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Windows 7: FREE Great Programs for Windows 7

11 Jan 2011   #1321
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

I was looking at some stuff for myself that had turn me to IMGBurn software page, then it turns that i looked out for that one:

VSO Inspector - 2.1.0.6 - Released 21 Sep 2010:
VSO-Inspector is a free tool that reports various information about your hardware configuration. Using this freeware, you can check the listed Cd, Dvd and Blu-ray readers and writers connected to your computer, check the firmware used. The details about the media used and the speed supported by a given writer with this media. Also you can scan a burnt media for read errors and be confident about the readibility of your fresh backup.
VSO inspector : free CD, DVD and Blu-ray scanning reporting tool for testing your medias and burners

There's the Windows 7 logo compatible and this will install if needed the Patin-Couffin Driver
Handy informations are dispayed about your Cd-Rom/Dvd-Ram drive & media.


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11 Jan 2011   #1322
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you NoN. VSO-Inspector added.
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11 Jan 2011   #1323
Chiumiento

 

I really like some of these programs this thread was a really good idea.
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12 Jan 2011   #1324
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

+1

~Maxx~
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13 Jan 2011   #1325
Gaz1701

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 

Without looking through 133 pages, how about add QTTabBar to the list?
QTTabBar
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13 Jan 2011   #1326
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gaz1701 View Post
Without looking through 133 pages, how about add QTTabBar to the list?
QTTabBar
That's why there's a "Search This Thread" button at the top.
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13 Jan 2011   #1327
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 
Wi-Spy for Wi-Fi Interference with inSSIDer

This is a little Program i use since the first version and that is Windows 7 x32bits & x64bits compatible. Very handy soft to scan all the neighborhood, that might use the same channel as yours...

Quick description:

InSSIDer is open-source software and FREE to download.
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Uses the Native Wi-Fi API and your current Wireless network card
  • Sort results by Mac Address, SSID, Channel, RSSI and "Time Last Seen"
  • Compatible with most GPS devices (NMEA v2.3 and higher)
  • Inspect your WLAN and surrounding networks to troubleshoot competing access points
  • Track the strength of received signal in dBm over time
  • Filter access points in an easy-to-use format
  • Highlight access points for areas with high Wi-Fi concentration
  • Export Wi-Fi and GPS data to a KML file to view in Google Earth.
  • Filter through hundreds of scanned access points
inSSIDer Wi-Fi Scanner | MetaGeek
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14 Jan 2011   #1328
polycue

Windows 7 Professional x64 x86 VISTA XP 98SE 95 3.x
 
 
NTFS Walker

NTFS Walker is a portable application (it can be used from a thumb drive) that contains its own NTFS drivers that allow it to “walk through” the entire file structure, bypassing the need for the Windows operating system. Once NTFS Walker has read your system it will then allow you to view every record on the file system’s Master File Table. And when you view a record you can actually get very detailed information about the file to be recovered.

NTFS Walker enables the user to recover files that have either been deleted or exist on a hard drive that is not bootable but the file system is still readable.

Very fast.

What’s wrong?
There is a pretty nasty bug in the application that applies if you are trying to recover files from a thumb drive. If you scroll to the very bottom of the file listing on such a drive you will start getting a seemingly infinite amount of access violation warnings. Once this happens you might as well manually shut down your machine and start all over.


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21 Jan 2011   #1329
Shaunie

Windows 7 Premium 64bit
 
 

Nice Post,
Thanks as its all neat and tidy.
Could of used spoilers to shorten thread
-Shaun
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22 Jan 2011   #1330
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Found this yesterday, been testing today and this is simply the best freeware /donationware application I have ever seen, a great help for those reinstalling often and / or maintaining several rigs with different versions of Windows.

WSUS Offline Update allows you to download all available updates to any edition of Windows XP, Windows Server 200X, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Ms Office XP, Ms Office 2003, Ms Office 2007 and MS Office 2010. It creates one or several ISO images of your updates, which in its turn allows you to update the Windows or Office simple by mounting the ISO. You can of course burn the ISO to disk, which allows you to update other computers even when they are offline.

User interface is simple:

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Choose to which versions of Windows you want WSUS to download updates. Choose if you want to create one ISO which contains all updates to several versions of Windows (x86 only), or if you want to create ISO's per selected Windows version and language.

You can also choose if you want to include service packs, NET Framework updates, MSE and 7 or Windows Defender definitions.

Click start, WSUS starts now downloading updates, creating ISO:

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Done:

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My test: I created an Universal Update ISO earlier today, containing all updates to XP, Vista and Seven, including service packs and NET Framework updates. I had one fresh Seven installation on an old desktop where I had still not done any updates, an XP SP2 laptop and an old Vista SP1 desktop.

Downloading all updates took some time, the ISO created was about 3 GB. I then burned the ISO to a DVD, disconnected all three test rigs from Internet and loaded the disk, updating all three rigs. Screenshot from Windows 7:

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Everything went smoothly. My former XP SP2 is now SP3, Vista SP1 is SP2, and Seven is up to date. Judging from that WSUS created subfolders for each version of Windows which seemed to contain all updates (kbXXXXXX files), I would guess that it's easy to update the ISO, meaning if I run the UpdateCreator.exe in let's say a few weeks time it only downloads the new updates and updates the ISO. For instance, I now have all Seven updates in folder \wsusoffline\client\w61\glb.

Going to test the Office update tomorrow, I have Office XP, 2003 and 2010 in different rigs so I can test the global update ISO.

Notice that WSUS does not include optional updates in ISO. WSUS works in both x86 and x64 versions of Windows XP, Vista, Server 200X and Seven.

Kari


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