Short List of Utilities for Vista

Day24

Member
Vista Pro
sorry, didn't mean to step on any toes here! Never said it ws the full version by the way, I just said it was fully functioning.
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus P5K Pro
    Memory
    2 times 2GB Kingston (paired) DDR2 PC 6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    9600GT 512MB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 226 CW
    Screen Resolution
    1680X1050
    Hard Drives
    74GB 10.000 rpm WD raptor
    750 GB Samsung F1
    750 GB Samsung F1
    2 WD 500 GB drives
    PSU
    Recom Power Engine 600 Watt
    Case
    Apevia X-cruiser Blue
    Cooling
    Auras CTC-868 CPU cooler; 7 Zalman 120mm, 1 Papst casesooler
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless trackball
    Internet Speed
    50 mbit synchronous fibreglass connection

dmex

ɠɛɐǨ
Vista Guru
Gold Member
sorry, didn't mean to step on any toes here! Never said it ws the full version by the way, I just said it was fully functioning.
Hi Day24,

Johngalt is new and didnt mean to offend anyone, you have nothing to worry about ;)

Steven
 

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Day24

Member
Vista Pro
Thank you Steven!
Not worried about a thing really....I just wanted to help. To be honest, I really liked spyware doctor when I used the version that came with the google pack....util I got vista 64 that is.... and it stopped wanting to work! Thanks to this thread I have finally found a replacement (spybot), and I'm hoping it is as good as spyware doctor....
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus P5K Pro
    Memory
    2 times 2GB Kingston (paired) DDR2 PC 6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    9600GT 512MB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 226 CW
    Screen Resolution
    1680X1050
    Hard Drives
    74GB 10.000 rpm WD raptor
    750 GB Samsung F1
    750 GB Samsung F1
    2 WD 500 GB drives
    PSU
    Recom Power Engine 600 Watt
    Case
    Apevia X-cruiser Blue
    Cooling
    Auras CTC-868 CPU cooler; 7 Zalman 120mm, 1 Papst casesooler
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless trackball
    Internet Speed
    50 mbit synchronous fibreglass connection

dmex

ɠɛɐǨ
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Thank you Steven!
Not worried about a thing really....I just wanted to help. To be honest, I really liked spyware doctor when I used the version that came with the google pack....util I got vista 64 that is.... and it stopped wanting to work! Thanks to this thread I have finally found a replacement (spybot), and I'm hoping it is as good as spyware doctor....
Hi Day24,

Spybot S+D hasnt failed me yet, If it does its ususlly when I need a reinstall :geek:

Steven
 

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Day24

Member
Vista Pro
Cool, thanks, I shall use it with absolute confidence then!
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 Ghz
    Motherboard
    Asus P5K Pro
    Memory
    2 times 2GB Kingston (paired) DDR2 PC 6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    9600GT 512MB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 226 CW
    Screen Resolution
    1680X1050
    Hard Drives
    74GB 10.000 rpm WD raptor
    750 GB Samsung F1
    750 GB Samsung F1
    2 WD 500 GB drives
    PSU
    Recom Power Engine 600 Watt
    Case
    Apevia X-cruiser Blue
    Cooling
    Auras CTC-868 CPU cooler; 7 Zalman 120mm, 1 Papst casesooler
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless trackball
    Internet Speed
    50 mbit synchronous fibreglass connection

johngalt

Antidisestablishmentarianist
Vista Guru
Bah! He joined after me :P

And you weren't stepping on my toes, I just wanted to make sure that everyone knew that it was not the full version that you were getting. The features that are included with that version are not crippled, but it does not include *all* features of the full version.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64 Insider Preview (Skip Ahead) latest build
    Manufacturer/Model
    The Beast Model V (homebrew)
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 965 EE @ 3.6 GHz
    Motherboard
    eVGA X58 Classified 3 (141-GT-E770-A1)
    Memory
    3 * Mushkin 998981 Redline Enhanced triple channel DDR3 4 GB CL7 DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3-12800)
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 (04G-P4-3979-KB)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio (onboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 * Lenovo LT2323pwA Widescreeen
    Screen Resolution
    2 * 1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SanDisk Ultra SDSSDHII-960G-G25 960 GB SATA III SSD (System)
    Crucial MX100 CT256MX100SSD1 256GB SATA III SSD (User Tree)
    2 * Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA II Mech. HD
    Seagate ST1500DL001-9VT15L Barracuda 7200.12 1.5 TB S
    PSU
    Thermaltake Black Widow TX TR2 850W 80+ Bronze Semi-Mod ATX
    Case
    ThermalTake Level 10 GT (Black)
    Cooling
    Corsair H100 (CPU, dual 140 mm fans on radiator) + Air (2 *
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared)
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15 (gen 2)
    Internet Speed
    AT&T Lightspeed Gigabit duplex
  • Operating System
    Sabayon Linux (current, weekly updates, 5.1.x kernel)
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad E545
    CPU
    AMD A6-5350M APU
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Radeon HD (Embedded)
    Sound Card
    Conextant 20671 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Lenovo 15" Matte
    Screen Resolution
    1680 * 1050
    Hard Drives
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SSD
    PSU
    Lenovo
    Case
    Lenovo
    Cooling
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared) | Synaptics TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex

Adrian Wainer

Power User

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    self build desktop PC
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 4800 dual core Toledo 2.4 gigahertz
    Motherboard
    Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
    Memory
    4 x 1 Gigabyte sticks
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gainward 7600GT Golden Sample factory overclocked
    Sound Card
    Realtek onboard sound AC-97
    Monitor(s) Displays
    View Sonic G90B 19 inch CRT [ 17.7 visible ]
    Screen Resolution
    1600 x 900
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi HDT725032VLA36 quantity 4
    Case
    Cooler Master Stacker
    Cooling
    Thematalke Big Typhoon air cooling
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intelli mouse optical tracking
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi
    Internet Speed
    3.6 Mbps HSDPA

ShawneeSlim

Member
Member
I've used this in the past with XP. Just looked at their web site and see that they have it now working with Vista:

Anonymous Web Surfing

I let the subscription expire after the first year because I really didn't need that level of anonymity or privacy... but some others here might...
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion Elite / m9250f
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK Benicia
    Memory
    4.0 GB DDR2-SDRAM (PC2-6400 / 800 MHz (Samsung)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG L1932TQ - 19 inch, 4ms refresh
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 960
    Hard Drives
    1 Terabyte, consisting of
    2 Hitachi SATA 465 GB w/32 MB buffers
    Operating in RAID Mode 1
    Case
    HP Pavillion Elite
    Cooling
    Controlled by SpeedFan Ver. 4.35
    Mouse
    Microsoft HID-compliant Wireless
    Keyboard
    Microsoft eHome Wireless
    Internet Speed
    1 MB/sec +/-
    Other Info
    Hughes HN7000s Sat. Modem,
    HP Photosmart C4180 All-In-One,
    TrippLiteUPS,
    Realtek High Def. digital coaxial to:
    Kenwood KRF-X9080D 7.1 Audio-Video Controller putting out
    110 watts per channel into:
    2 Infinity RS IIIa (front),
    2 Infinity RS 5 (surround),
    1 Klipch CN4 (center),
    1 Kenwood KB-700 powered sub (1978 vintage) and
    2 old Kenwood floor standing monitors (sur. back)

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Brink, take a look at this and see if it has some appeal. I added a
Monitor Option to my FavesSA launcher that cooperates with
MRO most recently opened folder utility. The same background
process that updates the MRO task tray app will also send a
message to FavesSA if it sees its window. So now instead of
having to right click the Tray Icon to open one recent folder,
you can leave FavesSA open or minimized to the tray and it
will scroll up the list of recent folders. Much more convenient
to select multiple folders to reopen. Plus you can just let
the list build up, then cut out unwanted entries, and save
to a file. That cuts out the need to drag & drop a bunch
of folders onto the program to populate the listbox.

I had to make some changes that break backward compatibility
so if you use MRO 5.3 you should update FavesSA to 3.4 and
Faves should be updated to version 3.3 or later.

MRO 5.3

FavesSA 3.4

Eventually I hope to update Faves with the same Monitor option but
catching WM_COPYDATA messages in C# is a much bigger PITA
than doing it in Delphi 5. :)

Let me know what you think.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
I upgraded FavesSA to no longer need MRO. It installs its own folder monitor.
Cleaner design with no write to a temporary file. Just sends a Windows Message.

Toggle of monitor option loads/kills the monitor exe.
The nice thing about the Faves Stand Alone version
is it's done in Delphi 5 so it should run on anything
from Win98 2nd ed. to Vista.

FavesSA 3.5
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Ok, I came up with something simple, the way the Tray utility to open and close
the optical drive tray was simple!! This is what I wanted to do all along!!



http://www.favessoft.com/xmon.zip

XMon simply monitors Explorer Folder Opens and adds them
to an MRU list. Select multiple folders and right click the
mouse or hit <Enter> to open them. The Delete Key
removes items from the list. The list is discarded on exit.

Edit: Now version 1.6.0.17 uses a "weighting" scheme so that the MRU list
isn't flushed out by entries to folders essentially in the same chain as you
click down through the folders. After a folder is the active window for
some time it is sent to the MRU list. Hopefully this will make the utility
more useful.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

sassofalco

What bad, bad,habit?
Vista Guru
Virus/Evilware/Maintenance

Microsoft Live OneCare.

It includes virus scanning, evilware protection, advanced firewall and maintenance.
Download an evaluation copy here: Windows Live OneCare - Home
If you have a recommendation and would like to see it on the short list, post it in this thread or via PM.
Maybe now is the time to remind Forum Members of the recent news, that Microsoft intend to pull the plug on the suite of security cover [malware and virus monitoring, tune-ups, back-ups etc] provided through Windows Live OneCare, by the end of June 2009.

In lieu of WLOC, apparently MS intend to provide a freeware program for protection against malware only. To me it appears as though it will be a variant of MS Malicious Software Removal Tool, currently issued with monthly updates, on the second Tuesday of each month.

Forum members who rely on WLOC to provide what is basically a very good* security plus etc. program, will need to rethink their security etc. needs before the cut-off date, and act accordingly.

My subscription for MS WLOC ends at the beginning of June 2009, but you can bet that I will have abandoned WLOC, and re-activated my Windows Defender before then.

*Before the howls of protest come in about WLOC in comparison to other like programs, I'll just add that for someone who has had no previous experience with Notebooks or PCs, WLOC has been the easiest introduction to systems security that one could wish for. Is there another 'suite package' that comes close to including all the functions that WLOC performs? In addition, WLOC performs best when the User performs best, and keeps all Updates and patches, UP TO DATE.

Spyware / Malware

Windows Defender
(I'd recommend you keep this Vista basic spyware program enabled)
Windows Defender must be disabled when the User has MS Windows Live OneCare installed as the prime security etc program. See above.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire Notebook 5633WLMi.[5630 Series]
    CPU
    Intel Centrino Duo Processor - Intel Core 2 CPU.
    Memory
    4GB DDR2 [3.07GB maximum real available]
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce Go 7300, 128MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio, Ver. 6.0.1.5717, 2.08MB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer Aspire Notebook - 15.4"; Acer LCD Monitor X223Wsd - 22".
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800x60Hertz [max.]
    Hard Drives
    Notebook - Samsung HM320JI 320GB HD installed 07 August 2009.
    External HDs [4];Maxtor One Touch4 - 500GB External HD [Drive M:\].Western Digital WDXMS1200TA - 120GB External HD [Drive G:\ - Windows Defender Backup Files only]. Two x LaCie 320GB Mobi
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless V320 for Notebooks - Model M/N: M-RCD125
    Internet Speed
    Down 20000kb/sec / Up 1000kb/sec [Bigpond-Aus]
    Other Info
    Brother MFC-465CN; PC to Fax/Scan/Copy/Photo MFC. Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner. Siemens Speedstream 6520 Router. Wacom 'Bamboo Fun' CTE-650 PC Tablet, Stylus and Mouse. UAC - On;Activated. Browsers; [1] FireFox v3.6[2] IE8. Honorary R.S.M. to the 4th [Assault Pioneer] Troop Pune Sepoys , and 3rd Troop Jodhpur Bengali Lancers.

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
They say the genius is the ability to see things simply from a different perspective. To me, the Sandboxie approach is genius. Unfortunately everything is going 64 bit soon and Sandboxie is only supported on 32 bit due to OS modifications by MS.

Running anti-virus shields to me is kind of like trying to filter your water as you drink it. Just doesn't taste so good anymore.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
I found a very nice simple freeware on the AutoIt3 forum. It's called WinTray

I've tried it on XP Pro and Vista Home Premium 32 bit. It's a stand-alone exe that sits in the Task Tray and if you want to minimize any window to the tray, just hold down the Shift Key while clicking the Minimize control with the mouse.

It works great with Sunbird! Instead of using the MinimizeToTray addons with Sunbird just have it come up normally and WinTray it to sit in the Task Tray.

Works with Firefox 2.0.0.17 browser too that also gave me trouble when using a MinimizeToTray addon. Works flawlessly with WinTray!!
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Since most people are right handed I could never understand why Windows doesn't let you put the Start Button on the right hand side near the system tray. I found a freeware that comes very close to this ideal. It's called Vista Start Menu
and what I found after messing with it is, if you set it to have the Task Tray Icon visible a single click opens the Start Menu. Once open, you can position it anywhere and it remembers the location.

So drag it over near the System Tray and Bingo!! Start Menu on the Right Hand Side!
It's not limited to Vista. Runs on
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows 2003
Windows XP
Windows Vista

The start menu sort of looks like the XP start menu with All Programs expanded. Plus the programmer creates sections of 9 folders it seems to a block. Seems nicely done.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Here's an essential utility that's worked well for me in both 32 bit XP and Vista.
TCP Optimizer

You can study up about all the tcp network settings, or you can just load this, set the max bandwidth slider, check Optimal Settings and Apply Changes. Reboot and forget about it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Ok I just couldn't take not being able to press Control-Enter in Explorer in Vista to open selected folders in a new window. I wrote a little macro freeware to sit in the Task Tray to do the job. When you press Control-Enter if the active window is an explorer window, it will open selections. Folders should open in a new window. Files should open with their associated programs. Just like XP!!

I've tried it in 32 bit Vista Home Premium.
Feel free to use it at your own risk. You can download it from the bottom of this page:

Faves Downloads
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Here's another cool utility I just tried on XP and Vista 32 bit.
FARR (Find And Run Robot) - Mouser - Software - DonationCoder.com

When you hit the Break key a search input line pops up. It's a lot like using Windows search but it has advantages. You can apply rules to searches, group together stuff to be launched at once. It also has a plugin mechanism so it can be customized. One of the plugins available on the same site lets you set up file extension associations without using the registry. I haven't tried that plugin yet but I gather the idea is so you can put stuff on a USB key drive and opening a file will launch the expected program from the USB key no matter what PC you are plugged into etc..

Very nice free software. Plus on the site there are lots of cool hotkey hacks for Windows.

Edit: FARR seems to run just fine on my 64 bit Vista also.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

judithscott

New Member
Research before downloading all kinds of useless and/or dangerous software.
Keep your computer free of spy-ware/ad-ware , update your anti-virus, and run some cleaner tools now and then.
 

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MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Here's another one of mine. It's a nice little gizmo called Topmost Toggle to temporarily set the Stay On Top attribute of a window. Nice for programs that don't have a stay on top setting, like Giganews Accelerator.

Control-Right Click the mouse on the active window to toggle the Topmost setting.
It's just a little AutoHotKey hack but I like using it. :)

So far I've tried it on XP and Vista 32 bit versions.

Hotkeys
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III
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