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4 weeks 6 days ago How to Clean An Infected Computer PjDemmitt

Once you have a known clean system, download Macrium Reflect Free edition and install it. Create a bootable disk (ISO, CD or USB). Using Macrium, create a disk image of the partitions needed to boot your computer to another drive (external). Every month create a new image. Keep at least the last three images. If you ever need to re-image your system, just boot from the disk you created and restore your system from a known-good image no more than a month old. If you keep your data on a different partition and sync that to either OneDrive or similar, as well as another computer on your network (if you have one) or a NAS or external drive, you've always got up-to-date data.
I've left many of the explanatory details out. I think that there have been tutorials on using Macrium right here on the Gizmo's site.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Do we really need Windows registry cleaners? jhvance

CCleaner does a good job in cleaning out orphan registry entries left behind by programs that have been uninstalled without screwing up anything, but as always a user should carefully examine whatever it finds to delete before actually clicking the button to do so.

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4 weeks 6 days ago The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used navmed

Awesome tool, thank you!

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4 weeks 6 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft Remah

The program allows you to prevent the mouse automatically sliding into the next display by checking "Disable Easy Mouse". But you can't disable the ability to move the mouse to any display while you hold the Ctrl key down. It's a useful feature but real annoying when you do text selection using the keyboard and inadvertantly bump the mouse which moves into the other display.

While editing documents on my tiny area of desk space I have to switch the mouse back about 5 times an hour which very quickly becomes tedious.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Do we really need Windows registry cleaners? Remah

Cool. :)

I nearly have my original Windows 7 install on what is now my test PC. Except that I've tested registry backup and restore tools. It would be interesting to know what proportion of Windows 7 installs are in similar condition.

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5 weeks 1 hour ago Do we really need Windows registry cleaners? Deadbob

Never use them, but always like to run all these new fangled ideas
just for fun -- after of course doing a restore point first. Think
I'm still using the original registry from my first W7 pro install!!

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5 weeks 2 hours ago The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used Joe A.TT

I prefer to use Greenshot (which is actually incorporated into ShareX). YMMV, but I find ShareX is overkill.

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5 weeks 3 hours ago Do we really need Windows registry cleaners? BearPup

I do volunteer tech support @ microsoft.com, and our universal recommendation on Registry cleaners: don't use them.The Registry they screw-up could well be your own.

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5 weeks 4 hours ago The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used George.J

Thank you. ShareX has all these features minus the adware that PicPick is bundled with :D

Additionally ShareX also allows you to take screenshots in various different shapes, and also performs background uploading of screenshots to your favorite hosting site after grabbing the screen.

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5 weeks 4 hours ago The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used Bluesmanuk

It looks a good tool with all of it's facilities.

I used to use PicPick for capture but it's scrolling window capture could be rather frustrating at times.

Which I would imagine might be where some may be put off because scrolling window capture is a very useful addition.

However, this has enough about it to make me want to try it out, so thanks George.

Having a github shows a great willingness for other to participate in development too.

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5 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software Anupam

Seems like OpenCandy is no longer being bundled with CDBurnerXP. The latest version is clean. There is also no such notification on the download page about bundled software. There used to be one earlier.

I downloaded and installed the latest version and can confirm that it's clean.

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5 weeks 6 hours ago The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used Remah

PicPick is the top pick (no pun intended) in Best Free All-in-one Design Tools.

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5 weeks 8 hours ago The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used a_quester

The best free screen-grabber I have used is "PicPick." It includes an image editor, color picker, color palette, magnifier, pixel ruler, protractor, cross hair, and whiteboard.

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5 weeks 8 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

SafeKeep is a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup. It sets up the appropriate environment for compatible backup packages and simplifies the process of running them:
http://safekeep.sourceforge.net/

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5 weeks 8 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Starpiecer - "... You are a trans-galactic ripper assigned on the impossible mission of saving our unique fragile world which has been compromised by the aggressive intrusion of alien forces though the hole in the space-time continuum. That's why you find yourself slipping from one dimension to another either fighting enemies or preserving friendly environment. Beware: destructions in your home world brings only pain and suffering for you while demolition of enemies boosts your energy and helps to carry on your journey ...":
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?action=preview&uid=39357

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5 weeks 11 hours ago Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer MidnightCowboy

This applies to any program of this type and also to registry cleaners which is why we include a warning advisory in the introduction. MC - Site Manager.

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5 weeks 14 hours ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Remah

There are many reasons why people might need the space and might not be because there is not enough space on the hard disk.

I just had a temporary problem on one of my partitions (logical drives on one hard disk). There was only 2 of 100GB free even after cleaning up all the files. So I did what this article instructs to free up some space. This allowed me to complete the testing I was doing. After I finished I uninstalled all the programs I no longer needed and had about 25 GB free again.

It was easier to delete the files than to repartition the hard disk, which would have affected five partitions just to expand that one logical drive.

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5 weeks 15 hours ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

Thanks for the info. I'll review it.

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5 weeks 15 hours ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole sewerurchin

I don't mean to be rude and I understand that some people are working under severe restrictions. But for the most part, I think that if you are so tight on disk space that you are trying to squeeze out an extra few gigs of storage then you would be better off just upgrading your hard disk or adding another. Disk space is cheap and I doubt that this sort of cleanup is going to have any significant positive effect on the system. Maybe you just like to tweak your system - that's fine. Just my two cents...

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5 weeks 17 hours ago Best Free Media Center Software ccrocker

Hi George. I'm one of the MeediOS developers. I'd be interested in any feedback you had. Always working to make MeediOS better. You indicated you could not manage your libraries which is actually one of MeediOS strengths compared to other options. Could you provide some more color? Thanks!

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5 weeks 20 hours ago Stitch MP3 Files Together Or Extract Audio From Video ehorwitz1

Interesting and something I was looking for. I had some unexpected results and haven't yet checked with the website's people, but here's what I found:

I started with about eleven small-ish MP3 files created with a variable bit rate (VBR), maximum of 128. These are audio book sections. After using the website, the resulting single file was twice the size I expected. Turns out the file had a fixed bit rate of 256. Not sure why, but that's what I got.

I'll post when I have more info, or if anyone prefers to look into it themselves, have at it.

Still, a very good, easy to use site that is quick with good results.

Thanks, Rob!

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5 weeks 21 hours ago Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer spaarks

Toolwiz Care. This procuct is dangerous. After using the default cleanup I got "Resource file C_PsdRsDll" error appears when I start the computer.

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5 weeks 21 hours ago 600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic AJNorth

For many, the Feynman, Leighton and Sands set (with their bright red covers) is a treasured part of their library.

Some may recall a saying from the 1960s (the halcyon days of science education in the U.S.), "At Caltech, we treat our undergraduates as graduate students, and our graduate students as faculty." One brief shining moment...

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5 weeks 23 hours ago Best Free Download Manager Naveen D

EagleGet v2.0.1.6 Stable was released on 13th september

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Desktop Search Utility Baskinghobo

What is faster? windows 8/7 search or locate32?

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5 weeks 1 day ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Aninnymous

I would backup your files on the current boot partition and then install a new boot partition & Win 7-64 in the larger 217 Gb partition, wipe the old one / turn it into a non-bootable partition.

Some partition tools may allow you to use non-contiguous media but probably not worth the time messing with it. I quite like the free MiniTool Partition Wizard.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

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5 weeks 1 day ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Aninnymous

Yes. Run the Disk Cleanup program after installing the update as described here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2013/10/07/breaking-news-r...

The "Windows Update Cleanup" line will show you how much ...\winsxs file space will be freed. You checkmark this line to remove the dupes.

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Outliner CASD

No word count...on cherry tree..So doesn't work for me...
When are developers going to learn that writers want a Word Count...

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Were these messages you saw in the lower-right corner of the screen in a small popup window? If so, then I just added advice on how to disable these advertisements to the article. I apologize, I had meant to mention this previously, but forgot to include it in a previous revision.

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Krieg C

Well, I tried it, I'm sure it's a wonderful program, BUT, even after a careful installation, it nags the devil out of you to sign up for the stuff you didn't want. Have been using Bitdefender for a year, no problems. Before that, was using Avast, my favorite, but Avast changed something in their detection rules and it would not allow me the see my security cameras for remote sites. I have income properties in other states.
So, ran a scan with the Comodo antivirus, O (zero) detection. This tells me that the Bitdefender is doing its job, and I am ALL OVER the internet.
Sorry, I can't for the life of me see why anyone would rate this as their number 1 source for protection. It's intrusive, and it nags the heck out of to sign up for the add ons you didn't want in the first place.

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5 weeks 1 day ago Wallpaper of the Week: Rusted Old Lock with Mystery Background rhiannon

@Nosmo
Thanks for the ID, mystery solved. :)

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5 weeks 2 days ago Grab this Text Editor with a Grammar Checker and More Amanda Hanks

I guess I will be getting this app soon. Not for anything but unintentionally, my grammar must be checked once in awhile. But I need a similar one for my email account as well.

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5 weeks 2 days ago 600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic Former Physicist

The newly released material are not the seven Cornell lectures of 1964, but a two-year series that Feynman delivered over (about) 1963 through 1965 to freshmen and sophomores at CalTech. (For the final year, I was a teaching assistant for the course. We graduate students learned much more than the undergraduates.)

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5 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Homebrew (Beer Recipe) Software headbrewer

Hi, a while back i created my own beer recipe calculator and have been recently putting some trial recipes through it. It isn't as feature rich as the ones mentioned above but it suits me fine.
Anyway you are welcome to try it, it's totally free and can be found at http://www.brewengine.co.uk

Any constructive comments would also be appreciated.

Thanks

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5 weeks 2 days ago A Travel App Worth Traveling With Jojo Yee

You're welcome kennym and it's great that you find it useful.

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5 weeks 2 days ago A Travel App Worth Traveling With Jojo Yee

This app works on Android version 4.0 and up. If your Android version is older, it probably won't show up, Maalaoshy.

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5 weeks 2 days ago 600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic pvilan

Rob:
Nice to know you are feeling much better and, to proof it, you are back to work!

Many thanks for the excellent two links you shared today.

Peter

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5 weeks 2 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up halfbeing

Yes, it's when I move the mouse. I have a very cramped desk and I'm often accidentally nudging it. The only software available is the Logitech Connection Utility, which isn't relevant.

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5 weeks 2 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole dlh456

Running Windows 7 Pro. winsxs is over 9g but utility above says nothing to delete. Would using SymMover to move winsxs to another disk break Windows?

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5 weeks 2 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole rob.schifreen

Fine. This simply means that Windows has been taking care of things, and there's nothing remaining which is safe to delete.

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5 weeks 2 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole rob.schifreen

In theory, some recent versions of Windows 7 and 8 *should* be running an automatic regular timer job which cleans up some of the worst excesses of the winsxs folder. The DISM command that I wrote about is a way of forcing that job to run. Which is why, in some cases, DISM won't free up any space. It probably just means that Windows has already taken care of it.

Note that you SHOULD NOT delete any files from winsxs yourself. Apart from the ones that DISM may or may not delete, messing with anything else in that folder may result in a PC that doesn't work properly.

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5 weeks 2 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole rob.schifreen

Indeed. It would seem so.

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5 weeks 3 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up v.laurie

Is it only when you move the mouse that the PC wakes up? I am not sure why that would be a problem unless the PC wakes up when you are not there. Did you check the settings in the Logitech software? Otherwise, I don't have an answer to your problem but maybe another member can help.

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5 weeks 3 days ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

I would not say that either browser is insecure. However, as far as security extensions, I would have to say that more are available for Firefox. Thus, I suppose I would have to advise Firefox, although in terms of browser I really think that what's most important is what works best for you. The bulk of your protection layers should reside in your internet security software, with your browser just providing one layer of protection.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thank you.

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5 weeks 3 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up halfbeing

I have this problem. It is definitely the mouse that is responsible, but I have disabled waking for all the mice, keyboards and HID devices listed in the Device Manager and it still wakes up when I touch the mouse. I have also made sure that all the wake-by-mouse and wake-by-keyboard options are disabled in my BIOS setup. I have a Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard, if that makes any difference. What else can I do?

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5 weeks 3 days ago A Travel App Worth Traveling With kennym

Installed on Android via Google Playstore. Visiting Fort William soon and like the look of the place already! Thanks!

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5 weeks 3 days ago A Travel App Worth Traveling With Maalaoshy

Pity. Doesn't seem to be available on my Android phone-tablet combo.

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5 weeks 3 days ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns RandyDoqa

Dear Chiron,

What do you think is better, Firefox or Opera?
I want to choose one of these browsers and I need your help, (sure I'm asking here about the latest version of both browsers).

Thank you so much.

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5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Honestly performance matters to me. Here's my findings

360TS is much heavier on the system than IS version.

Idle Memory Usage
360TS - >150MB RAM
360IS - <40MB RAM

Scanning Memory Usage
360TS - 320MB RAM , high CPU usage touching upto 95% at times, Disk Usage is also very high
360IS - <60MB RAM, low CPU usage less than 25%, Disk Usage very low.

You can see the difference. :D It doesn't matter if 360IS doesn't get product updates, I think I'll continue to use it. Maybe I'll stick with TS version on my gaming system. Still it's too heavy.

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5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Puppet, an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems, performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification:
https://github.com/puppetlabs/puppet

pinkerton is a standalone tool for working with Docker images:
https://github.com/flynn/flynn/tree/master/pinkerton

Mustache is a logic-less templating system for HTML, config files, anything:
http://mustache.github.io/mustache.1.html

Chaos Monkey:
https://github.com/Netflix/SimianArmy/wiki/Chaos-Monkey

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5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Mail-in-a-Box turns a fresh cloud computer into a working mail server:
https://mailinabox.email/

MEGASync:
https://mega.co.nz/#blog_29

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5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Anupam

UnityPDF: http://www.unitypdf.com/

Merge, split, divide, rotate, extract, etc.

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5 weeks 3 days ago Lightweight Web Browsers Remah

The article format has been updated to match the other articles and a Quick Selection Guide added. I'll be updating the discussion and adding screenshots over the next week.

Remah - Editor

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5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Web Browser Remah

The updated article was released a little bit early - my own mistake. So I'll be making further changes over the next week.

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5 weeks 3 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole gruff

My winsxs folder is 9.3 gigs and I'd be okay with that except the preinstalled Win 7 Pro (64bit) won't let me expand the partition. My drive C is partitioned into *:System, C:Windows, *:Recovery image and E:New Volume. I want to expand the meager C:Windows (59 GB) to include all of E:New Volume for a total partition space of 217 GB. But that little 15 GB partition called *:Recovery blocks me from doing it because the space I want to include in the expansion is not contiguous.

Any ideas?

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5 weeks 3 days ago Wallpaper of the Week: Rusted Old Lock with Mystery Background Nosmo

The thing in the picture is an old fashioned mailbox for a dorm or apartment. Each numbered thing is the cover of a mail slot.

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5 weeks 3 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole dlh456

Interested in the forum.

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5 weeks 3 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole cheesemonkeyboy

Nichols - thank you for the info! The trouble is, I'm using Windows 7 64-bit, not Windows 8.1... Is there a way to see what effect the running of "dism" would have on a Windows 7 system WITHOUT making any actual changes?

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Not yet it's not, but their plan is for TS to replace 360IS, although they haven't said when. MC - Site Manager.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

360IS isn't discontinued. It just had an update today :D

It's just that they are concentrating more on the TS version.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I agree with your findings although with an i5 and 8G in my dual booted desktop I'm not too bothered about resource use for anything. Unfortunately, 360IS is being discontinued in favor of 360TS so I'd rather use something that is being fully supported. MC - Site Manager.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Well am back to using 360IS again. The reason is 360TS requires more resources on my system. The TS version uses around 150MB RAM while the IS version is very lightweight, using only around 30MB.

Additionally 360TS adds other features like SpeedUp, Junk CleanUp etc, which aren't actually required for me, although it might be useful for others. While 360IS is clean as a whistle, guess it's the best antivirus I've ever used. Sadly the product isn't updated frequently like 360TS version. :(

For a comparison betweeen 360 IS and TS in detection check this video review.

If you want to watch various community video reviews, you've got
360TS MazaiTest
360IS Review
360TS viktik
360TS without BD and Avira engines>
360TS yigido

Overall excellent results from all sides :)

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5 weeks 4 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Sgluber

Good tip, rob... tks! :-)

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Media Player skan

Hello and thank you for your advises.

I already tried the overlay mixer setting before, and in fact is the best option so far, though not enough for all videos.

I will also try the "reset video" option you suggested. ¿Are you sure that won't need even more resources to make an extra conversion?

It's my girlfriend's laptop, an old Samsung R20, Celeron M dual core 1.7Ghz.
with a Radeon Xpress 1300M.
The dxva setting doesn't make any difference. I guess this card is not powerful enough.

And I don't know why the task manager only shows one core even though the computer is supposed to have 2.

So far the best option I have found is SMPlayer. It allows to skip some frames to allow better synchronization. Does Potplayer (or the LAV filters) have this option too?

regards

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Media Player George.J

It would be better if you could post the system specifications too.

Do you have an external graphic card? In that case you may turn on DXVA acceleration by going to Preferences->Filter Control->Video Decoder->Built-in Codec/DXVA settings (bottom)->Use DXVA (enable checkbox)

Try a different video renderer, Overlay Mixer is best suited for low-end systems, but there will be a drop in quality. Right click on Interface->Video->Video Renderer->Overlay Mixer.

Finally you can try to reset video size, to force video to a lower quality. Go to Preferences->Video-Resize. For the Method dialog under Video Resizing, set it to 'Resize if input video size is larger than the specified size'.

Now you can see here, that if you input a video size for instance a 720p video has a native resolution of 1280x720, the second factor represents the pixel height. Set this in 'Condition', so any video larger than 720p is set to 'Specified size'. Here's a list of common resolutions you can set to.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Other Web Browsers Remah

The article has been overhauled with a three sub-categories (multi-engine, secure, child), Quick Selection Guide, product images, and a rewrite.

Remah - Editor of this category

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Screen Session Recorder wozie

I have tried Jing and it forces you to signup for an account with them before you can use the software, what a load of rubbish, they dont even give you the option to trial the software without signing up.

I quit and uninstalled straight away.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Media Player skan

Hello.

What program/settings is the best option to play high quality avi or mkv videos on an old computer (with Windows)?
Now I'm using a old laptop. Potplayer, VLC or mediaplayer work well with movies up to 1000kbps.
But if I try to play anything aboce this or 720p all I get is image problems, interruptions, pixelation and desynchronization, no matter the settings I use (even with lav filters...)

Is there any program able to play 1080p movies in a old computer?
I don't mind not having special effects, perfect image... only need to get a lower resolution image without problems

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool wozie

I have just tried Jing, bit disappointed because after the install I had to "log in" to the program to be able to use it which meant signing up for ANOTHER account on another website, more usernames and passwords to remember, there isnt even an option to try the program without "logging in". Needless to say I have quit the application without signing up and logging in and have uninstalled the program, a bit of a waste of time so wanted to let everyone else know its not very good.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole bnjohanson

Find the winsxs file either by your local "Search Program and Files" via your Start menu or another search program, i.e., "Everything" and right-click, "Properties". You will then see the size count-up the space...

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5 weeks 4 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Bruce_Fraser

To try this out, I simply pasted the text into a Command prompt window, "run as Administrator." The program worked, no question about that.
But the result I got was -- I forget the exact wording, but something like "Program ran successfully. There are no setup files, so nothing was done."
I've done this on both a Windows 8.1 system and Windows Server 2012 R2. Same result with both; and both have been running, and updating, for months.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Virtualization Solutions Bruce_Fraser

VMWare Server is no longer free.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Nichols

If you are using Windows 8.1, this command --
Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
will do what you want.

See --
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn251566.aspx

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5 weeks 4 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole cheesemonkeyboy

I understand I can run this command as stated above:
dism /online /Cleanup-Image /spsuperseded /hidesp

But I want to just see what "dism" will do as far as space savings WITHOUT making any actual changes on my system. Or at the very least, see just how much "dism" will change if I actually tell it to run. Is this possible?

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5 weeks 4 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole abrandt

Rob - Just a quick thank you for this article. My WIN 7 gave up the ghost on 1.17 GB... which I'll gladly take. Appreciate. :)

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5 weeks 4 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Jorpho

Is it not the case that the WinSXS folder uses hard links and that it thus may appear much, much larger than it actually is – since it's effectively counting numerous files more than once?

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn251566.aspx recommends using
Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
but that only works for Windows 8.1 and not earlier versions.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole beergas

Same here Nichols on Win 8.1 x64 SP1. Guess nothing to find.
Used the Cmd Prompt Admin. dism /online /Cleanup-Image /spsuperseded /hidesp

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5 weeks 5 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole eugenedcohen

I could be mistaken, but Microsoft has an add-on for its Disk Cleanup Wizard that more easily does the same cleanup for winsxs. See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2852386 Again I could be mistaken, but I thought I first learned about this from the Gizmo newsletter.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Bluesmanuk

This is a great find :-)

Ran the commands from one of the links on my 8.1 machine and it cleared 3Gb of space.

Followed Robs instructions for a Windows 7 machine and it worked a treat too.

I do hope that Microsoft do a little more thinking about this folder for the next iteration.

Big thumbs up for this article.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Software for Linux George.J

Double Commander is easily the best file manager for Linux :D Very similar to Unreal Commander.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Outliner jet005303199369...

Rob,

I'm actually using the paid version of treedbnotes and am migrating some stuff to CherryTree for four reasons:

1) The search feature in treedbnotes is INCREDIBLY slow, I have a few thousand coding scripts and it takes too long to search, CherryTree is way faster. I just did a text search in each with the same data.

56 seconds for treedbnotes
8 seconds for CherryTree.

For that matter, Keynote was much faster at searching than treedbnotes in my memory.

2) CherryTree saves all its info in an sqllite database which is something that I'm familiar with, I trust, and I can access it via other means if needed. Not sure what treedbnotes uses, it may be similar but unknown to me.

3) The Treedbnotes interface is bloated and hard to use, I was looking something simpler.

4) CherryTree is part of the portable apps platform updates automatically. Treedb has to be updated manually as a portable.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Panzer

CloudTunes - open source, web-based music player for the cloud:
https://github.com/jakubroztocil/cloudtunes

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program MidnightCowboy

Thank you. We already highlight the bundled components in the Freemake product details. MC - Site Manager.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Outliner crombierob

Have you tried DBNotesFree yet ?
What advantages does CherryTree have over DBNotesFree ?

I can tell you one massive advantage that TreeDBNotesFree has over CherryTree -
TreeDBNotesFree has Tabs

Rob

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Registry Cleaner Geekster

Personally I like Auslogics Registry Cleaner - it creates a backup of removed registry items and lets you delete old restore points - never had an issue with it

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5 weeks 5 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Nichols

A hotkey feature that I would appreciate would move all open windows to the primary display. At one time, Matrox included that feature with its graphics drivers, but then Matrox stopped doing that and I lost that function due to a Matrox driver update. Presently I am using NVIDIA graphics cards, and while NVIDIA graphics drivers have many great features, that feature is not one of them. Does anyone know of a hotkey program with a "move all open windows to the primary display" feature? Or know of a hotkey program that allows such a feature to be programed by the user?

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5 weeks 5 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Nichols

On a fully updated Win8.1 system that has been used for 9 months, I ran --
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
which I understand from --
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn251565.aspx
removes all superseded versions of every component in the component store.

DISM reduced used space on C: by 0.1 GB. So I conclude that Win8.1's automated winsxs clean-up is working well.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Hengist_Ludd

@zornestech - would your friend's problem be more appropriately solved by a keyboard remapper? E.g. something like OkayKeybees by JoeJoeSoft (maker of ArsClip and Rename Master, all free)?

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5 weeks 5 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Hengist_Ludd

Good though AutoHotKey is, it does as Nichols points out require at least minimal programming. Even if you're comfortable doing that, you may not have the time, and prefer GUI configuration for ease and speed. In which case, alternatives to WinHotKey might be HotKeyz (Skynergy site down, but should be around the Net) or HotKeyP by Petr Laštovička or maybe Clavier by Guillaume Ryder.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Setup Builder George

Hi DM
I haven't had the chance to review InstallForge yet. But it claims to be absolsutely free and also obviously offer serial number creation as far as I can see from their screenshots: http://installforge.net/home/
Best regards,
George

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5 weeks 5 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility zornestech

Is there anything out there that will hotkey a single key. I have a friend with CP and needs to remap a key on windows 7

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program klb3317

Please be aware that Emsisoft Antimalware showed warnings while I've been installing Freemake Video Converter.

The most critical of them are:
-keylogger acticity;
-getting the listing of "My documents folder";
-windows service injection attempt;
-Opencandy installation attempt.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Outliner jet005303199369...

Just came across a new one that shows some promise: CherryTree. It's portable and has good import/export (e.g. backup) functions.

Here's a link to a review:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cherrytree-a-wiki-style-notebook-thats-poli...

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Registry Editor snakyjake

Here's my top choices:

1) Reg (By David K. Gasaway)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/reg

+ Goto Path
+ Search
+ Open Source
- There isn't a portable version, but it will still run.

2) O&O RegEditor
http://www.oo-software.com/en/products/ooregeditor

+ Goto Path
+ Search
+ Portable
- Didn't like the Search function as much as Reg.

3) Regscanner
www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html

+ Search
+ Portable
- Goto Path

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5 weeks 6 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility beergas

Thanks, got it. That's a good site esp for Q-Dir & DesktopOK (tho this one isn't 100% foolproof at saving icon layout). Always do backups. For that Windows own Recovery or free Macrium Reflect.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Nichols

WinHotKey cannot insert pre-defined text for versions of Windows after XP, and to do that relatively simple task both AutoHotkey and Hot Keyboard are more complex than some would prefer.

For simply pasting pre-defined text into any Windows application via keyboard shortcuts, QuickTextPaste is (for me) a fine solution --
http://www.softwareok.com/?Download=QuickTextPaste

The QuickTextPaste interface and helpfiles etc. are not written in perfect English, but the program itself works well and for the user the learning curve is not steep. QuickTextPaste is freeware.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility beergas

As P-c mentions AutoHotKey has advantages even this author suggests (tho maybe bit more 'overhead' on PC but less an issue these days).
From WHK site comments:

I have been using a different Hokey program, but it has significant cpu overhead. WinHotKey looks and feels much lighter. I'm trying to use the type text feature with embedded control keys, for example "test [ctrl-v] test" which would allow me to use the windows paste feature as part of the generated text. Anyway to do this?

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Submitted by brian on Mon, 2011-04-25 11:27.

There is a way to do this by updating the registry directly, but I cannot support that. I recommend looking at AutoHotKey which can do a lot of the more complex things like that.

[Modertator's note: Mention of commercial program edited out.]

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Media Player JohnKern

How about XFPLAY? English version is here:

http://codecpack.co/download/Xfplay.html

Xfplay is a feature-rich mutimedia player that can deliver outstanding playback quality. Another benefit of Xfplay is that you will be able to easily stream and play movie files instantly from .torrent BitTorrent files as well as Magnet URI links without downloading them to your PC thereby saving space.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Pattern-chaser

Isn't AutoHotKey more flexible, as hotkeys don't need to include the Windows key?

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5 weeks 6 days ago Reclaim Some Of The Disk Space Which Windows Stole Aninnymous

@Nichols

Perhaps the easiest way is to follow the Disk Cleanup executable instructions given at the Win 7 link below. You should not need to download anything for Win 8 but it may look a little different.

There are plenty of pictures at the link - just look for the "Windows Update Cleanup" choice and click that (and any others) if it shows a big amount will cleanup.

Apparently Win 8 may perform this cleanup automatically if it is setup properly but I am unclear about that--read thru really fast.

BTW, I was mistaken. The cleanup happens during the needed reboot process following running the Disk Cleanup, not after 30 days. So reboot to recover the space immediately.

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