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*** Useful Links and Resources***

Post #1 by huddy » Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:26 pm

A list of popular and useful links, downloads and resources...


Image NVIDIA Drivers
For the green corner, grab the latest Geforce video drivers here.

Image AMD (ATI) Drivers
For the red corner, grab the lastest Catalyst drivers here.

Image Soundblaster Sound Drivers
Home of Creative Labs soundblaster. Grab the latest sound card drivers, including X-fi here.

Image Intel Chipset Drivers
For your latest motherboard Intel chipset drivers and software

ImageDriver Fusion (was Driver Sweeper)
Driver Fusion is the complete device and driver solution for your PC that can manage and monitor your devices and their drivers.

Stress testing

Popular Prime number search utility used by PC enthusiasts to load their CPU resources to its maximum.

ImageOrthos Prime
Another popular torture test and my personal preference. Select CPU torture or a blend of CPU and RAM.

Well known GPU stability and stress test utility.

Windows Tools

ImagePortable Power Degrementer
Defragment your files, folders and disk quickly with this portable Defragmenting tool (not recommend for SSD use).

ImageKeePass Password Safe
KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way.

ImageNinite Easy PC Setup
This installs your favourite free apps with latest versions! Dead handy after fresh install of Windows. Ninite runs un-attended in the background.

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history.

ImageEusing Free Registry Cleaner
Of all the free registry cleaners, Eusing Free Registry Cleaner is without the best available. It will backup your registry, scan and fix your Windows OS safely. Very easy to use too.

Imagedefraggler from piriform
quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defragmentation tool! Not recommended for SSD drives.

Simple and effective free backup solution. Backups up open files, scheduled backups, ZIP compression, plugins etc.

Still one the best File Transfer program on the web and it's all free too.

ImageRevo Uninstaller
Program uninstaller which is far better than the one supplied with Windows. Well recommended.

Covers pretty much all types of compression formats. The only file compression utility you'll need.

ImageOracle VM Virtual box
Free GNU product that allows you to run multiple virtual machines on your PC

Secure cloud document and file storage.

ImageDisplay Fusion
Multiple monitor management made easy.

ImagePC deCrapifier
Great tool for removing unwanted bloatware from your PC and laptop installed by OEMs.

ImageMSN Windows ISO Collection
Not got the disk, this should have you covered.

ImageWindows ISO collection
Not as comprehensive but an alternative to the above.

File And Document Conversion

ImagePDF On-line
Free online PDF conversion. Specify the location of your document and an email address and you'll be sent the PDF version. Very handy!

Handbrake is an open-source flexible DVD conversion tool allowing you to create a variety of different media formats including iPod, Android etc..

ZamZar converts a wide range of files including Doc1 to Doc, Doc to pdf, rtf etc.

Rescue and Recovery

Recovers deleted files from your hard disk, memory cards etc. Very handy when you have accidentally deleted files you want after emptying the Recycle bin.

ImageClone Zilla
Clonezilla is an OpenSource clone system (OCS) for backup and recovery. CloneZilla saves and restores only used blocks in the hard disk.

ImageLogMe In - Remote desktop access
Free remote desktop access from any internet browser.. No static IP address or openDNS required.

ImageLazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition
Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition is free for non-commercial use only. It is able to create a Windows PE boot disc containing a few modules to help in recovering a crashed Windows by repairing boot errors, recover files after accidental deletion, cloning and creating disk image, recovering Windows serial number and resetting user account password.

ImageGandalf’s Windows 8.1 PE
If you’re looking for a pre-built Windows 8.1 PE, look no further and just use Gandalf’s Windows 8.1 PE because it is packed with useful programs. It has a desktop, explorer, start menu replacement with StartIsBack, compression tools, image viewer, hard drive tools, video player, OpenOffice, remote access tools (Ammyy Admin, Remote Desktop, TeamViewer), anti malware such as ClamWin and MalwareBytes, and many more!

Other Windows versions are available:
http://windowsmatters.com/2016/11/10/ga ... 0-24-2016/

ImageTrinity Rescue Kit
Trinity Rescue kit (TRK) is a live Linux environment that comes with various tools for system recovery but it's ace card is a utility called Winpass. Winpass erases and resets passwords for Administrator and user accounts so if you have forgotten your windows password.. Look no further.

Hard Disk and SSD Utilities

ImageHDD Tune
Hard Disk drive information, benchmarking, performance review and error checking.

The GParted is a free application that enables you to change the partition organization on a disk device while preserving the contents of the partitions.

HDTach is a low level hardware benchmark for random access read/write storage devices such as hard drives, removable drives (ZIP/JAZZ), flash devices, and RAID arrays.

ImageDBAN - Darik's Boot and Nuke
DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

ImageClone Zilla
Clonezilla is an OpenSource clone system (OCS) for backup and recovery. CloneZilla saves and restores only used blocks in the hard disk.

ImageSSD Life
SSDLife allows you to control how worn your SSDs are in an easy and convenient way, which means you can control how safely and securely your data is stored on them.

ImageEaseUS Disk Copy/Clone
EaseUS Disk Copy Home is a free disk/partition clone software for home users only. Regardless of your operating system, file system and partition scheme, through creating a bootable CD it can sector-by-sector copy your disk to assure you a 100% identical copy of the original one. It is a perfect free tool for Data Recovery Wizard to recover files from a backup disk.

Generic HDD/SSD utility software which works S.M.A.R.T. function to provides disk health information. .

ImageSeagate Tools
Official Seagate diagnostic tools

ImageWestern Digital - Data Life Guard
Western Digital data lifeguard HD diagnostic tool.

Anti-Virus, Malware and Security Utilities

ImageKeepersky Anti-virus
Resident and on-line virus protection and on-line scanner One of the best Anti-Virus programs around also provides a superb free online virus scanner.

ImageAvast Free anti-virus
Resident Virus Protection. My personal preference - Avast is one of the best anti-virus software around. Fast, free, reliable, simple and hardly any resources.

ImageAVG anti-virus - free edition
Resident Virus Protection Well recommended, free and simple to use anti-virus solution

ImageSpybot - Search & Destroy
Free Spyware protection and cleaning. Popular utility to help protect your PC against spyware and well as cleaning infections.

ImageAd-Aware Anti-Spyware
Award winning and widely used Anti spyware protection. Link is for the free home version.

ImageMicrosoft Security Essentials
Microsoft's own full anti-virus and malware solution package to protect against viruses, spyware, rootkits ,trojans etc.

ImageMicrosoft Security Scanner
One time "Brute force" Malware scanner for compromised systems.

All-in-One Malware/Spyware removal tool


ImageFutureMark - 3DMark and PC Mark
The ever popular PC bench-marking tool set from Futuremark

ImageUnigine Heaven
Heaven Benchmark is a GPU-intensive benchmark that hammers graphics cards to the limits. This powerful tool can be effectively used to determine the stability of a GPU under extremely stressful conditions, as well as check the cooling system's potential under maximum heat output. It provides completely unbiased results and generates true in-game rendering workloads across all platforms, such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

ImageUnigine Valley
Valley Benchmark is a new GPU stress-testing tool from the developers of the very popular and highly acclaimed Heaven Benchmark. The forest-covered valley surrounded by vast mountains amazes with its scale from a bird’s-eye view and is extremely detailed down to every leaf and flower petal. This non-synthetic benchmark powered by the state-of-the art UNIGINE Engine showcases a comprehensive set of cutting-edge graphics technologies with a dynamic environment and fully interactive modes available to the end user.

ImageCustom PC Benchmark
Open Source software to perform real world tests on the Windows platform.

ImagePassmark Benchmarks
Benchmarks comparison results for CPU, GPU, systems and even HDDs using PerformanceTest. Where does your CPU and video card rank?

ImageCINIBENCH from Maxon
CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. Includes OpenGL scoring.

ImageWindows Boot Timer
Accurately records the time it takes to get to end of of POST routine.

ImagePassmark BurnInTest
PassMark BurnInTest™ is a software tool that allows all the major sub-systems of a computer to be simultaneously stress tested for endurance, reliability and stability.

Static benchmark suite from Furmark.

Real time gaming benchmarks. Also useful for game video capture.


ImageDefault Router Passwords
Complete default router password database.

TCPView is a handy free utility to see what's currently connected to the internet and where it's trying to connect to.

tbbMeter is a bandwidth meter to help you monitor your Internet usage.

ImageGlasnost test
Glasnost test checks your ISP traffic monitoring and restrictions imposed by their fair usage policy, which are often transparent to their customers.

ImageICSI Netalyzr
Tests and debugs internet connection. Java plugin required.

ImageOutline Port scanner
This tool can scan a range or scan individual ports to determine if the device is listening on that port.

The windows alternative is Netstat which can be run from a command line.

Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

Quick CPU, RAM and system identification tool.

ImageHW Monitor
Monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed etc.

GPU-Z is a lightweight system utility designed to provide vital information about your video card and graphics processor.

ImageReal Temp
Real Temp is a temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors. Each core on these processors has a digital thermal sensor (DTS) that reports temperature data relative to TJMax which is the safe maximum operating core temperature for the CPU.

Preinstalled environment from a bootable disk, memtest86+ runs a series of tests over your RAM to verify its integrity. Very useful and a must have in the tool box.

Monitor CPU core temperatures using the "DTS" (Digital Thermal Sensor), which provides much higher accuracy and more relevant temperature reading than the standard thermal diode sensors do. A must when testing your Overclock!

HijackThis inspects your computers operating services to generate a log file of the current state of your computer. You can then use Process library to identify what they are.

ImageProcess library
This website helps identify which startup programs and services that can be disabled or removed if not required.

ImageBios Central
PC bleeping? Those codes means something's not right. Cross reference your POST bleeps with a meaningful description of the problem. You need to know your BIOS manufacturer. You can find this out from the top of the POST screen or the motherboards manual or website.

ImageBleeping Computer
Program database for windows. Useful to know which start up programs are harmful or unnecessary. Very useful

Useful utility to show and share system information.

ImageBarts PEBuilder
Bart's excellent Preinstalled Environment loads an XP system with recovery tools straight from the CD. It's a life saving tool to access your systems files and utilities without the need of your existing Windows.

ImageTrinity Rescue Kit
Trinity Rescue kit (TRK) is a live Linux environment that comes with various tools for system recovery but it's ace card is a utility called Winpass. Winpass erases and resets passwords for Administrator and user accounts so if you have forgotten your windows password.. Look no further.

ImageForm Factors
Lists the standards imposed to all form factors including Power Supply Units.

ImageBlue Screen Viewer
BlueScreenView scans all your minidump files created during 'blue screen of death' crashes, and displays the information that may help diagnose the problem from it's extensive database..

SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures. SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too.

ImageProcess Hacker
An alternative to the Windows Task Manager, Process hacker is a free, powerful, multi-purpose tool that helps you monitor system resources, debug software and detect malware.

ImageEvent ID
Enter the event ID from your event log, and a description of the problem should be displayed.

Media Players & Tools

ImageVLC media Player
VLC is a free open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

Open source music player that's light in the middle and easily customed to your liking

ImageMedia Monkey
Ideal music player for organising your music files.

Media player that's still going strong and ideal for streaming.

ImageK-Lite (Codec Pack)
The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your audio and movie files.

ImageImage Burn
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!

Encryption and Data Security

ImageAbsoluteShield File Shredder
Completely erase files from your disk, without the possibility of recovery by any practical software or hardware methods.

Overclocking tools

ImageMSI Afterburner
Popular Video card overclocking tool

ImageOCCT Combined CPU/GPU testing
ll-in-one CPU and GPU monitoring and torture test application. Shows line graphs for CPU and CPU clock frequencies, temperatures, voltages, including current rails etc..

Image processing

ImageGIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

ImageLuminance HDR
Luminance HDR is an open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging.

PC Gaming


Origin (powered by EA)

Good Old Games (GOG)

G2A Marketplace - cheap game codes

Missed anything? Broken link, let me know :)

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Re: *** Useful Links and Resources***

Post #2 by Hivizman » Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:35 pm

Darn fine post Huddy.

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Re: *** Useful Links and Resources***

Post #3 by huddy » Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:08 am

Speccy and Windows ISO collections added.

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Re: *** Useful Links and Resources***

Post #4 by huddy » Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:02 pm




Windows USB/DVD download tool..

both very useful.

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Re: *** Useful Links and Resources***

Post #5 by huddy » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:33 pm


Gone is BartsPE

Replaced with Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition - Been using this for a while nw.. Bloody quick.. Eash cash for customers forgetting passwords or unrecoverable HDD


Gandalf's WIn 8.1 and 10 PE.. Feature rich Live OS with the benefits of Windows..

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