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Launch Manager
Launch Manager
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(433 votes)
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Stop wasting time trying to find an aplication to launch, or endlessly struggling with your contact list. Launch Manager its a great way to create shortcuts which enable you to launch applications, find contacts or take a picture in a simple, fast and easy way. Its easy to set up, and simple to use.

RocketDock
RocketDock
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(604 votes)
Freeware

RocketDock 1.3 - simple application that installs itself by default on the middle of the upper part of our desktop. From this tray bar, it's possible to enter My PC, My Net places, My documents, My music, My images, the Control Panel, the Recycle WasteBasket, as well as the configuration itself and the developer web site (Punk SOftware).

HP Setup Manager
HP Setup Manager
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(9 votes)
Freeware
8GadgetPack
8GadgetPack
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(257 votes)
Freeware

8GadgetPack makes it possible to use gadgets on Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8. If you move your cursor above a gadget you can drag it around your desktop. It doesn't need to stay on the sidebar. There will also appear some buttons next to the gadget. Click on the X to close a gadget or on the wrench icon to access its options.

HP ProtectTools Security Manager
HP ProtectTools Security Manager
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(29 votes)
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HP ProtectTools Security Manager 2.0, this real time protection center takes care of unwanted access to your system as well handles innumerable tasks. This multi-functional tool is exclusively designed to configure your Notebook or Desktop for functioning more smartly.

System Explorer
System Explorer
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(57 votes)
Freeware

System Explorer is a powerful software tool that shows you detailed information about your system running processes, performance parameters, open connections, etc. Besides, the program can also analyze your system processes to detect suspicious behavior and hidden threats, thus, it keeps your system free of harmful viruses and rootkits.

LinuxLive USB Creator
LinuxLive USB Creator
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(17 votes)
Open source

LinuxLive USB Creator is a small, neat and handy application that helps you quickly and easily create bootable virtualized USB sticks running Linux. It has a built-in virtualization feature that lets you run your Linux within Windows, with no reboot needed.

Start Menu X
Start Menu X
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(73 votes)
Shareware

Start Menu X provides a fully customizable system menu for Windows users. You can customize the menu to your taste, change the structure and add tabs, group programs by purpose (office applications, graphics, etc.) without changing their location on the hard drive, assign a primary program to any folder and start it simply by clicking this folder, and more.

ObjectDock
ObjectDock
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(196 votes)
Shareware

ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch your favorite applications, files and shortcuts. ObjectDock can also automatically hide itself when not in use and will reappear when you move your mouse to its position.

Nexus
Nexus
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(81 votes)
Freeware

Nexus is a program designed to help you boost up your productivity while working on your computer. This application places a dock on your desktop that gives you immediate access to various Windows widgets (clock, weather, etc.), running tools, frequently used directories or utilities, and many others.

Game Launcher
Game Launcher
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(8 votes)
Freeware

Game Launcher is the perfect solution for organizing all of your PC games in one centralized location. Instead of having icons spread across your desktop or buried in your Start menu, you can access all of them in one easy to manage program. Game Launcher allows you to use life-size cover art images of your games to identify each one.

QuickSet
QuickSet
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(125 votes)
Freeware

Consumer QuickSet release for Windows x86/x64 on Inspiron/Studio/StudioXPS. You can control the on-board wireless devices using the wireless switch (OR) the Fn+F2 (OR) Fn2 hotkey depending on your system support. You can use MobilityCenter to configure the radios that the switch/hotkey would control.

QUICKfind
QUICKfind
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(32 votes)
Freeware

Quickfind is a software designed for fastest file and application access. You just type a word or phrase related to the file name or application name and Quickfind shows all the related files to that name or word. Just double click the desired file and Quickfind will launch it immediately. Quickfind also enables the user to open web addresses added to the favorites .

Launchy
Launchy
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(63 votes)
Freeware

Launchy is a free cross-platform utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks in a easy way.

X-Mouse Button Control
X-Mouse Button Control
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(68 votes)
Freeware

X-Mouse Button Control lets you customize mouse buttons with application specific behaviors. In games which do not natively support extended mouse buttons, you can map keys to each button. You can change the behaviour of the mouse over certain windows, e.g. make a mouse wheel change its volume when you hover over the system tray.

Quick Starter
Quick Starter
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(7 votes)
Shareware

Quick Starter is an application launcher and manager. It allows you to configure a list of applications that you use regularly and launch them all from a central location. When you add an application, you can assign it a hotkey. When Quick Starter is running and you press a predefined hotkey, said application will be launched.

Bamboo Dock
Bamboo Dock
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(18 votes)
Freeware

Bamboo Dock is a software application developed by Wacom Europe GmbH, Europark Fichtenhain A9, 47807 Krefeld, Germany (hereinafter "Wacom") for the free use of owners of Wacom products. Bamboo Dock facilitates the simple selection, downloading, installation, access and use of and to Bamboo Minis.

Start Menu Reviver
Start Menu Reviver
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(10 votes)
Freeware

Start Menu Reviver is a Start menu updater that ties to combine the simplicity and availability of classical Windows Start menus with the design choices of new Microsoft operating systems. The application allows for more personalization by user choice providing free access to launch pad. You can manipulate tiles, Windows tasks, websites, documents, music files, video files, etc.

Smart Switch
Smart Switch
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(2 votes)
Freeware

Smart Switch is a free program that docks your start-up options on your task bar. The program also allows you to access all your power options right from the desktop. You can choose your default Home Screen, whether it be the Windows 8 UI mode or Desktop mode and the shutdown (Fastboot mode) reboots your system much faster.

TaskSwitchXP
TaskSwitchXP
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(118 votes)
Freeware

TaskSwitchXP 2.0.11 is an advanced task switcher for Windows XP or 2003 ONLY. It has basically the same functions that the Alt-Tab keystrokes have in Windows, with some additional features. You can customize the appearence of the program for each user, with different colors and fonts.

Acer ePresentation Management
Acer ePresentation Management
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(68 votes)
Freeware

Acer ePresentation Management is a useful utility which allows switching display between Notebook LCD Only and Notebook LCD + External Display. The two projection resolution options available are Projection : XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) or Projection: Normal (800 x 600 pixels). After clicking the option button, this utility will enable notebook LCD and external display to specified resolution.

ObjectDock Plus
ObjectDock Plus
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(39 votes)
Shareware

Tabbed docks help keep your weblinks and shortcuts organized. Tuck them away on an edge, setup hotkeys, or leave them in your taskbar. It’s easy to customize for your applications. The best feature of the Windows 7 superbar, now available on all versions of Windows with ObjectDock. Hover over compatible running applications to preview that program’s windows and easily switch between them.

CodeStuff Starter
CodeStuff Starter
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(50 votes)
Freeware

CodeStuff Starter is a startup manager for Windows. This program allows you to view and manage all the programs and processes that start automatically with every operating system start up. This program displays the entries of everything that starts, divided in thre categories: Startup Folders, Registry and INI Files.

AnVir Task Manager Free
AnVir Task Manager Free
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(43 votes)
Freeware

AnVir Task Manager Free lets you control and manage all the processes, services, and startup programs on computer. It gives security risk rating for all the programs based on behavior, code analysis, and integrated database. It lets you find whether an application can be a potential virus, spyware, malware, or Trojan.

Startup Delayer
Startup Delayer
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(35 votes)
Freeware

Startup Delayer gives you the power to optimize your Startup Process by delaying applications from starting up as soon as you log into your computer. By delaying the applications during start up, your computer becomes usable a lot faster. Startup Delayer will then start launching your delayed applications when your computer is more idle.