Add-ons Enhance your PC with these powerful free tools
www.iobit.com/ advanceduninstaller.html An easy-to-use tool that (unlike the Windows equivalent) removes every trace of a program from your PC.
www.ntwind.com/ software/vistaswitcher Replaces the [Alt] + [Tab] dialog with a list of running apps, and larger previews, making it easy to switch programs.
www.copy handler.com Replaces the Explorer file copy function; it‘s more configurable, often faster, it enables you to pause and resume copies, and cancel individual files.
www.jam-soft ware.com/ultrasearch Ultra Search is ultra-fast and locates files with the names you specify almost as fast as you can type. It‘s far speedier than Windows Search, and doesn‘t waste time building indexes.
www.sinvise.net Need a more flexible way to shut down your PC? Shutdown Timer closes in a few minutes, at a named date and time, when your CPU is idle, network activity has stopped, and more.
www.explorer plusplus.com This is fast, small and configurable, featuring tabbed folders for easy file management on even the most complex of hard drives.
77Windows Media Player Plus
http://bmproductions. fixnum.org This free plug-in extends Media Player with an easy-to-use tag editor, adds ‘What‘s Playing Now‘ information to the title bar and Windows Live Messenger status, simplifies searching, restores the last active playlist when you restart Media Player, and more.
78St art Menu Cleaner
www.iceview.com/ start-menu-cleaner Every Start menu gets cluttered with broken shortcuts and empty folders. This program finds and deletes them, making it quicker and easier to navigate the rest of your system.
http://foldermenu. sourceforge.net Forget desktop shortcuts or Taskbar buttons, Folder Menu brings up a customisable menu of favourite folders with just a click of the middle mouse button, then provides many shortcuts to help you access them more quickly.
http://ditto-cp. sourceforge.net Ditto extends the Windows clipboard, storing everything you copy there. If you copy one image to the clipboard, say, then another, Ditto ensures the first is still available and you can paste it into a document in just a couple of clicks.
67 ‘Run as‘ returns
Right-click a program in Windows XP and you see a ‘Run as‘ option, enabling you to launch the program as a different user. This is handy if you need to run a program with different security privileges to your current account. This disappeared in Windows Vista, but Windows 7 brings it back – hold down [Shift] as you right-click a program and choose the Run As Different User option.
68 Find your router‘s IP address
If you need to change your router settings, you probably have to enter its IP address into a browser. But which address is that, exactly? To find out, type ‘cmd’ and click the cmd.exe link to open a command window, then type ‘ipconfig /all’ and press [Enter]. Scroll down the list, looking for the network adaptor that‘s connected to your router, check its Default Gateway setting, and that‘s usually the router address.
69 Tweak System Restore
System Restore is a great disaster recovery tool, but can consume loads of hard drive space – unless you stop it. To recover some of it, click Start, right-click Computer, select Properties, and then click Advanced System Settings > System Protection. Then, for each drive where System Restore Protection is set to On, click Configure, and set the Max Usage figure to the maximum amount of drive space you’re happy to lose.
70 Save your chats
Windows Live Messenger can save your chats for reference later, with a tweak – click Tools > Options > Messages and check ‘Automatically keep a history of my conversations’.