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Free Software to Keep Your Computer Running At It's Best

All of the software we have listed here, is software that we use at Studio 1 Productions to monitor our systems and keep our computers running at peak performance.

The first two programs are from Auslogics. They are Auslogics Disk Defrag and Auslogics Registry Cleaner.  Both are free programs and I highly recommend them.  While Windows does come with a disk defragment program, we have found it to be slow and it always doesn't do a good job at defragmenting the hard disk.

The Auslogics Disk Defrag is fast and does a good job.  Once you install it, start the program up and click on Settings, then Program Settings.  Then click on the Algorithms tab.  Check all the boxes except the one for Skip Fragments Larger Than.  Then click OK.

When you are ready to defrag the hard drive, make sure the drive or drives you want to defrag are checked at the top of the screen.  Then click on the down arrow next the the Defrag button and a window will pull down.  Select Defrag & Optimize.  Now just sit back and let it run.

We run the Auslogics Disk Defrag at least once a week or every time we load new footage onto the hard drive, BEFORE we start editing.

The other program from Auslogics is the Registry Cleaner.  Once you install it, simple start the program and use the Start Quick Registry Scan by clicking on Next at that bottom of the window.  It only takes a couple of minutes to run.  When it is done, the screen will change and then click the Fix button.  After it fixes the problems, click Close.

It is best to run the Registry Cleaner EVERY time you uninstall a program to make sure all of the registry entries have been removed.  Other than that, we run the Registry Cleaner on the first of every month on each of our computers.

The next 3 programs are from CPUID.  These programs are:

1.  HWMonitor - HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads your Windows computer system's main sensors, such as the temperatures, voltages, GPU temperatures, fan speeds, hard drive temps and other thermal sensors.  This is an excellent program to monitor the GPU temperatures.

2.  CPU-Z - This program will give you information on the CPU, GPU, the motherboard, memory and more.

3.  PC-Wizard - This program will provide you with the advanced system information. It's able to identify a large scale of system components and supports the latest technologies and standards. This tool is periodically updated (usually once per month) in order to provide most accurate results.  PC WIZARD is also an utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, Cache performance, RAM performance, Hard Disk performance, CD/DVD-ROM performance, Removable/FLASH Media performance, Video performance, MP3 compression performance.

The next program is SIW - System Information for Windows

SIW is an advanced System Information for Windows tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings and displays it in an extremely comprehensible manner.

The system information is divided into few major categories:

Software Inventory: Operating System, Installed Software and Hotfixes, Processes, Services, Users, Open Files, System Uptime, Installed Codecs, Software Licenses (Product Keys / Serial Numbers / CD Key), Passwords Recovery.
Hardware Inventory: Motherboard, CPU, Sensors, BIOS, chipset, PCI/AGP, USB and ISA/PnP Devices, Memory, Video Card, Monitor, Disk Drives, CD/DVD Devices, SCSI Devices, S.M.A.R.T., Ports, Printers.
Network Information: Network Cards, Network Shares, currently active Network Connections, Open Ports.
Network Tools: MAC Address Changer, Neighborhood Scan, Ping, Trace, Statistics
Miscellaneous Tools: Eureka! (Reveal lost passwords hidden behind asterisks), Monitor Test, Shutdown / Restart.
Real-time monitors: CPU, Memory, Page File usage and Network Traffic.

We highly recommend this program as it allows us to monitor external hard drive temps.

While there are many other programs available that do the same things as the programs listed above, these are the ones that we use.

Written by David Knarr of Studio 1 Productions, Inc.

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