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HWiNFO32
HWiNFO32 is a professional system information tool, that supports latest technologies and standards. It allows you to examine the complete hardware configuration of your computer.
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Computer Repair Utility Kit
The Computer Repair Utility Kit allows you to run all of the repair tools from your portable drive (eg. USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive, IPod etc.) and comes with an easy to use, right-click menu. A must in any computer technicians kit.
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Thoosje Vista Tweaker
Thoosje Vista Tweaker is free professional program that will enable users to tweak and optimize the performance and behavior of Windows Vista. Vista Tweaker has been designed to allow casual, non-technical users to safely tweak and modify Microsoft Windows Vista registry and settings.
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DTweak Free
DTweak Free is an advanced tweaker and optimizing tool especialy designed for Windows Vista. You will be surpised at the speed your PC will be having after you use this software.
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Minimem
Initially developed for Firefox only, Minimem now can reduce the memory footprint of any application. It runs in the background and can be set up to optimize as many processes as you'd like, using a very intuitive graphical interface. Unlike other memory optimization tools, it gives you full control over what applications you want to optimize, when and how often.
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Cool Beans System Info
Cool Beans System Info is a small but powerful program that monitors your computer's CPU, physical memory, and swap memory usage.
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IsMyLcdOK
IsMyLcdOK is a small program but effective solution to easily check for dead/paralysed/stuck pixels on LCD monitors.
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Actual Booster
Actual Booster optimizes your computer's performance and makes your system faster. Use this super slim Windows utility for speeding up your computer. It works by changing the priority of the currently active (foreground) application/program/game. It is a great trick for concentration of all system resources on the task you're working at the moment.
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RightMark CPU Clock Utility
RightMark CPU Clock Utility (RMClock) is a small GUI application designed for real-time CPU frequency, throttling and load level monitoring and on-the-fly adjustment of the CPU performance level on supported CPU models via processor's power management model-specific registers (MSRs). In automatic management mode it continuously monitors the CPU usage level and dynamically adjusts the CPU frequency, throttle and/or voltage level as needed, realizing the 'Performance on Demand' concept.
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Pitaschio
Pitaschio is a freeware which makes it convenient to use Microsoft Windows.
Pitaschio includes a large number of useful functions.
For example:
- Stick window to other windows when moving and resizing
- Restrict window position to inside of the screen
- Minimize window to system tray
- Use small icons in the desktop
- Disable Windows key, Insert key, Alt key etc.
- Lock mouse or keyboard while you are cleaning keyboard or mouse
- Take statistics about mouse and keyboard
- Calculate Moon's age
Pitaschio is a essential tool to use windows efficiently.
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X-Setup
X-Setup 6.6 (last freeware version) is a so-called 'tweaker' program; it allows you to change settings that are normally hidden deeply in Windows fast and easily. There are many hidden settings in Windows as well as in a lot of other programs and normally you can't change them. X-Setup knows more than 1.600 of these settings and displays them in an easy to use interface, grouped by several aspects. Simply choose what you want to tweak, select the setting in question, make your change and hit the 'Apply' button. It's that easy.
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EVEREST Home Edition
EVEREST Home Edition 2.20 is a freeware system information, system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for home PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. It offers the world's most accurate system information and diagnostics capabilities, including online features, memory benchmarks, hardware monitoring, and low-level hardware information.
Lavalys has discontinued the free edition. This is unsupported.
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AIDA32
AIDA32 is a professional system information, diagnostics, and benchmarking program. It extracts details of all components of the PC and can display, print, or save it in various formats like HTML, CSV, or XML. For corporate users, it offers command-line switches, network audit and audit statistics, remote system information, and network management.
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WinAudit
WinAudit allows you to perform a detailed audit of the hardware and software configuration of your computer. The resulting audit report contains details on installed software, license information, peripherals, memory usage, processor model, network settings, startup programs and more. It can be viewed from within the application, or optionally exported to text, nicely formatted web page, XML and spreadsheet formats, or sent by email. WinAudit also supports ODBC connections and can export audit data to an existing database. Very small, standalone program that works well.
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SpeedFan
SpeedFan can access temperature sensors available on your pc. By acessing available hardware monitor chips, SpeedFan can show temperatures, voltages and fan speeds. SpeedFan can show S.M.A.R.T. data from almost evey hard disk too. Temperature sensors from almost every manufacturer are automatically detected and accessed. Usually, the only action you need to take is to rename the readings that SpeedFan found. If your hardware allows it and you properly configured SpeedFan, you can change fan speeds depending on system temperatures, thus reducing overall noise.
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PassMark DiskCheckup
PassMark DiskCheckup allows the user to monitor the SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology) attributes of a particular hard disk drive.
SMART monitors elements of possible long term drive failure, such as 'Spin Up Time', the number of start/stops, the number of hours powered on and the temperature.
DiskCheckup displays the current values of the SMART attributes, along with the Threshold value for that attribute. If any attribute value is close to or below the threshold, the drive is no longer reliable and should be replaced.
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DotNet (.NET) Version Check
DotNET Version Checker will tell you whether you have the required components to run Microsoft .NET (dotNet) applications, and lists all the installed runtimes if present. It checks the version of MDAC (data access components), Internet Explorer and the .NET runtime and servicepacks installed on your machine, and will prompt you with download locations of the latest versions.
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