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The 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Apps for Every New PC - Page 1. You have to admit, Windows is a pretty barebones operating system, feature-wise.

The 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Apps for Every New PC - Page 1

After a fresh install of XP or Vista (perhaps following a Clean Start), you're faced with a barren Start Menu and an empty desktop that's beaming with limitless potential. The problem is that it's up to you to hunt and download those applications that you really need in your day-to-day computing experience. And chances are, it's often difficult to find good software that's also free. That's where this guide comes in. We've put together a list of what we think are the most essential PC apps for every Maximum PC reader. And at the end of the feature, we'll even show you how to install these apps in one fell swoop with a special configuration file we've created.

The 50 Best Ways to Disable Built-in Windows Features You Don’t Want. Over the years, we’ve written about loads of ways to disable features, tweak things that don’t work the way you want, and remove other things entirely.

The 50 Best Ways to Disable Built-in Windows Features You Don’t Want

Here’s the list of the 50 best ways to do just that. Just in case you missed some of our recent roundup articles, here’s a couple of roundups of our very best articles for you to check out: If you’ve already been through those, keep reading for how to disable loads of Windows features you might not want. Disable Context Menu Items After you start installing a bunch of software, you’ll notice your context menu starts filling up with more and more items, becoming bloated, slow, and even more annoying—it starts taking up the whole screen.

How to Install Windows from a USB Flash Drive. If you have a damaged CDROM drive and want to install Windows on your computer or laptop, then I recommend that you use Novicorp WinToFlash, which allows you to boot Windows operating systems from a USB flash drive.

How to Install Windows from a USB Flash Drive

Getting Started. Use a USB Key to Install Windows 7—Even on a Netbook. Software - What are the essential tools you always have handy when attempting to fix someone's PC problem. Tweak Windows 7 Administration, Performance, And Security Settings. Sunrise Seven is a Windows 7 tweaker that allows you to customize a plentiful of Windows native functions and tools.

Tweak Windows 7 Administration, Performance, And Security Settings

Compared with previously covered TweakNow Powerpack, it has almost all the advanced options to optimize system performance and change default Windows OS administration and management related settings. It provides options for tweaking with UAC (User Account Control) settings, system performance and security functions, Windows Explorer, and Start menu. For instance, you can make Start menu item look like a Dell Alienware icon, disable folder options, add new items to desktop right-click context menu and so on. Sunrise Tweak has options for both advanced and basic users. Increase The FileSystem Memory Cache Size In Windows 7. File operations on Windows NT based systems make use of a limited pool of kernel buffers which.

Increase The FileSystem Memory Cache Size In Windows 7

This may slow down or even bring to a halt file operations on Windows if the buffers are filled up so that they, for the the time being, cannot accept new file operations. The memory usage of the buffers can be increased from an elevated command line prompt or the Windows Registry. It in theory speeds up situations with many file operations, useful in every situation with an increased amount of read write operations. Changing the setting with increase the paged and non-paged memory usage of the buffers which indicates that this tweak should only be used if enough spare system memory is available on the PC. Microsoft TechNet offers the following description of the memoryusage value: Configures the internal cache levels of NTFS paged pool and NTFS non-paged pool memory.

Increasing Memory Usage via the command line An elevated command prompt is required for this operation. Elevated command prompt. How to Manually Repair Windows 7 Boot Loader Problems. Fix a Windows 7 System That Randomly Freezes. Of all the hassles that can plague a PC user (and, trust me, there are many), few are as infuriating as random lockups.

Fix a Windows 7 System That Randomly Freezes

There you are, typing along, when suddenly everything just freezes. No error message, no bluescreen, just a locked-up, unresponsive system. I've been there. I feel your pain. 19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs to Know. Your OS drives your whole PC experience, so it's your job as an enthusiast to keep it in a high state of tune Twist cap carefully.

19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs to Know

Only pour into Maximum PC-approved computer tanks. After installing a new OS, most people just jump right in and start driving it through all their favorite applications and games. Makes sense, right? The operating system, after all, should be a background player in the computing experience—a means to an end, with the end being web surfing, content editing, and wanton destruction in the first-person shooter of one’s choice. The problem, however, is that most people, even a lot of self-described power users, never take the time to really tune the new OS, exploring its menus and setting up the interface for the fastest, most convenient operation based on personal preferences. It’s been about six months since Windows 7 hit the market, so we figure most of our readers have made their upgrades. Top Freeware Network Tools for Windows 7.

If you have the right working tools for network operations, you can get a lot of information that can help you control or monitor the network. Here are three tools, WinTracer, PacketViewer, and NetTraffic that are easy to use and provide you with a steady stream of network information. NetTraffic allows you to view and to be informed of download speed and upload speed in real time. Select a Network Interface Card, and it displays the network traffic (graphic bars and animated icon if you choose this option).

The “Options” button opens NetTraffic options: run at Windows startup; bars/icon scale; max values; refresh time; you can display the speeds in window title. How To Dual Boot Ubuntu 11.04 With Windows 7. Many Windows users who use Linux based operating systems for practice rely on VMware or VirtualBox for creating virtual machines.

How To Dual Boot Ubuntu 11.04 With Windows 7

However, the problem with virtual machines is that many applications do not run due to compatibility issues. 7 Essential multimedia tools and their free alternatives. Why spend money on expensive multimedia tools when you can use comparable alternatives for free?

7 Essential multimedia tools and their free alternatives

They may not be an exact replacement, but how can you argue with the price? PHOTO EDITING: PhotoshopFree: Splashup Photoshop may be the industry leader when it comes to photo editing and graphic design, but Splashup, a free online tool, has many of the same capabilities at a much cheaper price. Splashup has lots of the tools you’d expect to find in Photoshop and has a similar layout, which is a bonus for those looking to get started right away. Splashup isn’t the only free online photo editing program, check out this list of 20 more. The Best Of: Windows Software. Windows is bathed in a sea of free applications.

The Best Of: Windows Software

Which ones can you trust and which ones are the best? Consult this list for ideas and discover apps you didn’t know existed. We’re continuously seeking out the best Windows software for all your needs. Almost all of the applications are free and you can quickly find what you need by browsing the listed programs by category. Note that some installers pack bloatware, useless adware that’s pre-selected to install. Last updated: December 19 2014. Advanced Windows 7 Troubleshooting Videos - Windows 7 News. A few days ago I was able to announce that some of my Windows troubleshooting and how-to videos will be appearing on the official Microsoft Support website, and that I’ll be making a whole additional series of videos for them over the next couple of months. It’s not been too long though since I gave some talks around the UK on . Shortly after giving the talks I made the presentation into a webcast and put it online.

In the webcast I talk about the tools that are available in Windows 7 to help you diagnose, troubleshoot and repair problems. I look at some of these tools in depth and examine some tips and tricks to help you get the very best out of them. The webcast covers everything from the very basic and easy to use automated troubleshooters, right through to the advanced system diagnostics tools that are buried deep in the operating system’s administrative tools. I thought I’d include the videos here.

25+ Best Free Tools To Customize Windows 7. Back in November last year, we listed over 55 free tweaking tools available for Windows 7. Just like tweaking tools, there are tens of good utilities available to customize the default look and feel of Windows 7. In this article, we have covered the best free tools available to customize Windows 7. 1. Windows 7 Boot Updater: One of the advanced tools available for the latest version of Windows which makes the impossible possible.

Read our how to change Windows 7 boot screen guide to learn to how to change the default boot screen animation in Windows 7. Please note that this utility is strictly for power users. 19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs to Know. Your OS drives your whole PC experience, so it's your job as an enthusiast to keep it in a high state of tune Twist cap carefully. Only pour into Maximum PC-approved computer tanks. After installing a new OS, most people just jump right in and start driving it through all their favorite applications and games. Makes sense, right? The operating system, after all, should be a background player in the computing experience—a means to an end, with the end being web surfing, content editing, and wanton destruction in the first-person shooter of one’s choice. The problem, however, is that most people, even a lot of self-described power users, never take the time to really tune the new OS, exploring its menus and setting up the interface for the fastest, most convenient operation based on personal preferences.

The 50 Best How-To Geek Windows Articles of 2010. 3 Ways To Speed Up The Windows 7 Shutdown Process. Windows Optimizer 7plus Updated, Now With 64-bit, Unicode Support. The number of applications that add native 64-bit support is on the rise. Yesterday we featured the memory optimizer Minimem and today it is the Windows optimizer 7plus which was released in a new version supporting 64-bit systems. 7plus adds many features to Windows that improve the workflow on the system.

This ranges from adding tabs to the default file browser Windows Explorer, hotkeys to launch applications and navigate more comfortable in Explorer or the application launcher Accessor which can launch local files, Internet sites and searches on the Internet. How to Create an Integrated x86/x64 Windows 7 Install DVD. One of the biggest problems with Windows, every version in fact is that there is a different installation DVD for each version. Whether that's Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate that's nine different discs you need as each of these comes with a separate disc for the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions of the operating system. How To Shrink & Extend Volumes Or Partitions in Windows 7.

How Do You Fix a Windows 7 Authorization Failure? Hack Attack: Turn your $60 router into a $600 router. Geek Info. How To Fix The Windows 7 Activation Countdown After Installing The SP1 Update. How To Remove Services In Windows. Services in the Windows operating system are background processes that usually require no user interaction.