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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 rik on 19. September 2010 - 17:15  (58117)

Switching to a 64 bit browser still isn't a realistic option for many (me included.) I'm keeping a close eye on developments and will post anything interesting that I come across.

[Edit] Some sites will refuse to accept requests from 64 bit browsers, online banking being a prime example (at least here in the UK.) With things moving forward I need to retest things and will post an update as soon as I have it.


by KristenSanFran on 8. September 2010 - 23:31  (57483)

Forget to past the information that I was talking about.

If you want to correct the Disk Cleanup shortcut in the Start menu, follow these steps:

1.Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, and then click on System Tools.
2.Right click on "Disk Cleanup" and from the context menu click on "Properties."
3.Change the Target to %SystemRoot%\system32\cleanmgr.exe.
4.Click on OK. If a UAC prompt appears, click on Continue or provide the appropriate credentials.

If you've automated Disk Cleanup, the correct path to use in your script is:


by rik on 20. September 2010 - 17:41  (58153)

%WINDIR%\sysnative\cleanmgr.exe will ensure that the correct version is executed as noted in the article. Thanks for your input, Rik.

by rik on 11. September 2010 - 1:06  (57617)

This has been reported on elsewhere, but this guide sums it all up very neatly. Nice job. Rik

by KristenSanFran on 8. September 2010 - 23:30  (57482)

I was not thinking and made the following change, and then realized that it was for Windows 7 with 64 - and mine is 32.

Of course i did not write down the original string - could someone post that for me? thanks.

by rik on 11. September 2010 - 1:23  (57618)


It would help if you posted what you changed as I cannot see it.



by Ezra (not verified) on 4. September 2010 - 18:42  (57274)

As for a defrag program, I don't see IObit Smart Degrag or Auslogics Defrag in the list - they do a nice job.

by MidnightCowboy on 4. September 2010 - 21:28  (57282)

The Iobit website is caution rated by WOT (Web Of Trust). We do not support or recommend products from any vendor whose site carries such a rating. The reasons for Iobit acquiring this status are well documented here and in other forums, and they will not be featured until the rating changes.

by Ezra (not verified) on 4. September 2010 - 18:41  (57273)

This triggered the spam filter when I posted it all together, so I'm trying separately. The Free Registry Defrag has also been a great program to use, but not on Windows 7! I used it and about 50% of the time, I had to reinstall. On XP and Vista it's terrific.

by Ezra (not verified) on 4. September 2010 - 18:39  (57272)

I have had nice results with the Comodo System Cleaner. It needs to be configured carefully, but works very well.

by Kevin57 (not verified) on 3. September 2010 - 18:38  (57221)

I don't know if it's been mentioned but there is a nice audio player called Small Player at I like it anyway, very simple and clean.

by rik on 5. September 2010 - 1:14  (57287)

Thanks, I'll take a look.


by Tom S. (not verified) on 1. September 2010 - 14:32  (57104)

Tried Free Registry Defrag on a win7 pro x64 machine. It worked and did not hose my machine, I thought. However, after performing the defrag the boot time for the machine slowed down to a crawl. Fortunately I had done a restore point so I was able to put the machine back to where it was. This is not a 64 bit application (as far as I can tell) and even though it works it has a major side effect. I would not use this application for win 7 and I would take it out of the Win7 section of the site.

by rik on 5. September 2010 - 1:50  (57289)

Tom, thanks for posting this. I will follow it up.


by mehman on 26. August 2010 - 16:11  (56760)

Online armor is now available for 64 bit windows. How about including that in firewall section of this list.

by rik on 27. August 2010 - 13:31  (56815)

I'm not struck with what is being offered. Better to wait for the dust to settle, I wouldn't recommend this.


by Mike H (not verified) on 14. July 2010 - 0:13  (54227)

I do not like the new Win.7 folder/file search. I've been looking for a 64 bit replacement program that's FREE and easy to use but most of all FINDS ALL the files you are searching for, not just one or two but ALL. Anybody know of such a program for Windows 7- 64 bit program?

by rik on 14. July 2010 - 18:05  (54283)

It would help if you could be a bit more specific about your requirements. You say ALL files but do you mean just names, dates, or content as well?

Rik - Category Editor

by kendall.a on 14. July 2010 - 1:45  (54228)

While I don't pick a top Windows 7 search program, you might want to look over this page for some ideas:

by Alan C. (not verified) on 10. July 2010 - 12:42  (54048)

Any freeware Blu-Ray player for Windows 7? MPC Home Cinema x64 won't do it. I've just bought a drive and now discover it's impossible to watch a B-R movie!

by Tommy123 (not verified) on 5. July 2010 - 21:35  (53799)

I'm currently using Spybot Search & Destroy and Spybot resident, don't really have any idea of how much it covers but i do regular scans and the resident runs constantly, is there anything you would recommend instead or as well as? Don't want too many different protection programs that do the same thing!

Recently my computer keeps restarting itself randomly but spybot isn't finding anything and I don't have a clue what's going on!? Any suggestions? I think someone mentioned about Spybot updates causing computers to crash?
(sorry but not read all the above messages haven't got all day!)

by rik on 6. July 2010 - 5:02  (53820)

Apologies for the delay in replying. Definitely switch from Spybot to AVAST or Avira. Personally I wouldn't touch MSE or Panda 'Cloud' with a barge pole. Best of luck.

Rik, Category Editor

by Horrabin on 8. October 2010 - 23:41  (59283)

I've just tried MSE for the 2nd time since it was introduced. Nothing seems to have changed, it constantly injects 1-3 second "screen freezes" randomly and -drastically- slows down the small icon generation in Explorer detail view (and lags the screen while doing so).
I uninstalled it and once again all the problems disappeared. I might also add that Event Viewer throws a "starting too slow" warning for every single startup program with MSE being mentioned in each one's details view. This also went away after I ditched MSE. It does work well at its security functions as far as I can tell. Nothing bad in the logs.
EVGA 780i, E8400, 8 megs, W7 x64, mucho disk space with plenty of swap file space on a nearly empty 3rd drive.

by kendall.a on 9. October 2010 - 0:15  (59287)

I in no way minimize or deny your experience. However, I can say that I've been using MSE on a Windows 7 (64 bit) machine for a couple months now. I absolutely love it! I've used many, many AV's in the past and this is by far the best free AV that I've ever used. Yes, I like it better than both Avira and Avast. I do not experience any of the issues you describe.

I use it along with WinPatrol and think the combination is very light, yet protects me very well.

by garth on 9. October 2010 - 0:36  (59289)

All the machines in my office (Win7 x64) have MSE installed and they all run flawlessly. I'd actually forgotten it was there until a client inserted a flashdrive into one of them the other day and a high risk trojan was detected and eliminated.

by MidnightCowboy on 6. July 2010 - 8:41  (53831)

I can understand the reservations about Panda but whaddayagot against MSE? :)

by rik on 7. July 2010 - 0:03  (53870)

Nothing in particular :) I just don't think it belongs in the same league as AVAST or Avira. Anyway, I am not the best to comment, I suggest interested readers check out our article here.

by tushR on 7. July 2010 - 0:49  (53871)

It's illegal to scare people..specially so sweet like me.
I am using MSE for a month or two, works fine....(though i am Avira fan).

by tushR on 5. July 2010 - 22:43  (53805)

The only security software in your pc is Spybot?
If I was you, I would remove Spybot and use Avast free.

by Tommy123 (not verified) on 6. July 2010 - 0:02  (53808)

Yeah, I did have Avast but read some dodgy reviews about it, thought Spybot sounded like the best. I'll give it another chance ;)

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