Some suggested software that does a great job.

mike-cow

Vista Pro
Hello, I've been lurking on these forums for a while, and decided to finally register and add a few of my thoughts on software here. There are some excellent threads on good software around this part of the forum, but as always I have some favorites of my own.

Here's my list of useful (free) things; It's not a COMPLETE list, see the stickies for that.. Some of the things I'll list here are alternatives to suggested software in other threads, I'll try to give a brief comment on why I prefer one over another.

NKProds nCleaner - While ccleaner does a good job, it has messed things up for me a number of times. nCleaner hasn't caused any problems at all for me (yet). It does a wonderful job of cleaning up (both disk and registry), and also includes some basic tweaking. The UI is a huge improvement over the really unintuitive ccleaner, and is definetely a better choice for inexperienced users (I recommend it for everyone though, regardless of level of expertise).

PeaZip - It looks better than 7-zip, unpacks TONS of formats and has a native x64 binary... Nothing else to say.

HotSwap! - Safely remove eSATA drives (and other stuff if you choose).... Yes, it needs to be done.

Serious Samurize - Widgets on steroids, there's nothing more customizable. It's not made to be simple though, so expect to fiddle about ALOT if you want something unique.

There goes... Just my few cents. :D
 

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johngalt

Antidisestablishmentarianist
Vista Guru
FWIW, 7Zip also has native 64bit binaries as well....

But I do like Pea, almost as much as I still love me WinRAR.... :p
 

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ZeratuelX

Elite Gamer
Power User
Thanks mike-cow, nice list.

I think I still prefer WinRAR to PeaZip, but it is definitely better than most unzippers.
 

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mike-cow

Vista Pro
WinRAR is great, it just has an (arguably) annoying thing about it, it's not free... :)

And while I'm at it; Here's another little tidbit I seem to have forgotten:

Startup Delayer - Make nonessential software wait before they launch at startup. It cut a good 30 seconds off my boot time, so it's DEFINETELY useful. :)

And I forgot my all time favorite audioplayer...

Foobar2000 - It supports Windows Audio Session API exclusive mode output support through WASAPI plugin (Vista SP1 only!) for unparallelled soundquality. Imho there's nothing that sounds better, and with the right tweaks it can even look better. :)
 

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    Memory
    2x2GiB DDR2 PC2-6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeCube ATI Radeon HD3870 512MiB GDDR4
    Sound Card
    Built in HD Audio, digital output
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206BW, SyncMaster 940B
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 + 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    WDC 250GB SATA + lots of externals. :)
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 500W
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    Antec Sonata III
    Cooling
    Air
    Mouse
    Logitech G9
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15 (1st edition w blue lightning)
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    DL/UL: 50/10Mbit

ZeratuelX

Elite Gamer
Power User
Haha, WinRAR doesn't do a very good job at keeping free users out though. After the trial time runs out it still works.

That Startup Delayer looks handy.... I'm gonna give that a try.
 

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    Dual Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3.0 GHz
    Motherboard
    ACPI x86
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 8800 GT
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SyncMaster 2493HM Digital 24" Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Dual Western Digital 500GB Disk Drives
    Mouse
    Logitech G5 Gaming Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    6k KB/s DL, 700 KB/s UP
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