :rolleyes:

For music:
I have used WinAmp (http://www.winamp.com/media-player/en) for years and still love it. In fact I use the lite version exclusively (scroll down the download page to find it). Its light-weight, gets the job done and it even has cool skins!

So what else should I immediately install when I get my Sager?

vanwazltoff
04-05-2011, 12:45 PM
applications for windows 7

i cant go without VLC media player since i play a lot of .avi files.

Virtual CloneDrive is a necessity for mounting .iso files, doesnt have tracking software like daemon tools supposedly has

7-zip is another necessity i cant go without

unlocker it great for those difficult locked files

i use SuperCopier2 instead of the stock copier

it my internet is being particularly slow, i use Opera browser

applications for OSX

VLC again, i use it for ALL video files

Image Tricks Lite is great for photo editing and has a LOT of effects

UnRarx for .rar files

i got roxio toast titanium from somewhere for free its great for DVD burning

wildjim
04-24-2011, 01:14 PM
Anti-Virus:

Malwarebytes

Avira

Microsoft Security Essentials

Media Player:

VLC VideoLan

Util:

CCleaner

CD DVD Burner:

ImgBurn

CD Ripper:

EAC

DVD Ripper:

DVDFAB but not free : (

4B1SH41
04-30-2011, 11:34 AM
How bout SIW. I found it useful and I didn't see it on here yet.

http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html

zinfandel
06-09-2011, 01:43 PM
Scrolled thru the list, didn't see Spywareblaster. I gave up on Spybot, this is simpler and just as effective on blocking.

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Also want to add that Belarc, which was mentioned, is the easiest way to find you Windows activation # if you have lost track of it

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Cleancache
Supplements CrapCleaner. Cleans .Dat files, not sure CCleaner does that

http://cleancache.en.softonic.com/

JoeE
06-13-2011, 07:02 AM
A few people mentioned but I will also:
7-Zip A must have for working with compressed files
http://www.7-zip.org/

FoxIt reader PDF reader without all the annoyances of adobe.
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/products/reader/

No one has mentioned... System Internals from Microsoft. The entire suite. Absolute necessity for troubleshooting windows problems. Want to know whats REALLY happening with Windows you need system internals.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb545021

zinfandel
06-26-2011, 02:32 PM
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/can-soluto-really-make-pcs-less-frustrating/2164

http://www.soluto.com/

While you can improve your boot times and browsing experience on your own, for those that don't know what to do or are lazy (I'm somewhere in the middle!) you might try this free program. As the article said, it seems to err on the conservative side. By pausing or delaying a few items I dropped my boot time by 30 seconds. Not earth shaking and I'm not sure what I'll do with the extra 30 seconds each day but why not?

Maverick494
06-26-2011, 03:05 PM
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/can-soluto-really-make-pcs-less-frustrating/2164

http://www.soluto.com/

While you can improve your boot times and browsing experience on your own, for those that don't know what to do or are lazy (I'm somewhere in the middle!) you might try this free program. As the article said, it seems to err on the conservative side. By pausing or delaying a few items I dropped my boot time by 30 seconds. Not earth shaking and I'm not sure what I'll do with the extra 30 seconds each day but why not?

I'll give it a try and see what it breaks (if anything) and if it has any spyware or other malicious code(doubtful). Ultimately, testing if it works or not.

Jangooon
06-28-2011, 03:35 AM
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/can-soluto-really-make-pcs-less-frustrating/2164

http://www.soluto.com/

While you can improve your boot times and browsing experience on your own, for those that don't know what to do or are lazy (I'm somewhere in the middle!) you might try this free program. As the article said, it seems to err on the conservative side. By pausing or delaying a few items I dropped my boot time by 30 seconds. Not earth shaking and I'm not sure what I'll do with the extra 30 seconds each day but why not?

Amazing program, just tried it myself and dropped the boot time by nearly a minute!

Maverick494
06-28-2011, 10:34 AM
Amazing program, just tried it myself and dropped the boot time by nearly a minute!

I haven't had anywhere near that kind of success with it. I got about 12 seconds of savings by disabling a couple things.

zinfandel
06-28-2011, 12:10 PM
If you don't need everything at startup, try delaying an item

Maverick494
06-28-2011, 12:25 PM
If you don't need everything at startup, try delaying an item

I did, I got a whopping 12 seconds out of the things I delayed and stopped completely. Not amazing in my opinion. If you don't know how to use MSconfig and the process explorer, then this program is nice for the less technical user. Don't expect miracles of 30 second boot times though and in addition, when you delay things all it does is push it to loading when you are trying to work in windows.

zinfandel
06-28-2011, 12:28 PM
I agree, I mentioned it was for the less technical or the lazy ones.


Does having too many folders on your desktop increase boot times?

Maverick494
06-28-2011, 12:30 PM
I agree, I mentioned it was for the less technical or the lazy ones.


Does having too many folders on your desktop increase boot times?

Doubt it, I don't even use desktop icons though so I don't know.

Mirabis
08-23-2011, 04:22 PM
Freemake Video Converter should be in the list too.
It's simply best!

Grimm
08-23-2011, 09:37 PM
Best way to drop boot times? Get an SSD. lol :laugh::yes:

mobilegamer
10-09-2011, 06:44 AM
Best way to drop boot times? Get an SSD. lol :laugh::yes:

now that i have an ssd, i dont know how i functioned without it, dear god its that much of a night and day improvement! (takes me about 15 seconds to boot and scan my finger to login to windows 7)

also google chrome, best web browsa eva!

Allanon
01-30-2012, 10:32 PM
Dude screw Avast! so hard. I installed it and it locked up my computer 5 times. I finally had to boot in Safe Mode and uninstall it from there. It sucks.

Is AVG gonna do the same shit?

ZiRiS
01-30-2012, 11:30 PM
I agree, I mentioned it was for the less technical or the lazy ones.


Does having too many folders on your desktop increase boot times?

YES! Windows loads everything on your desktop into memory when it loads/boots. Having a lot of icons on your desktop will take Windows that much longer to boot because it has to load everything on your desktop as well. That's why every version of Windows since 95 (ugh) has offered a "My Documents" folder. This doesn't get loaded into memory until you actually open it, thereby allowing Windows to boot a little faster. If you do have a lot of icons on your desktop, put them all into a folder you can easily find later, such as a folder you create under the "My Documents" folder.
After you have your desktop cleaned off, hit your windows key and "R" at the same time, this will bring up the "run" menu. Alternatively, you can sometimes open the start menu and click "Run". Once that's open, type in "msconfig" without the quotes. Click on the "Startup" tab across the top. Uncheck everything except your Antivirus and any other programs that need to run at startup, such as a program for your backlit keyboard or SpyBot S&D or similar programs. Things you don't need during startup are things like Adobe (anything) and MSOffice (anything).
I hope this helps you with faster boot times and a smoother running machine!

tomcruise22
02-02-2012, 12:38 AM
There are many free softwares available for windows. Use libre office, GIMP, Audacity, VLC, Firefox. For the best experience about free softwares switch to Linux. There are thousands of free and open source softwares available for Linux. Go to sourceforge.net for more information about open source free softwares.

jayjoe40
02-09-2012, 01:20 AM
That's why every version of Windows since 95 (ugh) has offered a "My Documents" folder. This doesn't get loaded into memory until you actually open it, thereby allowing Windows to boot a little faster. If you do have a lot of icons on your desktop, put them all into a folder you can easily find later, such as a folder you create under the "My Documents" folder.

ZiRiS
02-10-2012, 04:32 AM
That's why every version of Windows since 95 (ugh) has offered a "My Documents" folder. This doesn't get loaded into memory until you actually open it, thereby allowing Windows to boot a little faster. If you do have a lot of icons on your desktop, put them all into a folder you can easily find later, such as a folder you create under the "My Documents" folder.

Good to see he was banned....copy/paste much?

Bling
02-10-2012, 05:35 PM
^actually did not know this lol no wonder my pc takes ages to boot its a cluttered mess. time to put them in the my documents folder

Simon Ho
02-04-2013, 05:37 PM
How's about a good free data recovery (for hard drives, external and internal) that's recovers 99+% of deleted data?
One that's actually free, and not just "free scan, pay us to restore data."

Reed
02-04-2013, 07:40 PM
How's about a good free data recovery (for hard drives, external and internal) that's recovers 99+% of deleted data?
One that's actually free, and not just "free scan, pay us to restore data."

Recuva by Piriform, same guys who make CCleaner. If it hasn't been physically over-written yet, you can get it back.

bonami2
04-16-2013, 07:53 PM
Where is HWINFO!! And msi Afterburner lol the only program for ram gpu cpu usage-voltage-load in game.... And Ninite when you want to install everything fast on a new window install :) http://ninite.com/

Diamondback
08-04-2013, 11:07 PM
Dunno if they've already been mentioned, but I swear by Piriform CCleaner for clearing crud and secure deletion--35-pass NSA-grade overwrite, anyone? :D --and Defraggler for a free defragmenter.

Also, even when I have a paid security suite installed I still like to keep Ad-Aware Personal, Spybot Search & Destroy and MalwareBytes all installed as an additional line of defense--each does things and handles threats the others miss.