The Windows 7 Aero desktop theme can cost you quite a lot of performance, which is why you might consider disabling it. To do so, open the Control Panel and select Appearance and Personalization:
Next go to Change the theme and scroll down to Windows Classic:
To convert your VBScript to an .exe file, or rather make them look like one, there is a native Windows tool called IExpress which you can access through your menu's searchbar.
Select Create new Self Extraction Directive file and choose Extract files and run an installation command afterwards. Enter a package title and decide whether you want the user to be prompted or not and if you want a licence to be shown. Now browse the executables you want to wrap and select the files for installation in the next window. If they are not displayed in the dropdown menu then type their name in again manually.
If you want multiple scripts to be installed, enter cmd /c script1.vbs && script2.vbs for example. After some more configuration the executable will be placed in the directory you specified in one of the last steps.
To permanently delete files instead of just throwing them into the waste-bin with Del, select them and press Shift and Del simultaneously. Confirm the appearing dialogue and you'll have made sure that your trash does not overflow with forgotten data:
With the rename function of Windows that is called with F2 you can rename great amounts of files simultaneously. This is done by selecting all files at once and pressing F2. You are then asked to rename one of the files, but the input will apply to all selected files - to distinguish between the equally named files, an ascending number will be appended to the file name in parentheses:
To boot your Windows machine faster, it is possible to disable the graphical user interface used during system start-up (the Windows logo loading screen). To accomplish that, hit Windows key + R on your desktop to call a Run prompt and enter msconfig. On the appearing window, go to the Boot tab and activate the No GUI boot checkbox. Hit Apply and/or OK and reboot the machine afterwards for the changes to take effect.
Facebook has become a popular way for communication, but is still quite unhandy because it requires a full browser window to be properly visible. To circumvent this problem you can install Facebook Explorer into your Windows 7 Sidebar and let the new messages be indicated right on your desktop:
You can download Facebook Explorer here: http://buildagadget.com/wsg-fb-explorer/
Facebook Explorer grants you access to all major and frequently used functions of facebook like messaging,notifications, liking and commenting.
Since there are many people out there who frequently use twitter to stay up to date on news or in touch with people, a lot of gadgets have come up to speed up the use of twitter by sticking it to the desktop. One of those is Sidechirp, which adopts many functions of the actual twitter homepage, like viewing tweets and your personal messages, posting new tweets and following trends:
Download Sidechirp here: http://buildagadget.com/wsg-sidechirp/
System Control is the right gadget if you are looking for functionality on low space use - it combines buttons for the regular system commands such as shutdown and restart, but also task manager, command-prompt, control panel, screen saver, run and additionally lets you set a timer to execute the available commands at a certain time:
Furthermore, System Control appeals with its high level of customisation. Download on http://buildagadget.com/wsg-system-control/.
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is used for encryption and decryption, processing of S/MIME signed or encrypted mails, generation of certificates and more. To use it on Windows (32 and 64 bit versions), download the OpenSSL tools from code.google.com/p/openssl-for-windows/downloads/list.
Uncompress it anywhere you like and start it by double-clicking the openssl.exe executable in the \bin folder.
If you create files with OpenSSL, they will appear in the \bin directory by default.
To create a self-signed SSL certificate, you first need a key. Create it like this:
genrsa -des3 -out server.key 4096
Type in your desired key (password) and confirm it. Next, you need a certificate request. Create it as follows and give the path to the config file in the -config option (it should be in the directory where you unpacked the files to):
req -config C:\path\to\openssl.cnf -new -key server.key -out server.csr
Next, sign the certificate request:
x509 -req -days 365 -in server.csr -signkey server.key -out server.crt
The -days option specifies how long the certificate will be valid - mine will be for one year. Now you have a signed certificate.
However if you want to use it with programs as Thunderbird or similar, you will need the certificate to be in the .p12 format. To accomplish this, enter following:
pkcs12 -export -in server.crt -inkey server.key -name "Your Full Name" -out server.p12
Mp3Tag is a program on Windows that lets you import the most common sound files you have got on your computer and quickly change their tags like artist, name etc. It is that fast because it enables you to select a whole group of items at once and change the tags they have in common in one action.
Download Mp3Tag on http://www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html
Follow the installation instructions and start the program:
Select the files to tag by either dragging and dropping them on the white item panel or selecting a directory in the system panel. After each tag action, save the current file state. Mp3Tag is able to gather tags from various internet databases to help you get the correct information.