Category Archives: Auxiliary & Enhance

[v2.5.2] StartIsBack – Call classic Start Menu back to Windows 8/8.1/10

StartIsBack (StartIsBack+, StartIsBack++, AKA: StartIsBack Plus, StartIsBack Plus Plus) is a series of auxiliary desktop enhancement software, specially designed for replacing the gaudy and notorious Metro UI of Window 8/8.1/10 with Windows XP/7’s classic and efficient start menu (has the most popular style and function) – which process can also be referred to as “Restore the classic start menu”. Continue reading [v2.5.2] StartIsBack – Call classic Start Menu back to Windows 8/8.1/10

[v5.0.0.2] Windows Firewall Control – Manage Windows Firewall in an easier way

Windows Firewall Control (WFC for short) is a practical tiny app that is equivalent to a GUI extension application of the built-in Windows Firewall. It enables users on Windows Vista or higher to set up firewall rules in a much simpler and more intuitive method.

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[v1.56] Start8 – Get classic start menu back for Windows 8/Server 2012

Since Windows 8, Microsoft has significantly upgraded Windows user interface. Unfortunately, it removed the classic start menu of Windows XP/7 that all Windows users are accustomed to use. This immediately caused great inconvenience to hundreds of millions of Windows users around the world. And this action taken by Microsoft also led directly to a serious consequence – Windows 8 failed to leave the users a good first impression, and resulted in the Windows 7 users’ rebound.
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[v6.0] HashTab – Fast, simple CRC32, MD5 and SHA-1 checking

If you don’t understand what is the hash value of a file, then, i don’t think you have to study this application, because maybe you do not need to use it or even know it at all.

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[v10.65] WindowBlinds – Most popolar Windows GUI beautifier

WindowBlinds is a Windows system interface beautifying/skinning software developed by Stardock Corporation. Compared with the common theme files (Visual Style), it provides a better and overall beautification function. It is currently the only 3rd party Windows beautifying tool got Microsoft’s permission, which can perfectly support all latest Windows builds.

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Classic Shell – Most perfect and classic Start Menu and Windows Explorer

Microsoft destroyed their classic start menu in Windows 8. Afterwards, they knew that is a mistake, so in the updated versions of Windows 10, they restored this convenient feature that every Windows user is familiar with and used to use (although they tried to hang in there to see whether it’s possible to force users to be used to use their new Metro Menu design in Windows 8 and the early versions of Windows 10), even if it is still not perfect enough (just switching between Metro and desktop). This case, we have to turn to third-party software for help.

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[v3.2.1] MysticThumbs – Genearte thumbnail and quickview for most popular file formats

As everyone knows, the thumbnail function for file content can bring a lot convenience and efficiency improvement to our daily work. For example, to quickly find the one you want from a stack of files. But we also know a fact that Windows does provide the thumbnail function for files except pictures by default, especially for the files generated by many industry software (such as: AI, PSD, DDS, SKP, SGI, PDF…). Fortunately, we are able to use some third-party applications to achieve this function.
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