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There are a ton of Sysinternals tools for troubleshooting and non-troubleshooting. If you want a collection of troubleshooting tools (very helpful if you’re working outside your PC network at a friends house, a business you’re helping/working for etc.), then you can download the Windows Systinternals Suite. This suite is regularly updated and currently sits at a whopping ~13MB:

Download Sysinternals Suite

Download Sysinternals Suite

Download Sysinternals Suite

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Backup your Movies using BDlot DVD ISO Master [Freeware]

Posted by Thomas On August - 24 - 2011
Windows Guides’ Rating Compatible with System
1 Star1 Star1 Star1 StarHalf Star 4+ out of 5 Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP
PROS: One Click Action, Rip directly to ISO, remove copy protection and burn ISO to DVD (or Blu-Ray). CONS: It does take a lot CPU power while working, but that’s about it. No Heads up when the program is finished. No Downsizing possibilities.

VERDICT: A simple, yet powerful application. It’s a “One Click Action” program which is very easy to use. Insert your movie, Click RUN and wait.

PRICE: Absolutely FREE

VERSION REVIEWED: 2.0 Build on 20110802

DOWNLOAD: BDlot DVD ISO Master

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Windows Guides’ Rating Compatible with System
1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star0 Star
4 out of 5
Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP
PROS: This free tool helps you identify “cold” spots in your home/office. Easy to use and does not require a location-aware PC setup.CONS: You have to sign up with your email address to get to the download but you can unsubscribe any time. You’ll need to use a laptop to take readings throughout your home.VERDICT: If you’re a geek and you want a map of wi-fi signal strength in your home, this application will do exactly that.PRICE: Free

VERSION REVIEWED: 1.1.2

DOWNLOAD: HeatMapper

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How Secure is your Browser ?

Posted by Thomas On April - 14 - 2011

These days with the Internet being all around us, using a secure browser is essential. We all have that one browser we love to use, and often in disregard to its security or lack there of.

The lack of security may lay in an outdated browser version, but also in the plugins, add ons and what not installed. The over eager use of plugins (as done in MSIE and Firefox) is why I personally dread most browsers. Mostly because these plugins tend to clutter my “browsing space” but also due to the lack of security.

How do you know how safe your browser experience really is ?

The short answer is: BrowserCheck By Qualys

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Featuring: WIM-images and Diskpart

When I first bought my netbook from Acer it came with the  Windows 7 Starter Edition. Luckily for me I had an extra Home Premium license I could use. Problem was that the graphics driver needed was not available for download, and was not available through Windows. A fact I only discovered once I had re-installed windows. Another irritating thing I discovered was that the bundled software that was pre-installed with my windows starter edition, did not run anymore.

The solution? The hidden recovery partition.

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Create a Windows 7 Live CD [How To]

Posted by Thomas On March - 12 - 2011

About a year ago I set out to create me a Windows 7 live CD. Finally, I am able to present you with the How-To. But before we get into that, let’s review what a LIVE CD is.

A Live CD is an actual Windows Installation that you carry with you on a USB Flash Drive or CD/DVD. The Windows Installation is portable, meaning that you can have your own windows running on any PC you encounter. The Live CDs are most commonly used to repair computers that have crashed or to rescue data from a hard drive before doing a fresh installation. The great thing about a Live CD is that it does not alter anything on the computer you use (almost like a sandbox). You boot the computer as if it is your own (from the CD/DVD or USB). You can pre-install all the software you like, making it available no matter where you are. Sort of a Laptop, but without the hardware.

In the Linux World it has been around for years ( and as Windows XP). But Windows 7, well it’s been a longer road. You have of course been able to download illegal Windows Live Copies on the net for a while – but now at last I am able to show you have to create your own legal copy (for your personal use), provided you own a Windows Setup Disk and license.

Enough chit chat, let’s get on with it…

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