Windows software of the day [June 14, 2012]

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Software for June 14, 2012

Accounts Tuner

Windows provides control over user accounts, such as the ability to change profile pictures and passwords. If you’re looking to fine-tune things a little, however, Windows’ built-in settings aren’t of much use. You can’t unlock the built-in Administrator account, and you can’t make passwords expire. If you’re a security-conscious user, password expiration alone is worth looking for 3rd party tools.

Lucky for you, Accounts Tuner lets you tweak all of these things. It not only gives you statistics such as the age of your password and number of times you’ve logged in, it lets you lock and unlock accounts such as Administrator, as well as force your passwords to expire and change expiry time. It also lets you set various password restrictions: length, number of tries, timeout, etc.

Accounts Tuner is a nice little program for changing user accounts, especially password settings.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.00a

Supported OS: Windows NT4.0+

Download size: 300KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Accounts Tuner homepage

NTFSWalker

Want a program that lets you look at your file system in excruciating detail? NTFSWalker fits that bill perfectly. In its attempt to be complete, you may also get a little file recovery off the side of it, but that’s really just an added benefit.

NTFSWalker is a little hard to explain, but as the developer puts it:

NTFSWalker has its own drivers for reading NTFS partitions. It bypasses the Windows file system drivers and reads your disk hardware directly! It allows you to view every record in your file system’s MFT in excruciating detail. And I mean excruciating.

It also lets you browse and restore deleted files from NTFS volumes, which is quite nice for anyone who’s ever tried to restore files: this program spares none of the detail.

Although it’s a bit of an odd program, NTFSWalker lets you do a walkthough of your drive and recover deleted files.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v0.1.1.121

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 587KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/31

Portability: Entirely portable!

NTFSWalker homepage

Temp Taskbar for Windows 7

Does your computer tend to run hot? Want to know when you need to be wary of it shutting itself down? Don’t keep a fancy monitoring program open to such resources, just use Temp Taskbar for Windows 7, a free app that simply puts an indicator color behind the taskbar, as unobtrusive as can be.

Temp Taskbar is quite simple. The only settings are the warning and critical temperatures, as well as the colors that should be displayed. In my screenshot, the computer was at orange, which by default means that it is running somewhere between 60°C and 80°C. It’s quite a nice program, and is quite simple and handy.

Price: Free! 

Version discovered: v1.1.0.0

Supported OS: Windows 7

Download size: 11.1KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

Temp Taskbar for Windows 7 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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5 comments

  1. Zapped Sparky

    I hope that’s your laptop running between 60? and 80? and not your desktop :) As for temp monitoring I use core temp: http://alcpu.com/CoreTemp/ Can show the temp of each core as well as processor speed, all in your system tray. Could get a bit crowded if you have a processor with ten cores or something so you can set it to just show the highest core temperature :)

    CPU usage typically zero with a frequent jump to 0.7% (on my system) memory usage, I’m not sure, what do I need to look at for that? Is it memory (private bytes)/(commit size)/(working set)? Any help appreciated. And yes, it can show temps in fahrenheit :)

  2. Cindy

    NTFSWalker …. Thumbnail won’t enlarge.

    On Temp Taskbar: “which by default means that it is running somewhere between 60°C and 80°C.” Celsius?

    What about us here in the good ol’ USA? We need Fahrenheit…