15. April 2008

Some tools that can help you speed up your computer and work more efficiently

Ever thought about pounding your computer with a hammer hoping it starts moving slightly faster than the current snail’s pace? Well we’d say don’t rush for the hammer just yet; try this collection of smart utility software instead. Here are tools that provide all the help you need to control, tweak and manipulate the looks and functionality of Windows. 

 

Tweak UI:

URL: www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx 

 

Here is a utility from Microsoft which is termed as the ultimate user interface (UI) tweaker for XP. This utility will let you twist and manipulate, and sometime even override, the way your Windows interface should look. An indispensable tool that offers multiple UI tweaks under a single interface. 

 

DoubleKiller: URL: www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller 

 

A cluttered hard disk can really slow down your PC, and what adds to the clutter the most is duplicate files that hog space for no reason. This utility, as the name implies, brings you help on this front. It locates duplicate files on your computer and kills one, leaving you with just a single file. 

 

FreeCommander: URL:www.freecommander.com 

 

This is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard Windows file manager. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. The best part is that you can put this utility on a USB key—even a floppy disk if you can find one—and take it with you to control files on any PC. 

 

Taskbar Shuffle 2.2: 

 

URL: www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm 

 

So you think the Windows taskbar controls you? Here is one utility that will let you turn the tables. It lets you move the buttons for open applications anywhere you want on the taskbar, or group open documents together. And yes, it works with Windows versions all the way back to Windows 95. 

 

Pitaschio: URL: www.pitaschio.ara3.net 

 

This is another utility that could come in handy to mould Windows to match your style of working. This background utility minimizes windows to the tray, snaps them together as you drag, and disables specific keys (such as the numlock key) if you like. It also provides stats on how much you use your keyboard. 

 

Defraggler: URL: www.defraggler.com 

 

Fragmentation of the disk is another big culprit that can slow down your computer. This utility is a handy one that will help you clean up the mess. It not only defragments your hard disk but also claims to defragment individual files. If you’re not sure what needs defragging, it also provides a list of files that need it. And yes, this one is tiny enough to go on a USB drive too. 

 

WinDirStat: URL: www.windirstat.info 

 

If your hard disk seems bloated and you have no idea what exactly is taking up all that much space, here is something you should look at. Short for Windows Directory Statistics, this programme presents your hard drive’s directory in multiple views, some resembling Windows Explorer—files represented by 3D boxes in full colour. One look and you’d soon know what’s taking up space. 

 

WinPatrol 2007: URL: www.winpatrol.com 

 

You might not even notice but there are umpteen number of useless programs that come pre-installed with your Windows, which end up eating plenty of CPU cycles. Put Scotty, the Win-Patrol mascot, to work keeping an eye on your system. Scotty will come up with warnings about new programs that plan to run at startup and detection of other system changes, trusted or not. It will also delay the start of programs to improve boot-up speed in any version. 

 

Absolute Uninstaller: URL: www.glarysoft.com 

 

You might have uninstalled a particular program, but unfortunately it still leaves a lot of junk in its wake. One way to be sure that a program is all gone is the absolute uninstaller. This replaces the default Add/Remove Programs control panel in Windows, checks for extra stuff to delete after an uninstall (such as Start menu entries and useless Registry keys), and, best of all, does batch removal of multiple programmes at one time. 

 

Eraser: URL: www.heidi.ie/eraser 

 

With more and more sophisticated recovery tools, it can be disastrous to get rid of an old computer without making sure the hard drive is wiped clean. This doesn’t mean just reformatting it, but actually annihilating all data by overwriting disk sectors multiple times. Open-source Eraser that fits a USB drive is a great candidate for the job. 

 

Google Desktop 5: URL: www.desktop.google.com 

 

Finally if you think searching files on your computer takes an eternity, Google desktop can come to the rescue. This software does more than just search. Google Desktop indexes all of your data files—including email and instant messages—so you can find it fast. The interface includes multiple search-box configurations and an advanced search option. You can search and find your own files along with your internet search results. 

6 Comments

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1. Voucher Codes From BANGLADESH (BANGLADESH) Wrote on 17. April 2008 at 9:58 am

It locates duplicate files on your computer and kills one, leaving you with just a single file.

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2. Allan From UNITED STATES (UNITED STATES) Wrote on 27. June 2008 at 8:05 am

I use Directory Report to find my duplicate files
http://www.file-utilities.com

It can find duplicate files based on same name, size, CRC (32 bit hash) and/or comparing byte by byte

It is simple to use since it looks just like the MS-Explorer: Plus
It shows the size of each directory
Since the default sorting is by size descending – you will quickly drill down to the directories that are using all your disk space

It can also show a summary of the space used per user
This will show WHO is using all your space

Lots of other stuff

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3. Crimping Tool From CHINA (CHINA) Wrote on 14. March 2010 at 3:11 pm

Fivestar Tools was founded as hand and hydraulic tools manufacturer in China. Offer crimping tool,cable cutter,wire stripper and hydraulic tools.

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4. wire stripper From CHINA (CHINA) Wrote on 13. May 2010 at 1:28 pm

Fivestar Tools Co., Ltd Specializing in manufacture electrician tools for crimping, cutting and stripping, such as crimping tools, wire stripper, cable cutter, hydraulic crimping tools, hydraulic pipe benders, hydraulic gear puller, hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic busbar processing tools, hydraulic pumps, network tools, cable tie tools, wire stripping machine and hose crimping machines. In China for over 15 years tools manufacture experience with CE authorization.Fivestar Tools Co., Ltd Specializing in manufacture electrician tools for crimping, cutting and stripping, such as crimping tools, wire stripper, cable cutter, hydraulic crimping tools, hydraulic pipe benders, hydraulic gear puller, hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic busbar processing tools, hydraulic pumps, network tools, cable tie tools, wire stripping machine and hose crimping machines. In China for over 15 years tools manufacture experience with CE authorization.

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5. best optimizer From CHINA (CHINA) Wrote on 17. November 2010 at 1:46 pm

Actually ,i use Perfect optimizer to speed up my pc , it is very useful.

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6. furniture removal london From UNITED KINGDOM (UNITED KINGDOM) Wrote on 19. September 2011 at 7:04 pm

There are some great tools on the market today to cater for all kinds of issues as operating versions improve.

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