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.
 
 

  • email  
 
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.
 
 

  • encryption  
 
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.
 
 

  • ftp  
 
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.
 
 

  • pictures  
 
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.
 
 

  • security  
 
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.
 
 

  • utilities  
 
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
 
 

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