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Fancy A New Windows Start Menu For Free? 4 years 6 months ago texastechy

Had to install start menu 8 just to be sure. Didn't realize there was a paid version and a free version. But Classic Shell, as per prior comments is far better and faster.

An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 5 years 9 months ago TexasVet

Many thanks and great successes in the new year to techsupportalert/ Gizmo/Midnight Cowboy and all the software reviewers that enable the rest of us to remain safe and secure on our various platforms. The free stuff is a very nice addition also. :-_))

The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 5 years 5 months ago TexasVet

Great looking site upgrade. Seems common sensical enough for me. Thanks.
With so much software available it's easier to pick the platform and OS for a solution than wading through all the stuff that is N/A in a particular solution category..

F.Lux Gets A Big Update And It's Still My Favourite 3 years 1 month ago TexasVet

I love f.lux and thank techsupportalert for bringing it to my attention. I went to the site for the update and it doesn't download anywhere on my pc. tried it twice and NOPE. I'm still on v 3.10
I will try again later...

2AM next day... NADA nothing happens. I used 'everything' to find all flux files, only 3.10 exists.

A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 6 months ago TexasVet

Been a long run rob. Appreciate all the goodies you found for us. Peace, Prosperity and Health to you.

Gizmo's is Saved! A Hearty Thanks to all who Donated 2 years 2 months ago TexasVet

I agree about Patreon. Many, many youtube folks have moved due to questionable policy adjustments. I, like the mentioned pensioner, am on a fixed income so regular commitment could sometimes be difficult. (how's that for bad grammar)

Prevent Microsoft from Installing Edge Chromium on Windows 10 9 months 3 hours ago TexasVet

Hey folks, thanks for all you do. I am running Windows 10 1803. I downloaded the toolkit to a new folder, ran the exe as admin, opened an admin cmd prompt, entered the .cmd string with /b at the end.
I got this response EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
I can't tell I did anything wrong or out of sequence so...

I don't use MS Edge so it doesn't really matter. Firefox is current browser.

Prevent Microsoft from Installing Edge Chromium on Windows 10 8 months 3 weeks ago TexasVet

Thanks for that rhiannon, The key not being in the registry to start with was one point I didn't consider, go figure. Microsoft is Microsoft eh, who knew?

Stuck at home? This list can make being inside easier 6 months 2 days ago TexasVet

Going above and beyond, now that's tech support. Good on ya Gizmo and team.

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 2 years 3 months ago TexasVet

Thanks for all the years of great service to our community. With this request for help I looked back and found that 3 years ago was my last monetary support, so it's about time eh? Tech Support is ALWAYS my first goto for PC/Windows/Software help. Always. Keystroke (march) on!

Thank You for Donating 4 years 11 months ago TexasVet

Thanks to Midnight Cowboy and the Herd for all the time and hard work spent providing the best PC software info found anywhere. Worth every penny, even when I donate, and it's cheap too.
May Gizmo's future be bright.

Thank You for Donating 2 years 3 months ago TexasVet

Done and Done. Thank You comment on other page. Thanks again Gizmo.

Mozilla Firefox 2 years 2 months ago TexasVet

Hey folks, I have resisted the change to FireFox or Google browsers since I started with windows 98SE, so a long time. The reason is I never fully trusted myself to delve into areas that were too techie for me.
Now I am on Windows 10 and IE 11 and Yahoo mail tells me it will no longer support IE11 as of July 31 2018 and that I should switch to FF or Ggle, So, my question is twofold The discussion by gizmo.richards on FF ( doesn't say anything about IE11 or Microsoft Edge in relation to FF use, so should it and 2. Can I install FF for Yahoo and use M Edge or IE11 alternately.
I just am not confident enough to run 3 browsers but am also concerned about the learning curve for an entirely new browser.

Mozilla Firefox 2 years 2 months ago TexasVet

Thank you

Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 4 years 2 weeks ago tgallag

Maybe a dumb question but if I want to modify so it syncs one way (local to cloud) which way do I have to set the arrow? The choices are "Sync from right to left" and "Sync from left to right." It is not clear to me which is which and the on-line help documentation was no help.

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 years 7 months ago tgellert

Why is Todo backup not on this list? It has more features in their free version than most of these ones listed here. The latest is version 8.0 now and I highly recommend it.

Freak Attack: Patch Is On The Way 5 years 6 months ago tgellert

Thanks for the update....I was worried about your computer...

Free And Easy Online File Conversions 4 years 6 months ago tgellert

There is a HUGE risk of someone getting your personal info when using a FREE online converter - of any type - for any type of conversion. When you upload your file(s) the server at the opposite end now has your file! I find it crazy to use such services. I know of 2 people that wanted to convert their tax return (PDF format) converted to some other format and had their identity stolen - 2 separate people. You have been warned.

DriveImage XML 1 month 2 weeks ago tgellert

This program was cool years ago when there were not so many choices. These days the free versions of Easeus TODO backup, Macrium Reflect Free or even Mini Tool Shadow Maker Free are way better options for WIndows 10.

Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 2 weeks ago thaff59

Ok people....I got it figured out for this problem with windows 8 and the safe mode thing. Do exactly what it tells you above. Enter this command: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy. Restart then boot up again. Then shut down or restart. Upon that process hold down not just the F8 key, but the windows key and the F8 key at the same time. I think they failed to mention that above. Holding the F8 key alone won't work. I just hold both key's down at the same time and don't release until the screen pop's up. Let me know how you make out. Remember to make note of of the ms dos commands just incase you want to reverse it. Always make notes. Can't stress that enough! Good Luck........Todd

Play Transport Tycoon Deluxe on Your Windows PC 7 years 4 months ago thamessitter

DO NOT under any circumstances download Simutrains, it is full of Maleware, took me a long time to get rid of it. You've been warned. This gave my computer the worst infection I've even known. If anyone has experienced or Babylon, which are all Maleware and therefore very dangerous, you have had nothing until you have got, it has all of them wrapped up together so leave Simutrains alone, and it's no way as good as Transport tycoon anyway.

Watch Youtube Without The Ads, Comments, Suggestions, Etc 6 years 7 months ago thaneshpr

If you are using Chrome, I highly recommend the extension: Youtube Options.

It gives you a detailed option so you can decide specifically which part(s) of Youtube you like to see and which parts to hide.

What's even better is that the setting will be imposed automatically for any youtube video you come across, you don't have to copy/paste links to a different website.

Best Free Email Software 6 years 8 months ago The BlackRat

M2 (Opera) is also the best choice for me. Although I found that the integration within the browser was great (I am sad that they do not give the option to keep it inside Opera Browser). The new version has a lack of customisation features that were available when it was part of the browser.
But it is extremely fast and perfect for me.

12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 5 years 9 months ago The Entity

For those with some tech knowledge you can't beat StackOverflow. You have to register to post or comment but there's help on nearly any aspect of coding, often too much. It's easy to get overwhelmed with info unless you really narrow down your search.

Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 years 10 months ago The Entity

Novabench Score: 2040
Tested on Nov 19, 2017

Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake
Asrock Z270 Gaming K6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
SB Audigy 5 FX version
2 Syba 4-port SATA cards
1 x Asus DVDRW
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional Creator's Update

CPU Score 672
Clocked 4371

RAM Score 307 (16GB DDR4 3200)

GPU Score 1225

Disk Score 68
Write Speed: 526 MB/s
Read Speed: 469 MB/s
This must be an average; the scores for the M2 in benchmark (before adding the other 10 drives) at build time were about 4x this for write and about double for read

Home built
I ran this as in normal use with several browsers open, Music DVD playing,
2 x 27" monitors 1080P and 1 at 4K
boot drive PCIE M2 NVM +3 SSD + 7 spinner HD.
Will try later with minimal or maybe safe mode if it runs under that and compare.
The board & CPU are brand new (replaced Z170/I5-6600 Skylake that died last week).
The rest were from older builds swapped in previously to the Z170 build .
There are a few bugs to swat yet; this build is only 3 days old.
Haven't plugged in the Oculous yet, I'm having some USB issues still;
my reaction on the Z170 build was "meh..." VR needs work yet, esp. more games, but it worked OK

Access This Radio And Scan The Airwaves From Your PC! 6 years 5 months ago The Flying Irish

As a former Ham Radio, and unfortunately out of the airwaves for more than 20 years, I fell almost speechless at your Hot Tip. It is simply fantastic ! Terrific, actually !! I thank you dearly for this tip.

Best Free FTP Client 7 years 6 months ago The Gene Thanks for the response, I will certainly have a good look at the claim you make of it not being able to connect to a normal FTP client, and definitely report back on this..... I am also currently testing FTPRush, anf will add my review on that soon as well. view
Best Free Notes Organizer 4 months 2 days ago The Saint

Very interesting article.
I used Evernote but which over time became too complicated and limited in free version, then I switched to Simplenote which is very simple as the name suggests. The problem is that he sometimes loses information ... I also had corrupted files.
So I'm looking for new solutions. I am currently testing TreeNoote ( It’s pretty cool !
Full-text Search, Password Protection, Rich Text Editor...

Get the classic Windows 7 and 8 Calculator in Windows 10 1 year 11 months ago the.boffin

I still use a calculator program that doesn't include brackets because it works in RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) in the same way that early Hewlett Packard hand-held calculators worked, back in the 1970s. If you got used to using RPN (not everyone did), it was much more consistent than other manufacturer's systems with brackets.

Best Free DVD Ripper 2 years 11 months ago theelostone

This should probably be updated. DVDfab used to be great for ripping but now they're getting all big brother phone home. You have to create an account to even use the free version. So I assume it's sending usage data back home. What are they doing with that? Hard to say. Government might want that info too if the political climate changes on the topic of ripping movies. I came here hoping to find a replacement for DVDFab. I like Handbrake for encoding (I used to rip several with DVDFab then queue them all up to run overnight in Handbrake). Finding a good ripper that can handle copy protection is proving problematic.

Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 6 years 7 months ago theelostone

I think Cloudfogger is dead. Their blog and twitter haven't seen a new post since 2012. Would love to see an updated version of this article re-reviewing the programs that are still active and listing any new contenders. I'm guessing much has changed. Boxcryptor now wants a yearly subscription from you to get the same functionality that used to be free, etc.

Best Free PDF Writer Software 2 years 11 months ago theEmperor

An aspect worth commenting on is the UnInstall process should you decide this is not the piece of software for you. On this aspect, do NOT try doPDF - it installs services and registry entries that are NOT removed when you uninstall the product. It basically leaves all of its files, registry entries as well as the novaPDF Service on your PC. which you will need to manually try to find and delete if you want the software removed from your PC.

A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 6 years 8 months ago TheHubster

I tried this and it seemed to indicate that two out of the three exe files had a Trojan. Scanned the files with three different AV scanners all which showed no trojans present. Not too sure about this.

A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 6 years 8 months ago TheHubster

Hi. When the files scanned with PeStudio, the Virus Totals showed trojans, AdWare.Win32.Popupguide!O and PAK_Generic.001. There is no help file with this, so I took it to be that it reports a trojan/virus if it finds one. If I'm wrong I stand corrected.

Convert To or From PDF Quickly And Online 3 years 7 months ago TheHubster

I use desktop app from called PDFill. Installs as a 30mb file so not a big footprint and it has just been updated to version 13. Would not be without it.

Free Software For The Aspiring Novelist 3 years 2 months ago TheHubster

Avast Antivirus, and Windows Defender both say the exe file is malicious. Will not let me install

Free Software For The Aspiring Novelist 3 years 2 months ago TheHubster

Hi. They were not both running at same time.Avast picked it up first, then I turned off Avast and turned Defender on. Not had any problems before this.
Update 16:25 - I have installed yWriter version 5 without issue, but 6 is still blocked by Avast

Handy Reference Cards If You Use MS Office 2016 2 years 11 months ago TheHubster

Or, you could just go to the CustomGuide website and download all the ones you need without disclosing any info. Click on Quick References and scroll down past the sign-up form to find all the guides that are available.

BurnAware Free 3 years 6 months ago TheHubster

Installed Chromium and an 'Anti-Malware' suite without asking. No longer using.

Another Way To Keep Tabs On Your LAN 5 years 6 months ago TheIntersect

Now it would be great if either of these 2 programs would show real-time and/or average bandwidth usage! I often am wondering what device is hogging the internet.

My New Favourite Network-Fiddling Tool 5 years 6 months ago 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.

An Update For Every Techie's Favourite Tool 3 years 10 months ago TheIntersect

That's great that it's been updated, but this article would be stronger if it identified even just 1 of the "new features."

As it is, this article just tells current users what we already know--I came here hoping to find out what was new.

Love the program, and typically I appreciate these articles, but this one is not particularly helpful yet.

Handy Reference Cards If You Use MS Office 2016 2 years 11 months ago TheIntersect

I would not say these were "free" because you have to give a lot of personal information to get access to the downloads. Strange that the article does not mention that. You have to give your *work* email and then on the next screen you have to give detailed information about your *work*, such as your name, address, position, job level, address, etc., etc., etc. Too "costly" for me!

How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 5 years 10 months ago Thekl0wn

You can recover your Windows 8 key from the BIOS by following the directions on this page. I used RWEverything mentioned in the article.

Best Free Photo Slideshow Software 4 years 8 months ago thelovejoy

thanks for your input here. I have to create an 'entertaining' slideshow once a year to show off a recent competition at our awards banquet. I've used the 3D -album to create special effects and transitions and awesome intros, brought it into another program and added music and trimmed everything up to have it sync.... what I'm looking for is another program that will do similar to what 3D album does as it doesn't seem to work so well after all the computer upgrades.... suggestions?

This Tree-Based Personal Information Manager Looks Superb 6 years 7 months ago theMezz

Does free version save images and color text (html)?

Make Your Google Drive Or FTP Site Work Like Any Windows Drive 5 years 9 months ago theMezz

Does NetDrive support SFTP?
CyberDuck does

Thank You for Donating 6 years 8 months ago TheNess

Glad to send a little help to a great site that's helped me a lot. Diolch from Cymru.

User-Friendly Bandwidth Detective Gets A Welcome Update 5 years 10 months ago theotang

Works on Windows 7 or newer (no Vista, XP, etc)
Does not support Windows server edition but some users in the forums have hacked it in.

How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 4 years 3 months ago These Old Eyes

Will someone at MS please notice that the population is aging, in many cases (like mine) with diminishing ability for eyes to adjust to radically different light levels? I'd like to see a third party develop an appropriately intrusive "app" (shudder) to restore user control over background colors in Window 10, preferably within the next month!

Essential PIM Gets An Update 2 years 10 months ago Thetan207

The only way I found to download the free version was via Cnet, whom I don't trust.

Sweet Home 3D 4 years 3 months ago Thetan207

Very nice program. Thanks for the article!

KeePass 2 years 6 months ago Thetan207

I would like to use a password manager that allows me to create my own fields. "Free Password Manager" from Soft-o ( seems to have what I'm looking for. Has anyone used or evaluated this program? I would feel safer about loading my private data into it if I knew it was open source. Otherwise, how do I know the publisher isn't accessing my data through a hidden upload process running in the background. Am I paranoid? Should I be? :)

Are You Impressed with Google Assistant in Allo? 4 years 6 days ago theunsfvo

Beats WhatsApp hands down, much more feature rich and handy to use in everyday live and while conversing with others WITHOUT leaving you chat screen...

Now it is just a matter of getting all you contacts to start using Allo so you can ditch the old school apps out there.

Google Removes 'View Image' Button from Google Image Search (and what you can do about it) 2 years 7 months ago theunsfvo

This is actually better without the button because now the high resolution image is actually on the search page, you don't have to always open a new tab for the high res version of the image, it is right in the search and you can just right click and save...

Google Removes 'View Image' Button from Google Image Search (and what you can do about it) 2 years 7 months ago theunsfvo

it is still there mikey... just click on the Tool button below the search bar and then on the next line, the first option is Size that you can choose from...

Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 4 years 4 months ago thewillies99

I need a photo organizer that doesn't scan my entire computer. I need it to scan specific folders that I designate and then let me organize those folders within the program. Anyone aware of free organizers that will do this? I do not want to use Picasa.

Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 4 months ago Theziggy

Re Avast antivirus

I installed this and it said that my txt app - Handcent was not compatible. I use Handcent a lot more than I scan for viruses so until Avast plays nicely with Handcent I'll make do with a competitor


Best Free Antivirus App for Android 7 years 4 months ago Theziggy

Thanks IO.Hazard

That makes sense. Thanks for the info.

Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 7 years 2 months ago The_Blode

Most of the information here hasn't been updated in 2 years (since I originally wrote the article). Use caution and judgement when choosing your program as the services may well have changed over those 2 years too. If the mods need any ideas on how to revamp this article, drop me a line.


Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 7 months ago The_Blode

I wrote this article 5 years ago and it's not changed all that much since it was written back when I was in University. It definitely needs a refresh. I'm willing to take this article on again if given the opportunity.

Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 7 months ago The_Blode Thanks MC nice to be back. :) @Everyone reading this article...expect a refresh of the current article with the tools I use myself for anonymity these days and expect me to go into some mobile anonymity choices which weren't necessarily popular when I first started this article. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 6 months ago The_Blode Good shout. I will update this article accordingly. Thank you. view
Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services 5 years 23 hours ago The_Blode

Nope...I meant 3MB. :)

Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 4 months ago Third Eye


Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 4 months ago Third Eye

Actually I am also very much eager to use Bitdefender Free Antivirus on my computer.
The only thing keeping me away from using this antivirus is that I will have to uninstall my existing antivirus which I do not want to do.
I am proud to tell everyone that traditionally I have been a long term user of Bitdefender free antivirus (during its previous years). I dropped it because of compatibility issues with windows 10. But now the picture has changed. In those days I felt sad that no one seemed to recognise such a great antivirus. It was highly underrated But hopefully now the things are turning in its favour.

Download its free antivirus which works on autopilot along with its small anti-ransomware software and you are good to go. As a matter of fact it provides most power protection against phishing also by directly scanning all http traffic. And all this for a free product where paid ones fail to match even the inbuilt protection of most popular browsers. Its zero day protection is also best in class.

Also it is worth mentioning that 360 total security lies at the opposite pole when compared to Bitdefender free antivirus. How............................

1.) 360 Total Security requires lots and lots of user input due to highly aggressive heuristics ( with all its features it is certainly a tool for experts ) while Bitdefender free antivirus uses highly advance detection techniques like "B-HAVE" (more on it later) and works without much user input.

360 TOTAL SECURITY IS FREE..........................MY DEAR BECAUSE YOU ARE A PRODUCT NOW. QIHOO IS AN ADVERTISING COMPANY LIKE GOOGLE. But worry not............Qihoo really cares for your privacy and you can trust it.

Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 4 months ago Third Eye

Try to add thunderbird to exclusion list.

Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 4 months ago Third Eye



Qihoo must have poured millions of dollars in developing this product but it is quite BAD.
1.) Poor Realtime Protection
2.) Poor phishing Detection
3.) Performance Impact
4.) Too much advertisements and Privacy issues
5.) Extra tools are overemphasized and underpowered
6.) Intrusive and interface layout stressing non-essentials.
7.) Too many false positives by 360 Cloud Engine
8.) Poor Documentation

I know that its protection can be improves by enabling those 3rd party Bitdefender and Avira engines, but tests shoes in spite of that protection is not remarkable and performance impact goes very high.

Lots of negatives, like those Extra tools when seen from view point of a PC professional are bloatware and not absolutely essential.


1.) Have a crystal clear privacy policy
2.) Just use Bitdefender Engine by default and ditch 360 cloud engine forever.
3.) Non-intrusive and quality advertisements
4.) Improve real-time protection, program should immediately react to the presence of malware without executing them.
5.) Improve Phishing protection.
6.) Remove nonessential tools and do not emphasize them, like frequent cache cleaning and aggressive startup management.

Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 4 months ago Third Eye

This article is outdated. 360 Total Security is the worst Antivirus.
I wrote a long comment discussing the same which was removed by the editor. I think they are paid by Qihoo.

Free Commercial-Grade Antivirus For Your New PC 3 years 9 months ago Third Eye

I have previously used Sophos Home Antivirus on my Windows 10 laptop. It is a kind of set and forget security solution. Yes it is good. I will give it 7.5 out of 10. It is indeed ideal for home users and specially for parents who want to give their children a safe and decent online experience.

1.) Best in class web protection with lots of configuration.
2.) Good PUP detection (Thats what many say)
3.) Web dashboard with intuitive controls.
4.) Simple to install and use. But first create a account.

1.) 280 to 300 MB idle RAM usage ( Yes you read it correct).
It has many components including its web shield or call it a web inspector.
2.) Could have provided some local controls as well.
3.) Using it some users experience slight system slowdowns and also slightly sluggish web browsing.

I believe if you can deal with some false positives which become unavoidable for a stronger proactive defense and excellent zero day protection then Qihoo 360 total security is a better choice.

Hey friends please share your thoughts in the comment section. I would like to know. What does your experience says?

Try This Amazing Online Pronunciation Guide 3 years 5 months ago Third Eye

Thanks Rob.... Thank a lot.

You Have 5 Days To Get This $59.95 Software For Free 3 years 5 months ago Third Eye

Is there any limit on the version being given away?

1. The version activated by Giveaway License works the same as the one being sold, which becomes a "free DVD ripper". But it won't let you update.

2. Only when you purchase the Full Version can you enjoy lifetime free upgrade and take advantage of all new features and enhanced functions.

Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 10 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Hiya mike I read your thread with interest.

Just to let you know I also have Panda Cloud AV Free Edition, and nothing like you have described is happening to me, Its still behaving as its suppose to.

Have you thought of downloading the latest version to your desktop, Then removing your current version completely, and then of course install the latest version.

I say this as....surely if these problems that you are having where universal then it should be affecting everyone including me.

Anyway good luck, and please note I have provided FEEDBACK and not CRITICISM, and I hope you take it in the spirit in which it was meant.

( I also have WinPatrol AND I prefer Scotty as a round icon on the task-bar not the square lol )

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 10 months ago Thomas J Thomas

I did a complete system image copy with Macrium Reflect Free Edition of my W7 laptop about 18 months ago,

I tend to do a complete fresh install every 18 months or so. This week I wanted to do a complete factory restore of my laptop, But alas somehow my manufacturers recovery partition (Press F 11 and select restore to factory) has become corrupted.

Never mind I said, I got the option now to go down the Macrium Reflect route, I put in the 18 month previously created rescue disc and..........NOTHING.....ERROR MESSAGE DISC WONT LOAD.

The BKU files(BKU = Back Up)are safe and stored and I believe correctly copied on my external HDD, but I have no way of installing this snapshot out of the box 18 month ago clean fresh BKU including all partitions at the time.

Don't worry I am not asking for help, I have contacted my manufacturer, and they are going to post out some Factory Restore W7 Rescue Discs. (Basically what the recovery participation would of done).

The moral of the story....... if the rescue disc does not work when you want to restore a image then you are in big TROUBLE.

Irony of all Irony while I am waiting for the postman/postwoman I decided to experiment with other programs, The in-built W7 Create a system image and create a rescue disc..... WORKS

Paragon Backup & Recovery 2013 Free Create a rescue disc.....WORKS

PLEASE NOTE...In my tests I didn't actually restore anything and by...WORKS...I mean the Rescue Discs I created are recognised when I try to boot from the discs, and on both occasions when I removed my HDD (Imagine If I Am Installing A Copy To A New Drive) I can follow the instructions up to..........which image would you like to restore.

I get none of this with Macrium Reflect........Including after also RECENTLY burning a new rescue disc......with both options offered Linux and Windows PE 3.1

That's My Experience.....

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 10 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Hiya Scoop...Thank you very much for your reply,

I read it with great interest and I am somewhat amazed that the failing disc syndrome seems to be common with Macrium. But still, I have come to the conclusion that my big mistake was not testing and going thru the rescue disc process immediately at the creation time.

I myself am new to drive imaging. I have been Backing Up (BKU) my data with the excellent SyncBack Freeware for years now and with absolutely no problems, including restoring.

I got into drive imaging research after Laptop/Desktop manufacturers started, to stop selling their machines with a installation disc, and the new machines had the OS pre-installed on the machine inc the recovery section.

As a old school man who is

1]...use to upgrading the pre installed HDD capacity.

( My 1st XP Laptop had a 60 GB HDD.....Imagine that lol...the task was simple back then because of the XP installation disc )

2]...Also being a fan of a complete re-install every now and then.


I knew I had to up my game and find out what the modern way was now.

I soon researched and got into disk drive imaging, I like the idea and I know the theory behind the idea, and as of now I will certainly do what you do....TEST TEST TEST....and then TEST AGAIN

So I thank you for that, the thing that upset me with Macrium Reflect is when you create a rescue disc it says task completed successfully......but still that's no excuse I should have tested and checked.

Scoop when the postman/postwoman comes and I get everything to how I like it...In this household I will be creating system images for future re-installs & future HDD capacity upgrades, and of course any serious virus infestation.....

But I will do exactly as you did from start to finish with your spare drives and I aim to perfect it, the only thing is.....

I will be doing it with the in-built W7 system image feature and/or offense Macrium but you had your chance

Thanks again Scoop.

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 10 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Thank you very much for your comment Movrshakr

I 100% agree with you.

At the very least creating a rescue disc from the linux option should work.

The way I understand it after you checked the Bios and told your computer to boot from DVD/CD Disc Drive first, hard drive second etc. etc

The disc is then suppose to tell the computer.....boot from this disc ignore any operating systems and follow the instructions on this disc please computer.

But after many many retry’s even thou Macrium says disc burned successfully I still get nothing while trying to boot off it.

I too believe this is UNACCEPTABLE.

However there is a update please see my reply to Remah directly below this one.

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 10 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Thank you very much for all your comments Remah.

I have read them all, but this is honestly my first chance to respond to you.

I can see you are making great efforts to help and identify any possible problems, and its obvious you believe in Macrium Reflect. I 100% admire you for this.

I had/have given up on Macrium Reflect, but because of you & Scoop's belief in the product I did decide to give your "Create ISO image file" a go.

After burning and trying to boot from that disc..........

In W7 Machine I get ......> ISOLINUX 3.07 2005-01-12 copyright 1994-2005 H. Peter Anvin <......
then a flashing "-" But then of course nothing happens.

In XP Machine....Now prepare yourself for a shock..........

I get a black screen then "Files Loading" then a "Green Macrium Reflect Background Screen", then
"Welcome To The Image Restore Wizard".

My conclusion since the rescue disc is NOT suppose to be operating system dependent,is that there's something about my W7 machine that Macrium Reflect doesnt like,..... Bios, Motherboard, Whatever. ( I haven't experimented on a machine with no HDD or empty HDD yet. )

Anyway since W7 is my principal machine I am done with Macrium. I will report later in the new year how the in-bulit W7 create system image/disc way gets on with me, as well as the separate Pargon way.

I can confirm the iso image way seems to work in actually creating the disc, but my W7 machine doesnt like that disc. It was a pleasure to actually see the Restore Wizard Page...albeit in XP.....I wasn't seeing it on any machine before.

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 10 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Hiya Scoop I hope you are still following this post.(Smile)

Just to let you know, the postman arrived, I put Manufacturers Rescue Disc's in and WHAM my computer is back to day 1 out of the box clean install....Success

All I have to do now is when, my computer is set to how I like it, and all those windows updates and system files are created, and my chosen software installed. And when I know its 100% safe & secure.

Then I need to create a new system image, but I think we all know its not going be with

I'll post here in the new year how the in-bulit W7 create system image/disc gets on with me.

(Note New Comments Are Also Above Since We Last Corresponded)

Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 10 months ago Thomas J Thomas

I Use Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware, for On demand scanning and for "Live" protection yes I use SpywareBlastor as well as Spybot in conjunction with Spyware Terminator.

So I think you can see I defiantly enjoyed the article.......However

I was just wondering if there are any reasons why Spyware Terminator was not mentioned.

Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 10 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Wow......well that is certainly an answer.....MC!

If you was to see my computer all departments you would see a definite pattern of software that is also listed in the relevant sections of Gizmo. Some were a coincidence, as in I had them already or knew about them, and some were defiantly installed after me researching in depth.......including here at the excellent Gizmo Freeware site.

All thou not all my choices are number one at Gizmo, they are at the very least mentioned.This is why I was curious about Spyware Terminator and Gizmo. At the very least I thought our brains where in sync lol.

I shall now do some more research concerning Spyware Terminator, and look for a possible alternative if need be.

I tend to keep my Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware packages separate, but now during some planned research as mentioned above, I shall look into suites as well. Not complete suites such as firewall inclusive, just Anti Virus & Anti Spyware inclusive.

Thanks for you reply and explanation Midnight Cowboy....I believe Gizmo & My computer are now back in sync lol

Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 5 years 2 months ago thomasackley

In the review of one-click maintenance programs you gave only got 2 suggested programs (and a blurb on CCleaner saying it doesn't really fit in this category)? What about Baidu PC Faster, IOBit Advanced System Care and good old BlueSprig, Inc. JetClean? These are all freeware, Baidu and JetClean are quite zippy and Advanced System Care is simple, takes a while to complete, but is thorough. I'm sure there must be others. Guys, not to be snarky, but even if you don't like the others, you might put a quick mention of them in your article and a quick summary of your conclusions about them. Really, only 2 ...?

Best Free Media Center Software 6 years 7 months ago thomash63

I downloaded XBMC this past Saturday and everything worked fine with no problem. However, it crashed the next morning and when I tried to restart it, I completely lost the sound in it. There's nothing wrong with my sound at all on my iMac Mavericks OS X 10.9.1 and I downloaded XBMC 12.3 which is the latest version. I checked very carefully not once, not twice, but many times all the audio configurations and specifications but still no luck with the sound and audio. I might also add that I accidentally turned on some video screen that shows all the data while playing videos and I can't remember how to turn it off. Can you tell me how to fix the audio/sound plus the video data turn off? I tried leaving a question on but there's no way in doing so.


Best Free Media Center Software 6 years 7 months ago thomash63

I'm registered with x b m c . o r g and it says to click on the top or bottom where it says to start a new topic. However, there's no such thing at all on the website which makes it very frustrating as heck. Do you have any other suggestions to try with the sound with XBMC? I sure would appreciate it.


Best Free Media Player 7 years 6 months ago Thor

Just a general comment, I am really pleased with the new version of smplayer.
Also, check out Zoom Player

What to do when giving away an old computer 4 years 10 months ago Thored

Just for reference, users haven't been able to LLF a disk since the late 80's/early 90's.

Tracks, and sectors in modern disk drives are laid down on the platters using a servowriter and then the platters are installed on the spindle in a hard disk.

Get A Disposable, Secure Email Address On Demand. For Free. 6 years 5 months ago THouston

for one shot mail i use

and for something a bit more long term i use

Thank You for Donating 2 years 3 months ago THouston

love what you do, we made a donation.
hope it helps.
however, ad blocker stays on.

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I use Legacy but when using the Individual report Legacy is not consistent with the numbering system. For example I use the d'Aboville numbering. When printing Individual reports for a random person, Legacy allocates number 1 against that individual and not the relevant d'Aboville number. Any suggestions? Is there a program out there that overcomes this?

CCleaner 4 years 2 months ago thubleau

Do you guys actually test this stuff?
CCleaner browser cleaner is not free it requires you to buy the pro version to activate this feature.End of story

How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 7 years 1 week ago thundersnake

Hello there,
I downloaded Comodo like it was asked in the steps, unzipped it & then opened the file called "CCE".
As soon as it starts to download the updates, the windows suddenly freezes and the computer crashes then restarts, already checked it twice.

I don't know what to do in this case, please help.

Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 2 months ago TiagoDM

Please consider Qihoo 360 internet security:

Very well reviews product in

Thanks for doing this.


Find Any Word, In Any File, On Your PC. Fast. 3 years 1 month ago TiagoDM

what about everything? this can really help you find everything in your computer. Indexes are built by the software using custom setttings. Very fast and accurate.

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no conflict at all! i use ghostery, ublock origin, https everywhere and disconnect all togeather. No conflicts.

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How does this compare with Jarte? It seems very similar.

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Now that we've sorted out that there is an absolutely free version of the program, let's look at it:

x32, not x64: So what? It takes two fractions of a second instead of one?

maximum 100 tasks, 100 actions per task, 100 tasks running simultaneously: sounds like a lot to me.

backs up on fixed weekly schedule, not whenever you want it to: ought to be good enough.

puts free edition footer on e-mails it generates: I'm proud to be known as a skinflint.

I use System Scheduler a lot and won't stop, but this program is interesting because of the variety of triggers it accepts.

Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 3 years 9 months ago Tiesenhausen

What would be useful is a careful comparison of LibreOffice, Open Office (which I use, when WordPerfect is not applicable) and now, it seems, FreeOffice.

Why do we need three free emulators of Microsoft Word?

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As for using multiple browsers, is it possible to create a Windows shortcut or another single-click link that will open a specific website always with a specified browser? So that, for example, one might have a default browser, but a link to open a specified website with another browser? And maybe even another link to open another website with a third browser?

How Windows 64-bit Supports 32-bit Applications 2 years 7 months ago Tilak

How do i run Foxprow 2.6 that works fine on all 32bit windows on 64bit windows?
Not very happy with Dual boot OS and Virtual pc (vmware). Is there a simpler way out?
Pls assist. Thanks

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Okay, I'm here to offer a minimalistic view on low end android devices, Opera Mobile is great on low end devices too, UC browser mini,is outstanding when it comes to data saving , however at the cost of page functionality. its also note worth that Opera mini gets u were u want to be..
maxathon is good, doesn't work well with a 2G connection, last time i checked,was far surpassed by dolphin mini..
dolphin vs opera mobile...
dolphin is solid and is reliable, however on a low end device ... becomes slow with more than one tab open..
opera mobile is a safer solution , and 'feels' much ,much more robust, u may need to manage your cache more often than with dolphin for a better experience thought...