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Windows Phone 7 Series Icon Pack

Posted by Stu On April - 2 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

The Windows Phone Developer Blog have kindly released the Windows Phone 7 Series Icon Pack to download.

We’ve just release a package of application bar icons for developers building apps/games for Windows Phone 7 Series. This package contains a set of 64 app bar icons that you can use when developing applications for Windows Phone. In addition to the 64 icons in PNG format (32 dark and 32 light), this package also contains vector versions that can be easily imported into Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Beta when using the Microsoft Expression Blend Add-in Preview for Windows Phone.

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ZeuApp – Program Dashboard

Posted by Stu On April - 1 - 20103 COMMENTS
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PROS: A simple to use application dashboard with 82 freeware and open source applications for you to download. Click to go directly to the website or click to download… simple!
It’s frequently updated too, giving you the latest versions to your favourite software.

CONS: Missing some big names from the list and errr……

VERDICT: A great application for people setting up a new install, equally as great for finding new applications.
Categories include; Archivers, Audio, Video, Chat – IM, Internet, CD Burners, P2P – File Sharing, Games, Graphics, Office, Security and Utility.

PRICE: Free.


DOWNLOAD: ZeuApp – Program Chooser

(Please note that at time of writing the version reviewed was 1.3.  Version 1.4 has now been released bringing many more applications to choose from.)

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www.mintywhite.com is giving away 3 licences of Start Menu Pro 7.
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Entry to the competition is now open.

To enter, simply register and head over to this thread and post a reply showing;

A)  A screenshot of your Windows Desktop,

B)  A description of your customisations.

That’s it!!

You will then be entered into a public vote held here on Windows Guides.

Deadline for the screenshots is 11:59PM (UTC) Sunday 4th April 2010.

The public vote will close 11:59PM (UTC) Sunday 11th April 2010.

The winner will be announced here shortly afterwards.

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PROS: A simple to use Start Menu alternative. A small choice of Skins. Low resource usage. Better function & flexibility of Power Options such as a timer. Text magnifier. The ability to move the Start Menu to any location on screen and resize to your liking. Easy to remember keyboard shortcuts and easy additions to the sidebar also make this very handy.  x64 support.

CONS: Slightly buggy Aero Skin. Reboot required after uninstallation (even though the dev blurb states no changes are made to the system). Start Menu sometimes displays unknown items. No major updates from Vista Start Menu (same dev). Search results erratic and slow.

VERDICT: A decent alternative to the native Windows Start Menu, though don’t expect much Windows 7 integration or frequent updates. The ability to move and resize the menu to your liking will make many users happy. A Pro version is available that brings additional features.

The developer Dennis Nazarenko has kindly donated 3 Pro licences to our community.

The competition is now live in the forums, head over for a chance to win a copy of Start Menu 7 Pro.

PRICE: Free.


DOWNLOAD: Start Menu 7 (Freeware)

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Windows Live Wave 4 is hitting the streets soon and it looks to be a significant improvement over the
Wave4Start Menu1 Windows Live Wave 4 Beta Screenshots & Brief Overview previous version.

The new(ish) “ribbon interface” makes life much easier, heightens productivity and gives the UI a general, cleaner and logical feel while not being too intrusive or overbearing (OneNote is a culprit of this).  And the Windows Phone 7 Series look and feel popping up in some places is also a refreshing change too.

This is just going to be a quick overview of the new Beta as I’m sure many things will change between now and the final release.  When the suite has been a little more finalized I’m sure we’ll go into more detail of the applications then.


Lets start the screenshots with the installation.  The installation wizard is much cleaner and nicer looking that it’s predecessor.

We have a couple of new additions to the installation in Wave 4.  Notably; Companion and Bing Bar.  We’ll talk more about those later . Read the rest of this entry »

When Did You Last Install Windows?

Posted by Stu On March - 27 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

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How often do you like to install your Windows Operating System.

I like to reinstall twice a year (more so when I break it!).  To me, it keeps the system running nice and weeds out any imperfections.

Many people have never reinstalled and will undoubtedly run like molasses.  Others like to reinstall every few weeks.

What’s your preference?

Download this vbs script to show you when you last reinstalled Windows. (Works for XP, Vista & 7)

Head over to the forums and let us know how, why, and when you reinstall Windows.

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