Windows software of the day [May 10, 2012]

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Software for May 10, 2012

Geek Uninstaller

You’ve definitely heard of Revo Uninstaller. It’s the ultimate uninstalling tool: it cleans up not only what the default uninstaller removes, but all the junk left over when the uninstaller finishes. Geek Uninstaller does the same thing: it removes remaining related registry entries and files/folders, except unlike Revo, it has a clean, efficient interface that’s easy to use.

After you uninstall a program, it’ll pop up a similar window to Revo’s, offering to remove remaining folders and files for you. It’s much quicker and easier to use than Revo’s, and for that it’s definitely got my recommendation.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.0.1

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 1.65MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable but requires Admin rights

Geek Uninstaller homepage

Windows Tweaker

Everyone loves tweaking their copy of Windows to exactly how they like it, but each tweaking tool is different. Some let you tweak this, others let you tweak that. Add Windows Tweaker to your arsenal of tweaking: it’s well-designed, offers tons of tweaks, and supports most versions of Windows available today.

Windows Tweaker lets you tweak many different things; it has System, Explorer, Display, Right-Click, Places, Tasks, Features, Logon, Restrictions, and Maintenance tweaks as well as some various utilities.

One of the coolest things about Windows Tweaker is that it lets you enable Auto Login without using any fancy programs to do it for you — and that’s what’s so great about Windows Tweaker: there’s so many different tweaks that you can’t help but find the one for you.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v4.0

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 2.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Windows Tweaker homepage

Metro Task Manager

There are certain parts of Windows 8 that are undeniably better than their Windows 7 counterparts. The new Task Manager is one of those: it’s built for speed, ease of use, and not overwhelming you with information. While it’d be hard to get an exact replica of that on Windows 7, it’s certainly possible to get something a little nicer than the current one, and one intrepid developer has done just that: he’s created a Task Manager that lets you see the status of tasks, end them, and restart Explorer.

If that’s not enough for you, you can hit More Details to be kicked into the full Task Manager, just like Windows 8’s. If you’re looking forward to various improvements like these, try Metro Task Manager now to see if it fits your bill.

Price: Free! 

Version discovered: v1.1.0.0

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 55.7KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Fully portable!

Metro Task Manager homepage

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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  • Janet

    Locutus:
    How is Geek Uninstaller “much quicker and easier to use than Revo”?

  • @naveed
    Who knows !

  • naveed

    @Jeanjean:

    The name could put off some people.

  • Just to report my experience : desinstall SonicPDF (…which, in parenthesis (?), did not want to install its printdriver on xp sp3!) with Geek Uninstaller & Revo.
    Geek has found nothing more (in record speed), Revo has yet found something in the registry (MUI cache) !

  • How come that Geek Uninstaller stayed in the shade of Revo so far?

  • kell

    Metro Task Manager = dumbed down – like everything else MS is doing.

  • Blue Yz

    Metro Task Manager was not only unstable for me — failing to keep a selection highlighted and crashing on clicking the end program button — it is woeful in its function (kind of like Win 8). All it does is present a list of running programs and lists whether they are responding. Not what I would call useful.

  • Blue Yz

    That little Geek is amazingly good. I tested it against my (formerly) current favs, Advanced Uninstaller Pro and Your Uninstaller, and it did as good/better in a fraction of the time.

  • windows tweaker trashed my systray icons (windows XP) and greyed out the option to customise the “notification area”

    In case it happens to anyone else – I used this tool to recover them:

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

    The only option I used in windows tweaker was to remove some entries from the right-click menu

    :-(

  • Dave Dillion

    On “Metro Task Manager”

    “You’ll need to install .NET Framework to use it.” ….. bummer, hate .NET!