Recommended Programs For Windows

List of Windows Applications recommended by me and/or their manuals can be find here.

Antivirus and Security Software

Learn more at: How to prevent getting infected.


Browser

Or


Tuneup and Repair software


Messenger


Email Client

No matter what email service you currently use, Hotmail, AOL, Yahoo, Gmail or one from your ISP, you can connect them all together into Gmail and send and receive all your mails together inside most secure, stable and fast email client!
Gmail is the best mail service around with many unique features, I recommend try to connect all your mails to Gmail and see how great it works, soon I will write the manual for how to do that, so my recommendation in order is:

or


RSS / News Reader

Do you follow some blogs? or news from your favorite news station? Do you track updates notification of a software or even do you follow new posts/topics of a forum? best way to don’t miss any of them is to subscribe to their news feeds, even most powerful software in your computer will miss receive new feeds if you don’t get online a while so you should use a service that is always online and that’s Feedly, add all your RSS feeds into Feedly and it will collect them here in the groups/folders you set in your Feedly account, I cannot live without Feedly!:


Calendar


Contact/Phone Book


Blogging


Photo Editor

  • Adobe Photoshop

Photo Management


Office Software

I’m a ‘cloud’ fan and I like everything in web browser, because cloud applications and files are always accessible from every internet connected device (so you can work from your office or home or even finish your work on the way from home to work!), always updated and also works even in low-end computer. so I recommend you to use Google Doc for your office needs, it is compatible with Microsoft Office Formats, OpenOffice Formats and many more, another Google point is that Google Doc is very safe and you never have worry to get infected by open a document inside Google Doc (unlike Microsoft Office), Google doc support:

  • Microsoft Word (.DOC and .DOCX)
  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX)
  • Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF)
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
  • Archive file types (.ZIP and .RAR)
  • most popular and highly-requested document and image types.

So I recommend you to use:

Or

  • Microsoft Office

Archive Software (Create and Extract compressed archives)


Disc (CD/DVD/BluRay) creating and burning

  • Ashampoo Burning Studio

Plugins and Frameworks

  • Adobe Flash Player ActiveX
  • Adobe Flash Player NPAPI (For Non-IE browsers)
  • Adobe Air
  • Adobe Shockwave Player
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Microsoft .Net Framwork 2, 3 and 4
  • Oracle JAVA Runtime Environment

PDF Reader

  • Foxit Reader

Google Chrome comes with ability to open PDF Documents too, also Google Document is capable of open PDF files. So you can use either of them to read your PDF files.


Codecs and Players

  • Winamp [For Audio Files]
  • VLC [For Video Files]
  • K-Lite Codec Pack [For compatibility of various media files]

Virtualization

  • Oracle VirtualBox

Download Manager

  • Free Download Manager [Support HTTP, FTP and P2P Downloads]

Or

  • Internet Download Manager [HTTP, HTTPS, FTP – Download Only]

File Sharing/Sync


FTP Client

  • FileZilla

Virtual Drives

  • SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive

Note Management and Clipping


Remote Desktop


Screenshot

 

Enable or Disable Hibernate

This article describes how to disable and re-enable hibernation on a computer that is running Windows.

[box type=”alert”]You may lose data if you make hibernation unavailable when the hybrid sleep setting on the computer is turned on, and a power loss occurs. When you make hibernation unavailable, hybrid sleep does not work.[/box]

More Information

The Hiberfil.sys hidden system file is located in the root folder of the drive where the operating system is installed. The Windows Kernel Power Manager reserves this file when you install Microsoft Windows. The size of this file is approximately equal to the amount of random access memory (RAM) that is installed on the computer.

The computer uses the Hiberfil.sys file to store a copy of the system memory on the hard disk when the hybrid sleep setting is turned on. If this file is not present, the computer cannot hibernate.

Hibernation is made unavailable when you set the value of the Hibernate after setting to Never by using the Power Options item in Control Panel.

Disable

To make hibernation unavailable, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
  2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt or cmd.exe, and then click Run as Administrator.
  3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
  4. At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and then press ENTER.
  5. Type exit, and then press ENTER.

Enable

To make hibernation available, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
  2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt or cmd.exe, and then click Run as Administrator.
  3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
  4. At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate on, and then press ENTER.
  5. Type exit, and then press ENTER to close the Command Prompt window.

Applies To

Above article works for these versions of windows:

  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Web Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Enterprise N
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Professional N
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Ultimate N

Find if I’ve a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows

To determine whether your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, please follow the steps below:

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type “msinfo32.exe” then click OK.
  3. On the navigation pane, select System Summary.
  4. Locate Processor under Item in the details pane. Take note of the value.
    • If the value that corresponds to Processor starts with x86, the computer is running a 32-bit version of the Windows operating system.
    • If the value that corresponds to Processor starts with ia64 or AMD64, the computer is running a 64-bit version of the Windows operating system.

Windows Vista:

  1. Click on the Windows orb (Start) start-s.
  2. Type “system” in the Start Search box, and then click System in the Programs list.
  3. The operating system appears as follows:
    • For a 64-bit version operating system: “64-bit Operating System” appears as the System type under System.
    • For a 32-bit version operating system: “32-bit Operating System” appears as the System type under System.

Windows 7:

  1. Click on the Windows orb (Start) start-s.
  2. Type “system” in the Search Programs and Files field, and then click System in the Programs list.
  3. The operating system appears as follows:
    • For a 64-bit version operating system: “64-bit Operating System” appears as the System type under System.
    • For a 32-bit version operating system: “32-bit Operating System” appears as the System type under System.

Reset Windows System Restore

[box type=”alert”]Remember that you should only follow these steps after disinfecting the computer. These instructions alone will not eliminate malware.[/box]

Symptoms

Sometimes, even after viruses and other threats have been disinfected, the antivirus may still detect them again and again in the System Protection (Windows Vista/7) or in the Restore (Windows XP) folder without being able to eliminate them.

Cause

Although malware is detected in these folders after disinfecting the computer, it does not mean that the computer is still infected. This situation, created by a particular characteristic of Windows Vista/7/XP, is not dangerous at all, although it may worry some users who are not familiar with the use of these folders. Windows Vista/7/XP offers the possibility of restoring the system automatically, recovering eliminated files or system settings accidentally modified but its contents cannot be manipulated by anyone or anything.

This feature, although sometimes advantageous, may cause the following conflict: when the antivirus performs a scan, it will detect the infected and the erased files in the System Protection/System Restore folders.

That is why when a new scan is performed, the antivirus will keep on detecting the file in those folders but won’t be able to eliminate them, as the file is protected by the operating system and is out of its reach. Therefore, you will need to delete them manually by disabling and re-enabling System Protection/System Restore feature.

Solution

Find the solution to apply according to the Operating System of your computer.

How to disable System Restore on Windows XP

  1. Right-click My Computer.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click on the System Restore tab.
  4. Check the Turn off System Restore or Turn off System Restore on all drives checkbox.
  5. Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.

NOTE: We recommend that you restart the machine and re-enable System Restore.
Afterwards, it is advisable to run a new scan and verify the computer is clean.

How to disable System Protection on Windows Vista

  1. Right-click My Computer.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Select System Protection.
  4. Once in System Protection, disable the checkbox of all disk units.
  5. The following message will be prompted: Are you sure you want to turn System restore off?
  6. Click Turn System Restore off.
  7. Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.

NOTE: We recommend that you restart the machine and re-enable System Protection. In order to do so, tick the checkbox of the disk unit you wish to enable the System Protection for. Afterwards, it is advisable to run a new scan and verify the computer is clean.

How to disable System Protection on Windows 7

  1. Right-click My Computer.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Select System Protection.
  4. Once in System Protection, click Configure.
  5. Select option Turn off System Protection.
  6. Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.

NOTE: We recommend that you restart the machine and re-enable System Protection. In order to do so, check Restore system settings and previous versions of files option.
Afterwards, it is advisable to run a new scan and verify the computer is clean.

Show File Extensions

If you want to know how to open a file, then you need to know the extension. Windows hides that from you by default. Let’s unhide it really quick so you can know what type of file it is you are working on.

Windows XP

  1. Double Click the My Computer icon on your desktop.
  2. Choose Tools then Folder Options from the menu.
  3. Click the view tab.
  4. Uncheck “hide extensions for known file types”
  5. Click Apply then Click OK.

That’s all there is to it! Know if you look at the file it should be have a . followed by a 2-4 character name. (Example: .doc)

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Click “Start” button, then Settings, and then Control Panel
  2. Click “Folder Options”
  3. Click the tab from the choices at the top.
  4. Uncheck “hide extensions for known file types”
  5. Click Apply then Click OK.

That’s all there is to it! Know if you look at the file it should be have a . followed by a 2-4 character name. (Example: .doc)

Win7-ext

Take a screen capture

Sometimes it’s easier to show someone what you’re seeing on your computer screen instead of explaining it. In Windows, one easy solution is the PrtScn key. When you press it, an image of your screen is copied to the Clipboard. This is called a screen capture or screen shot.

To print the screen capture or send it to someone in an e‑mail, you’ll first have to paste it into Paint or some other image-editing program and save it.

If you use Windows XP, Vista or 7 you can use the following guide, also a better solution for Windows 7 users is Snipping Tool, Click here to learn more about that.

To take a screen capture of the entire screen

  1. Press PrtScn.
  2. Open Paint by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Paint.
  3. In Paint, on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Paste. (Windows XP users click edit menu and then click paste)
  4. If you want to resize the image, on the Home tab, in the Image group, click Resize, and enter a new percentage or pixel size. (Windows 7 only)
  5. Click the Paint button or file menu, and then click Save. (Choose JPG or PNG for file type/format)

It’s also possible to capture a specific active window when you press PrtScn.

To capture an active window

  1. Press Alt+PrtScn.
  2. Open Paint by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Paint.
  3. In Paint, on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Paste. (Windows XP users click edit menu and then click paste)
  4. If you want to resize the image, on the Home tab, in the Image group, click Resize, and enter a new percentage or pixel size. (Windows 7 only)
  5. Click the Paint button or file menu, and then click Save. (Choose JPG or PNG for file type/format)

Notes:

[box type=”info” border=”full”]On some keyboards, PrtScn might appear as PRTSC, PRTSCN, or a similar abbreviation.[/box]

[box type=”info” border=”full”]Certain laptops and other mobile devices that lack a PrtScn key might use other key combinations, such as FN+Insert, to capture the screen. Check the manual the came with your laptop or device for specific instructions.[/box]

Change Antivirus

Before installing a new Antivirus you must uninstall every other Security Software which you have installed in your computer and then clean-up every part of them which might be remaining in your windows.

to do, first you must go to control panel and then “Add or Remove Programs” menu (for Windows XP) or “Programs and Features” (For Windows Vista / 7), in this window, find every program related to the current Antivirus vendor you are using (e.g. Main program, toolbar, update tool or…).

then, to cleanup left over, you need to run so called “removal tool” or “uninstall utility” by the vendor which you can find on their web-site, here is link of most common tools.

After using the tools to cleanup the old installed Antivirus, restart your computer one more time and then cleanup all temporary files, Click here to learn how to do it. now your Computer is ready to install the new Antivirus.

[box]If you have been unable to uninstall the product yourself and need assistant, visit the Support Center and open a new ticket regarding your problem, I will get back to you as soon as possible.[/box]

Show hidden files and folders

Windows XP

  1. In Windows Explorer, choose Tools > Folder Options.
  2. Click the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box.
  3. In Advanced Settings, select Show Hidden Files And Folders.
  4. Deselect Hide Extensions For Known File Types.
  5. Click OK.

Windows Vista and 7

  1. In Windows Explorer, choose Organize > Folder And Search Options.
  2. Click the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box.
  3. In Advanced Settings, select Show Hidden Files And Folders.
  4. Deselect Hide Extensions For Known File Types.
  5. Click OK.

[box type=”note”]Hidden files and folders will appear dimmed to indicate they are not typical items. Usually, hidden files are program or system files that should not be deleted or changed. To display other hidden files, clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box.[/box]

Folder Options

Safe Mode

If you cannot boot into normal Windows mode or cannot troubleshoot because of errors in normal mode boot into Safe Mode. Windows Safe Mode bypasses startup programs and drivers that are not required for Windows to load and will allow you to fix Windows problems.

[tabs style=”default” title=”Choose the Operation System”] [tab title=”Windows 8″]

Windows 8 users

  1. Press the Windows key + C, and then click Settings.
    SOLN2268FIG2-1
  2. Click Power, hold down Shift on your keyboard and then click Restart.
    SOLN2268FIG2-2
  3. Click Troubleshoot.
    SOLN2268FIG2-3
  4. Click Advanced options.
    SOLN2268FIG2-4
  5. Click Startup Settings.
    SOLN2268FIG2-5
  6. Click Restart.
    SOLN2268FIG2-6
  7. Press 5 on your keyboard to Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Windows will start in Safe Mode with Networking.
    SOLN2268FIG2-7

[/tab] [tab title=”Windows Vista/7″]

Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 users

[box type=”info”]If you are running Safe Mode because you cannot get into Windows, you may want to first try loading the last known good configuration.[/box]

To get into the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Safe Mode, as the computer is booting press and hold your “F8 Key” which should bring up the “Windows Advanced Options Menu” as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to “Safe Mode” and press your Enter key.

Note: With some computers if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting you will get a stuck key message. If this occurs, instead of pressing and holding the “F8 key”, tap the “F8 key” continuously until you get the startup menu.

Trouble Getting into Safe mode – If after several attempts you are unable to get into Safe Mode as the computer is booting into Windows, turn off your computer. When the computer is turned on the next time Windows should notice that the computer did not successfully boot and give you the Safe Mode screen.

win-7-boot-menu

Once you’re done in Safe mode if you want to get back into Normal Windows restart the computer like you normally would and let it boot normally.
[/tab] [tab title=”Windows 2000/XP”]

Windows 2000 / XP users

[box type=”info”]If you are running Safe Mode because you cannot get into Windows, you may want to first try loading the last known good configuration.[/box]

To get into the Windows 2000 / XP Safe mode, as the computer is booting press and hold your “F8 Key” which should bring up the “Windows Advanced Options Menu” as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to “Safe Mode” and press your Enter key.

Note: With some computers, if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting you will get a stuck key message. If this occurs, instead of pressing and holding the “F8 key”, tap the “F8 key” continuously until you get the startup menu.

Trouble Getting into Windows 2000 or Windows XP Safe mode – If after several attempts you are unable to get into Windows 2000 or Windows XP Safe Mode as the computer is booting into Windows, turn off your computer. When the computer is turned on the next time Windows should notice that the computer did not successfully boot and give you the Safe Mode screen.

win-xp-boot-menu

Once you’re done in Safe mode if you want to get back into Normal Windows restart the computer like you normally would and let it boot normally.[/tab] [tab title=”Windows 98/ME”]

Windows 98 / ME users

To get into Windows 98 / ME Safe Mode, as the computer is booting press and hold your “F8 key” on the top of your keyboard or press and hold the left or right Ctrl key as the computer is booting. If done properly you should get into the “Windows 98 / ME Startup Menu” similar to the below screen example. In this menu choose option 3 by pressing the 3 key and press enter.

Note: With some computers if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting you will get a stuck key message. If this occurs, instead of pressing and holding the “F8 key”, tap the “F8 key” continuously until you get the startup menu.

win-98-boot-menu

Once you’re done in Safe mode if you want to get back into Normal Windows restart the computer like you normally would and let it boot normally.[/tab] [tab title=”Windows 95″]

Windows 95 users

To get into Windows 95 Safe Mode, as the computer is booting, when you either hear a beep or when you see the message “Starting Windows 95”, press your F8 key on the top of your keyboard. If done properly you should get into the Windows 95 Startup menu similar to the below screen. In this menu choose option 3 by pressing the 3 key and press enter.

How do I get out of Safe Mode?

From Windows Safe Mode click Start / Shutdown and restart the computer. This will start the computer automatically back into Normal Mode.

[box type=”info”]Many users believe that they are still in Safe Mode because the colors or video may not look correct. Unless in the corners of the screen it says “Safe Mode”, you are not in Safe Mode.[/box]

If you are rebooting the computer and it is rebooting back into Safe Mode (it does say “Safe Mode” in each of the corners), it is likely another problem exists with Windows preventing it from loading into Normal Windows.
[/tab] [/tabs]

Which Safe Mode option should I choose?

Users who are running later versions of Windows will get several different options for different versions of Safe Mode. For example, you may have options for “Safe Mode”, “Safe Mode with Networking”, and “Safe Mode with Command Prompt.” Below is a brief description of each of these different modes.

Safe Mode
The basic Safe Mode option is usually what most users will want to choose when troubleshooting their computer. This is the most basic Safe Mode option and has no additional support.

Safe Mode with Networking
For users needing access to the Internet or the network they’re connected to while in Safe Mode users may wish to choose this option. This mode is helpful for when you need to be in Safe Mode to troubleshoot but also need access to the Internet so you can get updates, drivers, or other files to help troubleshoot your issue.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt
This Safe Mode would also allow you to have access to the command line (MS-DOS prompt).

Compress and Extract files

Did you just receive e-mail with a Zip file attached to it, or did you just download a Zip file and don’t know what to do with it? This page explains the basics of Zip files and how to use them.These files are not always in .zip format and might be ,rar, .7z or… but usually people call them ZIP file because .zip format is most popular format of Archive files.

What are Zip files?

Zip files are single files, sometimes called “archives”, that contain one or more compressed files. Zip files make it easy to keep related files together and make transporting, e-mailing, downloading and storing data and software faster and more efficient. The Zip format is the most popular compression format used in the Windows environment.

Why do people use Zip files?

Zip files compress data and therefore save time and space and make downloading software and transferring e-mail attachments faster. Typical uses for Zip files include:
  • Distributing files on the Internet: Only one download is required to obtain all related files, and file transfer is quicker because the archived files are compressed.
  • Sending a group of related files to an associate: When you distribute a collection of files as a single Zip file, you benefit from the file grouping as well as compression.
  • Saving disk space: If you have large files that are important but seldom used, such as large data files, simply compress the files into a Zip file and then unzip (or “extract”) them only when needed.

How do I open a Zip file?

After you have installed an archive manager program like 7-Zip or WinRAR, you can open them by double click over the Zip file. also popular programs like 7-Zip or WinRAR allow you to manage files by right click over them (to create Archive, Extract Archives, Open, Edit or…).

How do I create a Zip file?

To create a new Zip file, after install 7-Zip or WinRAR, Right Click over file and choose Add to Archive, also you can open the archive manager program and create a new archive using the tools each one of the programs offer.

Which archive manager do you recommend?

If you are looking for a freeware program you can download and install 7-Zip and if you are looking for a better program you can buy WinRAR.
Learn more about 7-Zip Here.