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7-Zip 15.2 final released
November 20, 2015 – 06:16 | No Comment

After five years of stop-start development, 7-Zip has just released a new stable version 15.2.
It’s been a long wait, but if you’re still using the latest stable build – 9.20 – then there are plenty …

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Monitor what’s running on your PC with apps tracker
November 24, 2015 – 10:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

apps trackerApps tracker is an open source tool that logs which programs are being run on your PC, and for how long.

The program is portable, so there are no intrusive drivers or Windows services to worry about. Just launch it, click the window close button and it minimises to your system tray.

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Automatically set your PC’s volume levels with SoundVolumeView
November 24, 2015 – 04:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SoundVolumeViewChanging your baseline volume level in Windows is easy – click the speaker icon, spin the mouse wheel – but if you want to adjust the volume of some other device then it quickly gets more complicated.

You might click the “Mixer” link, for instance. Or maybe the speaker icon. And then the levels tab. And then you adjust the various levels for that device, but what if you want to tweak something else…?

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8 not-so-obvious reasons to try Ultra Virus Killer
November 23, 2015 – 16:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Ultra Virus KillerIf you’re running a great security suite, with an accurate “second opinion” scanner on hand, then installing a program called “Ultra Virus Killer” might not seem a high priority.

But wait: despite its name, UVK isn’t just about malware hunting. It has a pile of other PC maintenance and management tools to explore.

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Windows 10 finally adds a new Path editor
November 23, 2015 – 11:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Environment EditorThe Path environment variable is an important setting which has been around since the days of DOS, yet for some reason Windows has always made it awkward to view and edit.

Fortunately that’s changed with Windows 10’s November update (1511), which finally offers an interface you might actually want to use.

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Colortypist is a full-screen color viewer
November 20, 2015 – 04:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ColortypistSelecting the best colors is a key part of any graphic design project, yet most color pickers only display your chosen shades in tiny boxes.

Colortypist is a portable Windows freebie which allows you type color names or codes and displays them full-screen, in real time.

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CorzSpaZio is a versatile disk space monitor
November 19, 2015 – 09:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CorSpaZioMonitoring your PCs disk space isn’t difficult, at a basic level: just launching Explorer will get you started, and there’s plenty of freeware around to take the process a little further.

That’s probably enough for general home use, but if your system is complex – more drives, several drive types – then it might be time for an industrial-strength solution.

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How to monitor Registry changes
November 18, 2015 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RegScannerConfiguring and optimising a PC takes some thought, a lot of experience and, usually, a great deal of time.

So it’s all the more annoying if your carefully tuned settings are altered by something else, without your permission.

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VertrigoServ is an easy-to-manage WAMP server
November 17, 2015 – 11:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VertrigoServSetting up a web server can be a lengthy and complicated process, with so many components to download, set up and manage.

A WAMP server (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) like VertrigoServ makes life easier by bundling together everything you need, and adding its own centralised management tools.

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How to download the latest Windows 10 ISOs with ‘Threshold 2’
November 17, 2015 – 07:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows 10Windows 10 version 1511 (codenamed ‘Threshold 2’) is here, and it’s smarter, faster, with new features for Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Mail, Maps, Photos, Xbox and a whole lot more.

Windows 10 updates can take a while to roll out to everyone, though, so if you want to jump the queue – or you’d like to set up a new system or virtual machine from scratch – then it’s quicker and easier to download an ISO image of the latest build.

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Backup to the cloud using the regular Acronis True Image 2016
November 17, 2015 – 06:39 by Nick Peers in Featured, Tips | No Comment

Acronis200-175Everyone needs a solid, reliable backup solution, and Acronis True Image 2016 is one of the best when it comes to backing up everything from selected folders to entire partitions and hard disks.

You can now pick up a single licence of True Image 2016 for just $29.99, which represents an amazing 40% off the MSRP thanks to our latest offer.

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Markdown Edit is a distraction-free editor for Windows
November 16, 2015 – 12:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Markdown EditMarkdown is a lightweight and readable markup language which makes it easy to create rich text documents with a plain text editor.

How easy? Grab a copy of the open source Markdown Edit (for Windows 7 or later) to find out.

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