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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 3. January 2010 - 6:40  (40102)

Thanks for the list. I've just installed Win 7 Pro 64 and I'm dual booting with XP Pro 32 until I can let go :)

There is a very good 64 bit disk imaging suite to consider - Macrium Reflect.


The 32 bit version saved my skin in XP many times and the 64 bit version shows significantly improved performance.

Also a 64 bit version of Recuva is now available, and portable too.

Another honorary mention for WinRAR :) There are periodic free versions and you can continue using it after the trial. The 64 bit versions have fantastic performance, but there just isn't a free 64 bit version yet :(


by rikmayell (not verified) on 3. January 2010 - 14:20  (40134)

Alan, thanks for the feedback.

Although Macrium Reflect is available as a 64 bit application the boot CD included with the free version doesn't support RAID. In my view this lessens the attraction of the software.

Recuva us indeed now available as a native 64 bit application, thanks for sharing that.

Strictly speaking, WinRAR isn't freeware but I have to admit I use it. Perhaps on this occasion we'll let the honorary mention stand :)

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 3. January 2010 - 21:47  (40164)

Dear RikMayell, thanks for the in-depth look at win 7.

I'm running Win 7 Home Premium (64 bit), but Internet Explorer 64 wont play online videos (such as found on youtube). It proclaims, "you either have have JavaScript turned off or an old version of Adobe's Flash Player." But my internet security setting includes, "Scripting of Java appletes: enable", and I have the latest Adobe Reader 9.

Is there a work-around to for IE 64? Or must we continue to use a 32 bit browser as a crutch?

Thanks again,

by rikmayell (not verified) on 4. January 2010 - 7:15  (40203)


At present it is not possible to view YouTube videos or similar content under Windows using a 64 bit browser. The problem is that Adobe have yet to produce a 64 bit Flash Player, worst still there isn't even a projected availability date yet. Until and unless there is a major push for the acceptance of 64 bit browsers I can't see this issue being resolved in the short to medium term.

So, for the time being I'm afraid we're going to have to stick to using a 32 bit browser.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 6. January 2010 - 15:36  (40395)

Great Job, helped me a lot setting up my Windows 7 64-bit System!!!
One thing i am missing though, is a free download manager for Win7 x64. I am having trouble running wxDownloadfast, and i am unsure which of the recommendations in the downloadmanager section runs smooth with Win7 x64. "Free Download Manager" seems to only support 32-bit Systems.
Any Ideas?
Thx, mike

by rikmayell (not verified) on 6. January 2010 - 18:08  (40409)

Free Download Manager works a treat :) Another thing I need to get round to adding to the article.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 0:37  (40434)

Thx for the quick reply! I installed FDM and it runs just fine.

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 3:36  (40441)
by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 7:32  (40455)

win 7 is very nice, I like it..

by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. January 2010 - 8:50  (40460)

Pleased to hear it works well you.


Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. January 2010 - 8:56  (40461)

Very interesting :) Once I've checked out the details I might well add some details, or a link, into the review. Shame that you didn't leave some way of identifying yourself, if only a first name or 'handle', so that you could be given credit for the find!

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 9:10  (40462)

Not a problem. Am quite happy if it helps people, don't need credit.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. January 2010 - 9:57  (40465)

Yes, many of us do. A pat on the back for Microsoft for getting it right :)

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 17:15  (40486)
by rikmayell (not verified) on 7. January 2010 - 17:40  (40488)

Yes seen them as well. "Godmodes" is perhaps not the best description, might have to change that. Still sure you don't want to be thanks for the find?

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 17:50  (40490)

Consider me thanked. I'm pleased that you and others appreciate it. I post quite a bit of stuff on here in various places, but believe me it would do no good at all to sign my posts! :) Obviously difficult to gauge what an anonymous poster posts, and has to be checked anyway. If people find it useful that's great.

Thanks for the thanks, and thank you for a great "article" on 7 software.

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 23:35  (40524)

Thanks for that.

by Anonymous on 8. January 2010 - 3:49  (40553)

May also be of interest;

by Anonymous on 9. January 2010 - 3:59  (40666)

Hello again Rik,

Piriform's Defraggler is now available as a 64bit portable (version 1.16):


I've not tried it yet, but I'd trust Piriform.


by rikmayell (not verified) on 9. January 2010 - 4:45  (40670)

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the info. I was aware of it and am in the process of putting something together on it, viz-a-viz, MyDefrag.

As long as you have no objection I would like to acknowledge your contribution, if only to say 'Thanks to regular reader Alan....' This is unlikely to appear for a while, it's 04:37 in the UK and, like you, I have a few things to do today:)

If you wish to post URLs in the future, and as long as it doesn't link to something that will just execute, that's fine. May I suggest an additional level of confusion? Perhaps

{usual stuff}.defrag...

I guess you get the general idea.

Best regards and thanks for your help,

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 9. January 2010 - 4:56  (40672)

Yes it is of interest. Could be a few days before I get around to checking it out.

It you're interested you could carry out your own review, post it here, and if it's included in the main article, get full credit. Just remember, regardless of how good something is, people have lived without it. They will extremely grateful that you found it, but be less than sympathetic that you have had to spend every waking moment on the project. Trust me, I know :)

On that note, enjoy the weekend, don't freeze if you live in China, Russia or Europe, or anywhere else :) I look forward to next week's comments.

Rik Mayell
Category Editor, Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software
Forum Moderator
Technical Support Manager

by Anonymous on 9. January 2010 - 6:14  (40678)

With regard to Sysinternals suite and some other utilities, I find this extremely helpful;

It is free for personal and commercial use.

I have posted this before elsewehere, but it was deleted. I don't know of any problems connected with it.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 9. January 2010 - 8:01  (40680)

I have downloaded the software and will give it a try. WOT shows the site as green so I don't see any problems there. Many thanks for the tip :)

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 9. January 2010 - 10:45  (40689)

I don't like windows 7 :)

assurance auto

by rikmayell (not verified) on 9. January 2010 - 13:11  (40695)

May I ask why?

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by alvagould on 10. January 2010 - 13:03  (40773)

Nothing beats Comodo Firewall, it's free, fast and easy to use.
cliquez ici

by Anonymous on 11. January 2010 - 9:51  (40832)

#47 Re: Q-DIR FILE MANAGER (windows 7, 64bit) - FREEWARE
plus some comments about XPLORER2

I don't know if that person ever got back to you regarding Q-Dir's virtues, but I can attest to it being one brilliant piece of kit. It may lack some of the bells and whistles of pay-for file managers but it makes up for that in the tremendous amount of time you can save by working simultaneously with 4-5 panes, colour-coded to your heart's content, if that's what you like. And I do, as this helps me work faster.

It offers a 6th pane also for Previews, and like other panes this can be turned on or off.

Now if the thought of working with 5 panes makes you wince, as it did me initially, just try it and discover what a joy it can be. It took me about a week to adapt from 2-pane file managers and I'm very, very glad I made the switch.

These days, life for most of us is about speed so a file manager that offers me a 60-70% increase in 'speed of operations' is worth its weight in bullion (my estimate of the speed increase I've experienced).

It's continually being updated by its developer which is another advantage and he welcomes feedback and suggestions. I don't deny it can be a bit buggy on some systems but when it works well, and it usually does, it's a godsend.

The helpfile last time I looked is a bit, er...tricky as the developer doesn't speak much english, and the program's many options are initially somewhat hard to figure out .... but persevere and the rewards are there just waiting to be discovered. The website offers a Faq with many answers to common questions new users have about Q-Dir's functions.

The only thing I can honestly say drives me nuts is that, like Windows Explorer, the tree-view always mirrors the active pane.

I like my tree-view to remain static, as it does in Xplorer2 which I purchased. That's the only thing I actually like about Xplorer2 which I've found to allow users to do some very dangerous operations without any warning given..... unless you read its voluminous helpfile cover-to-cover. And who can take a week to do that these days?

Xplorer2 offers only 2 panes, besides the treeview, and for a keen multi-tasker that is simply inadequate.
Another advantage Q-Dir has is its QuickLinks. These are wonderful and probably a major reason for the increase in speed of operations that you'll find if you work with Q-Dir. The QuickLinks icon is positioned at the bottom of every pane and contain anything you want to put there for swift and easy access.

In fact, each pane at top and bottom has an array of buttons and a filter which allow you to further tap into Q-Dir's functionality. Cnet's review was critical of the tiny buttons but I don't have that problem as I use a screen res of 800x600 which suits my eyesight much better on the laptop. I think at 1280x800 they would indeed be pretty hard to sort out until you were familiar with them.

Right-clicks on various buttons will bring you further surprises, revealing hidden treasure which the developer has enhanced the program with. Small delights which you're not expecting till he tips you off about them.

Yes, Q-Dir is not only very useful for speed-fiends like me, but also fun to use, especially when fully customised to one's own way of working and preferred skin.

It does lack an in-built search tool, but since I discovered the amazing 'Everything' and popped a link to it in QuickLinks I want for nothing - except a stationery TreeView.

As for things like Folder Comparison, Synching, and FTP, I'm more than happy to add shortcuts to favourite tools using the QuickLinks icon. I don't want Q-Dir to become bloated and unwieldy as many programs do.

Here's a link to Q-Dir for anyone whose interested

It works with Windows Servers 2000/2003/2005, Win 98/XP/Vista and Windows-7 x64/x86

It's also PORTABLE, and all regular versions are tiny downloads of about 300Kb. (64-bit, twice that)

I reckon I've only tapped about 30% of what it can do, but you can read some of its other functions at the above url, and you'll find there's a lot more to it when you start using it.

by Anonymous on 11. January 2010 - 10:21  (40834)

Like some other software from various other countries it seems to be quite powerful, and as you write, one is always finding something new in it. Unfortunately, that is precisely the problem for many people. They simply don't want to spend time learning how to use something which has very little sensible documentation, and relies largely on "trial and error" in order to decipher what it can do.

Having used this, and some other software from various places, I agree that it can be very useful if you are willing to spend the time on it, most people aren't, they have other things to do.

Also, it is an unfortunate fact that really poor command of English on the part of the programmer dooms much software to relative obscurity. It might be excellent, but if one can not understand it, then it's pretty useless. Many average users will have problems with things even if they are written in very good English, they have no chance at all if it's some sort of pidgin.

I have no vested interest in this, or any other program, and I do like good software. But good software also means good and comprehensive documentation, sensible descriptions of operations, understandable menus, etc.

Without these, it's just another hodge-podge also-ran.

by rikmayell (not verified) on 11. January 2010 - 16:28  (40843)

Through years of software development I've always found designing the correct user interface to be one of the most challenging parts; covering this topic fully would fill a text book or two!

I don't personally think that the lack of English as a first language is one of the major obstacles to producing good software. Granted, the application needs to be designed with localisation in mind, but there's plenty of help, advice, and even tools available to assist with this.

Freeware often starts out in life being written for use by the developer. As it matures it's then made available to others but by this point fundamental mistakes have probably already been made. The way the developer works may be greatly different from the way others do. Worse, they know where all the menu options are, what hot keys do, where to look in the help. Of course they do, they wrote it all!

These problems can be addressed by designing the application in a way that takes into account the target audience, the use of basic project management and always avoiding 'not 1.' 'Not 1' isn't very good English, if it be that all, but is a sound maxim. Never let one person do everything on a project, in particular don't let the developer do the testing or write the documentation. Of course, sometimes they have to do virtually all the work but there is usually someone they can rope in to perform some sort of 'sanity check.'

There is some great freeware out there, hopefully we've helped to point people towards some of it.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor

by rikmayell (not verified) on 11. January 2010 - 16:36  (40844)

Thanks for your comments regarding Q-Dir.

I have downloaded the latest 64 bit version and will put it through its' paces. It will interesting to see how it compares to the shareware tool that I use.

I'll make the offer again. Although I will check out Q-Dir for myself, if you'd like to cut your review down to about the length I've used for other products, post it here or contact me directly, I'll ensure it gets added and that you get the credit. Ah, yes, some 'name' to identify you by?


Rik Mayell - Category Editor

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