Windows Access Panel Provides Instant Access To Windows Utilities

Windows ships with dozens of system utilities which allows the user to modify almost every aspect of the operating system. However, many of these utilities are buried deep within the Control Panel. Even worse, it is impossible to access some of these utilities like the DirectX diagnostic tool (dxdiag), unless you know exactly what you are looking for.

Windows Access Panel is a portable utility developed by The Windows Club which includes shortcuts for launching forty eight Windows utilities. The utilities are grouped into two tabs Basic and Advanced. The basic section contains many commonly required utilities like Checkdisk, Registry Editor, Group Policy Editor, Windows Firewall, System Restore and Disk Defragmenter. The advanced section contains utilities like DirectX Diagnostics, Memory Diagnostics, Performance Monitor, Resource Monitor, Task Scheduler and Problem Step Recorder.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

Windows Access Panel doesn’t add anything to Windows. It basically acts as a launcher for Windows system utilities. It is something all PC repair guys (and tech enthusiasts who love toying with their system) should have in their collection. Windows Access Panel will also help novices discover useful Windows Utilities they might not have been aware of. It is a nice little application which definitely serves a purpose.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Download Windows Access Panel for Windows Vista and 7 (32 Bit only)

Create a System Image In Windows 7

There is no doubt that is one of the most feature packed OS released by Microsoft. Not only is it visually appealing, but there are so many features built into it that it eliminates the need for several software.

A interesting feature that How-to-Geek brings forth is the ability to create a system image and back it up to an external hard drive or disk.

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This feature can come in pretty handy when something goes wrong with your Windows 7 install. You can use the system image to completely restore Windows 7.

In addition to that you can also create a system repair disc that can be used to repair your PC in case something goes wrong.

To create a system image go to Start and type Getting Started, click on it and select “Back up your files”. In the new window that opens up you can start creating a system image by clicking on the link in the left hand side menu.

How to Totally Uninstall Applications

Recently Techie-Buzz published an article about Revo Uninstaller. It allows you to do a better job cleaning up the junk files, folders and registry entries that a typical Windows Add/Remove session often leaves behind.

The use of third party uninstall utilities like Revo is primarily based on the idea that software authors may not put much effort into uninstallers. Sure they provide you an uninstall option, but do they really care if they leave some garbage behind? In many cases, I’d guess that they aren’t very concerned. After all, you’ve already decided that you didn’t like their software, right?

Besides Revo Unistaller, there is a class of uninstall utilities that work a little differently. Sometimes they can do an even better job of removing unwanted files and registry keys. I’ll tell you about two that I use often.

One of my favorites is the last freeware version of Total Uninstall.

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The other is Zsoft Uninstaller.

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Today I tried the Seven Remix XP program. After using it’s built in uninstaller, I was still left with a strange Vista boot splash. Fortunately I’d used Total Uninstall to watch over the installation. I was able to run it and remove all the changes it had made. By the way, I really did like the Seven Remix program even though I decided not to keep it.

Both Total Uninstall (TUN) and Zsoft work by allowing you to monitoryour system during a program installation. Before you start the actual installation of a new program, you will run TUN or Zsoft to take a snapshot of all the system files and registry settings. Next they allow you to perform the new program installation. Finally, once the new installation is finished, they prompt you to take a final snapshot of the system files and registry settings.

The before and after snapshots are compared so that TUN and Zsoft can record the exact changes that the new program installation made to your system. Later you can fire up TUN or Zsoft to reverse all of the changes that were made. In other words, you have totallyuninstalled the program.

Here’s quick comparison of features. It’s not complete but it will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Zsoft

TUN-lfv

Lists all installed programs

Yes

No

Provides other cleanup tools

Yes

No

Lists programs it monitored

Yes

Yes

Outputs Installation log

Yes

Yes

Options to select monitored registry hives

Yes

Yes

Options to ignore selected registry areas

Yes

Yes

Options to ignore selected files and folders

Yes

Yes

Tree view of registry keys and files

No

Yes

Easy removal of sections of install log

No

Yes

Here are a few more details about these two programs.

Zsoft is a currently supported freeware program and continues to improve in speed and reliability. The version of Total Uninstall that I use is the last freeware version and it’s currently not supported. The author of Total Uninstall has a great shareware version that is considered to be one of the best around. I’d recommend it to anyone who can afford it.

Here are a few tips on usage for uninstallers that monitor (analyze) installations.

  1. These programs cannot track any changes made to your system after you’ve taken the last snapshot. They only monitor changes made between the before and after snapshots. They may not be able to help you recover from problems you encounter long after you’ve installed an application.
  2. Don’t expect these applications to do a good job of uninstalling an application that was not monitored with a before and after system snapshot. If you don’t use the monitor functions, they’ll only do as good as Windows Add/Remove does. In fact the freeware version of TUN will only list applications that it’s monitored. Zsoft will list everything installed on your system but you’ll have to go to the Analyzedtab to find the applications that it monitored.
  3. These programs are best used on software that you aren’t sure you want to keep. They work best if you can decide quickly if you want to uninstall. I’ve even used them to install adware and spyware programs for testing and then removal. The log files that TUN and Zsoft generate can be very valuable in finding out what sneaky programs have been up to.
  4. You can even use these programs to monitor guests on your PC. Log in as administrator then run a beforesnapshot. Close the program and log out. Now you can let other users have the PC. Later, you can log back in as admin and run the aftersnapshot to examine any changes they’ve made to the system and reverse them if you’d like to.

I hope this article has taught you a few more tricks for keeping your PC running more safely and cleanly. Be careful out there and have a nice day.

Download Total Uninstall or Download Zsoft Uninstaller

Speed Up Your Computer With Advanced SystemCare

Is your computer running slow? There are many factors behind the slow down of your system. You need to clean your system on a regular basis to make it run smoothly. Slow down, freeze, crash and security threats are over.  Today, we will show you 1-click solution to speed up your computer within a minute.

Advanced System Care Free

Advanced SystemCare is a comprehensive PC care utility that takes an one-click approach to help protect, repair and optimize your computer. It can keep your PC error-free and smooth than ever. You can get this awesome program absolutely free.

Features

1) Powerful Hard Drive Defragmentation – High-speed Disk Defrag function to defragment hard drives up to 10 times faster than other defragmentation tools.

2) Next-generation Registry Clean and Optimization – Safely cleans registry junk, compacts registry bloats and defragment the whole registry for maximum performance.

3) Defends PC Security with Extra Protection – Detect and analyze Windows security environment. Scans and removes spyware and adware using up-to-date definition files. Prevents spyware, hackers and hijackers from installing malicious items on your computer. Erases and updates your PC’s activity history.

4) Quick and Extensive Clean-up for Hard Drives – Boosts your system’s performance by cleaning missing files, destroying unwanted files, deleting obsolete files, and removing junk files. Supports clean-up of over 50 different types of junk files.

5) Speeds Up PC Performance and Internet Access – Tunes up Windows by unleashing the built-in power of your system. Dramatically improves both system and Internet performance up to 400%.

6) Fixes Multiple System Errors – Does more than a registry cleaner, keeping your PC stable and running at peak efficiency. Repairs PC configurations by eliminating system bottlenecks and preventing crashes.

7) Extremely Easy to Use – Completes its work with just one click. Scans, repairs and gives personal care to your PC in one minute.

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Create System Restore Point With One Click

Windows System Restore has saved my skin several times in the past, when I have installed beta software that crashed my system, the restore points have helped to recover my system back to a earlier point, making it usable once again.

If you have never bothered to create system restore points, here is a guide to get you kick started with creating restore points in Windows XP and Vista, however we also came across a really useful utility that will allow you to create restore points with a single click.

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Monitor System Resources

A system is made up of several components, including your CPU, memory, hard drives, network cards and more. Monitoring each of this components separately can be quite a pain.

The Moo0 SystemMonitor is a handy utility that will help you monitor several components from a single interface, providing users with information about CPU, Memory, Network and detailed HDD usages.

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Access Multiple Browser Bookmarks From System Tray

Bookmark management across multiple browsers is a big headache, unless you are using something to synchronize bookmarks across browsers or using a tool that provides a option to merge bookmarks between different browsers.

Links2Tray is another handy utility, that allows users to access bookmarks from multiple browsers like , , , Safari and more from the system tray.

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Download Macrium Reflect Full Version For Free

Macrium Reflect is an award winning disk imaging and file backup solution for Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003.

Macrium Reflect allows you to create images of your hard disk drives and partitions which you can restore at a later date if anything goes wrong with your PC.

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Minimize Any Applications to System Tray

Usually many of us have lots of different applications open at a single time which are accessible through the task bar. You may not want to use all the applications but still want them to be open. For example I use Windows Live Writer quite often but I do not use it all the time.

The reason to keep the applications open is that I can easily and quickly access any application I want to without waiting for the delay to start them up. Leaving all the applications on takes up much of the task bar space.

Many applications such as Outlook 2003, Windows Live Mail and all IM clients have the default option where the application is minimized to tray, this is a great option as it keeps the application open but out of the way.

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