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System Folders Customizer released

We are pleased to release System Folders Customizer, a free tool that lets you add Internet Explorer, important System folders, Control Panel applets to your Computer folder, Libraries and Desktop.

Many a times we need to access these folders and we have to click a couple of times to reach them. This tool will let you access them in a click, since they are placed in regularly accessed places like Computer folder, Libraries, etc.


We had earlier posted on how you could add the Recycle Bin to your Computer folder. You can now do so in a click using System Folders Customizer, since it lets you add many such shortcuts to your Computer folder, Libraries and Desktop.

To add the desired shortcuts, simple check the selected boxes and click on Save Changes. To undo the changes, un-check the boxes and click Reset Changes. You may have to restart explorer.exe to see the changes on the desktop.

While our Windows Access Panel let you access these  controls or the in-built Windows programs from a single interface and while our Handy Shortcuts lets you add such shortcuts to the desktop, System Folders Customizer goes a step further by placing their shortcuts in Libraries etc.

System Folders Customizer v1.0 has been developed by our 13-year-old TWC Forum member Paras Sidhu for The Windows Club and has been tested on Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit


Removing “failed” updates from update history list

28 March 2011 1 comment

Removing “failed” updates from update history list

It is possible to remove “failed” update from your Installed Updates List

but I can tell you how to remove “all” updates from Update History following these steps:

1. Stop the Automatic Updates service:

  • Start -> Run -> (type in) services.msc -> Click on [OK]
  • Double-click Automatic Updates -> Click on Stop (Stopping the service will take a moment)

2. Delete this folder:

  • C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution

3. Start the Automatic Updates service

  • Start -> Run -> (type in) services.msc > Click on [OK]
  • Double-click Automatic Updates > Click on Start (Starting the service will take a moment)

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Windows Server 2008 RC2 Service Pack 1

Microsoft has made Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (and Windows 7 SP1) available on MSDN and TechNet earlier today. They are using the Akamai Download Manager for these, and I was able to download them very quickly with no problems.

They also have slipstream installs that incorporate SP1 into the full product that are available, which is a nice time saver.

There is a single .iso file that includes the x86 and x64 versions of SP1 for Windows 7, and the x64 version of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2.

I burned the .iso file to a DVD, and then installed it on a fairly fast workstation. The Service Pack installation took 17 minutes to complete on this hardware. I really have to say that fast SSDs rock!

The most interesting new feature in this Service Pack (for Windows Server 2008 R2) is Dynamic Memory, which gives you greater control and flexibility about how Hyper-V allocates and manages memory among your guest VMs. This should let you run more VMs on a Hyper-V Host machine. You can see the differences in Figures 5 and 6, below.


Figure 1: Initial setup screen


Figure 2: Setup screen during installation


Figure 3: Final screen after reboot


Figure 4: Computer properties after SP1 installation


Figure 5: Old screen for Memory settings for Hyper-V VM


Figure 6: New screen for Memory settings for Hyper-V VM


Microsoft Mathematics

Microsoft Mathematics

Microsoft Mathematics provides a set of mathematical tools that help students get school work done quickly and easily. With Microsoft Mathematics, students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.

Microsoft Mathematics includes a full-featured graphing calculator that’s designed to work just like a handheld calculator. Additional math tools help you evaluate triangles, convert from one system of units to another, and solve systems of equations.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2; Windows Vista Service Pack 2; Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • .NET Framework Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Free download
  • Computer processor 500 MHz Pentium processor or equivalent (minimum); 1 GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (recommended)
  • Memory 256 MB of RAM (minimum); 512 MB or more (recommended)
  • Display resolution 800 x 600, 256 colors (minimum); 1024 x 768, 32-bit (recommended)
  • Video Video card with 64 MB of video RAM
  • Disk space 65 MB available disk space

Homepage (only in ENGLISH):

Quick way to rename files or folder in serial order

Quick way to rename files or folder in serial order

This is a very nice tip with the help of which you can solve an annoying problem. Those of you who have the habit of downloading seasons or episodes of different animated series might have faced a problem to keeping the episodes under a name of similar format. Sometimes it happens that when we download different episodes from different sites then the names of all the episodes vary as per the sites from which they were downloaded and then you would have spent so much of time for allotting them a uniform pattern of the names but today I will be telling you about the solution of this problem and let me remind you that I will not bet using any freeware for this purpose.

It might happen that most of you might be knowing about it already, but for those who do know about it can have a look at it as it is the easiest possible solution. I will assume that all you have a fixed folder in which all the episodes with a random name are kept, now you will have to make sure that they are already aligned in a pattern, in other words I would say that all the episodes would be aligned sequentially inside the folder (as per the sequence of the series). Just follow the steps mentioned below and will be able to do it easily. (I have shown the example with the folders which are supposed to be renamed).

  • Select all the folders.


  • Then press Function key F2 or right click on any of the folder and then click Rename option. As shown in the snapshot below.


  • You will get something similar to the snapshot shown below.


  • Now edit the name of that particular folder and after you do so, you will all the folders or files renamed as per the snapshot shown below.


I think it was a smart way of solving our problem. But still you have got any better solution or suggestion then please do write it in the comments section, we will be glad to share it on your behalf and even if you face any problem while performing this tutorial then again you can do the same by putting it in the comments section, we might help you as we have already performed this tutorial. This solution is expected to be applicable for all the version of Windows.



DriverBackup is a fast and user-friendly free tool for drivers’s backup, restoration and removal with command line options, automatic restoration from CD\DVD and path formatting.

DriverBackup! includes also an interactive command line builder.

After downloading the compressed file (saved in .RAR, manageable by software such as WinRAR or IZArc or 7-Zip), you have to extract the contents to a folder of your choice (maybe a USB stick), to start Driver Backup tool you can start the tool double click the file “DrvBK.exe”.

By default, the interface will show Driver Backup nevertheless to translate English into Italian, simply click on Language menu and choose Italian.

In the main window, after a rapid analysis of device drivers on your system, the software will display the full list. By clicking All, OEM and Third Parties, the program will list, respectively, all drivers, those used by default in Windows and those of Third-party installed manually.
A copy of the device drivers can be saved by clicking on “Start Backup” button. Driver Backup proposes the list of drivers selected and the disk space required to create the copy security.For the operation of a driver, in fact, it may be necessary only one file. inf or dozens of different files.

OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (it does not work with Windows 2000)


Download Page (version 2.1):



PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.

Key Features:

  • Create PDFs from any program that is able to print
  • Security: Encrypt PDFs and protect them from being opened, printed etc
  • New: Digitally sign your PDFs to ensure that you are the author and the file has not been modified
  • New: Create PDF/A files for long term archives
  • Send generated files via eMail
  • Create more than just PDFs: PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS
  • AutoSave files to folders and filenames based on Tags like Username, Computername, Date, Time etc.
  • Merge multiple files into one PDF
  • Easy Install: Just say what you want and everything is installed
  • Terminal Server: PDFCreator also runs on Terminal Servers without problems
  • And the best: PDFCreator is free, even for commercial use! It is Open Source and released under the Terms of the GNU General Public License.
  • Supports Windows Vista and Windows 7

OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

License: Open Source




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