Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Maxthon Browser

Maxthon with the slogan “The way we surf the world” is a new browser based on Internet Explorer, but with many new features. I should correct myself, Maxthon is not new, but the new version came out in 2007, which made it more well known. It’s a highly customized interface that has a powerful tabbing feature, anti-freeze, smart acceleration, feed reader, ad hunter, screen capture,  and much more. If you are an Internet Explorer user and you have vowed never to switch over to Firefox or another browser, you might want to considered giving Maxthon a try. It’s basically IE, but with richer quality and more powerful tools.

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(Image of the Classical Maxthon)
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(Image of the New Maxthon)
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Process Explorer v11.04 Freeware

I’ve been looking for quite a while a program that explains more clearly the process that my computer is running, and to be able to kill each task from the program instead of using Taskmanager. Process Explorer is a freeware from Microsoft TechNet that is compatible with Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Server 2003, and 64-bit versions of Windows for x64 and IA64 processors, and Windows Vista. It clearly shows you where each process comes from and you can kill it or do a kill process tree just like in the taskmanager. It’s a step further then taskmanager since you can explore each process more in depth, hence the name Explorer. It also distinguishes the Windows processes from your own applications by using pink highlight color for Windows and the blue color for the applications.

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Process Explorer

AntiFreeze Your Computer

AntiFreeze is a free program that when your computer becomes unresponsive and freezes it will stop all the processes working. Once they have been stopped, you can kill all task processes that are using too much CPU or memory. Now you are thinking that’s why Windows has the TaskManger for that, but I’m sure that there have been a lot of times that when you computer has freezed so bad that even the task manager couldn’t be accessed.

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This is where AntiFreeze offers a solution. AntiFreeze is a utility with a very small footprint, sitting in your tray, waiting for you to press the hotkey combination (ALT+CTRL+WIN+HOME by default). You should use it only in emergency situations; consider it an alternative for the reset button.

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Docx2Rtf

In a previous post, I wrote about an online docx converter. Today I’m going to write about a similar product. Docx2Rtf is a free application that goes one step further then just being a docx converter. This application not only converts docx files, but it also converts OpenOffice .sxw and .odt files.

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Of course this application is not perfect since it converts into an .rtf file and you might lose few headings and formatting, but it does a pretty decent job. It can also convert the .docx and .odt files to PDF format, and its latest edition supports reading and converting ebooks that were stored in the PalmOS database (.pdb) and the Aportis (.pdc) format. 

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Free Disk Defragment Programs

As you all know that disk defragment to your computer is the most important thing to prevent it from slowing down, freeze-ups, and the worst, system crashes. So to prevent these situations I listed the two well known disk defragmenters, which are free of course to help you take care of your computer better.

Auslogics Disk Defrag – This disk defragmenter was designed to keep your machine in top healthy shape. It is even compatible with Vista as well as Windows XP/2000/2003, 32-bit and 64-bit and dual-core CPU. With it’s fast optimizations and simple, friendly user interface, it will be the perfect disk defragmenter you are looking for, and it’s free too.

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JkDefrag – I do have to admit this application has the ugliest interface ever! Also, it does not have any buttons or controls. Once you have downloaded JkDefrag (only comes in with a zip) and have unziped it then you have the choice of using it with a command line or the windows application. With the command line you have to press numbers for it to carry out the job. With the windows application once you have double clicked on the icon then it automatically starts it’s job. The reason I like this defragmenter is because there is not installation required, and it does it’s job pretty well and fast, too.

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(Don’t judge a book by its cover!)

Vista: Ergo – A Desktop Search

Ergo is a free application as a desktop search for Windows Vista. With Ergo you will be able to search various sources like Microsoft Live, YouTube, Flickr and your own computer in a simple step. It also supports SharePoint, so you will be able to search view your SharePoint files. Ergo has other cool features like making Ink Notes, which you can reposition somewhere else, partially erase, or delete, and it allows you to view your results in several different views preferred to your taste.

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How-To: Make Windows “No” to Copying Files a Snap

The previous post got me thinking where else could you use such a similar hack to help you ignore applications or copying files. The first thing that came to my mind was making a “No to All” when copying files by mistake. Windows gives you the choice of Yes, Yes to All, No, or Cancel. It does not give you a “No to All” choice, so if you have 50 files being overwritten by a mistake then just press the SHIFT Key while you click on “No.” None of the files will be overwritten and you will save a lot of time.

How-To: Retrieve Your Windows or Microsoft Office Product Key

I just wanted to post three freeware tools that I know that you guys can use in case you want to retrieve your Microsoft Office or Windows key from the program in case you have lost your CD with the product key. You could go through the long process of contacting Microsoft for retrieving your key or you can use these freeware utilities to get it in a second.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder – is a freeware utility that retrieves your product key that was used to register your Windows operating system or Microsoft Office Suite. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007.

WinkeyFinder – is a website that offers several different freeware utilities to help you find not only your Office product key, but Vista’s product key. Beware: they have reported bugs and are still in the process of being fixed, so the utilities are still not stable.

RockXP – is a freeware program that is specifically designed to retrieving your Windows XP product key, but it will retrieve other Microsoft’s product keys. It has received high ratings and it’s recommended by many users.

Unlocker 1.8.5 (Freeware)

Ever gotten the annoying massage “Cannot delete Folder: it is being used by another person or program” in Windows? The solution to this problem has always been a long process and waste of time, restarting your computer. That’s until Unlocker came into the picture. Unlocker is a free program that allows you with a simple right-click on a file or folder to get rid of this message without restarting your machine to do so. Simply right click the folder or file and select Unlocker. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear. Select the lockers and click Unlock and you are done.

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Unlocker

How-To: Get Rid of Email Notifications on the Windows Logon Screen

I decided to post this because I usually use MSN at work and it’s not allowed. After using MSN the first time, Windows stores your email address and it shows up on the log on screen every time you go to log on or off the user. SO if you don’t want your boss to see that your chatting during work time, or you just find the email notification annoying there are two ways to get rid of it. One is by changing the registry key that affects the Unread Mail, and the other is by using TweakUI from Microsoft. Both are easy except with TweakUI you have to install a program and then uninstall it if you are at work.

The Registry Way:

1. Click on START > RUN

2. Type “regedit” (without the quotes), that is the Registry Editor

3.  Navigate through:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail

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4. Once you reached the UnreadMail from the Drop-Down Menu select the email account you want to get rid off

5. Right Click on the Account Folder (user@hotmail.com, user@msn.com)

6. Select Permissions

7. Check off Deny on Full Controls and click OK, your done.

 TweakUI Way:

  1. Click here to download TweakUI from Microsoft. (you will find it on the right side bar a little bit down as you scroll)
  2. Once you save it and install it, open it up.
  3. Click on Log-on and the Drop-Down Menu will show you UnreadMail
  4. Check off “Show unread mail on Welcome Screen” (now there will not be a check mark there).
  5. Click OK and you are done.

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