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CCleaner is the most popular and trusted Windows cleaning tool. It is also our favorite tool for cleaning junk files off our PC. Piriform, the parent company has released CCleaner 3.20.1750 which brings in support for Windows 8 operating system. The updated CCleaner also brings several improvements over earlier versions. A new feature is now available that allows users to edit the context menu items.

After the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft used a new way to secure system files and folders from accidental deletion or modification by users. Microsoft seems to be quite successful with the ownership of files. The software company still uses the method in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Locking down important files or folders does protects the Windows operating system. To make it more secure, Microsoft made it difficult for users to take control over important system files or folders. If a user still wants to take ownership of files or folders, they had to modify Windows Registry. Fiddling with the Windows Registry may have dire consequences so it was a deal breaker for many users. Fortunately, there are third-party solutions available to make the complex stuff easier. This post is basically for advance Windows users and not for the faint heart.

Microsoft came up with FixIt solutions, which will generally fix Windows problems, especially that of Windows 7 and Vista. But, some of these FixIt solutions need some interaction from the user, which might confuse some users, especially who are new.

The Windows Club has come up with FixWin, a nice little portable application which provides much of the same functionality as FixIt Solutions but without the confusion.

FixWin is very small in download just 173KB, but packs loads of helpful registry fixes, in total, FixWin has around 50 fixes for both Windows 7 and Vista. FixWin will fix 50 common Windows annoyances, issues & problems which are categorized under 5 tabs, viz. Windows Explorer, Internet & Connectivity, Windows Media, System Tools & Misc Additional Fixes.

Whenever you work, you often open several applications. Now suppose, you have to go somewhere and you are in a hurry. To shutdown Windows, you have to first close each applications individually, which is very annoying at that moment of time. You want a simple way to close all the programs in just one step and want a simple solution to this problem. Well, Windows provides you with an in-built feature that addresses this problem.

To close several applications and open windows in just one step, keep pressed the Ctrl key when you select the buttons of the programs and windows in succession in the Taskbar. You will see that as you select the buttons, they seem pressed. After doing the selection, release the Ctrl key and right-click the last selected pushed-button. Select Close group from the context menu. Windows will now close all the selected applications and windows at once.

Windows 7 like Vista and XP inherits supports disk burning feature. This will come handy when you are not having any 3rd party disk burning software installed. If you are having a CD-DVD burning software like Nero or other similar applications installed then it makes sense in disabling the in-built CD/DVD burning support. This will free up some resource also.

Windows 7 automatically ejects the drive tray when a user double-clicks on the optical drive icon in Windows Explorer or when a user single-clicks on the optical drive icon in the File Save or File Open dialog box if it can’t find any disk inside. There are two ways to disable this built-in feature. First one involves the Group Policy Editor and the second one is a registry hack.