The notification area in Windows 7 is an improvement over previous versions of Windows. Problem is, after installing lots of applications and using them for a while, you end-up having a huge list icons in the notification area settings window. Even if some of them you actually uninstalled in the meantime, they still show up. Therefore, finding applications that you are actually using and making the settings you desire can take more time than it should.
The team from 7 Tutorials created a small batch-file which you can download & execute so that your notification area icon cache is reset. After you run it, Windows 7 will recreate the cache and it will include only currently used applications.
How to Clean the Notification Area Icon Cache
If you want to use any virtualization tool and you want to know if your processors is capable of hardware-assisted virtualization and, this feature is turned on in the BIOS, then HAV is the tool for you. This 180 KB free download from Microsoft gets the job done in seconds.
Microsoft Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool
This free tool helps you turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot and share your connection with others. Connectify is free to use but you have to register before downloading it.
Connectify via PC World
It doesn’t get cooler than this: NASA has launched, for FREE, their first application for the iPhone. It helps all space geeks stay informed with the latest updates, videos, images and mission information from NASA.
NASA app for iPhone
If you enjoy the wallpapers from Windows 7, then you should know that Will Austin is one of the photographers that made them. If you want to know more about his work with Microsoft on Windows 7 and download an exclusive high-resolution wallpaper made by him, check out this interview.
Will Austin About His Trip to the Desktop of Millions
If you’re like me, you have thousands of pictures on your computer, which you barely view once every few months. Why not do something more fun with them? PhotoJoy is a tool which can make Wallpaper Collages, 3D Screensavers and cool Widgets out of your collection of pictures.
PhotoJoy via FreewareGenius
Shortly after we talked about a review of AVG Internet Security version 8.5, the good people from AVG Technologies launched version 9.0. They say it fixes most of the complaints people had with v8.5. Until somebody publishes a complete review of the solution, you can check out yourselves if this is true or not.
Download AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition v9.0