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d o n a t i o n s
My hope is that everyone who reads this site saves some money and gets a more reliable computer from the advice on it.

If you feel this site is worthwhile a donation will help cover some of the expenses.

Email and Paypal information is available in the 'contact me' link above.
s o u r c e
I don't normally keep copies of programs on this site - instead there are links to the download pages of the copyright owners. This means you always download an up-to-date version of the program. While I don't have any use for continual updating (change = trouble) it seems reasonable to start a new install with an up-to-date version.

The exception to this rule is if I can't find the original author's site.
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w h a t ' sn e w
My most recent additions to nearlyFreeSoftware...

F r e ep r o g r a m s
maintenance and security
oHDD encryption
oFile encryption
oHDD SMART reading

P r o c e d u r e s
User Rights
A short discussion about the advantages of not running with administrator rights all the time.

Note: Strangely enough I've already found the Procedure section useful myself. Most of the procedures are things I don't do often and I tend to forget bits and pieces. Having this write-up as a reference has been handy on a couple of occasions.

O p e r a t i n gS y s t e m s
New sections on:
oWindows 8

Are now complete.

I doubled the size of this website without really thinking about it and then wondered why writing the 2014 update was taking so long. Oh well, I guess if I had a brain I'd be dangerous. Updates as and when.

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t h i n g st oc o m e
The best laid plans etc.

But nearlyFreeSoftware 2014 is up and running, which for long periods I thought it never would be. So here is what I'm planning next...

If you've got any suggestions do please let me know.

F r e ep r o g r a m s
This is a list of programs I'm currently looking at or looking for:

oFar Cry 4 (yes it is expensive)

oa more capable replacement for notepad

oa screen-grab program
oa vector graphics program similar to Corel
oan animation program to produce small moving graphics

oa program which avoids manual registry edits (testing)
osoft keyboard/mouse switch (testing)

operating systems
I'm looking at putting Android on a desktop computer.
more anon...

P r o c e d u r e s
I perhaps ought to make more obvious the 'fix your computer' procs.

Thinking about this - I'm open to suggestions.

W i n d o w s X P
Now retired for my part, though strangely enough I do have a computer which runs WindowsNT.

n e a r l y F r e e S o f t w a r ef o rW i n d o w s 7,8&A n d r o i d
Finished! - I'll now do updates ad hoc in this section.

V i s t a
I can't see this changing a lot. Most of the content of the Windows7 pages are also relevant to Vista.

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Last update: 13th July 2014
Site & Contents Copyright 2001-2014 Gerry Parnham BSc - All Rights Reserved

t h i sp a g e
what's new
things to come
u p d a t e s
I update this site on a regular basis, so what's here reflects my current kit.

If you find a broken link or a piece of freeware that no longer performs as I describe, please let me know. I'll sort it out. Mail me by clicking on the 'contact me' link at top left of this page.
p r o c e d u r e s
Microsoft have never had the faintest idea of how to design and explain a user interface, you only have to look at an Apple computer to see that.

I've always complained about how badly WindowsXP is set up when first installed and Windows7 is no better. The icons are jammed together, the taskbar is locked in place and too small to use properly. Though with Windows7 you can at least change the colour. This is caused by the fact that Microsoft is populated by engineers who designed Windows to be an engineers toy, then tried to make it easy to use by giving it big letters.

The best way to make XP easy to use is to run it on a large, high definition screen and then follow my setup instructions in the 'procedures' page of this website.
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