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Ms-windows-explorer. Firefox_stuff. How to manipulate windows quick. Msconfig. How to keep Windows up to date quickly. How to reinstall Windows and outfit your system with all freewar. I recently clean installed Windows XP on my laptop, and this meant that I had to re-install all the essential software that I use.

How to reinstall Windows and outfit your system with all freewar

It also presented an opportunity to write a posting about how you can outfit your computer with all the essential (and non-essential) software you need using strictly 100% freeware and/or open source titles.This posting could have been titled any of the following: Pre-installation: before reformatting my hard drive, I used the following programs: Installation: re-installed Windows XP on the re-formatted primary partition. Used the CD that came with my laptop to install all the proper drivers without hitch. RapidTyping. UpdateStar. Power Calculator. IrfanView. Skype.

QT ToolBar. Just installed QT Toolbar.

QT ToolBar

It's a great app that boosts the productivity of Windows Explorer. I was always looking for something that could search only the folder you just opened and this copy-path-to-clipboard comes in handy especially when you want to upload files (e.g. to Wikipedia), so I don't have to go through the send to menu anymore. But is there a possibility to switch your view back from the results list to the normal view where you can see all the files in the folder? It annoys me to go to another folder and then back just to clear the results list. And I wasn't even able to understand most of the manual (it's completely in japanese and babelfish isn't really a solution). DeleteOnClick. jZip. A weakness I find in MOST windows-based compression/archiving utilities: long paths.

jZip

NTFS can support up to 32,000 character-long pathnames. But almost every tool you use to read, write, or access files on an NTFS volume (including all the DOS tools, dir, type, etc. and including the windows shell, Explorer, etc.) will fail, because they're coded for ANSI paths - which are limited to something like 260. QuickLogger 2. CD Art Display. SharePod. Filezilla 3.0. Remove Empty Directories. 7-Zip. Eraser. Stop!

Eraser

Don't sell that old hard drive. You wouldn't believe how much personal information may still be on it! Passwords, bank account information, love letters, they may still be recoverable even after you "erase" and reformat the disk. Follow the jump for more information...and a solution. CCleaner. Revo Uninstaller. Launchy. NetStumbler. TeraCopy. Power replacements for built-in Windows utilities. SExpand Click to viewHow many times have you wished Notepad had tabs, Paint supported layers or Windows Explorer let you bookmark frequently-used folders?

Power replacements for built-in Windows utilities

Power users need power utilities, and Windows' default system programs barely get the job done. CD Recovery Toolbox : Recover Files from Damaged CDs and DVDs. TreeSize. VLC Media Player. MyUninstaller. KIT. Together lets you keep things in one place.

KIT

Text, documents, images, movies, sounds, web pages and bookmarks can all be dragged to Together for safe keeping, tagged, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again instantly. New in Together 3 Together 3 adds thumbnails for items, tab exposé for viewing all open tabs at once, stationery for creating any kind of file, navigation history, an inbox for un-filed imports, autosave and versions, along with improved favorites, previews and Shelf, all wrapped up in a smart new design.

PortableApps.com. Windows Installer CleanUp Utility. JkDefrag GUI. Windows Explorer replacements abound. If you're an advanced Windows user, you've probably developed a serious hate for Windows Explorer, the built in file management tool.

Windows Explorer replacements abound

It's weak, it lacks advanced features and most users don't realize it can be replaced. Lifehacker recently took a long hard look at Xplorer², a tabbed and efficient alternative with a slew of keyboard shortcuts. Xplorer² is definitely worth a look but, if that doesn't tickle your fantasy, here's a short list of other alternatives. XYPlorer - XYplorer is a multi-tabbed file manager for Windows, featuring a very powerful file search, versatile preview facilities, a highly customizable interface, and a large array of unique ways to efficiently automate frequently recurring tasks. Free trial available, a license will cost you $29.50. Swept Away. Hear when you hit Caps Lock. Xplorer2.

Xplorer2 file manager. I've played with explorer replacements before, but none of them have been up to snuff.

Xplorer2 file manager

Maybe it has been the clunky interfaces, the lack of remaining explorer integration (do I really need another button on my start bar?) , or disturbingly sluggish performance; more likely though I'm just too impatient to learn them. Despite my past trials I thought I'd give xplorer2 a shot. Dead easy install, always nice; straight forward configuration and customization, always nicer; scraps, brilliant, and here's one of many reasons why: I've got a directory structure that starts at c:\active and runs 3 folders down before you hit anything of substance, 5 or 6 down for the heart of the beast. LetMeType. Texter. Switch Windows with Launchy and the Go Y Plug In. FindeXer and PlacesBar Editor. EverNote 2.0. Flash renamer : change folder and file names in bulk. Website copier.