SIW – System Information for Windows

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May 192010
 

SIW is one of the handiest tools I’ve ever used!  It’s a small executable ( no install required)  that tells you everything about your system: what’s installed, how many memory slots you have, the model number for your video card, etc.

Process Explorer

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May 192010
 

This is a free, small executable file (no install necessary) from Microsoft.  It’s like Task Manager on steroids.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a bloated resource hog

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May 192010
 

I recently realized just how bloated and crazy Acrobat Reader has become: It’s install size was 143MB on my system, and according to my firewall (PC Tools Firewall, Free Edition), it wanted 4 processes to access the internet before it would open a local pdf.

I highly recommend you uninstall this beast and go with something lighter.  Foxit Reader is a great free alternative, as is the open-source Sumatra PDF.