CleanMyPCFrom the makers of the amazingly powerful CleanMyMac comes CleanMyPC! Now not only can you keep your OS X running in much like a ‘fresh install’ state – but you can also declutter your Microsoft Windows installation too.

MacPaw are an independent software development company with offices in the United States and Ukraine

CleanMyPC Description:

CleanMyPC is an application designed for Windows 7 and 8 with one goal in mind, that is to keep your PC running as good as new. PC’s get clogged up with temporary files and application install remnants which surge no purpose and simply slow your machine down. Although some of the tasks the application completes automatically could technically be done manually, CleanMyPC takes the admin burden out of the tasks. What’s more it’s capable of doing all the tasks at the same time, with little to no user interaction at all.

This is perfect if you’ve more important things to focus on.

MacPaw are constantly improving their software, and updates to the CleanMyPC app come thick and fast, meaning the software you are using is always up to date, and aware of installed applications and critical systems files. This means CleanMyPC is the safest way possible to remove system files, without the risk of damaging your operating system install.

CleanMyPC Screenshots:

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CleanMyPC Features:

  • My Computer Cleanup - Capable of clearing down Caches & Logs, Trash and Junk files, including system restore data and windows error reports.
  • Registry Maintenance - The registry is a pretty unruly place, especially if you are constantly installing and uninstalling software. There are many applications on the market which claim to clear down the registry. However, none seem as thorough as CleanMyPC.
  • Complete Application Uninstaller - Some application uninstallation executables are poorly designed, and often leave hidden system files, folders and registry entries behind. You can avoid that by using CleanMyPC to remove the application for you.
  • Gadgets and Extensions Manager - Applications to add functionality to things like Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer generally do so via extensions, this is a pain-free way of managing and removing old and unused extensions. Doing so can often speed up the application.
  • Autorun manager - Some applications automatically insert themselves in Windows startup locations, sometimes this is useful, sometimes all this achieves is a longer boot time for your Windows device. This section of CleanMyPC helps remove the no longer needed or value added auto run entries.
  • Privacy Guard - Privacy is of grave concern, so protecting your privacy is paramount. Applications such as Internet Explorer collect cookies from sites you visit. The built-in Privacy Guard helps clean down cookies and other files containing identifiable information. 
  • Secure Erase - A normal file delete leaves remnants of the old file behind, thus making it possible to actually recover the file. Which can both be handy and a potential security issue. Should you have a file you know you want to securely delete, you can use the built-in facility to not only delete but make sure recovery is impossible.

Download:

You can grab a trial version of CleanMyPC absolutely free of charge from MacPaw’s website, once you’ve downloaded the trial and seen just how powerful it is, you can purchase a copy for just £29.95 which is at least £40 cheaper then professional IT services would charge to do the same thing!

Rating:

CleanMyPC gets the full 5 star rating for me, I’ve been a big fan of MacPaw’s CleanMyMac since day of release.. The ability to keep my windows VM’s clean in the same way is perfect!
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In a recent tweet Mark Russinovich has confirmed Microsoft are working on bringing a “start menu” to the Windows blue screen of death (BSOD)

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It’s not yet clear as to when this will be released to end users.. But it’s certainly going to be a game changer, and will make diagnosing BSOD issues a whole load easier!

Well done Microsoft – a true step in the right direction..



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Today I have mostly been fighting with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and our Office 365 setup, as we are still in the early stages of deployment we have not yet implemented our ADFS servers. Which means we have are experiencing some pretty frustrating issues with Office and authentication.

One machine in particular decided to really test my patience and blankly refused to authenticate, presenting the user with a constant reoccurrence of the “Welcome back to Outlook.Office365″ login box.

As it happened the machine had seemed to avoid the installation of several service packs, including Office 2007 Service Pack 3, and also what turned out to be some pretty important KB hot fixes. Leaving me scratching my head for what seemed like a lifetime… That was until today! When I finally managed to find the relevant KB hot fixes and install them manually..

OFFICE VERSION NOTES
Latest version of Office System requirements for Office 2013 and Office 365 ProPlus
Office 2010 with Service Pack 1 Automatic updates:

  • Customers who sign up for Office 365 after February 27, 2013, must apply all automatic updates that were released before December 2012.
  • Customers who signed up for Office 365 before February 27, 2013, must complete the following:
    • By July 1, 2013, apply KB2553248.
    • By April 8, 2014, apply all automatic updates for Office 2010 that were released prior to December 2012.
Office 2007 with Service Pack 3 Automatic updates:

  • Customers who sign up for Office 365 after February 27, 2013, must apply all automatic updates that were released before December 2012.
  • Customers who signed up for Office 365 before February 27, 2013, must complete the following:
    • By October 1, 2013, apply KB2596598.
    • By April 8, 2014, apply all automatic updates for Office 2010 that were released before December 2012.
Office 2003 only through POP and IMAP For more information, see Office 365 will now support POP and IMAP connections to Outlook 2003.
Office for Mac 2011 with Service Pack 3 Mac OS X 10.6 or later is required.
Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Support ends April 9, 2013.

The journey to 365 has been a long and winding one… This particular highlights the importance of ensuring all machines connecting to 365 are bang up to date with Windows and Office updates and service packs… Lesson learnt.



So.. You’ve got your shiny new Mac! You’re finally a Mac convert.. You no longer need your old slow Windows machine? Or is that not the case….?

Despite what we do sometimes there is truly no escaping the clutch of Microsoft’s ‘monopoly’. Many applications are yet to be ported over to OS X, and even more games besides. But wait.. When you find that one app that requires Windows, you do have to dump your mac, you don’t even have to bootcamp.. All you need to do is bag yourself a copy of Parallels Desktop 7 and you’ll be reunited with your windows applications in no time at all.

What’s more, if you buy your copy of Parallels Desktop 7 before the 19th of August you’ll save yourself 25%! You have to admit its a pretty good deal..

So what is Parallels Desktop?

Parallels Desktop for Mac is the most tested, trusted and talked-about solution for running Windows applications on your Mac.

Unlike other applications on the market, Parallels Desktop boasts the fastest ever start, stop and resume for it’s virtualised machines. It’s also fully compatible with Mountain Lion. So is the perfect addition to your new Mac purchase!

You can download your copy with 25% off until the 19th using this link alternatively check out Parallels press release for more information by clicking the link below.

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TermiatorUsing this very simple straight foreword vbscript, you can cycle through all currently running processes and kill the one you name below.

This can be handy if you have an application/instance which has become non responsive, such as IE when loading flash based pages maybe…

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\" & strComputer & "rootcimv2")

Set colProcessList = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from Win32_Process Where Name = 'iexplore.exe'")
	resp = msgbox("All internet explorer windows must be closed in order to continue" & vbCrLf & "Click Yes to close them now or No to cancel", vbYesNo)
	
For Each objProcess in colProcessList
If resp = vbNo Then
		'Nothing To do
	Else
		objProcess.Terminate()
	End If
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