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Free Hide Folder

Why do you need Free Hide Folder?

Most people have many files or folders on their computer which they do not want to others see or use them. If you are interested in protecting your personal information, Free Hide Folder is just what you are searching for. With Free Hide Folder you will protect your files avoiding them to be being modified, seen or erased by other users.

Platform: Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
File Size: 875 KB
License: Freeware

Using Free Hide Folder

It’s actually very easy to hide a folder with Free Hide Folder. It takes only a few mouse clicks. First, you need to run Free Hide Folder, locate and select the folder you want to hide, and then click Hide Folder button to hide folders.

Key Features:

• Hide your folder completely. Unless you unhide it yourself, nobody can find it.
• Password protection when running program.
• No file system structure modifications needed.
• Any number of folders may be hidden at the same time.
• Easy-to-use user interface.
• 100% Spyware FREE. This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.

Homepage: http://www.cleanersoft.com/hidefolder/free_hide_folder.htm

Download: http://www.cleanersoft.com/download/FHFSetup.exe

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Files Terminator Free

12 October 2011 6 comments

Files Terminator Free is an easy to use application that allows users to permanently delete their files and wipe free disk space.

The utility protects the users privacy by permanently delete sensitive documents, images, videos and other files and by overwriting the free disk space.
The software uses several shredding methods (one pass Pseudorandom, British HMG IS5, two pass Russian GOST  P50739-95, three pass US DoD 5220.22M, seven pass German VSITR, Canadian RCPM TSSIT OPS-II, Bruce Schneier and the 35-pass Peter Gutmann) and supports drag and drop for easier use.
During file shredding the content of the selected files are overwritten several times with random data and predefined characters and cannot be recovered any more.
Finally, Files Terminator Free is a quick and easy to use application with a user-friendly interface that helps users permanently delete sensitive documents and swap free disk space.

OS: Windows XP (95/98/2000/ME/Vista/7)
License: Freeware
Size: 1,80 Mb
Authors: Marcello Pietrelli & Gianni Baini
Language: English/Italian

Homepage: http://elefantsoftware.weebly.com/files-terminator.html

Download:http://elefantsoftware.weebly.com/uploads/4/5/2/2/4522293/setup_files_terminator_free_1.1.0.0.exe

OpenProj

OpenProj is a free, open source project management solution.

OpenProj is a replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions.

The OpenProj solution has been download more than 1,250,000 times in the few months since launch and is being used in over 142 countries.

A free download of OpenProj is available here and is distributed under the CPAL license.

OpenProj is ideal for desktop project management and is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. It even opens existing Microsoft or Primavera files.

OpenProj shares the industry’s most advanced scheduling engine with Project-ON-Demand and provides Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more.

There is literally no time or effort involved in switching to OpenProj, and your teams can manage projects on any platform for free. Projity worked closely with leaders in the commercial and open source industries in preparation for the release of OpenProj. It is a welcome addition, not only for project management users, but also for users in all software segments.

Microsoft Project retails for $999.99, is installed on 7% of all Office desktops and drives over $1 billion in revenue for Microsoft. OpenProj fills an important gap in the desktop market, as a key component in the Office family of products now has a replacement available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows.

OpenProj was also selected for inclusion with Star Office suite boxes in Europe.

The OpenProj solution has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Galician, Persian, Russian, Korean and Chinese.

Homepage: http://openproj.org/openproj

Postpone Windows restart after installing updates

Postpone Windows restart after installing updates

After installation of updates that, in order to become effective, need to restart the personal computer, Windows is set to show – at regular intervals – a message warning that calls to provide for the reboot of the operating system.

Having said that, if prompted, restart your personal computer is a task that must be done as soon as possible (only in this way can be apply security updates and changes to files that are currently in use by Windows), it may be necessary
having to postpone it at a later time.

The behavior of Windows Update window is controlled by group policy by typing
gpedit.msc (Start -> Run…).

After that, you go to the section “Computer Configuration“, “Administrative Templates“, “Windows Components“,
Windows Update“.

Double-clicking in the right panel, the option “No auto-restart for connected users with automatic updates scheduled installations” will prevent the personal computer may automatically restart after installing some updates to the actual installation of patch, Windows Update will wait for the reboot of the machine by the user.

The Group Policy window is accessible, however, only the following operating systems: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Ultimate/Enterprise/Business, Professional, and Windows 7.

In the case of other “editions” of Windows, you can apply the same
operation by opening the Registry Editor (Start -> Run.. -> regedit),
going to this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
(to create manually if not exist)

creating a new DWORD value, name NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers then set the value to 1.

Environment Variables

Environment variables

Environment variables are used in Windows to store some settings relating to the operation operating system or installed applications.

They are used in all major operating systems (not just Windows) and some of them are particularly useful to interact simple and efficient with your personal computer. In the definition of Microsoft, the environment variables are :

strings of characters contain information such as file paths, drives, or names of file

They can be used to control the behavior of different programs.

For example, the “TEMP” environment variable can specify the directory in which installed applications will be able to save any temporary files.

The values of some environment variables are set during booting the operating system. Usually, the variables are initialized by Windows with default values.

To use the environment variables from the command line or from a any script,
you must enclose two percentage signs.

  • Example1
    • Click Start -> Run
    • Digit %TEMP%, … (Whatever is the version of Windows you have, or already in the Search box programs and files in the Windows Start menu 7)
    • Press Enter
    • The operating system shell will open up a window with the contents of the folder used to store temporary files.

  • Example2
    • Click Start -> Run
    • Type cmd
    • Press Enter
    • Write SET TEMP at the prompt, you receive the correct value for TEMP environment variable. Alternatively you can use a TEMP and TMP: the result will be identical.

In Windows XP, right-clicking with the mouse icon “My Computer” and selecting “Properties”, clicking on “Advanced tab”, then click “Environment Variables”, you can get the list of configured variables, whether the user than those of the system.

A similar operation can be performed in the case of Windows 7 clicking the “Start” button with the right mouse button on the “Voice Computer”, click “Properties”, “Advanced System Settings” link click the “Advanced tab” and the “Environment Variables” button.

This is the official Microsoft Page lists all the environment variables used in Windows.

We list below only those which are used by typing directly in Start, Run … or in any window Windows dialog. For example, clicking on Start, Run … then typing “%userprofile%” you can quickly open the folder contains the profile of the currently logged on.

As usual, typing “Start -> Run -> cmd” and then “SET USERPROFILE” you will get the folder contained in the environment variable (in the case of Windows 7, is usually C:\Users\username on Windows XP as C:\Documents and Settings\username).

  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE% – Back to the folder containing the information common between the different profiles of user accounts created on your system.
  • %APPDATA% – Folder where the various Windows applications usually store settings and configuration files.
  • % COMPUTERNAME% – Returns the assigned name to your system.
  • %SYSTEMDRIVE% – Returns the ID (drive letter) for the associated storage (Hard Disk) where you installed the system operational, normally the drive letter is “C:/”
  • %SYSTEMROOT% – Refers to the directory where you installed the operating system (eg C: \ WINDOWS).
  • %TEMP% and %TMP% – The directory where temporary files are stored by part of the operating system and installed applications. Usually, the contents of this folder can be deleted periodically in order to recover disk space.
  • %USERNAME% – Provides the user account name.
  • %USERPROFILE% – Provides access to the folder containing the files linked to the profile of the currently logged in Windows. This folder also contains the system directory Documents, My Pictures, Music, Video, and so
    on.
  • %WINDIR% – Returns the folder containing the operating system.

For further information please follow this official Microsoft Page .

Astro File Manager

Astro File Manager

Astro Android App is a File Manager for the Android OS.

It allows you to manage files on your phone without the need for a computer.

Operations you can perform:

  • copy
  • paste
  • move
  • delete
  • open with other apps
  • create folders
  • etc.

What’s convenient about Astro File Manager is the ability to select multiple files to perform actions. Another convenient feature is the ability to Search for files. The app also provides details on Android apps such as package name, version, file size, and even app activities.

 

ASTRO File Manager Android App features the ability to backup Android Apps to SD card… aband-aid for the loud public cry from Android users who want to free up low internal phone memory without Rooting the phone. This means you can backup the installer files (APK) on your SD Card, then you can uninstall the app. Thus freeing up space but removing the app. To reuse the app, you will have to reinstall the app from the backup.

Download -> Search on Android Market

How to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, in Windows 7

How to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows
Vista, in Windows 7

This article describes how to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, or in Windows 7. After you follow two steps:

  1. Fix it for me
      Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix
      it wizard:

    Notes:

    • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also
      works for other language versions of Windows.
    • If you are not using the computer that has the problem, save the Fix
      it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that
      has the problem. To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or
      link.
  2. Let me fix it myself
    • Windows XP
      • Step 1: Create the Printdir.bat file. To do this, follow these steps
        1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.
        2. Paste the following text into Notepad:
          @echo off
          dir %1 /-p /o:gn > “%temp%\Listing”
          start /w notepad /p “%temp%\Listing”
          del “%temp%\Listing”
          exit
        3. On the File menu, click Exit, and then click Yes to save the changes.
        4. In the Save As dialog box, type the following text in the File name box, and then clickSave:
          %windir%\Printdir.bat
      • Step 2: Create a new action for file folders
        1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Folder Options.Or, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Folder Options.
        2. On the File Types tab, click File Folder.
        3. Click Advanced, and then click New.
        4. In the Action box, type Print Directory Listing.
        5. In the Application used to perform action box, type printdir.bat.
        6. Click OK.
        7. Click OK two times, and then click Close.
      • Step 3: Edit the registry. To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
        1. Click Start, click Run, type Regedit and then click OK.
        2. Locate the following registry subkey:
          HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
        3. Click the value named Default.
        4. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
        5. In the Value data box, type none.
        6. Click OK.
        7. Exit Registry Editor.

    • Windows Vista and Windows 7
      • Step 1: Create the Printdir.bat file. To do this, follow these steps
        1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.
        2. Paste the following text into Notepad:
          @echo off
          dir %1 /-p /o:gn > “%temp%\Listing”
          start /w notepad /p “%temp%\Listing”
          del “%temp%\Listing”
          exit
        3. On the File menu, click Exit, and then click Yes to save the changes.
        4. In the Save As dialog box, type the following text in the File name box, and then clickSave:

          %windir%\Printdir.bat

          Note If you receive a dialog box that says you don’t have permission to save in this location, you can save the file to the desktop. Next, you click Start, clickRun, type %windir%, and then click OK. Then, you can copy the file from the desktop to the location.

      • Step2:
        1. Click Start, click Run, type Notepad, and then click OK.
        2. Type the following commands in Notepad.
        3.  

          Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
          
          [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell]
          @="none"
          
          [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\Print_Directory_Listing]
          @="Print Directory Listing"
          
          [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Print_Directory_Listing\command]
          @="Printdir.bat \"%1\""
          
          [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory]
          "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000008
          
          [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\Print_Directory_Listing]
          @="Print Directory Listing"
          
          [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\Print_Directory_Listing\command]
          @="Printdir.bat \"%1\""
          
          [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\AttachmentExecute\{0002DF01-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
          @=""
          
          [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory]
          "EditFlags"="000001d2

           

          On the File menu, click Save As.

        4. In the Save in list, click Desktop.
        5. In the File name box, type PrintDirectoryListing.reg, click All Files in the Save as type list, and then click Save.
        6. In the desktop, double-click the LoggingOn.reg file to add the registry keys to the Windows registry.
        7. Click OK in the message box.

 

For Further information click on: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321379


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