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Free Software Recommendations

 

 Windirstat (Windows) and KDirStat (Linux) are great apllications that show you whats taking up all the space in your harddrive.

 

Paint.net

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.

I use Irfanview just for shrinking images.

Some IrfanView features:

  • Many supported file formats (click here the list of formats)
  • Multi language support
  • Thumbnail/preview option
  • Paint option - to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
  • Toolbar skins option
  • Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
  • Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
  • Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
  • Fast directory view (moving through directory)
  • Batch conversion (with image processing)
  • Multipage TIF editing
  • File search
  • Email option
  • Multimedia player
  • Print option
  • Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF
  • Change color depth
  • Scan (batch scan) support
  • Cut/crop
  • IPTC editing
  • Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
  • Capturing
  • Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
  • Lossless JPG rotation
  • Unicode support
  • Many hotkeys
  • Many command line options
  • Many PlugIns
  • Only one EXE-File, no DLLs, no Shareware messages like "I Agree" or "Evaluation expired"
  • No registry changes without user action/permission!
  • and much much more

 

 

 Theres actually allot of other free programs that work very well and I found a complete page with all the editors picks from gizmo's freeware here and he posted a bunch of good selections so I'm adding a link to his webpage


 Here's another page full of nice free aps.This is suggestions for HIPS Here 

 

 Heres a direct link for Macrium Reflect free. I use a non-free software called Paragon Drive Backup Pro. Norton Ghost is the only one I found that will work on a 1080P screen.

 

 

I found a fun tutorial if you want to setup a dual boot by using two separate hard drives

 

If you want to create a bootable usb from an iso then I suggest Unetbootin

Freerapid

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FreeRapid is my next application after Wordrider and Damaq. It's an easy to use Java downloader that supports downloading from Rapidshare and other file-sharing services.
Simply copy and paste your links from a browser to this application. FreeRapid Downloader will handle the rest itself. No more clicking or uncomfortable waiting. Free only supports saving as .wav which is ok with me because I can choose high quality.

For a 64bit system I use mydefrag

 MyDefrag is a disk defragmenter and optimizer (a maintenance utility to make your harddisk faster) for Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 2008, Win7, and for X64. It is freeware, no time limit, fully functional, no advertisements. Fast, low overhead, with many optimization strategies, can handle floppies, USB disks, memory sticks, and anything else that looks like a disk to Windows. Included are a set of easy to use scripts for endusers, a scripting engine for demanding users, a screensaver, and a combined Windows plus commandline version that can be scheduled by the Windows task scheduler or for use from administrator scripts.

 

I found this nice customizable free resource meter called: RainMeter and here's a screenshot

Their main webpage is here.

 

 Audacity

The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor heres another option if you dont like audacity (I found if you use certain effects in audacity you cant hear the output you burned to cd) I'm searching for a free audio loop editor, that Free Audio Editor is pure garbage.

 

Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Learn more about Audacity... Also check our Wiki and Forum for more information.

 

NetCraft anti-phishing toolbar: (basicly websites cant steal your email to send you spam lol)

The Toolbar community is effectively a giant neighbourhood watch scheme, empowering the most alert and most expert members to defend everyone within the community against phishing attacks. Once the first recipients of a phishing mail have reported the target URL, it is blocked for community members as they subsequently access the URL. Widely disseminated attacks (people construct phishing attacks send literally millions of emails in the expectation that some will reach customers of the bank) simply mean that the phishing attack will be reported and blocked sooner. 

If your interested in finding more free software that will work on 64bit operating systems then you should go to start64. You should look on the top of the page and find your operating system.

 

Hirens Boot CD

 

Hiren's BootCD

- Partition Tools
- Backup Tools
- Pass. & Registry Tools
- Recovery Tools
- Testing Tools
- Harddisk Tools
- System Info Tools
- File Managers
- MBR Tools
- BIOS/CMOS Tools
- MultiMedia Tools
- FileSystems Tools
- AntiSpyware
- Browsers
- Cleaners
- Optimizers
- Process Tools
- Startup Tools
- Tweakers

Download: Hiren's BootCD

After you burn the iso to a cd then follow these steps to setup your bios to boot from the cd so you can run the tests. 


If your getting a popup from vista when you bootup asking for your admin password you can turn this off if you already made an image backup but this security feature will be off for all software needing your admin password

If your worried about loosing this vista user account control software security feature  you can remove the spybot and use superantispyware

which is free and good enough that microsoft bought it and emptied allot features out and called it windows defender.

 

I found a method for fixing your MBR if your system isnt starting up, boot your windows install cd and choose repair then command and if you have anything older then vista type: sfc /fixboot (hit return) sfc /fixmbr On Vista and windows 7 type: bootrec.exe /fixboot (hit return) bootrec.exe /fixfixmbr

 GSpot is a codec information appliance that you use by dragging the questionable file that you cant access to findout what codec is needed.

I found the xvid codec for people that are having trouble playing AVI videos.

 

 

I figured out what I need to play mvk in wiindows 7 64bit. I took a screenshot of everything I used

 

If you want to go the diet route then you can install the AC3 filter and Windows Media Player Classic Home Cinema.

Installing a codec pack along with Windows Media Player Classic works wonders and the H264 will be supported unlike my method as I havnt found the correct H264 codec yet. I just installed the shark007 codec pack for windows 7 and everything seems to work well. Some people will get worse performance with 007 so there's also a plain Windows 7 codec pack you can use instead.

 

I added a direct link to see it larger here

I made sure that when i installed the FFDShow that I disabled all of the extension played by the Bass Source Filter.

 1.   AC3 filter 1.63b.exe

2. FFDShow_rev3572_20100913_clsid_x64.exe

3. Mkvinst_b99.exe (mastrovska codec pack)

4. Maybe I didn't need x264.exe but I installed it anyway

 

I wasn't able to get the Gspot codec information appliance to show any H264 info from my movies so I took a screen-shot while playing an H264 trailer here I havnt figured out if it's one of my settings or if it's the H264 decoder itself but when the screen changes I see a bunch or artifacts. Until I can figure this out I can just use the mplayerc_20100214 but the rest of my movies play well.  Since I'm using Media Player Classic home cinema I found a method to use the FFDShow Equalizer:

 2) Click Start | Programs | ffdshow | Audio Filter configuration.


3) Scroll the left setup window to the top and select "Codecs". Under
"Supported Codecs", click the Decoder column next to MP3 and choose
mp3lib. You just told ffdshow how to decode an mp3 file (if you ever
want to undo this, select "disabled".
4) Near the bottom of the same Codecs window, move the Merit slider to
"ffdshow default". You just told Windows to use ffdshow to decode mp3
files (to undo this, slide to "do not use"). Like any other codec, it
will run automatically when needed.


4) Click "Equalizer" in the left setup window. (if you can't see it,
look in Show/Hide Filters). Put a checkmark in its box to enable the
EQ and set the EQ sliders as desired.


5) Close the ffdshow setup window, start Media Player Classic and play
an MP3. ffdshow should appear in your system tray (right side of the
taskbar) to let you know it's now decoding the audio for MP3.


6) To change your EQ settings while playing, double-click the ffdshow
icon in the system tray. If you can't see it while mp3 is playing,
either you missed a step or the icon was turned off: check your
"tray" settings in ffdshow.
 

I was getting this warning message ( Warning creating DX9 allocation presenter ) when starting WMCHC so I did some research and found out that in View, Options, Output you can change it from VMR-Venderless to EVR to remove that dumb error popup. I found the fix here

 

If you want to use the AC3 filter equalizer then disable the MP3lib in the FFDShow listed above. 

 

 

 

 If you like house music I would recommend Merlyn Martin. Although this doesn't really fit in this section I dont have anywhere near enough content to create a whole new page for recommended music so I'm sugesting my favorite.

 

This is a motherboard that my electronics enthusiast, builder, repair; computer repair tech friend just bought for gaming  MSI 890GXM-G65