|MAKE WINDOWS XP BEHAVE|
Make disk images, restore points, and backups of files and registry keys to repair
your system if you fuck things up
• Run your virus scanner on anything you download from anywhere
• software a+ | donationcoder | encoderx | freebyte | freeware-guide | M$ | nirsoft | nonags | shellcity | sourceforge4windows | snapfiles | thefreecountry
• software (old versions) lastfreeware | oldversion
• software (a little more adventurous) etplanet | filesharinghelp | keznews | nsane | softexia | waregamez
• serial numbers etc. astakiller | crackspider | indexie
|• drive imaging, virtual drives|
• Acronis TrueImage Drive imager. Versions 9 and up are bloatware, so get version 8. Demo. Search astakiller to try before you buy. TI forum.
• Alcohol 120% Create and mount CD/DVD image files as virtual drives. Trial.
• DriveImage XML Drive imager. Compression less efficient than Acronis TI. DriveImage XML/BartPE combo guide. Is included in the UBCD.
• PC Inspector clone maxx Sector-by-sector hard drive cloning tool, runs from floppy, CD, DVD, or USB stick.
• Self Image Drive imager. Compresses less efficient than Acronis TI, but better than DI XML. Can be used as BartPE plugin & from the UBCD.
• UltraISO Make, edit, convert, and extract data from disk image files. Trial.
• Get Acronis TrueImage for free if you have a Seagate or Maxtor drive (internal or external). Details.
|• drive partitioning|
• Easeus Partition Master Resize, merge, make partitions. This is a freeware clone of Partition Magic.
• GParted Resize, merge, make partitions. Runs from CD or USB stick. Is included in the Emergency Boot CD.
• Partition Logic Resize, merge, make partitions.
• Partition Magic Resize, merge, make partitions. Demo.
• Eudora Email without M$ Outlook viruses. Ads in full feature version, no ads in light version. Eudora is now an open source program.
• FreePOPs Get hotmail/yahoomail etc. with pop3 clients like Eudora.
• Thunderbird Email client from Mozilla.
• Blowfish Advanced CS Encrypt & password-protect files. Lots of options.
• Cryptext Encrypt & password-protect files. Simple but effective.
• ShellCrypt Encrypt (56-bit blowfish) & password-protect files. Download without a pcmag subscription from www.movisystem.com/software/8.html.
• TrueCrypt Real and virtual encrypted partitions with on-the-fly encryption/decryption. Use Cryptext or Blowfish Advanced CS for individual files.
|• file sharing|
• File sharing programs on channels.site666.info/indexp2p.htm
|• file & folder tools|
• FastFolders Right-click folder browser. Trial.
• IZArc ZIP, RAR, and other compression formats.
• Pir Make lists of files and folders.
• media-convert Convert almost any file format into almost any other file format online without installing anything.
|• file recovery|
• GetDataBack Recovers files even if the partition table or boot record is gone. Horribly expensive.
• PC Inspector File Recovery Recover files from hard drives.
• Restoration Recover files from hard drives, memory cards, and USB sticks.
• Smart PC Tools Apps to recover deleted partitions and files from hard drives, memory cards, and USB sticks.
• FileZilla All-in-one ftp client and server.
• ws_ftp le Lightweight no-nonsense ftp client.
|• instant messaging|
• Pidgin All-in-one instant messager (MSN, Yahoo, GoogleTalk, AOL, IRC, ICQ, etc.). Faster and lighter than Trillian.
• Trillian All-in-one instant messager (MSN, Yahoo, GoogleTalk, AOL, etc.). Limited feature free version.
|• look & feel|
• Alternate Screensaver Screensaver cycler.
• ATnotes Desktop post-it notes.
• Change Drive Icon Set custom icons for your drives.
• Marine Aquarium Screensaver Turn your screen into a fish tank.
• Matrix Screensaver The scrolling green code from the movies.
• ShellExView Tweak shell extensions (like explorer context menu entries and task pane options)
• TransBar Make your taskbar transparent.
• Vista Cursors Windows Vista mouse cursors for XP.
• Wallpapers Pictures for your desktop.
• WimpWall Wallpaper cycler.
• deviantART Login screens, visual styles, skins and other files to change the looks of XP, WinAmp, etc.
• VirtualPlastic Hacklist List of files and hacking methods to change the looks of XP. [VP} home.
|• media: DRM removers, DVD region lock killers|
• Audacity Audio recorder, converter, editor. Can record your DRMed audio files to DRM-free copies.
• DVD Region-Free Break the region lock of your DVD player. Trial. Doesn't work with some DVD drives.
• FairUse4WM Strips DRM from Windows Media files (.wma, .wmv, .asf), but you'll need a valid license to set your files free. More info.
• Hymn Decrypts iTunes .aac files to remove DRM restrictions.
• The Firmware Page DVD player firmware to break the region lock on your DVD player.
|• media: editors, converters, tools|
• Audacity Audio recorder, converter, editor.
• AviJoin Glue avi videos together.
• MP3Gain Normalise mp3 volumes.
• TMPGEnc DivX AVI (S)VCD MPG conversion & editing. Free for vcd, svcd requires TMPGEnc Plus.
• VirtualDub-MPEG2 Improved version of the free video editor/converter VirtualDub.
• Doom9 Audio video CD DVD tools.
• media-convert Online media converter.
• videohelp.com video conversion tutorials.
|• media: players and codecs|
• AVIcodec See what codecs an audio/video file needs and which codecs you have.
• AVIPreview Check quality and content of movies in mid-download.
• DScaler Free DVD decoder.
• K-Lite Codec Pack DivX and other codecs. Includes GSpot and Media Player Classic. Add-ons: Real Alternative, QuickTime Alternative.
• Media Player Classic Lightweight media player with built-in DVD decoder.
• QuickTime Alternative Play QuickTime movies in any browser or media player without Apples lame excuse for a media player.
• RealAlternative Play RealMedia files in any browser or media player without real.coms lame excuse for a media player.
• Winamp Plays mp3 and other audio formats (flac requires a plugin). Plays video too. Free and paid versions.
• Windows Media Player Download page without WGA check. To avoid the WGA check during installation, check this site.
• test your codecs with these samples: samples.mplayerhq.hu/A-codecs (audio), samples.mplayerhq.hu (video)
|• media: recorders, rippers, burners|
• Ashampoo Burning Studio Free CD/DVD/(S)VCD/BlueRay burner, ripper, and disk image creator.
• Audacity Audio recorder, converter, editor.
• Audiograbber Audio CD ripper, audio recorder.
• CDBurnerXP Pro CD/DVD burner. Combine with VCDGear to burn VCDs.
• DVD decrypter DVD ripper. Doom9 DVD decrypter guide.
• DVDFab Decrypter Copy DVDs and remove copy protection.
• DVD Flick Make your own DVDs. Works with almost every video file format. Can make .iso image files or burn your DVD straight to disk.
• DVDx Rip DVDs to AVI & MPG. Free basic version.Ultra edition rips copy-protected DVDs. Free ultra edition on etplanet.com.
• Free DVD Creator Make your own DVDs. Works with almost every video file format.
• Nero CD/DVD/VCD burner. Trial. Nero plugins. Nero audio and video plugin pack. Nero mpeg 4 decoder (eD2k). Unofficial Nero forum.
• VCDGear Rip VCDs, make VCDs.
• WinX DVD Ripper
• save streaming video: grabvids - kcoolonline - keepvid - mediaconverter - mediapirate
|• operating systems and virtual machines|
• VirtualBox Run virtual machines in XP. Open source.
• VMware Player Faster than M$ Virtual PC. Make your own virtual machines for VMware Player with easyvmx.
• If you can't run your own copy of XP in a virtual machine (OEM versions tend to resist), try this copy. BitTorrent link.
• operating systems: FreeDOS - Mac OS X (v10.4.8, BitTorrent link) - Mac OS X on XP (how-to guide) - Windows XP Pro SP2 (BitTorrent link)
• tutorial for installing things in Ubuntu Linux (running on its own or in a virtual machine): monkeyblog.org/ubuntu/installing
• lots of programs and operating systems (including Ubuntu and other Linux distros) ready to run in VMware Player: VMware Virtual Appliances
|• operating systems: live CDs (linux)|
• Damn Small Linux Compact (50 MB) Linux distro which can run from a USB stick. Partition manager included.
• Emergency Boot CD Bootable Linux CD to repair your system, reset XP passwords, resize and image partitions, etc.
• Knoppix Bootable Linux CD (or DVD with extra features). Rescue your data with Knoppix guide.
• SystemRescueCD Bootable Linux CD to repair your system, reset XP passwords, resize and image partitions, etc.
• Ultimate Boot CD Bootable Linux CD to repair your system, reset XP passwords, resize and image partitions, etc.
|• operating systems: live CDs (windows)|
• BartPE Make a bootable XP CD (or USB stick, or hard drive partition, or whatever) to repair your system. You can pimp it with hundreds of plugins.
• Complete BartPE (BT) For those with image-based XP install disks/partitions who can't make their own BartPE CD. BitTorrent links.
• Complete BartPE (eD2k) For those with image-based XP install disks/partitions who can't make their own BartPE CD. eDonkey links.
• Ultimate Boot CD For Windows BartPE on steroids, with tools to reset XP passwords, resize and image partitions, etc.
• XP USB Stick Edition For those with image-based XP install disks/partitions who can't make their own BartPE CD. BitTorrent links.
• Run XP from USB stick Tutorial.
|• pdf readers|
• Foxit PDF reader. Much faster than the bloated Adobe Reader.
• Nuance PDF Reader. Much faster than the bloated Adobe Reader.
• Sumatra Bare bones stand-alone PDF reader.
• Easy Thumbnails Thumbnail your pictures.
• GIFWorks Online editor for static and animated GIF images.
• M$ Image Resizer Make big pictures small.
• Pinta Free easy-to-use image editor.
• Pixlr Free online image editor.
• Avast! Antivirus.
• Avira AntiVir Antivirus.
• AVG Anti-Virus Antivirus. AVG forum.
• Comodo The best firewall out there. Comodo forum.
• HijackThis Detect malware and other problems. Feed the results to the HijackThis log analyzer.
• Hitman Pro All-in-one adware & spyware killer.
• RootkitRevealer Detect rootkits which hide from virus scanners by fucking up the bowels of windows. Use together with Rootkit Unhooker.
• Rootkit Unhooker Detect rootkits which hide from virus scanners by fucking up the bowels of windows. Use together with RootkitRevealer.
• Runscanner Detect malware and other problems. Does all that HijackThis does, and more. Runscanner forum.
• antirootkit software - antivirus programs compared - matousec firewall tests - rogue/suspect anti-spyware products & web sites
• wilders security forums
|• system cleaning and tweaking|
• CCleaner Remove junk like temp files, logs, browser caches, leftovers in the registry, ... Manages startup entries and Internet Explorer cookies.
• Doug's Windows XP Security Console Control user rights in XP Home. Limited-feature free version
• jv16 powertools Clean the registry, check startup programs, and more. Free up to v1.3 (oldversion.com, lastfreewareversion).
• nLite Remove junk like Outlook, MovieMaker, etc. from your XP install CD, slipstream service packs, and more.
• PC Decrapifier Uninstaller for Norton, AOL, and lots of other junk.
• Registry Repair Registry cleaner.
• Supercrypt Alternative for XPs "run as" tool. Supercrypt lets limited accounts run apps with admin privileges protected by an encrypted password.
• TweakUI M$ Powertoy to tweak hidden XP settings.
• XPlite Remove M$ junk like outlook, moviemaker, etc. from XP. Demo.
• X-Setup Windows tweaking tool with more tweaks than TweakUI. Free up to version 6.6.
• Asterisk Key See passwords hidden by *****..
• Belarc Advisor Display system info, windows and other product keys, installed programs, installed and missing windows updates.
• Easy Net Switch Switch network configurations, which XP Home won't let you do. Trial.
• Resource Hacker Edit resources in EXEs, DLLs, ... (like explorer.exe if want to change the start button).
• RockXP Display XP Product Keys and dial-up passwords.
• media-convert Convert almost any file format into almost any other file format without installing anything.
|• web browsers and tools|
• Firefox Web browser that makes Internet Explorer obsolete.
• Fresh Download Download manager. Requires free registration.
• K-Meleon Mozilla-based web browser. Faster than Firefox. K-Meleon Macro Library.
• Mozilla Seamonkey Web browser with built-in popup killer, newsgroup client, HTML editor, and more.
• Webwasher Classic Kill ads, cookies, popups.
• anonymous www proxies: stayinvisible.com/web_proxy_list.html
• public proxy list: www.publicproxyservers.com
|• web servers, proxies, dynamic IP address tools|
• MyDiskServer Host files and websites from your own computer.
• No-IP Redirect a host name to a dynamic IP (run a web server if your ISP keeps changing your IP address).
• phpproxy & cgiproxy Your own proxy on a free web server.
• Psiphon Your own proxy at home (www only).
• Proxy+ Your own proxy at home.
• VertrigoServ Run your own web server. All-in-one package with Apache, php, and other tools.
• your own www proxy (the hard way): www.buzzsurf.com/surfatwork - your own www proxy
|• windows update and repair|
• AutoPatcher All the updates since the last service pack in one single download.
• Belarc Advisor Displays installed and missing windows updates with links to the update files.
• DIY Service Pack Make an offline installer for all windows patches.
• DriverBackup! Backup installed drivers. If your drivers come in installers with unwanted extras, this tool lets you save clean installers.
• Driver Packs to slipstream into your XP CD.
• Secunia Software Inspector Web-based updater for windows and lots of other software.
• Windows Update Repair Tool Repair broken M$ Windows Update.
• Windows Updates Downloader Download all the windows patches you need for slipstreaming into your install disk.
• Windows XP Service Pack 2 No less than 266 MB worth of fixes for all the stupid mistakes by Microsofts incompetent programmers.
• Windows XP Service Pack 3 No less than 316 MB worth of fixes for all the stupid mistakes by Microsofts incompetent programmers.
• Windows XP Service Pack 3 (cd image) 545 MB worth of fixes for all the stupid mistakes by Microsofts incompetent programmers.
• dll world Replace missing DLLs.
• sofwarepatch.com List of XP patches.
• thehotfixshare.net Non-public XP patches.
|• windows vista|
• cut the crap from vista: vlite.net
• xp's pinball game for vista: download
|symbian themes, tricks & software|