Backup Wizard

Description:

Easily backup your data to an external hard drive using this tool - simply select the items you wish to backup, choose a destination, and the wizard does the rest

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User Guide:

Click here to view the user guide

Version History:
10/04/14
v1.0 Initial release
07/07/14 v1.1 Fixed so correctly detects all external hard drives
04/08/15 v1.2 Added Select All button to backup selection page
10/02/16 v1.3 Added support for eM Client and Outlook
03/11/16 v1.4 Added support for Microsoft Edge and additional information added to backup logs explaining failures
28/02/17 v2.0 Brand new version fully rewritten from scratch, now performs backups much quicker than before
N.B. You need to remove previous version before installing this new version
12/04/18 v2.1 Various bug fixes and code improvements
20/02/19 v2.2 Updated to .NET 4.7.2
Added in automated crash/error reporting system
Various other fixes and internal improvements
12/03/21 v2.3 Updated to support new Microsoft Edge
08/09/21 v2.4 Improved error handling
Various bug fixes relating to write protected drives and access denied errors
24/09/21 v2.5 Amended code for detection of when profile folders e.g. Documents, Pictures are stored in OneDrive
Improved warnings if destination drive doesn't have enough space for chosen selection
Fixed Edge bookmark check

Essential Office

Description:

Fully featured Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Diagram Creator, Calendar and PDF viewer - all in one simple to use application, perfect for those with only basic needs without the cost of buying Microsoft Office

Compatible with Word (.doc/.docx) and Excel (.xls/.xlsx) documents from Office 97-2021

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Version History:
10/04/14
v1.0 Initial release
17/04/14 v1.1 Bug fixes
09/08/14 v1.2 Bug fixes and added insert/overtype mode
04/08/15 v1.3 Various internal updates and fixes
26/10/16 v2.0
Fully updated with new user interface, and now includes diagram creator and map components
11/01/18 v2.1 Various internal updates and fixes, and new installer
27/08/19 v2.2 Multiple fixes and updates to dependencies, new map features added
30/11/19 v2.3 Major update of components with lots of new features in Word Processor, Spreadsheet and Diagram Creator
09/10/21 v2.4 Updated core components
Maps functionality removed

Image Explorer

Description:

Simple utility for viewing photos which includes ability to see on map where a photo was taken, to view and modify image metadata, and to perform basic editing such as cropping, adding watermarks and applying image filters

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Version History:
08/02/20
v1.0 Initial release
08/02/21
v1.1 Core components updated

Shadow Copy Explorer

Description:

Allows you to mount and browse System Restore points or Shadow Copies/Previous Versions on Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, Server 2008 + so that you can easily recover files without having to perform a complete restore - also allows you to delete points, create points and see how much disk space is being used by restore points/shadow copies

Requirements:

.NET v4.7.2 and Visual C++ 2019 redistributables

Credits:

Nic Bedford

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Version History:
23/03/16
v1.0 Initial release
24/11/16
v1.1 Fixed issue concerning restore points not being created on computer upgraded from 8 to 10 (Thanks Jan Smits)
18/01/18 
v1.2 Updated to use latest DLL's responsible for accessing system restore points
22/11/19 v1.3 Changed sort order of results from oldest to newest, to newest to oldest
22/10/21 v1.4 Updated to use latest version of AlphaVSS (DLL's responsible for accessing system restore points)
Also now shows maximum space available for system restore points

Windows 10 App Remover

Description:

Allows you to easily remove apps from Windows 10 - with this program you can hide all system apps and then remove all other apps in one step either for current user, all users or the local machine (so they don't then reinstall automatically for new users). This was written to speed up the process of removing unwanted apps when setting up new computers as they often come with lots of additional bloatware that is not required

Requirements:

.NET v4.5.2

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Version History:
04/06/16
v1.0 Initial release
22/03/17
v1.1 Updated to support latest build (v1703 15063.0)
20/10/17
v1.2 Updated to support latest build (v1709 16299.19)
02/08/18
v1.3 Updated to support latest build (v1803 17134.191)
01/08/19
v1.4 Updated to support latest build (v1903 18362.30)

Web Browser (PE)

Description:

This basic web browser was mainly designed for my own use to run in Windows PE - but is also very handy for testing purposes as very small file size (174kb) and is portable so can be used without needing to install anything - it includes favorites (links) and web history as well as webpage source explorer and other tools

Requirements:

.NET v4

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Version History:
17/05/16
v1.0 Initial release
19/09/18 
v1.1 Browser now starts maximized and also saves current zoom settings so reused when browser next opened

Event Viewer (PE)

Description:

Tool to allow you to view the event logs (.evtx files) on a host computer whilst running in Windows PE - useful for diagnostic purposes

Requirements:

.NET v4.6.1

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Version History:
25/10/18
v1.1                 Initial release                

Installed Software (PE)

Description:

Tool to allow you to view a list of all software installed on a host computer whilst running in Windows PE - useful for diagnostic purposes

Requirements:

.NET v4.6.1

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Version History:
25/10/18
v1.2                 Initial release                

Disk Check (PE)

Description:

Tool to allow you to check SMART status of hard drives whilst running in Windows PE - useful for diagnostic purposes

Requirements:

.NET v4.6.1

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Version History:
26/10/18
v1.0                 Initial release                

File Explorer (PE)

Description:

A lightweight file explorer for use in Windows PE - features dual pane and search facility

Requirements:

.NET v4.6.2
64 Bit

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Version History:
14/02/18
v1.0 Initial release
10/02/20
v1.1 Core components updated
08/02/21
v1.2 Core components updated and various code fixes implemented

DISM Tool

Description:

A GUI interface for DISM which works on running OS, a mounted WIM or an offline OS - so can be used from Windows PE

Features include: image capture, apply images, export, list packages / drivers / features / capabilities, add/remove drivers, mount/unmount images, check and repair images, get information, diskpart, mount registry and more

Requirements:

.NET v4.7.2

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Version History:
17/12/18
v1.0 Initial release
27/08/19
v1.1 Updated to resolve 'To service this Windows image requires the latest version of the DISM' error message
29/08/19 v1.2 Various fixes and improvements including add driver error
Chosen mount path and last mounted image now remembered between sessions
Drivers/features/packages/capabilities lists refreshed after performing add/remove/enable/disable
Warning message displayed upon exit if images still mounted
04/09/19 v1.3 DiskPart GUI tab added which allows you to do everything that DiskPart command line does but in a GUI. You can view volumes / disks, see all disk attributes, format, rename, set/clear read-only flags and eject. You can also easily see what disk a particular volume is located on. There are also preset scripts to create all the required partitions for both GPT and MBR, ready for restoring a WIM image too
05/09/19 v1.4 Added in DLL required for tool to work under Windows 7
Also added ability to append to existing image as well as choose which image index you wish to mount
09/09/19 v1.5 Registry tab added where you can load System, Software or Default User hives from mounted source and edit them
11/09/19 v1.6 Export tab added
15/09/19 v1.7 Get File Info now shows compression type, and compression type now set correctly when exporting image
16/09/19 v1.8 You can now Capture from a drive OR folder, and you can Apply to a drive OR folder
19/09/19 v1.9 Various bug fixes, and improvements made to the Mount tab
20/09/19 v2.0 Changed from storing settings in registry to using an .ini file instead, to make app more portable
Various other miscellaneous fixes made
25/10/19 v2.1 Add exclusion list option to capture tab
02/04/20 v2.2 Added ability to mount image read only
29/04/20 v2.3 Added button to open DISM log file

.NET Checker

Description:

Show installed versions of .NET and Visual C++

Check what version of .NET an application requires

Requirements:

.NET v4.5

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Version History:
01/10/21
v1.1 Initial release
25/10/21 v1.2 Added support for .NET Core / .NET 5+ and Windows 11