Free Zentimo 1.0!

Missed out on the USB Safely Remove giveaway last year? Here is your chance to get it again… in a different form. Zentimo is the successor to the very popular USB Safely Remove, a program that allows users to manage external devices that connect to the computer via USB (external hard drives, USB/flash drives, etc.). Here are the features of Zentimo, as per the developer:

Typically Zentimo would run you $35 per license. However, for a limited time Crystal Rich Ltd (the developer of Zentimo) is running a promotion (starts December 1, 2010 and ends December 7, 2010) allowing everyone to get Zentimo for free! The promotion is of v1.0 of Zentimo and comes with no free upgrades or technical support; but you get to keep and use Zentimo (v1.0) for free for life if you take advantage of this promotion.

To get Zentimo (v1.0) for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v1.0

Free updates: No

Supported OS: Windows XP and higher

Download size: 2.8 MB

Giveaway time frame: Starts December 1, 2010 and ends December 7, 2010

Note: Unless specifically stated otherwise in this article, Zentimo has not been tested or reviewed by dotTech (aside from checking to make sure this promotion is valid). Please do not take this post as an endorsement/rejection or review of the program. This article is simply to inform about the availability of this program as a freebie.

  • After you have registered, check the inbox of the e-mail you registered with. There should be an e-mail from Zentimo (support@safelyremove.com) with the subject of Zentimo License Key (valids only for v. 1.0!)?. The e-mail contains your registration information:

  • Download and install Zentimo.
  • After installation run Zentimo. The first thing that will happen is you will be asked if you want Zentimo to automatically check for updates. Unless you plan on purchasing Zentimo (and thus getting updates), you should click No:

  • After that, right-click on Zentimo’s system tray icon and go to Help -> Enter License Key

…and register Zentimo using the registration details you received via e-mail:

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting Zentimo for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

Thanks Gibbster!

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  1. Janet

    @Rob (Down Under): @Rob (Down Under):

    Rob—Get Classic Shell. It offers you the old Start menu and the old Windows Explorer–either or both. I put them on my Windows 7 and felt much more at home. Best of all, it allows you to keep both Start Menus and set either as default! I set one to open by hovering and the second by a single click. But as I work out how to customize the Win7 START (beyond the minimal changes they offer you under Customize), I find myself using the Win 7 one more…!

  2. Rob (Down Under)

    @Janet: I don’t use Win 7 often, partly because MS changed things that did not need changing (EG New irritating Start Menu, and no longer allowing classic Start Menu)
    I have found another thing they changed, that partly relates to your question.
    In XP one could power down a USB device.
    In Vista and Win7 MS decided to keep the power going to the devices.
    There are a lot of people complaining about that here –
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itprohardware/thread/a323dc0c-1ec5-445e-9b94-3c53b8137a20
    And this is that link as a tiny URL –
    http://tinyurl.com/26ookmh

    I assume that this giveaway will power it down.

  3. Janetb

    ASHRAF:

    Hi! Any chance of getting yur input regarding my questions above? Since I don’t know how to tell what # comment it is, I reproduce them here:

    1. Does this add anything to Windows 7 “Safely Remove Hardware” icon?

    2. Is the only time one would use this be if you don’t know if the given item is in the middle of saving info? (Given that I think I know how to tell when my ext HD’s are saving, I wouldn’t need it for this.)

    3.What would be an example of a case where one would need to remove hardware while it is in the middle of saving info??

    Many thanks!

  4. Rob (Down Under)

    @Tortuga:
    I am in Australia, but was born in Scotland.
    My father loved Canada (Toronto), and worked there for years.
    In late 1949, we were meant to immigrate to Canada. I still have all the passport/visa things in my strongbox.
    Don’t know why it fell through.
    So we arrived in Australia in Jan 1950.
    The good news is – I will never freeze to death.
    Rob

  5. Tortuga

    Hi Ash

    Can you please look into your spam filter??
    Been on a roll & writing a lot of posts!!
    I wrote two other comments and they have been rejected :(
    You dont like me anymore?? *sigh*

    Ok Ok, they had a lot of links, so they were caught up in the fishing net … :D
    They are almost identical – Can you please «DELETE» the first one & unlock the «LAST ONE».

    Thank you.

    Well then, I’ll shut up know, b4 your filter goes berserk :*)

  6. Tortuga

    @Rob (Down Under): Hi there :D

    That was funny!
    But don’t you dare call me Surely!! ArkArkArk
    So sad he died last week. He was classical trained but could be soooo good being so silly!!!
    Did you know he was working on a movie? Dunno what’s going to happen with that …
    Btw, are you from Canada?

    ***********

    About the «Family» part … Has nothing todo w family per se, you are just being silly :*)
    Just means any computer in the same household.
    I bought it during a promo, so it was a bit more expensive but it was clearly stated the 2 words I look out for: «Lifetime» & «Family». So I grabed it.
    With PCs and laptops upgrading so fast, those that are hardware specific are a pain. I just bought Revo Pro (bc the free version is only for x32 – thinking of upgrading to W7 x64 soon) and their license is a pain in that regard!
    One has to write them to have a new code issued each time. Now that’s just a pain, IMHO!!

    Hope to see you around more
    Peace

  7. Tortuga

    @realrisk2: Hi

    Yes, I also have UnLocker installed. A great little app!!!
    But they do «NOT» do the same thing at all !!
    True, when even USB S.Remove cant eject it, UnLocker helps identify what process’ are being stubborn so you can take care of those.

    But mostly its a big help when Explorer gets its grip on some folder or app for «NO» darn reason (!!) and doesn’t let go even when everything is closed. UnLocker takes care of all that!

    Warning Some Firewalls &/or AVs throw a fit when you dwld/install UnLocker.
    But that’s a known problem – You can more about it.
    Just add it to the exception rules & all is good. And don’t forget to untick that pesky toolbar that comes with … Unless you want yet another toolbar …. ;)

    Dwld only from trusted source!!!!
    • Developer’s

    • Softpedia or CNet

    Ashraf has written a few times about it: A review and a comparison . Both freeware, but I prefer UnLocker.

    Hope this helps

  8. Tortuga

    @realrisk2: Hello

    Yes, I also have UnLocker installed. A great little app!!!
    But they do «NOT» do the same thing at all !!
    True, when even USB S.Remove cant eject it, UnLocker helps identify what process’ are being stuborn so you can take care of those.

    But mostly its a big help when Explorer gets its grip on some folder or app for «NO» darn reason and doesn’t let go even when everything is closed. UnLocker takes care of all that!

    Warning Some Firewalls &/or AVs throw a fit when you dwld/install UnLocker.
    But that’s a known problem – You can more about it.
    Just add it to the exception rules & all is good. And don’t forget to untick that pesky tollbar that comes with … Unless you want yet another tollbar …. ;)

    Dwld only from trusted source!!!!
    • Developper’s

    • Softpedia or CNet

    Ashraf has written a few times about it: A review and a compairison . Both freeware, but I prefer UnLocker.

    Hope this helps

  9. Rob (Down Under)

    @Tortuga: Hi,
    I bought mine in 2008 June 8
    I have had no trouble installing it in my replacement PCs as each old one dies.
    (They started off old, and that might be why they die)
    I found my email from them, sending me the License key.
    It makes no mention of Family etc, so I think back then, it was a license for life, on any of my PCs.
    And if I ever got a family, who knows what could happen ?
    (I was too poor to have a family)
    Regards,
    Rob

    PS I just noticed your latest post.
    I agree 100%
    If a program like this cost $30, and there was no free alternative. I would buy it.
    Surely, protecting your data, is the most important thing when using a PC ?
    (I know you told me not to call you Surely – Flying High)

  10. Tortuga

    @Janetb: Hi

    I’m still on XP SP2 x32, so dunno whats up w W7 features on that regard.
    But I’ve learned the hard way that yanking «any» hardware whilst data is still been written is a BIG NO-NO on any Win OS. (I have no experience w Macs or Linux, so cant say). But even if data is not been transfered at that moment, its not a good idea to just unplug.
    I think USB S.Remove & Zentimo do more than just “eject”.
    They manage the whole thing, like powering down the HDD completely so there are no moving parts, identifying content, etc, etc. Plus some nice additional features like managing HD letters, …

    Of course, most times nothing bad happens, so there are always ppl clamoring that they have been doing it for years and never had a problem …

    Well, but when it does and you lose all the data and/or the HD goes belly up, it is a disaster.
    So I say, why chance it?
    I suppose for more experienced users like Ashraf, that know what they are doing, its probably superfluous, but for the rest of us – it is a Big Help!!

    Regards

  11. Tortuga

    @Rob (Down Under): Hi
    1) You said you bought USB S.Remove, right?
    You should check, cause when I bought it, their License Agreement was for a «Family Lifetime License».
    So, you can upgrade & install in multiple PCs – Possibly only within the same LAN.

    => For those who got it through a promotion:
    • Prior to buying USB S.Remove I had gotten it in a few Promos, first for version 2.x then for 3.x and was able to get a few minor upgrades within the SAME version number.
    • But don’t forget to make a System Restore before, just in case they changed the license since

    2) They totally changed the License Agreement for Zentimo. Now there’s only Personal licenses, not Family «AND» there is NO Lifetime Licenses either.

    Hope it helps

  12. Tortuga

    Dear Ash :D

    Thanks for the Zentimo offer.
    It’s a very nice app as is USB Safely Remove.

    I bought a Family License, when it was still possible to get a Lifetime License w free upgrades.
    They have changed the License Agreement for Zentimo though.

    A pity this giveaway is for version 1.0 – the same as GOTD’s
    As Fred said, there was a lot of bug fixes & improvements since that version came out. Newer versions have that nicer tray icon ;)
    So for now I’ll stick w USB S.Remove.

    Peace

  13. Fred

    Is that the same version as on giveaway.com? I hope not. The giveaway.com license is only valid for 1.0. They fixed a lot of nasty bugs in the 1.1 betas which don´t work with the giveaway.com license. :-(

  14. Rob (Down Under)

    @moe-chan:
    Thanks for that.

    I am teetering on whether to try it.
    The author is indeed the author of USB Safely remove.
    He mentions that some people may prefer to stay with USB Safely remove, as it is simpler, and has less options.
    He goes on to say that he will continue to upgrade USB Safely remove.
    (Not sure if that applies to users who got it free)
    I just right clicked the systray icon of mine, and checked for updates. It said –
    The new version of USB Safely Remove is avaliable: 4.3.2
    Would you like to know what’s new in this version?
    When I said yes, it went on to say –
    We are happy to announce availability of the new version of ‘USB Safely Remove': 4.3. This version mainly consists of bug-fixes and some improvements in forced device stopping mechanism. Read further details below.
    (and it elaborates a bit more)
    My current version is 4.1.5, so I will give it a bash, now.
    Yup, it upgraded to 4.3.2, and I am still registered (has not gone into Trial mode).
    He is indeed improving it, as it now has a fancy (light blue) pop up rectangle balloon, showing you what is connected.

  15. Damien Starks

    Comodo AV cloud scanner goes crazy when I installed this. I am assuming that this is a false positive due to the fact that the program monitors certain processes(?)

    Anyone else experience this problem?

  16. Janetb

    1. Does this add anything to Windows 7 “Safely Remove Hardware” icon?

    2. Is the only time one would use this be if you don’t know if the given item is in the middle of saving info?

    3.What would be an example of a case where one would need to remove hardware while it is in the middle of saving info?

  17. Rob (Down Under)

    @Ashraf:
    I would run both at the same time, whilst judging if I was going to evolve to the new one.

    Do you know if it can be installed into multiple PCs ?

    PS Can you get the web page to default to having the checkbox ticked ?
    I would assume that the majority of us, when posting a question to a new web page, would be interested in knowing when someone replies.

    PPS Since I missed it on my first post, how do I get the flippin thing ticked now ?

  18. Rob (Down Under)

    I have not purchased many programs.
    I did not hesitate to purchase USB Safely Remove.

    Can they both run at the same time ?
    (I found the answer to that – YES)

    Can we install it on multiple PCs ?

    Which of those are you using Ashraf ?