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The suite is available or CD or you download the CD image and cut your own. http://gnuwin.epfl.ch/en/index.html Best Free Notepad Replacement There are lots of text editors and Notepad replacements. Some of these aspire to be programming editors while others try to be word processors. What I love about EditPad is that, unlike the others, it concentrates on simply being a better plain text editor and it succeeds brilliantly. It has a Notepad like interface combined with tabbed document windows and the ability to open as many documents as you like with no file size limitations. I use it every day for tasks as diverse as writing Support Alert Newsletter to examining my web log files. Some of the latter can be up to 100MB, yet EditPad handles these huge files with ease. (849KB). http://www.editpadlite.com/editpadlite.html Best Free Hotkey Utility Hotkeycontrol XP is a free utility that allows you to define your own hotkeys so that a single key press can launch an application, insert commonly used text, change your volume, or just about anything else. Hotkeycontrol works with all versions of Windows from 98 onwards, though some features will only work with Win2K or XP. (0.91KB) http://www.digital-miner.com/hkcontrol.html Best Free Registry Cleaner To keep the registries on my PCs in top running order I use Fix-It utilities This is a commercial product but I must admit that Toni Helenius` Easy Cleaner performs almost as well and is totally free. As a bonus, it will also detect duplicate files and help you clean up temp files to make more disk space. Remember though, as with every Registry cleaner, to back up your Windows Registry before use. (2.64MB) http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm The Best Bookmark Cleaner AM-DeadLink scans your bookmark file for dead links or duplicate links. When I tried it on my huge favorites file I discovered 17% of my links were dead. I`ve now got a much leaner set of favorites and the comfort of knowing that the links actually work. (546KB) http://aignes.com/press/deadlink140.htm ... - tailieumienphi.vn