Windows isn't very smart when it comes to handling various media file formats. It has an extensible property system for viewing their properties and embedded metadata but it leaves end users high and dry by shipping with support for very few media formats and their properties. A third party free app called MediaTab solves this problem for good by exposing all possible details about media files in their Properties.
How to get back Windows Update balloon notification in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8
In previous Windows versions (Windows 7, Windows XP etc), when new OS updates were available, Windows used to show a special icon in system tray notifying you of them. It was a very useful way to instantly know about new updates. You could click on the icon and open the Windows Update Control Panel item to see which updates were available and install them. With Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft has removed the tray icon. Notices about updates being available are shown on the logon screen, which appears only for a few seconds if your account has no password protection, e.g. in case when you are automatically logging in to Windows. Fortunately, it is possible to get those notifications back in the system tray.
40 FREE Store games for Windows 8 including new and classic ones
Much to the disappointment of many Windows casual gamers, Windows 8 entirely removed all classic games from the OS and expected everyone to migrate to the Store versions. The Store versions lack many features and customizations of the classic Windows versions but are still playable, especially with the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 which will show these on the Taskbar so they are not full screen. Here are 40 free games in the Windows Store, some of them classics.
Minimize apps to system tray (notification area) with TrayIt!
Do you know that you can minimize desktop apps in Windows to the notification area (system tray) since Windows 95? Even if the feature isn't exposed in the Windows user interface, it's been possible and there have been dozens of tools written to minimize programs to the notification area. One of the best ones is TrayIt! Let's see what makes TrayIt! so cool.
Queue copy and move operations in Windows with PerigeeCopy
The copy function in Windows has evolved over time to add useful features but one feature it still doesn't have is the ability to automatically queue multiple copy jobs so they don't run simultaneously, that is, when one copy operation is running, another shouldn't start before the first one finishes to avoid slowing down both and the overall speed of copying too. A third party freeware called PerigeeCopy offers this feature along with a host of other cool features. Let's see what it's got to offer.
Adobe Flash Player direct download links
Adobe's Flash Player is something that you need to update constantly. Just 2 days ago, Adobe released an emergency update for Flash Player to fix a critical remote code execution vulnerability that hackers on the web are actively exploiting. However, even if Flash Player's installer has automatic update checking and the ability to update automatically, you may want to download the full Flash Player installer to update multiple machines quickly. Here are direct download links for it.
Always on Top tool for Windows (Alternative to PowerMenu)
Windows has always had the ability to make any window the topmost one ever since Windows 3.0. Once you make a window the topmost one, other overlapping windows will always show below that window in the Z-order. It is possible to make a window the topmost one programmatically but Microsoft felt that if this control was given to end users, then application developers would misuse it to make their programs always on top. Still, third party tools can easily use the Windows API function to change this. Let's look at two ways to make a window on top.
How to find any file or folder instantly on your computer with Everything
Even though computers have evolved tremendously in the past several years, the amount of data stored on your disk drive has also exponentially increased. Often this data is unorganized and that is why users need desktop search to find it instantly. If this vast amount of data is properly indexed on your PC, then searching is only a matter of querying the index database. Unfortunately, the process of indexing the data and its contents by crawling the file systems of all disk drives takes considerable time. What if there was a way to instantly index the file names of all files on your drive? That would make finding anything much faster. That is what the app called Everything does.
How to uninstall Skip Metro Suite
Ever since I made my Skip Metro Suite application portable, there are lots of users asking me how to uninstall it. I have no idea why those people want to uninstall A PORTABLE APPLICATION, but never mind, here are detailed instructions how you can uninstall Skip Metro Suite by Winaero.
How to recover lost files from corrupted hard drives
One of the things we wish would never happen to our computers is having a corrupted disk, and having a corrupted disk also results in having corrupted data. In this day and age, getting that corrupted data message from your computer is one of the worst things that can happen to you. All your files, pictures, movies, music and not to mention all other important personal and office documents can be totally wiped out in case your disk gets corrupted. This can happen due to a virus, a system crash or just a plain error on the user’s part. And if the office documents were important enough, this could also mean that you could potentially lose your job. Or if you are running a business, losing important documents such as income reports, tax info, and other important data related to your business could ruin your business.