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Best VPN Services for 2015

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VPNs and How we Reviewed Them

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have become an indispensable tool for many internet users in order to:

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VyprVPN Review

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TunnelBear VPN Review

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PureVPN Review

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Private Internet Access VPN (PIA) Review

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ExpressVPN Review

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CyberGhost VPN Review

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YouCam 5 for Free: CyberLink in association with Gizmo's Freeware

A WebCam lets you to connect with everyone in the world for video chats, taking pictures, recording videos and a lot more. To enhance this experience, be a lot more creative and to get the most out of your webcam, Cyberlink YouCam is an excellent piece of software.

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Android Free Game of the Year 2015

GIZMO'S FREEWARE GAMING AWARDS 2015 

There are tons of games available at Google Play Store and with each passing day the list just keeps growing. The task to find a good game isn't that easy so I've compiled a list of 5 must play Android games that came out in 2014 which I found great. If you think I've missed something that was special to you, do post it in the Comments section and don't forget to Rate this article. 

 

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Cleanup & Tuning

How to Free Up More Space on Your Hard Drive with the Updated Windows 7 Disk Cleanup

Microsoft just updated the Windows 7 system utility Disk Cleanup. It can now remove the old system update files that accumulate in the hidden system folder WinSXS. These files can take up a lot of space. For example, I just removed 4 GB worth.

The new version of Disk Cleanup is part of today’s (8 October, 2013) monthly Windows update and is described at this Microsoft page . Here is a review of how to use the Disk Cleanup utility:

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Best Free Spam Filter for the Average User

 
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The aim of a spam filter is to reduce the appearance of junk and spam emails. This makes the inbox cleaner and thus, it is easier to check email. The productivity time savings with the addition of spam filters is significant.

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Best Free Disk Space Analyzer

 
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One way to find out which files are hogging disk space when your hard drive fills up is to use a specialist utility that displays your disk space usage. There are a number of excellent free utilities that differ mainly in the way the disk space usage is portrayed.

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Best Free Program Uninstaller

 
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The Windows Add/Remove Programs applet in the control panel constantly annoys more advanced users with its limitations. Its load time and lack of features are parts of the problems to say the least.

Thankfully, many freeware programs have emerged that allow for full deletion of programs, including those files, folders, shortcuts and registry entries that are left behind.

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Best Free Browser Scrubber

 
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When you browse the web you accumulate a huge amount of stored data. The sheer quantity is surprising; often gigabytes.

Just what is and what isn't junk is a personal decision.

For example, I regard the information stored in my browser's history as a valuable resource, but I know that many see it as clutter. That's why the flexibility to choose exactly what you want to keep or delete is a key requirement.

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Desktop & GUI

Best Free Font Viewer

 
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Best Free Color Picker

 
Introduction

A color picker allows you to identify the color codes of any color present on your screen. This information can be helpful when editing an image, programming, writing HTML language or setting up a web page, etc.

There are many free color pickers to choose from. This review picks out a select few, based on the following features:

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Disk & File Utilities

An Easy Way to Send and Receive Files Across Multiple Devices

SHAREit iconSHAREitSeveral apps are available for users to transfer files from one device to another either wired or wirelessly but not every app serves as good as the other on multiple devices.

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Easily and Safely Eject USB Drives and Memory Cards

Sometimes you want to disconnect a USB drive or a flash memory card but Windows says it can’t be removed because it’s busy. Or maybe you just don’t like the “Safely Remove Hardware” function that sits in the notification area. If you are looking for a better way, you might try an open source alternative that will let you quickly and safely disconnect USB drives, even in some cases where Windows says you can't.

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Easier Way to Use and Manage Libraries in Windows 7 and 8

Windows 7 introduced a new way to organize files called “Libraries”, which was carried over to Windows 8. Libraries are virtual folders that can centralize related items from multiple locations and can be very handy. However, their benefits are lost on many PC users who find their organization and use to be confusing or annoying. If you would like an easier way to take advantage of Libraries, here is something to try.

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Best Free Online Backup Sites

Introduction

Do you know when the absolute worst time to think about backups is? It’s the moment when the tech support guy tells you your hard drive has died and your data is lost.

One error that the free online backups will not help is recovery of a file a split second after you delete that important presentation or cherished photo. Most free services do not save deleted files but write over the old file.

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Best Free Outlook Express Backup

 
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Home & Office

Best Free Font Viewer

 
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Best Free Personal Finance Software

 
Introduction

In my review of the best free personal finance managers, I found 8 products good enough to warrant recommendation with the best of these being as good as any commercial product. Some choices for online money management are also included in this article. Check them out and select the one that best suits your needs.

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Best Free Text Editors

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What do you need to write? a pencil and a page. But can you write anything on your PC with these stationary? Of course, answer is a NO!. That's why, text editors are made for. These are tiny programs which provide you thousands of pages; text editor clean interface; & never disposable pencil; your keystrokes on the keyboard.

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Educational

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming

I can remember back when I was young how alien a couple of lines of code that were published in a kid's magazine looked to me.  Some twenty years later (or should I better say a year ago), I decided that I should teach myself how to create some small and usable programs. Sad to say, I lost interest shortly after.

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The Things to Come Page

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Best Free Astronomy Software

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A Great Collection of Science-Oriented Tutorial Videos

The internet provides a great learning environment, and lots of sites offer collections of free videos that you can watch in order to teach yourself about various subjects.  One excellent example, which has been mentioned a couple of times recently in our forums, is the Khan Academy.  It hosts over 2000 short videos, instantly available for you to watch online within your browser for free. 

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Hundreds of Free, Fascinating Talks Online

I was recently lucky enough to attend a TEDx conference in the UK.  TED is an internationally recognised conference phenomenon which holds events all around the world.  TEDx is an extension of that, involving additional events that are independently organised but still under the TED banner.

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Another Great Free Program for Teaching Maths

Last month I brought you details of Microsoft Mathematics, a free program for anyone who's trying to study or teach maths.  Almost 21,000 of you clicked on the link to my story, making it one of the most popular Hot Find items ever.

So, if you liked that one, here's another program which is aimed at the same type of people.  IE, those studying maths, or trying to help schoolkids who are.

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Why Your Hard Drives Health Matters

Why Your Hard Drives Health Matters

You may ask yourself, "Why do I need to care about the health of my hard drive(s)", or even "What is a hard drive (HD, hard disk, hard disk drive, HDD)"? The hard drive is where the operating system as well as all of your valuable files are stored. It has many moving parts which over time wear out or degrade. It's important to be aware of these changes so you can prevent the loss of your data before the drive fails completely and your files are lost.

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Games and Diversions

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Android Free Game of the Year 2015

GIZMO'S FREEWARE GAMING AWARDS 2015 

There are tons of games available at Google Play Store and with each passing day the list just keeps growing. The task to find a good game isn't that easy so I've compiled a list of 5 must play Android games that came out in 2014 which I found great. If you think I've missed something that was special to you, do post it in the Comments section and don't forget to Rate this article. 

 

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On the House - Battlefield 3 (Claim your copy before 3rd June)

Note: You don't have to download the games before the due date to have the copy yours for free. Simply claiming the game through Get it Now button, will link the game to your Origin account, and you can download and keep it for free anytime. 

This one's a biggie, but unlike previous offers, there's only 1 week to claim the game for free, so rush..

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Freeware Game of the Week (When your favorite Cartoon turned into a Free Game)

 

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Ever felt like bringing back the nostalgic feeling of the old days when you were playing with a GameBoy? Or if you haven't had the chance to have  a Nintendo DS but really wanted to play one of your favorite cartoon turned game. Here you've one for your PC and best of all it's Free and in 3D!

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Best Free PC Games 2013

Finally it's time to reveal the best gems in the freeware gaming world that came out in 2013. All right hold your breath as we're revealing the Top 10 Freeware Games of 2013. Starting from No. 10, we'll be picking one game per day till we climb up the ladder to the numero uno spot. The countdown begins today...

 

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Gizmo's Freeware Gaming Awards 2014

2013 is now history and has been quite an year and finally it's time to reflect on the most amazing Free PC Games that came out during the eventful 365 days of the past year. Let us now round up all the freeware games that came out in 2013 and see how they battle it out for the Game of the Year title. 

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Image View and Edit

Best Free Digital Image Editor

 
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Digital image editors mix painting and drawing tools with some features specific to digital imaging. Digital imaging is the creating of images from the physical environment. That normally means using cameras or scanners which have two additional features you should know about:

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Best Free Color Picker

 
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A color picker allows you to identify the color codes of any color present on your screen. This information can be helpful when editing an image, programming, writing HTML language or setting up a web page, etc.

There are many free color pickers to choose from. This review picks out a select few, based on the following features:

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Internet, Email & Messaging

Best VPN Services for 2015

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VPNs and How we Reviewed Them

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have become an indispensable tool for many internet users in order to:

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How We Selected and Reviewed VPNs

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Before starting the reviews we did a survey of what commercial VPNs were active in the market. We found over 70 such services and reduced this to a smaller list of 23 based on popularity and suitability.
 
BTGuard
Cryptostorm
CyberGhost *
ExpressVPN  *
HideMyAss *
HotSpot Shield Elite
IPVanish

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VyprVPN Review

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TunnelBear VPN Review

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PureVPN Review

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Private Internet Access VPN (PIA) Review

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HideMyAss VPN (HMA) Review

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ExpressVPN Review

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CyberGhost VPN Review

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Multimedia (CD, DVD, Video, Audio)

JetAudio Basic Review

JETAUDIO BASIC

Overview

Picking the right media player for you could be confusing, because of the overwhelming number of options out there, but if you are all ready for a heavy dose of features and compatibility with a wide number of formats, then JetAudio Basic is a great choice.

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Jet Audio Basic Review

JETAUDIO BASIC

Overview

Picking the right media player for you could be confusing, because of the overwhelming number of options out there, but if you are all ready for a heavy dose of features and compatibility with a wide number of formats, then JetAudio Basic is a great choice.

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Networking & File Transfer

How & Why to switch from Yahoo! Mail to GMail

It's a hard fact that All new Yahoo! mail sucks. This may be just personal but Yahoo gave me tough times with server errors on numerous occasions. For me GMail edges out Yahoo! Mail because of its speed and spam blocking. Yahoo! has too much spam, including IM span. Also POP access and disposable addresses require paid account. I'm afraid a day might come in the future when Yahoo won't allow access to your account even if you enter the correct ID and password. Once my Yahoo mail got hacked, I had enough with it.

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Best Free Browser-based File Transfer Software

 
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Many users want to transfer or share files with family and friends without getting involved with FTP or VPN networking. "Wouldn't it be great if I could effectively host my own website on my own PC?" Some rock-solid freeware products reviewed here let you do exactly that.

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Best Free Telnet-SSH Terminal Emulator

 
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Terminal emulators provide a telnet or SSH connection to UNIX like servers. Commercial products can emulate a wealth of terminal types, provide GUI face-lifting etc. All very nice, but this can leave the emulator feeling sluggish. Free implementations are more focused on the job at hand — providing a fast no-frills connection.

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Best Free Route Tracer

 
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Traceroute programs are used to identify the Internet path and time taken for communications between your PC and a remote Internet server. Technicians typically use them to identify network performance problems but end users sometimes employ them to help identify the location of a remote website and the path taken in between.

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Best Free Download-Upload Meter

 
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Best Free FTP Client

 
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Dating back to at least April 1971, the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is one of the oldest protocols supporting the Internet and is more common than many people know. FTP clients are programs that reside on a PC and enable fast bulk file transfers between the PC and a server.

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Programming & Engineering

Best Free Ways to Learn Programming

I can remember back when I was young how alien a couple of lines of code that were published in a kid's magazine looked to me.  Some twenty years later (or should I better say a year ago), I decided that I should teach myself how to create some small and usable programs. Sad to say, I lost interest shortly after.

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Best Free Color Picker

 
Introduction

A color picker allows you to identify the color codes of any color present on your screen. This information can be helpful when editing an image, programming, writing HTML language or setting up a web page, etc.

There are many free color pickers to choose from. This review picks out a select few, based on the following features:

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Best Free Binary File Text Extractor

 
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When dealing with unknown .exe, .dll or other binary files, it's often helpful to view any text information contained in the file. This may help you to identify the program itself, as well as other information, such as the copyright date, application used to create the file, menu items and error messages.

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Reference & Cataloging

Best Free MP3 Tag Editor

 
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MP3 has become the most common audio format for playback, storage and transfer of music. If we need to playback MP3 files with their tag information shown correctly, or to organize a large collection of MP3 files based on their tag information, a good MP3 tag editor will be helpful.

In this category, both standalone and built-in MP3 tag editors are reviewed based on three basic needs which include:

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer

 
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This article compares audio software that enrich the music experience or enhance everyday listening, and provide impressive music centric features. The best MP3 and audio player ought to quench our passion for music, such as by inspiring us to rip or download music, organize our music libraries, learn more about our favorite artists or music, or just listen to music.

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Best Free Email Backup Utility

 
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Best Free Free-Form Database (Cardfile)

 
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For database applications there seems to be always a very high learning curve before you are able to use it for your purposes. With much less effort card file oriented database applications are often more than enough to fulfill your needs.

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Best Free DVD Collection Software

 
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Security

Best VPN Services for 2015

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VPNs and How we Reviewed Them

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have become an indispensable tool for many internet users in order to:

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How We Selected and Reviewed VPNs

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Before starting the reviews we did a survey of what commercial VPNs were active in the market. We found over 70 such services and reduced this to a smaller list of 23 based on popularity and suitability.
 
BTGuard
Cryptostorm
CyberGhost *
ExpressVPN  *
HideMyAss *
HotSpot Shield Elite
IPVanish

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VyprVPN Review

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TunnelBear VPN Review

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PureVPN Review

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Private Internet Access VPN (PIA) Review

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HideMyAss VPN (HMA) Review

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ExpressVPN Review

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CyberGhost VPN Review

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System and Performance Info

Do we really need Windows registry cleaners?

In early 2012 I wrote this short article describing the impact of registry cleaning on Windows XP performance. I never published it because I was primarily settling the question for my own satisfaction. Secondly, I shelved it when I started working on a longer article that provides more detail on the scenarios. I never finished that other article so now I'm publishing this shorter article because it will still be useful to the many Windows XP users.

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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs

 
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If you aren't aware of the condition of your hard drives. You may not be able to save your valuable data before it's too late. Not all hard drive crashes are random. You may have time to backup your data before it fails completely.

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Best Free Process Viewer

 
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Since Windows 95, Microsoft has included the Windows Task Manager in all of their operating systems to help users troubleshoot problems or just see how much of their precious memory is being used. Easily opened by a combination of hot keys (ctrl+shift+esc, or ctrl+alt+delete), this small tool isn't good for much other than killing processes.

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Best Free Resource Meter

 
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System Utilities

Do we really need Windows registry cleaners?

In early 2012 I wrote this short article describing the impact of registry cleaning on Windows XP performance. I never published it because I was primarily settling the question for my own satisfaction. Secondly, I shelved it when I started working on a longer article that provides more detail on the scenarios. I never finished that other article so now I'm publishing this shorter article because it will still be useful to the many Windows XP users.

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Nifty Free Application Lets You Control Hundreds of Windows System Utilities in One Convenient Place

WSCC download and update dialogGizmo’s Freeware reviews many Windows system utilities. Two of the premier sources are Microsoft Windows Sysinternals and Nirsoft Utilities.

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How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way

Have you ever wanted to pin your favorite folder, document, or control panel item to the Windows taskbar, only to find that you can’t do that directly?  Unfortunately, the straightforward way of pinning items to the taskbar is limited to program files only. If you want to pin something else there, you need a workaround. Or you can use one of the free little portable programs from Winaero that will allow you to pin almost anything to the taskbar. There is one for Windows 7 and one for Windows 8.

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Use This Powerful System Tool to Check Windows Hardware

Would you like to know the details of the hardware on your Windows PC? Or maybe you would like to check the state of your hardware's health. There are a variety of ways to get information about system hardware but here is a free utility that will tell you as much as you want to know (and more) about all your hardware.

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Make Managing Windows Easier with This Very Useful Free Tool

There is a very useful feature in the right-click context menus of all current versions of Windows that is often overlooked. It is “Send To” and it has a number of helpful functions.  But “Send To” can be made much more useful with a free app that I have been using for years. It is called “Send To Toys” and it adds some functions that make “Send To” a powerful help in a number of common Windows tasks.

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