File permissions are a much needed addition to Windows, but occasionally it can get on your nerves. There may be times when you will need to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows. Sure, you can modify permissions through the file properties dialogue box. However, there are a couple of much simpler alternatives.
The first alternative is to use the registry files provided by Vishal Gupta from AskVG. Just double click on the Add Take Ownership Option.reg to apply the required changes to your registry. This modifies the discretionary access control lists and grants you permission to do whatever you wish with the file/folder. After this you should be able to take ownership of any file/folder through the right click context menu. Undoing the changes is as simple as running the Remove Take Ownership Option.reg file.
The second option is to use the Rizone Take Ownership Shell Extension. This is a portable utility which essentially does the same thing. You can create and delete the context menu entry with a single click. The utility doesn’t itself require any installation and is a tiny download.
Both of these are good options. Chose the one you feel comfortable with.
Aero was one of the most celebrated additions to Windows Vista. The snazzy new Aero effects brought Windows on par with modern GUIs. Windows 7 further refined Aero and succeeded in delivering an attractive yet intuitive interface. Unfortunately, Aero is disabled in cheaper editions of Windows Vista and 7 (Home Basic and Starter editions). Aero is also locked on lower end systems.
AeroEnabler is a simple utility which unlocks Aero in Home Basic and Starter Editions. It can also be used to disable Windows hardware check. This makes it possible for everyone to get a taste of Aero, without upgrading the hardware or software.
Techie Buzz Verdict
AeroEnabler does what it promises. However, one must be careful while forcefully enabling Aero effects on lower end configurations. The hardware check was included in the first place because, running Aero on systems which aren’t powerful enough, may lead to major performance issues. If your hardware doesn’t satisfy the Windows Display Driver Model specifications, then you would probably be better off without Aero.
Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)
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Natural keyboards usually have 12 function keys which provide users with several easy to use functions. However, not every function key is actually usable without key combinations. Few of these keys include F9, F10, F11 and F12.
Function Keys is a handy freeware, which will allow you to setup shortcuts for the above function keys, so that you can quickly launch an application or document by pressing the function keys.
Once you download the software, just run it and setup the applications you want to open when you press the function keys, save you settings and your all set.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Function keys is a portable software, however its requirement of .Net Framework 4.0, is something which will deter users from using it. I myself was using .Net Framework 3.5 and had to upgrade the .Net framework, to test the software.
Other than that, it is a decent download and does the job it is supposed to do. I tested this app on Windows 7 and it worked perfectly. However, you will need to download .Net Framework 4.0 to use it.
Ratings: 2/5 (Average)
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Most of us know shortcut key combinations like Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V and more common ones by heart, however, in addition to those commonly used shortcut keys. Many different applications register global hotkeys, which can be useful to launch applications and perform different tasks.
Also read: Put the Alt, Shift and Ctrl keys to good use
Windows hotkey explorer is a decent freeware, which displays all the globally registered hotkeys on Windows. With the help of this tool, you might come across some very useful hotkeys thanks to it.
Techie Buzz Verdict
This is a good portable software which you can use to find out the globally registered hotkeys on any computer. However, it would be good if it could also show shortcut keys registered by different applications.
I tested this on Windows 7 and it worked great. However, one annoying problem with the software is that, the Alt + Tab switch will stop working while this app is open, it starts working after you close it though.
Techie Buzz Ratings: 2.5/5 (Good)
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We have written some lengthy tutorial to setup Google DNS for Windows 7 and Windows XP (Windows Vista users follow the Windows 7 tutorial). However, not many users would have the expertise, or want to perform the listed steps in the tutorial.
Google DNS Helper is a small freeware written in C#, which will automatically backup your current DNS records, and update it to use Google DNS servers. You can also easily restore your old DNS with the click of a button.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Very helpful tool, specially for lazy people like me, who want everything done with the click of a button. What is Google DNS? Don’t know yet? Visit our earlier post where we told you about Google DNS and also our editorial where we dissected some view’s by the OpenDNS founder, who is the closest rival of Google DNS.
This software is only 89 KB and works well on Windows 7. It is portable, so you can drop it on a flash drive and change the DNS setting of any computer.
Rating: 2.5/5 (Good)
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Ever wanted to share document files as PDF files, but don’t want to go through too much hoops and hassles? Doc2PDF is a handy freeware and portable software which will allow you to convert Doc and Docx files to PDF with ease.
Doc2PDF is a open source software which will allow you to choose and convert Office documents including the latest format docx, included in Office 2007 and Office 2010.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Doc2PDF is a really easy to use software, however the interface is a bit oldish, specially the document selection browse menu. It would be great if this software supported drag and drop operations, this would definitely make it much more easier.
The document to PDF conversion is really very good and we converted both doc and docx files to PDF in few seconds. If you are looking for a no-frills software to convert documents to PDF, this is a highly recommended one.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)
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I carry a 2Gb SD Card in my wallet almost every day. On the card, I have a complete portable suite of applications, pictures, movies, music and some personal data.
I keep it backed up occasionally, so I’m not worried if I lose it. However, I don’t want my personal data falling into the wrong hands. Up until recently, I’ve been using the free Safehouse Explorer to encrypt all that data. It’s a fantastic and easy to use encryption utility, but now I’m using an app that works better for me.
Rohos Mini Drive (RMD) is a free encryption utility, especially designed to hide and protect data on a USB flash drive or other flash media, such as my SD card. RMD has a host of features that make it simple to manage hidden data on a flash drive. Here are a few:
- Creates a virtual encrypted partition (volume)
- Automatically detects your USB drive and helps create a new volume
- Portable works on a guest computer without Admin rights
- Volume is protected by password
- Encryption is automatic – on-the-fly’
- Encryption algorithm is AES 256 bit
- Virtual Keyboard – protects your password from keyloggers
- Autorun Folder – shortcuts that automatically start when volume is opened great for launching portable menus
- File Virtualization you can safely open files without them being decrypted to temporary space on the host PC
- FREE for non-commercial, personal use
Set-up and Use:
If you don’t know what a DNS is, or how to access your DNS settings, I recommend that you read an article I posted nearly two weeks ago: How to use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP
If you already know what DNS is, then you might get a real kick out of Dns Jumper.
Dns Jumper is a small, portable freeware application which makes changing your DNS settings as easy as clicking a button.
Here’s what it looks like:
You’ll need to download and unpack a ZIP file in order to gain access to the Dns_Jumper.exefile. There is no installation. Just move the EXE file to a safe folder and double click it to run Dns Jumper.
The home site for this little utility is fairly new, so it’s not rated by anyone yet, but this particular app seems to be quite safe to use.
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Using this free little app sure beats having to dig into the Control Panel settings. The fact that it’s portable freeware is just icing on the cake. However, since I’m not familiar with the site and it’s author, I’ll reserve giving Jumper a higher rating. Oh, one thing I’d suggest to the author is … get rid of the music.
Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)
AppPaths is a handy program which will display a list of installed software and allow you to export it or save the list as a file.
The app is both a Freeware and Portable Software. However, it only does one part of what it promises. It can only display the installed software list. The Save button is practically useless as it does not do anything. I searched high and low but could not find the file, this in turn makes this software not so good on our list.
Techie Buzz Verdict
We hope the developer of the application is reading this and will let us know where the application list is saved? We searched high and low but could not find it, while you are reading this, kindly add an option to export the data as both a HTML or text file.
We would have rated this app much higher, but alas for the missing save option, or mysterious save location as we might call it.
Rating: 1.5/5 (Average)
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Handy Shortcuts is a Freeware and portable software which will allow you to create shortcuts to handy windows functions on your desktop.
Handy shortcuts allows you to quickly create shortcuts for the following Windows functions: Lock WorkStation, Switch Account. Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, Hibernate, Show Desktop, Uninstall Programs, Device Manager, Security Center, Windows Defender, Windows DVD maker, Flip 3D, Launch Screen-saver, Disable Windows Firewall, Enable Windows Firewall, Clear Clipboard, Connect to Internet, Safely Remove Hardware and a Master Control Panel.
Everything aside, I still did not get it why one would want to create a shortcut to Show Desktop on the desktop :-).
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