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Stu

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Tweaking and benchmarking

ATI Tool - www.techpowerup.com/atitool
All the goodies you need for overclocking and monitoring your Radeon VGA card

Nvidia CoolBits - http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=815
Adds extra options to Nvidia display driver control panel for overclocking your Geforce VGA card

CPU-Z - www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php
The ultimate tool for identifying and reading CPU, motherboard and memory information (MUST HAVE!!)

Systool - www.techpowerup.com/systool
A powerful tool for all forms of hardware overclocking within Windows

PowerStrip - www.entechtaiwan.com/ps.htm
Customise display settings, and overclock your VGA card, useful for connecting PCs to TVs

ClockGen - www.cpuid.com/clockgen.php
A quick and easy way of overclocking your PC through Windows

Sandra 2005 - www.sisoftware.co.uk
A synthetic benchmarking tool, that also probes your hardware for information

Throttlewatch - www.panopsys.com/downloads.html
Utility to show if your CPU is being "throttled-back" as it overheats

Speedfan - www.almico.com/speedfan.php
Excellent utility for monitoring and controlling fan speeds, as well as temperatures

FRAPS - www.fraps.com/download.php
Benchmark the 'real-life' performance of your games, also use to record actual game footage



Useful stuff

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - www.hp.com
Make your USB flash drives bootable - now you never need a floppy disk again!

EDIT: no longer available at HP's website, but i found an alternative link, from a German website:
http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/32594.asp

Foxit Reader - http://foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php
Small and fast PDF reader

CDex - http://cdexos.sourceforge.net
Powerful CD-ripping tool

UDI (Unknown Device Identifier) - http://www.zhangduo.com/udi.html
Useful tool for identifying those 'Unknown Devices' you see in Device Manager

7zip - http://www.7-zip.org
Free, open-source file archive utility support RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, MSI, WIM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS.

mIRC - www.mirc.com
Chatroom client, talk to people all over the world

Skype - www.skype.com
Have real-time voice conversations over the internet

Trillian - www.ceruleanstudios.com
Instant messenger app, chat with MSN, ICQ, AIM and Yahoo contacts

dBpowerAMP Music Converter - www.dbpoweramp.com
Free no-nonsense music file converter. Convert any music file you have a codec for.

K-Lite Codec Pack http://www.free-codecs.com/download/k_lite_codec_pack.htm
All the useful codecs you're ever likely to need

nLite - www.nliteos.com
Customise your Windows XP CD - integrate drivers, service packs and hotfixes, and create unattended setups

OpenOffice - http://www.openoffice.org
Fully featured open-source office application suite, comparable to Microsoft Office, but without the cost, as its free! Available for Windows and Linux.

YawCam - http://www.yawcam.com
Free but fully featured webcam software, for recording video and capturing images, as well as streaming webcam video over the internet.



Cool stuff

WindowBlinds - www.windowblinds.net
Change the way Windows looks on your PC - create your own skins, or download for free

ObjectDock - www.objectdock.net
A scrolling Mac-style icon dock for your desktop

BootSkin - www.bootskin.com
Customise your Windows XP booting screen

Electric Sheep - www.electricsheep.org
A mesmerising screensaver, similar to the 'Flurry' screensaver in Mac OS X

Drempels - www.geisswerks.com/drempels
Replace your static desktop background with hypnotic swirling textures



Gaming

X-Fire - www.xfire.com
Instant Messenger which doesn't interfere with gameplay

DOSBox - http://dosbox.sourceforge.net
Useful for those who enjoy playing classic PC games that won't work under Windows XP

ScummVM - www.scummvm.org/downloads.php
Play classic LucasArts graphic adventures under Windows XP (requires original game CDs)

MAME32 - http://mame32.classicgaming.gamespy.com
Emulates all kinds of classic arcade games - you need to own the original ROM to legally play many arcade games

TeamSpeak 2 - www.goteamspeak.com
Voice chat for gamers

Hamachi - www.hamachi.cc
Lets you create a virtual network between two players over the internet. Use for playing old multiplayer games that only had LAN support.

Classic Doom 3 - http://cdoom.d3files.com
Play through the original Doom, but using the latest flashy Doom 3 graphics engine (Requires original Doom 3)

HLSW - www.hlsw.org
Server browser finds and stores your favourite game servers
 
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HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - www.hp.com
Make your USB flash drives bootable - now you never need a floppy disk again!

EDIT: no longer available at HP's website, but i found an alternative link, from a German website:
http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/32594.asp
Hi, here's the most updated "Windows-based Format Utility for HP Drive Key or DiskOnKey USB Device" as 2.1.8 A (2004-05-17).

from HP directly (as english version):
http://h50178.www5.hp.com/support/PB137UA/more_info_local_17550.html

and as a backup (first link):
http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/browse.php?c=21

Cheers,

Cenk
 

Svet

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cpiskin said:
Hi, here's the most updated "Windows-based Format Utility for HP Drive Key or DiskOnKey USB Device" as 2.1.8 A (2004-05-17).

from HP directly (as english version):
http://h50178.www5.hp.com/support/PB137UA/more_info_local_17550.html

and as a backup (first link):
http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/browse.php?c=21

Cheers,

Cenk
we got much better one: :yes:
https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=108079.0
 
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Stu said:
K-Lite Codec Pack - www.k-litecodecpack.com
All the useful codecs you're ever likely to need
That's a link to spam gateway.
Correct link is:
http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
 

polarman

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2 Suggestions:

Process Monitor v1.23

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/processmonitor.mspx

Ccleaner 2

http://www.ccleaner.com/

 

WizardFusion

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Website: http://ninite.com/
The fastest way I have found of installing all those apps you use all the time - in one go.
 

msummers

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polarman said:
2 Suggestions:

Process Monitor v1.23

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/processmonitor.mspx

Ccleaner 2

http://www.ccleaner.com/
The link for Process Monitor has been removed. Microsoft Recommends the Sysinternals Suite as a replacement: Microsoft's SysInternals Suite
 

WaltC

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If you like DOSbox...I highly recommend the version found here:

Taewoong's page

Open the Dosbox SVN Builds link at top of page, and it takes you to the compressed or the installer version...what I love about it is that it allows you to employ shaders (which really does wonders for some old DOS games with very outdated graphics)--shaders are included and automatically used by the 32-bit dosbox.exe...

BUT...Do you want a 64-bit version of DOSbox--dosbox_x64.exe...? (Who doesn't?)  Works a treat under all builds of Windows 10, too! (or 8 or 7, etc.)!

Highly recommended...the 64-bit executable works with every dosbox game that I own, save one (that has to be run with the 32-bit executable.)  This is truly a gamer's preferred version of Dosbox, no question about it.  Try it and you'll never go back to plain, old DOSBOX again...;)
 
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