Windows software of the day [April 20, 2012]

Today’s Software

  • Classic Shell: get that Classic Start menu and Explorer back in Windows 7 and Vista
  • Notepad2: a nice lightweight Notepad replacement
  • GetSetter: manage your photos’ EXIF data

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Software for April 20, 2012

Classic Shell

Many people hated when Microsoft got rid of the classic start menu in Windows 7. If you were one of those people, you’re going to love Classic Shell. Not only does it restore the classic start menu, it also adds Windows XP buttons and functionality to Windows Explorer.

Classic Shell also includes lots of themes, so it can fit right in to a Classic theme or even your slick, modern Aero theme. It’s a nice little piece of software for anyone who wants their classic start menu and Windows Explorer back.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.5.0

Supported OS: Windows Vista/7/8

Download size: 8.14MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Classic Shell homepage


Like Windows’ built-in Notepad but find it a little lacking in features? Notepad2 is like Windows’ built-in Notepad, but it’s a lot more powerful and has many more features. For instance, it supports line numbers, <a>HTML tags</a>, etc.

It also supports syntax highlighting for lots of programming languages, auto-indentation, and lots more stuff. However, it stays true to its main goal of being fast and efficient and is quick to load and use.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v4.2.25

Supported OS: Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7

Download size: 292-371KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 32-bit: portable 0/41 | installer 0/43; 64-bit: portable 0/35 | installer 0/43

Notepad2 homepage

Thanks JohnnyG!


Have lots of pictures with geotags? Lucky. You’d probably like to see these images neatly laid out on a map, but not much software lets you do that. GeoSetter, however, does. Just select your photos and you’ll see them appear on the map on the right.

It also doesn’t matter what format your photos are in. GeoSetter supports all the standard file formats as well as some more specialty formats like RAW data from Nikon, Canon, Leica, Panasonic, Fujifilm, etc.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.1.5

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7

Download size: 19-20MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: Portable 0/42 | Installer 0/43

GeoSetter 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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