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Old 10-18-2006, 10:11 AM   #1
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Killer Apps, Tweaks & Important Updates!

Sticky clutter reduction note: Killer Apps/ Tips n tricks and important updates threads merged -Astro

Some of the most valued software on my pc are freeware/shareware apps. Not having 3rd party apps to 'right windows wrongs' would be sad indeed....although MS is trying their best, with LiveOneCare and the like...

Just a few RULES for in here:
*PLEASE restrict this discussion to freeware/shareware apps, as we dont want this to become an advertising thread!!

*ONLY link to freeware/shareware sites. Do NOT directly link to another forum. Feel free to mention it and what it can help with

*If you really really want to mention a commercial program(as a comparison for example), mention it by name(do not link to it) and mention that is isnt free.

* * *

These are my all time faves. Im interested in hearing about others' fave apps and what they're good for.

My ALL TIME number one 'killer app' is Network Magic. I have a mildly complicated wired+wireless 802.11b/g network and was having alot of grief with the ridiculous windows 'wizards' in xp. This app turned up in a pc magazine and I gave it ago.....It does all the work configuring your modem and suddenly all your devices become apparent It also flawlessly integrated my PDA and PSP when I had them and even played nicely with Vista machines that were thrown into the mix. Here's a screenie of my home network. Highly recommended. Give the free version a trial if youre interested


Second is Avast Antivirus. After living in misery for years with Norton Bloatware Security I went in search of of lighter app that could achieve the task. I came across avast It's great, totally free(home edition) and updates program and virus definitions *very* regularly...which is something you have to pay for in most other proggies. Great for home users IMO. Integrates with outlook/exchange which is very useful to me, and is skinnable !! (has a great looking vista or mac-style skin)

of course I will quickly mention the great freeware proggies Ad-Aware and Spybot though most tech-heads will know about these already

as for fave sites I can never go past Videohelp as the ULTIMATE resource for info and guides about multimedia tools and conversions.

For system builders, I cant start project without plugging specs into eXtreme Outervision's Power Supply Calculator

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NegSun - Edit: Now comes a comprehensive and alphabetical list of all the programs/sites that have been mentioned in this thread, enjoy



7Zip

Ad-Aware

AlienGUIse Desktop Theme Manager

Any Video Converter

ASC Gen.NET

ATI Tray Tools

Avast Antivirus.

AV-Comparatives

AVG Free

AVI Recomp

AVI Trimmer

BurnAware

CCCP

CCleaner

CDisplay

Daemon Tools

DeskSpace.

Dirlot

DNSstuff

DOSBox

Driver Agent

DynDNS

DynAdvance Email Notifier

Email Effects

eXtreme Outervision's Power Supply Calculator

FairUse Wizard

Firefox

Foobar2000

FRAPS

Free Hide Folders

"Get n Set affinity"

Giveaway of the Day

Google Earth

Inkscape

InternetFileSize

IrfanView

ISO Buster

IZArc

K-Lite Codec Pack

KeyTweak

Koepi's XviD Codec

Komodo Edit

Lolifox

Madotate

Maxthon

Media Player Classic

MicroAngelo Icon Editor

Miranda IM

Motherboard Monitor

Network Magic

Notepad++

ObjectDock

OpenOffice.org

Paint.NET

Power Menu

QuickTime Alternative Lite

RAD Video Tools

RAM-Booster

Real Alternative Lite

RealVNC - Virtual Network Computing

Scribus

Site Advisor

Spybot

Sysinternals Monitoring Utilities

Task List Programs

Taskbar Shuffle

TCP Optimizer

Terragen

The Core Media Player

The GIMP

The Open CD

Thunderbird

Tom's Hardware

TreeSize Professional

TUGZip

Ultravnc

Unlocker

uTorrent

Videohelp

VirtualBox

VirtualDub

VirtualDubMod

Vista Codec Pack & Vista x64 components

Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions

VLC media player

WavePad

Winamp

WinCustomize

XP Codec Pack

Zidrav

ZoneAlarm


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Old 10-18-2006, 12:20 PM   #2
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Second is Avast Antivirus. After living in misery for years with Norton Bloatware Security I went in search of of lighter app that could achieve the task. I came across avast It's great, totally free(home edition) and updates program and virus definitions *very* regularly...which is something you have to pay for in most other proggies. Great for home users IMO. Integrates with outlook/exchange which is very useful to me, and is skinnable !! (has a great looking vista or mac-style skin)
I use avast also, it's very good I think. It updates automatically all the time so I never have to worry about it.


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Old 10-18-2006, 12:47 PM   #3
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TCP Optimizer- Good for speeding up network connections
VirtualDub- Free program to encode video (mainly AVIs) with whatever codecs are on your system
VirtualDubMod- Has some features VirtualDub does not, this is the program I usually use for encoding
ObjectDock- OSX-like dock for Windows
Koepi's XviD Codec- Allows you to play XviD, MPEG, and DivX movies, as well as encode XviD movies
Real Alternative Lite- Yay for playing RealMedia files without RealPlayer
QuickTime Alternative Lite- Yay for playing QuickTime files and being able to play MP3s, etc in Firefox without installing QuickTime
Media Player Classic- Lightweight media player with a ****load of features that uses very little memory and plays anything you have a codec for



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Old 10-18-2006, 02:27 PM   #4
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KeyTweak - Keyboard Remapper (Freeware)
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DynAdvance Email Notifier - Tray application for getting notifications from MSN, Yahoo!, and Google email accounts. (Shareware)

MicroAngelo Icon Editor - A very nice icon editor. (Shareware)

Sysinternals Monitoring Utilities - This site has a slew of monitoring utilities including FileMon, RegMon, DiskMon, PortMon... (Freeware)

Google Earth - Who doesn't love having the globe on your PC? (Freeware)

Email Effects - An excellent ASCII art generator. (Nag-ware)



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Old 10-18-2006, 03:42 PM   #5
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Here are a bunch of the freeware applications I use fairly often:
  • AVG Free, free anti-virus software.

  • ZoneAlarm, free software firewall that can block both incoming and outgoing connection attempts.

  • ATI Tray Tools, ATI Radeon configuration tool, I use it instead of the bloated Catalyst Control Center. Can also take screenshots of DirectX/OpenGL applications and games, show FPS rate and GPU temperature on-screen and record audio.

  • Motherboard Monitor, allows you to check the temperature of your CPU and Motherboard, voltages and fan speed. A bit old by now, but still works, and useful when you get paranoid after your computer overheats once due to a malfunctioning fan.

  • Miranda IM, very nice instant messenger client, which unlike all others I've looked at is fairly lightweight, requiring very little memory and CPU resources, and doesn't contain any unremovable bloatware or spy/adware. Supports a variety of different protocols, with plugins support to allow handling many others.

  • 7Zip, free file compression/decompression utility that can unpack most formats, and integrates with the Windows shell context menu for easy use.

  • OpenOffice.org, free Office suite, similar to MS Office. Not quite as advanced, but more than enough for someone like me. And it doesn't cost anything.

  • IrfanView, image viewer application that can handle most image formats. Also contains some rudimentary editing functionality and can mass-convert images between different formats. Perfect for fixing up screenshots and such.


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Old 12-11-2006, 03:02 PM   #6
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Motherboard Monitor, allows you to check the temperature of your CPU and Motherboard, voltages and fan speed. A bit old by now, but still works, and useful when you get paranoid after your computer overheats once due to a malfunctioning fan.
The problem with MbM is that it has not been developed for over two and 1/2 years. Any of the motherboard chiptsets that have come out since then are not supported. It is too bad that he could not get the support and information that he needed to continue to develop the program.

Power Menu - Power Menu is a small application that adds "Always On Top", "Minimize To Tray", "Priority" and "Transparency" sub menus to all top level system menus.

Unlocker - Unlocker overrides window's 'this file can not be deleted because it is being used by another program' type errors

Taskbar Shuffle - Reorder the programs/buttons on your taskbar exactly how you like.

CCleaner A good registry and privacy cleaning tool.

Foobar2000 - an advanced audio player for the Windows platform

VLC media player Will play any type of media you want to throw at it.

IZArc - A great compression utility IMHO


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Old 10-18-2006, 05:50 PM   #7
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The only things I can think of are:
WavePad, great program to edit and convert audio files without to much hassle, cut annoying sounds out or edit a song to make it you ringtone for example...

AlienGUIse Desktop Theme Manager, an absolutely free desktop theme manager with 4 different themes and icon packages, looks very cool and is very easy to use...



I use AVG, is it just as good as Avast Antivirus?



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Old 10-19-2006, 02:51 AM   #8
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I use AVG, is it just as good as Avast Antivirus?
I myself wasnt happy with AVG and easily prefer avast, especially with its Vista skin It updates it defs almost daily(automatically if you set it) and isnt a resource hog.

@stoffe - Irfan View !! yes. lite imager viewer. Ive been using it for years and eben though Ive got a decent system I cant go past it... I like apps that are quick loading, versatile and easy to use. I wish theyd change their main icon...what is that red thing!??

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Old 10-19-2006, 05:25 AM   #9
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I myself wasnt happy with AVG and easily prefer avast, especially with its Vista skin It updates it defs almost daily(automatically if you set it) and isnt a resource hog.

@stoffe - Irfan View !! yes. lite imager viewer. Ive been using it for years and eben though Ive got a decent system I cant go past it... I like apps that are quick loading, versatile and easy to use. I wish theyd change their main icon...what is that red thing!??

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But AVG updates almost daily as well...and what do you mean by resource hog?



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Old 10-19-2006, 09:44 AM   #10
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But AVG updates almost daily as well...and what do you mean by resource hog?
means it runs quietly in the backgound but doesnt use up heaps of processing power doing so, thereby not interefering with other things. I imagine AVG is pretty light from that aspect too. The only way to see which you like more is to try the other

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Old 10-20-2006, 08:03 AM   #11
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I use AVG, is it just as good as Avast Antivirus?
Avast is by far supior to AVG. Avg only has a residential on access scanner.

Avast also does the following on less resources than AVG takes to run.
Web Access scanner (scans incoming internet trafic for viruses and malware)
Internet email scanner (as the name suggests)
network scanner (scans incoming network trafic for viruses and malware)
Residential on Access scanner (scans everyfile you access for viruses and will stop you from opening one if it contains a virus)
excange/outlook scanner (you get the picture by now
P2P scanner
IM scanner

web browser Firefox
email program Mozilla Thunderbird
alternative browser Lolifox - firefox based browser for anime fans

windows hacks (sorta)
boot skin, logon studio - both free: they let your replace your default boot screen, and logon screen respectively.

all my other programs people have linked to already as no sense in mentioning them



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Old 10-20-2006, 05:08 AM   #12
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I supposed it couldn't hurt to have an extra antivirus program installed...



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RAM-Booster- this app does a number of things for the RAM with its chief advantage of just simply doing a better job of freeing up RAM for memory hungry apps than Windows can. if you have 1.5GB of RAM or more, you won't see much of a difference at all. however, if you're under that level, you can notice a slight difference in how your computer runs.

FRAPS- the ultimate gaming benchmark tool. its free, easy to use, and it doesn't use much RAM. i use it for benchmarking the framerate in most of my games, and i also use it for screenshots. you can also record your gaming session onto video straight to .WMV format.


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RAM-Booster- this app does a number of things for the RAM with its chief advantage of just simply doing a better job of freeing up RAM for memory hungry apps than Windows can. if you have 1.5GB of RAM or more, you won't see much of a difference at all. however, if you're under that level, you can notice a slight difference in how your computer runs.

FRAPS- the ultimate gaming benchmark tool. its free, easy to use, and it doesn't use much RAM. i use it for benchmarking the framerate in most of my games, and i also use it for screenshots. you can also record your gaming session onto video straight to .WMV format.
Fraps isn't free though O.o well atleast if you want all the capablities.

I guess I forgot those 2. but I do notice some difference when runing over 900 MB of ram usaged but unitll you hit that level with rambooster you really can't tell.

the core media player free media player that plays pretty much any vidieo type including ogm and mkv

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Old 10-20-2006, 04:15 PM   #15
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Maxthon Just a web browser. I tried firefox again recently, I really gave it an honest chance, but in the end I just went back to Maxthon.

I can't live without Mouse gestures, Web groups, easy tabbed browsing( I know firefox has tabbed browsing but I find it clucky in comparison)can't beat click and drag links to open them in a new tab, Quick button to turn on and off the pop-up and addblocking wich some safe sites don't like.

Winamp Need I say more.

The others I would have mentioned have already been mentioned
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oh, and since we're talking about cool tech sites: Tom's Hardware- its where i get a lot of my hardware info. their product reviews are done from a purely objective standpoint. in other words, they do a lot of different benchmarks to test things out and then offer an excellent explanation as to the various outcomes. great website if you're looking for hardware info and recommendations that are absent of any fanboy bias.


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Most of my "Killer Apps" have already been listed, but some others are:

TreeSize Professional - A good app to show how much of your memory is where. It is complete with charts and such, to show just which part of your hard drive is taking up the most space. A very nifty tool.

uTorrent - A brilliant bitTorrent client that does what most others do. Its added bonus is that it is unbelievably tiny in size and takes up hardly any RAM.

The GIMP - The GIMP is a modest little program with capabilities parallel to Photoshop. It has a steep learning curve and is a resource hog, but its a good thing when you don't have the sort of money Photoshop needs.

Terragen - The tried and true photorealistic scenery generator.

RAD Video Tools - A helpful app to convert Bink and Smacker format videos vice-versa. Great for playing most video-game FMV sequences out of the game.


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Unfortunately the link I'm posting does have an advert to a program, but that's not the intention

What is very helpful about the site is that it contains an indexed, alphabetical list of Task List Programs.. you know, those often un-decipherable 'codenames' for background processes (svchost.exe, systray, cidaemon, etc.)

The list tells you exactly what those funky named files are

http://www.answersthatwork.com/Taskl...s/tasklist.htm

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I know it's not really a "program" but I didn't think this site was worth a thread, especially since it mentions a pay program, TUT...

Just posting about the index, ignore the prog.. hehehe...


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Diskeeper is bad for you!!!

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I'm sorry to hear that Negative_Sun.
I guess it really was a killer app.
^^What he said!



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Giveaway of the Day is a site that lets you download a program for free that would otherwise cost you money, today's app is a good one if you're interested!



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The thing that I really love is "Site Advisor" by McAfee...it is a free program that can be added to your browser (Firefox I think you have to get it off of Mozilla add-ons, but I'm not sure). This little tool helps you stay away from possibly dangerous sites. It is backed by professional site raters, and you can also join in and rating certain sites...it's all explained on the website...but it just helps you when you're searching for something, and you really have no idea where to look...just try it out.

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Got a new one today courtesy PCWorld magazine. Free Hide Folders utility will hide any folder on your hard drive. The interface is password protected. These folders are hidden from both the GUI (Windows Explorer) and the console. You cannot enter the file path in Explorer bar or even "cd" into the directory. Very cool. And free.
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Tips, Tricks & Important Updates!

Ive decided to put this up for people to contribute something theyve come across or ask those small niggly questions that may not warrant its own thread.

Feel free to ask any question, but be aware that Mac and Linux experts are around, but relatively scarce

Im just starting with listing the most common ones I get asked ALL the time by friends, relatives, pets etc.

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How to save YouTube videos
Sites like YT etc use flash video to display their clips. It is possible to save these files - there are several ways to do so - heres one(very quick) way to do it!

Requirements.
1. Firefox browser
2. Unplug extension

In Firefox - go to:
*Tools > Add ons (brings up the FF extensions manager) > click get extensions

*It takes you to FF extensions page - here it is just in case youd like to bookmark it for future use:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:1

*Search for the 'unplug' extension > install it (you'll need to restart firefox for it to fully install)

*Now go tou youtube, find a vid you like - allow it to play all the way through

*Go to 'Tools' > select 'Unplug' it and it will open up a page where it shows the objects/urls on the page. Under a couple it will say "this is the one you probably want" > click 'Save' rename the video whatever you want, but put the ".flv" onto it and click save.

eg. it will usually come up in the save box as 'getvideo.htm'
>> rename to 'starwars.flv' for example

Thats it! ....Now to play it !!

How to play Youtube vids(FLV)files
Some like standalone players like FLV player Riva FLV Encoder/Player is another freeware one.

If you dont like playing with registry settings etc, this is the safest option.

If you'd like to open FLV files in Windows Media Player it can be done by installing a relevant media filter and a registry tweak. But...

PLEASE BEWARE !!
If you do not feel confident editing registry settings - please dont use this method !

(This method works in WMP, I havent been able to get it to work in quicktime player, and havent bothered testing anything else. As I use vista media center - getting these to play in WMP was quite important!)

Requirements.
1. saved '.flv' video
2. wmp 9 onwards
3. FFDshow Codecs These are a ever changing set of codecs and DirectShow filters that will allow you to play divx/xvid, audio formats etc. You can pick what you want it to handle when you install it.

For this example - once downloaded, install but select ONLY the "FLV" option when it asks you what formats you'd like ffdshow to handle.

Now the slightly tricky bit:
1. Open your registry Go to Run> Type Regedit

2. Expand 'HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT'

3. Scroll down til you get to .flv and select >It will display the registry keys for this filetype in the right pane. Depending on what other proggies you have installed - this will vary. If you use Macromedia Flash etc I would recommend you DONT do this as MM has its own flash player anyway(but if you are a regular MM user - you'd surely know that!!)

4. Right click on the right pane> Select 'New' > 'String Value'
A new string value will appear in the pane, allowinf you to name it, you MUST name it "PerceivedType" (without the quotation marks but in that case, and without the space!)

5. Once the key is renamed > Double click it and it will bring up an 'edit string' box. On the top it has "Value Name" - this should already be what you named it(ie. Perceived Type)

>>Under "value data" type "video" (without quotation marks of course and all in lower case)

6. Press OK and exit registry editor

Now, set WMP(etc) to play the filetype.

7. Right click your saved .flv file - select 'open with'. Select WMP(etc). If no option is there - go find the program in C:\Program files (or wherever your program files folder is if its not on C drive) for WMP, it has a folder in 'Program Files' that can be located pretty easily > Select and check the box that says 'always use for this filetype'

NB. Windows will give a warning message that it doesnt recognise the extension - just select to play anyway, and 'dont ask this again'.

WMP should now start playing your youtube vid ! It is much easier to resize in WMP, as opposed to the standalone FLV players. (if you have used FFDshow, when you first play an FLV a box about who wrote teh filter will come up, just check 'do not show this again' to get rid of it)

This above method can be done with any filetype basically. Please note for quicktime and realplayer files, you still need the quicktime and realplayer programs installed to provide the relevant filters WMP(etc can use). There are alternate filters available(eg. QT alternative) but Ive found them to not work as well as the actual filters themselves. Since applying this to my media center pc, I finally dont have to convert any vids ever agaon to be able to watch them in WMP/windows media center. Very handy. Given that you can network/stream shared media very easily across multiple pcs using WMP 11, its a very handy little trick - even for those with just WMP11 and not Vista or XP Media Center.

I have a few more to do - but Im tired atm - be back later !!

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Very nice Astro!

I use DownloadHelper to download .flv files (and it works on most sites I've tried it on) and a program called Super to convert my .flv files to anything else (usually .avi), it comes with all the necessary codecs you'll probably ever need, including the FFDshow Codecs you mentioned Astro...

It's a good method as well, which doesn't need tinkering with the registry.

btw, I know the Super website looks all over the place and full of adds, but they are providing a really good video converter for absolutely peanuts (with no viruses or anything, trust me I've been using it for months now), so IMO we can forgive that



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Frequent Connection Timeouts in Firefox

Recently my ISP migrated (and upgraded?) all their servers to a new physical location. I noticed my WAN side IP address has since changed and my DNS servers' IPs are also new. Since then, I've been getting frequent "Connection Timed Out" results from HTTP requests in Firefox. Pressing Retry typically works but it was the delay in page loading was becoming quite annoying.

I found a tweak that seems to have fixed my problem.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Network.dns.disableIPv6

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Originally Posted by Mozilla
One particular bug that has appeared exists not in Mozilla, but in IPv6-capable DNS servers: an IPv4 address may be returned when an IPv6 address is requested. It is possible for Mozilla to recover from this misinformation, but a significant delay is introduced.
By going into about:config and setting network.dns.disableIPv6 to TRUE, I have resolved my problem. I no longer have to wait 10 seconds for the Timeout page to show up so I can press the Retry button.

Just thought I'd pass this on since it's likely that other people's ISPs will be upgrading their DNS servers to be IPv6-capable in the near future as well.
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nice work

Here's another one - ever tried to open an embedded Windows Media audio/video windows in Firefox ?? If you have you'll notice that nothing much happens, and you reluctantly go looking for that undesirable "e" icon

Here's how to get embedded WMP in FF

I was just about to ranting on about tracking down certain .dlls and plugging them in manually, but have since realised that some clever folks have (finally) written a WMP plugin for FF......(saving me the hassle of explaining the manual workaround!)

check it out HERE

thats it!

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I recently got sick of Firefox crashing when I would attempt to view my Yahoo! Mail. A quick Google revealed MozillaZine's Knowledge Base article on known causes of Firefox crashes... fixed me right up.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Firefox_crashes
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Exclamation Important Updates Thread!!

Nothing too exciting here, but thought you all might want to know that XP SP3 and Vista SP1 are available from Microsoft Windows Update.


Field Guide to Windows XP SP3 (Lifehacker.com)

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For the most part, Microsoft is doing their best to avoid pulling Vista features into XP, with just a few exceptions. They are:

* Network Access Protection (NAP): A new system in Vista and Windows Server 2008, this feature sets system "health" requirements to validate a computer's health before it allows that computer to connect to yours.
* "Black Hole" Router Detection: This new feature detects when your router is silently losing or discarding packets and is intended to protect from such problems.
* Product Activation Not Required on Installation: Like Vista, you can now install XP without first providing a valid product key. Windows will prompt for a product key after installation, though, if you want to take advantage of Windows Genuine Advantage.
* Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module: In a nutshell, this Vista back-port makes it easier to encrypt data through a single algorithm. Enjoy that one!

Aside from these Vista back-port features, other new features include more descriptive security options that better explain your security settings and improved administrator security.


@Astro, Niner et al.: Feel free to merge this with this thread if you like.


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Rather than merge, I'll use this to kick off something I was pondering for a while... an important updates thread, where people can post links to newly released drivers, hotfixes, updates, handy utils etc they think may be useful to others. Keep the killer apps in their thread, but feel free to post a version update her if you want...

I'll do my best to keep it updated on the GPU/codec side of things (my main area of interest)

@Linux pros >> feel free to add info, links you feel are important

* * *

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL:

May/June 2008

175.16 (XP x86)

175.16 (Vista x86)

175.16 (Vista x64)

If you have older >6100, FX/MX etc cards, it is suggested you read the release notes before downloading any current version. If you have a non windows OS, please check nvidia.com, of course)

For the adventurous, non-WHQL beta drivers(usually those packaged with new cards or leaked by beta testers). Recommended only if you are after a specifically mentioned bugfix, or are a driver junkie

Courtesy Guru3d

May 2008

175.70 (XP x86)

175.70 (Vista x86)

175.70 (Vista x64)


ATI Catalyst WHQL
May 2008

Catalyst 8.5 (XP x86)

Catalyst 8.5 (Vista x86)

Catalyst 8.5 (Vista x64)

* * *

Vista Codec Pack
Contains Updated FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and common tools. Custom install allows you to select only bits you want.

Current versions and release notes at compilers site
>>HERE:

JUN 2008

4.70 VCP for Vista x86
1.4.9 x64 Components add-on for Vista x64 >>a must for x64 Users! (Install along with the standard VCP)

Site includes links for Quicktime alt add on for VCP and some very useful tools/apps

K-lite Codec Pack

JUN 2008

XP/2000/Vista > 3.9.5 standard, basic, full versions & releases notes >>HERE

Or those that prefer the XP Codec Pack

JUN 2008
XP Codec Pack 2.3.8

* * *

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Update July 17, 2008

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL:

July/August 2008

175.19 (XP x86)

175.19 (Vista x86)

175.19 (Vista x64)

These would be the most common drivers for most of us to use, namely with the 6, 7, 8 and 9 series of GeForce cards, for others, see below...

If you have a 200-series card (GTX260/280), use this for Vista x86:
177.41

Check the site or ask if you need ones for XP or Vista x64.

If you have older >6100, FX/MX etc cards, it is suggested you read the release notes before downloading any current version. If you have a Non-Windows OS, please check nvidia.com, of course.

For the adventurous, non-WHQL beta drivers(usually those packaged with new cards or leaked by beta testers). Recommended only if you are after a specifically mentioned bugfix, or are a driver junkie

Courtesy Guru3d

July/August 2008

177.66 (XP x86)

177.66 (Vista x86)

177.66 (Vista x64)

13/8/2008:GeForce Power Pack
For nvidia series 8 or above only. This pack includes a selection of
*PhysX and CUDA enabled drivers v 177.83 (currently not in standard drivers)
*nvidias folding@home client \o/
*Games and tech demos. including an unreal tournament physX mod


ATI Catalyst WHQL
July/August 2008

Catalyst 8.6 (XP x86)

Catalyst 8.6 (Vista x86)

Catalyst 8.6 (Vista x64)

* * *

Vista Codec Pack
Contains Updated FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and common tools. Custom install allows you to select only bits you want.

Current versions and release notes at compilers site
>>HERE:

July/August 2008

4.7.1 (Final) VCP for Vista x86
1.5.0 (Final) x64 Components add-on for Vista x64 >>a must for x64 Users! (Install along with the standard VCP)

Site includes links for Quicktime alt add on for VCP and some very useful tools/apps

K-lite Codec Pack

July/August 2008

XP/2000/Vista > 4.0.0 standard, basic, full versions & releases notes >>HERE

Or those that prefer the XP Codec Pack

July/August 2008
XP Codec Pack 2.3.9

* * *

Have fun



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Update Sept 12, 2008

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL:

September/October 2008

175.19 (XP x86)

175.19 (Vista x86)

175.19 (Vista x64)

These would be the most common drivers for most of us to use, namely with the 6, 7, 8 and 9 series of GeForce cards, for others, see below...

If you have a 200-series card (GTX260/280), use this for Vista x86:
177.41

Check the site or ask if you need ones for XP or Vista x64.

If you have older >6100, FX/MX etc cards, it is suggested you read the release notes before downloading any current version. If you have a Non-Windows OS, please check nvidia.com, of course.

For the adventurous, non-WHQL beta drivers(usually those packaged with new cards or leaked by beta testers). Recommended only if you are after a specifically mentioned bugfix, or are a driver junkie

Courtesy Guru3d

September/October 2008

177.98 (XP x86)

177.98 (Vista x86)

177.98 (Vista x64)

13/8/2008:GeForce Power Pack
For nvidia series 8 or above only. This pack includes a selection of
*PhysX and CUDA enabled drivers v 177.92 (currently not in standard drivers)
*nvidias folding@home client \o/
*Games and tech demos. including an unreal tournament physX mod


ATI Catalyst WHQL
September/October 2008

Catalyst 8.8 (XP x86)

Catalyst 8.8 (Vista x86)

Catalyst 8.8 (Vista x64)

* * *

Vista Codec Pack

FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and common tools. Custom install allows you to select only bits you want.

Current versions and release notes at compilers site
>>HERE:

September/October 2008

4.7.3 (Final) VCP for Vista x86
1.5.2 (Final) x64 Components add-on for Vista x64 >>a must for x64 Users! (Install along with the standard VCP)

Site includes links for Quicktime alt add on for VCP and some very useful tools/apps

K-lite Codec Pack

September/October 2008

XP/2000/Vista > 4.1.7 standard, basic, full versions & releases notes >>HERE

Or those that prefer the XP Codec Pack

September/October 2008
XP Codec Pack 2.4.2

* * *

Have fun!



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Update Dec 9th, 2008

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs tested)

December 2008

178.24 (XP x86)

178.24 (Vista x86)

178.24 (Vista x64)

The above WHQL drivers are compatible for anything nVidia 6-series and up, even the GTX-200 series!

There is a newer (more performant) version of the WHQL driver as well, but only for the 8, 9 and 200 series, find them below:

180.48 (XP x86)

180.48 (Vista x86)

180.48 (Vista x64)

Older versions tend to be more stable, but the newer ones can improve performance in certain games if that is what you need

If you have older < 6100, FX/MX etc cards, it is suggested you read the release notes before downloading any current version. If you have a Non-Windows OS, please check nvidia.com, of course.

For the adventurous, non-WHQL beta drivers(usually those packaged with new cards or leaked by beta testers). Recommended only if you are after a specifically mentioned bugfix, or are a driver junkie

Courtesy Guru3d

December 2008

180.84 (XP x86)

180.84 (Vista x86)

180.84 (Vista x64)

09/12/2008:GeForce Power Pack
For nvidia series 8 or above only. This pack includes a selection of
*PhysX and CUDA enabled drivers v 177.92 (currently not in standard drivers)
*nvidias folding@home client \o/
*Games and tech demos. including an unreal tournament physX mod

It comes in at a whopping 3.5Gb though, so plenty of patience and bandwidth will be required!


ATI Catalyst WHQL
December 2008

Catalyst 8.11 (XP x86)

Catalyst 8.11 (Vista x86)

Catalyst 8.11 (Vista x64)

* * *

Vista Codec Pack

FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and common tools. Custom install allows you to select only bits you want.

Current versions and release notes at compilers site
>>HERE:

December 2008

5.04 (Final) VCP for Vista x86
1.5.7 (Final) x64 Components add-on for Vista x64 >>a must for x64 Users! (Install along with the standard VCP)

Site includes links for Quicktime alt add on for VCP and some very useful tools/apps

K-lite Codec Pack

December 2008

XP/2000/Vista > 4.3.4 standard, basic, full versions & releases notes >>HERE

Or those that prefer the XP Codec Pack

December 2008
XP Codec Pack 2.4.4

* * *

A bit overdue, I know

Have fun!



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*puts up bat signal for negsun*

In the interim > here are the latest

DirectX [November 2008]

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Internet Explorer 8 is now available for download for Win XP, Vista, and Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/Int...wnload-ie.aspx

Some videos on its use:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/int...ta/videos.aspx


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As it seems negsun has disappeared off the face of the planet techforum, I'll provide this very late update...with apologies

Update May 23 2009

Current drivers:

Nvidia WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs tested)

185.85 (XP x86)

185.85 (Vista x86)

185.85 (Vista x64)

Windows7 Beta:

185.85 Windows7 x86

185.84 Windows7 x64


* * *


ATI Catalyst WHQL


Catalyst 9.5 (XP x86)

Catalyst 9.5 (Vista/Windows7 x86)

Catalyst 9.5 (Vist/Windows7 x64)


* * *


Vista Codec Pack


The VCP (compiled by shark007 from msdn) now supports XP as as well. Includes FFDshow, Xvid, DivX and other common tools.
Custom install allows you to select only bits you want. x64 Add-ons are a must for vista/W7 x64 users(install alongside with the x86 pack)

There is an all-new config GUI which simplifies advanced config options for all common filetypes:
5.26 (Final) VCP for XP/Vista x86

1.8.6 (Final) add-on for Vista x64

Windows7 beta codecs:

Fully featured codec pack support is now available for those trialing the Win7beta.

Windows7 codec pack x86 1.1.4 (Final)

1.20 (Final) add on for Windows7 x64


* * *
Finally, just in case you missed it: Applies for DX9 and 10, XP and Vista:

DirectX March 2009


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very overdue, I know

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Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Here's an FAQ via Technet Nb. It is NOT a cumulative update, so requires you to have SP1 before your install it

x86 Download Page [384 MB]

x64 Download Page [577 MB]

These are the five language stadalone downloads, so if you need more than the 5 languages, you're perhaps better off checking out the All language standalones.

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Start -> Run

Here's a list of some of the commands/apps you can launch quickly via Start -> Run



Accessibility Controls - access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard - accwiz
Add Hardware - Wizardhdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs - appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control - admintools
Adobe Acrobat (if installed) - acrobat
Adobe ImageReady (if installed)- imageready
Adobe Photoshop (if installed)- photoshop
Automatic Updates - wuaucpl.cpl

Bluetooth Transfer Wizard – fsquirt

Calculator - calc
Check Disk Utility - chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer - clipbrd
Command Prompt - cmd
Component Services - dcomcnfg
Computer Management - compmgmt.msc
Control Panel - control

Date and Time Properties - timedate.cpl
Device Manager - devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)- directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter- dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility- cleanmgr
Disk Defragment- dfrg.msc
Disk Management- diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager- diskpart
Display Properties- control desktop
Display Properties- desk.cpl
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected)- control color
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility- drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility- verifier

Event Viewer- eventvwr.msc

Files and Settings Transfer Tool- migwiz
File Signature Verification Tool- sigverif
Findfast- findfast.cpl
Firefox (if installed)- firefox
Folders Properties- control folders
Fonts- control fonts
Fonts Folder- fonts
Free Cell Card Game- freecell

Game Controllers- joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)- gpedit.msc

Hearts Card Game- mshearts
Help and Support- helpctr
HyperTerminal- hypertrm

Iexpress Wizard- iexpress
Indexing Service- ciadv.msc
Internet Connection Wizard- icwconn1
Internet Explorer- iexplore
Internet Setup Wizard- inetwiz
Internet Properties- inetcpl.cpl

IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) - ipconfi/all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents)- ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents)- ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections)- ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration(RefreshesDHCP&Re-RegistersDNS)-ipconfig/registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID)- ipconfig/showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID)- ipconfig /setclassid
IP Configuration (Release All Connections)- ipconfig /release

Logs You Out Of Windows - logoff…..

Malicious Software Removal Tool - mrt
Microsoft Access (if installed) - access.cpl
Microsoft Chat - winchat
Microsoft Excel (if installed) - excel
Microsoft Frontpage (if installed)- frontpg
Microsoft Movie Maker - moviemk
Microsoft Paint - mspaint
Microsoft Word (if installed)- winword
Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed)- powerpnt
Minesweeper Game - winmine
Mouse Properties - control mouse
Mouse Properties - main.cpl

Nero (if installed)- nero
Net Meeting - conf
Network Connections - control netconnections
Network Connections - ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard - netsetup.cpl
Notepad - notepad

Outlook Express - msimn

Password Properties - password.cpl
Performance Monitor - perfmon.msc
Phone and Modem Options - telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer - dialer
Pinball Game - pinball
Power Configuration - powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes - control printers
Printers Folder – printers

Registry Editor - regedit
Remote Desktop - mstsc
Removable Storage - ntmsmgr.msc

Scanners and Cameras - sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks - control schedtasks
Security Center - wscui.cpl
Services - services.msc
Shared Folders - fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows - shutdown
Sounds and Audio - mmsys.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game - spider
System Configuration Editor - sysedit
System Configuration Utility - msconfig
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately)- sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot)- sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) - sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting)- sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache)- sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x)-sfc/cachesize=x
System Information - msinfo32.
System Properties - sysdm.cpl

Task Manager – taskmgr
TCP Tester - tcptest
Telnet Client - telnet

User Account Management- nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager - utilman

Windows Address Book - wab
Windows Explorer - explorer
Windows Firewall- firewall.cpl
Windows Media Player - wmplayer
Windows Messenger - msmsgs
Windows Update Launches - wupdmgr
Windows Version (to show which version of windows)- winver
Windows XP Tour Wizard - tourstart
Wordpad - write


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I like FF3 but FF2 has an extension I *really use alot* which seems will never get updated for FF3...

Hence, with a tiny bit of fiddling, you can use FF3 and FF2 concurrently.
http://www.troyrutter.com/2008/06/18...n-harmony.html

I use FF3 for most stuff, and then just jump into FF2 for when I need to use said extension

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I like FF3 but FF2 has an extension I *really use alot* which seems will never get updated for FF3...

Hence, with a tiny bit of fiddling, you can use FF3 and FF2 concurrently.
http://www.troyrutter.com/2008/06/18...n-harmony.html

I use FF3 for most stuff, and then just jump into FF2 for when I need to use said extension

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with a lot of extensions you can open the extension's xpi file in in winrar or whatever then edit the install.rdf file to let it install on 3.x



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with a lot of extensions you can open the extension's xpi file in in winrar or whatever then edit the install.rdf file to let it install on 3.x
A few have already done this. It will install, but wont really work anywhere near as effectively as the FF2 version.

It's one of the most requested extension updates for FF3. The extensions name is unplug(I mentioned it in first post) and there are some things it does that other video downloaders simply cant.

If you can get it fully working, then there's a beer, or a pretty dress coming your way [/not sure about jmacs gender]

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