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Free virtual CD ROM for Windows 2.1

Windows XP

This free program for Windows lets you create a virtual CD drive on your hard disk. Some visitors to the site have confirmed the virtual CD software also works with Windows 2000, even though it was designed specifically to run on Windows XP only (Windows 2000 support is not stated in Microsoft’s official readme). For anyone unfamiliar with the terms ‘virtual CD’ or ‘CD emulator’, they mean that you can copy the entire contents of a CD-ROM to your hard disk and run the programs or access the files without the need for the original CD to be in the drive. This can make files more accessible, faster and more convenient. Given the speed and size of today’s hard drives, you could easily fit a large number of CDs onto your hard drive without noticing the difference. Assuming you had 30 full CDs, these would take around 20GB on a hard drive and all will be accessible after a few clicks of a mouse.

Apart from the convenience, a virtual CD gives you faster access speed. Hard drives are about 10 times faster than a CD, plus you can instantly access the files through the virtual CD instead of grabbing the CD case, inserting the CD and awaiting for the contents to load. It’s true, you could try copying the files over to the hard drive, but this can get messy, plus some programs require a CD to be loaded in order to run. This virtual CD program ‘pretends’ it is a CD drive (even though the files are on your hard drive), so your programs will run as normal.

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Malicious Software Removal Tool

Anti-Malware

Microsoft’s latest Malicious Software Removal Tool checks your computer for infection by malicious software and helps remove the infection.

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Malicious Software Removal Tool 64-bit

Anti-Malware

This is the latest 64-bit version of Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool that checks your computer for infection by malicious software and helps remove the infection.

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Reinstall missing LPK.DLL

Language Pack

LPK.dll is a language pack file which has recently caused problems in Windows 7 machines, when an error message appeared after an upgrade in which a missing LPK.DLL was mentioned.

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DirectX 11.2 Full Download

Windows XP, XP 64-bit, Vista (all versions), Vista 64-bit, Windows 7

DirectX has many uses in Windows. It allows developers to standardise certain video display and audio files – this makes them easier to develop and run on different types of PCs (it is also used on consoles such as the Xbox).

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Windows XP Service Pack 3: XP SP3

Windows XP (English)

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (XP SP3) fixes a set of problems and adds additional features to Windows XP. The SP3 download is quite large and can be applied to any version of Windows XP 32 bit only). Please remember that any updates released after Service Pack 3 was available in April 2008 will have to be installed.

Other notes: Systems with AMD chips need to have the following fix installed before installing SP3, otherwise your system may never start. Click here for the AMD Windows XP SP3 hotfix.

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Windows 7 Security updates and patches for 2009

Windows 7 (English)

These downloads are Microsoft’s 2009 monthly security updates for Windows 7. The list starts from the most recent and goes backwards down the page. Each item includes the official Microsoft Knowledge Base number – starting with the KB – so you can look them up at Microsoft’s site if needed. Clicking a link will start that patch’s file download.

Really important stuff to read first
The patches are only for the Windows 7 operating system final release (do not apply the patches to beta or Release Candidate versions of Windows 7) and Internet Explorer 8 for Windows 7. Optional updates, drivers, hotfixes and critical releases for Media Player, Office or other Microsoft products are not included here and must be downloaded separately. For important information about patching your system, see this page.

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Windows XP boot disk package (Home Edition)

Windows XP Home Edition

This download package allows you to create a setup boot disk for Windows XP Home Edition (but not Windows XP Professional). If your PC does not support booting from a CD, or you prefer to use a floppy disk, this package will enable you to automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation of XP. As noted above, you can use any recent version of Windows to create the boot disks and you will require six floppy disks in total.

Microsoft makes the following ominous warning: ‘Future products will no longer support installation via the setup boot disks. Installation of future Microsoft Operating Systems will require the ability to boot from the CD or PXE boot from Network’.

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Windows 7 Security updates and patches for 2010

Windows 7 (English)

These downloads are Microsoft’s 2010 monthly security updates for Windows 7. The list starts from the most recent and goes backwards down the page. Each item includes the official Microsoft Knowledge Base number – starting with the KB – so you can look them up at Microsoft’s site if needed. Clicking a link will start that patch’s file download.

Really important stuff to read first
The patches are only for the Windows 7 operating system final release (do not apply the patches to beta or Release Candidate versions of Windows 7) and Internet Explorer 8 for Windows 7. Optional updates, drivers, hotfixes and critical releases for Office or other Microsoft products are not included here and must be downloaded separately. For important information about patching your system, see this page.

December 2010

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