List of Some Useful System Utilities!

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  1. Vishal Gupta

    Vishal Gupta Microsoft MVP

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    Guys!
    I hv seen many times and hv been asked by many members about:

    How to disable Windows File Protection service?
    How to use 3rd party Visual Styles?
    How to delete the files which are in use by windows?

    and many other questions!

    So I decided to start this thread to share some useful system utilities, that can be useful in such cases! I'm sure that many members would know about many of these utilities but many new members and others may find this useful! :)

    1.) UXTheme Patcher

    It patches the UXTheme.dll for Windows XP and 2003 and allows you to use un-signed custom visual styles.
    To patch the UXTheme.dll file run the program, it will determine your operating system, then patch the appropriate file and reboot your PC.
    To un-patch the UXTheme.dll file, run the program again, and it will un-patch the .dll and then reboot your PC.

    Download Link


    2.) Windows File Protection Switcher

    Windows File Protection Switcher lets you disable and re-enable Windows File Protection (WFP) permanently.

    Download Link


    3.) Replacer

    Replacer is an easy to use system file replacer for Windows 2000 and XP. It safely replaces protected or in-use system files.

    Download Link


    4.) Unlocker

    Many times we face following ERROR messages while deleting or moving a system file in windows:

    => Cannot delete file: Access is denied
    => There has been a sharing violation.
    => The source or destination file may be in use.
    => The file is in use by another program or user.
    => Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

    Unlocker is the solution of this problem! U can easily move/delete system files w/o ne problem even while windows is running using unlocker.

    Download Link


    5.) Log off / Shutdown Text Remover

    In Windows VISTA, the text on Log off & Shutdown buttons has been removed, so if you also want to remove the same text in xp, then this software is for you. It has following features:

    => Simple and easy
    => Works on all XP/2003
    => Support non-English OS (every language)
    => Related strings in String Table 439 won't be modified.

    PS: It is known to be buggy with non-english XP versions.

    Download Link


    6.) Glass2k

    Glass2k is a small little program that allows Windows 2000/XP users to make any window transparent. Right-click on any window or press the keyboard shortcuts (Control + Shift + [0-9]) to make any window transparent.

    Download Link


    7.) Vista Start ORB (Make XP Start Button look-a-like VISTA)

    The whole Vista Start ORB that never hides behind the taskbar, and you can use it on any skin. Set it in "Always on top" first.

    Download Link


    8.) Styler

    This application allows you to do a lot of interesting customizations, though it is not easy to use at first.
    It can add a drop shadow to your windows, change Clear Type contrast, change a visual style's color or a wallpaper's and much more . But its most useful function is located in the "Styler Toolbar" which can entirely change the look and feel of the Windows XP's toolbar. So, you can change your toolbar to make it look like Windows Vista's.

    Styler doesn't use much memory (less than 1MB when it's used in the background), but to use all its function, especially for the drop shadow, you'll need a powerful computer.

    Download Link
     
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    good work
     
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    Vishal Gupta

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    thnx buddy :)

    4 more utilities added in the first post: :)

    => Log off / Shutdown Text Remover
    => Glass2k
    => Vista Start ORB
    => Styler
     
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    @ Vishal Gupta: Thanks for the nice utilities;

    Downloading
    * Windows File Protection Switcher
    * Replacer
    * Unlocker
     
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    GOOD GOING VISHAL I AM UR BIG FAN GR8:cool:
     
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    Thanx for the list
     
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    really very handy.Thanx sir
     
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    thanx Vishal
     
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    Thanks for the list.

    Downloading some of them.
     
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    Vishal Gupta

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    My pleasure guys :)
     
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    Thanks man.... It's good to have people like you around. :-D
     
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    ax3 Cool as a CUCUMBAR ! ! !

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    fantastic list .......
     
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    @ VISHAL

    YEP... NOW I SEE, someone has good talent here !!! :rolleyes:
     
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    @vishal
    realy a handy updater of system cofi...
     
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    nice collection. will download and check out no 5. does it only remove text or can it also change text...

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    thnx guys! :)
    @anandk
    It only removes the Shutdown/logoff text from Startmenu to make it look-a-like Vista Startmenu. ;)
     
  19. Ron

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    hey gr8 collection Guru............
    Wht is tuneup utilities.......
    From where can i get it........
     
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    ^ From www.tune-up.com But its not free. You have to buy it or else;-)

    Useful thread man, Thanks.
     
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