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Windows is endlessly configurable. Almost every feature in it can be customized to make your Windows experience more amenable and interesting. Here we've gathered a group of tweaking programs, registry tools, file and directory system hacks, and much more, all to let you push your machine to accomplish far more than its native Windows functions.

10 THINGS YOU CAN DO WHEN WINDOWS XP WON'T BOOT..........If your computer powers up okay, but the Windows XP operating system won't boot properly, you have some troubleshooting ahead of you. Here's a look at the likely culprits and what you can do to fix the problem .....(free).....GO THERE!

100 PORTABLE APPS FOR USB.......... This stuff can be installed on any portable drive, i.e. USB thumbdrive, PDA or an iPod. You can use them at work, school, or any other place where you can plugin your device. Check them out, you can either scroll-down for relevant category, i.e office software, email tools, messengers, games, etc. or get a ‘all-in-one’ package (all essential tools) . While there are more apps for windows users, a mac version for each essential tool is included.....(free).....GO THERE!

15 ESSENTIAL WINDOWS EXPLORER ADDONS..........Group of recommended Explorer enhancements .....(free).....GO THERE!

25 MUST-HAVE THUMB DRIVE APPS FOR GEEKS ..........With traveling and use of many different computers, many geeks (and geek girls) often find a need to have a uniform set of tools handy wherever we may be. Here is a list of 25 invaluable portable apps that can be installed on an Ipod or Thumb Drive.....(free).....GO THERE!

2X EXPLORER..........2xExplorer is a great dual-pane (Norton Commander-style) file manager for Win9x/NT. It offers efficient navigation and features such as file filters, folder synchronization, editor and shell context menu support, DriveBar for trick navigation, and Mirror browsing and scrolling for tree synchronisation. It extends the functionality of the standard Windows Explorer by adding an extra folder contents pane, which enables directory comparisons and easy file transfers. Yet the program is designed to look and "feel" like the standard Explorer so as to be straightforward to use .....(free).....GO THERE!

3D ROTATION MENU..........Menu with 3D panels items. When an item is selected, the 3D page opens and expands. JPG and SWF files can serve as page contents. .....(free).....GO THERE!

5 FREE APPS TO CLONE YOUR HARD DRIVE..........Hard drive prices are so low now that it really makes sense to use an imaging program. That way you've got a perfectly cloned backup of your system exactly the way you have it configured in case of a crash, which is much more convenient than reinstalling Windows, activating, and loading all your applications all over again. Here are four great apps to get the job done - without spending a dime .....(free).....GO THERE!

5 IMPRESSIVE WINDOWS XP TRICKS..........Don't just maximize your windows—go full screen. Add the Links toolbar to My Computer. Arranging windows on your desktop. Organize your files into groups. Make your own icons .....(free).....GO THERE!

5 PRODUCTIVITY TIPS FOR WINDOWS XP.......... Print from Windows Explorer. Pin programs to the Start menu. Use small icons on your Start menu. Search a folder. Send an e-mail attachment from anywhere.....(free).....GO THERE!

55 PORTABLE APPS FOR MAKING A USB SUPER STICK..........USB flash is not (yet) a portable PC whereby any USB KVM monitor is your work station - but it will get there. In the mean time, making the most of your USB stick and creating a portable software suite isn’t hard - you just need a little guidance. So… for you road-warriors or super geeks the following list of 55 portable applications are worth taking note. With 2GB, 4GB and 8GB drives readily available at extremely cheap prices making a portable software suite and creating a Super Stick is quite easy......(free).....GO THERE!

7 ZIP..........Archive and compress files. The main features of 7-Zip: Free software distributed under the GNU LGPL. Highest compression ratio in new 7z format format. Supported formats: 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB. For ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip. Self-extracting capability for 7z format. Integration with Windows Shell. Powerful File Manager. Plugin for FAR Manager. Powerful command line version. Localizations for 38 languages.....(free).....GO THERE!

7-ZIP.......... 7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.....(free).....GO THERE!

A SHUTDOWN..........This program absolutely shuts down, restarts and logs off your computer including power off and forced shut down option - a double click on the stop icon is sufficient. Optionally will dfg ShutDown XP execute a program before shutdown (e.g. for your daily backup) or it will lock and protect the computer while you are absent. It writes all actions including a system crash with date, time, user and action into a log file and it updates the system time via an Atomic Clock from the Internet .....(free).....GO THERE!

ABSOLUTE CONTROL.......... AbsoluteControl(tm) offers a wide range of OS control tools available on a single click. It can set your screen resolution with highest possible refresh rate, open\close your CD drives, reboot, shutdown, poweroff, hibernate and send to standby mode your system. AbsoluteControl monitors memory usage providing you with most up to date information without the need to perform even a single mouse click. AbsoluteControl handles ALL Microsoft operating systems, runs in background and is capable of automatic updating. The destribution size is 100 kb only including comprehensive help system.....(free).....GO THERE!

ABSOLUTE SHUTDOWN..........Tired of waiting 2 minutes for windows to shut down or reboot? Windows is usually waiting a loooong time for programs, processes and services to close/stop before actually shutting down. Run this program once, and after a reboot, Windows will shut down and reboot much faster. The program changes the settings Windows use for closing/stopping programs and services. You may just delete the program after use. Designed for Windows 2000/Windows XP.....(free).....GO THERE!

ABSOLUTE UNINSTALLER.......... Absolute Uninstaller is similar to standard Windows Add - Remove program but more powerful.The standard Add/Remove program can't uninstall applications completely which often leaves broken registry keys ,unnecessary files on the hard disk.The more junk files your computer have ,the slower it runs. Uninstall Manager can wipe off all the junk files clearly in seconds.It offers a more user-friendly way to remove unneeded applications and to improve your computer efficiency.....(free).....GO THERE!

ACE.......... For those of you who don't know, ACE means Artificial Conversation Entity. It is a program capable of listening to the user's speech, processing it, and then outputting a response. It is very basic, having three components to it: the listening engine, the ALICE engine, and the speaking engine......(free).....GO THERE!

ACTIVE CPU..........Active CPU (ACPU) - easy to use tool for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 that enables you to watch a graphical representation of your CPU's activity. When ACPU is running, an accurate miniature CPU usage gauge appears on the taskbar on the end opposite the "Start" button. When you touch it with the cursor, it displays the percentage of processor use in text format .....(free).....GO THERE!

ACTIVE SHUTDOWN..........Active ShutDown (ASD) - simple and easy to use tool for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 that allows you to shutdown or reboot your Windows session with the one mouse click. When ASD is running, an accurate miniature icon appears on the taskbar on the end opposite the "Start" button. When you double click it with the left mouse button, it shutdowns or reboots your computer. You can set a keyboard shortcut for any action - shutdown, reboot and logoff. Also, ASD can automatically terminate applications if they are not responding .....(free).....GO THERE!

ACTIVE X HELPER..........ActiveXHelper is a small utility that allows you to view essential information about ActiveX components installed on your computer. You can view the entire (and very large !) list of ActiveX components by loading it from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID Registry key, or alternatively, display only the ActiveX components that you specify. In addition, you can temporarily disable specific ActiveX components. When ActiveX components are disabled, they cannot be used by any software, until you enable them again (Go to Utilities).....(free).....GO THERE!

ACTMON PROCESS MONITORING..........ActMon Process Monitoring displays detailed information about all running processes. For each process, it improves on Windows Task Manager, providing file path, security risk rating, description, start time, file version information and icon .....(free).....GO THERE!

ACTUAL BOOSTER.......... Use this small utility for speeding up your computer. It works by changing priority of the currently active application, thus it is very useful for concentrating all system resources to process great and complex data.....(free).....GO THERE!

ADD A BUTTON.......... Get easy access to your favorite programs while surfing the Web by using this handy utility to add "launch" buttons directly to Internet Explorer's own toolbar.....(free).....GO THERE!

ADJUST CPU RESOURCES FOR ANY DOS PROGRAM..........Easy way to adjust the amount of CPU time a MS-DOS program gets from the system .....(free).....GO THERE!

ADS SPY..........A small tool to list, view or delete Alternate Data Streams (ADS) on Windows 2000/XP with NTFS file systems......(free).....GO THERE!

ADSA OSM..........This is the AdSa Operative System Mask. It replaces the taskbar and gives you more functions. On this version you are able to see your CPU usage and an analog clock, bandwith and your C drive. you can turn on the alpha function to see anything behind the task bar as if it was semitransparent.....(free).....GO THERE!

ADVANCED PROCESS MANIPULATION .......... Advanced process-module viewer and manipulation utility that allows unique control over target processes by literally becoming a part of them .....(free).....GO THERE!

ADVANCED PROCESS TERMINATION..........Advanced Process Termination is a simple but powerful utility that provides nine (9) different process termination techniques - all at the click of a button. In addition to process termination, APT also allows you to Suspend and Resume processes, and also serves as a useful process list utility (Go to Products, and scroll down to Freeware) THERE!

ADVANCED RUN..........Advanced Run is a powerful free launcher that allows you to run any program, run any command line command, open and edit and print documents on behalf of any user account without switching between users .....(free).....GO THERE!

ADVANCED SHORTCUTS COMPOSER.......... Create shortcuts to run programs with a pre-defined destination, priority and keyboard hotkeys to activate. Patch existing shortcuts with a desirable priority level.....(free).....GO THERE!

AERO PEEK FOR XP AND VISTA.......... Aero Peek is one of the new features that gets introduced in the new Microsoft operating system Windows 7 that is poised to come out later this year. Aero Peek actually refers to a set of features that are introduced, one of them with the ability to show the computer desktop hiding all active windows in the process. The feature in Windows 7 is enabled by hovering over an icon in the Windows 7 Task Bar. AeroPeek for Windows XP and Windows Vista tries to mimic that behavior.....(free).....GO THERE!

ALIGN ICONS..........Align Icons is a Windows Context Menu addition that allows you to align icons in any way you want. This utility can be very useful for the purpose of disk mastering and for all those who love to keep order in their folders. To align icons in a folder, simply select icons you want to align. Put the mouse pointer on any icon in a group you have selected, right-click the mouse button and point to the "Align Icons by" context menu item. The Context sub-menu appears. Using the sub-menu you can choose the following types of the icons alignment: Left, Right, Top, Bottom. All selected icons will be aligned accordingly as soon as you choose a type of the icons alignment.....(free).....GO THERE!

ALL ABOUT SYSTEM RESTORE..........A life saver if your system goes bad .....(free).....GO THERE!

ALL DONE..........Saves a log file detailing all file system changes and RunOnce activities that will happen during the next system startup after you install new software .....(free).....GO THERE!

ALL SNAP.......... allSnap is a small system tray app that makes all top level windows automatically align like they do in programs such as Winamp or Photoshop.....(free).....GO THERE!

ALPHA BLENDED MOUSE CURSORS..........Replace your Windows cursors with something better .....(free).....GO THERE!

ALPHA CUTS.......... Swiftly display your shortcuts, favorites and documents in alphabetical listings.....(free).....GO THERE!

ALPHACML..........alphaCML is a simple command line that sits quietly on your desktop: you can type commands into it to open applications or files. You can customize the position and the color of the text (prompt and command) and of the background. Files are opened with their default associated application. alphaCML can open applications also with "aliases". It uses the system default aliases, and it supports, via AppPaths, custom ones ......(free).....GO THERE!

ALT -TAB THINGY..........If you are not familiar with the Alt-Tab task switcher in Windows, it's a keyboard short-cut (hot-key) to enable fast switching between applications/windows. This feature has been in Windows since Windows 3.0 and is largely unchanged since Windows '95! Alt-Tab Thingy is a replacement to add brand new features to help you switch tasks faster and more efficiently than ever before.....(free).....GO THERE!

ALT DRAG..........AltDrag allows you to drag windows with the mouse when pressing the alt key. You can also press the shift key to make the window stick to other windows. Fullscreen windows, such as games, will not be dragged. .....(free).....GO THERE!

ALTERING WINDOWS XP ..........If you are interested in hacking XP, here's a good starting page for you. Thanks to our friends at Virtual Plastic!.....(free).....GO THERE!

ALTMOVE WINDOWS AND MOUSE MANAGER..........Resize windows which do not allow resizing, and move windows which do not allow moving .....(free).....GO THERE!

ALTMOVE..........Adds more functionality to your mouse for interacting with Windows. You can move windows and controls which do not support the ability to move. Resize windows and controls which do not support this ability. HYide any window from desktop (to tray bar or completely) and restore it. You can change transparency of window. You can assign key-mouse combination to standart menu items. Use mouse to run your programs and open documants from everywhere.....(free).....GO THERE!

ANALOG DESKTOP CLOCK..........For human readable information, both digital and analog display methods can be useful. For instant information at-a-glance, analog meters are often superior. Many people glance quickly at their analog watch and immediately know roughly what the time is. Analog Clock is an analog, skinnable, Windows tray clock replacement. Analog Clock is perfect for both your office desktop as well as your home PC. Analog Clock is available with several skins that resemble the look and feel of the standard XP visual styles. Skins are tunable. You can switch on or off some of the interface elements, such as the second hand, for example. Analog Clock is an NTP-enabled application. It will update your system clock time, synchronizing it with atomic clocks through the Internet. In addition, the program shows a skinnable quick calendar window.....(free).....GO THERE!

ANDLINUX..........Run Linux natively inside Windows. andLinux is a complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in Windows based 32-bit systems. andLinux is not just for development and runs almost all Linux applications without modification.....(free).....GO THERE!

ANNIHILATOR..........Designed to undo the 'Cache Thumbnails' option in MS Windows XP Explorer. Performs a recursive search for files to delete [THUMBS.DB]. Will work with any drive (Local, Remote (Mapped) or UNC). Generates a list of 'annihilation' candidates to select from. Option to generate a text file report of the annihilation. Fast. No install required. Includes self-referencing options .....(free).....GO THERE!

ANTI FREEZE..........With its emergency task manager, AntiFreeze offers a last recourse when you find your computer in a hung state. Because programs consume too much CPU or too much memory or too many programs have been started, your computer has become unresponsive. The mouse still moves but no programs are responding, you cannot switch to other programs or even close them. You have even tried to start the Windows Task Manager even that won’t work because it does not get enough attention from the scheduler to respond to your mouse clicks and keyboard presses. You are ready to press the reset button, instead you can press the hotkey of AntiFreeze. It will put to sleep all running programs except the most critical ones, giving you the opportunity to close down the programs which are causing problems. You may even be able to save or recover your work (Go to Free Downloads).....(free).....GO THERE!

ANTI-DUPE..........Remove Outlook duplicate records with this Microsoft Outlook utility .....(free).....GO THERE!

APEX DELETION PREVENTER..........Apex is a powerful tool that lets you Monitor or prevent deletion of files. It will run invisibly, prevent file deletions on start up and record the name and directory of the deleted file as well as the action performed on it, and the user that requested the action. NOTE: Deleting files to the Recycle Bin is not deleting but its simply moving a file to a special windows folder called Recycle Bin. Real deletion of files occurs when you SHIFT-DELETE a file or when you removes a file from the Recycle Bin.....(free).....GO THERE!

API MONITOR..........This info-sniffing program monitors all API calls made by applications and displays detailed information about each API called including parameters, return values and error codes .....(free).....GO THERE!

APP ZIP..........AppZip is a freeware compression utility that lets you compress whole applications into a single file for storage. When you want to launch the application, the AppZip Launcher will automatically uncompress it and again recompress it after the program closes .....(free).....GO THERE!

APPLICATION MONITOR..........Small API monitor that allows the user to monitor the APIs called by the given application. KAM supports 1749 different APIs as for now .....(free).....GO THERE!

APPLICATION STARTUP MANAGER.......... The Application Startup Manager (ASM) is a straight-forward GUI utility that easily lets you see and control all the areas in Windows where applications are set to automatically start up. Unlike Windows 98/ME's intrinsic system utility that performs similar actions, the ASM also provides the ability to optionally backup the removed items for a very easy restore later if you want the appliation back (NOTE: Any specific piece of software is kind of buried deep on this site.... but here are the directions: Go to Software >DX21 Releases >View By Category >Desktop Management).....(free).....GO THERE!

ARC CONVERTER..........This convertor can convert the following archives: 7-ZIP, LZH, CAB, ZIP, ARJ, ACE, RAR, TAR, TGZ, GZ, Z, BZ2, YZ1, YZ2, GCA, BEL, RPM, DEB, BH, Noa32, HKI, PAQAR,SQX, HA, ZOO, UHARC, LFB, ZLIB, UCL, IMP, RS, SPL, APK, Arc, DZ, MSI, ALZ, PMA, PAQ7 to these: ZIP, 7-ZIP, CAB, LHA, TAR, TGZ, BZ2, YZ1, BGA, RAR, ACE, NOA32, HKI, PAQAR, UHARC, YZ2, DZ, HA (Go to English Freeware).....(free).....GO THERE!

ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DELETE..........Get rid of confirmation messages. Thanks to our friends at gHacks! .....(free).....GO THERE!

ART TRAY.......... ArtTray v.1.0 is a nice system tray dropper. There are two ways of remove a program window from the screen without closing it. You can minimize window or hide it. Minimized windows puts its buttons into taskbar. Hidden windows are invisible. Many applications use system tray icons (right and left corner of the screen) for opening of hidden windows. But you cannot put icon of standard application there. If you prefer see your hidden program icon in the system tray you could use ArtTray. After starting this program all other programs will hide into system tray instead minimize. If you like it you can put this program into Windows Start Up menu.....(free).....GO THERE!

ASSESS TREE..........AssessTree scans disk (disc) drives for large folders (directories) and generates reports based on the gathered data. Will work with any local or network (mapped or UNC) drive or folder. Useful for finding folders (or users) that are using a lot of space. Data sortable on Folder Name, Branch Size or Node Size. Options to restrict listed/report folders to a Size and/or Depth Limit. Options to restrict listed/report folders to those that name does/does not contain the specified text. Stand-alone executable. Includes self-referencing link creation/deletion code.....(free).....GO THERE!

AT NOTES..........ATnotes creates Post-it like notes on the Windows desktop. It lives in the system tray, take very few resources, and supports a lot of languages. With ATnotes, you will never miss important events or lose information. You can organize your notes by using folders, set alarm, change color or font and send your note to your colleagues.....(free).....GO THERE!

ATHENE FOR WINDOWS.......... Athene is an extremely flexible, multi-platform operating system that is designed for desktop PC's and embedded systems. It can be completely reconfigured to suit the requirements of the target system, as well as the needs of individual users. The user interface is totally rewriteable and is famous for its ability to emulate other interfaces such as the Microsoft Windows and Amiga desktop environments. Unlike any other operating system, Athene is specially designed to work both as a 'virtual machine' and as a full operating system installation. This version of the Athene OS environment is designed for running on Windows. Requires an Intel Pentium II / Compatible CPU and 64+ MB RAM. Does not work with the AMD K6-2 CPU (it's not a PII compatible processor).....(free).....GO THERE!

ATI TRAY TOOLS.......... Tweaker for Radeon cards.....(free).....GO THERE!

ATTRIBUTE CHANGER..........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 .....(free).....GO THERE!

ATTRIBUTES CONTEXT MENU.......... Adds a context menu to all files and folders to quickly modify their attributes (Hidden, System, Archive...) (Go to Shell Extensions).....(free).....GO THERE!

ATTRMENU.........This is a context menu extension for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 allowing you to display and modify the attributes of a file listed in the Explorer. Much easier than opening the "Properties" dialog box.....(freeware).....GET IT!

AUDIT ISX..........AuditISX is a Microsoft Windows based computer auditing tool, which collects data about your PC’s and Servers on your network. It uses the Windows(TM) WMI and registry to collect, then store data in a database or file format. You can collect data from all your Microsoft based Operating System machines on your network .....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTO CONTEXT..........Auto Context is a Firefox extension that will open a customized popup menu when you select a text .....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTO DELETE..........This program can automatically delete files in a specific folder that are older than the specified time. It checks the file dates by modification time. You can have it run on every Windows startup to delete old temp files, backups, webcam snapshots history, temporary internet files, etc .....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTO HOTKEY..........AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder. Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey .....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTO MODE.......... If you have a need to do repetitive execution of a series of processes, AutoMode will make the task easy. Just set up a simple script once and automate the process thereafter. Scripts are stored in Ini files and you may have any number of these. AutoMode will sequentially execute at a configurable interval the process list you define. AutoMode waits until each process is complete before starting the next. Processes can also have an associated command line parameter. It also logs and timestamps the execution of each process to a screen display and a log file. A delayed startup option is also available.....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTO SCREEN RECORDER..........Great screen recorder solution to record screen to a video or Flash file, so you can record screen, set schedule, auto-scale videos .....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTO WINDOW MANAGER..........Resize your programs automatically, such as maximize, minimize, normal, minimize to tray, set application windows transparency, stay on top .....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTOCOMPRESS.......... AutoCompress scans files evaluating their compressabilty (or current compression ratio), and compresses them (or decompresses them) if they meet certain criteria; namely the date since modifitcation, compression ratio, and file size. (Go to Disk Utilities).....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTOHIDE ICONS..........Autohides the taskbar and icons from desktop (Thanks to our friends at Virtual Plastic.....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTOPLAY REPAIR WIZARD..........The Microsoft AutoPlay Repair Wizard scans your computer devices to find defective AutoPlay settings, and attempts to fix those it finds .....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTORUN.......... Autorun (Quick Divx Starter) is a utility that scans its directory (or CD), and executes predefined commands when you press Player(s) buttons.....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTORUNS FOR WINDOWS..........This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup 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. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP .....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTORUNS.......... This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup 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. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP. Autoruns' Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc. You'll probably be surprised at how many executables are launched automatically! Autoruns works on all versions of Windows including 64-bit versions.....(free).....GO THERE!

AUTOSTART AND PROCESS VIEWER.......... Autostart and Process Viewer gives you a control over applications which start with Windows, and shows which processes are running on your computer. But the most important thing is that this program helps you find out which processes and autostart entries are new. You can "accept" a process or a program starting with windows, and if a new ("unaccepted") item appears - the program tells you about it.....(free).....GO THERE!

AVOID WIN XP RE-ACTIVATION..........The time may come that you'll need to reinstall your Windows XP. If you do reinstall Windows XP, then you'll need to re-activate it too - that is, unless you keep this tip handy .....(free).....GO THERE!

AVS DISC CREATOR.......... Write your data to CD, DVD and Blu-ray Discs quickly and easily using FREE AVS Disc Creator.....(free).....GO THERE!

AX HELPER.......... ActiveXHelper is a small utility that allows you to view essential information about ActiveX components installed on your computer. You can view the entire (and very large !) list of ActiveX components by loading it from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID Registry key, or alternatively, display only the ActiveX components that you specify. In addition, you can temporarily disable specific ActiveX components. When ActiveX components are disabled, they cannot be used by any software, until you enable them again.....(free).....GO THERE!

BACKGROUND CMD..........BackgroundCMD is a command prompt folder background shell extension. It allows you to start a command prompt (an instance of cmd.exe) from any directory that you're currently browsing. The are many command prompt shell extensions out there. However, as far as I can tell, none of them allow you to open a console window in the current directory that you're browsing. Most will only allow you to right-click a folder and have the command prompt start in that folder.....(free).....GO THERE!

BACKUP FOLDER REVISION..........Ever made a mess of a file by saving something you were not meant to, and not being able to undo the disaster you created? This is a tool to easily save incremental revisions of files. Really, really simple. To work as a standalone, small, single user. Did I mention Simple, like 123 simple. Thanks to our friends at Donation Coder.....(free).....GO THERE!

BACKUP X..........Protect your most important files from being deleted or lost in crashes: back them up automatically! This small convenient program can copy files to a network drive, second hard drive or another folder for safe keeping. Features: Simple and easy setup. Runs on startup so your backups are always up-to-date; small discreet window which closes itself when done so you can ignore it and rest assured your backups are up to date. Read the information in the installer, it's fairly important.....(free).....GO THERE!

BALLOON KILLER XP.......... Balloon Killer XP - Get Rid of Those Annoying Balloon Tips in Windows XP.....(free).....GO THERE!

BANG..........Crash on Demand Utility. You say the drivers you develop aren't doing a good enough job of crashing your system and you need a way to force a system crash? Here's that way: BANG! Run BANG.EXE and a dialog box with a big red button reading "Crash Now!" appears. Click the button and... BANG! Or, change your mind and click on the little "Never Mind" button. Somebody's needed to write this utility for years.....(free).....GO THERE!

BARE GREP..........BareGrep is a tool for searching files in Windows. It is similar to the Unix grep tool in that the search strings are specified with a regular expression. BareGrep performs an incremental search and presents the search results in a tabular format that allows easy navigation and sorting of the results. BareGrep can be used for searching multiple files. BareGrep supports DOS/Windows and Unix text files and binary file formats .....(free).....GO THERE!

BART'S PE BUILDER.......... Bart's PE Builder helps you build a bootable Window CD-Rom or DVD from Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 very suitable for PC maintenance tasks.....(free).....GO THERE!

BASIC MOUSE..........Disable right mouse clicks. Allows parents and teachers to easily restrict several functions of the computer mouse and keyboard. The right mouse button can be switched off completely.....(free).....GO THERE!

BASIC WINDOWS SHORTCUTS.......... Maybe you noticed, some apps get launched in the run box just by typing their names (for example iexplore.exe for IE, notepad.exe...). That's because certain registry keys contain shortcuts which allow this. Here's how to make these registry shortcuts for yourself. (Thanks to our friends at Virtual Plastic).....(free).....GO THERE!

BB SLOWDOWN.......... The name says it already for what this tool is for. If you have trouble with progams (Windows/DosBox) that run too fast, for example older games or emulators, you can easily manipulate the speed with the shuffle bar and a priority switchbox. The slowdown effect is very smooth and programs/processes do not balk. You can slow down your windows system to nearly 99.9% cessation. It's also possible to run a program and BBSlowDown (with defined parameters) automatically with a shortcut/link or with a double-click on the integrated program list.....(free).....GO THERE!

BDLLSCAN.......... Simple tool that lists all DLLs referenced by an executable or a library file.....(free).....GO THERE!

BELVEDERE..........Keep your desktop or any other folder on your hard drive organized and under control with Belvedere, an automated Windows file management tool. Use Belvedere's friendly interface to create advanced rules to move, copy, delete, rename, or open files based on their name, extension, size, creation date, and more. Sets up rules for taking actions on files based on the name of a file, it's extension, size, age, and more. Belvedere is a Windows knock-off of the Mac-only Hazel, and Gina has already guided you through setting up a self-cleaning Mac with Hazel, so for a few good ideas for how you might get started with Belvedere, check out her guide. Belvedere's not quite up to par with Hazel yet, but in time I'm hoping to implement as many of Hazel's features as I can for Windows users. Thanks to our friends at Lifehacker!.....(free).....GO THERE!

BENCH..........Times how long a given command took to execute.....(free).....GO THERE!

BEST FREE PORTABLE SOFTWARE FOR WINDOWS..........Portable software runs on your USB key drive or your iPod, or a memory stick, or any type of external drive you plug into a USB port. You don't have to install anything on the computer's hard drive. It's like carrying your office around with you. Or... carrying your home to the office. These kind of apps are becoming more and more popular as USB flash drives get cheaper and cheaper. If you ever do any work at more than one computer, go get one now, then install this freeware. Then you can do something else. If you want. Or, you can just hold your key drive and feel good about what you've just done .....(free).....GO THERE!

BIN MANAGER.......... BinManager is shell context menu command for deleting old items from Windows recycle bin, as well as a scriptable component for managing the recycle bin. You can use either feature, or both.....(free).....GO THERE!

BINARY CLOCK.......... It displays the date, month, hour, minutes and seconds in binary. You can hide or show the ‘normal’ time display in the bottom corner. It comes in a range of colours. It’s completely free!.....(free).....GO THERE!

BIOS 1.35.......... Save and restore the BIOS settings. Validate actual settings to saved settings. Delete the BIOS settings. Display information about the bios, bios extensions and bios beepcodes. Find bios passwords for Award, Ami, Phoenix and AST BIOS. Find bios universal passwords for Award BIOS. Dump the whole bios segment to disk. Switch the 1st and 2nd level caches on/off. Turn the pc into suspend or stand. By mode (requires apm 1.1+). Turn off the pc (requires apm 1.2+). Reboot the PC (cold/warm/int19).....(free).....GO THERE!

BLIND BOSS KEY-LITE..........Hide windows,processes and executable-files with a preset hotkey. You can hide any visible window on your desktop,hide all the windows of specified processes or executable-files. You can select a window which to be shown onto the top after hidding. And you can choose to show or hide the tray-icon of this application .....(free).....GO THERE!

BLUETOOTH VIEW.......... BluetoothView is a small utility that runs in the background, and monitor the activity of Bluetooth devices around you. For each detected Bluetooth device, it displays the following information: Device Name, Bluetooth Address, Major Device Type, Minor Device Type, First Detection Time, Last Detection Time, and more. BluetoothView can also notify you when a new Bluetooth device is detected, by displaying a balloon in your taskbar or by playing a small beep sound.....(free).....GO THERE!

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