See What Applications Need an Update with CNET’s TechTracker

Here’s a handy little app that I just stumbled across thanks to MakeUseOf: CNET’s TechTracker. If you use a lot of desktop applications, you may have trouble keeping up with which programs are in need of an update. Not only do updates deliver critical bug fixes and security patches, they often deliver great new features and improvements, too. But keeping up with tons of apps – especially if they’re shareware or freeware programs – can be difficult. That’s where TechTracker comes in.

The application will automatically scan your computer for all installed software and determine whether or not it’s up-to-date. When it’s finished scanning, you can view the program updates you need and easily access the download link for the new version. Of course, this link directs you over to CNET’s own online repository of applications, but that’s fine with me – the executables there are just as good as any.

TechTracker also features an alerts option which is off by default, but can be turned on to alert you when a software program has a new version available.

The TechTracker program is a free download from CNET and can be accessed from here.

RSAT for Windows 7 RTM is available for download

The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7 RTM have been released to These include the Hyper-V tools for remote management of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

Once you install the update, you can enable one or more of the following tools from the Control Panel under Programs, Turn Windows features on or off.

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ScriptCryptor Compiler & Quick Batch File Compiler

ScriptCryptor lets you quickly produce standalone, royalty free applications from your VBS or JS files. VBScript or JScript files will be converted into EXE files, the source of your scripts will be encrypted with Blowfish algorithm. Once converted, they cannot be modified or viewed by other users.

ScriptCryptor Compiler also lets you set various resources in the .EXE file, such as its description, the company name, version information and even the application icon. In additional, you may include any files to compiled exe file and use it during execution.

vbs to exe

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Quick Batch File Compiler convert your batch files into actual program (.EXE format) in one click. This program may be run on Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista without any limitations. An .EXE file is much harder to casually reverse-engineer, so this could be a way to conceal a particular batch file’s operations from an end user. Content of your batch file will be encrypted and protected from changes.

Quick Batch File Compiler also lets you set various resources in the .EXE file, such as its description, the company name, version information and even the application icon. In additional, you may include any files to compiled exe file and use it during execution.

cd ripper

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Sysinternals Suite update

Autoruns v9.4:
This Autoruns update shows manual start Windows services, fixes a bug that affected the display of autostart locations that could include multiple startup registrations, and fixes a bug in the Jump To functionality on 64-bit Windows.

BgInfo v4.15:
Bginfo now supports access to 64-bit registry keys in custom fields, fixes a bug with oversized wallpaper on multiple monitor configurations, and sets its default output directory to %TEMP%.

ZoomIt v3.03:
Fixes a GDI handle leak that could cause Zoomit’s drawing functionality to eventually stop working.

Process Monitor 2.02 screenshot (481 pix)

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Input Director controls multiple Windows systems using one keyboard/mouse attached

Input Director is a Windows application that lets you control multiple Windows systems using the keyboard/mouse attached to one computer. It is designed for folks who have two (or more) computers set up at home and find themselves regularly sliding from one system to the other (and wearing out the carpet in the process!). With Input Director, you can share a single keyboard/mouse across a set of systems. You switch which system receives the input either by hotkey or by moving the cursor so that it transitions from one screen to the other (in a very similar fashion to a multi-monitor setup). The idea being that you can position the monitors from two or more systems in a row and use a shared keyboard/mouse to control all of them.

Input Director also supports a “shared” clipboard, in which you can copy data onto the clipboard on one system, transition across to another and paste.

Input Director requires Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4), Windows XP (Service Pack 2), Windows 2003 or Windows Vista. The systems must be networked.

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Utility Spotlight RichCopy

Back in the November 2006 issue of TechNet Magazine, I wrote about a handy little utility called Robocopy GUI (see “Utility Spotlight Robocopy GUI“). This simple tool was written by a Microsoft engineer named Derk Benisch, and all it really did was create a graphical interface for the very popular Robocopy command-line utility, which provided file copying capabilities far beyond what was built into Windows. Believe it or not, more than two years later, the Robocopy GUI article remains the single most popular piece of content we’ve ever published, having been viewed well over 220,000 times.

Needless to say, this speaks far more to the value of the tool than to the quality of my writing. Nevertheless, it also makes perfectly clear just how crucial certain simple tasks are in our day-to-day lives, and how staggering an impact even a small improvement in performing those critical tasks can make.

In this case, we’re discussing the simplest of tasks: copying files. Except copying files is not always that simple. What if you’re copying thousands of files across a slow connection? What happens if your network hiccups and interrupts the copy? What if you want to make sure that you preserve particular file attributes, such as a Last Modified date, but not other attributes, like security descriptors? What if you want to filter the files you’re copying from source to destination based on filename or extension?

If any of these apply to you, the simple Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V combination probably won’t cut it. And though Robocopy GUI certainly improves on that basic functionality, it still has some limitations in terms of granular control and usability. What you need is RichCopy.

RichCopy is a free utility that comes to us from Ken Tamaru of Microsoft. The tool was first developed in 2001 and has been updated regularly to keep pace with evolving needs. Trust me when I tell you, this is the answer to all your file copying needs. What you’ll find most striking the first time you take RichCopy out for a spin is that it’s a multithreaded copying tool. That means that rather than copying one file at a time in serial order, RichCopy can open multiple threads simultaneously, allowing many files to be copied in parallel and cutting the total time required to complete the operation several times over. You can also pause and resume file copy operations, so if you lose network connectivity at any point, you can just pick up where you left off.

Of course, these are really just the simplest features of RichCopy. As Figure 1 shows, you also get a vast array of granular controls that allow you to customize all of those fancy aspects of your file copying that I talked about earlier—filtering files, saving attributes, adjusting cache size, and so on. If you regularly copy lots of files over the network or between various storage devices, these features will significantly ease your daily life.

Figure 1 RichCopy offers a number of granular controls that allow you to tailor file copying to your needs 

Remember, as with all of our free utilities, RichCopy is provided as-is, and it’s not supported by Microsoft.

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PowerGUI 1.7

The key new scenario which we wanted to support was creating custom PowerGUI-based consoles : branding them, locking them down, distributing to administrators (e.g. helpdesk), and then having automatically updated whenever you make changes to the central configuration.

The main pieces of this scenario were:

1.  Lockdown mode: this allows you to disable and/or hide any functionality in the PowerGUI admin console. Simply open the file quest.powergui.Lockdown.xml in PowerGUI profile folder (%appdata%\Quest Software\PowerGUI ). You can just replace all true with false (in that case users won’t even be able to click an action or change order of columns), or be more granular.

2.  Central configuration update: Redirections.xml from PowerGUI profile folder lets you make PowerGUI pull its configuration and/or lockdown information from another location (e.g. file share). PowerGUI also checks for the configuration version, which lets you force the UI update whenever you change anything in your custom console.

3.  Ability to change the welcome page to something more meaningful for your organization.

And then there are multiple smaller changes:

4.  Multiline comments for PowerShell v2 (<# #> ).

5.  Icons in the grid and dynamic nodes.

6.  Multiple bugfixes based on reports we got from our community forum s. We’ll hopefully follow-up on all of them next week.
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Microsoft Internet Explorer Collection

Internet Explorer 7

Internet Explorer Collection is released.

Internet Explorer Collection contains multiple IE versions, which are standalone so they can be used at the same time.

Internet Explorer Collection can now also be used in new Windows versions like Windows 7 and is compatible with the latest updates and Service Packs too.

Conditional Comments work exactly the same as in the native versions. The original version number is shown in the User Agent string. The version number can be found in the window title too.

Because Internet Explorer Collection is populair amongst web developers, it also includes the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar. This Explorer Bar provides a variety of tools which make troubleshooting websites easier. The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar is compatible with Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher when using Windows 2000 or higher.

Internet Explorer Collection contains the following versions of IE:
– Internet Explorer 1.0 (4.40.308)
– Internet Explorer 1.5 (
– Internet Explorer 2.01 (2.01.046)
– Internet Explorer 3.0 (3.0.1152)
– Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.72.3110.0)
– Internet Explorer 5.01 (5.00.3314.2100)
– Internet Explorer 5.5 (5.51.4807.2300)
– Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2800.1106)
– Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2900.2180)
– Internet Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5730.13)
– Internet Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18372)

More information:

Download: Internet Explorer Collection (54.5 MB, 57.154.852 bytes)
MD5 Hash: 968b2c1752abea2bc18f245172f3990b