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6 hours 51 min ago Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 & 17.1 - Cinnamon Edition] brotherbob

Great job, clear and to the point.
You might want to add one more tip concerning pinning a group of home>documents>text file to the panel?
I recently had this feature and lost it somehow. When I minimized my group of document text files, they appeared as one tab on the panel. Within that one tab when clicked on the panel, (menu bar) it opened the last file I was looking at along with all the other files open in tab form along the top of the bar listing all open previous text files.

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9 hours 55 min ago How to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time Fairportfan

Unchecky (reviewed on this site) does a pretty good job of keeping the foistware off my computer, and AVG seems to dislike OpenCandy enough to block it.

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17 hours 54 min ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer grissey47

I've been using Winyl music player (portable version) for a few days and I fully endorse the editor's comments under Micro Music Players. It is refreshingly simple with very low memory and CPU usage. Installation size is only 5MB. The developer has most basic requirements covered plus tag editing. The Smartlists are quite novel. The skins are minimalist. It has customised library views, a mini player and a popup window which can be customised for position and timing. Playlists are stored as Winyl databases. Prior to this I was using AIMP (portable version), but find this suits my more basic needs.

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20 hours 37 min ago How to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time KrinkleKrunk

Thanks for posting about this Gizmo.

Some time ago I had heard of DonationCoder while listening to a podcast but quickly forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me.

I do contribute to free software projects I use and like but even good projects are now often including the so-called "bundleware". This is unacceptable to me when the "bundleware" installation is obfuscated, less than obvious, difficult, or even hidden. It is especially disappointing when, after making a donation to a favorite project, the next update suddenly includes "crapware"! ugh

I am going to donate to DonationCoder.com because I think the funding model is a great idea (similar to HumbleIndieBundle) and I want to help keep it going.

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21 hours 25 min ago How to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time Jojo Yee

Thanks marcycn for pointing out. This has now been fixed.

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21 hours 32 min ago How to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time mouse53

I have been donating to mouser and his group for a while great bunch of guys with some really nice software. Well worth a small donation.

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21 hours 58 min ago How to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time marcycn

donationcoders.com Spelled wrong. donationcoder.com - no s.

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1 day 1 hour ago A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite George.J

Hopefully the readers just don't take these tests as their bible because certain test results differs from system to system. If they are having an average system with around 1GB RAM, then going with the top 2 choices (BitDefender, Kaspersky) for Performance, they will be surprised to see that they are the heaviest. They are nowhere in the league of ESET.

Moreover BitDefender is known for False positives/bugs both from my own testing and the folks at Malwaretips. Not saying that AV-C is wrong, it depends on the virus samples that you test a product with, or do we have something fishy going on. Time will tell.

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1 day 2 hours ago Best Free PC Cleaner alexxx46

Clean Master is a product of Kingsoft Corp.

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1 day 4 hours ago Best Free Media Player Baroque and Blue

I had high hopes for Light Alloy (not yet reviewed here) and thought it might replace PotPlayer when I first installed it; great default skin and interface; easy to configure, lots of options, etc...but when comparing an assortment of videos in both players, LA didn't render the videos as well as PotPlayer; they seemed a bit grainier and some appeared to have sharper outlines. Also, I didn't see any option to show thumbnails in the timeline (or navigation/progress bar as PP calls it), which PotPlayer can do, and which is a valuable feature for any video player. No reason to change my default player; PotPlayer has the most options available and still rules. Would love to see more elaborate skins made for it, like those for AIMP3, which is my default audio player (it doesn't play videos)...no media player has better skins than AIMP3. If I had more time, I'd learn how to make them myself.

Incidentally, I didn't think Media Player Classic Home Cinema rendered videos as well as the other top ones listed when I tried it out, but that could be relative to my hardware and configurations, as it did get (surprising to me) 5 stars here.

And...since Microsoft is killing off IE and replacing it with Spartan (most likely a Chrome clone)...isn't it time to put the nail in the coffin on the Windows Media Player? I feel sorry for all those that are still using it.

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1 day 6 hours ago My New Favourite Network-Fiddling Tool Sea Mac

They are actually twins ... you might want to get the twin that is right for you ...

There is the SoftPerfect Network Protocol Analyzer - A Free network sniffer for Windows
Over Here: https://www.softperfect.com/products/networksniffer/

And, bunking in the next room is the SoftPerfect Network Scanner:

"SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IPv4/IPv6 scanner with a modern interface and many advanced features. It is intended for both system administrators and general users interested in computer security. The program pings computers, scans for listening TCP/UDP ports and discovers shared folders, including system and hidden ones.

In addition, it can can retrieve practically any information about network computers via WMI, SNMP, HTTP, NetBios and a bunch of other features. It can also resolve host names and auto-detect the local and external IP address range. To assist with network administration, it supports remote shutdown and Wake-On-LAN. "

https://www.softperfect.com/products/networkscanner/

Why: they're like Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee!

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1 day 6 hours ago How to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time mouser

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support Ian -- it means everything to us.
-jesse (mouser) from donationcoder.com

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1 day 7 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software wg1995

Which acceptable av uses the fewest resources, especially memory?

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1 day 13 hours ago Best Free PC Cleaner BrollyLSSJ

I would like to see Clean Master tested. Seems to be new (and what I read was, that they only did it, because CCleaner jumped to cleaning Android devices).

http://www.cmcm.com/en-us/clean-master-for-pc/

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1 day 14 hours ago Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android brainfart117

I have what one would call CRS (CAN'T REMEMBER SH#T :), I would like a reminder that is very basic, and most importantly would contain a transparent floating or scrolling reminder list for that day or hour which appears every time one uses their phone. None intrusive transparent reminder that you set for that day or time. Might be a stupid thought, yet it would be suffice for me. ??? Any thoughts people?

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1 day 15 hours ago Check the Health of Your Hard Drives and Storage Devices with this Free Disk Scanner lebulldog

By the way I like Gizmo for the free pearls of wisdon. I direct many readers to Gizmo. My Mom
at 70 loves the Gizmo site and Leo Notenboom's
too. She is getting pretty Tech Savvy. My Dad,
cannot find the "Enter" keys.

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1 day 15 hours ago Check the Health of Your Hard Drives and Storage Devices with this Free Disk Scanner lebulldog

I do not see the Point of using this neat app seeing it fixes nothing. You still have to use a Utility to fix or by-pass bad sectors or Tracks. Windows has a decent one (Built on chkdsk c: /f /r). Is one long process and does not auto shutdown, but works fine and fixes bad sectors. I had a errors in my Bitmap and the Windows one fixed me up. But Thank you Gizmo for suggesting Major Geek for downloads, as it true CNet downloads is full of bundeled malware crap. I do not use CNet anymore due to this fact. I used Softpedia but my Antivirus on demand says it is registy malware and I manually remove it with regedit.

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1 day 19 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening twinbee

Hi too, and thanks for the feedback! -Dan

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1 day 19 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening twinbee

Thanks for the feedback. I presume you had SS running by ticking the "Running" checkbox. Anyway, feel free to email me if you would like to get it working, or otherwise enjoy using F.lux instead.

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1 day 21 hours ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader MidnightCowboy

Posted on behalf of member: sicknero.

With Sumatra (portable) I get between 24 and 45 meg with a PDF open.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...-30_133128.jpg

With Sumatra idle I get about 12 meg but it can drop to less than a meg if I run System Explorer's "Process Memory Usage Cleanup". Not normally something I'd bother with, I just tried it out of interest.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...-30_133421.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...-30_134340.jpg

I haven't tested PDF XChange and it's years since I last used Foxit.

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1 day 22 hours ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader Remah

That is very interesting. :) As I've only used PDF-XChange, I'm interested to get any insights you have that explain why the differences are so large?

I expect that most of the differences are due to each application's feature-set (memory) and the support for PDF features (memory and disk). But the Foxit file size is still a magnitude different.

Also, this 2013 dotTech review, Windows Best free PDF reader — Adobe Reader vs Foxit Reader vs PDF-XChange Viewer vs Nitro PDF Reader vs Sumatra PDF compares the same products but comes up with different memory usage - maybe they misplaced a decimal point when recording the Sumatra memory usage. What do you think?

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2 days 2 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... DAR is a command-line backup and archiving tool that uses selective compression (not compressing already compressed files), strong encryption, may split an archive in different files of given size and provides on-fly hashing. DAR knows how to perform full, differential, incremental and decremental backups. It provides testing, diffing, merging, listing and of course data extracting from existing archives ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/dar/

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2 days 5 hours ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader MidnightCowboy

Thank you for sharing your experiences Baroque and Blue which I'm sure will benefit others interested in this software category. MC - Site Manager.

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2 days 5 hours ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader Baroque and Blue

I opened the same PDF art book in Foxit, PDF-XChange Viewer, and Sumatra PDF. All are the portable editions and the latest version. Stats were as follows:

Memory
Foxit Reader 32,860 KB
PDF-XChange 19,436 KB
Sumatra 6,276 KB

Hard Drive Space
Foxit Reader 133.0 MB
PDF-XChange 20.0 MB
Sumatra 6.17 MB

I plan on deleting Foxit shortly. Its interface is more appealing, but it has become bloated in recent years and doesn't do anything out of the ordinary to justify the much larger footprint. PDF-XChange is my default reader and I use Sumatra for epub, mobi, and the occasional comic book download.

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2 days 7 hours ago A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite Remah

I had a look at the AV-Comparatives reports including the 2014 summary and Tencent performs well but I'd be wary of any antivirus that doesn't participate in the malware removal test. Neither Tencent, Qihoo or Baidu did but they ranked Qihoo ***, Tencent and Bauidu get * or ** in the real-world tests, which gives some idea of their relative performance.

For they year past, 2014, AV-Comparatives considered BitDefender the winner (Kaspersky performed as well if not better but AV-Comparative share it around). This reflects well on Qihoo 360is which uses the same engine.

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2 days 7 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening JM

too many possibilities to be fully sure i think...

but that option was enabled in firefox, and i have now disabled it.....google cdn't have over ridden that surely?

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2 days 8 hours ago A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite v.laurie

Thanks for the information, Remah.

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2 days 8 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening Remah

If you haven't opted in then Firefox isn't doing it - I just used them as an example of being more open about what happens if you do. Your issue is much more likely to result from something less obvious, like Google.

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2 days 8 hours ago A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite Remah

It's hard to know how good the antivirus is without trying it. But Tencent Holdings is in the top ten Internet companies and might still be bigger (by market capitalization) than FaceBook. They have many products and own some big software and sites like the largest online game, League of Legends. On the one hand, they've had a lot of success copying products and services that already exist. Yet they seem to have some positive features like a link on their website for reporting illegal behavior by their corporations.

The Qihoo 360IS antivirus, based on the BitDefender engine, was also "a new and unknown "security" program based out of China". It has turned out to be a success and a good product. In China, the Chinese version has helped Qihoo to gain market share from Baidu and other large Chinese sites so those competitors are also producing anti-virus products. I'm not sure if that is why Tencent now have an English-language antivirus but they're likely to make a better job of it than the mediocre Baidu antivirus which also uses the Avira engine.

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2 days 8 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening JM

thanks for that! i had no idea....annoying thing though, I'm using Firefox.....and it does state 'opt in' although i never had done so.......which was why it was bugging me! hopefully solved now.......but folk should be aware they are lying there!

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2 days 9 hours ago A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite v.laurie

VirusTotal and WOT both give the site a clean grade.

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2 days 10 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening beergas

I tested w/ & w/o f.lux active. No go tonight w/ SS. There is no rapid flickering on/off but there is no light-temp reaction, just the default bright screen of Windows. Thanks for help but easier w/ f.lux.

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2 days 10 hours ago A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite jonshim

My current malware programs says the site is dangerous. Either it is true or they are jealous

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2 days 10 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening Remah

There are options other than blaming your ISP. Most PCs are uniquely identified and their geographics locations are often very precisely identified from information gathered with or without your permission on the Internet. At the highest level, most IP addresses are allocated to organizations (ISPs and the like) so their country and maybe city or region/province are known.

Accuracy increases further from more detailed location-aware services. You can even read about specific applications. Firefox web browser is upfront about this in their Firefox FAQ on the same topic.

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2 days 11 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening JM

thank you!

no cam so using f-lux- wow what a difference.....what is freaking me out a bit though is that u go to the link and it knew my exact location down to the street where i am.....just can't figure how, no personal ID/ info on this machine.....all i can think is the ISP is somehow collaborating with them?

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2 days 13 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening Joe A.TT

As mentioned in my other post ( see www.techsupportalert.com/content/reminder-if-you-use-windows-just-get-fl... ) when I tried F.lux I found it too reddish for me. I also wasn't happy that it didn't have a portable version. Well, I have been trying SunsetScreen for the past week and I like it. It gives me better control over the colors and there's a portable version that's stealth too. I have also been in contact with the developer and I find he's very responsive - another plus.

Now, I know some people aren't too fond of programs running all the time, but you can easily overcome that by creating a task in Task Scheduler. Configure the task to start SunsetScreen at, say, 35 mins before sunset everyday and you're good to go. You can even add the argument "/hidewindow" (without quotes) to make it start silently in the system tray. In fact, when I raised a query with the developer, it was he who told me about that argument/parameter.

Personally, I've even started to experiment with the "Day" color. If I manage to adjust the color such that it would reduce the daytime strain on my eyes then it would be doubly useful.

It's a keeper so far.

[Edit]
It looks like the developer has joined us.

Welcome Daniel errr... I mean twinbee. It's always nice to see a developer taking such a keen interest in his software. :-)

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2 days 14 hours ago Windows 7 Startup Remah

I want to but I haven't had a large enough block of free time. I haven't even had the time to finish adding detail to this article.

With the imminent release of Windows 10 and the free upgrade offer, I might skip Windows 8 anyway.

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2 days 16 hours ago A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite David Roper

At 100MB LARGER than the "Fatso" AVG, I will let others use it. Excellent Article, Vic.

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2 days 18 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening twinbee

Did you have Flux open at the time? Make sure Flux is closed before testing. Was the flickering during the time it said "Transitioning to night" or "Transitioning to day" at the top right? If so, that may not be fixed then for you. If that happens again, please let me know, and then try changing the transition phase to 10 seconds, and see if the problem is lessened or gone.

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2 days 18 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening beergas

Thanks! Just tried Portable which seems to be v 1.18 and isn't flickering 3-4x a second like installed one last night, VERY noticeable. Not sure if issue will occur at night but will leave it in place and test it w/ & w/o f-lux active (active at moment). Couldn't use it at all at nite.

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2 days 18 hours ago Windows 7 Startup eddt

Good article - any plans to hash one out for 8.1/10 as well?

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2 days 19 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening twinbee

Was the flicker very slight and approx every 10 seconds? If so, this should be fixed for version 1.18. Try again and see what you think.

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2 days 23 hours ago Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 & 17.1 - Cinnamon Edition] Ratzo

Yes indeed there seems a real lack of concise easy step by step instructions on how to upgrade , tho this is indeed very good article and I have used a number of the suggestions
thanks Jojo

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3 days 4 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening beergas

Thanks but no go for me. Win 8.1 Pro x64. Nvidia GeForce GTX 660. f-lux works for years now. This SS just flashes like on/off steadily when run. Rebooted tried some dif settings, no go. Giving Redshift a look tho f-lux prob remain choice (boy is the default white light at night a killer w/o it).

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3 days 4 hours ago Best Free Registry Cleaner Papoy

"Do registry cleaners give me any performance advantage??? The answer is NO... you read correctly, NO. Unless you got infected with a virus and it wasn't cleaned-up correctly or a program wasn't uninstalled correctly where the registry cleaner can be useful there isn't any benefit in cleaning the registry."

"I personally have used registry cleaners when I need to remove failed uninstalls or have been infected and had a "not so clean" virus removal but that's about it."

jorgeem1717

So you used registry cleaners to remove failed uninstalls or not-so-clean virus removal registry entries. If those entries didn't cause you any performance disadvantages, then why did you remove them? You could just let them pile up in your registry, right?

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3 days 6 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening MidnightCowboy

See here:

https://justgetflux.com/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/calise/

Second entry requires webcam. MC - Site Manager.

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3 days 6 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening JM

is there a linux version? made the switch permantely now few weeks back....but still still struggling a little on a few things.....

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3 days 7 hours ago My New Favourite Network-Fiddling Tool MidnightCowboy

Thank you for pointing out the typo which has now been corrected. MC - Site Manager.

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3 days 8 hours ago Best Free Program Uninstaller Remah

One issue is probably that you are now running 64-bit Windows 8 and installing 64-bit applications which Revo Uninstaller Free cannot see because it is 32-bit. The paid Pro version does provide 64-bit compatibility but at a price.

The Best Free Program Uninstaller article tells you this but the comment is under GeekUninstaller which sounds like it would be your best option to try:
Although Revo will work on a 64bit system the free version doesn't fully support 64bit, whereas GeekUninstaller supports and works on both 32 and 64bit and when running on 64bit Windows system GeekUninstaller runs as a native 64bit application. One last point to mention GeekUninstaller doesn't automatically create a system restore point before uninstalling a program so it may be ideal for the user to remember to do that themselves when they intend to uninstall a program.

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3 days 8 hours ago Best Free Partition Management Software johnvk

FYI: i have been using MiniTool Partition Wizard v7.7 for a long time and it's worked like a charm. Very happy with it.

It's been alerting me that there's a new version, so i downloaded it. It is version 9.0 dated January 14, 2015. They hosted it at cnet (download.com), so i was worried. But i looked it up at virustotal.com and none of the AV's reported PUP.

I installed it and it did not appear to do anything untoward (or "unwanted"). It DID open a browser window to
www.partitionwizard.com/feedback/install-partition-wizard.html

I used it to shrink a parition on a new external USB 3.0 2TB drive and create a 1GB partition in front of it. And it worked fine. Seemed to preserve the existing data. (All i did to check was just browse the folders and files tho.)

Here's the install file details:

==================================================
Filename : pwfree9.exe
MD5 : 6dfdd5c65bf5ec8b9c4ffcdff90f8539
SHA1 : 8d344e46d2317184afdacc90d8f10618ba1df511
CRC32 : eac4d29c
SHA-256 : 442d8cb85753b58dcc8e0bd1735059fa09068b9fe1638038d0d90682c23602b5
SHA-512 : 748ebb718226b31b33a9abb485b8cfc4d0856d98c3d1f9235abd0406fa12dd4f21cca232c5468598629cb56acbe60fb6f20b21ac59dd030b9ea0ef00bf3f6725
File Size : 31,973,976
File Version : 9.0
==================================================

[this output is from HashMyFiles which i found here! :D]

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3 days 9 hours ago My New Favourite Network-Fiddling Tool TheIntersect

Is it a Netwok analyzer (used to evaluate Chinese foods cooked in a wok) or is it a Network analyzer? ;)

Either way, it sounds quite useful and I'm downloading the Network analyzer in spite of how useful a Netwok analyzer might also be.

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3 days 13 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening rob.schifreen

I actually have another PC and monitor which I use at work, purely to watch the system that monitors all of the servers I look after. I didn't want it to be overly bright or distracting. By fiddling with the brightness, colour and contrast, I did manage to get the picture to be sufficiently non-bright.

But something like F.lux or Sunset Screen is clearly simpler.

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3 days 13 hours ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover fred here

USE THE OLDER SPYBOT FREE VERSION 1.6.2.0 WITH TEA TIMER. must have tea timer to have REAL-TIME protection. it downloads up to date definitions in the main spybot window as well as immunizes and scans and fixes (deletes) any found ads. also use adwcleaner. it found a lot that no other software found. thanks for that gizmo. i hadn't heard of it (or just havent used in years and forgot). tea timer is the real deal. i use scotty winpatrol but it is spotty performance. tea timer works every time.

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3 days 14 hours ago Best Free Program Uninstaller screeMsweeper

Hi MidnightCowboy or anyone that might like to respond.

Sorry in advance if this is getting redundant, but I landed here looking for an alternative to the (free) Revo because I'm so fed up with it after a few years of being fine with it (seems like the latest free Revo has remained the worst). Ever since my forced upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1, my Vaio is way too slow, & Revo can't seem to 'see' half the stuff Windows uninstaller can 'see' & vice versa.

I was gonna try IObit - only because it was used in a YouTube video I used to successfully fix Firefox on an old Acer (running XP) that Revo very recently basically destroyed (I was trying to update it for a friend/make some room).
SO my main question is re: the Revo review & comment after UNHAPPY FACE: "Can remove other unrelated files with disastrous consequences..."

Since it's #1-ish - is there another free one you would recommend that's Revo-ish without the "...disastrous consequences..." for someone that doesn't know which files to save or put back & more 64-bit friendly? THANK YOU!

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3 days 14 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening SwanKnight

All of these applications share a fatal flaw as far as I'm concerned. None of them could automatically detect full-screen applications (games, movies..etc), so they interfere with their colors. And manually disabling and enabling as a solution is just absurd.

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3 days 16 hours ago Get Your Free Upgrade To Autoruns 13.2 caktus

I think I may know why it was only given 3.2 stars out of five. The Help file seems to be virtually non-existent. I can open the UI but that's all I get. No Help files, just the UI. So unless I happen to already know how to use the App, it's somewhat useless other than it's basic operation.

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3 days 20 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening Helpjuice

Had this programme working automatically on my old laptop and forgot all about it then bought a new PC with a big monitor 6 months ago and have been struggling with eye strain - even considered replacing the brand new monitor which, no matter how much I played with the brightness, didn't get rid of the problem. Feeling the immediate benefit again (I use it during the day too). Thanks for the email!

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3 days 21 hours ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening maynak00

another free alternatives
f.lux https://justgetflux.com/
RedshiftGUI http://sourceforge.net/projects/redshiftgui/

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3 days 21 hours ago A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform magnogreato

I'm sorry, but any personal data that's supposed to be kept from unwanted sources that has to go to a external website then back to my desktop thru 1000 encryptions, 264bit or greater, etc., etc. is still subject to any and all hacking, virus' and malware.

Just give me a stand alone program that stays on my desktop, PERIOD!

That way if I have problems, then, well, it'll have to come from my system and I don't have to worry about someone or some thing external that I can't control to worry about.

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3 days 23 hours ago Check the Health of Your Hard Drives and Storage Devices with this Free Disk Scanner sicknero

Nice program, very simple and straightforward.

Interestingly, when it tries to access C:\Windows\System32\mda_ntdrv.sys, Qihoo 360 TS pops up with a trojan alert (Win32/Trojan.Adware.37e) but this is the only flag shown in Virus Total (1/57).

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/82e5421289acd75b5c16b02fca4e77679ebfb...

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4 days 1 hour ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening dalchina

Hi, thanks- this has a very user friendly GUI.

I use RedshiftGUI, which allows colour control better than f.lux, and uses half the memory of Sunset Screen.

http://maoserr.github.io/projects/redshiftgui/

(Noted Sunset Screen requires .NET 3.5 or higher - I don't think RedshiftGUI does).

RedshiftGUI is also sensitive to geographic location, which you can look up by IP address, which means (hopefully!) the times adjust accordingly.

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4 days 2 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Extundelete is a utility to undelete files from an ext3 or ext4 partition:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/extundelete/

GitLab Community Edition:
https://about.gitlab.com/

ClusterSSH controls a number of xterm windows via a single graphical console window to allow commands to be interactively run on multiple servers over an ssh connection:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/clusterssh/

Brackets is a modern open-source code editor for HTML, CSS and JavaScript that's built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript:
http://brackets.io/

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4 days 22 hours ago Download Gorgeous Mouse Cursors for Free clas

these cursors are wonderful..so simple and easy to see and understand. you know when something is working. i have tried many others and always come back to this one. i use it in conjunction with wizmouse...a great combination.

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5 days 35 min ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Voxelands is a sandbox construction game based on Minetest, which was inspired by earlier "voxel world" games such as Infiniminer. Gameplay puts players in a fully destructible 3D game world where they can place and dig numerous types of blocks, items and creatures using a variety of tools. Inside the game world players can build structures, artworks and anything else their creativity can think of on multiplayer servers and singleplayer worlds across multiple game modes ...":
http://voxelands.com/

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5 days 36 min ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Voxelands is a sandbox construction game based on Minetest, which was inspired by earlier "voxel world" games such as Infiniminer. Gameplay puts players in a fully destructible 3D game world where they can place and dig numerous types of blocks, items and creatures using a variety of tools. Inside the game world players can build structures, artworks and anything else their creativity can think of on multiplayer servers and singleplayer worlds across multiple game modes ...":
http://voxelands.com/

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5 days 36 min ago Best Free Sandbox Game Panzer

"... Voxelands is a sandbox construction game based on Minetest, which was inspired by earlier "voxel world" games such as Infiniminer. Gameplay puts players in a fully destructible 3D game world where they can place and dig numerous types of blocks, items and creatures using a variety of tools. Inside the game world players can build structures, artworks and anything else their creativity can think of on multiplayer servers and singleplayer worlds across multiple game modes ...":
http://voxelands.com/

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5 days 1 hour ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Littlewargame is an HTML5 Real-Time-Strategy game with multiplayer mode and a map editor:
http://littlewargame.com/

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5 days 1 hour ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Pacapong - Pong + Pacman + Space Invaders:
http://ludumdare.com/compo/minild-58/?action=preview&uid=34953

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5 days 1 hour ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Against explosive firepower, bitter cold, and dizzying heights, Fork Parker must outwit a group of no-talent game developers ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/339120/

Pacapong - Pong + Pacman + Space Invaders:
http://ludumdare.com/compo/minild-58/?action=preview&uid=34953

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5 days 15 hours ago Best Free OCR Software BabsHoxforth

I downloaded this software today, v5.4 March 15, and the malware is all gone. No ads, no banners, no toolbars, nothing sneaky or nasty. So far, so good!

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6 days 1 hour ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Dianara is a Pump.io client:
http://dianara.nongnu.org/

Streamtuner2 is an internet radio browser:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/streamtuner2/

Holtz:
http://holtz.sourceforge.net/index.php

"... Galois is a computer game of the "falling blocks" type, but with unique features. Unlike most other games of that type, it is not limited to blocks made of four two-dimensional, square bricks: you can choose among several different brick shapes, blocks composed of more or less bricks, and even between two- and three-dimensional games ...":
http://www.nongnu.org/galois/

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6 days 9 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

@ Mr Wednesday,
I was expecting the results you experienced when I went to sign up but, it turned out to be easier than expected. I clicked on "Download and Install" and it said I had to be a member of the the free version (NC, No Charge) forum so I:

1) clicked on the link, filled out the registration

2) went to (and followed) the verification link sent to my email

3) then I went back to the link in Rob's article and followed it, then clicked on the "Download and Install" link again

4) made sure I was still logged into the NC forum before clicking the "Next" button

5) chose my version, hit the "Next" button and d/loaded the small installer

6) when running the d/l'ed installer I had to tell it (by clicking on the 'pop-up' about not detecting which "Maya" version I had previously installed, to "show all" versions of Maya and let me choose my version) to install only the RenderMan Pro version (the top choice) with no Maya support.

The online installer (surprisingly) only took a few seconds for me. The directory where I installed the program was only 20MB's or so, the bulk of the d/l'ed 499MB's was in an .exe file along with a .conf/.ini type file in a non program file location,

The only thing is, a better title might read
"... now offers a Free Version" because the "Full" program cost $499 and up. There is no "Official Support" with the Free version, only other users help in the NC, No Charge support forum, which may be adequate along with the tutorials and other documentation.

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6 days 11 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

wish there was a way to download the files myself. I've never run across an online installer that used very much of available bandwidth.

I almost forgot ... thanks Rob.

Update -
The "Online Installer" actually was much faster than I anticipated, giving credence to the adage "Never Say Never", more or less.

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6 days 11 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

I did notice on a prior visit to the site that, as for currently supported compatible programs-
under - "Supported Programs",
Maya
KATANA

under - support is "Underway",
Cinema4D
Houdini

under - support as there is "Potential" for
3DS Max
Blender
Lightwave
Modo
Rhino

"Nuke" is supported via "AOV's, LPE's and Deep Textures

(I paraphrased the following from the site)

"Using RenderMan by Itself"

You can use RenderMan by itself with the command-line, and render 3D data in RenderMan's native "RIB" file format. These RIB files are the backbone of any RenderMan pipeline and are highly customizable, offer Python bindings, and allow many types of data to be converted to RIB and rendered with RenderMan.

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6 days 11 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. MrWednesday7

needlessy endless registration process

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6 days 13 hours ago Best Free Firewall Protection Falcon128

I have used the free version of Online Armor for several years and have been completely satisfied though I agree it is not for complete beginners. My point is that while I appreciate the difficulties of keeping things up to date your review is badly out of date; in particular it is wrong in saying that OA does not have automatic updates. The current version 6.0 does have them and they are entirely reliable. Your picture is of version 3 or 4 and even that had automatic updates though they were not always reliable.

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6 days 13 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. Sea Mac

Quote:

Compatibility

RenderMan® version 19 is supported on the following:

64-bit Mac OS X® Intel

Compatible with 10.9, 10.8 & 10.7
___________________________________________________________

64-bit Linux®

Compatible with gcc 4.4.5 and glibc 2.12 or higher
___________________________________________________________

64-bit Windows®

Compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 7
___________________________________________________________

More Details:

http://renderman.pixar.com/view/non-commercial-renderman

Ayam ( http://ayam.sourceforge.net/download.html ) is a free open source cross platform modeling program - but I do not know if it, or Blender are supported ...

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6 days 15 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 johnvk

Remah, i think i get what you're saying and i think i agree.

When i say "in a folder" i really only mean as far as what windows file explorer reports as the disk space used for that folder. I get that windows file explorer abstracts away the notion that files are not actually "in" folders, and presents a simplified picture to the user that they are.

I still think the basic problem of having a file with 2 or more hard links from 2 or more folders will be reported by windows file explorer as taking up space "in" both folders, even tho there is only 1 file on disk taking up space once, remains.

Hmm, i wonder. If you had a 1 TB drive, and you created a folder FTOP and two folders underneath it, FA, and FB, and you created a 1TB file in FA, and then a *hard link* to the same file in FB, i wonder what it would report? Has anyone done this?

I bet file -> properties on the disk would read 1TB used (not 2TB) cuz it is looking at actual files on disk, not files listed in folders.

I bet file -> properties on FA and FB would report size used as 1TB each, implying that there are 2TB used on this disk, when really they're just reporting the *same* 1TB each.

File -> properties on FTOP? Would it say 2TB used? I wonder.

EDIT: Well i was curious, and i just tried it. Not with a 1TB file but with a 81KB file and FTOP did report 162KB used, and even 162KB "used on disk" (cuz that's just a block size rounding thing). I used mklink /h to make the hardlink. Not sure if that matters.

That was fun.

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6 days 17 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux vandamme

pulseaudio-equalizer is a multiband audio frequency equalizer; a super tone control. It needs to be on your multimedia page because it took me 2 hours to find it. You can install it in Debian variants (I have Mint 17.1) by cuttin' and pastin' this into a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

The whole sad story of why it's missing from distros is here:
http://www.webupd8.org/2013/03/install-pulseaudio-with-built-in-system.html

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6 days 17 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. vandamme

The Linux version is free, too.

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6 days 18 hours ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software AndyR

For your first image after a clean install it is better to do it this way in my opinion also, and then again after you have the 200+ Windows updates installed... after that I just set a schedule and let the system backup run twice a week making use of a batch file I made to clean up previous images whilst still retaining the initial one with all the updates and also the previous one just in case.

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6 days 18 hours ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software AndyR

Yes I am waiting for the next laptop to get handed to me for repair so I can test that new feature and therefore update the review.

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6 days 18 hours ago Best Free Video Encoder SwanKnight

Personally, I despise MediaCoder, that nag screen makes it impossible to batch-encode anything. And the only way to get rid of it, is to "donate" $35 or more (that or buy the premium version obviously).

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6 days 19 hours ago Best Free Video Encoder SwanKnight

Handbrake used to be my favorite encoder up until 0.9.8 but it went downhill from there.

That being said, VidCoder is basically HandBrake (GUI) done right, its far more stable and supports all of its necessary functions while providing a simple and friendly interface, so thanks a lot for that suggestion.

I think you should highlight VidCoder more, I almost missed it while reading the article.

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6 days 19 hours ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software Corsair

Umm. I use Macrium Reflect Free - downloaded directly from the Macrium website - on a Windows 7 64-bit machine just fine.

That being said - I always do the following for each PC:

1. Download and install Macrium Reflect Free - including the PE data - and reboot.

2. Make a Windows PE bootable USB on the PC I am going to image. This is important because you will need to pick the right PE version for your machine. Additionally, you will need to check whether or not you need to enable UEFI support, etc.

3. Once you have made this USB - boot the PC off the USB.

4. Now - in the windows PE environment - use this to make an image of your drive.

I, personally, prefer this method as it means the drive I am making an image of is not in use at the time.

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6 days 19 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. Mike Hall

Thank you for the FREE version.

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6 days 20 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. J_L

Indeed. That's why I'm hoping to get KATANA for free by request or the Maya 3-year student license.

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6 days 21 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

I followed your link and read all the post and Thank You but what a pain in the aspirin bottle to run it using cmd prompt. It took the "G" right out of GUI. If one were to run the trial version of Maya and RM in Returnil or Sandboxie to evaluate the program(s) repeatedly you could, make believe your Bill Murray and photo-realistically render a groundhog, better yet render Andie MacDowell over and over and ...
after all it was a Pixar film.

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1 week 59 min ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program zep321

After using Freemake for quite some time,and being pleased with the results, I finally consented to an update that they had been nag screening about for months. Big Mistake. Along with the update came a vicious piece of malware/adware
called "Express Find". It caused a black rectangle to appear at the bottom center of my (FF) browser screen which protruded about 2" from bottom and about 4"wide. There was an "X" in upper right hand corner but it did not close the rectangle. When clicked it redirected my browser to some very shabby websites. (per WOT) . Got rid of it by running avast scan which picked it up and deleted it. Beware

Update:

Just ran an MBAM scan. It found and quarantined 15 items classified as "PUP's" all connected to "Express Find" although previous to this scan browser appeared to be running cleanly.

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1 week 3 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. J_L

They say you can use the command-line version, but I've had black screens: https://community.renderman.pixar.com/article/293/using-renderman-withou...

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1 week 8 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

CAUTION,
from the RenderMan site,

[QUOTE]
RenderMan itself is not animation software and requires scene data from compatible CG modeling and animation authoring software or other external sources to generate photorealistic images. RenderMan is most commonly used with such well known software solutions as Autodesk's Maya, Maxon's Cinema4D, Side Effects Houdini, and The Foundry's KATANA.
[END QUOTE]

This info did not seem to fully surface until the 500MB initial install was complete. So, here's the dollar 2.98 question, Is Cinema4D, Houdini or KATANA free?

Hey Rob,
Which option did you choose to be able to utilize RenderMan, surely not the "TRIAL" version of MAYA.

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1 week 8 hours ago The Ultimate Scientific Calculator. From Microsoft. And It's Free. Kenmullins

The link no longer works and I can't find this version on Google or Bing. I did find Microsoft Mathematics ver 4.0 provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with math and science. But I don't like it as well as what I had before.

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1 week 9 hours ago Best Free PDF Writer Software EldonW

"and so will advise people to be careful during installation."
Agreed. That's part of what I like about Gizmo's Freeware and MajorGeeks. Not everyone is an experienced PC user. Unfortunately, more and more freeware are becoming bundleware. I will continue to use programs like PDFCreator and IZArc, but even I no longer go click-click!

You should give PDFCreator a try and experience the features as per my last post. And, advise users to disconnect from the internet prior to installing a program.

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1 week 11 hours ago Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software vandamme

I went to the Orba Design site and opened up their template with LibreOffice Calc, and it worked fine. But I didn't try their converter.

I found out that GEDCOM was started by the LDS and just kind of grew from there, with some companies making extensions to it for various things.GEDCOM is text based, but others like Excel and LO spreadsheets and Gramps's are XML. There's no standard, or official sanctioning entity to evaluate new formats or features and make them standard. Us engineers have the IEEE, which is why your wireless card works with your router.

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1 week 11 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 v.laurie

Yes, dism.exe is in Windows 7 but they added new switches in Windows 8.1. These commands are not available in Windows 7.

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1 week 11 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 gruff

I won't reply any further. Just want to point out that Win 7 has a dism.exe but it does not have the necessary parsing parameters. I tried Disk Cleanup in both regular and admin modes, but it doesn't even touch the winsxs files and folders. Oh well, I've still 70% of my C: drive free so I'll just live with the 11 gigs of files in my winsxs folder. Thanks anyway.

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1 week 11 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 v.laurie

I understood you to be trying the Dism method. Sorry, if I misunderstood. The method for Windows 7 uses Disk Cleanup and if that is not working for you, more information about what is happening might help. Please post your problem in the forum where help with individual problems can be given.

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1 week 11 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 gruff

I understand this article is for Win 8 which is why I used the link therein to go to the article for Win 7, but as I noted, it still doesn't work. I get error message 87. I didn't post my query in that article because it was a couple of years old.

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1 week 12 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 v.laurie

This article (as it says) is for Windows 8.1. If you want something for Windows 7, the article points to http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-free-more-space-your-hard-dr....

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1 week 12 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 gruff

It doesn't work. I'm running Win 7 Pro on a 64 bit machine. My C:/Windows/winsxs folder contains 11.3 GB in 14,330 directories. I'd like to reclaim what I can of the space these folders are using.

I tried your solution for disk cleanup (cleanmgr) for Win 7 but even with every box checked, it only listed 7.85 Mb and none were in the winsxs folder.

I then tried dism.exe and found it to be active in Win 7, but the parsed parameters gave me an error message. Can you help me? Thanks.

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