Murphy's Law: How Do You Download?

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skyknight

i like to try it all, just to see if there's a better way to do things which makes keeping my pc working perfectly a pain... but once i find an app that does exactly what i want exactly how i want i won't bother. fortunately those are few and far between so the search continues.....

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TheGaffer

It doesn't appear to me that Deep Freeze is freeware.

 

I'll have to try SteadyState again. I think I had it on here once and uninstalled it. I could use a program that will keep my computer fresh after a new install.

 

Keep up the good work Murph! I really enjoy your freeware column and have found some useful programs in those reviews.

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TheGaffer

It doesn't appear to me that Deep Freeze is freeware.

 

I'll have to try SteadyState again. I think I had it on here once and uninstalled it. I could use a program that will keep my computer fresh after a new install.

 

Keep up the good work Murph! I really enjoy your freeware column and have found some useful programs in those reviews.

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cantonman

My first rule is to have a genuine need. And usually a repetitive need. I try to keep my pc free of unecessary programs that are just "cool." Also, if I already have a paid program or another previously-downloaded program that I'm used to that will do the job, I won't download another just to have a different way to accomplish the same thing.

Next, I like to try to find a freeware solution before looking to paid apps. I also prefer small, stand-alone programs that run without altering the registry or creating shortcuts everywhere and installing unwanted toolbars, etc.

You mentioned Download.com which is my second choice. My first search is on sourceforge.net. For Download, I like to sort results by "Editor's Rating" and if the "User Rating" is close, it's a good place to start.

Of course, no program is guaranteed to be what I need despite ratings or recommendations. I'm willing to try anything (safe) and don't mind uninstalling inadequate programs.

We all have our own preferences and way of working. I think a trial-and-error method is unavoidable when speaking of the sort of freeware/shareware solutions I believe you're targeting-despite however awesome a friend thinks a program is. Good pc "hygiene," if you will, makes installation and thorough uninstallation necessary despite the hassle. It's worth it to solve a problem economically and quickly.

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cantonman

My first rule is to have a genuine need. And usually a repetitive need. I try to keep my pc free of unecessary programs that are just "cool." Also, if I already have a paid program or another previously-downloaded program that I'm used to that will do the job, I won't download another just to have a different way to accomplish the same thing.

Next, I like to try to find a freeware solution before looking to paid apps. I also prefer small, stand-alone programs that run without altering the registry or creating shortcuts everywhere and installing unwanted toolbars, etc.

You mentioned Download.com which is my second choice. My first search is on sourceforge.net. For Download, I like to sort results by "Editor's Rating" and if the "User Rating" is close, it's a good place to start.

Of course, no program is guaranteed to be what I need despite ratings or recommendations. I'm willing to try anything (safe) and don't mind uninstalling inadequate programs.

We all have our own preferences and way of working. I think a trial-and-error method is unavoidable when speaking of the sort of freeware/shareware solutions I believe you're targeting-despite however awesome a friend thinks a program is. Good pc "hygiene," if you will, makes installation and thorough uninstallation necessary despite the hassle. It's worth it to solve a problem economically and quickly.

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Defiant

"Were it up to me, I’d find a way to automatically launch my desktop in its fresh-off-of-a-virgin-installation state every single day"

 

Look into Deep Freeze, it will do exactly what you want.  Get your computer to the way you want it then set it up.  From then on you can do whatever you want and fix it by just rebooting. 

http://www.faronics.com/en/Products/DeepFreeze/DeepFreezeCorporate.aspx

 

There is also Windows Steady State which is free:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=D077A52D-93E9-4B02-BD95-9D770CCDB431&displaylang=en

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aviaggio

I dunno Murph, sometimes I'm so damned happy just find an application for something I need AND be able to get it for free. Sometimes putting up with a crappy GUI and website is just part of doing business with freeware.

Also, I'd rather see a guy working on making his freeware program function better, not spending whatever free time he has designing a website or on a fancy GUI.

Just my 2 cents.

And seriously, what's up with the website today? Damned thing cut off most of my post and I haven't been able to get back in to fix it till now.

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