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The Ultimate Troubleshooter v4.96   25Mb   (Latest Tasks updates 6-Aug-2016)
The Ultimate Tasks, Services, and Startups Manager.  Manage, diagnose, troubleshoot, speed up, and bring stability to your PC(s) the way we do ourselves with this all in-one product, our very own.  For both occasional users and professional users.  Also features the world's best PING, Trace Route, and WHOIS modules for network troubleshooters.  This is the evaluation version $27.50 to purchase.  Learn More.

Football World Cup South Africa 2010 wallchart    150K   (24-July-2010)
See how all the teams in the 2010 Football World Cup (Soccer World Cup) progressed.  Our colourful AnswersThatWork World Cup wallchart was updated throughout the tournament with scores and our own exciting match summaries.  If you want to re-live the 2010 Football World Cup, this is the wallchart for you (runs on all versions of Windows).

A Really Small App 2.0    1.3Mb   (1-Feb-2010)
A fun and free Really Small App showing Running Tasks, Current Startups, CPU and Memory utilization graphs, the number of running processes, and the number of connections to your PC from remote computers (e.g. Trojan viruses, Spyware).  It is also a great default printer changer utility accessible directly from the System Tray with one click of the mouse.

ATW-NETSTAT  v1.2    48K   (20-December-2006)
One for the techies, or the plain curious.  Windows XP/2003 have a DOS command called NETSTAT which displays all the TCP/IP connections on your PC.  We have extended this command by matching up the output of the command with the programs which are actually running on your PC.  The results are presented in an easy-to-read fashion, and, for future reference, you can also save those results to a file which has an automatically generated filename which includes the date and time for easy sorting.  Type ATW-NETSTAT /HELP for more details.  Free.

Ad-Aware Free Internet Security    127Mb   (18-November-2010)
For Windows XP/Vista/Widnows 7.  You should run either this program or Spybot Search & Destroy further down on this page.  Many software packages come with embedded third party software which sends information about your Internet behaviour from your PC to specific companies!!  This is called spyware.  In other cases the embedded software pulls advertisements from a specific ad server whenever you are connected to the Internet and displays them to you.  This is called adware and has the highest annoyance level possible !  Software manufacturers use adware so they can let you use their software free of charge while they get their revenue from advertisers.  Unfortunately, even when you de-install the original "carrier" software, the spyware or adware often still remains on your PC, sending information out every time you connect to the Internet.  The potential for this type of software is enormous as it can easily be turned into something that sends information that is stored on your PC!!  The problem is such that antivirus manufacturers are starting to produce commercial products to address it.  And it gets worse, time and time again this type of software is found to be the cause of Internet browser crashes, PC freezes, illegal operations, etc...  Run either Ad-Aware SE or SpyBot Search & Destroy (use one or the other, not both) to see if your PC has such software running, and then rid yourself of it!  Note :  if you have Ad-Aware 5.x or 6.x, fully uninstall it before installing Ad-Aware Free Internet Security.

AriTech ASCII Table 1.40    306K   (6-February-2002)
Every programmer or systems person has needed an ASCII table at some stage or other yet, ASCII tables, which should be part of all operating systems, are so difficult to get hold of.  This brilliant tool from Indonesia fills this gap and enables you to view ASCII codes on-screen or print a comprehensive ASCII table.  Free.

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Convert 4.10    195K
The ultimate conversion calculator from Joshua Madison.  Think of any type of measurement you wish to convert (feet, centimetres, litres, Celcius, seconds, sqft, degrees, etc...), it will do it.  And you can even program it to do conversions between changeable values, such as currency conversions.  A must for anyone who regularly deals with different countries' measurements.  Free.

CPU-Z CPU Detection Utility v1.60.1    4.3Mb   (28-May-2012)
A handy little freeby which tells you what your CPU is and what facilities it supports, whether Intel or AMD. If all you want to know is what CPU you are running, and what it supports, then this is for you. For a more extensive inventory of your PC, however, download The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

Directory Compare 2.3    5.2Mb   (28-May-2012)
Another gem from Glenn Alcott who brought you the indispensable Directory Printer.  All Systems Consultants, Software Developers, and IT specialists should have this tool alongside Directory Printer.  In a nutshell this program allows you to compare two folders and pick out the differences (files missing from one folder, or files with the same name but with a different date, size, or time).  You can then synchronize the two directories, in either direction, rename files, copy files from one directory to the other, check file version information, print listings of directories or export to a CSV file, and you can even compare text files visually.  Top stuff.  This is a 15-day evaluation.  Price :  $29.  All versions of Windows.

Directory Printer 4    1.4Mb   (18-November-2010)
One of the most useful little programs for Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/Win7.  This program fills the biggest void in Windows by giving you the ability to print lists of folders or files on your hard disk or network. Thoroughly comprehensive and brilliant.  This is a 15-day evaluation.  Price : $29.  All versions of Windows.

EasyCleaner    2.9Mb   (16-June-2007)
This versatile utility enables you to clean your Windows Registry of obsolete entries, thus significantly reducing the boot time of your Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP PC.  It also includes the ability to automate the deletion of temporary files from your hard disk, as instructed in our "Recommended Windows 95/98/ME regular Housekeeping tasks" document.  Finally, it also has an excellent Start Menu cleanup facility which can simplify the removal of those dreaded links to the A: drive which always result in your PC accessing your floppy drive when it starts, and whenever you use Explorer.  An excellent tool.  If you use it to clean your Registry, remember to first close all programs and tray icons before cleaning your registry, and also reboot your PC immediately after cleaning the registry you will avoid problems this way.  Use carefully !  Free.

eCleaner 2.01    457K
A great free little utility.  How many times have you pasted into a document text that you picked up from an e-mail or from the web, and then spent half an hour getting rid of the unwanted line breaks, or getting rid of the dozens of spaces at the beginning of each line?  With eCleaner this is now a thing of the past!  First configure it once and for all to "Leave blank lines".  Thereafter simply copy and paste any e-mail or web text into eCleaner, press the "Clean" button, immediately switch back to your wordprocessor or e-mail, and paste.  As simple as that.  Free.

FastStone Image Viewer 4.6    5.3Mb   (28-May-2012)
This is the best image manipulation program we have seen for the general public (Free for home use).  The most striking feature of this program is its ease of use whereas other programs have you wonder and even fear their various features, the simplicity of this program quickly turns any user into an inveterate mad image manipulator !  You can do everything from the right-click menu or from the menus that pop up when you take the mouse to the edges of the screen.  It is an odd concept but it works brilliantly. As for the features, they're all there :  image resizing, image conversion, noise reductions for those noisy photographs, brightness enhancement for those underexposed photographs, red-eye elimination, cropping, hue saturation, image sharpening, image blurring, special effects (sepia, waves, gray scale, drop shadow, lens, frame marks, bump map, negative), RGB Level, histograms, image conversion, EXIF data from digital pictures, ability to modify the EXIF data or add JPEG comments, rotate, invert, slide how, set as default image viewer.  Absolutely brilliant.  FREE for PRIVATE (non commercial) or educational use commercial organizations must register. Win98/ME/2000/WinXP/2003/Vista/Win7.

FastStone Screen Capture 5.3    1.4Mb   (16-June-2007)
Another gem from FastStone.  Use this FREE screen capture to capture any part of your screen into a JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PCX, DCX, TGA, AVI or even an icon file (ICO).  You can capture any Windows or dialogue box, the full-screen, a selected area of your screen, or a scrolling window, and you can copy and paste into a wordprocessor to illustrate a document with screenshots, for example, or you can capture directly to the clipboard or to a file, or to an image editor.  Simple but extremely powerful.  Can be minimized to the System Tray.  Top stuff.  FREE for PRIVATE (non commercial) or educational use, commercial organizations must register.  WinXP/2003/Vista/2008/Win7.

FTP Voyager    5.8Mb   (18-November-2010)
Every serious web designer will one day need an FTP client.  There are many FTP clients out there, and everyone has his favourite.  After evaluation of many offerings, we at AnswersThatWork decided on using FTP Voyager for what we felt was its superior user friendliness, clarity, and intuitive feeling.  If you know Windows Explorer, you know FTP Voyager, as simple as that!  And even better, for multinationals, and for our non-English speaking visitors, FTP Voyager comes in English, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish versions.  This version is the English version.  For all versions of Windows.  This is a 30-day evaluation the full product costs $39.95.

FuturixImager 6.0    1.3Mb   (18-November-2010)
We have two great graphics file viewers on this page, the brilliant Image Navigator which enables you to view pictures and other graphics files as a collection of slides, and PrintStation which enables you to do the same but...  on a printer !  None of them, however, can work as Windows default graphics file viewer so that whenever you double-click on a file in explorer or in an e-mail, it will open up for you to view instead of giving you an error message to the effect that you do not have a relevant viewer.  FuturixImager fills this gap and more :  you can modify the images you view, you can capture the screen to file, and you can export images to Windows icons, amongst other things.  The world of default Windows viewers is a minefield of buggy or badly designed software.  FuturixImager bucks the trend with quality and power features in a simple interface.  Check the "Tools \ Options \ File Formats" menu option after you have installed it.  Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP.  Free.

FuturixImager 6.0 Plug-ins    320K   (18-November-2010)
Add-on plugins for FuturixImager above. These plugins allow FuturixImager to handle additional types of graphics files. Run this file to install the plugins.

HxD Hex Editor    880K   (18-November-2010)
A tool for the techies.  What more can we say, the name says it all.  And it's free!  This is the best Hex Editor around, bar none.  You can edit files, the hard disk (!!) and even your PC's memory.  As the author says "You can employ it to analyze big log files, patch ROM files for emulators, repair disk structures, validate data or search for game cheats.  Features of HxD include efficient handling of huge files, fast and flexible search & replace, file comparison, checksum & hash generation, exporting to several formats (source code, formatted output like HTML, hex files for EEPROM programming), a file shredder, a file splitter/joiner, and graphical statistics".  And it's FREE !!!

Ideal Administration 10.7    17Mb   (18-November-2010)
The ultimate Windows NT4/2000/2003/2008 Server Administration Tool.  This tool is a must for all Windows NT4/2000/2003/2008 Server installations as, crucially, it enables you to backup Users (and all their attributes), Groups, and shares, and then restore them on another server the day that your server crashes for good !  Secure and fast remote control of remote servers and workstations, Database Inventory of servers and workstations, objects migration between servers, Exchange management, and more.  This is a limited demo which does not allow you to import onto another server.  Prices start at $340.  Available in French and German also.

i.Disk v1.93    370K   (10-May-2008)
For Windows XP/2003/Vista/Win7.  An excellent and simple little utility which enables you to find out which folders and subfolders use the most space. The display is automatically sorted by size and you can drill down to find out the "culprit" subfolders that are gobbling up your hard disk space.  An excellent housekeeping tool for both home users and IT professionals as it also works on network drives.  Free.

Image Navigator 3.2    1.5Mb   (17-November-2001)
A f.a.n.t.a.s.t.i.c piece of software !  A demonstration in how to write powerful software and yet make it soooooo easy to use.  Once you have discovered Image Navigator you will not use any other image or graphics viewer ever.  It's an absolute joy to use.  Thumbnails, double-click on an image for a full screen, image rotation, slide shows, drag and drop into other applications, rotate right, and left, flip upside down, or from left to right, brilliant right-click menus, and to support all this, a superb print quality.  A gem from the Ukraine, and it's free.  Stunning, brilliant, wonderful.

MACView 1.1 for NetWare    370K
An interesting little utility for Novell networks.  Enables you to quickly see who is logged in on a NetWare network thus eliminating the need to do an RCONSOLE onto the server.  Also displays the MAC addresses of the users' network cards (hence the name of the program), each network card's manufacturer, the last user login time, the NDS Tree, the network number, the connection ID, and the type of object.  You can very usefully sort the information in all imaginable orders, and, last but not least, you can save to disk or print the displayed information.  A tiny little gem.  Free.

Media Center 15.0.142    17Mb   (22-November-2010)
Ze Best !!  Absolument !  This used to be called Media Jukebox.  The developers re-wrote the product entirely, called it Media Center, and, best of all, finally eliminated the nagging occasional stability problems of Media Jukebox in an otherwise brilliant product.  There cannot be a better companion to your CD-Writer than this.  The must-have for listening to MP3 or any other type of music files.  Rip (copy) music tracks directly from your CD-ROM drive to hard disk and create compilation CDs from MP3 files and/or from individual tracks from your CD collections.  Full CDDB compliance means that, if you are connected to the Internet, all you have to do is point it to any music CD or music file and it will display the title of the song, artist, and album.  Handles MP3, the increasingly popular Ogg Vorbis format, Windows Media, Play Lists, RealAudio, Liquid Audio, in fact all media types that exist "out there";  and now it even handles images (for your digital camera collections), in fact any type of multimedia files, or you can use it for straightforward data files handling.  A brilliant and intuitive interface we tried 33 offerings and none matched Media Center.  It also does CD copying, it includes file conversion to allow you to convert files from one format to another, and it will create your CDs at any speed up to your CD-Writer's top writing speed.  This is a fully enabled 30-days evaluation the full product costs $49.98  This is software that makes you purr.

NetSwitcher 3.82    3.4Mb   (20-November-2010)
Ever had to change your network settings every time you sit down at a client's site, or fumble with your IP address configuration, network shares, printer captures, e-mail clients, and network protocols and clients every time you plug into your home network, your office network, or a client's network ?  If Yes then NetSwitcher is the tool for you.  Dead easy to use :  simply set up various configuration profiles, and then use the relevant profile for your current location.  You're at home, click on the Home Profile to activate it; you're at work, click on the Work profile to activate it; you're at a regular client, just activate that profile, and so on.  A breeze.  $14 to purchase when this full-featured demo expires.  Windows XP/Vista/Win7.

NoteTab Light 6.2    1.8Mb   (18-November-2010)
Unbelievable.  Ridiculous.  We were introduced to this 8th wonder of the world as a simple replacement to Windows' Notepad.  This free utility blows the mind :  not only is it the most advanced Text Editor in the universe, it is in fact a virtual control center for all systems people. Judge for yourself :  a text editor, two HTML editors with full dictionary, syntax checker, structure guidance, and examples, a private Clipboard, fully programmable through advanced macro and scripting language, you can launch anything from within it, an FTP client, full FTP scripting for automated FTP tasks, a spell checker, a file compare utility, a reminder alarm of tasks to do, imperial to decimal converter calculators, currency calculator.  Need we say more?  And this is the free LITE version !!  Also runs on Apple Macintosh virtual PCs.

NWUPDATE for NetWare 5.0    234K   (11-February-2006)
Download which provides full support for Serial-ATA (SATA) hard disks for Novell NetWare 5.0 and Novell Small Business Suite 5 (Novell SBS).  Read the appropriate document in our "Novell NetWare 5.x" library for more details.  The files included in this download are all copyright of Novell Inc and should only ever be used on a properly and legally licensed Novell NetWare 5.0 server.

PopTray 3.2    1Mb   (16-June-2007)
The Ultimate email notification program.  If you have to keep tab on many POP email accounts, then this is the program for you.  Its list of features is staggering.  You can keep tabs on an infinite amount of POP mail accounts.  You can choose between a variety of alerts (sound, flashing System Tray icon, popup window).  You can configure the program to check at specific intervals on a global basis, or set individual intervals for each email account.  You can read your emails directly from within the program and respond to them, and still pick up the same emails from within your normal email program when you are back at home, say, or you can have PopTray always bring up your normal email program (Outlook Express, say).  You can configure Hotkeys and what Double-clicking on the System Tray PopTray should do.  You can have PopTray show in your own language (24 languages so far!).  You can set email rules, exactly as in most email programs.  And, finally, the icing on the cake :  you can password PopTray so that other users cannot start it or open it when it is flagging that messages are waiting for you.  Are you amazed ?  We are!  Runs on WinXP/2003/Vista/Win7.  FREE.

PrintStation 3.80    3.2Mb   (28-May-2012)
A great product which fills a gap :  the ability to print many pictures / graphics file on the same sheet (like contact sheets), with the ability to specify the print size of the pictures, whether to have titles or not, and more....  An excellent complement to Image Navigator above for anyone who works a lot with graphics files.  This is the 15-day demo version $19.95 to buy.

Recover4All Professional 2.52    900K   (22-November-2010)
The essential files recovery tool for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win7.  Someone you know will one day not only erase files they actually need, but they will also empty their Recycle Bin afterwards, only to realise later that they need the files.  On that day this is the program you will need !!  Recover4All can also recover from formatted drives (!!), from damaged drives, from USB drives, from memory cards, and more.  In this demo version it allows you to recover files that are no larger than 10K, but will list all the files that can be recovered.  Once you register, $49, you can recover all recoverable files.

Registrar Lite 6.52    2.7Mb   (21-November-2010)
The best free Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/Win7 Registry Editor anywhere.  The Search facility alone is worth the download unlike the standard Windows REGEDIT which only allows you to search in step mode fashion, with Registrar Lite you can search the entire Registry or selected trees in one go with all matches presented together, an immense time saviour when you want to delete, for example, all references to a particular piece of software.  You can also search for key names only, for value names only, for data values only, or any combination of the three.  You can set bookmarks, and have bookmarks coloured.  Registrar Lite also includes helpful descriptions about the most common registry keys, the facility to backup or restore your registry, property sheets for keys, the ability to expand a whole subtree in one go, and more, and more.  And this is just the free version the full version adds powerful remote facilities for the administration of user registries in a network environment, as well as a few other extras.  An indispensable tool for anyone who edits the Windows Registry.

Spell Checker for OE 2.1    609K   (1-April-2007)
Free English US Spell Checker for Outlook Express.  Excellent spelling checker for users who have Outlook Express and want a spell check program but do not have any Microsoft Office programs installed (Outlook Express uses the MSOffice spell checker files to provide its spell check facilities).  This program is also useful for users who have seen their Outlook Express Spell Checker wiped out by the installation of Microsoft Office 2007 as the MSOffice 2007 spell check files are not compatible with Outlook Express if you have experienced this then this program will restore your ability to spell check your emails.  English US spell check only.   Free.

SpyBot Search & Destroy    16Mb   (20-November-2010)
For Windows XP/Vista/Win7.  You must run this essential piece of software from Patrick M. Kolla of Germany (interesting how the best adware/spyware removal programs all come from Germany).  Many software packages come with embedded third party software which sends information about your Internet behaviour from your PC to specific companies!!  This is called spyware.  In other cases the embedded software pulls advertisements from a specific ad server whenever you are connected to the Internet and displays them to you.  This is called adware and has the highest annoyance level possible !  Software manufacturers use adware so they can let you use their software free of charge while they get their revenue from advertisers.  Unfortunately, even when you de-install the original "carrier" software, the spyware or adware often still remains on your PC, sending information out every time you connect to the Internet.  The potential for this type of software is enormous as it can easily be turned into something that sends information that is stored on your PC!!  The problem is such that antivirus manufacturers are starting to produce commercial products to address it.  And it gets worse, time and time again this type of software is found to be the cause of Internet browser crashes, PC freezes, illegal operations, etc...  Run Patrick Kolla's SpyBot Search & Destroy to see if your PC has such software running, and then rid yourself of it!  SpyBot Search & Destroy is FREE.

THE Rename 2.1.6    2.8Mb   (17-May-2004)
Suggested by an AnswersThatWork user, this program is every bit as amazing as we were told it was.  For Advanced Users only.  THE Rename's prime use is to enable you to rename files en-masse;  however, you can also change the extensions of a group of files, change the case of filenames from upper to lowercase for publication to a website, you can sequence files, you can have the program add the date and time to the names of files (Ahh, those holiday pictures finally properly sorted!), you can get the program to automatically create sequenced folders for you, e.g. for testing purposes,.... and there is more.  If you decide to use THE Rename, make sure you first read the "Suggested uses for THE Rename" in the Help.  Then, whenever you use it, always preview the results it will save you a lot of grief.  An extremely powerful and amazing tool.  FREE.  Works on Windows 9x/NT4/ME/2000/XP.

TreeCopy 1.11    321K   (20-November-2004)
A handy free little utility to copy directory trees.  Developers and System Administrators will relish the ability to copy a whole folder structure, including all subfolders, to a different location, without copying the files inside those folders.  Works a treat we use it a lot.  It used to be able to copy the layout of your chosen directory tree to a text file, but that feature has been removed, so use Directory Printer for that.  For WinXP/2003/Vista/2008/Win7.  Free.

TreeSize Free 2.70    3.2Mb   (28-May-2012)
For Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/Win7.  A brilliant little utility which enables you to find out which folders and subfolders use the most space.  You can sort your folders by size, you can drill down to find out the "culprit" subfolders that are gobbling up your hard disk space, and you can also check which folders waste hard disk clusters.  An excellent housekeeping tool.  Free for personal use (note the free version will not work on network drives for this you need the Professional version, or, alternatively, use i.Disk above).

Ultra-Edit32 v15.20     17Mb   (22-November-2010)
There are excellent Hex Editors, like HxD Hex Editor featured earlier on this page, and there is Simply The Best.  We at AnswersThatWork use HxD Hex Editor whenever we are at a customer and need a Hex Editor straight away.  In our office, however, Ultra-Edit32 is the one and only. Multiple file edits, Plain Text editing, Hex Editing, HTML editing, Programming Editing, Macros, File comparison, Encoding translations (MAC, Linux, EBCDIC, DOS, Windows OEM, ANSI), Multiple Clipboards, Bookmarks, this one has the lot.  If you only need a Hex Editor occasionally, get the HxD Hex Editor.  If you are a developer, or you are in Systems Support, Networking, etc..,  then pay $59.95 for Ultra-Edit32, it is an excellent investment.  This is a 30-day evaluation version.  Works on all versions of Windows.

WinRetrieve    242K   (5-August-2001)
For System Builders.  This utility enables you to change Windows' Licensed Owner and Organization, Product CD Key, Product ID, and OEM information.  This means that you can now produce PC systems en-masse with your own standard Windows configuration, and only personalize each PC at the actual time of sale to the end-user where, with the help of WinRetrieve, you will be able to change all key information to reflect the purchaser's personal details and licensed Windows software.  Free.

WinZip 9.0 SR-1    2.4Mb   (20-November-2004)
The de-facto standard in zip compression for all versions of Windows. If you often e-mail file attachments, or receive file attachments, or download from websites like this one, you will need WinZip. This is the unregistered version which you will need to purchase after 21 days of use.

XQDC X-Setup Pro 9.1    4.5Mb   (22-November-2010)
If you doubted it, real Magic does exist it's called XQDC X-Setup.  The ultimate Windows XP/2003/Vista/Win7 tool for System and Network specialists.  This tool blows the mind.  It gives you access to every single registry setting and tweak available.  Browsing help files is a thing of the past :  you want to hide the Control Panel, use this;  you want to automatically logon to your network, use this; you want to hide the "Add/Remove Programs" icon so end-users do not do damage, use this.  This tool gives you access to hundreds of Registry tweaks and settings you didn't even know existed :  Shutdown settings, Startup settings, DVD Region, transferring entries from parts of the registry to others, etc..., the list goes on.  A must for advanced users.  Free for everyone as the writers, WUG, went into insolvency in 2010 and gave the following key for all users :  XSA092-11TA9R-8K12YT.





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