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FILE UTILITIES


TaskTracker
(WordWise Solutions)
 

Far-reaching. I love this app; it's so useful because it saves me lots of time! TaskTracker is one of those utilities that will save you loads of time depending on how you work. That's because TaskTracker is "answer" software; that is, it answers questions like where did I put that, what files did I just open this morning, when did I last access this folder or file, and what is my file history. I have over 400,000 files on my D:\ drive, and I'm a guy who needs help. Over 200,000 of those files are photos, but almost 180,000 are documents in various formats. When you swim in a document ocean that large every day, TaskTracker becomes a lifeline. In some ways, Google's Gmail is a variant of this idea based on linking email via keywords, filters, and content rather than strict hierarchical tree structures. TaskTracker lets you see, use, corral, and find files in myriad ways, all your own choosing. Most of us work on projects throughout the day. TaskTracker's Virtual Folders provides a convenient way to aggregate files. Anything you can do with files, you can do through TaskTracker — open, delete, rename, move, copy, drag-n-drop, hide, filter, and so on. Best of all, TaskTracker pays attention to the small things. For example, when building links inside a document, TaskTracker lets me quickly copy the document's path, even includes a keyboard shortcut to make it faster. And if you're curious to many other things that TaskTracker can do, see the Did you know? section on the Wordwise website. TaskTracker is light on memory consumption and at $25, a steal. But Wordwise will cut you a break if you're retired, a student, or unemployed. Give it a trial run and see if your day doesn't get easier!

 

FileLocator Pro (MythicSoft)
 

Requisite. WindowsXP users soon realize that the OS's search function has been changed to include only registered file types. That's why you can't find those old WordStar files any more. According to Microsoft, this change is meant to improve performance. To me, it makes the search function useless. There is a Registry fix that makes Win XP look at all the files, the way Windows 2000 and Windows 98 do. But why bother, when you can buy a tool that is much more powerful and versatile, such as FileLocator Pro? I often use it often to find a corrupt file or an oddly-named photo. The preview window is very important when you're looking for lost files, and WinXP search without a window can be agonizing. My advice: Get FileLocator Pro. This product is a gem. Highly recommended.

 

Advanced Find and Replace (Abacre)
 

Masterful. Advanced Find and Replace lets you perform text searches on your local computer as if you were using an Internet search engine, but with exact accuracy. Advanced Find and Replace features support for real expressions and operators that allows you to specify phrases, words to insist on, and words to ignore. You can easily apply file specification and date and size filters to speed up the search. The program also allows you to replace simple or multi-line strings. Specify your search-and-replace strings, then choose the action you'd like to take. You can delete the search string, insert text before or after it, or simply replace it. You can apply changes to large groups of files at a time, and use optional confirmation if you need to be more selective. Naturally, Advanced Find and Replace is an incredible tool for web administrators. When used to make numerous changes to many .asp pages on intranet sites, for example, it saves many hours of tedious, repetitive, task-intensive work. Registration is well worth it.

 

File List Generator (Piyo) Freeware
 

Rich. A great little utility that collects information about files and sub-folders for a selected directory or drive and generates a log. Plenty of options for customizing the results such as path, file name, folder name, extensions, file size, and save date. On top of that, the results can be sorted or not, determine the units to use for file size (None, Bytes, Kb, Mb, Gb), and specify a delimiter which comes in handy if you want to import the results into a spreadsheet. At the end of the file, it lists the number of files, folders, and the sum of the file sizes. This utility is helpful for comparing folder between work and home computers when asking the question: "Where is that file — here or there?" Its freeware and simply wonderful.
 

PrintFolders (Stratopoint Software)
 

Meticulous. Roman & Andrey Pivovarov head Stratopoint Software and are widely admired for their clean programming. PrintFolders is yet another example of their work that provides an easy way to print contents of folders into a text or HTML file. It is a simple and easy-to-use utility which helps you to catalog masses of files instantly. I can think of several, serious time-saving reasons why you need an app like PrintFolders. I use it to distinguish what I have already archived on CD to what's left on my HD, along with synchronizing files between office and home computers. In less than a second I can see which file is the most recent copy. It can certainly be used to catalog ever-growing lists of MP3 and digital photo files. PrintFolders has a simple and intuitive interface and a number of options allowing the user to configure the look of output files. You can filter files to be included into the list, set whether to include file names, file extensions, full paths or not, set deepest subfolder level, and much more. I often sort by size to see what files are taking up the most space. PrintFolders can be integrated into the Windows Shell context menu for instant access. Best of all, PrintFolders' output files are very clean and easy to read. If you like PrintFolders, you'll love the rest of Stratopoint's software line.

 

Beyond Compare (Scooter Software)
 

Powerful. Beyond Compare is a utility for comparing things. Things like text files, folders, zip archives, and FTP sites. Use it to manage source code, keep folders in sync, compare program output, and validate CD copies. With a great interface, this file compare utility can do everything you need it to, and more. Easy to use and allows the user to adjust among three different levels of complexity for comparing, viewing, and managing files, folders, and their contents. A must-have file utility with today's hard drives.

Flash Renamer (RLVision)
 

Refined. The first thing you notice about Flash Renamer is its speed — it is the fastest renamer on the market today. It took less than two seconds to rename over 9,000 files on my system! Moreover, what makes Flash Renamer simply great software is that it works without flaw and gets the job done the way you intend, even over a network. If you prefer a polished user interface and well-written Help File, buy Flash Renamer. It has one of the few Help Files that is so good it not only demystifies the program's deepest functions, but teaches you with examples how to solve both common and rare renaming problems along the way. Flash Renamer includes special support for MP3 files, allowing you to rename the files based on their ID3 tag information (e.g., artist name, album, genre, year, etc.), and an Undo button just in case you don't like the results. Unlike other renaming utilities, it offers a keyboard shortcut (F5) for initiating a renaming operation. Flash Renamer comes with a Lifetime license and is consistently updated in response to the feedback of registered users.

 

Flexible Renamer (Naru) Freeware
 

Popular. Flexible Renamer is a powerful file/folder renaming utility that supports wildcards and regular expressions. Flexible Renamer offers various ways of renaming the files, including uppercase, lowercase, prefixes, string replacements, sequential renaming, and more. Flexible Renamer also provides a handy thumbnail browser that allows you to view small images of photos, which makes it perfect for digital camera owners that wish to rename and organize their photo collection. The real-time preview instantly shows you what the new file names will look like, and if you make any mistakes, you can use the Undo feature to reverse the changes. You can also use Flexible Renamer to create empty objects in form of files or folders. It also supports tag-information such as ID3(MP3), EXIF, IPTC, MS-Office, HTML. This program works more intuitively and reliably than any other renamer on the market.

 

Rename Master (joejoesoft.com) Freeware
 

Intricate. Every once in a while, an application comes along that shows insight by its creativity and original thinking. Jackass JoeJoe's Rename Master is exactly that, fusing ideas from every renamer and then building from there and correcting others' shortcomings. The overnight popularity of Rename Master is astounding since it's only in version 2.x. Rename Master will only get better with time because its developer is committed to excellence and openly invites user feedback. I replied with a 12-point set of suggestions and he responded to each one, even correcting several misunderstandings I had of Rename Master upon initial use. Use it and you'll fall in love just like everyone else. And when you do, please be sure to send Jackass JoeJoe a donation to keep the project active, because freeware is rarely this effective!

 

Attribute Changer (Romain Petges) Freeware
 

Keen. Attribute Changer is a power user tool to change all kind of file and folder attributes, date, time and even NTFS compression. It features an easy to use interface and is loaded with exciting features. Basic features include changing file and folder attributes within en masse. Be aware that not all attributes are available on every Windows platform, but Attribute Changer is smart enough to handle all these exceptions without problems. A really useful feature is the compression/decompression of files stored on the Windows NT/2000 and XP NTFS file system. Attribute Changer has an optimized algorithm for changing attributes so that even open files not requesting an exclusive access can be manipulated. This is only true for standard attribute changes, not date, time and compression state changes. Furthermore, date and time on files and folders can be partially changed. In this case, you can advise Attribute Changer not to change the whole object data, but only parts such as day, month, year, seconds, minutes or hours. When restoring old files to a new HD, Attribute Changer is essential.
 

NoClone (NoClone)
 

True. NoClone finds and removes true duplicate files. NoClone can be used to clean hard drives, manage files and folders better, and eliminate unwanted file duplication. But impressive is the description of NoClone. Designed well, with an easy to use interface, highly flexible, it examined over 10,000 files in one of my system folders in 21 seconds. Unlike every other duplicate file find app, though, NoClone allows you to dynamically preview duplicate files either internally or externally before ignoring, moving, deleting, or copying the file. It uses true byte-to-byte comparison, not CRC. It searches duplicate file contents regardless of file name. NoClone intelligently marks files for deletion using its Smart Marking feature. Search sessions can be saved. The first time I used NoClone, I found and deleted 205Mb of duplicate files on my HD.

DoubleKiller Duplicate Finder (Big Bang Enterprises) Freeware
 

Sharp. DoubleKiller is a surprisingly agile duplicate finder app that searches single or multiple folders/partitions for identical files, and then offering easy and quick deletion of double, triple, or many exact or similar files depending on how you set it up. For example, depending on the settings the files' names, sizes, dates and/or CRC32-checksums (which represent the content of the files) are compared with each other, and masks like *.mp*g or *.dll define which files are (not) scanned. Files with certain flags, e.g. hidden files, may be excluded from the search. Besides you can limit the search to files with a user-defined filesize. When the search is finished a list containing all double files found is displayed and you can select the files which should be deleted or moved.
 

Unlocker (Cedrick Collomb) Freeware
 

Timely. Unlock files because of sharing violations. Unlocker is an Explorer extension that allows you with a simple right-click of the mouse on a file or folder to get rid of error message such as error deleting file or folder, cannot delete folder: it is used by another person or program. Ever had such an annoying message given by Windows? Cannot delete file: Access is denied There has been a sharing violation. The source or destination file may be in use. The file is in use by another program or user. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use. This happens often after playing games or when DLLs get shared once too often. Unlocker is a nice donationware solution.

 

Copy It Anyway (Digital System) Freeware
 

Copy. A neat little program for copying corrupted files which can't be copied the standard way because of some error on media the file is stored on. Most of us have run into this problem, and when it happens, usually it's a client's data, and it's a total disaster when you're unable to recover the files. Skip that and copy the rest anyway with Copy It Anyway!
 





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SYSTEM TOOLS


Autoruns
(SysInternals) Freeware
 

Skillful. Autoruns shows you what programs are configured to run during system boot or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. A "Hide Microsoft entries" option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system. Even better, you can double-click any entry and it will open the Registry to exact key for further editing. You'll probably be surprised at how many executables are launched automatically.

Process Explorer (SysInternals) Freeware
 

Instructive. Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: (1) if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; (2) if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded. The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

Total Uninstall (Gavrila Martau)
 

Thorough. Total Uninstall is an installation monitor and uninstaller. To use it, you simply launch the installation program from Total Uninstall interface and select the system areas to be monitored. The program will then create a snapshot of your system before it installs the new software and an additional snapshot after install completes. It then compares the two snapshots and displays all changes in a graphical tree view, marking all registry values and/or files that have been added or changed. Total Uninstall will save these changes and if you decide to uninstall the application, it will reverse the changes to the previous state. You'll love its speed, thoroughness, and the protection it provides your system.

 

nLite (Dino Nuhagic) Freeware
 

Straightforward. nLite is a must-have utility. Got one Windows installation to setup? How about 30? nLite lets you choose which components to remove from your Windows 2000, XP or 2003 before installation, removing unneeded components you gain on your system speed and security while establishing system-wide consistency among installations. It supports removal of almost any component and few services. You can make a bootable ISO with it and even easy slipstream Service pack with a click of a button. Now added easy cd-key implementation so you don't need to enter it during setup.
 

TuneUp Utilities (TuneUp Software GmbH)
 

Clean. TuneUp Utilities 2003 optimizes the performance of your computer, corrects problems and helps you to customize your system to suit your needs. It combines important aspects of system configuration, security, cleaning and maintenance under a modern interface. You can remove unnecessary files from your hard disk/s, clean and optimize the registry, tweak your internet connection settings, recover deleted files, optimize memory and more. In addition, you can analyze your system, receive automatic suggestions for potential performance improvements and view detailed hardware information. TuneUp Utilities also includes an Uninstaller, Registry Editor, Task Manager, and even an Undelete tool to recover files that have been deleted from the recycle bin. TuneUp gets a top rating because of its user interface and it finds rogue files and registry entries that others do not. What I like about its user interface is that it requires fewer clicks than its competition. Most of the folks who write these goddamn system utility programs tend to think you're doing more when you click your finger into Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Not TuneUp. At most 2-3 clicks and boom! you're done. And that's the way I like it.
 

X-Setup Pro (XQDC)
 

Steady. X-Setup Pro is not only an invaluable resource, but is hands down the most powerful Windows tweaker program available, allowing you to change settings that are normally hidden deeply in Windows fast and easily. X-Setup Pro knows more than 1,700 of these settings and displays them in an Explorer interface, grouped by several aspects. Simply choose what you want to tweak, select the setting in question, edit your setting, and hit the "Apply" button. It's that easy. (And you can just as easily undo any setting.) X-Setup Pro was created with the needs of the user in mind. For example, Windows does not include any program that allows you to control all aspects of the computer startup, like which programs should be started automatically, how should the login window be configured, etc. X-Setup Pro includes the Startup/Shutdown category which includes every aspect of the startup or shutdown process and allows you to take finally control over it. The settings X-Setup Pro offers not only include any Windows version ever available (from Windows 95 to to Windows XP to Windows Server 2003 Enterprise), but also a lot of programs settings as well, which gives you all of the tools you need to tweak Windows in one place. You can even add your own to the Programs menu. Of course these are only a few features of X-Setup Pro: allows you to generate .reg files for the fly for mass-deployment, provides all hardware ID and software registration info, and offers Automatic Updates. Two features, "Load computer registry" and "Load user registry," allow X-Setup Pro to apply changes more than 1,700 settings to a different user or even a different computer. Using these features, you can easily lock down a different user on the same computer without the fear to lock down your own user also. Using BartPE (PEBuilder) together with X-Setup Pro let you create your own bootable CD and change the settings of a user and/or the computer on the system without ever installing X-Setup Pro. Like every tweaking utility, X-Setup Pro should be treated with caution — it can tweak many system settings that should only be changed by people who know what they are doing.

 

XP Smoker Pro (Waresoft Software)
 

Incisive. XP Smoker is a collection of all of the necessary tools to keep your system running smooth, faster and error free. It is an optimizing program to increase the performance of your Windows XP system. XP Smoker allows you to change various settings in the Windows Registry. These settings can improve the performance for your computer drastically. You can also stop and disable useless services in Windows XP. And in the end, you’ll reduce subsystem bottlenecks, increase application and boot speeds, and ultimately increase the stability of your system. Simple for beginners, powerful for experts. And it straight-out works. It’s perfect for game enthusiasts, heavy surfers, and PC users on a budget. It’s the simple and straightforward way to tweak your system to peak performance. XP Smoker also includes a state-of-the-art Internet Optimizer that runs a series of tests to improve your Internet connection for smoking-fast surfing, no matter what connection speed you have. Whether you use a dialup, cable, DSL, or satellite connection, XP Smoker can double your browsing speed.

 

The Tweaking Experience (Lex van der Horst) Freeware
 

Precise. The Tweaking Experience Registry Guide provides an extensive range of registry tweaks, tricks & hacks for optimizing, enhancing and securing the Windows XP, 2000 and 2003 Server. Make your Windows computer faster, more efficient and more your own using the hundreds of powerful tweaks (included with various hidden settings), tips and tricks. Easily customize the appearance, speed and security by follow the step by step information. Download
 

O&O Defrag (O&O Software)
 

Watchful. O&O Defrag v.6.x didn't make the Great Software List cut, and v.7x blew right past me. However, in releasing O&O Defrag v8.x, O&O Software lays down the newest generation of its leading solution for defragmenting hard disks on PCs and servers. With many new features and improvements to this hard disk optimization software, users can know their systems are in good hands. Through newly overhauled defragmentation algorithms and many new user-friendly functions, O&O Defrag can recombine fragmented data better than ever. With the unique O&O OneButtonDefrag, O&O Defrag can now automatically find the optimum configuration for each system. O&O OneButtonDefrag is self-optimizing and automatically ascertains the most optimal settings for each individual system. This makes the configuration easier than ever. Even in large networks, this exclusive feature can lead to significant savings in terms of administrative resources. What will surprise is O&O's outright speed improvement. The Screen Saver Mode allows for the optimization of a PC while the user is on break or away from the computer. As soon as the screen saver is ended by the user, the defragmentation halts to be continued at a later time. The O&O ActivityGuard Pro monitors the load on system resources and adjusts O&O Defrag's operation accordingly. Thus, you work can continue on the PC, even while O&O Defrag is running with no noticeable performance lag. Five different defragmentation methods allow users the possibility to choose individual optimization strategies for their PCs. In O&O Defrag, any of these methods can be used to optimize any number of partitions of any size. The sophisticated job scheduling function assists in creating the automated defragmentation processes.

 

Diskeeper Pro (Executive Software)
 

Super. There are few one-trick ponies left in the Windows disk utility world, but Diskeeper remains the best of the breed of disk defragmenters. The latest version looks nothing like WinXP's built-in defragmenter, which Executive Software also wrote, and it's also significantly faster. Initial analysis of disks is fast, and foreground scans were between 30% and 150% faster than the built-in defragmenter. Most people don't like waiting for a defrag, so Diskeeper offers a Set It And Forget It option where defragging happens either in the background while you work, during inactivity, on a schedule, via a screen saver, or via a combination of these. On fast machines you won't notice it running in the background during Web browsing, though defragging will slow down game play. Is disk defragmenting on this level even worth doing? For a well-worn machine, the improvement is dramatic, decreasing boot times by half. The system also felt far lighter on its feet. WinXP's NTFS is supposed to be resistant to performance-sucking fragmentation, and while there were improvements with booting (about a 15% boot time decrease), detecting a general speedup during use was less noticeable. Diskeeper works quickly and unobtrusively and is more effective at speeding up your computer than any other built-in or third-party defragmenters.
 

BartPE (Bart Lagerweij) Freeware
 

Masterpiece. Bart's PE (Bart's Preinstalled Environment) helps you build a bootable Window CD or DVD from Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 suitable for PC maintenance and recovery tasks. It will give you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800x600), and FAT/NTFS/CDFS file system support. Very handy for burn-in testing systems with no operating system, rescuing files to a network share, virus scan, and so on. This will replace any DOS boot disk. If your PC won't boot from its hard drive for some reason, you can use a BartPE CD/DVD to start the system, grab files off the hard drive (even if the drive is formatted in NTFS), ship the files to another PC on the network for safekeeping, and then use the tools either on the CD/DVD or on the hard drive to affect recovery or repair of the damaged system. Goodbye to all the good and bad dos-based NTFS utilities. When you boot from a CD or DVD with BartPE, you have full read/write access to NTFS volumes. A must have utility. And if BartPE seems too complex for you, check out UBCD for Windows.

HDD Temperature (PalickSoft)
 

Informative. HDD Temperature is monitoring software that protects your hard drives from getting overheated. If you read the bad review of this app on CNet, don't believe it — I've found that CNet often gives baffling reviews that confuse preference for performance. HDD Temperature is the perfect tool for the job of informing you of a hot drive. Using the SMART technology included in all modern hard drives, HDD Temperature checks and monitors the temperature of your hard drive; you can also set the maximum value for drive temperature so you'll be warned if that temperature is exceeded. HDD Temperature Pro can monitor multiple HDDs, work as a network service, and send e-mail alerts. Perhaps most importantly, it can automatically force an overheated system to hibernate or shutdown, protecting both the hard drive and unsaved data. You also can run this application as a network service, making this tool ideal for corporate networks.
 

ClipMate (Thornsoft Development)
 

Magnetic. I must admit that for several versions I found ClipMate tedious and overly complex. But with its latest version, ClipMate has even won over this curmudgeon. ClipMate saves time and makes you more productive by adding clipboard functions that the Windows clipboard leaves out — starting with the ability to hold thousands of "clips" instead of just one. ClipMate has functions to edit, reformat, print, spellcheck, and manage your clipboard data in highly intelligible ways — even encrypt it. Its Find and Replace feature finds any text and can even do so using Regular Expressions. Whether you use a utility like ClipMate often or seldom, you will appreciate its range and power. If you: (1) work with lots of data pulled from a wide variety of sources; (2) are a student; or (3) you need ClipMate's power to save you time, you thank yourself for buying, learning, and using it.
 

TweakUI (Microsoft) Freeware
 

Helpful. Microsoft threw us a bone with this nice offering, but why isn't it part of the Windows OS? I won't question the stupidity of Microsoft. Now repeat that 20 times. This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more. TweakUI is one of almost a dozen PowerToys that enhance various parts of Windows. You must uninstall any previous PowerToys before installing the new ones. Test them if you're interested; you can always uninstall what you don't like.
 

Resplendent Registrar; Registrar Lite (Resplendence Software Projects)
 

Probing. Resplendent Registrar offers a very complete and safe solution to administrators and power users for maintaining the registry on both their desktops and remote computers on their network. Apart from common features, like those offered by the native Windows registry editors (regedit.exe and regedt32.exe) this program offers a solution for backing up and restoring registries — allowing you to cut, copy, paste, move, delete, and rename keys and values, fast background search and replace, a bookmark editor with categories which supports key coloring and adding descriptions to registry keys and values, detailed property pages, along with numerous tools for easy navigation. The program offers multi-level undo so all registry changes can be individually undone. When running on Windows XP, 2000 or NT, the software offers a registry defragmenter, a built-in Registry monitor allows you to monitor registry activities and optionally restore changes by external applications as well as security editors which allow you to set access restrictions on your registry keys. Each action performed with the program can also be individually undone. Additionally, Resplendent Registrar offers the option to edit offline Registry images on a disk, allowing you to rescue corrupt Windows installations. For the cost, Resplendence Software offers a Lifetime License for this application, but you might also try the freeware Registrar Lite if you prefer.

 

Karen's Registry Pruner (KarenWare) Freeware
 

Surgical. Clean up your Registry's SharedDLLs key. Orphaned entries can cause install and uninstall programs to misbehave. And can even trigger bogus Registry Corrupted error messages. The program can also removed "ghosts", entries in the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs list that remain even after a program has been uninstalled.
 

Karen's Registry Ripper (KarenWare) Freeware
 

Graceful. Copy selected Registry entries to a .REG file, for easy importing into another Registry. Move Registry entries from one computer to another, or make selective backup copies of your Registry data.
 

AppRocket (Candy Labs Media)
 

Opulent. A unique launching panel, AppRocket takes some getting used to, but it can save you time and effort. Unlike with similar applications, you don't need to manually add shortcuts here; AppRocket scans your folders and builds its list based on the extensions it finds (such as music, video, or programs). Also different is the way you access your shortcuts: You press a special key combination and then type in the first few letters of the name; AppRocket pops down a list of files with names containing these letters. It's easy to open the folder where the file is located, as well. The program's always-on-top panel is compact, and the color can be customized.

 

UltraMon (Realtime Soft)
 

Ingenious. If you're running dual (or more) monitors too, you should definitely check out this utility, UltraMon. It really makes living the dual lifestyle much nicer with things like spreading the taskbar across both monitors, where icons of apps on each monitor are localized to the taskbar on their respective monitors. It also lets you run a different screen saver on each monitor, and it adds a handy pair of extra buttons to every window: one that moves the window to the same location on the other screen, and one that maximizes the window across both screens.

Dexpot Virtual Windows (Patrick Dubbert, Sebastian Brands) Freeware
 

Transparent. Dexpot makes it possible to manage a nearly unlimited number of windows with only one screen. If required, Dexpot creates 20 virtual desktops to cope with even large numbers of windows. Using Dexpot you can work faster and more comfortably within Microsoft Windows. It extends the desktop and lets you distribute windows to virtual desktops, which is extremely handy when working on projects. All of Dexpot's functions use a unified graphical interface which makes it very easy to use.
 

ClearTweak (ioisland.com) Freeware
 

Welcome. With this free utility, you can improve the quality of your LCD monitor's text display by adjusting your Windows XP ClearType settings. You can choose no font smoothing, standard font smoothing, or ClearType font smoothing. The program lets you enter sample text, so you can preview your changes before making them on your desktop.
 

TreeCopy (RJL Software) Freeware
 

Fitting. TreeCopy is a handy utility which will copy directory structures in all Windows environments. Developers and System Administrators will relish the ability to copy a whole folder structure, including all subfolders, to a different location, without copying the files inside those folders. You can optionally use the command line option that allows you to specify the source directory and the destination directory. Works well; I use it a lot.

 

BGInfo (SysInternals) Freeware
 

Handy. How many times have you walked up to a system in your office and needed to click through several diagnostic windows to remind yourself of important aspects of its configuration, such as its name, IP address, or operating system version. If you manage multiple computers you probably need BgInfo. It automatically displays relevant information about a Windows NT/2000 computer on the desktop's background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well as the font and background colors, and can place it in your startup folder so that it runs every boot, or even configure it to display as the background for the logon screen.
 

RockXP Product Key Manager (Korben) Freeware
 

Canny. The RockXP product key manager allows you to retrieve and change your XP product key that you used when you installed Windows XP. This can come very handy if you need to reinstall but have misplaced or lost the CD cover with the serial sticker. In addition, the program also lets you save the product activation to a file, enables you to recover user names and passwords contained in the Windows Secure Storage, recover your Microsoft product keys such as OneNote or Microsoft Office and RockXP has a nifty password generator. Well worth a donation!

 

BootIt NG (TeraByte Unlimited)
 

Olympic. BootIt NG (Next Generation) is a partition and boot manager with a powerful, sophisticated, and simple to use set of tools for partitioning, imaging, and multi-booting your computer. It combines the features of several standalone products costing hundreds of dollars more. There is no utility in this class which is more reliable or better supported. BootIt NG is still the only imaging utility capable of verifying every single byte that is backed up. That's important, given that firmware bugs, hard drive write errors, and other unforeseeable problems can happen without warning. While BootIt NG isn't the easiest app to use, you will never find a utility which performs its function as well as this.
 

CopyWipe (TeraByte Unlimited)
 

Studious. CopyWipe is a utility for copying and securely overwriting (wiping) entire hard drives. It can ease and expedite the transition to a new hard drive by copying the entire contents of one drive to another. It can also help prevent confidential or private data from being recovered, by securely wiping the contents of a drive. A number of options are provided for wiping, allowing the user to choose an optimal balance between security and duration of the wiping operation.
 

TreeSize Pro (JAM Software)
 

Revealing. TreeSize Pro is a powerful and flexible HD space manager for Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003. Find out which folders are the largest on your drives and recover megabytes of disk space. TreeSize Professional shows you the size, allocated and wasted space, the number of files, 3D bar and pie charts, the last access date, the file owner, the NTFS compression rate and much more information for several folders or drives you choose. It also helps you to clean up old, big and temporary files. The application has an intuitive Explorer-like user interface and it is fast and multithreaded. You can print detailed reports or export the collected Data to Excel and to an HTML or ASCII file. TreeSize Pro can be started from the context menu.

 

i.Disk (MemeCode Software) Freeware
 

Nifty. An excellent, simple utility which enables you to find out which folders and subfolders use the most space. The display is automatically sorted by size and you can drill down to find out the "culprit" subfolders that are hoarding your hard disk space. An excellent housekeeping tool for both home users and IT professionals as it also works on network drives.

 

  

 

 

 
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