Blue screen of death more popularly know as BSOD is a common problem that occurs with Windows, the error may occur due to hardware failure, driver errors or something else.
But looking at the error messages only a technical person can figure out what went wrong? But what if you don’t have access to a technical person, can you figure out what went wrong?
BlueScreenView is a handy utility that will allow you to see what problems can check why the blue screen was displayed, you can also view the actual blue screen error message using this tool.
- Automatically scans your current minidump folder and displays the list of all crash dumps, including crash dump date/time and crash details.
- Allows you to view a blue screen which is very similar to the one that Windows displayed during the crash.
- BlueScreenView enumerates the memory addresses inside the stack of the crash, and find all drivers/modules that might be involved in the crash.
- BlueScreenView also allows you to work with another instance of Windows, simply by choosing the right minidump folder (In Advanced Options).
- BlueScreenView automatically locate the drivers appeared in the crash dump, and extract their version resource information, including product name, file version, company, and file description.
Previously mention WhoCrashed is a similar tool that lets you analyze the BSOD errors and fix them.
Starting with Office 2007 Microsoft started using a new ribbon menu to provide easy access to several tasks and features.
However most of the times change is difficult and not many people like seeing new things, so if you are one of those who want the plain old classic menu in Office 2007 and Office 2010, UBitMenu can be quite helpful.
Once you install the utility you will a new menu item which will display the old interface to you in a menu item called Menu, it will not change the other items in the original menu.
This will help users to get accustomed to the ribbon menu or totally dump it for the classic menu without decreasing their productivity.
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Most of us usually use the desktop to store icons and shortcuts to important applications and files, however when you are want to access applications from the desktop you may have to minimize all windows using the show desktop icon or the shortcut key Windows Key + D or Windows Key + M.
However we had told you about a easy way to access your desktop icons in the past using a inbuilt windows toolbar. We had also mentioned a freeware tool called Desk Topmost which allowed you to quickly access desktop icons.
TinyDesk is another useful utility that will allow you to access your desktop icons with a single click.
Once you launch the program it will create a new window that will contain all the desktop icons and files, top open any item just double click on it, though it does not perform a very big task, Tinydesk definitely makes it much more easier to access desktop icons without minimizing anything.
TinyDesk is a portable software so you can use it from anywhere without having to install anything.
Quite sometime back we told you about a Linux tip on how you can repair corrupted zip files using the command line, however there were not many freeware tools that allowed you to do in on Windows.
We came across a freeware that will allow you to repaid corrupted zip files on Windows, this can come in pretty handy when you have download zip files from the Internet, but it refuses to open by giving you a error message saying that the zip file is corrupted.
This may occur even if there is just a minor corruption while downloading the file. DiskInternals ZIP Repair helps repair zip structure and extract the contents of the archive. Full automation of the recovery and a wizard-like interface make zip repair no more than a snap.
If you have downloaded a zip file and it seems to be corrupted just fire the zip repair tool and follow the wizard to repair it and save both time and efforts you will spend in re-downloading the file.
Download ZIP Repair [via Technospot]
How many connections is a application making from your PC to external sites? How many open connections are currently active from your PC to external sites? How many external sites are accessing your PC?
These set of questions are pretty hard to answer unless you are pretty familiar with tracking your network connections, there are tools that allow you to monitor bandwidth usage, but those apps do not show you detailed information.
Axence NetTools Pro is a handy freeware and all-in-one network monitoring tool, that will help you answer the above questions with ease, you can use the tool to monitor all your incoming and outgoing connections.
The tools provides users with the following network monitoring features;
- NetWatch – Monitors the availability of several hosts and their response times. You can set several thresholds so that NetTools will notify you by e-mail, message or sound in case of host not responding or slower connection.
- WinTools – Lists exhaustive system information from Windows computers: running processes & services, registry, event log, disk, memory & CPU information, and much more.
- NetStat – Displays all the inbound and outbound connections to your computer and lists all open ports. Additionally, NetStat maps open ports and established connections to the owning application.
- Local Info – Displays several tables with important information about your local configuration: network statistics for TCP/UDP and ICMP, IP address table, ARP table, IP routing table, and network adapter info.
- Network scanner – Just enter the IP range to check and you will quickly get a list of nodes and the services running on them.
- Service & port scanner – Allows you to check for all open ports and running services (HTTP, POP3, MS SQL, Oracle and 50 other).
- TCP/IP workshop – Provides you with the ability to establish low-level TCP and UDP connections to troubleshoot and test different networking services.
- SNMP Browser – A full SNMP browser, so easy you can use it even if you don’t know a thing about SNMP.
Along with these there are also several other features like traceroute, nslookup for name server and DNS lookups and more that make this utility a must have for network monitoring and management. Thanks Madhur.
Please note even though the program is free to use, you will have to register on the site and get a activation key to use it for longer than 30 days, the activation key is offered free of charge.
Download Axence NetTools Pro
Many softwares you install add context menu options to the right click menu, though this is done to provide users with a easy way to access application features, however if you have a lot of context menu items it can considerably slow down the right clicks.
This can be quite a hindrance since finding applications and disabling the right click context items can be quite a pain.
Fortunately for every problem there is a solution, likewise to speedup the right click menu in Windows.
ShellExView which we had mentioned earlier is one such freeware that will help you manage your right click context menu items, you can easily enable or disable the context menu items for all softwares from a single interface.
MMM is another freeware that will allow you to customize your right click menu, it classifies the context menu items into different categories.
Filemenu Tools is another freeware utility that will allow you to easily customize your right click context menu, it also allows you to add some in-build functionalities that can come in handy.
Do you use any other software or utility to customize your right click menu? Do let us know about them.
Every storage media has a shelf-life. In most cases it is just a few years. Loosing precious data due to damaged media can be a devastating experience. But even if Windows File Copy fails, all hope is not lost. You can still salvage your data using tools like RoadKil’s Unstoppable Copier.
RoadKil’s Unstoppable Copier works on all media including Hard Disks and Optical Disks. Unlike Windows, Unstoppable Copier doesn’t give up when it encounters an unreadable bit. It will attempt to read the damaged portion multiple times. In case your media is badly damaged and the data can’t be read, it moves on to the next bit. Unstoppable Copier reads as much of your data as possible and then pieces them together. This technique works especially well with multimedia content. Even if some of the data is damaged beyond recovery, you would still be able to play the video or audio(with a few frame skips).
Unstoppable Copier also provides a few other advanced options like Batch Processing mode and File Copy automation which advanced users will appreciate. You can use it as a daily backup software by creating a batch transfer and running it as a commandline script.
RoadKil’s Unstoppable Copier obviously has its limitations. It can’t recover something which no longer exists. However it works quite well on partially damaged disks (especially for multimedia files). Unstoppable Copier works on hard disks with bad sectors as well as scratched optical disks (CD/DVD) and is available for both Windows and Linux.
[ Download Roadkil’s Unstoppable Copier ]
These days many web hosting providers provide users with unlimited online storage space, so wouldn’t it be good to use some of that space for backups?
Here is a hassle free way to create encrypted backup archives of your files upload them to a FTP server from the command line.
ZIPEncryptFTP is a C# command-line program that will let you create encrypted backups of your data without having to use a GUI and upload it to a FTP server.
To backup data with ZIPEncryptFTP just run this command from your command line
ZIPEncryptFTP /directory /password /url /ftpuser /ftppassword
Running the command will compress the files and sub-folders in the folder you specify to a ZIP file, encrypt the ZIP file using AES with the password secret your prove and upload the file to the FTP server, everything is done in the memory and it does not create any temporary files.
The software allows you to backup more than one directory at a time along with several other options.
To run this program you will require to have the .Net 2.0 framework runtime.
Nero the manufacturers of popular CD burning and all-in-one media management have taken a new approach to thwart competition from free CD burning and DVD burning softwares, by offering a pretty basic version of Nero 9 for free.
The basic version of the software only allows for data burning and copy discs however burning videos and music is not supported.
The decision to offer Nero 9 for free does makes sense, however leaving out critical features like creating video and music discs may not help them, since popular softwares like CD Burner XP and ImgBurn offer these for free.
Will this move help Nero gain market and steal users from the freeware products? Well certainly not for now, but Nero 9 in its entirety is definitely much better than them.
Download Nero 9 Free [via]
Firefox Add-ons are things that make Firefox a really good browser to use, and to be frank even though I like Google Chrome there are quite a few things that I need to depend on Firefox for.
Mozilla does allow users to develop Firefox extensions with Jetpack, however if you are looking for something more detailed, you can download a free e-book (limited time only) that will help you get kick started in developing add-ons/extensions for Firefox.
The book is written by James Edwards and usually retails for $9.95, however for a limited time you can download it for absolutely free. Thanks Sandip.
The book covers several topics including;
- Learning about folder structures and files in a extensions
- Developing user interface with XUL and styling with CSS
- Keyboard shortcuts and I18N features
- Guide to publish your add-ons to Mozilla add-ons gallery
Download Developing Firefox Add-ons e-Book [PDF with 46 pages]