Learn about some free software utilities that will help you fix the most common Windows problems. Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Has the recycle bin suddenly disappeared from your desktop? Are you unable to start the Registry editor or the task manager because you are not the administrator? Here’s a one-click fix to all common Windows problems.
Learn how you can easily recover files in Windows Vista that you may have accidentally deleted or modified but now want to undo those changes.
A Disk Defragmenter program helps speed up your system as it will arrange all the fragmented pieces of a file close together. Microsoft offers another free but lesser-known command line utility that lets you have more control over the defragmentation process.
Alt-Tab is probably one of the most used keyboard shortcut on Windows – you hold the Alt key down (or the Win key in Vista) and press the Tab key repeatedly to cycle through all the running programs. Here’s a better replacement for Alt-Tab.
Learn how to shutdown or lock your computer via email, Internet or SMS text messages from the mobile phone. You can take screenshots, terminate process or even download files via simple twitter commands.
Blueberry Software has released a brand new version of BB FlashBack Express screen recorder, a Flash-based screencasting application which is now being offered as a free-to-use download similar to Jing.
Folder Size is a freeware that adds a new column in your Windows Explorer to display the size of files as well as folders. For XP and Vista.
If you looking to create high resolution posters and picture collages for printing or sharing via email, try Shape Collage – it’s the best picture collage making software for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Learn how to reassign some of the keys on your computer keyboard to something more useful. For instance, you may control speaker volume using the Function keys or redefine Caps Lock as the Print Screen key.
Bug Shooting is an awesome screen capture program for Windows that is completely free and offers loads of features that are normally available only in commercial screenshot applications like SnagIt.
VideoThang is an easy-to-use video editor for Windows that is free and can turn your digital photos into flash video slideshows with music, transitions and captions.
Microsoft has introduced a basic screencasting software for Windows (free, of course) that can capture all your desktop activity including the keystrokes and audio.
Video Spin also ships with a variety of 2D transitions, background music and other sound effects to make your amateur movies look slightly more professional and interesting.
Free Video Editing Software Though Windows Movie Maker from Microsoft remains the popular choice, CNET recommends open-source video editor Jahshaka for creating videos on a budget – if you take the time to learn the program and actually read some of those tutorials, you’ll quickly discover that Jahshaka is a very serious editing application with a learning curve that will keep you occupied for a while.