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10 Tips for Windows 7 Power Users

  
  
  
  
  
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When a new OS comes out, many of us “ooh” and “ahh” over the enhancements for approximately two days before we settle into our old habits—using the same old functionality in the same old programs we’ve been using since approximately 1995. Unless someone shows us a new tool or trick that makes our lives significantly easier, only a fraction of us actually use the new OS capabilities in the way developers envisioned they’d be used.

Although Windows 7 is old news by now, there are still a number of add-ons and tools that can make your work life significantly easier. Read on for a few of them:

  • TeraCopy—We all know how annoying transferring large files can be, and the toll the process can take on our systems. TeraCopy checks the free space of the location to which you’re transferring the file, optimizes transfer time with asynchronous copying and even tests the file for errors. Basic version is free; for the Pro version, it’s $19.95.
  • Recuva—Ever delete a file by accident, or regret deleting one? Recuva can search for all types of files anywhere on your hard drive and restore them, even if they’ve been damaged. Basic version is free, Professional and Business editions are $24.95 and $34.95, respectively.
  • Process Explorer—If you’re a computer enthusiast who likes to understand the processes running on their computer, you’ll love Process Explorer. It shows detailed reports of CPU usage, process trees and the TCP/IP info for each process. Geektastic and free!

Want to discover more great Windows tools? Check out this slideshow from Computerworld.