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Best Free Windows 64-bit Icon Tool

Iconoid

SillySol's Iconoid allows you to change the colour of text associated with your desktop icons. You can also save and restore the position of desktop icons and, optionally, hide and restore icons by clicking on the desktop.

In order to use Iconoid to change the colour of text you must first turn off drop shadows for icon text.  This must be done via Control Panel, System, Advanced System Settings, and then click on the Settings button under Performance.  Right clicking on Computer, and then choosing Properties, will only change settings until you logoff or the PC is rebooted.

IcoFX

IcoFX has become a commercial product but the free version remains available although it is unsupported.

IcoFX "has a wealth of tools and is equipped with more than 40 image effects. … The program allows you to create icons for your programs, setup files, or favicons for your website or blog. It also allows you to convert your favorite images to icons, or icons to images. Conversion between Macintosh and Windows icons are supported. Other features include supporting Vista icons with PNG compression, true color, transparency (alpha channel) and batch processing capability. IcoFX allows you to create icon libraries, extract and patch icons inside the executable files. However, on some executable files which I tried, the former seems work better than the latter." (Best Free Icon Editor and Replacer)

 

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by Anonymous on 3. June 2009 - 21:42  (23004)

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by Anonymous on 9. June 2009 - 6:55  (23384)

Super Antispyware does not work in Windows7 RC

by Anonymous on 15. June 2009 - 12:34  (23928)

WinRAR version for Windows x64 is available

by Anonymous on 16. June 2009 - 1:57  (23956)

Yes it does - running in 7100

by rikmayell (not verified) on 16. June 2009 - 14:09  (23991)

As long as you use version 4.26.1002 or higher of SuperAntiSpyware, it will install and work under the Windows 7 release candidate (build 7100.)

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 17. June 2009 - 17:05  (24051)

Unfortunately, WinRAR is not freeware.

7-Zip and PeaZip are both available as free 64 bit applications and contain all of the functionality of their 32 bit counterparts. Readers interested in a comparison of these products should refer to our review:

Best Free File Archiver/Zip Utility

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 17. June 2009 - 21:55  (24063)

That's quite an old an useless discussion here in TSA. Use wathever you like.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 18. June 2009 - 0:11  (24071)

Perhaps you wrongly assume that the performance of 32 and 64 bit Zip utilities will be the same under Windows 7 / Vista 64? Likewise I presume you think that the 32 bit shell extensions used by 32 bit Zip utilities will work with 64 bit Explorer? They won't.

If you want the best performance and integration from a Zip utility under Windows 7 / Vista 64 then use a 64 bit version. This is new ground for an old topic, and therefore worth pointing out.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 21. June 2009 - 17:50  (24212)

Hey there, i don't discuss that, i don't even discuss 7-zip is an excellent choice (it is). Only the fact that you replied that WinRar is not freeware as to justify that it was not included, Winrar does a non-expiring trial and should be considered. I really don't care if licence states 'shareware'.

BTW, what is this confusion of Windows 7 / Vista 64 ? There's also 32 and 64-bit 7 windozes, as always... maybe in 2050 we will have only 64-bit OSES.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 21. June 2009 - 19:58  (24215)

I specifically stated that WinRAR wasn't freeware to indicate why it doesn't appear in the article. I don't deny for a moment that it is an excellent product.

I agree that the title of the article 'Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software' might appear confusing. It's supposed to mean Best Free Software for 64 bit Windows 7 / 64 bit Windows Vista. If you have suggestions for a better title I'd appreciate you passing them on. All I ask is that you mark your response with some sort of 'name' so that if one of your suggestions is chosen you get the credit for it.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 13. July 2009 - 5:06  (24996)

we need more 64bit aps listed

by rikmayell (not verified) on 13. July 2009 - 9:35  (25011)

As I come across native 64 bit applications I will include them. Unfortunately, many of the freeware categories we cover don't have 64 bit versions yet.

If anyone comes across something I've missed then please pass on the details and I'll look into it.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 22. July 2009 - 19:05  (25593)

nice work Rik Mayell.....thumbs up!!

by Anonymous on 22. July 2009 - 19:29  (25595)

BTW....Foxit Reader is also a good PDF reading freeware
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/download.php

by Anonymous on 23. July 2009 - 7:34  (25622)

also...JKDefrag is now called MyDefrag....and its new website is http://www.mydefrag.com/

by rikmayell (not verified) on 23. July 2009 - 8:42  (25629)

I have been completed my testing of MyDefrag and it now appears in the review. As a result of the testing it has replaced JKDefrag as Gizmo's Top Pick.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 23. July 2009 - 8:47  (25631)

Foxit Reader is a good 32 bit solution, assuming they have fixed the rendering problem I reported to them back in April. I haven't had chance to test this yet. I have also read reports that the installation routine installs unwanted software.

The aim of the review is to identify 64 bit freeware, where possible, hence the recommendation for PDFXChange in this category.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 23. July 2009 - 18:00  (25656)

hi iam having 64 bit windowsvista home prieum edition i cannot install .net software and sql database so what i have to do

by MidnightCowboy on 23. July 2009 - 19:14  (25664)

Mostly the editors deal with support issues like this in the forum as the posts need to be sequential. If you register and post again here you'll be guaranteed to receive a personalized response.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

by Anonymous on 26. July 2009 - 4:37  (25776)

You can find more freeware and shareware for win7 at

by rikmayell (not verified) on 26. July 2009 - 20:29  (25795)

Thank you for that, I will take a look.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 26. July 2009 - 20:33  (25796)

As MC has pointed out, your best chance of resolving the issues you have is by posting in the forum. I would add that you should include in your post the version of .NET installed on your machine, the version of .NET required by the software you are trying to install, and also which SQL database product you are trying to use.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 4. August 2009 - 4:51  (26229)

your review is great you forgot comodo system cleaner(free).

Moderator comment : reference to shareware/commercial software removed.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 4. August 2009 - 13:22  (26248)

The comments in this Wilder's thread http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=235664 would suggest this software should be approached with caution.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Sope on 8. August 2009 - 19:58  (26655)

Nice article, thanks.

Could you clarify one point for me please.
When you say, "If you decide to use a third party disk defragmenter, don't be tempted to disable the built in Windows 7 / Vista 64 disk defragmenter.", does this include merely turning off the defrag scheduler, or are you referring to another more permanent way of disabling it?

Cheers.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 8. August 2009 - 20:52  (26657)

You should leave the Windows Defragmentation tool untouched. I suggest you check when the Windows tool is due to run via the Task Scheduler and ensure that you don't run any other defragmentation tool on the same day.

Under Vista and Windows 7, ReadyBoot (sic) monitors the files loaded during the last 5 system boots and generates a boot plan that is independent of the Prefetch plan in C:\WINDOWS\PREFETCH\LAYOUT.INI. When the Windows disk defrag tool runs it has access to this ReadyBoot information and adjusts file layouts accordingly.

I'm still working my way through the Windows 7 Software Development Kit, but have yet to find any means for third party applications to access this information.

There is one thing that I came across recently that I found rather odd. Mark Russinovich of SysInternals fame, and now Technical Fellow at Microsoft, stated in one of his interviews that the Windows defragmentation tool runs every three days to process ReadyBoot information. As it normally only runs once a week this would suggest it is being launched from elsewhere?

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Sope on 8. August 2009 - 22:17  (26662)

Interesting, thanks.

I'm currently using MyDefrag, so it's not ideal to have Windows defragmenter stepping in from time to time and changing things around (potentially undoing some of the optimization performed by MyDefrag). Although I still would like to benefit from ReadyBoot of course.

From what Mark Russinovich said, it seems that maybe ReadyBoot optimization is performed independently of scheduled defragmentation. In which case, I'm tempted to setup Windows scheduler to run monthly, and in the middle of the night so that it never actually runs (my PC is usually always shut down overnight). The fact that the ReadyBoot process runs every 3 days also makes it sound very much like the built-in Windows XP boot time optimization process which runs independently of defragmentation if I'm not mistaken.

Addition: Of course I may still not get the full benefits of ReadyBoot if MyDefrag optimization undoes it!

by rikmayell (not verified) on 9. August 2009 - 10:20  (26685)

I run MyDefrag as well and share your concerns.

I'm currently waiting for the latest copy of the book co-authored by Mark to be delivered (I'm sure you know the one I mean.) Hopefully it will shed more light on this issue. If so, I'll update the review accordingly.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 24. August 2009 - 18:02  (31447)

Comodo Internet Security (CIS)

Fails to install on Windows 7 RTM, ive tried every possible install method, i dont have UAC or driver signing mode enabled so this shouldnt cause an issue.

Win 7 RTM 64bit

Just so other folks know.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 25. August 2009 - 12:19  (31488)

This problem seems to come and go, I've never been able to pin down the exact cause.

To workaround the problem:

1. Create an icon on your desktop that points to the CIS installation routine.

2. Right click on the icon and select Properties.

3. Click on the Compatibility tab and select 'Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)'

Ensure that 'Run this program as an administrator' is selected under Privilege Mode and then click on OK.

If you double click on your newly created icon you should find that CIS installs okay. After a reboot it will function normally.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

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