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Scott Hanselman, has a long list of utilities which is absolutely worth both reading and trying. Recently he asked for suggestions and while I was posting a few suggestions for his list, I though it is a good idea to share the list of tools I use with you. This list is much shorter and one might say more practical with no particular order. Here we go. MediaMonkey (free + premium features) Hands down, the best media player ever! Especially if you've got a large library of muslockhunter.comic. Believe me, I've tried all media players: Winamp, Foobar2000, Zune, iTunes, MediaPlayer, etc. This one does it all. Auto-Tagging, File Management, Skins, Global shortcuts, Party mode, anything. The screenshot you see is a skin I created in one day for this app. If enough people ask for it I’ll post...

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Microsoft has released a release preview of their web browser, Internet Explorer, for Windows 7. If you’re using Windows 7, you should get IE10 NOW. The Windows 8 users won’t need to do anything since the operating system is shipped with IE10 inside and the previous versions of Windows won’t support it. Important Note It doesn’t matter if you use it as your primary web browser, or not. The new browser is more secure and offer much more functionality. There are quite a lot of programs which use the IE’s engine at their core (via ActiveX) and will benefit from this. The layouts are rendered better and again, you will be more secure. I won’t get into it but there are a few reports which say it is the fastest and the most secure browser today. So do it today, do it now! Download and update...

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The problem: When you try to open some apps (especially the apps which are written by Microsoft) such as Travel, Mail, Calendar, etc. you will notice that as soon as you open the app, it closes (or rather goes away) and if you switch back to it again, nothing will show up. I know there are a lot of people with this problem and I was one of them. I think this problem is for people who are using the Windows 8 before its official launch. Solution: When I went to the store, I noticed that an update is listed for the app. I installed it, thinking it will solve the problem but it didn’t. In short, the only solution working for me is this: 1. Uninstall the app: Go to start screen, (right click on the app using the mouse or slide your finger up->down to select it) and click/tap Uninstall....

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If you have used Windows 8 and tried to run an app written in .Net 3.5 or older, surely you have encountered a dialog box asking you to Enable (download and install) .Net 3.5. Sadly the installers for .Net 3.5 won’t work on the new version of OS and the compatibility options won’t work either. But if you’re like me and you hate downloading the same thing over and over again, here’s a quick guide for you. Put your installation USB flash or DVD on the drive. For this tutorial I assume it is on F: drive. Run an elevated command prompt. (Go to Start Screen, type CMD, find Command Prompt and hit Control+Shift+Enter). Type these two commands and hit enter. [code] xcopy F:\sources\sxs\*.* c:\net35 /s Dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:c:\net35...

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Some time ago, I’ve blogged about How to use Proxifier for Windows 8 MetroStyle apps. The problem with that approach is that you should always have the Fiddler2 application running to be able to access the net. Initially I didn’t think this would be a problem but Fiddler2 seems to have many connection fails and it doesn’t close some connections when it needs to and the overall performance would drop significantly if you use it daily. For quite some time I forgot about MetroStyle (Modern) apps altogether and focused on desktop apps, until a few days ago I tried another method and since then I’m using Windows 8’s Mail/Calendar app as my main email client and I’m very satisfied. I’ll post my review soon but for now, let’s focus on how I used Proxifier. Instructions If you’re an advanced...