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Category: Operating Systems & Distros

19/09/2018
7,356
Free, for personal-use only

Build your own custom Windows install disc

 
18/09/2018
206,693
Freeware

Run Android apps on your Windows PC

 
18/09/2018
33,519
Freeware

Find and download genuine Windows and Office ISOs

 
17/09/2018
140,921
Freeware

Easily create bootable USB drives from ISO images

 
14/09/2018
13,015
Freeware

Run Android in a window on your Windows desktop

 
20/07/2018
12,228
Open Source

Create custom bootable USB drives

 
28/05/2018
22,937
Freeware

Easily update Microsoft Windows and Office installations, even if they're on PCs with no internet connection

 
18/05/2018
4,565
Freeware

Get the latest Windows 10 installer ISO/USB

 
05/03/2018
85,746
Freeware

Test-drive a fully functional Android tablet or phone from your desktop

 
06/12/2017
2,547
Open Source

An open-source binary-compatible version of Windows

 
17/10/2017
15,774
Full Commercial Application

Upgrade to the latest version of Windows - or create boot media

 
25/07/2017
14,496
Freeware

Play Android games on your Windows desktop

 
14/07/2017
24,582
Open Source

Create a bootable Linux USB flash drive with (usually) the minimum of hassle

 
23/05/2017
144,431
Freeware

Easily create a bootable USB flash drive version of your Windows CD or DVD

 
05/05/2017
6,639
Open Source

Turn your ageing or second PC into a dedicated media center

 
02/05/2017
30,462
Freeware

Easily transfer your favourite Linux live CD distro to a USB stick, on a Windows PC

 
06/04/2017
877
Freeware

Get the Windows 10 Creators Update now

 
04/04/2017
522
Freeware

A free DOS-compatible OS

 
12/02/2017
2,433
Open Source

Transform small computers into retro game consoles

 
14/01/2017
10,423
Open Source

 FreeNAS turns a computer into a dedicated Network Attached Storage device.

 
 

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Spotlight: Editor's Choice

O&O Defrag Free Edition 14.1.431 (64-bit)

Free, for personal-use only

Let us be frank: the Windows Defragmentation tool is best described as functional. Defragging your hard drive is an essential part of PC maintenance as otherwise files get scattered in multiple segments (or fragments) all over your drive, forcing the disk’s mechanical parts to work harder to piece them back together when they’re needed. Net result: files are slower to access, so computer slows down, but another side-effect is that the drive’s temperature increases and its moving parts wear out that much quicker.

XP’s Defrag tool doesn’t even run automatically, so it’s essential you find another solution. And even though Windows 7 and Vista do attempt to run on a weekly basis, the default timing isn’t great and the results are barely adequate. Your hard drive is the biggest bottleneck in your system, so it pays to make sure it’s defragged regularly to give it the best possible chance of performing at a half-decent level.

Third-party defrag tools have long trumped Windows’ own meagre efforts, and in recent years a number of powerful, versatile and feature-rich freebies have come on to the market, such as Puran Defrag Free and Auslogics Disk Defrag. That probably explains why O&O – one of the pioneers in disk defrag technology – has finally wised up to the fact it needs to provide a free version of its own defrag tool to appeal to the home market.

The net result is this: O&O Defrag Free Edition. It’s based on its Professional big brother, so you enjoy the top-notch performance gains and light system footprint that it brings. The downside is that it’s actually a cut-down version, so you’re only able to use one of two defrag methods (as opposed to eight in the full version), neither of which will keep your drive defragged in the background as you work. There’s no boot-time defragmentation either for system files, and while the program comes with three “zones” for placing files in for best performance on your drive, you can’t actually configure them as you can with the Pro Edition.

It sounds churlish to mention these limitations in the free version, but we do so because many of these options are available in other free tools, so should be noted here. However, if you’re looking for a “set-it-and-forget-it” solution and are happy for your drive to be defragged on a regular basis, then O&O Defrag Free definitely represents a step up from the basic tool provided by Windows itself.

This is the 64-bit version of O&O Defrag Free Edition: a separate build is available for 32-bit versions of Windows.

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    RRP: $179.98 Our Price: $49.99
  2. O&O DiskImage 11 Professional
    RRP: $49.95 Our Price: $22.95
  3. AVG TuneUp - Unlimited 2018 [2-YR]
    RRP: $79.99 Our Price: $24.99
  4. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra
    RRP: $99.99 Our Price: $89.99
  5. Acronis True Image 2016
    RRP: $49.99 Our Price: $19.95
  6. Genie Timeline Professional 2016
    RRP: $59.95 Our Price: $47.95
  7. iolo System Mechanic 17
    RRP: $49.95 Our Price: $24.95
  8. CCleaner 5 Professional
    RRP: $24.95 Our Price: $17.46
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    RRP: $59.95 Our Price: $39.95
 

Spotlight: Editor's Choice

VirtualBox 5.2.18

Open Source

Oracle VM VirtualBox is an industrial-strength open source virtualisation tool that makes it easy to create virtual machines (VMs), simulated computers that run on your PC but act as though they were separate systems. It's a powerful capability that has many different applications.

If you'd like a closer look at Windows 8 before you upgrade, for instance, then you could install Microsoft's latest in a VM, then access it in a window on your XP or Vista desktop.

Or maybe you've upgraded to Windows 8 and find a favourite old app doesn't work any more? Create a Windows XP VM and you might be able to run it again.

VirtualBox can also be a useful security tool: if you download and test apps in a VM, then any malware you might encounter will be isolated from your main system.

And it's the perfect choice if you want to try out another operating system with the minimum of hassle. Right now you can install Google Chrome OS, all the mainstream Linux variants (2.4 and 2.6), OpenBSD, OS/2, ReactOS, SkyOS, DOS, and just about every version of Windows there's ever been. (Of course you'll need to have the system discs to hand.)

VirtualBox 4 included an interface redesign, making it easier to view and manage your virtual machines. VM displays can now be scaled, so you can reduce a window size by half (for instance) and still see everything that's going on. The ability to limit a VM's CPU and IO time means the program will be less of a drain on your system's resources, and there are a host of other performance optimisations and bug fixes available.

What's new in VirtualBox 5.2.18 (see changelog for more)?

- VMM: See user manual.
- VMM: fix loading with recent binutils and self-built versions of VirtualBox (bug #17851)
- NAT: fix --nataliasmode sameports which is a valid setting (bug #13000)
- VRDP: fixed VM process termination on RDP client disconnect if 3D is enabled for the virtual machine

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User Comments

23 August 2017, Jack Edward Alexander
That also has a free version which is just perfect for simple once a day backups to an external disk...
22 August 2017, Ed Cornish
On extraction of the zip file I can see nothing that will run this program! Where is the .exe file?...
18 August 2017, JW vanLohuizen
I have used Process Lasso for many years and tried CPUBalance. Since then he separated them. ...

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