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Old 05-14-2010, 10:54 AM
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Here's the stuff I use pretty much every day (granted this "kit" may be a little over the top for the average user just dealing with their own pc but most of it is free and all of it is useful),

Ubuntu live CD
Useful for testing "broken" hardware, data recoveries (it'll read/write every file system a consumer tech is likely to come across and doesn't care about file permissions), partition manipulation (using "Partition editior" - ie gparted)

Gparted live cd
Partition management (think FOSS PartitionMagic), also included in Ubuntu but useful if it's a slow machine or it wont boot Ubuntu for some reason.

Hiren's Disk
Extremely comprehensive testing and repair disk. It contains everything from MemTest and hardware testing tools to hard drive regeneration and a live XP installation.

VistaPE
Bootable vista install - able to reset passwords on XP, Vista or W7.

Everest
Already mentioned, excellent for finding out what hardware you actually have to track down missing drivers. Also excellent for extracting license keys from the registry and stress testing hardware.

MalwareBytes
Anti-malware, perfect for getting rid of fake-AV software such as SecurityTool, just boot to safe mode and you're away.

Symantec Ghost / Acronis True image
Yes you have to pay for them but one or the other will usually get you out of some serious pickles when it comes to imaging windows installs from one HDD to another (faulty HDDs etc) and you can use it to keep decent image backups. On Apple Macs Carbon Copy Cloner is a good alternative.

OS DVDs
Windows XP Home, XP Pro, Vista (one disk does all - just click past the dialogue asking for the COA and select the version you need), Windows 7 (RTP disk does the same as vista, if you only have commercial or oem disks you'll need the correct version for the license you're using. I.E. Home Premium 64 for a HP 64 key) also OSX snow leopard and Leopard. These disks can usually repair startup problems, kick off windows system restore, fix minor hdd issues and push shoves reinstall your OS.

CCleaner
Cleans out windows temp files / reg entries etc. Just remember to back up the reg before cleaning (it does ask).

AV removal tools
Norton, Kaspersky, AVG, MacAfee - they all make removal tools which will remove stubborn AV installs (old versions of Norton are bad for not uninstalling correctly and killing a machine's network)
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:42 AM
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The two programs that come courtesy of my boyfriend are:

www.avast.com -a free antivirus that you only have to register once a year (IIRC). It automatically updates its database everytime you're online (and informs you it's done it) and it's very easy to use. Also, it doesn't crash your computer when it's downloading updates.

Comodo Firewall-I can't find a link for this, but my boyfriend uses it and he's nver had a problem with it.
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Old 10-22-2011, 05:12 PM
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AutoHotkey - http://www.autohotkey.com/
This is an incredible keystroke and mouse automator that works wonders on repetitive tasks, or programs that do not have native functions to build macros. I used to use VBScript for such things, but AutoHotkey is easier to use and has more/better features. You can compile your finished script into an EXE that will run on any Windows computer.

ID3-TagIT - http://id3-tagit.pluemper.name/
My OCD requires all of my MP3s to be organized just as pretty as you please, with proper spelling and capitalization on the title and artist of each track. ID3-TagIT is happy to oblige.

XYNTService Project - http://www.codeproject.com/KB/system/xyntservice.aspx
XYNTService Project allows you to run any program as a Windows Service. It has more features and is easier to use than srvany.exe!

WinSCP - http://winscp.net/eng/index.php
WinSCP is my favourite SCP / SFTP / FTP client.

Windows Grep - http://www.wingrep.com/
I find that Windows' search feature doesn't always work, and I have no idea why. Windows Grep is a great tool for searching for text inside files.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:09 PM
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Like streaming audio but hate windows media player?

WinAmp - www.winamp.com

Been using it for 12+ years. Great for listening to ShoutCast streaming audio, mp3, wav, and other music formats. It'll even play .mod/.xm/.s3m files for you old school music geeks out there
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:59 PM
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Like streaming audio but hate windows media player?

WinAmp - www.winamp.com

Been using it for 12+ years. Great for listening to ShoutCast streaming audio, mp3, wav, and other music formats. It'll even play .mod/.xm/.s3m files for you old school music geeks out there
That is the shit! With Android you can sync your playslists on your computer!

AK Notepad- great for sticky notes

Out of Milk- grocery lists

Shop Savvy- find and compare products for cheaper prices nearby or online!
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:35 PM
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Like streaming audio but hate windows media player?

WinAmp - www.winamp.com

Been using it for 12+ years. Great for listening to ShoutCast streaming audio, mp3, wav, and other music formats. It'll even play .mod/.xm/.s3m files for you old school music geeks out there
It also lets you change the skin so you can pimp it out. I used to have it on my PC and my skin was more often that not a Mario-themed one.

Another problem I would STRONGLY recommend: Secunia

The basis behind the program is that it will inform you when a program is insecure and could be exploited through other means. You also have the option to install any patches or updates for the program/software straight from Secunia rather than having to hunt around. It's also free.
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:10 PM
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For the PC:

SpeedFan - http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php - This monitors multiple temps in your CPU and video card. I purchased an older video card and this software reported it running hotter than normal for no reason. I removed the fan & heatsink of the card, reapplied thermal paste, and the software reported the card running at normal cooler temps.

CPU-Z - http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html - Gives you extensive information about your processor, RAM, and other parameters.

Sumatra PDF- http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/...df-reader.html Free PDF reader that's fast and lean, unlike the bloated Adobe which pesters you for updates so frequently.

(website) Mod DB - http://www.moddb.com/ - This site has thousands of add-ons and mods for older and newer games. There are new sets of cars and tracks for older games like Carmageddon and the Unreal series of games, and even newer games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I was able to break out my old Star Wars: Battlefront and play as new characters in new worlds.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:42 PM
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www.evernote.com

Free note-taking software that is SOOO much better than Microsoft Notebook. And it's also free.
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I like XPaint for drawing simple things, MyPaint is good for more advanced stuff, and also has a Windows version.
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