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Minggu, 08 Juli 2012

Microsoft Releases “Fix It” Portable Troubleshooting Tool to Automatically Fix Windows Problems

We have posted about many official "Fix It" tools released by Microsoft which help you in automatically diagnose and fix various Windows problems. These Fix it tools are very easy to use, you just need to download the required Fix It tool and run it. It automatically finds the issue and fixes it for you within a few seconds. Microsoft provides several Fix It tools to fix many Windows problems such as fixing Aero theme issues, USB device issues, Windows Update issues, Internet Explorer issues, hardware issues, etc.
Many times you need to fix a computer system which doesn't have Internet connection and you can't download these Fix It tools in that system to fix the problem. In such situation a new portable version of Fix It might come very handy.
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Microsoft has released a portable version of Fix It which can be carried on USB drive and then you can fix any computer system without any need of Internet connection or download several Fix It tools one by one.
To use this new portable version, first you need to download the main setup file from following link:
Download Fix It Portable Version
After downloading, run the EXE file and it'll download the full Fix It tools archive on your system. You can save the folder in any desired location or on your USB device.
It takes a few seconds in downloading the files and its a one-time process only. Once the download completes, you can run "Launch Fix it.exe" file to start Fix It portable version.
The main interface shows links to all available Fix It tools as shown in following screenshot:
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Click on "Run Now" button given near the issue which is related to your problem and it'll automatically start the troubleshooter. Follow the instructions given by the troubleshooter and you'll be able to fix your problem.
Following are main areas which are covered by these automatic troubleshooters:
  • Aero Theme
  • Audio Playback
  • Audio Recording
  • CD/DVD
  • Codecs
  • Devices
  • Display Quality
  • Exchange Connected
  • IE Add-on
  • IE Performance
  • Maintenance
  • Malware
  • MSN Client
  • Performance
  • Pictures
  • Power
  • Printing
  • Program Install and Uninstall
  • Windows Search
  • Windows Firewall
  • Windows Files/Folders
  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Security
  • Windows USB
  • Windows Phone 7 or Zune
  • Windows Update
All these Fix It portable troubleshooter tools are stored in "Fix it portable\Resources\Troubleshooters" folder. You can also directly run any of them from there if required.
Its really very handy portable utility which might come very useful in many situations. A must have tool to carry in your USB drive.
Thanks to our reader "Kylie" for sharing it...

Enable Windows XP Style Cascading “All Programs” List in Windows Vista and 7 Start Menu

When Windows Vista was released by Microsoft, lots of people complained about new Start Menu functionality. The main complaint was the change in display of "All Programs" list in Start Menu. In Windows XP, the "All Programs" list was used to show as a drop-out list which provided users more space to browse through programs list but Microsoft changed this behavior in Windows Vista and the "All Programs" list started showing inside the Start Menu and people found it difficult to browse through programs list in that small space of Start Menu.
The same functionality was carried forward to Windows 7 Start Menu.
Today in this article, we are going to share an excellent and popular freeware which can bring back Windows XP style cascading "All Programs" list in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Start Menu.
We all know about awesome "Classic Shell" software which is a freeware for Windows Vista, 7 and 8. The main use of Classic Shell is to bring back the Classic Start Menu and Classic Windows Explorer features in Windows Vista, 7 and 8.
But did you know this software can also bring back cascading "All Programs" list in Windows Vista and 7 Start Menu? Yes. Its a small and overlooked feature of Classic Shell.
If you don't want to get Classic Start Menu in Windows Vista and 7 using Classic Shell but want to get XP style cascading "All Programs" list, just follow these simple steps:
1. First download and install Classic Shell using following link:
Download Classic Shell
2. After installing, it'll automatically replace default Start Menu with Classic Start Menu. To get default Start Menu back, right-click on Start button and select Settings option.
3. Now select "Windows Start Menu" option in "Left Click opens" section as shown in following screenshot:
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It'll re-enable default Start Menu for left-click. You can also do the same for "Windows Key opens" section.
4. Now we need to enable cascading feature for "All Programs" list.
Go to "Windows Start Menu" tab and enable "Cascading All Programs menu" option as shown in following screenshot:
Enable_Cascading_All_Programs_List_Start_Menu_Vista_7.png
5. That's it. It'll immediately enable Windows XP style cascading "All Programs" list in Windows Vista and 7 Start Menu and when you'll click on "All Programs" link in Start Menu, it'll open programs list as a drop-out list as shown in following screenshot:
Cascading_All_Programs_List_Start_Menu_Vista_7.png
6. If you want, you can also change the style of cascading "All Programs" list. Again open Classic Start Menu settings window, go to "All Programs Skin" tab and select any desired skin given in the list.
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We selected "Smoked Glass" skin while testing this feature in our system and we got an excellent look of "All Programs" list after changing the skin. Following is a screenshot of the new look of "All Programs" list in action:
Cascading_All_Programs_List_Start_Menu_Vista_7_Skin.png
If you want Windows XP style cascading "All Programs" list in Windows Vista or Windows 7, this freeware is a must have for you.
Feel free to share your opinion or suggestion in your comment..

How to Hide / Remove “User Picture” in Windows Vista and 7 Start Menu?

Windows Vista and Windows 7 show your user picture at top-right corner of Start Menu. You can click on this user picture to directly open user account settings page. Many times when you use a 3rd party Windows theme, you might want to hide or remove this user picture from Start Menu as it doesn't match with the new theme and ruins the look of Start Menu.
If you also want to hide user picture in Windows Vista or 7 Start Menu, here is a very easy to use and simple solution for you.
Just a few minutes back, we posted about a cool feature of our favorite tool "Classic Shell":
Enable Windows XP Style Cascading “All Programs” List in Windows Vista and 7 Start Menu
Now we are going to share yet another cool feature of "Classic Shell" freeware. It can also hide user picture in Windows Start Menu. Following screenshot shows Windows 7 Start Menu without user picture:
User_Picture_Removed_Start_Menu.png
You just need to follow these simple steps to remove user picture from Windows Vista and 7 Start Menu:
1. Download and install Classic Shell using following link:
Download Classic Shell
2. Once you install it, it'll replace Windows Start Menu with Classic Start Menu. Right-click on Start ORB and select Settings option.
3. Now click on "Windows Start Menu" radio button given in "Left Click opens" section as shown in following screenshot:
Enable_Default_Windows_Start_Menu.png
It'll re-enable Windows Start Menu for left-click. If you want, you can also follow the same steps for "Windows Key opens" section.
4. Now we need to hide user picture in Start Menu.
Go to "Windows Start Menu" tab and enable "Hide User Picture" option as shown in following screenshot:
Remove_User_Picture_Start_Menu.png
5. That's it. It'll immediately hide user picture from Start Menu. Enjoy the minimal and clean Start Menu which you always wanted.

Get Windows 8 “Win+X” Menu in Windows XP, Vista and 7 Using WinPlusX

We all know about new "Win+X Menu" present in Microsoft's upcoming OS "Windows 8". This hidden menu provides quick and easy access to many useful system shortcuts such as Device Manager, Control Panel, Task Manager, Event Viewer, etc. To access this hidden menu, you need to right-click on extreme bottom-left corner of screen or press "Win+X" keys together, that's why its called "Win+X Menu".
Recently we posted an article to get a similar menu in Windows 7 Desktop context menu:
Get Windows 8 “Win+X” Menu in Windows 7 Desktop Context Menu
But the above mentioned method only works in Windows 7.
Today in this topic, we are going to share a freeware to get Windows 8 "Win+X Menu" in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
"WinPlusX" is a free portable software created by AskVG reader "Abhishek Singh" which brings Win+X Menu to Windows XP, Vista and 7. Just like Windows 8, you can access WinPlusX menu either by right-clicking on Start button or by pressing "Win+X" keys together.
Following is a preview of WinPlusX Menu in action:
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Windows 8 "Win+X Menu" doesn't allow adding/removing shortcuts, although we posted a detailed tutorial to enable customization of shortcuts. On the other hand, this WinPlusX Menu is highly customizable.
You can add new shortcuts to WinPlusX menu by selecting "WinPlusX Options -> Add New" option. Just select the desired application file and this software will automatically add the shortcut along with its icon.
If you want to remove a shortcut, first select "WinPlusX Options -> Remove Shortcut" option and then click on the shortcut which you want to remove. WinPlusX will automatically remove it from the list. After removing the shortcut, disable removing feature by clicking on the "WinPlusX Options -> Remove Shortcut" option again.
You can also access the menu by right-clicking on its system tray icon.
You can download it using following link:
Download Windows 8 "Win+X Menu" for Windows XP, Vista and 7
Feel free to share your feedback and suggestions in your comment...

Download Portable MP3 Player with Aero Glass Interface for Windows 7

If you love listening music on your computer, here is something interesting for you. Although there are many free media players available for Windows such as built-in Windows Media Player or free 3rd party players such as Winamp, VLC, Real Player, etc but the media player which we are going to share today is a little bit different from others. "Aero Glass MP3 Player" is a free and portable MP3 player for Windows 7 created by guru5star @ DA which comes with all basic media player functions which you need to play media files but its specialty is its interface. This MP3 player comes with full Aero glass support so you get an awesome looking MP3 player in Windows.
We have shared a few similar media players in past such as Mirro and Aero Media Player but this new MP3 player also comes with playlist support.
It also shows the album art image along with MP3 title, information, total time and bit rate as shown in following screenshot:
Aero_Glass_MP3_Player.png
It also utilizes built-in Windows 7 features such as showing progressbar, play/stop etc buttons in its program button in Taskbar. Currently it plays MP3 and AAC files only.
If you love eye candy utilities and if you want to enjoy full Aero glass UI in a media player, you should definitely give it a try.
You can download it using following link:
Download Aero Glass MP3 Player

Download Classic Shell Skin to Get Windows 7 Look-Like Start Menu and Start Button in Windows 8

We all know that Microsoft has completely removed "Start button" and "Start Menu" from Windows 8. Actually the new Start Screen has replaced the old Start Menu and Start button has been replaced by a hidden square thumbnail which appears when you move your mouse cursor to bottom-left corner of screen. We have shared a few freeware such as ViStart, Start8 and Classic Shell which help you in getting back Start button and Start Menu in Windows 8.
ViStart already provides a Windows 7 look-like Start Menu and Start button in Windows 8. Start8 provides a combination of new Start Screen and classic Start Menu in Windows 8. On the other hand, Classic Shell provides a classic Start Menu and its own custom Start button in Windows 8.
If you are using Classic Shell in Windows 8 to get Start Menu and Start button back but not happy with its Start Menu UI and Start button look, here is something interesting for you.
Did you know Classic Shell's Start Menu is highly customizable and supports 3rd party skins and you can change Start button image using its Settings?
Today we are going to release a free skin for Classic Shell which will provide Windows 7 look-like Start Menu and Start button in Windows 8. This skin has been shared by our good friend "Gaurav Kale" who is also a part of Classic Shell development team. We have tweaked the skin a little bit to perfectly match Windows 7 Start Menu.
Following is a preview of this skin in action:
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To enjoy this skin, you just need to follow these simple steps:
1. First of all download and install Classic Shell if you are not using it:
Download Classic Shell
2. After installing Classic Shell, download our Windows 7 look-like skin for it:
Download Windows 7 Skin for Classic Shell
3. Once you download the above mentioned ZIP file, extract it and you'll get following 3 files in it:
  • SevenVG.skin
  • Start_Button.png
  • Settings.xml
4. Copy SevenVG.skin and Start_Button.png files to following folder:
C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\Skins
Here C: is the system drive where Windows is installed in your system. If you installed Windows in any other drive, replace C: with the correct drive letter according to your system.
5. Now open Classic Start Menu Settings window. You can open it either by going to "All Programs -> Classic Shell -> Start Menu Settings" option or by right-clicking on Start button and selecting "Settings" option.
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6. Now go to "Skin" tab and select "SevenVG" skin from the list.
7. Now the important part! Click on "Backup" button given just before OK button. It'll show a drop-down list, select "Load from XML File..." option.
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It'll open a browse dialog box, select "Settings.xml" file present in downloaded ZIP file and click on OK button.
8. That's it. You might need to log off your system or close and restart Classic Shell Start Menu to enjoy Windows 7 look-like Start Menu and Start button in Windows 8.
NOTE: This skin will also work in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
NOTE 2: You can add/remove items to Start Menu using "Special Items" and "Customize Start Menu" tabs in Start Menu Settings window.

[MSE Version Update] Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 Released, Download Link Inside

NOTE: This topic is updated whenever a new version of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is released. So keep checking this topic regularly to get instant updates.
Microsoft has upgraded its free anti-malware utility "Microsoft Security Essentials" (MSE) to version 4.0.1526.0. Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
MSE is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology. It runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want without interruptions or long computer wait times.
MSE
Features List:
Comprehensive protection—Microsoft Security Essentials helps defend your computer against spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious software.
Easy to get, easy to use—Microsoft Security Essentials is available at no cost, there's no registration process that requires billing or personal information collection. It installs after a quick download and Genuine Windows validation and then stays automatically up-to-date with the latest protection technology and signature updates.
Quiet Protection—Microsoft Security Essentials doesn't get in your way. It runs quietly in the background and schedules a scan when your computer is most likely idle. You only see alerts when you need to take action.
MSE is absolutely free and can be used in Windows XP, Vista and 7. Both 32 and 64-bit versions are supported.
You should uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC before installing Microsoft Security Essentials. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.
You can download it using following link:
Download Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)
Direct Download Links

Download Official Microsoft SkyDrive App for Windows, Mac and Mobile Phones

SkyDrive is a file hosting and synchronization service from Microsoft which allows you to upload and sync your data easily and quickly to their server. If you are not using it, you can create a free account using following link:
Microsoft SkyDrive
You can upload files, create folders to manage files and much more using its web interface. Now to make your life easier, Microsoft has released an official SkyDrive app which can be used to direct upload and sync files and folders using your computer. You'll not need to open SkyDrive webpage in your browser.
This free Desktop client for SkyDrive can be installed in following platforms:
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • Mac OS
  • Windows Phone
  • iPhone and iPad
Windows XP is not supported and currently the free app is not available for Google Android phones.
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Using SkyDrive app, you'll be able to access your SkyDrive from Windows Explorer in Windows, Mac, Windows Phone and iOS. You can now just drag-n-drop files to and from SkyDrive upto 2 GB, you can now access all your files offline too.
This app takes just a few seconds in downloading and installing in your system. It sits in your system tray waiting for your command. A new folder for your SkyDrive data is created automatically in your user account folder, you can change the folder location during setup.
Now whenever you create a new file in this folder, its automatically uploaded to your SkyDrive account. If you delete a file, it gets automatically deleted from your account. Same thing happens when you create or delete a file in your SkyDrive account, its automatically created or deleted from your computer folder.
You can download SkyDrive app using following links:
PS: Microsoft has reduced free storage space at SkyDrive to 7GB for new users. Existing users can opt-in to keep previous 25GB of free storage using following link:
Upgrade SkyDrive Free Storage Space from 7GB to 25GB

Norton Identity Safe: Download Free Password Manager for Windows, Mac and Mobiles

While browsing on Internet, we log into various websites several times a day to check emails, to chat with friends, etc. It doesn't matter whether you are using Windows PC, Mac or a mobile phone, you always need to enter credentials to log into websites. Entering same usernames and passwords frequently can be a big pain while using a touch smart phone. To make your life easier we are going to share a free password manager software in this topic. This password manager software has been developed by Norton which is a well known brand in antivirus field.
"Norton Identity Safe" is a new password manager tool from Norton which helps you in storing and remembering your usernames and passwords for websites. It also helps you in auto-filling the credentials whenever required.
After using this password manager, you'll never forget your passwords again and you'll not need to fill the same details such as name, address, phone number, etc again and again in those annoying web forms.
Norton Identity Safe stores your credentials in a secure cloud-based vault which is only accessible to you. It also warns you of unsafe websites when you try to access them using a web search or direct links. It automatically blocks them so that those websites can't install virus/spyware in your computer system.
Norton Identity Safe can also synchronize your passwords across different computers, web browsers and mobile phones so you'll always have your credentials with you whether you are using your PC, mac or mobile phone.
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Features List:
  • Stores infinite number of passwords
  • Enables one click logins and automatic form entries
  • Tells you if your passwords are weak
  • Warns you of unsafe sites
  • Enables access from multiple devices
  • Removes hassle of remembering passwords
It can be installed in Microsoft Windows, Mac, iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Google Android mobile phones. Almost all popular web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari are supported.
If you download it before October 01, 2012, you'll be able to use it absolutely free forever.
You can download it using following links:
Download for Windows or Mac
Download App for Mobile Phones
Homepage

Download Windows 8 Metro UI Inspired Dark and Light Themes for Steam


UPDATE: New "Windows 8 Skin" for Steam added.
"Steam" is an online gaming platform which is used to distribute games and media. There are approx. 1K+ games are available through Steam.
If you also use Steam, here is something interesting for you.
Today we are going to share 3 awesome themes for Steam. Both themes are inspired from Windows 8's Metro UI.
  • Steam Metro Skin
  • Windows 8 Skin
  • Steam - MetroTwit
1. Steam Metro Skin
This skin has been created by our DA friend "fediaFedia". The skin makes Steam look-like Microsoft's Zune software. It provides a dark interface and if you like darker UI, you'll definitely enjoy the skin.

You can download it using following link:
Download Link
2. Windows 8 Skin
Its a new dark skin for Steam created by our friend "BoneyardBrew" @ DA. This theme has been created after getting inspired from Windows 8 Metro UI.
Following is a preview of this skin in action:

You can download it using following link:
Download Link
3. Steam - MetroTwit
If you don't like dark skins and want a light skin for Steam, you should give a try to this theme. This theme has also been created by our friend "BoneyardBrew".
This theme looks very close to Aero Lite theme found in Windows 8 testing builds.

You can download it using following link:
Download Link
Do you use Steam? If yes, which theme are you going to try? Please let us know in your comment...

Download Free Public Beta Versions of Norton Antivirus 2013, Norton Internet Security 2013 and Norton 360 2013

Norton is one of the most popular and widely used security products available for Windows OS. Currently Norton is working on its upcoming version 2013 and now offering a free public Beta version of all of its 3 following products:
  • Norton Antivirus
  • Norton Internet Security
  • Norton 360
Norton Antivirus protects your system from virus and spyware. It comes with Norton's exclusive 4 layer protection system to provide better security.
Norton Internet Security is a complete security suite which comes with antivirus, antispyware, firewall, parental control system, antiphishing technology and much more.
Norton 360 is yet another security suite from Norton which also comes with a PC tuneup utilities set and an automatic backup feature to protect your important data from loss. It also provides 2GB of online storage for free.
Now you can enjoy any or all of these Norton 2013 products absolutely free by downloading their free public beta versions released by Norton.
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According to Norton, once you complete the registration of these free public beta versions download, you will be emailed a 14-day Beta Subscription Activation Key to assist you in testing. If you do not receive the email, you should check your spam folder or try an alternate email address. Once the Beta Subscription expires, check for the latest builds available. You will then be able to download the new build, and receive a new 14-Day Beta Subscription Activation Key. Be sure to use your subscription keys until they expire before using any new keys that you are assigned, so that you can get the most use out of your beta subscriptions.
Since these are beta builds, its always advisable to install them in a testing system and you should not install them in a work PC as you might face bugs and issues in these beta builds.
You can download these free public beta versions using following links:
Download Free Public Beta of Norton Antivirus 2013
Download Free Public Beta of Norton Internet Security 2013
Download Free Public Beta of Norton 360 2013
Simply select your country name, enter your email ID, click on I agree checkbox and at last click on the big "Download Beta" button to start downloading beta versions.

ViPad: Free Application Launcher and Complete Windows Desktop Replacement

We have shared many free application launchers for Windows in past such as XLaunchpad, WinLaunch, JumpPad, Appetizer, RunMe and many free dock utilities for Windows which can be found here. Today in this article, we are going to share another brand new application launcher or you can call it a complete Windows Desktop replacement.
"ViPad" is a new free software released by our friend "Lee Matthew Chantrey", the same man who has developed several other famous utilities for Windows such as ViStart, ViGlance and ViSplore.
You can use ViPad to put your favorite program shortcuts, website links, system tools shortcuts, etc in one place. It helps you in organizing all your shortcuts easily and efficiently.
You can create new tabs in this launcher and organize different shortcuts in groups using these tabs.
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To put a shortcut in ViPad, you just need to drag-n-drop the desired shortcut into ViPad window and it gets automatically added to the launcher. If you want to rename or change the icon of shortcut, right-click on the shortcut and select "Change" option.
You can also change position of a shortcut by dragging-n-dropping it to desired location.
To create groups, click on the "+" icon and it'll immediately create a new tab. You can rename the tab by right-clicking on the tab name and select "Rename" option. You can also delete a tab using its context menu.
You can also drag-n-drop the tab list to desired location such as left or right and if you want to put it on center again, right-click and select "Reset" option.
You can also maximize ViPad window by double-clicking on the top area of its window.
To access ViPad settings, double-click on empty area in ViPad window and it'll open its Settings window where you can change various settings including:
  • Icon size
  • Start with Windows
  • Stick to Desktop
  • Always on top
  • Minimize after launch
  • Hide Desktop
  • Show control box (minimize, maximize and close buttons)
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The best and unique thing about ViPad is its ability to use it as a Desktop replacement. To use ViPad as a Desktop replacer, maximize its window by double-clicking on top area and enable "Hide Desktop"and "Always on top" options in its Settings page. Now you can access all your desired shortcuts using ViPad window and it'll be always available for you in Taskbar.
Its really a great freeware and consumed very less system resources.
You can download it using following link:
Download ViPad
Homepage

Hash Tool 2.0.2: Free Portable Utility to Calculate and Verify Hash Codes

NOTE: You can check other interesting and useful free software created by our readers here.
UPDATE: New version 2.0.2 released which comes with a few fixes and updates. Check the change log below for more information.
Almost all of use download software and other files from Internet. It might be a free and small software or a large ISO file of a free public beta release of Windows 8. Many times when we download a file from a website, the website also provides hash code (CRC, SHA-1, MD5 or SHA-256) to verify the downloaded file.
"Hash Code" is a unique identifier which helps you in validating the integrity of a file. Many times when you download a large file, you can use its hash code to verify whether the file was downloaded correctly or it got corrupted during the transfer process.
Hash code might come very handy when you download a file using a 3rd party uploading website or a mirror website. You can check the downloaded file with the help of its hash code and can determine whether the file is genuine or was modified to put malicious code.
Now the question comes how to verify hash code of a file? Here is the answer!
"Hash Tool" is a small, free and portable tool created by AskVG reader "Shashi kumar Sinha" which helps you in calculating and verifying hash code of a file.
You just need to run the tool, drag-n-drop the file in its window or select the file using "Browse" button and click on "Calculate" button and the tool will immediately show its hash code information along with some important file information such as size, attributes, creation date, etc.
Hash_Tool
It shows MD5, CRC32, SHA1 and SHA256 hash values for the file. You can copy a particular hash code using "Copy" button given after the hash code text box.
It also allows you to match hash codes. Just type the hash code in text box and then select the file. It'll immediately match the hash codes and will tell you whether the hash codes are similar or not.
It also allows you to save the hash code values in a text file using "Save To File" button.
Its a portable software so you don't need to install it. Simply run the EXE file and enjoy the software.
Changes in Version 2.0.2:
  • Fixed a few issues
  • Changed background image and font
You can download it using following link:
Download Link
Following are the hash values of "Hash Tool":
File : HashTool.exe
Size : 1057768 bytes
CRC-32 : 2D6BC5C8
MD5 : A573BDD743E313D1D79ED8D2E3672DC4
SHA1 : 9890413681FED7A2A9217A99EC953B9B8D5090C8
SHA256 : E52AEF1E786B6479E8282FB42B312131953FA553C2B10B5E4E4A0616FAF61406
Please provide your valuable feedback about this software in your comment...

How to Get Mac OS or Linux Style Font Smoothing in Windows?

There is no doubt, Mac OS and Linux font smoothing functionality is better than Windows. The text in Mac or Linux looks better and smooth compared to Windows OS. Mac and Linux fonts are easier to read and easy on eyes than Windows fonts. Although Microsoft introduced Clear Type font smoothing in Windows but sometimes a few new fonts such as Segoe UI become hard to read and look too much sharp on screen.
Wouldn't it be great if we could get Mac and Linux style font smoothing in Windows? Today in this topic, we are going to share 2 free software which can bring Mac and Linux like font smoothing in Windows. These freeware can be considered as a replacement of the default font rendering service in Windows. These software render Windows fonts smoothly which makes them easier to read and look nice on screen.
Both these freeware are based on the good old GDI++ project which was started by a Japanese developer in September 2006 but was suspended very soon in the same month.
Since the development of GDI++ was discontinued by the developer, a few other developers started working on the same source code and released new improved versions of the same FreeType font smoothing functionality which was used by GDI++. These new software provide improved performance and better compatibility for all Windows versions.
So without wasting time, lets share these free software which will help you in making Windows fonts look-like Mac OS and Linux fonts as shown in following image:
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These 2 freeware are:
  • gdipp
  • mactype
Installation of both software is easy. Simply follow the instructions given by the setup wizard and complete the installation process.
gdipp is easier to use compared to mactype and you don't need to customize any setting in gdipp. It automatically starts its service and brings Mac and Linux like font smoothing in Windows immediately just after the installation.
On the other hand, mactype is highly customizable. It comes with many built-in and pre-configured font smoothing profiles. You can select any of the given profiles or you can also create your own profile. You'll need to give each profile a try as different font profiles will work differently depending upon the computer screen and its resolution.
You can download both of them using following links:
Download gdipp
Download mactype
Both of these software work perfectly in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions.

Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2012 RC and .NET Framework 4.5 RC, Download NOW

May 31, 2012 is a big day for Microsoft and all Windows users. First Microsoft released free public Release Preview build of Windows 8 and now its turn of Visual Studio and .NET Framework. Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2012 RC and .NET Framework 4.5 RC versions to public.
Visual Studio 2012 RC:
According to Microsoft, "Visual Studio 2012" (previously known as Visual Studio 11) offers an improved developer experience that includes a simplified user interface (Windows 8 Metro UI inspired) designed to keep developers focused on their work, with fewer distractions and easier access to the tools they need.
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Following are some major improvements and new features in Visual Studio 2012:
Reduced toolbar commands: To help free up precious workspace, Microsoft has reduced the number of default commands that show on toolbars in the user interface. These commands can still be accessed through the drop-down menus or added back onto the toolbar if the user wants them, but now the default work area is significantly larger. For example, the cut, copy and paste toolbar commands were removed because research has shown that most developers use the keyboard shortcuts instead.
Simplified graphics: Visual Studio 2012 eliminates the use of color within tools except in cases where color is used for notification or status change purposes. Now, the user interface competes far less with the developer’s content. Other user interface graphics, such as line work and iconography, also have been simplified to be less distracting.
Comprehensive search: Visual Studio 2012 features a comprehensive search capability, allowing developers to quickly find what they are looking for within commands and configuration options, tool windows, and open files.
Workflow hubs: New workflow hubs combine common tasks into one simplified window. Rather than force developers to interact with two or more tool windows to get tasks done, Visual Studio 2012 streamlines common tasks so that many can be accomplished from within a single window.
Preview Tabs: Developers can view the contents of documents using new Preview Tabs, which get reused as the developer works. As a result, developers no longer end up with large numbers of extraneous documents open as a byproduct of common tasks such as debugging or browsing results.
In addition, "Visual Studio 2012" RC also includes support for Windows 8 and Web development, which are supported by Visual Studio Express for Windows 8 and "Visual Studio 2012" Express for Web, respectively.
.NET Framework 4.5 RC:
With .NET Framework 4.5, Microsoft .NET has been enhanced significantly to enable developers to be as productive as possible while building rich, reliable and high-performance software in managed code.
Following are some major improvements in .NET Framework 4.5:
Languages: To help developers deliver responsive clients and scalable servers, the C# and Visual Basic languages now have built-in support for writing asynchronous code almost as easily as if it were synchronous. And to help developers tackle data-complex problems, F# integrates Type Providers to make data access trivial in F# programs and components.
Performance: The Common Language Runtime has been overhauled to provide better performance, in particular for server applications and services. With additions such as background server garbage collection, multicore background JIT compilation and profile-guided optimization, managed applications can now start faster and run with better throughput and lower latency.
Networking: With the proliferation of devices and continuous services in the cloud, .NET Framework 4.5 builds upon the high-quality networking libraries already available in .NET to further enable the development of increasingly connected applications. New support spans from modern HTTP libraries to WebSockets to support for contract-first service development.
Beyond such areas, many additions have gone into improving the .NET Framework end to end. There are improvements from regular expression processing to better support for compression standards, enhanced support for HTML5, developer productivity enhancements in Entity Framework, optimized mobile experiences through ASP.NET, and more, ensuring .NET Framework 4.5 has something new for all developers building for the client and the cloud.
Download Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 RC Versions
NOTE: Visual Studio 2012 RC can be installed in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and .NET Framework 4.5 RC can be installed in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

[Microsoft TechNet, MSDN and Connect Update] Windows 8 Release Preview (RC Build) Available for Download

NOTE: This topic is updated whenever a new download is available for Microsoft TechNet, MSDN or Connect subscribers. So keep checking this topic regularly to get instant updates.
UPDATE 17: Windows 8 Release Preview Available
Microsoft has released Windows 8 Release Preview (RC build) to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are available. File size of 32-bit version if 2494 MB and file size of 64-bit version is 3353 MB.
SHA1 for 32-bit:
SHA1 for 64-bit:
If you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, log into your account and start downloading the build.
UPDATE 16: Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 4.0 Public Beta Available
Microsoft's free antivirus and antispyware product "Microsoft Security Essentials" (MSE) 4.0 public beta version has been released and available for download.
What's New?
This Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes the following new features:
  • Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: It'll clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.
  • Enhanced performance: It includes many performance improvements to make sure your PC performance isn’t compromised.
  • Simplified UI: Simplified UI makes Microsoft Security Essentials Beta easier to use.
  • New and improved protection engine: The updated engine offers enhanced detection with cleanup capabilities and better performance.
This 4.0 beta version can be installed in Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or SP2 and Windows 7 SP1.
Windows 8 Developer Preview users can install it using compatibility mode.
Download Link
UPDATE 15: Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM Available
We told you earlier that Windows 7 SP1 has been RTMed i.e. the final version of SP1 has been developed. Now Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM is available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available to download in a single file. File size is 1,953 MB.
Slipstreamed ISOs are also available.
Windows 7 with SP1 (32-bit) iso size is 2,444 MB and Windows 7 with SP1 (64-bit) iso size is 3,166 MB.
If you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, you can download it by logging into your account.
If you are not a subscriber, no need to worry. Microsoft will release the same to public on 22nd February.
Download SP1 RTM (MSDN)
Download SP1 RTM (TechNet)
UPDATE 14: Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTMed
Microsoft has finally made an official announcement that Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been RTMed.
It'll become available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on February 16th, 2011.
The same will become available to public on February 22nd, 2011. It'll be available for download via Microsoft download center and Windows Update.
PS: The build number is 7601.17514.101119-1850.
UPDATE 13: Office 2010 RTM Available
We told you earlier that Microsoft Office 2010 has been RTMed i.e. Office 2010 final version has been developed.
Now its available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Microsoft has released Office 2010 RTM version to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available for download.
UPDATE 12: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 RTM Available
Microsoft has announced the availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 RTM versions for MSDN subscribers.
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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 have something for every developer. The new editor, now using Windows Presentation Foundation, delivers a more flexible, feature-rich environment that supports concepts such as the use of multiple monitors. This enables a developer to have one monitor with code, another with the user interface designer, and yet another with database structure.
Built-in support for Windows 7 multitouch and “ribbon” interfaces delivers stunning applications to end users. For the first time, developers have integrated access to SharePoint functionality into the Visual Studio integrated development environment. Windows Azure tools make it easy to quickly develop, debug, test and deploy cloud applications from within the familiar Visual Studio environment. Built-in support for ASP.NET Model-View-Controller gives developers the flexibility to separately update the appearance and core business logic of Web applications. Windows Phone 7 developers will be able to build amazing mobile applications using Visual Studio with integrated phone design surfaces.
.NET Framework 4 adds additional support for industry standards, more language choice, new support for high-performance middle-tier applications including parallel programming, and side-by-side installation with .NET Framework 3.5. With the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, the size of the runtime has been decreased by over 80 percent, making it easier for developers to get applications, and therefore users, up and running faster.
Download Visual Studio 2010
Download .NET Framework 4.0
Download Link for MSDN Subscribers
UPDATE 11: Windows XP Mode RTM Available
Recently Microsoft announced that RTM version of "Windows XP Mode" for Windows 7 will be available on October 22 for public download.
If you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, you can log into your account and can download "Windows XP Mode" RTM from "Applications -> Windows Virtual PC" section.
Both 32 and 64-bit versions are available.
UPDATE 10: Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM Available
Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM (Released To Manufacturing) is now available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers.
If you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, log into your account and start downloading.
Windows Server 2008 R2 is only available in 64-bit and Itanium versions. Currently English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese-Simplified and Korean languages are available, other languages will be available on August 21st.
If you are not a subscriber, you'll need to wait for some time. Microsoft will release it to market on October 22nd. Or you can download a 180-day trial version using following link:
Download Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial
UPDATE 9: Windows 7 RTM Available
Windows 7 RTM (Released To Manufacturing) is now available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers as announced earlier by Microsoft.
If you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, log into your account and start downloading Windows 7 RTM.
If you are not a subscriber, you'll need to wait for some time. Microsoft will release Windows 7 RTM to market on October 22nd.
UPDATE 8: Windows 7 RTM Release Date Announced
Finally Microsoft has announced the release date of much awaited Windows 7 RTM (Release To Manufacturing). "Brandon LeBlanc" @ The Windows Blog made an announcement:
For Partners & OEMs:
ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th.
Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Portal on August 16th. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download.
Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 23rd. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download.
OEMs will receive Windows 7 RTM software images beginning approximately 2 days after we officially RTM, as a little time is required to release and distribute these images. This will allow them to begin preparing images for new PCs to ship with Windows 7 on them. We know our OEMs are excited for Windows 7 and we can’t wait to hand them the final RTM bits!
For Business Customers:
If you are a Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license you will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 7th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC). The rest of the languages for Windows 7 RTM should be available within a couple of weeks after that.
Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows 7 through Volume Licensing on September 1st as we announced last week at WPC09. Mark these dates on your calendar and start making your deployment plans!
For IT Professionals:
There are a few ways you can get Windows 7 RTM. IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.
For Developers:
Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.
For Beta Testers & Enthusiasts:
I know there have been some rumors going around about a “family pack” for Windows 7. We have heard a lot of feedback from beta testers and enthusiasts over the last 3 years that we need a better solution for homes with multiple PCs. I’m happy to confirm that we will indeed be offering a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (in select markets) which will allow installation on up to 3 PCs.
Beta testers will not automatically receive a free copy of Windows 7. Many beta testers are already subscribers to TechNet; those of you who fit that description will be able to download Windows 7 RTM shortly after RTM happens for free as part of your subscription.
However, if you don’t have TechNet and are waiting for GA (to either purchase Windows 7 or wait for your pre-order to arrive) you can continue to use the RC. In fact, you can continue to use it until it expires on June 1st, 2010 (expiration actually starts March 1, 2010, this is when the reboots start).
We are also going to release an evaluation of Windows 7 Professional for IT Professionals via the Springboard Series shortly after RTM. Over 40% of beta testers are IT Professionals and this will allow them to quickly access the RTM code and plan for deployments.
For Consumers:
Windows 7 will be in retail stores and shipping on new PCs starting October 22nd. If you pre-ordered Windows 7, it should be delivered sometime around the October 22nd timeframe (depends on the retailer).
So get ready to download Windows 7 RTM via Connect, MSDN or TechNet on August 6th.
We are putting all important dates together for your convenience:
MSDN & TechNet Subscribers - August 6
Microsoft Connect - August 6
ISV and IHV Partners - August 6
Volume License Customers - August 7
Microsoft Partner Program - August 16
Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers - August 23
Retail Stores - October 22
OEMs - 2 Days after official RTM announcement
UPDATE 7: TechNet Widget Available for Blogs and Websites
Microsoft has launched TechNet widget which can be put in blogs. The widget will provide the latest content from TechNet on your blogs.
The Widget has integration built into Social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon etc.
This widget pulls the latest RSS feeds from TechNet and has selections from Videos, Webcasts, TechNet Magazine, TechNet Flash and TechNet Podcasts.
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Once it is embedded in a site, it will allow the site/blog users to take it and embed it on their sites.
You can also put this widget in your Windows Vista or 7 Desktop Sidebar.
If you want to put the widget in your blog or Windows Sidebar, simply follow instructions given at following link:
http://www.technetwidget.com/technetwidget/getwidget/default.html
UPDATE 6: Windows 7 RTM on July 13th
Here is excellent news for people who are eagerly waiting for Microsoft's upcoming OS Windows 7 final release. Our friend site "GeekSmack" has confirmed with a source close to Microsoft that Windows 7 is set to RTM on July 13th.
Windows 7 RTM build will be chosen over the next few days and will be officially signed off on July 13th, 2009, the same day as the WPC09 (Worldwide Partner Conference) will take place in New Orleans.
Microsoft is still in the process of testing and choosing from the RTM candidate builds as they need to ensure that all show-stopper bugs present in the OS have been eradicated to ensure as much of a smooth, bug-free release as possible.
TechNet, MSDN, and other partner connections will be getting their hands on the RTM build shortly after, if not on the same day.
Note that the general availability is scheduled to launch on October 22nd.
UPDATE 5: Windows 7 RC Available
The much awaited Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is now available to Connect, TechNet and MSDN subscribers as announced earlier by Microsoft.
So if you are a Connect, TechNet or MSDN subscriber, just log into your account and start downloading Windows 7 RC.
If you are not a subscriber, no need to worry. Microsoft will release the same RC build to public on 5th May on Microsoft Download Center. There will be no download limit this time, so you can download your very own Windows 7 RC copy as soon as it releases.
UPDATE 4: Windows 7 RC on April 30th
Finally Microsoft has officially announced the release schedule for Windows 7 Release Candidate.
Today Windows Team Blog made an announcement about Windows 7 RC:
There certainly has been a lot of discussion about Windows 7 in the last few weeks. A lot of folks want to know when they can get their hands on the official RC, when we are going to RTM, and what I had for breakfast.
I’m pleased to share that the RC is on track for April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th.
So if you are a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, you can download Windows 7 RC on April 30. If you are not a subscriber, no need to worry. The public release would be on May 5.
UPDATE 3: Windows 7 Beta Available
Microsoft has released Windows 7 Beta to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Its also available on MS Connect. Just log into your account and download it.
If you are not a subscriber, don't worry. The public beta will be released tomorrow 9th January 2009. So just wait for a few hours and you'll be able to download it absolutely free from Windows 7 official website. The public beta will be available for a limited time only, so grab your copy as fast as you can whenever it becomes available to download.
The download would be available in ISO format, so you'll need to burn the image.
You can upgrade to Windows 7 Beta from Vista SP1.
UPDATE 2: Windows XP SP3 Slipstreamed ISO Available
Recently Microsoft released Windows XP SP3 for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Now Microsoft has released the slipstreamed ISO image of Windows XP with SP3 (Service Pack 3) for Technet and MSDN subscribers.
If you are a subscriber, you can download the ISO image from your subscription page. Simply log into your TechNet or MSDN account and check for Windows XP with SP3 in your subscription download page.
UPDATE 1: Windows XP SP3 RTM Available
Microsoft has made Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3) RTM version available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers today. Earlier it was announced to be available later on May 02, 2008.
TechNet and MSDN subscribers can download it using their subscription page. Just login to your TechNet or MSDN account and check the "Top Subscriber Downloads" section.
The ISO file size is 544.86 MB. Standalone EXE file size is 316 MB.

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