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Best Free Windows 64-bit Icon Tool


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 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 19. May 2010 - 0:34  (49915)

Comfortable free partitioning software ( Home use ), runs well on 64 BIT 7 ( Tested on "Ultimate" with 2* two-terabyte discs.

Regards, Mike Connor

by rik on 21. May 2010 - 13:04  (50035)

Why would you want to partition an individual disk anyway, it has dreadful performance implications?


by Anonymous on 21. May 2010 - 20:57  (50066)

Another example:

A casual acquaintance complained about how slow his system had become. I had a look at it for him, and he had FIFTEEN !!!!!! partitions on his single primary disc ( which was a slow disc anyway), he was shoveling data all over the place, and the disc sounded like a badly tuned lawnmower!

I used the software to delete everything, reformatted, and installed his system new.

Result? System a lot faster, no noise.

It seems people try out various Linux distributions and other stuff which makes more partitions, various boot loaders, and a whole host of other stuff. This clutters the system. It's just very easy to clear it all up by deleting everything.

The Windows utilities for this are not very comfortable at all.

WARNING!!! If you delete partitions, then THE DATA IS GONE!!!.

Only do this is you have backups, and know what you are doing!!!

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 21. May 2010 - 20:45  (50065)

I wouldn't, ( and don't!!!) want to, but I have found it extremely useful for DELETING partitions, and some other stuff.

On some systems it can be useful to partition a SECOND disc on the system, mainly so that backups from these systems can run a lot faster.

E.g. Some business software, bookkeeping stuff and similar, runs backups to a SECOND internal disc. For security backups to an external disc ( or network etc), I don't want to backup a whole disc, and would not use forensic backups anyway, ( meaning only actual data is imaged instead of the whole disc/partition).

Some people do want ( at least they think they do! :) ) to set up various partitions for other reasons, ( although I can't think of any other sensible reasons). This software removes all that, so that their systems run sensibly again.

The software is only free for home use!

I was never gone, but I don't always sign my posts.......

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 21. May 2010 - 13:33  (50039)

Glad your back! :)

by Anonymous on 18. May 2010 - 13:46  (49887)

Why does the post date of article show as 9/9/2009? I know this post is newer.
Also, I have a suggestion. Since this is a rather long post, perhaps you could put a quick note at beginning with version edits on text section, could keep last 5 or so:
5/19/2010 Added Firewall, Updated Disk Cleaner
4/10/2010 Updated File Manager, Registry Cleaner
3/20/2010 Updated FTP Client, Email

Therefore, we could skip to the sections that are new or changed. If it is just updating the bottom section with a different URL download address or version number, without adding to the text section, then I would leave that out.

by rik on 21. May 2010 - 13:05  (50036)

This is something that will need to be run by a number of other people that contribute to the site. I'll get back to you.


by Anonymous on 19. May 2010 - 21:15  (49962)

I second this if it is possible and not too much work!


by Anonymous on 27. May 2010 - 12:12  (50450)

Good idea! I will third this.

by Anonymous on 13. May 2010 - 18:33  (49742)

You guys sure did make a good impression on Jake yesterday talking about MS Xp.I realize that it is still used on a large scale, but Win 7 is way better and when compared to Vista the system is more "hardened" It has DEP, UAC, ASLR. Let's not try and get people to stay regressed on XP. Windows 7 is already a success and there is nothing that can stop its momentum. Remember Windows 2000, no support for come July, and eventually XP will suffer the same fate. And there's no way the whole world will migrate to Linux or Ubuntu unless there is a paradigm shift of volcanic proportions.

by rik on 21. May 2010 - 13:11  (50037)

Many people will continue to use XP as their existing hardware may not support Windows 7. Others will stick with XP as their software won't run under Windows 7 and they don't have the time, energy or inclination to switch to XP mode or a virtualistion tool.

XP is good for support through 2014, much will have changed by then, including PC demographics.


by Anonymous on 13. May 2010 - 15:12  (49725)

I wanted to let someone know that I simply adore this column or section of the website b/c I browse the internet a lot and most of the time can't find sections or website solely dedicated to this platform.(Windows 7/Vista.) As a happy Vista user since summer of '07, I love the layout of this page! It at least points me in the right direction and makes me curious to try some the of the software. It's like a breath of frest air b/c in 2007 and 2008 there was so much Vista bashing by the media. Nice to see a website give it "props"
Thank so much!

by Peccadilloes on 3. May 2010 - 8:42  (49004)

why does my firefox v3.6.3 not work well with windows 7 home premium?

by Anonymous on 13. June 2010 - 1:58  (52004)

I'm experiencing problems with Firefox too on my Windows 7 (64-bit) system (E6300 dual CPU and 4GB RAM). After I wake the computer from sleep, Firefox turns into a 50% resource hog and lags really badly, necessitating a complete computer restart. Hopeless. Even IE8 works better!
I'm trying out other browsers at this time.

by MidnightCowboy on 3. May 2010 - 8:49  (49007)

This could be down to a number of reasons but we would need to know more detail such as what is actually wrong and a list of the extensions you have installed for Firefox.

Please posts this information in the forum where there are already several threads relating to Firefox as it is much easier to offer this kind of support there.

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 16:45  (48718)

Please note that I do not tolerate 'fan boy' posts against this article. Both I, and the people that come here in search of information, deserve better than that. Any such posts will be deleted immediatetly.

To keep in the spirit of this the off the wall exchange that appeared in the comments has been removed.


by Anonymous on 28. April 2010 - 22:03  (48663)

Does Double Commander allow access to network files? I can't see network drives.

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 5:07  (48682)

Please see my response below.



by Anonymous on 28. April 2010 - 21:38  (48662)

This article is topnotch! You all do great work for us less knowledgeable users.

Question: I can't seem to be able to find my Network files with Double Commander. Is is possible, and if so how?

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 4:54  (48678)

Many thanks for the kind feedback.

The network drive functionality is 'under development' and having written code like that myself I doubt it will be long in coming. I'll monitor progress on this and report back as soon as it is available. I'll also update the article to indicate that this is an issue.

Thanks again,


by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 13:19  (48694)

Thanks for the quick reply. I'll wait for the update.

by Anonymous on 27. April 2010 - 14:45  (48568)

Very well done! I feel I have a fairly good better understanding of
some of the best quality software available out there now that
I have visited this site.

In regards to antivirus software, I have tried AVG, Avira
Antivir Personal Edition and Avast! Free AntiVirus. And in
my own personal experience, I would say AVG's detection rate
is probably the least effective in detecting malware. And
I would pretty much agree that Avira is probably slightly
better than Avast! in the detection rate department. Without
a doubt I think Avira is a first rate antivrus product.
However, in my own humble opinion, I would rate Avast!
slightly higher than Avira OVERALL because I feel Avast!
clearly is more comprehensive in protection as well as
also having more features . Avast! has some features that
not even some of the paid AVs that I used in the past
had. Moreover, I found Avast! not to be quite as intrusive
as Avira was. Avira would constantly flash "nag screens."
With Avast!, I have hardly noticed it was even running.
This is a minor issue in my mind, however, if all things
are equal or negligible, I would probably be swayed into
opting for the least annoying software in my decision-making

For my own personal use, I have decided to go with Avast!.
However, after reading this report, I may decide to add
Avira as well.

Thanks so much for all the geat insight!


by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 0:34  (48670)

Hi Joe,
As a beta tester for Microsoft Security Essentials I can tell you, you will have virtually no false positive w/ MSE and no nag screens or pop ups wanting you to buy it b/c it's free! Not to mention the fact that the download is less than 13mb. I'm excited to say that it protects @ the binary level as well and the UI is less complex than both Avira and Avast!. The editors have so smartly sandwiched MSE between Avira and Avast on this website and I applaud them for that. Security Essentials is something of an enigma in the AV world. It's flying under the radar but slowly amassing a large following. Check out the five star reviews for this 5 star gem!
Happy trails and computing!

by Anonymous on 11. June 2010 - 6:27  (51890)

Thank you for promoting this info. I have been using it in both win7 and vista 32 and 64 for some time now and it works flawlessly. Plus my onecare expired and they discontinued the product.

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 21:52  (48738)
by MidnightCowboy on 29. April 2010 - 22:52  (48743)

I don't understand what this guy is trying to say? First he entitles his article "Don't pay for security software", then says this...

"It's not that free software is better by nature. The full-feature, paid security suites are robust computer and information protectors, especially for people who might otherwise get themselves into trouble online due to a lack of education on basic computing security practices".

...which from my experience covers about 90% of the PC using population.

Even at the local university here, a recent survey of their IT dept showed that every machine on the LAN was infected or had been and was in various stages of remission depending on what security software was installed on it. Of the 9 machines not networked, four were infected and only one had a properly updated and configured set of security programs. Three quarters of the machines were still running IE6. This is the reality of the world in which I live which is far removed from that enjoyed by the minority such as the enthusiasts here, Wilders and other places. To suggest that MSE is going to save the planet for the rest of these folks is like wishing for pie in the sky.

by Anonymous on 1. May 2010 - 20:49  (48926)

What the author meant was that Security essentials has no expiration date nor trial subscription so the consumer does not have to scramble to find another av once something like Norton or McAfee's trial period runs out.
So many consumers have busy lives so they let their subscription run out so their computer is left unprotected. Don't you think all computers should come with some type of protection from the get go that does not expire, so that at least they will have one base line or layer of security? Throwing Microsoft under the bus only makes your post look biased and foolish!

by MidnightCowboy on 1. May 2010 - 20:59  (48927)

I guess there are several issues here.

Security, whether it be home, car, personal or computer is the responsibility of the person controlling it. Having a "busy life" is no excuse for neglecting an important item such as this. Most folks can remember to spend enough time sifting through their emails and Facebook, so remembering an expiry date which is thrown at you by most commercial apps every time you switch on the PC should not be an issue.

Second, I think that professional writers should be able to say what they mean in their own articles without needing someone else to interpret it for them. Had the title or content been directed along the lines you suggest then yes, I'm in full agreement. It's always been a nonsense that Microsoft are willing enough to thrust IE and other compulsory components at customers without providing a basic free security to protect what they've just sold. Instead they chose the commercial route by bundling paid software.

Lastly, I don't recall any words of mine linking MSE and buses in the same sentence. Readers of my many posts both here and in the forum will know that I've recommended it often enough and that I've also applied my analogy to every other product. There is no "one size fits all" solution for PC security and never will be although folks continue to search for it. It's true that I don't service computers any more but when I did, I never ever met anyone who gave themselves as the reason for their being infected. Excuses are cheap, but good PC security costs even less, although you need to set aside some of that valuable time to manage it effectively.

by Anonymous on 1. May 2010 - 21:53  (48935)

Thank you for your response.
In response to your first paragraph, the 90% percent of the population that you are referring to on 4/29 @ 22:52, who may get themselves in trouble online due to lack of education on basic security practices are the ones who are more apt to let it expire simply b/c they lack "the education on basic security practices." Unfortunately, and I hate that this has happend, is our societies have evolved where a majority of that 90% percent you are speaking of places more value on Facebook and sifting thru emails. So there's nothing that we can do to stop the technology thread from weaving it's way into society and shifting priorities, even if it is away from computer security.
In response to your second paragraph, you're absolutely right that professional writers such as the guy on should be able to say what they mean w/ out needing someone else to interpret it for them. That is what both me and you have done(as indicated by my post and your post). You wrote to suggest that MSE is going to save the planet for the rest of these folks is like wishing for pie in the sky, in which pie and sky are not even mentioned in the article. It's not that MS chose the commercial route, the computer makers install the paid apps on the computers not MS. The article stated that in it's own retail store Microsoft has included MSE in the software suite, so that let's people know that MS does not have a vested interest in paid apps to protect their hardware. The computer makers are paid by by the compaines that make the paid apps!
In response to your third paragraph, throwing Microsoft under the bus is a metaphor. Do you know what that is? In your original post, you could have said To suggest that "any AV" is going to save the planet for the rest of these folks is like wishing for pie in the sky. But you used MSE. And the reason why you never came across anybody while you were fixing computers that offered themselves up as an excuse is b/c by human nature we don't won't to admit fault b/c it's embarrassing which is why you won't say that you should have not said MSE but just said "any AV."

by Anonymous on 30. April 2010 - 22:25  (48852)

You're right. MSE nor any other av program will save the planet. What will always come into play is the human factor when it comes to computing and surfing the interent. There will always be people who click on things that shouldn't be clicked, places on the web where people shouldn't be going, and programs and computers that are not updated nor patched like they should be.